A Sample Family Program

The following program is an example of a family itinerary for a group visiting Israel during the summer. It is intended as a sample, as each itinerary is unique, customized to the needs and background of the group and reflecting the overall theme of each trip.

 

Day 1, Bruchim Habaim-Welcome!:

Arrival in Israel, tree planting and welcome ceremony. Orientation followed by time to settle in and enjoy a free evening in Jerusalem.

Overnight: Jerusalem

 

Day 2, In the Footsteps of Patriarchs and Priests:
Views of Jerusalem, visits to First and Second Temple sites and Kotel tunnels tour. Relaxation and time to swim at the hotel, followed by family activity at the Israel Museum.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day 3, Roots:
Ramah’s special ‘Roving the Rova’ game in the Jewish Quarter, followed by the Dig-for-a-Day archaeological seminar. Evening hospitality program at a local Masorti/Conservative synagogue.

Overnight: Jerusalem

 

Day 4, Foundations, New and Old:
Visit Yad Lakashish – the Lifeline for the Aged crafts workshop. Interactive game to explore the Knesset  Menorah. Depart for the south: camel ride and Bedouin hospitality.

Overnight: Ein Bokek on the Dead Sea

 

Day 5, Freedom Fighters or Fanatics?
Hike – or take the cable car – up Masada, take a dip in the Dead Sea and splash in the fresh waterfalls of Ein Gedi. After returning to Jerusalem, prepare for Shabbat. Kabbalat Shabbat services in the Jewish Quarter or at the Kotel.

Overnight: Jerusalem

 

Day 6, Shabbat in Jerusalem:
Services at local Jerusalem synagogues, followed by separate educational programs for adults and children. Late afternoon walking tour of Jerusalem neighborhoods, followed by Seudat Shelisheet and Havdalah. Free evening downtown on Ben Yehuda Street.

Overnight: Jerusalem

 

Day 7, 1948 to Today:
A day outside of Jerusalem, with visits to Latrun, the Ayalon Institute and Tel Aviv’s Independence Hall- all places that played a role in the establishment of the state. Day ends with a swim in the Mediterranean and an evening in Old Jaffa.

Overnight: Tel Aviv

 

Day 8, Living as a Minority:
The day begins at Beit Hapalmach in Tel Aviv and continues with Beit Shearim, the home of the Sanhedrin. It is completed with a visit to a Druze village in Northern Israel which exposes participants to this community’s hospitality and culture and touches on the issues of coexistence in Israel.

Overnight: Galilee

 

Day 9, Mystics and Realists:
A day in Tzfat and Tzippori, one of Israel’s major archaeological sites, helps the group understand the mindset of Israel’s ancient rabbis and the world in which they lived. The afternoon and evening are spent swimming and riding a boat on the Kinneret. Finish with a celebratory dinner at Decks overlooking the Kinneret.

Overnight: Galilee

 

Day 10, The Northern Border:
A day spent hiking and walking along Tel Dan, a picturesque trail along one of the sources of the Jordan River, followed by views of the Golan Heights and kayaking on the Jordan. Enjoy evening activity at a chocolate factory.

Overnight: Galilee

 

Day 11, Layers of History:
A Ramah-designed activity at the Kinneret courtyard, where each family considers the dreams of the early pioneers to reflect on their aspirations for their family, community and Israel. After viewing the charming multi-media program at the ancient Bet Alfa, the group refreshes in the natural spring water at Sachne.  Return to Jerusalem via the Jordan River valley.

Overnight: Jerusalem

 

Day 12, Those Who Made a Difference:
A day at Yad Vashem and Mount Herzl, where the group works to understand the foundations of Israeli society, and pays homage to those who fought for Israel. The afternoon is spent preparing for Shabbat, with a group dinner and Oneg.

Overnight: Jerusalem

 

Day 13, This Shabbat, Next Shabbat:
Shabbat morning services at a local synagogue followed by a guest speaker on current events. In the afternoon, the group engages in “This Shabbat, Next Shabbat,” an activity that encourages participants to reflect on their Israel experience and directly relate it to their lives at home.  Shabbat ends, havdalah, closing ceremony and departure for airport.

 

L’Hitraot!