Temple Beth El of Northern Westchester Israel Experience – December 2022

Come join Rabbi Jaffe and the Temple Beth El of Northern Westchester community 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!

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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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Registration is now open! Please click on the link to fill out the registration form. Upon clicking send, we will process your deposit and send you a confirmation e-mail within a couple of days to let you know you’re set to go!

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



As one of Jerusalem’s finest, most luxurious hotels, The Inbal is ideally positioned as your ultimate gateway to explore Jerusalem’s authentic atmosphere, a pure reflection of the city in which it resides. Combining a sophisticated elegance with warmth and comfort, The Inbal offers a range of rooms and suites to match every kind of visit – from relaxed family vacations to weddings, large conferences to business trips. With service that always goes above and beyond what you expect – we promise that your visit will be unforgettable.



The enchanting Negev Desert is a magnetic tourist draw thanks to its breathtaking natural beauty, pollution-free arid climate,
and the host of hidden tourist gems just waiting to be discovered. 
Located in Sde Boker, walking distance from the desert home of David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister,
this Nabatean khan-style hotel offers a unique Negev-inspired hospitality experience in the perfect tranquil base for local excursions.



Located in the heart of the famous Tel Aviv Beachfront sitting on the edge of Tel Aviv’s Marina, in a Central And Convenient Location, The Carlton Hotel Tel Aviv is a five-star boutique hotel. The hotel offers the highest standards of hospitality, from its luxurious rooms to the rooftop Swimming Pool and from the hotel’s kitchen to the pleasant “Home” atmosphere the staff gives its guests, thanks to which they return to the hotel. The hotel has a pampering, intimate and modern spa offering a variety of relaxing experiences such as professional massages, dry and wet saunas, a luxurious bath shower and a turkish bath, a new gym with a vivid view of the magnificent seashore near the hotel.

At the Carlton Hotel Tel Aviv you will enjoy a new standard with high quality hospitality for business people, couples and families. The hotel offers a warm and personal service, which gives its guests a homely and pleasant feel.  The hotel is just a few minutes’ walk from the city’s entertainment and culture.


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 – JJ Jonah – at jj@IsraelMaven.com.

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Welcome to Israel! Land at Ben Gurion Airport where you will be met by our representatives. Please keep your blue slip from Passport Control throughout the trip. MEET WITH REST OF THE GROUP.

● Discover the Neot Kedumim Biblical Landscape (in the Modiin area) & Special activity for Hannukah and take part in group bonding activities.

● Dinner and Hanukkah lighting (included)

● Transfer to Jerusalem

● Welcome to Jerusalem! Enjoy a spectacular lookout over Jerusalem from the Haas Promenade – “Lechayim”

● Opening session with Rabbi Jaffe and the guide

Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem

● Full Israeli breakfast at the hotel

● Opening to the Old City at the Western Wall – time for reflection.

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

● Experience the sites & sounds of the historic Jewish Quarter

● Lunch on own in the Jewish Quarter.

● Return to hotel to prepare for Shabbat

Kabbalat Shabbat and Shabbat dinner with Reform community in the Jerusalem area.

Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem

● Full Israeli breakfast at the hotel

OPTION: Join morning services at a local synagogue, optional walk to the Ezrat Yisrael.

● Explore the Christian Quarter including the Via Dolorosa & Church of the Holy Sepulcher.

● Meet with Palestinian Speaker from East Jerusalem
in the Old City.

● Lunch at a local restaurant in the Christian Quarter (included)

● Walk through some of Jerusalem picturesque neighborhoods:
Yemin Moshe, Rechavia and the First station

● Return to hotel for relax time

● Musical Havdalla at the “Balcony” of Yemin Moshe

Watch the Sound-&-Light Spectacular screened on the walls of the Tower of David

Dinner on own in Jerusalem

Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem

● Full Israeli breakfast at hotel

● 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).
B’Chafetz Kapea – Art project for children under 10 (instead of Yad Vashem)

● Lunch on own in Jerusalem

● Bar and Bat Mitzvah ceremony in Jerusalem !!

● Enjoy the tastes and smells of the colorful Machane Yehudah Outdoor Market.

● Dinner on own

Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem

● Full Israeli breakfast at hotel

● Check out and depart for Judean Desert.

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

● Lunch on own at the Masada food court

● Explore the beautiful desert oasis of Ein Gedi where David fled from King Saul and cool of funder a waterfall

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

● Overlook the Sdom Region to hear about the famous story from the bible

● Continue to the Negev and the Kedma Hotel.

● Dinner at the hotel (included)

Overnight: Kedma Hotel, Sde Boker, Negev

● Full Israeli breakfast at the hotel

● Visit the home of Israel’s legendary prime-minister, David Ben Gurion who was the driving force behind the establishment of the State of Israel.

● Enjoy a beautiful nature walk in the Ein Ovdat desert oasis

● Lunch en route on own

● Enjoy the thrill of sand-boarding in the Negev Desert

● Meet with Mechina students at Ashalim/Nitzana OR Ayalim student village.

● Camel riding, Bedouin Hospitality and authentic dinner at a Bedouin experience (included)

● Return to hotel.

Overnight: Kedma Hotel, Sde Boker, Negev

● Full Israeli Breakfast at your hotel

● Learn about Ilan Ramon, Israel’s first astronaut at the
Ramon Visitor’s Center

Rappel down the side of the Ramon Crater

● Lunch on own in Mitzpe Ramon

● Explore the fascinating Ramon Crater off-road by jeep.


● Participate in an immersive hands-on workshop at the artisan
Lasha Bakery.

Star-gazing in the Ramon Crater far away from the city lights

● Dinner at hotel (included)

Overnight: Kedma Hotel, Sde Boker, Negev

● Full Israeli Breakfast at the hotel

● Check our and depart

● Lookout over the striking Zin Valley from the tomb of Israel’s legendary prime minister – David Ben Gurion

Beta Israel village – experiential Ethiopian Village including workshops.

● Lunch at Beta Yisrael (included)

● Participate in a real-life archaeological excavation as you Dig for a Day in Bet Guvrin. This is followed by a spelunking adventure as you explore the underground caves & subterranean passageways.

● Travel to Tel Aviv and check into hotel

● Dinner on own in Tel Aviv

Overnight: Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv

● Full Israeli breakfast at hotel

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

● Stroll through the Jaffa Flea Market & hunt for a bargain

● Lunch on own

● Experience the vibe at the Nachalat Binyamin arts-&-crafts fair & open-air Carmel Market with its lively vendors & colorful displays of fresh produce.

● Kabbalat Shabbat with Israeli Beit Tefilah

● Shabbat dinner at the hotel (included)

Overnight: Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv

● Full Israeli breakfast at hotel

● Visit the Underground Bullet Factory at Machon Ayalon where the Haganah secretly manufactured ammunition under the noses of the British prior to Independence.

● Return to hotel and check out of hotel.

● Lunch on own in Tel Aviv’s Sarona Market

● Explore the beautiful Neve Tzedek neighborhood & encounter the towering personalities who left their mark on the development of the city & the country.

● Summary of the trip with Rabbi Jaffe and guide

● Final dinner at a local Tel Aviv restaurant (included)

● Departure to Ben Gurion Airport for return flight to the US

Next Year in Jerusalem!

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