Temple Sholom Greenwich – December, 2022

Come join Rabbi Hurvitz and The Temple Sholom Greenwich trip to ISRAEL! Make family memories that will last a lifetime. Deepen ties to your community. Connect to your Jewish heritage. 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 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.



In the heart of the Hula Valley in the Upper Galilee, surrounded by green spaces and the chirping of birds, lies the Pastoral Hotel –

A place for people who love getting away, culture, nature, music and the written word. The hotel offers a comfortable, peaceful getaway experience for couples and families, together with close proximity to all the main attractions of the Upper Galilee region, including Lake Hula, Manara Cliff, Mt. Hermon, wineries, museums and motor sports.



Over looking the Mediterranean on one side and Tel Aviv city on the other, the hotel is positioned in a perfect location. Around the corner from Old Jaffa, 1 minute walk to the Tachana – one of the hottest places to hang out and get dinner or have an ice cream, across the street from the Sea and extremely close to Neve Tzedek, a lovely picturesque neighbourhood for a beautiful walk and a good lunch or coffee.

The hotel has quite a few dinning options and the service is great!



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!! Arrive at Ben Gurion where you will be met by VIP representatives and escorted through passport control, baggage claim and customs

● Transfer to Jerusalem

● Welcome to Jerusalem! Enjoy a spectacular lookout over Jerusalem from the Mt. of Olives & Lechaim!!

● Ascend the Temple Mount & see the Dome of the Rock & Al Aksa Mosque

● Explore the 3 religions visiting the Christian, Jewish & Muslim Quarter including the Via Dolorosa & Church of the Holy Sepulcher & The Kotel

● Check into Hotel- settle in and relax

● Dinner at a local restaurant (included): Orientation with the Rabbi and the guide

Overnight: Inbal, Jerusalem

● Full Israeli breakfast at the hotel

● Departure – Wear closed- toe shoes and clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty

● 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. OR Tour of the amazing site of Bet Guvrin

● Experience the vibe at the Machane Yehudah Outdoor Market

● Lunch on own at the Shuk

● Participate in a fun and exciting scavenger hunt around the streets of the ‘Nachlaot’
neighborhood and Shuk Machane Yehuda

● Join thousands of Jews as they bring in the Shabbat at the Western Wall

● Shabbat dinner at the hotel

Overnight: Inbal, Jerusalem

● Full Israeli breakfast at hotel

● Morning at leisure on own in Jerusalem. Options include:

● Join morning services at a local synagogue

● Explore the impressive Israel Museum including the Shrine of the Book, Model of Jerusalem, Archeology Wing, Sculpture Garden & Wing of Jewish Life.

● Lunch on own

● Walking tour in Jerusalem: Enjoy walking through the beautiful Yemin Moshe neighborhood & Montefiore’s Windmill

● Evening: Musical Havdalla

● 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.)

● Dinner on own

Overnight: Inbal, Jerusalem

● Full Israeli breakfast at hotel

● Pay tribute to the Memory of Six Million at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum & Children’s Memorial. Children under 10 years old will visit the Biblical Zoo

● Lunch included

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

● Feel the adrenaline rush as you rappel down the walls of the Old City near Zion Gate

OR- Visit the fascinating Menachem Begin Center

● Dinner on own

Overnight: Inbal, Jerusalem

● Full Israeli Breakfast at the hotel

● Depart for the Judean Desert. (Don’t forget protection against the sun, comfortable walking shoes, bathing suit, water shoes & towel)

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

● Bar/ Bat Mitzvah Ceremony atop of Masada- Mazal Tov!

● Lunch on own at the Masada Food Court

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

● Boat ride along the shore Dead Sea – the lowest place on Earth – and discover the unique salt & crystal formations that can be seen only from this vantage-point

● Continue North

● Dinner at hotel (included)

Overnight: Pastoral Hotel – Kibbutz Kfar Blum

● Full Israeli breakfast at the hotel

● Departure from the hotel

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

● Enjoy lunch on own in Tzfat – not included

● Explore the gorgeous Banias Reserve & gushing waterfall where history, nature & hydro-politics come together OR

● Visit the impressive Nimrod Fortress in the Golan Heights OR

● Nahal Ayun Nature Reserve

● Meet with local residents at Kibbutz Misgav Am on the border with Lebanon & hear about life in the shadow of the Hezbollah

● Dinner at the Dag al HaDan Fish Restaurant – not included OR

● Dinner in Tiberias at Decks Restaurant on the banks of the Sea of Galilee – included

Overnight: Pastoral Hotel – Kibbutz Kfar Blum

● Full Israeli breakfast at hotel

●Ascend Mount Bental for an overlook into Syria

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

● Lunch en route on own

● Sample the local fare at the award-winning Golan Heights Winery in Kazrin.

●  Hear the incredible story of the IDF troops at Tel Saki who were totally overrun by the Syrians during the Yom Kippur War

● Swim in the warm, mineral-rich waters of Hamat Gader & Dinner

● Return to hotel

Overnight: Pastoral Hotel – Kibbutz Kfar Blum

● Full Israeli breakfast at the hotel

● Checkout & departure

● 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, Templar Tunnels, Lighthouse & more

● Visit the Neve Michael Children’s Home in Pardes Chana & lunch

● Discover the magnificent port city of Caesarea including the Roman Theater, Hippodrome, Palace of King Herod & more… (time permitting)

● Transfer to Tel Aviv hotel & check-in

● Dinner on own

Overnight: David Intercontinental 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 in the Market

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

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

● Friday night dinner at hotel (included)

Overnight: David Intercontinental Hotel – Tel Aviv

● Breakfast at the hotel

● Day at leisure in Tel Aviv – options include:

● Discover Israel’s glorious coastline as you walk along the Herbert Samuel Promenade

● Tour the Tel Aviv Museum of Art showcasing works by both Israeli & International artists

● Lunch on own

● Walking tour in the beautiful Neve Tzedek neighborhood & encounter the towering
personalities who left their mark on the development of the city & the country

● Soak in the atmosphere along the trendy Rothschild Boulevard with its buzzing cafes, famous Bauhaus architecture, historic landmarks & Innovation hubs

Final Banquet and summary of the trip

Travel to Ben Gurion Airport for return flight to the US

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