Itinerary YA-32-867


*Please note this Itinerary is subject to change*

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

First things first: Day 1, Today you'll get to finally understand your Jewish selves in the context of a collective Jewish past.

This is where our history was made, yo.

Up till this point, you've all been a Hebrew character without a Hebrew past. Abraham had the mission of creating something entirely new whereas, we have both the advantage and the challenge of carrying history with us and like every generation before us we are building the Jewish future.

  • Land at Ben Gurion
  • Breakfast
  • Jerusalem
  • Lunch
  • Activity
  • Dinner
  • Overnight stay a Jerusalem Garden Hotel

Wednesday May 13

Isn't it great to wake up in Israel? Today we'll meet the soldiers who join us for the next few days. After a bit of community service, we'll get a chance to wander around the Machne Yehuda market in Jerusalem. Also, while on tour with us, we'll hike different portions of the Israel National Trail. We'll hike the Sataf portion!

  • Breakfast
  • Yad Lakashish
  • Lunch
  • Machne Yehuda
  • Sataf (INT)
  • Dinner
  • Yad Vashem prepartion
  • Overnight stay at Jerusalem Garden Hotel

Thursday May 14

Today is all about connecting our past with our future which is up to us to define it. We'll have our eyes opened wide at the museum of the Shoa and pay tribute to the founders of Israel who made this place actually happen. It's going to be an emotional day to say the least!

  • Breakfast
  • Yad Vashem
  • Lunch
  • Mt. Herzl
  • Dinner
  • Tie-in session
  • Last night at Jerusalem Garden

Friday May 15

To the SOUTH! Not all Birthright Israel groups get a chance to experience Eilat. The next two days will be about exploring the Red Sea and learning about eco conservation.

  • Kabalat Shabbat
  • Dinner
  • Oneg Shabbat
  • Overnight stay at YA Eilat

Shabbat May 16

On Shabbat we will experience what it's like to rest in combination with getting that "spiritual thang" on... We'll discuss our new experiences and hear creative responses to Jewish sites and sources. The pace of our schedule will be less hectic than usual, it is Shabbat after all... Later on, in the evening, we'll get to splash around and have some fun!

  • Sleep in (just a little)
  • Breakfast
  • Activity with soldiers
  • Lunch
  • Kibbutz walking tour
  • Havdala program
  • Dinner
  • Last night at YA Eilat

Sunday May 17

Oooh, you're all going to have so much fun today! We'll get to hike the amazing Ein Ovdat AND Sde Boker. Be sure to have your Instagram game on strong! We'll ride camels and experience Bedouin hospitality.

  • Breakfast
  • Negev Brigade Monument
  • Ein Ovdat
  • Lunch
  • Sde Boker
  • Camel ride
  • Dinner
  • Bedouin hospitality
  • Overnight stay Han Shayarot

Monday May 18

What a full day ahead! Right after breakfast we'll get a gorgeous view of the Golan at Mitzpe Gadot. We'll have a hike at Zavitan and visit Kazterin. We'll also get to hike Mt. Bental!

  • Breakfast
  • Mitzpe Gadot
  • Zavitan
  • Kazterin
  • Lunch
  • Mt. Bental
  • Kabalat Shabbat
  • Dinner
  • Overnight Nofei Gonen

Tuesday May 19

Today we'll explore the mystical city of Tzfat (Safed). After lunch we'll head twoards the coast. Just outside of Haifa we'll visit Wadi Nisnas and then go to the beautifully manicured Bahai Garden. At this point it will be time to say our farewells to the soldiers that we've traveled with so far.

  • Breakfast
  • Tzfat (Safed)
  • Lunch
  • Wadi Nisnas
  • Bahai Garden
  • Dinner
  • Last night at Nofei Gonen

Wednesday May 20

  • Breakfast
  • The North!
  • Lunch
  • Activity
  • Dinner
  • Overnight stay at Nofei Gonen

Thursday May 21

Our last day, can you believe it? We'll explore the White City, the City that Never Sleeps, the Startup Nation! After breakfast, we'll get a glimpse of Israel's ingenuity during a special activity that highlights Israeli entrepreneurship. We'll see first hand how hectic and crazy the shuk can be. After lunch, we'll go through Neve Tzedek, Tel Aviv's first neighborhood and then explore the old port of Jaffa.

In Israel, we never like to say good-bye. Instead we say, "Lehitraot," which means something like, "see ya, later." We'll have a wrap-up session and farwell dinner at the Rabin Center before we take off for the airport.

It's been fun, hope to see you again, soon!

  • Breakfast
  • Startup Nation
  • Shuk HaCarmel
  • Lunch
  • Neve Tzedek
  • Old Jaffa
  • Rabin Center
  • Dinner at Rabin Center
  • Departure Ben Gurion International Airport
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Tour Guide: Yogev Ozeri

USA Staff:

  • Carrie Leiberthal

Office Number: 1-877-404-9677 (toll free to Israel)

Emergency Contact: Anat Hait in Israel: 011-972-54-678-7836


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List of Accommodations:

  • Jerusalem Gardens Hotel
  • YH Eilat
  • Han Shayarot
  • Nofei Gonen

Trip Number: YA-32-867

Trip Title: Kenes - Signature Trip (Ages 18-22)

Flight Information:

Departure to Israel

Departure Date: May 11, 2015

Departure Time: 11:30 PM ET

Departure Airport: JFK - John F Kennedy International Airport

Airline- Flight: El Al LY008

Gateway: JFKTLV

Time you must be at the Airport: 7:30 PM ET

Return to the USA

Arrival in USA Date: May 21, 2015

Arrival Time: 8:40 PM ET

Arrival Airport: JFK - John F Kennedy International Airport

Airline- Flight: El Al LY011

Gateway: TLVJFK