North Suburban Synagogue Beth El Israel Experience – December 2022

Come join the NSS Beth El trip to ISRAEL with Rabbi Michael Schwab! 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!

North Suburban Synagogue Beth El



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!



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

Kibbutz Hagoshrim, Upper Galilee

Located at the top of the Upper Galilee within green spaces, surrounded by a nature reserve and historical sites.
The Mount Hermon streams that flow into the kibbutz allow guests to feel closest to nature.
Guests have a large spa complex in the Galilee, a sports and wellness center with an indoor pool and a gym.


Leonardo Plaza Hotel, Jerusalem

Just around the corner from the Great Synagogue, the Leonardo Plaza Hotel Jerusalem lures all kinds of travelers, from the devout to the business-focused laics and families discovering the wonders of the sacred city together.
The setting of Leonardo Plaza Hotel Jerusalem offers magazine-worthy views for all our guests. Our proximity to attractions such as the Gan HaAtsmaut Independence Park, the Western Wall, Mamilla Pool ancient reservoir, and the scenic Ayalon Canada Park is greatly appreciated too.


Crown Plaza Hotel, Tel Aviv

Crowne Plaza Tel Aviv Beach hotel sits on the seafront in central Tel Aviv. Fashionable Gordon Beach is at the hotel’s doorstep, Tel Aviv Marina is next door and the seafront promenade attracts joggers and cyclists. The city’s vibrant museums and arts venues are a short taxi ride away. It’s a short amble to the shops and cafés of Dizengoff and Ben Yehuda Streets, and a free hotel shuttle links to the upmarket Azrieli mall. The Old City of Jaffa is a 20-minute drive south


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 – J.J. Jonah:

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  • Welcome to Israel!!! Arrival at Ben Gurion airport where you will be met by Israel Maven representatives and your guide.

  • Discover the magnificent port city of
    Caesarea including the Roman Theater, Hippodrome,Palace of King Herod & more…

  • Experience authentic Druze hospitality
    and lunch at the village of Dalyat-el-Carmel- Usafia

  • Hike along the Arbel Cliffs with stunning views of the Sea of Galilee

  • Travel to hotel & Check in

  • Opening dinner at the hotel (included)

  • Opening session with Rabbi Schwab and tour guide

Overnight: Kibbutz Hagoshrim Hotel, Upper Galilee

  • Full Israel breakfast at hotel

  • Explore the gorgeous Tel Dan Nature Reserve where nature, history & hydro-politics cometogether.

  • Visit the Hula Lake where millions of birds rest on their migration between Africa & Europe orAsia, bikes or golf carts will be available to get around

  • Enjoy lunch on own in Tzfat – not included

  • Discover the secrets behind the writing of Sifrei Torah, Tefillin & Mezuzot at Otzar HaStam

  • Discover the Mystical City of Tzfat, including the beautiful synagogues, artists’ colony, candlefactory & more

  • Dinner on own en route

Overnight: Kibbutz Hagoshrim Hotel, Upper Galilee

  • Full Israel breakfast at hotel

  • 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

  • Lunch in Kibbutz Gadot (included)

  • Kids: Participate in a fun chocolate-making workshop at De Karina in Ein Zivan
    Adults: Wine tasting at the Bahat Wine Cellar in Ein Zivan

  • Travel to Jerusalem via the Jordan Valley

  • Welcome to Jerusalem!!!! Enjoy a spectacular lookout over the city from Mt Scopus

  • Dinner on own in Jerusalem

Overnight: Leonardo Plaza Hotel, Jerusalem

  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel

  • Participate in a real-life archaeological excavation as you Dig for a Day in Bet Guvrin. This isfollowed by a spelunking adventure as you explore the underground caves & subterraneanpassageways.

  • Lunch on own

  • Experience the sites & sounds of the historic Jewish Quarter
    including the Cardo, Broad Wall,Batei Machase & more.

  • Discover the splendor of the Second Temple as you visit the
    Southern Wall Excavations & Davidson Center

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

  • Time for reflection at the Western Wall- The Kotel!

  • Dinner on own

Overnight: Leonardo Plaza Hotel, Jerusalem

  • Full Israeli breakfast at the 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).

  • CHILDREN UNDER 10 – Experience the beautiful Tisch Family Biblical Zoo or the new Aquarium

  • Encounter the leaders and heroes who are interred at the
    Mount Herzl National Cemetery

  • Experience the vibe at the Machane Yehudah Outdoor Market as Jerusalem prepares for Shabbat.

  • Return to Jerusalem to prepare for Shabbat

  • Kabbalat Shabbat and Tfilla at a local Synagogue or at the Western Wall

  • Shabbat dinner at the hotel (included)

Overnight: Leonardo Plaza Hotel, Jerusalem

  • Full Israeli breakfast at the hotel

  • Morning at leisure: Options include

  • Morning services in a local Synagogue– options will be provided

  • Relax in the hotel

  • Explore the impressive Israel Museum including the Shrine of the Book, Model of Jerusalem, Archeology Wing and more.

  • Lunch on own

  • Afternoon: Walking tour in the surrounding neighborhoods: Talbiyah, Yemin Moshe and more.


  • 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.)

  • Night in the town! – dinner on own

Overnight: Leonardo Plaza Hotel, Jerusalem

  • Full Israeli breakfast at the hotel

  • Don’t forget towels, bathing suit, water, hats and sun screen.

  • Ascend the formidable desert fortress of Masada where the Zealots contested the might of theRoman Empire

  • Lunch on own at Masada food court

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

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

  • Transport yourselves to the Days of the Bible as you visit Abraham’s Tent in Genesis Land -includes camel rides, traditional desert hospitality & dinner (included)

  • Return to Jerusalem

  • Dinner at hotel (included)

Overnight: Leonardo Plaza Hotel, Jerusalem

  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel

  • Checkout and depart

  • Plant a tree in the JNF Tzor’ah Forest in honor/memory of.

  • Discover the Armored Corps Memorial at Latrun & climb on the tanks

  • Lunch on own en route

  • Visit the Underground Bullet Factory at Machon Ayalon where the Haganah secretlymanufactured ammunition under the noses of the British prior to Independence.

  • Visit the Ilan – Israel Sport Center for the Disabled – one of the world pioneers in the field ofsport rehabilitation.

  • Travel to Tel Aviv and check in to hotel

  • Dinner on own in Tel Aviv

Overnight: Crowne Plaza 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

  • Enjoy a Street Art Graffiti Tour of the bohemian Florentine Neighborhood & feel the pulse of Tel Aviv

  • Lunch on own in Tel Aviv

  • Experience the vibe at the Nachalat Binyamin arts-&-crafts fair & open-air Carmel Market

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

  • Final dinner for summary of the trip- at a local Tel Aviv restaurant (included)

  • Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for return flight to the US


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