Chabad of West Hills Mench Club – Israel 2.0 – March 2019


Trip Overview

Whether you are a veteran traveler or a first-time visitor to the Holyland, you are invited to discover your personal connection with the Jewish homeland, and join our vibrant and warm Rabbi Avi Rabin in a meaningful journey of Israel.

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  • This trip is geared for Jewish men of any background or affiliation.
  • Hebrew knowledge is NOT required.
  • Membership and/or affiliation with any synagogue is NOT required.
  • This trip IS for Jews of all backgrounds and levels of observance.


  • Jerusalem the heart & soul of the Jewish People
  • Meet with inspirational, wounded IDF veterans from Achim LeChaim
  • Discover the coast of Caesarea
  • Security briefing from former IDF commander Yaakov Selavan
  • VIP tour of the Western Wall Tunnels including areas that are closed to the public
  • Meet with local residents for an insider’s view of life in Judea & Samaria
  • Luxury air-conditioned vehicle with expert driver
  • Services of top-level guide for all outings
  • Entrance fee into all sites and attractions
  • Unforgettable, Amazing, Memories for Life
  • And much more!
Day 1


  • Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport where you will be greeted by our representatives & escorted through passport control, baggage claim & customs
  • Meet with inspirational, wounded IDF veterans from Achim LeChaim
  • Discover the magnificent port city of Caesarea including the Roman Theater, Hippodrome, Palace of King Herod & more
  • Transfer to the North & check-in to the hotel in time for dinner - included

Overnight: Kibbutz Lavi Hotel - Galilee

Day 1
Day 2


  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Experience the Mystical City of Tzfat with its beautiful shuls, galleries & candle factory
  • Learn about the secrets of the Kabbalah at Ascent
  • Lunch & wine-tasting at the Abuhav Winery - included
  • Meet with Eitan Oren of Kibbutz Malkiya & hear a first-hand account of life in the shadow of the Hezbollah
  • Time for reflection at the Tomb of the Rambam
  • Dinner at Decks Restaurant overlooking the Sea of Galilee - included

Overnight: Kibbutz Lavi Hotel - Galilee

Day 2
Day 3


  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Check-out & departure
  • Explore the central Golan Heights off-road by jeep
  • Lookout over the border with Syria & hear a security briefing from former IDF commander Yaakov Selavan
  • Lunch on own en-route - not included
  • Transfer to Jerusalem via the Jordan Valley
  • Welcome to Jerusalem - drink a L’Chaim as you enjoy a spectacular lookout over the city from the Mt of Olives
  • Check-in to the hotel - unpack, rest & relax
  • Dinner at local restaurant with Gil Hoffman - Senior Political Correspondent of the Jerusalem Post - included

Overnight: Leonardo Plaza Hotel - Jerusalem


Day 3
Day 4


  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Time for reflection & Tefillin at the Western Wall
  • VIP tour of the Western Wall Tunnels including areas that are closed to the public
  • Participate in a spiritually uplifting & engaging tour with Rabbi Simcha Hochbaum in the Moslem Quarter OR VIP Tour of the city of David including the newest excavations
  • Lunch on own in the Jewish Quarter - not included
  • Relive the dramatic battle at Ammunition Hill that led to the reunification of Israel in 1967
  • Volunteer at Colel Chabad Pantry Packers packaging food for the needy
  • Dinner on own in the bustling Machane Yehudah Market - not included

Overnight: Leonardo Plaza Hotel - Jerusalem

Day 4
Day 5


  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Explore Tel Shilo where the Tabernacle once stood
  • Meet with local residents for an insider’s view of life in Judea & Samaria
  • Lunch & wine tasting at the Psagot Winery - included
  • Experience the vibe as Jerusalem prepare for Shabbat
  • Join thousands of Jews from around the world in joyous celebration of Shabbat at the Western Wall
  • Friday night dinner with Rabbi Yossi Swerdlov at the Tzemach Tzedek Shul - included

Overnight: Leonardo Plaza Hotel - Jerusalem


Day 5
Day 6


  • Morning services at Mayanot Shul or Great Synagogue
  • Shabbat Lunch with lone soldiers from the IDF - included
  • Rest & Relax
  • Optional Tour of the beautiful Yemin Moshe neighborhood & Montefiore’s Windmill
  • Maariv & musical havdalla
  • Evening at leisure & dinner on own - not included

Overnight: Leonardo Plaza Hotel - Jerusalem

Day 6
Day 7


  • Full Israeli breakfast at the hotel
  • Checkout & departure
  • Time for reflection at the Tomb of Rachel on the outskirts of Bethlehem OR Explore the Path of the Patriarchs off-road by ATV - bring driver’s license
  • Participate in an intense anti-terrorism training session under the expert guidance of former IDF commandos at the Caliber 3 Shooting Range
  • Lunch at the Gutnick Center with Rabbi Danny Cohen - not included
  • Discover the Jewish neighborhoods of Hevron including Avraham Avinu, Beit Hadassa & Tel Romeida
  • Visit the Cave of Machpela - resting place of the Patriarchs & Matriarchs
  • Farewell dinner at the Gush Etzion Winery - included
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport & depart for USA


Day 7

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 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.


For more information about the trip call Rabbi Avi Rabin 818-268-9666


Enjoy your stay in only the most luxurious and comfortable hotels. Deluxe rooms and central locations help you enjoy your trip to it's fullest!

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Kibbutz Lavi Hotel

Perfectly located in the lush, green expanses of the Galilee, Kibbutz Lavi preserves the age old tradition of hospitality and warmth. The hotel founded in 1962 started out as a collection of small houses in the kibbutz quickly expanding into a small hotel. Run and maintained by members of the Kibbutz, you can experience high standard hotel service with a kibbutz atmosphere. Guests will find a heated, indoor swimming pool, sauna, tennis courts, fitness center, table tennis and bike rental facilities.

The hotel looks out over the Sea of Galilee and mountains of the Golan Heights. The Sea of Galilee, with its water sports, religious and historic sites and Tiberias restaurants, are all within a 10 minute drive of Kibbutz Lavi Hotel.

Leonardo Plaza, Jerusalem

If you want a perfect holiday in the Holy City, Leonardo Plaza Jerusalem is the place to be at. Within walking distance from the Independence Park and the Western Wall, Leonardo Plaza Jerusalem is a tranquil island in the heart of the historic city bustling with life.

Feel the luxury of Leonardo Plaza Jerusalem: the hotel’s gourmet restaurants offer a unique culinary experience, the swimming pool is comfortable and inviting, and in summer a festive barbecue is held on the terrace of the hotel, which overlooks the Old City.

The combination of the holy atmosphere of the Old City with the modern luxury provided by the hotels facilities guarantees you a relaxing and pampering holiday which will be more than perfect.

Cell Phone

We at Israel Maven work together with NES Mobile and recommend them for all cell phone and SIM card rentals during your trip to Israel.

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NES Mobile provides tourists visiting Israel cell phones and SIM card rentals, as well as NetSticks and other mobile solutions. We chose to work with NES Mobile since they provide our customers with a simple, honest service with no strings attached. There are no hidden costs, tricks or shticks. All information, including the website and bills, are in easy to understand English; and their customer service staff is made up of native English speakers.

A summary of the services and prices for daily rentals are as follows: (More information can be found on the NesMobile site)

  • $6/day UNLIMITED calls to US & Israel (includes FREE phone rental)
  • For those who are bringing their own smartphones and wish to also use Data, the cost is 9.50/day for UNLIMITED calls to US & Israel, UNLIMITED texts in Israel and  UNLIMITED Data. You would need to bring your own unlocked SIM free device with you.
  • You can also rent a NetStick or MiFi Device ($6/day or $7.5/day respectively) which work virtually everywhere in Israel.
  • Most tourists also take a Virtual US number which rings on the Israeli cellphone for just $1/day. This way their friends and family back home can reach them by dialing a local number.

Delivery is FREE and you will receive your phones upon your arrival at the airport.

*Prices do not include VAT.

If you have any questions or comments you can sign up on the link above, call NES Mobile at 1-201-464-2180, or email them at:


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your Israel Maven Tours representative by emailing or you may call us toll free on 1-866-317-9307.

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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 Jewish homeland. 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, religion, Zionism, challenges facing the Israeli society, security and many others. The combination of these elements, make Israel such a unique place to visit- especially for a Synagogue mission.

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) 403-1053 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: What is policy for those arriving/ departing early/late?

Participants who are not travelling together with the group are asked to coordinate their plans in advance with the group leader and the tour operator. Participants who are not arriving or departing together with the group are responsible for joining/ leaving the group at their own expense. We are happy to assist in arranging additional services such as VIP “meet & greet”, hotel accommodation, transportation, meals and touring as required. These will be billed separately to the participant.

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 Zev Jacobson with any questions you may have. He can be reached by email or toll free on 1-866-317-9307.

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