- Special program with the Institute for the Advancement of Education in Jaffa
- Visit the Na LaGa'at Theater
- Visit the Bedouin town of Lakiya
- Home Hospitality Dinner with the Culinary Queens of Yeruham.
- Dialogue with scholar Paul Liptz of Tel Aviv University
- Dialogue and tour of the Segregated Buses in Jerusalem with Anat Hoffman, the Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center
- And much more...
- 5 nights' accommodation + late check out using selected hotels
- 6 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned van/minibus with licensed, English speaking tour guide and driver or tour guide/driver
- 1 Group transfer and assistance to and from the airport
- All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
- Meals: Breakfast daily 1 Lunch and 5 dinners
- Portage at the airport and hotels
The trip will highlight the many social justice related projects and initiatives in Israel including Israeli Arabs; Women's issues; immigration; foreign workers and refugees in particular; poverty and environmental justice.High level travel for rabbis who have led prior trips and intend to lead future groups.Deepen your knowledge of resources and organizations focused on religious action.
Following the success of the last CCAR Mission to Israel, the January 2013 trip will now be focused as a solidarity trip, while integrating the elements of Rabbis Exploring Social Justice in Israel.
Please find the tentative program below. The final itinerary will be available soon.
DAY ONE: Sunday, January 20, 2013
DAY TWO: Monday, January 21, 2013
- Individual arrivals at BenGurion International Airport.
- Transfer on own to Tel Aviv and check into the hotel (individual transfers are excluded and available upon request only).
- Meet in the lobby for introduction and orientation.
- Dialogue with members of the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism's (IMPJ) pre-army academy (mechina), a special social justice project in Jaffa.
- Israel in 2013 - Challenges and Achievements: Dialogue with Col. (Ret.) Miri Eisin, former advisor on the foreign media to the Prime Minister, over dinner at the hotel.
Overnight: David Intercontinental, Tel Aviv
DAY THREE: Tuesday, January 22, 2013
SOUTHERN LANDSCAPE (Together with Rabbi Ammi Hirsch and his congregational solidarity mission)
- Breakfast at the hotel.
- Check out of the hotel and depart Tel Aviv.
- Living on the Edge: Visit Moshav Netiv Ha'asarah and Kibbutz KfarAza, located on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip, for an insight into the security complexities of Israel's withdrawal from Gaza while trying to create a thriving home, including dialogues with local residents.
- Drive by the Erez Crossing, the only land crossing for the movement of people between the Gaza Strip and Israel and the West Bank.
- Visit to the border city of Sderot; a city that has been under the constant barrage of rocket attacks since 2001, including:
- Lunch on your own in Sderot.
- A city tour with visits to protected playgrounds and schools, the City Market, various locations damaged by rockets, and the bomb shelter residential project - the first of its kind in the world.
- A visit to the Qassam rocket display at the local police station.
- A meeting with Dr. Adriana Katz, the director of Sderot's Mental Health Center, or with a representative from the Israel Trauma Coalition (ITC).
- Drive through the Negev and Arava to Kibbutz Lotan and check into the guesthouse.
- Dinner at the kibbutz and dialogue with kibbutz members on ecological justice, Judaism, the Reform Movement and Israel.
Overnight: Kibbutz Lotan, Arava
DAY FOUR: Wednesday, January 23, 2013
DREAMS, VISION AND REALITY
- Breakfast at the guesthouse.
- Hands-on tour around the kibbutz for a better understanding of the work being done on Kibbutz Lotan.
- Check out of the guesthouse and drive to Kibbutz Ketura for a visit to the new solar energy field and other local ecological innovations.
- Meet with Dr. Tareq Abu Hamed, Director of the Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation at the Arava Institute, OR with Dr. Elaine Solowey, Director of Center for Sustainable Agriculture at the Arava Institute.
- Conquering the Desert:Was Ben Gurion Right? Explore the geological wonders and the powerful solitude of the Ramon Crater with an opportunity for a desert Mincha service, meditation, reflection, or all of the above.
- Lunch on your own, en route.
- Continue to Be'er Sheva to the Ayalim Student Village, for an insight into the contemporary Israeli pioneering spirit and their attempt to improve and strengthen Israeli society, including dialogues with student leaders. The Ayalim Association mobilizes and energizes pioneering young Israeli adults to strengthen the communities in the Negev by founding student and entrepreneur villages which serve as bases for engaging with the regions and their potential. Student volunteers assist children, young people and weaker population segments in the Negev.
- Visit the Bedouin town of Lakiya for an insight into contemporary Bedouin lifestyles and the work being done to strengthen Bedouin families and society, including dialogue with residents, visits with artisans, and a meeting with local social workers.
- Dinner en route to Jerusalem.
- Welcome to Jerusalem.
- Late evening check into the hotel.
Overnight: Mamilla, Jerusalem
DAY FIVE: Thursday, January 24, 2013
A MOSAIC OF PEOPLE
- Breakfast at the hotel.
- Elections- When the Dust Settles: Dialogue with Prof. Reuven Hazan of the Political Science Department at Hebrew University.
- Travel north toward the ‘Triangle' region to the Arab town of Tira, located in the Central Region of Israel.
- Official welcome by Mr. Abed El Hai Ma'amoun, Mayor of Tira, at the employment center in Tira.
- Panel discussion on employment opportunities and obstacles, including:
- Dr. Sigal Shelach, Director, Programs for Immigrants and Minorities, JDC-TEVET.
- Yael Kohn-Sharon, Director, Kav Mashve.
- Adv. Maryam Kabha, Northern District Commissioner, Equality of Opportunity in Employment Commission.
- Continue north to the town of Baqa el Gharbiye, located along the Green Line and the Security Barrier.
- Lunch on own.
- Meet with Dr. Dalia Fadila, Vice President of the Baqa el Gharbiye Al Qassemi College, for an experiential visit and insight into the challenges and successes that she confronts daily within the Israeli Arab population.
- Return to Jerusalem.
- Cocktails and conversation on The Achievements and Challenges of the Reform Community in Israel with David Leichman from ARZA, as well as the founding director of the Pinat Shorashim Center of Pluralistic Jewish Education with invited IMPJ colleagues.
- Dinner on your own with MARAM colleagues.
Overnight: Mamilla, Jerusalem
DAY SIX: Friday, January 25, 2013
TIKUN OLAM INSIDE AND OUT
- reakfast at the hotel.
- Overcoming Challenges: Dialogue with Anat Hoffman, Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center, followed by an organized ride on Jerusalem's segregated Buses.
- Meet with representatives of “Bema'aglei Tzedek”, a local organization which merges social activism with education in an effort to create a more just society; engage in a conversation and experiential interaction on The Tav Chevrati, a social Kashrut certificate granted to restaurants that are accessible to people with disabilities and treat their workers ethically;
- Meet with Sari Rivkin, Executive Director of YEDID, an organization established in 1997 to promote economic justice and empower individuals to help themselves.
- Experience the sights, smells, and tastes of Jerusalem while walking through the Machaneh Yehuda Market, with lunch on your own.
- Return to the hotel to prepare for Shabbat.
- Kabbalat Shabbat services at a local Reform synagogue or at the Kotel.
- Festive Shabbat dinner at the hotel OR opportunity for Shabbat visits with friends and family.
Overnight: Mamilla, Jerusalem
DAY SEVEN: Saturday, January 26, 2013
SHABBAT IN JERUSALEM
- Breakfast at the hotel.
- Optional Shabbat morning services.
- Shabbat lunch at the hotel.
- National Museum, Outward and Inward View: Optional visit to the renewed Israel Museum, one of the most creative and innovative museums in the world with a wide and eclectic collection, ranging from Judaica and archaeology to Renaissance and contemporary Israeli art for a close look at the way we see ourselves and the way we share ourselves with the world.
- Return to the hotel.
- Ben KodeshLechol: Havdallah.
- Making a Difference: Concluding conversation.
- Late check-out from the hotel and proceed to the festive farewell dinner.
- Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport for the departure flight to the U.S.A.
DAY EIGHT: Sunday, January 27, 2013
Need to Know
Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 20 full paying participants per bus. Should the number of participants drop below the minimum listed above, we will adjust the cost of the trip to reflect the additional expense of operating the program.
Tour prices are per person in U.S. dollars. All hotel accommodations, motor coach transportation, special dinners, sightseeing, admissions, luggage handling and the services of local guides, drivers, and the tour guide/educator are included.
- Hotel Accommodations: The tour price includes all hotel accommodations, in hotel rooms with private baths. Our standard is to provide the best available hotels while considering value. Although the level of the accommodations may differ slightly from hotel to hotel, we are committed to your comfort. Two-bed rooms are reserved in most hotels. Triples are two-bed rooms with a rollaway cot where available and are not recommended when considering the comfort of those in the room. King-size beds are not available in most hotels; what is considered king-size usually consists of two single beds pushed together and made up separately, but with one headboard. Some two-bed rooms may have two twin - not full- or queen-size - beds.
Meals are included as specified in the itinerary.
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Gratuities Included: All gratuities for restaurant staff are included.
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In keeping with normal standards in international tourism, we recommend the following for tipping:
10-19 passengers: Guide $10, driver $5 - per participant per day
20 passengers and more: Guide $8, driver $4 - per participant per day
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