Bar/Bat Mitzvah Family Adventure – Tentative Itinerary Winter

December 20, 2020 – December 29, 2021

* This itinerary is subject to change


Day 1: Monday, December 20, 2021 – Welcome ברוכים הבאים

  • Pick up at the Herods hotel
  • We start the day with ice breakers and an orientation
  • We will explore Ne’ot Kedumim Biblical Landscape Reserve where we will plant a tree, try our hand at sheep herding and deepen our understanding of the Land of Israel during the time of our ancestors. Includes lunch
  • Explore Old Jaffa
  • Learn about the founding of the modern state of Israel through exploring the new Independence Trail in down town Tel Aviv
  • Check in and dinner at the hotel
  • Detailed orientation at the hotel

Overnight: Herods hotel, Tel Aviv


Day 2: Tuesday, December 21, 2021 – Tel Aviv: The First Hebrew City

  • Tsitsit tying volunteer activity with the Masorti Movement
  • Explore the Machon Ayalon underground bullet factory
  • Shop at Nachalat Binyamin crafts fair and Shuk HaCarmel
  • Lunch on own
  • Discover the streets of Tel Aviv through an interactive Graffiti Tour and workshop
  • Night out in Tel Aviv, dinner on own

Overnight: Herods hotel, Tel Aviv


Day 3: Wednesday, December 22, 2021 – Israel in Modern Times

  • Visit Rabin Square
  • Discover modern heroes of our nation at the newly remodeled Museum of the Jewish People (Bet Hatfutsot)
  • Lunch on own in Ramat Aviv mall
  • Experience the interactive exhibits at the Holon Children’s Museum (Dialogue in the Dark and with Deafness)
  • Enjoy a beautiful lookout over Jerusalem
  • Check into Jerusalem hotel
  • Night out in Jerusalem, dinner on own

Overnight: Mt. Zion, Jerusalem


Day 4: Thursday, December 23, 2021 – Bnei Mitzvah in Jerusalem

  • Pray and celebrate Bar/Bat Mitzvahs in the Old City.
  • Visit the Davidson Center
  • Experience a Virtual Reality tour of the Second Temple
  • Personal time at the Kotel Plaza
  • Free time in the Jewish Quarter for shopping and lunch on own
  • Visit City of David and walk through the tunnels
  • Dinner and Bnei Mitzvah party

Overnight: Mt. Zion, Jerusalem


Day 5: Friday, December 24, 2021 – Yizkor יזכור

  • Tour Yad Vashem (or Zoo alternative for children, with a madrich)
  • Experience the vibrancy of Shuk Machaneh Yehudah
  • Return to the hotel to prepare for Shabbat
  • Shabbat starts: 4:01 pm
  • Kabbalat Shabbat at the Kotel
  • Dinner at the hotel
  • Oneg Shabbat at hotel

Overnight: Mt. Zion, Jerusalem


Day 6: Saturday, December 25, 2021 – Shabbat in Jerusalem 

  • Services at a choice of local synagogues
  • Lunch at the hotel
  • Rest time and activities for children with family educator
  • Walking tour of local sites
  • Havdalah: 5:22 pm
  • Optional pizza dinner at local legendary eatery Bardak
  • Optional Kotel Tunnels Tour

Overnight: Mt. Zion, Jerusalem


Day 7: Sunday, December 26, 2021 – Masada

  • Camel ride at Eretz Bereshit
  • Ascend Masada by cable car and learn about the heroes of the era
  • Lunch, swimming, and relaxation at the Dead Sea
  • Drive south to Kibbutz Ketura
  • BBQ Dinner at Ketura and orientation

Overnight: Kibbutz Ketura


Day 8: Monday, December 27, 2021 – Beauty of the South

  • Short desert hike in the Eilat mountains
  • Enjoy Snorkeling in the Red Sea at the Coral Beach Nature Reserve
  • Lunch and shopping in Eilat
  • Desert Solo Experience including sliding down the Kasui Sand Dunes
  • Dinner of a Middle Eastern fair and a campfire kumzits

Overnight: Kibbutz Ketura


Day 9: Tuesday, December 28, 2021 – Ben Gurion’s Vision

  • Walking tour of Kibbutz Ketura, including algae factory and solar field
  • Bike trip to Ketura experimental orchards for tour and tree planting
  • Lunch in Ketura
  • Jeep tour in the Makhtesh Ramon crater
  • Walk along the rim of Israel’s largest makhtesh
  • Drive to Be’er Sheva
  • Dinner at hotel

Overnight: Leonardo Hotel, Be’er Sheva


Day 10: Wednesday, December 29, 2021 – Start-Up Nation

  • Hike into the canyon of Ein Avdat
  • Visit Ben Gurion‘s hut and grave at Sde Boker
  • Have lunch and pick and taste your way through the fields and greenhouses of Shvil Hasalat
  • Final dinner at Air Cafe
  • Drop off at the airport and in Jerusalem
  • !להתראות
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