Durham Interfaith Mission

Come join Durham’s Interfaith Trip to Israel! Increase your understanding of all of God’s peoples across cultures, borders, and religions. Strengthen bonds between the Beth El Synagogue and Trinity Avenue Presbyterian Church congregations. Be surrounded by natural beauty, share new adventures, eat delicious food, and have fun!

Pricing

We are pleased to present to you the itinerary and tour package for your Israel trip. These have been carefully crafted to provide an experience that is engaging, fun, uplifting, informative and inspirational for the participants. All of our tours adhere to the highest standards of professionalism and you can be sure to expect the friendly, warm & dedicated service that have endeared us to thousands of satisfied clients.

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Hotels

Enjoy your trip to Israel to its fullest at these beautiful hotels:

 

Kibbutz Nof Ginosar Hotel

On the shores of the Sea of Galilee with the magnificent scene of Mount Arbel and opposite the rolling hills of the Golan, a charming, appealing place of lush greenery surrounded by peace and tranquility.
Nof Ginosar Hotel invites you to enjoy an unforgettable vacation, whether you are a couple or a family, with all the pleasures and amenities you could ask for. Nof Ginosar’s exceptional location is only a short drive from all major tourist attractions in the Galilee region, Tiberius, the Jordan Valley, the Sea of Galilee and the Golan Heights.

 

Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

The Dan Panorama Hotel Jerusalem with its dignified architecture and honey-colored Jerusalem stone exterior resonates with the spirit of this legendary city.
One of Jerusalem’s favorite hotels, the Dan Panorama Hotel, boasts an exceptional location that enables you to explore Jerusalem’s multifaceted attractions simply by stepping outside.

 

The Carlton, Tel Aviv

Set in a high-rise building overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, this luxe hotel is a 7-minute walk from the beachfront Shlomo Lahat Promenade and 1 km from Tel Aviv Port entertainment district.

Chic rooms have free Wi-Fi, balconies, flat-screens and safes, plus minifridges, and tea and coffeemakers. Upgraded rooms have sofas and/or sea views; 1- and 2-bedroom suites add separate lounges. Club quarters offer perks such as breakfast and snacks in the club lounge.

Breakfast is complimentary. Amenities include rooftop and beachfront restaurants, plus an upscale Jewish eatery, and a cheese and wine bar. There’s also a gym, a spa and a rooftop pool.

FAQ'S

We’ve carefully crafted a document that answers many frequently asked questions. Feel free to browse through or you can always be in touch with your Israel Maven representative – Chani Walker – at Chani@IsraelMaven.com.

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  • Welcome to Israel!!! Arrival at Ben Gurion airport on flight # where you will be met by Israel Maven representatives.

  • Explore the amazing ruins of the City of Caesarea– discuss the dilemmas of the Jew between living a Jewish life surrounded by the appealing Hellenistic culture and learn about the Mediterranean progression of early Christianity

  • Overlook from the Carmel Mountain to the Haifa Port into the Bahai Gardens

  • Overlook the Sea of Galilee from the Arbel Cliffs

  • Check in and dinner at the hotel (included)

Overnight: Kibbutz Nof Ginosar Hotel

  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel

  • Nature walk in the beautiful streams of Banyas River, one of the main sources to the Jordan River. Visit the beautiful waterfall, the ancient flower mill and named Caesarea Philippi by the Gospels

  • Option 1- ATV rides on the slopes of the Golan Heights
  • Option 2- Hear about the fascinating story of the six-day war in the region and the battle at Tel Facher

  • Falafel/picnic Lunch (included)

  • Discover the Mystical City of Tzfat including beautiful synagogues, picturesque alleyways and artists’ colony.

  • Meet with Sheva Chaya- who expresses kabbala through glass blowing

  • Evening boat ride on the Sea of Galilee

  • Dinner on own in Tiberias on the banks for the Sea of Galilee

Overnight: Kibbutz Nof Ginosar Hotel

  • Full Israeli breakfast at the hotel- check out

  • Ascend the Golan Heights and visit the Old Israeli outpost of Mount Bental as we receive a security briefing on the relationship between Israel and Syria

  • Wine tasting at a local boutique winery

  • Lunch (Pizza and Salad) in the Golan with Ariel Rosen (daughter of Beth El Rabbi Emeritus, Steve Sager) in Bnei Yehuda (included)

  • Overlook the Sea of Galilee in prayer at the Mount of the Beatitudes where the “Sermon on the Mount” occurred

  • Explore the Ancient City of Capernaum where Jesus lived and the birthplace of Peter, including the Synagogue and unique house found on site.

  • Welcome Ceremony as we enter Jerusalem from Mount Scopus

  • Dinner at hotel (included)- Seuda Mafseket

  • Option- join the reading of the book of Eicha (Lamentations) at the Western wall or the Tayelet

  • Reflection of the day at hotel

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

  • Full Israeli breakfast at the hotel

  • Introduction to Jerusalem of 3 religions atop of Mount of Olives! Visit the Church of all nations and the Gardens of Gethsemane

  • Relive the destruction of the Temple (on Tishea Be’av) and Jerusalem at the Southern Wall Excavations

  • Time for reflection the Western Wall- The Kotel

  • Lunch en route on own

  • Pay tribute to the Six Million Jews who perished in the Holocaust at Yad Vashem memorial Museum. Hear stories about leadership and heroism during the most difficult times for the Jewish people.

  • Dinner on own in Jerusalem

  • Reflection of the day at hotel

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

  • Full Israeli breakfast at the hotel

  • Visit the inspiring Shalva National Center which provides an all-encompassing range of services for thousands of people with disabilities

  • Learn about Israel today through the stories of Israel’s leaders and heroes at Mount Herzl

  • Enjoy the vibes at the Machane Yehuda Market on a Friday afternoon- lunch on own

  • Theatrical tour of the picturesque neighborhoods of Nachlaot as they prepare for Shabbat

  • 5:00pm- OPTIONAL- Live Kabbalat shabbat at the “Tachana” – the first train station

  • Join thousands as they bring in the Shabbat in song at the Kotel

  • Shabbat dinner at hotel

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel

  • Morning at leisure!!!

  • Lunch at the hotel- hosting Hartman Scholar- “Religion and state”

  • Meet with R. Greyber and Rev. Katie – mid trip processing session

  • Tour in the local neighborhoods of Yemin Moshe and Mishkanot Shaananim, First station and German Colony

  • Musical Havdalah!!

  • Shopping time on Ben Yehuda Street & dinner (not included)

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel

  • Visit the Israel Museum including the Shrine of the book and the model of the 2nd Temple- introduction to the Old City

  • Visit Jaffa Gate – the main gate to the Old City

  • Stroll through the Christian Quarter. Visit the Via Dolorosa and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher

  • Hear the story of the Jewish Quarter– Synagogues, Cardo and small alleyways

  • Lunch on own in Jewish Quarter

  • Meet with local Jewish resident and hear about life in the Old City

  • Overlook the Temple Mount from the rooftops of the Old City and discuss Islam

  • Meet with a local Muslim- and hear first-hand about life in Jerusalem in an eye of a Muslim

  • Dinner at Eucalyptus Restaurant (included)

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel

  • Depart for the Judean Desert

  • Ascend Masada by cable car & relive the bitter confrontation between Zealots & Romans

  • Lunch and spa at one of the hotels in the Dead Sea area.

  • Float on the Dead Sea!!!

  • Nature walk in the beautiful springs of Nachal David– where David hid from King Saul

  • Overlook into Wadi Kelt near St. George Monastery for prayer in the Judean Desert

  • Dinner, Camel riding and desert hospitality Genesis Land- reflection at Genesis Land

  • Return to Jerusalem

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel

  • Overlook from the “Mitzpe Haelef” overlooking the region as an introduction to the conflict

  • Travel to the City of Hevron- meet people from both sides of the conflict and attempt to understand the complexity of the conflict

  • Visit the tomb of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs!!!

  • Lunch on own en route

  • Meet with Khaled and Shaul from “Roots” and hear about their stories and their initiative a coexistence between Arabs and Jews in the region

  • Dinner on own in Jerusalem

  • Time for reflection at hotel

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel- check out

  • Travel to Bethlehem!

  • Visit the birthplace of Jesus including the Church of Nativity, the Manger and Shepard’s Field

  • Stroll through the Neighborhood of Ein Karen– home to John the Baptist- lunch on own

  • Visit the Village of Abu Gosh – meeting with and IMAM in the mosque and the priest on the Church of resurrection. Visit the Monastery and meet with local monk.

  • Continue to hotel in Tel Aviv. Settle into hotel

  • Time for reflection at the hotel

  • Dinner on own in Tel Aviv

Overnight: The Carlton, Tel Aviv

  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel

  • Introduction to Tel Aviv at the Old City of Jaffa– the “Gateway to the Holy Land” and visit Peter’s Church in Jaffa

  • Volunteer project at Jaffa Institute– for Arab and Jewish Children in Jaffa

  • Lunch on own and stroll through the Carmel Market

  • Visit the Yitzchak Rabin Center and live through the history of the State of Israel through the eyes of the late Prime Minister.

  • Afternoon at leisure for shopping, walking along the beach and more

  • Late check out from Hotel

  • Final Banquet at a restaurant in Tel Aviv- Summary of the trip (included)

Travel to Ben Gurion Airport

Depart for the US on Flight




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