Beth Sholom Chanukah Israel Trip

Come join Beth Sholom on their Chanukah trip to Israel! Enjoy your community as you make memories that will last a lifetime and will connect you to your Jewish heritage, community and form a bond with a country that will become your second home. Whether it is your first, second or third trip to Israel, we have crafted an itinerary that is engaging and exciting for all. We can’t wait to see you!


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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Enjoy your trip to Israel to it’s fullest at these beautiful hotels:


The Dan Panorama, 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.


Ramot Resort Hotel

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.

Our 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, Tel Aviv

Whether for business or pleasure, the Dan Panorama Hotel boasts an outstanding mix of facilities. It is directly linked to the Dan Panorama Convention Center – the city’s largest, most comprehensive convention and exhibition center. Furnished with contemporary flair and highlighted by splendid views, the Dan Panorama Hotel features elegantly appointed guestrooms that blend luxury with the efficacy of advanced technology. With a huge pool – the largest of any Tel Aviv hotel – and sundeck, premium leisure-time facilities and dining options, as well as all the dynamic and sophisticated attractions of Tel Aviv on its doorstep, the Dan Panorama Tel Aviv is perfect for a family vacation, business trip or international event.


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 – Nachum Binder – at

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● 9:30 AM Pick up from Dan Panorama Jerusalem, travel to airport

● 11:00 AM The journey begins! Pick up from the Ben Gurion Airport

● Discover the Neot Kedumim Biblical Landscape & take part in group bonding activities including sheep-herding, tree-planting & more

● Welcome ceremony and Le’chayim by the windmill in Mishkenot Sha’ananim – overlooking the old city!

● Check into hotel- rest and relax, Chanukah candle lighting at hotel

● Dinner at hotel

Overnight: Dan Panorama – Jerusalem

● Full Israeli breakfast at hotel

● Experience the sites & sounds of the historic Jewish Quarter

● Explore the fascinating Western Wall Tunnels that unlock the secrets of Jerusalem’s glorious past

● Lunch on own in the Jewish Quarter

● Take part in the fascinating Emek Zurim Sifting Project searching for artifacts & hidden treasures from the Temple Mount

● Join the Hanukkah celebration and live music performance at Mamila Mall

● Dinner on own in Mamila

Overnight: Dan Panorama – Jerusalem

● Full Israeli breakfast at hotel

● 8:30 AM Camel riding at Genesis Land

● Ascend the formidable desert fortress of Masada where the Zealots contested the might of the Roman Empire

● Lunch on own at Masada food court

● Experience the incredible sensation of floating in the Dead Sea – the lowest place on Earth

● Traditional desert hospitality & scrumptious dinner at Eretz Hamirdafim

Overnight: Dan Panorama – Jerusalem

● Full Israeli breakfast at hotel

● Meet with local Israeli & Palestinian members of Roots Shorashim at the Etzion junction and hear about the hope for coexistence in the area

● Travel to Shoham – Memphis’s partner city . Tour the area, greetings from the Head of the Regional Council, visit school and see special teen robotics programs. Lunch with partnership included

● Visit the Yvel Jewelers and the Megimeria School of Jewelry and art where Ethiopian immigrants learn the art of jewelry making while using their own artisan traditions

● Find the best sufganiyah and dinner on own in the Machaneh Yehuda Market

● 9:00 PM Evening bakery tour in the ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods of Geula & Mea Shearim  as Jerusalemites prepare their Shabbat Challah

Overnight: Dan Panorama – Jerusalem

● Pay tribute to the Memory of Six Million at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum & Children’s Memorial. (Please note that minimum age for entry into the museum is 10 years old).

● Kids – Experience the beautiful Tisch Family Biblical Zoo

● Preparation for Shabbat at hotel

● Light Chanukah & Shabbat candles at hotel

● Kabbalat Shabbat at the First Station or at local synagogue

● Shabbat Dinner all together at hotel

Overnight: Dan Panorama – Jerusalem

● Full Israeli breakfast at hotel

● Morning at leisure – option to visit different synagogues in the vicinity

● Enjoy Shabbat lunch at the Fuchsberg Center together with Lone Soldiers from the IDF  (based on availability of soldiers)

● Jerusalem Stroll with Rabbi Sarit – walk through the beautiful neighborhoods of Rechavia & Talbieh including a view from the outside of the Prime Minister’s house and the Presidents House

● Musical havdala at Yemin Moshe overlooking the Old City walls

● Watch the Sound-&-Light Spectacular screened on the walls of the Tower of David. (Show is outdoors. Please dress warmly & ensure to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start.)

Overnight: Dan Panorama – Jerusalem

● Full Israeli breakfast at hotel and check out

● Meet students and hear the success stories of Yemin Orde – a home, school and safe haven to 440 at-risk and immigrant youth from around the world

● Enjoy authentic Druze Lunch and meet with Druze family and hear about their religion

● Travel to hotel, check in and relax

● Final night lighting Chanukah candles

● Dinner at hotel (included)

Overnight: Ramot Resort – North

● Full Israeli breakfast at hotel

● Ascend the Golan Heights

● Celebrate Benny’s Bar Mitzvah at the impressive synagogue in the Ancient Talmudic Village in Katzrin

● Lookout over the border with Syria from atop the former Israeli forward post of Mt. Bental &
gain a deeper understanding of the complex & changing realities on the ground

● Participate in a fun chocolate-making workshop at De Karina in Ein Zivan

● Explore the Golan Heights by jeep in an off-road adventure

● Dinner on own in Teveria

Overnight: Ramot Resort – North

● Full Israeli breakfast at hotel

● Explore the gorgeous Tel Dan Nature Reserve where nature, history & hydro-politics come together

● Overlook the Hula valley through the eyes of a Syrian Soldier at Tel Facher outpost -Hear the amazing stories of Eli Cohen and the Golani Brigade soldier’s battle on the site

● Discover the Mystical City of Tzfat, including the beautiful synagogues, artists’ colony, candle factory & more

● Meet with Kabbalistic artisan Sheva Chaya and enjoy a live glass-blowing demonstration in her studio

● Dinner at hotel (included)

Overnight: Ramot Resort – North

● Full Israeli breakfast at hotel, check out and depart

● Descend by cable car to the stunning Rosh Hanikra Grottoes where the azure waters of the Mediterranean meet the chalk-white cliffs.

● Explore the impressive Crusader City of Akko including the Knights’ Halls and Templar Tunnels

● Travel to Tel Aviv

● Explore the Old Port of Jaffa with its charming alleyways, artists’ galleries & stunning views over Tel Aviv

● Dinner on own in Tel Aviv

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel – Tel Aviv

● Full Israeli breakfast at hotel and check out

● Explore the newly renovated Templar town of Sarona , now a hip and vibrant fashion and culinary and free time to stroll through the indoor food and spice market

● Visit the State of Mind Innovation Center . The exciting and cutting-edge Innovation Center allows you to learn about the new advancements Israeli Start-Ups are making in science, medicine, security, space and more

● Lunch on own in Tel Aviv

● Tour the state-of-the art Palmach Museum and learn about the “striking force” that formed the backbone of the IDF

● Farewell dinner at the Middle Eastern Maganda Restaurant

● Drop off in Tel Aviv followed by drop off at airport

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