Congregation L’Dor V’Dor (Little Neck, NY) Israel at 70 – A Light Unto The Nations

Trip Overview

Come travel to Israel for an unforgettable experience with Congregation L'Dor V'Dor and Rabbi Gordon Yaffe. Whether it's your first time or you have been here before the Oakland Little Neck Jewish Center brings to you: Israel, A Light Unto Nations, a look at Israel like never before.

Full Itinerary

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  • Relive the journey to Israeli Independence with a Jeep tour on the
    Burma Road and a visit to the Palmach Museum. Reenact the
    declaration of Israeli independence at Independence Hall.
  • Experience Tel Aviv as a modern city on the cutting edge of
    technology and host of the International Hub of Google
  • Celebrate Shabbat with music and dancing on the beach in Tel Aviv.
  • Visit the West Bank Palestinian city, Rawabi – One man’s vision for
    translating Palestinian hope for statehood into a concrete reality.
    Contrast with a visit to Ariel – One of the largest Israeli Settlements
    in Judea and Samaria. Over lunch we will learn of the settlers’
    original dreams and current reality.
  • Enjoy music, crafts, food and entertainment The best of Tel Aviv at
    the street fair in Nahalat Benyamin.
  • Connect with Israeli Soldiers and Representatives of the Druze and
    Ethiopian communities.
  • Explore the Old City of Jerusalem, a home for Christians, Moslems
    and Jews—Past, Present and Future.
  • Join thousands to bring in Shabbat at the Western Wall.
  • Ascend Masada, Float in the Dead Sea, Remember at Yad Vashem.
Day 1


  • Welcome to Israel!!! Arrival at Ben Gurion airport flight #? Where you will be met by Israel Maven representatives.
  • Travel to Jerusalem Hills - Jeep Tour on Burma road and overlook from the Jerusalem Hills and hear about the fierce battles that happened during the War of Independence on the road to Jerusalem
  • Plant trees with a JNF representative to honor life and the State of Israel
  • Continue to Tel Aviv - Check into hotel, settle in and relax
  • Opening dinner at Tel Aviv Restaurant

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv

Day 1
Day 2


  • Full Israel breakfast at hotel
  • Hear about the early steps of the IDF at the State-of-the-Art Palmach Museum- that led up to the creation of the State of Israel
  • Relive the declaration of the State of Israel at the Independence Hall
  • Enjoy the vibes of the Nachalat Binyamin Arts and Crafts fair
  • Lunch on own
  • Return to Hotel to prepare for Shabbat and relax
  • Join Israeli Shabbat at the Beach/Kabbalat Shabbat on the beach
  • Shabbat dinner at hotel

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv

Day 2
Day 3


  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel
  • Morning- join the Masorti community of Nve Tzedek with Rabbi Arbib for morning services
  • Optional parsha study with Rabbi Yaffe
  • Shabbat lunch at hotel
  • Afternoon - Meet with scholar Rachel Korazim in Jaffa: "Tel Aviv as a Jewish City or as an Israeli city?"
  • Late afternoon walking tour of the Old City of Jaffa
  • Havdalah by the pool
  • Dinner on own in Tel Aviv

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv

Day 3
Day 4


  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel
  • Learn about the amazing desalinization development at “Shafdan” that solved many water problems in the region and now many countries in the world are interested in
  • Visit Campus Tel Aviv-  for developers and entrepreneurs for an introduction to Israeli High Tech
  • Lunch en route
  • Live through the history of the State of Israel through the eyes of the late Prime Minister at the Yitzchak Rabin Center
  • Culinary tour of the local neighborhood Market in the “Shchunat Hatikva”
  • Dinner on own in Tel Aviv (if still hungry)

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv

Day 4
Day 5


  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel- check out
  • Stop at the Detention camp of Atlit!! In honor of Israel’s 70th birthday, learn about the years leading up when the Hagana smuggled in to Israel Jewish refugees.
  • Meet with local Druze representative and hear about the unique religion. Including authentic lunch
  • Visit Yad B’Yad school- meet with teachers and students from this unique school that brings Jews and Arabs together to bridge the gaps
  • Meet with the “Hashomer Hachadash” – the new pioneers of Israel who guard Israeli lands from outside intrusion. Based on the “Shomer” from the 1920s
  • Dinner at hotel (included)

Overnight: Ramot Resort

Day 5
Day 6


  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel
  • Visit the ancient Synagogue of Um el Kanatir- and hear about the history of the Jews in the region- meet with archeologist Michael Osbend who will talk about the development of Archeology in Israel since its establishment
  • Meet with Army General at Tel Saki- one of the famous battle sites during the Yom Kippur War and hear about the bravery of the battle
  • Lunch on own in the town of Katzerin
  • Visit the Golan Winery – one of Israel’s finest and winner of many international winery awards
  • Tour of Kibbutz Lavi- one of many Kibbutzim still functioning as a Kibbutz and learn about their amazing style of life and see the amazing things developed in the Kibbutz
  • Dinner in the Livnim Restaurant in Hukuk

Overnight: Ramot Resort

Day 6
Day 7


  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel- check out
  • Drive to Rawabi, a Palestinian city north of Ramallah for a glimpse one man’s vision for translating the Palestinian hope for statehood in to a concrete reality on the ground. We plan to meet with developer Bashar El Masri to discuss the driving vision behind one of the more significant Palestinian responses to a new sense of peoplehood and desire for statehood.
  • Drive to the city of Ariel where we will have lunch with some of the residents of one of the largest Israeli settlements in Judea and Samaria and one of the most advanced cities in Israel. We will meet with some of the city founders and hear of their original dreams and what their reality has become.
  • Welcome to Jerusalem!!!! Overlook the City from Mount of Olives and introduction
  • Check into hotel and settle in
  • Dinner on own in Jerusalem

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Day 7
Day 8


  • Full Israeli breakfast at the hotel (early)
  • Morning Services at Robinson's Arch/Ezrat Yisrael
  • Ascend Temple Mount- learn about the holy sites for the Islam and try to understand the complexity of the location and the challenges with the status Quo
  • Discover the secrets of the Temple as you walk through the amazing Western Wall tunnels.
  • Walk through the Muslim Quarter and visit one of the Jewish Homes – "Beit Hatzalam"
  • Lunch in the Jewish Quarter
  • Hear some fascinating stories walking through the Jewish Quarter
  • Explore the Christian Quarter and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher- meet with local Priest
  • Dinner on own and stroll through the vibey Machane Yehuda Market

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Day 8
Day 9


  • Full Israeli breakfast at the hotel
  • Depart for Judean Desert - stop for camel riding en route
  • Ascend Masada by cable car and hear the amazing story of the Jewish Zealots and their battle against the Romans. Discuss the relevance to Israeli society today
  • Lunch at the footsteps of Masada (on own)
  • Nature walk in the springs of Ein Gedi- where David hid from King Saul
  • Float on the Dead Sea at one of the local beaches
  • OR- OPTIONS IN JERUSALEM- TBA (for 2nd timers)
  • Option: 5:00pm- stop at the "Tachana" for some live music as they bring in the Shabbat
  • Preparation for Shabbat at the hotel
  • Join thousands as they bring in Shabbat at the Kotel- the Western Wall! 2nd option- Shira Chadasha
  • Shabbat Dinner at the hotel/Shabbat of a lifetime- hosted by a local family

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Day 9
Day 10


  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel
  • Morning at leisure rest or - option to visit different synagogues in the vicinity or explore on own
  • Enjoy Shabbat lunch at the Fuchsberg Center and host Lone Soldiers from the IDF
  • Meet Jerusalem Post columnist Gil Hoffman to hear the latest updates on the fascinating politics in Israel
  • Optional walking tour: Jerusalem outside the Old City wall- walk through the beautiful neighborhoods of Yemin Moshe & Talbieh
  • Musical Havdalah at Yemin Moshe overlooking the Old City
  • Shopping time on Ben Yehuda Street & dinner on own

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Day 10
Day 11


  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel
  • Tour of Israel’s parliament- the Knesset
  • Work with the elderly at their art workshop – “Lifeline for the old”- Yad Lakashish
  • Lunch on own in the Jaffa road area
  • Visit Jerusalem’s City Hall and meet with City officials about the future of the City and the challenges it faces in coming years- see the amazing model of the City
  • Travel to Mevasseret Tzion and visit the Ethiopian absorption center and hear about the Ethiopian community and their difficult adjustment into Israeli and modern society
  • Dinner on own in Mamilla
  • Enjoy the spectacular Sound and Light show at the Tower of David Museum

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Day 11
Day 12


  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel
  • The Holocaust in the Hearts and Minds of Contemporary Israelis with scholar Shalmi Bar Mor.
  • Option IYad Vashem Historical Museum- Guided visit through the Avenue of the Righteous Among the Nations, the Historical Museum, concluding with the Children’s Memorial.
  • Option 2- Special program at the Yad Vashem Art Museum, with art both from the time of the Holocaust and contemporary art which uses Holocaust motifs, concluding with a visit to the Center of Major Questions.
  • Visit the Archive and with an archivist, explore some of the newly found materials relating to the Holocaust
  • Lunch on own
  • Meet with some of Israel's leaders and heroes as we walk through the Herzl National Cemetery
  • Tour of the Supreme Court- with Yizhar Hess, Exec Director of the Masorti Movement in Israel
  • Farewell dinner at Joy restaurant – wrap up discussion
  • Continue to airport and depart Israel (those who are not extending)

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem (those who are extending)

Day 12
Day 13



  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel- check out and depart
  • Visit the Neve Chana Youth Village in Kiryat Gat for an opportunity to meet with students and staff in this project which gives young people from dysfunctional families a new chance in life.
  • Visit the Cyber Security Research Labs at Ben Gurion University for a briefing on the latest advances in cyber security, with by Prof. Yuval Elovici, director of the labs.
  • Visit the Ayalim student village at Ashalim, for a glimpse at pioneering in the 21st century.
  • Drive to Beer Sheva.
  • Ben Gurion’s Dream, drive through the Negev to Sde Boker and stop at the graves of Paula and David Ben Gurion, overlooking the Wilderness of Zinn.
  • Continue through the Ramon Crater to Eilat.
  • Check into hotel
  • Dinner on our own, and a free evening to enjoy Eilat.

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Eilat

Just for people extending for the Negev- Eilat Extension

Day 13
Day 14



  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel- check out
  • OPTION 1- Day of relaxation in Eilat-
  • Depart for the Yitzhak Rabin Arava Border Crossing and cross into Jordan.
  • Drive through the Jordanian Araba to Petra.
  • Guided visit through the Nabatean red city of Petra, through the Siq to the Treasury, past the Theater and concluding at the Petra Basin – return to the entrance, followed by lunch.
  • Return to Eilat

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Eilat

Just for people extending for the Negev- Eilat Extension

Day 14
Day 15



  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel
  • Drive to Kibbutz Keturah for a special program with the Arava Institute, including a visit to the Keturah Solar Fields, followed by a guided drive around the Hills of Eilat exploring the realities on the borders of Egypt and Jordan, which have been at peace with Israel for the past 37 and 20 years respectively.
  • Return to Eilat.
  • Check out of hotel
  • Depart by flight to Tel Aviv.
  • Transfer to a Tel Aviv restaurant for a wrap up discussion and final dinner.

Travel to Ben Gurion Airport

Depart for the US on Flight # ?

Just for people extending for the Negev- Eilat Extension

Day 15

We are pleased to present to you the itinerary and tour package for your Israel Mission. These have been carefully crafted to provide an experience that is engaging, fun, uplifting, informative and inspirational for both first-timers and repeat visitors. 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.

Negev-Eilat Extension


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Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv

The Dan Panorama Hotel offers easy access to everywhere you want to be. Across the street is the Mediterranean sea and within minutes you find yourself on an inviting sandy beach with warm and clear waters. For a truly Mediterranean experience, explore the Carmel market - one of the largest open markets in Israel that has a wide variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables as well as meats, fish and baked goods. Also nearby is the Neve Tzedek neighborhood which was the first Jewish neighborhood built outside of the walls of Jaffa. Neve Tzedek has a village feel to it, filled with small alleyways and boutique stores to peruse. A leisurely stroll along the waterfront promenade to the north will lead you to the Tel-Aviv Port. The Port is the city’s newest entrainment hub and has outstanding restaurants, shops and nightclubs. The promenade to the south will take you to Jaffa which is famous for its association with the biblical stories of Jonah, Solomon, and Saint Peter as well as the mythological story of Andromeda and Perseus. Its ancient port has been in use since the Bronze Age and you can still watch the fishermen going out to sea.


Ramot Resort, Golan Heights

At the foot of the Golan, overlooking the magnificent view of the Sea of Galilee, Indulging guest rooms for couples and families, surrounded by open lawns, breathtaking views, a swimming pool (in season), spa treatments, adventure trails and above all – first class luxurious service.

The Resort features 123 beautifully decorated deluxe rooms, Nature Cabins and Chalets set among the lush landscaping of the Golan Heights and the Sea of Galilee


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.

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Q: What will I gain out of joining this trip?

Our hope is that by the end of the trip, you will have a stronger connection to the Israel. It is the job of our terrific guides to make that connection happen through their eyes and their love to the land and its people. The Itinerary has many elements to it including different aspects of Israel: History, the different religions, challenges facing the Israeli society, security and many others. The combination of these elements, make Israel such a unique place to visit!

Q: Will there be free time on the trip?

Yes, we try to balance touring and programming with unstructured free time in different locations around the country so that you are free to shop, explore the local culture, meet with friends and family, sit by the pool or simply relax. Should you wish to “opt out” of any of the activities of the program, you are requested to coordinate this with the group leader and tour operator so that we can plan accordingly.

Q: What are the security issues facing Israel today- should we be concerned?

The security in Israel is always a concern on travelers to Israel. As of today, there are no security warnings or alerts for travelers coming to Israel. Israel Maven is daily contact with the "security room" which is the office of the Ministry of Defense dealing with travelling in Israel. We receive daily updates, and get updated on a regular basis through SMS and phone on any irregularity in the daily routine of Israel. Note, that although what is seen around the world on the media about what goes on in Israel is usually conflict, the reality is different. Millions of visitors come to Israel annually and some of them even feel safer here than in their own country. Changes in itinerary that need to be made due to safety or security concerns are done without hesitation. We are also in close contact with Israeli Police & SPNI (Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel) to ensure that all safety & security guidelines are updated in real-time based on changing circumstances. Both participants & staff receive detailed guidelines aimed at ensuring that the no one is hurt or harmed in any way. These guidelines range from appropriate footwear on hikes to keeping hydrated, to avoiding certain areas if necessary. Public transportation on busses and/or trains is not utilized at any time during the program. We do not approach or enter the Gaza Strip or any areas under the control of the Palestinian Authority.

Q: Do you offer travel insurance?

Please note that most insurance policies require purchase within 14-21 days of your date of registration for the trip. Israel Maven Tours has made arrangements with SMS Travel Insurance Center (Israel) of Omaha, Nebraska. SMS has over 25 years of experience as insurance brokers and can help you choose the policy that best meets your needs. Our contact person is Yonah Engel. Please mention this promo code when making your purchase: ISRAELMAVEN. For more information, please send an email to You may also contact Yonah by phone in the USA at (402) 404 5205 or in Israel at 0522-873-665. Please note that Israel Maven Tours cannot accept responsibility for any losses or expenses which you or any member of your party may incur as a result of failure to secure adequate coverage.

Q: This trip sounds amazing! I am coming, but I want to stay longer to tour on my own. Is it possible to extend my trip?

YES! Please indicate this on your registration form. The team at Israel Maven will work with you to provide a customized experience that will include assistance with choosing hotels, activities, and transportation.

Q: Who do we contact with questions?

Please feel free to contact your Israel Maven Tours representative- JJ with any questions you may have. He can be reached by email at or call toll free on 1-866-317-9307 for the Israel Maven office.

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