Depart for Israel
Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport.
Shalom! Upon arriving in Israel, you have your personal link in the living bridge between the Diaspora and Israel. For the next few days you will travel to new places, and see new faces, yet feel that everything is somehow familiar. Shalom! Upon arriving in Israel, you have your personal link in the living bridge between the Diaspora and Israel. For the next few days you will travel to new places, and see new faces, yet feel that everything is somehow familiar.
Baruch HaBa - welcome!
Theme: The Land: Grain, Wine, Oil
Walk through Neot Kedumim, the Biblical Landscape Reserve in Israel, which is a living museum of Israel's "green archeology;" a unique endeavor to recreate the physical setting of the Bible in all its depth and detail. Far more than a "garden" showing various biblical plants, Neot Kedumim embodies the panorama and power of the landscapes that helped shape the values of the Bible, and provided a rich vocabulary for expressing them.
Plant a tree in the Land of Israel, creating another personal connection with Eretz Israel, while helping to build its future with your own two hands.
Enjoy a welcome dinner at the kibbutz hotel in the Galil with an introduction to UJC and the Federations of North America.
Overnight: Kibbutz Lavi
Theme: Heroics and Holiness
Tour the Golani Brigade Museum and Memorial, which serves to record the annals of those of the Golani Brigade who fell during the 1948 War of Independence. The 12 arched statue represents the tribes of Israel symbolizing the integration and unification of the Golani Brigade, whose soldiers are drawn from all ethnic groups and walks of Israeli life.
Proceed to Safed, which has been known since the 16th century as a major center of Kabbalah, Jewish mysticism. Safed’s mystical aura adds to its special status as one of Israel's four holy cities, along with Jerusalem, Tiberias and Hebron. The old synagogues, narrow alleyways and artists' studios add to the hilltop city's unmistakable charm.
The ingathering of the exiles is one of the foundations upon which the State of Israel was built. Resident absorption centers have been created by The Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI), to enable new immigrants to gradually integrate into mainstream Israeli life. We will visit an absorption center to hear how this system works and meet with people who have "come home."
The Jewish Federations of North America Mission consultants in New York and Israel work with the federation mission professional to plan and execute the best possible missions. They are in constant communication and work cooperatively from a mission's conception to completion and follow-up.
As part of your Missions-building team, we share the same goals and are available to assist you with every facet of mission planning. Missions consultants are available at any time during the mission.