Tuesday, February 17, 2009

My Trip Itinerary!

Things that intrigue/terrify me in bold. I've linked to Web sites for our accommodations when available.

Taglit Birthright Israel
Israel Experience IE-19-278
Winter 2009 Itinerary
Subject to change

Thursday, March 5, 2009
Afternoon arrival in Israel
Drive north
Opening ceremony and program orientation
Icebreakers
Accommodations: Karei Deshe Guest House, 011-972-4-672-0601

Friday, March 6, 2009
Tsfat – tour of the old city, ancient synagogues and artists' galleries
Winery in the north
Kabbalat Shabbat (candlelighting)
Shabbat Dinner
Oneg Shabbat – fun group activity
Accommodations: Karei Deshe Guest House, 011-972-4-672-0601

Shabbat, March 7, 2009 (aka MY BIRTHDAY!)
Kiddush
Shabbat discussions
Visiting Hours for Friends and Family
Havdalah
Fun night in Tiberias
Accommodations: Karei Deshe Guest House, 011-972-4-672-0601

Sunday, March 8, 2009
Mifgash begins-Israeli participants join
Gadot overview: Introduction to the north
Gilabun hike
Mt Bental – overlook into Syria and entire region, introduction to the area and the story of the
Golan Heights
Valley of Tears
Fun group activity
Accommodations: Karei Deshe Guest House, 011-972-4-672-0601

Monday, March 9, 2009
Volunteering at Adam and Eve ecological farm
Drive south
Bedouin Hospitality in Kfar Hanokdim (camel rides and dinner)
Accommodations: Bedouin Tent, Kfar Hanokdim

Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Early ascent to Masada – enjoy the sunrise and tour the site that has a unique story of faith
and survival and that has become a central part of Israeli culture and Jewish legacy
Ein Gedi Hike
Swim in the Dead Sea
Drive to Tel Aviv
One woman show: "The Four Faces of Israel"
Accommodations: Sea Net, Tel Aviv, 011-972-3-517-1655


Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Israel Update with guest speaker Neil Lazarus
Neve Tzedek-first neighborhood in Tel Aviv
Independence Hall
Lunch on Sheinkin Street
Yitzchak Rabin Square
Purim Party with other Taglit-Birthright Israel groups!
Drive to Jerusalem
Accommodations: Judaean Youth Hostel, Jerusalem, 011-972-2-632-2777

Thursday, March 12, 2009
City of David - explore the first Jewish neighborhoods of Jerusalem, when King David chose
Jerusalem as his capital, forever linking the city with the story of the Jewish people
Tour the Jewish Quarter - learn the stories of its inhabitants, then and now
The Kotel – the central, most significant site in Jewish tradition
Machaneh Yehudah open-air market
Say goodbye to Israeli friends
Prepare for Yad Vashem
Accommodations: Judaean Youth Hostel, Jerusalem, 011-972-2-632-2777

Friday, March 13, 2009
Yad Vashem – visit the National Memorial for the Victims and Martyrs of the Holocaust
Mt. Herzl – the tombs of the leaders of the nation and the military cemetery tell the story of
the struggles for Jewish independence from the first days of Zionism to today
Kabbalat Shabbat (candlelighting)
Shabbat Dinner
Oneg Shabbat – fun group activity
Accommodations: Judaean Youth Hostel, Jerusalem, 011-972-2-632-2777

Shabbat, March 14, 2009
Morning Services
Shabbat discussions
Time to rest
Visiting time for family and friends
Havdalah
Program evaluation
Night out in Jerusalem
Depart for airport

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