Westport Community Trip to Israel – November 2019

We are so excited for you to join the Westport Community trip to Israel! Join your community to make memories that will last a lifetime as you connect 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 luxurious hotels:


The Dan Tel Aviv Hotel reflects Tel Aviv’s dynamic lifestyle. The first luxury Tel Aviv hotel in Israel’s first Jewish city, the Dan Tel Aviv has always been a prime venue for statesmen, politicians and artists who gathered here from the earliest years of the State of Israel. Considered the Tel Aviv hotel of choice, the Dan Tel Aviv is justly renowned for its prime location overlooking the Mediterranean and splendid beaches edged by the city’s famous seafront promenade bustling with happy strollers. Designer stores, commercial centers and the city’s famed after-dark attractions are all on your doorstep.



The combination of breath-taking desert scenery together with the unique architecture and top-quality service makes Beresheet one of the most extraordinary hotels in Israel.

Beresheet is one of the most successful hotels in Israel and it enjoys many returning guests, both Israelis and tourists return to this amazing hotel every year. Beresheet guarantees an unforgettable hospitality experience – great service, a gourmet restaurant, a luxury spa, elegant and comfortable rooms and of course, the second to none desert view.

Beresheet Hotel covers approximately 12.5 acres and consists of one hundred and eleven private villas of one- or two stories, situated throughout the grounds at altering distances from each other. Thirty-nine of the ground floor rooms open to personal pools, the top floor rooms open to balconies with desert views (some with crater views).

All rooms are separated and each has a private entrance. All rooms include a hall, a spacious bedroom and a massive bathroom.

Due to Beresheet’s location (approx. 800 meters above sea level) guests enjoy pleasant weather all year round (do bring warm clothes with you, even during the summer)


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!!! Arrival at Ben Gurion airport flight #?? Where you will be met by Israel Maven representatives

Opening ceremony with wine and refreshments as we overlook the city of Tel Aviv from the Old Port of Jaffa

Enjoy the beautiful arts and crafts fair of Nachalat Binyamin and the Carmel Market (time permitting)

Check into Hotel, rest & relax

Return to hotel, prepare for Shabbat

Kabbalat Shabbat together at the hotel

Shabbat dinner at hotel (included)

Overnight: Dan Hotel Tel Aviv

Full Israeli breakfast at hotel

Morning at leisure:

  • Shacharit at the local Masorti community at Kehillat Sinai/Nve Tzedek
  • Rest and relax
  • Walk along the beach on the Herbert Samuel Promenade

Lunch at hotel (included)

Introduction to Tel Aviv overlooking the City from the Old City of Jaffa the “Gateway to the Holy Land” Comparing the new and the Old- including galleries and more

Havdalah by the pool

Dinner on own in Tel Aviv

Overnight: Dan Hotel Tel Aviv

Full Israeli breakfast at the hotel

Introduction to the History of the Land of Israel at the Rabin Center

Meet with Eitan Haber– Yitzchak Rabin’s right-hand man and was with him during his last minutes

Visit the Innovation Center in Tel Aviv – learn about the Israeli startups and inventions. Meet with Israeli entrepreneur.

Lunch in Tel Aviv on own

Visit “Bina”- the secular Yeshiva that has become a spiritual-cultural center and a hub for service/learning programs for Israeli and international young Jewish adults in Tel Aviv

Enjoy a fascinating Graffiti tour in the neighborhood of Florentine to get a little taste of Israeli culture in Tel Aviv

Dinner on own in Tel Aviv

Overnight: Dan Hotel Tel Aviv

Full Israeli breakfast at hotel – check out

Travel to the Western Negev

Visit Nativ Haasara – including the “Peace Wall” together with Tzameret Zamir

Continue to the Town of Sderot and receive a tour of the region that suffered the most from rockets from Gaza. Meet with local residents of the town

Lunch on own in Sderot

Meet with Doron Almog (pending) and visit at Aleh Negev- where over 750 children with intellectual and developmental disabilities and complex medical conditions receive advanced medical, educational and rehabilitative care

OR Learn about agricultural technology at the “Salad Trail”

Continue to Mitzpe Ramon – check into hotel

Dinner at hotel (included)

Overnight: Beresheet Hotel, Mitzpe Ramon

Full Israeli breakfast at hotel

Options for extreme- biking/rappelling – can be offered as a supplement

Visit the Ilan Ramon Center and hear about one of Israel’s heroes and the formation of the “Machtesh”

Off road Jeep tour in the heart of the Machtesh and see the unique Geological formations in the Negev Desert

Lunch and wine tasting at the Ramon Winery (included)

Nature walk in the beautiful gorges of Ein Ovdat

Visit Israel’s 1st Prime Ministers- David Ben Gurion’s Grave and discuss his vision of the Desert and how he was able to fulfill his dreams

Dinner at hotel (included)

Overnight: Beresheet Hotel, Mitzpe Ramon

Full Israeli breakfast at hotel

Morning at leisure to enjoy hotel facilities

Travel to Bedouin Tent at Kfar Nokdim and meet Bedouin to hear about their way of life and how living in a modern country effects their culture- Bedouin lunch included

Climb Masada from the Roman Ramp – discuss the relevance of Masada to the Israeli narrative today

Boat ride in the Dead Sea– and see the amazing salt formation that are created

Welcome to Jerusalem!!! Overlook and intro to the City from the Mount of Olives

Check and settle into hotel

Dinner on own in Jerusalem

Overnight: David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem

Full Israeli breakfast at hotel

Introduction to the City at Jaffa Gate– understand the different looks at the City

Visit the Christian Quarter and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher

Meet with a local Priest and hear about their look at the City today

Ascend Temple Mount – hear about the Muslem presence in the city and hear about the new developments happening on this holy site

Lunch on own

Continue to the Jewish Quarter – follow in the footsteps of the Palmach soldiers during the battle for Jerusalem in 1948

Behind the scenes tour of the Western Wall Tunnels!!

Dinner in Jerusalem on own

Overnight: David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem

Full Israeli breakfast at the hotel


  • Pay tribute to the six million Jew who perished in the Holocaust at the Yad Vashem Memorial and Museum
  • Introduction at the hotel of Jerusalem seam line and map out the City in terms of population and geography

 Drive along the seam including the following:

– Ramat Rachel lookout to Bethlehem- see new embassy!

– Goodman Promenade overlook the security fence

– Ammunition Hill and the battle for Jerusalem

Lunch on own at Shuk Machane Yehuda

Preparation for Shabbat at the hotel

Join thousands as they bring in Shabbat at the Kotel- the Western Wall

Shabbat dinner at hotel or with ‘Shabbat of a Lifetime’ – hosted by a local family (included)

Overnight: David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem


Full Israeli breakfast at hotel

Morning at leisure rest or – option to visit different synagogues in the vicinity or explore on own

Lunch on own in Jerusalem

Optional walking tour: Jerusalem outside the Old City wall- walk through the beautiful neighborhoods of Yemin Moshe & Talbieh

Sporting event in Jerusalem– Basketball or Soccer (supplement)

Shopping time on Ben Yehuda Street & dinner on own

Overnight: David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem

Full Israeli breakfast at hotel

Travel to Hevron– visit the Tomb of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs and hear about 1 of the most complicated places in Israel

Meet with Shaul and Ali and hear about their initiative of “Roots” striving for quiet in the region

Lunch en route on own

Visit the Bilingual School of “Yad B’Yad- where Jews, Christian and Moslem kids all learn together

Afternoon for shopping and packing

Late check out of hotel

Final banquet at a Eucalyptus restaurant in Jerusalem

Travel to airport

Depart on flight # to USA


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