SHEFA - A Women's Culinary Journey

February 28-March 8, 2018

Date of tour: February 28-March 8, 2018
Number of participants: 20
Number of guides: 1


Day 1:  Wednesday, February 28, Jerusalem

Welcome to Israel!


Relax, get acquainted with the area, and adjust yourself to local time.


Opening Dinner in Jerusalem at Anna in the Anna Ticho House, a 200-year-old Jerusalem landmark.  Enjoy a Purim feast to celebrate Erev Purim and the creation of this new community of women.


Overnight: Jerusalem- Acadia Bamoshava, a Boutique Hotel


Day 2: Thursday, March 1

A Sensory Adventure Going Back in Time


Breakfast- You’ve heard the legend, now taste it for yourself!  Breakfast each morning in the hotel dining room.

Before setting out for the day, assemble mishloach manot, Purim gifts, that you will deliver to either a senior home or a children’s program that you’ll visit during the day. 


Experience Jerusalem’s Old City in a unique way through our Tastes of Jerusalem tour. Tour off-the-beaten track sites and winding alleyways in the Old City of Jerusalem while stopping for tastes of Jerusalem delicacies such as the famous etrog juice, a Jerusalem beigele, chumus at Lina’s, baklava or k’nafae or a piece of Jerusalem kugel.


Drive North


Mandala Workshop with artist Rica Rousso Cina in Moshav Sarona.  Get to know each other through a creative process of making a Mandala and telling others in the group about you through art.


Dinner at Mitzpe HaYamim in the hotel's well-known and exceptional restaurant.


Overnight: North-Mitzpe HaYamim.


Day 3: Friday, March 2

Physical and Spiritual Heights in the Golan


This day will be spent in the magnificent Golan Heights.  The morning gets you in the driver’s seat of ATV (off-road 2-seater vehicle). Take turns being driver and passenger and put yourself into the picture. Enjoy the early spring flowers and learn their names.  Stop and take in the silence around you.  Make some noise and enjoy!  Stop for coffee and tea and “aruchat eser” (the traditional Israeli 10 o’clock snack) in a forest.


While you explore you’ll also be foraging – identifying and picking edible plants.


In the Golan’s largest Druze Village, Majdal Shams, cook lunch with local women. Take what you foraged and cook it into a delicious dish as part your lunch. Hear the story of your host and learn about real life in the Golan.


Visit the boutique Assaf Winery for a pre-Shabbat toast to your group and to Shabbat.


Return to the hotel and prepare for Shabbat.


Special Kabbalat Shabbat to focus us on moving from the ‘chol’ (ordinary) to the ‘kodesh’ (holy) and to transform the energy of the trip so far towards enhancing the beauty of Shabbat.


Shabbat Dinner & Overnight: North-Mitzpe HaYamim


Day 4: Saturday, March 3

Shabbat Abundance


A variety of options will be offered throughout the day such as yoga, hiking, horseback riding, spa time.


Lunch at the hotel


We’ll make the transition between Shabbat and the new week with the Havdalah service.


Dinner and a special chef's tasting menu at Roberg in Moshav Livnim, a chef restaurant run by Chef Ilan Roberg and members of his family.


Overnight: North-Mitzpe HaYamim


Day 5: Sunday, March 4

Is Israel a Melting Pot or a Tossed Salad?  Cultural Diversity

Morning hike and meditation


Nazareth Culinary Tour- visit El Babour spice store, the largest in Israel, and a Tehina Factory.


Lunch at Shawna’s home in Raanana, a city in the center of the country that has attracted many English-speaking immigrants.  Meet some locals and hear their stories.


Lunch will be a special treat of a “Pop-up” Indian restaurant catered by Elizabeth originally from Mumbai.


Learning Session on the meaning of Shefa in Judaism with Karen Miller Jackson, a Jewish educator living in Ra'anana, Israel. She teaches at Matan HaSharon, and is a board member of Kolech - Religious Women's Forum. Karen runs Kivun L'sherut, a guidance program for girls before sherut leumi/army service.


Meet “HaPolaniya” Michal Fishbein, the creator of the Polaniya products that turn your (Ashkenazic) Bubbe’s favorite expressions into fun artwork.  In Israel, you don’t have to be a Polaniya (Polish Jewish Woman) to act like a Polaniya.  Michal will talk about why she started the business and why it speaks to people.


Drive to Tel Aviv

Dinner on your own in Tel Aviv (option for home hospitality will be available.)


Overnight: Tel Aviv-Market House Hotel


Day 6: Monday, March 5

Women ‘Stars’ of Israel at 70


Meeting with journalist Lucy Aharish, Arab-Israeli news presenter and host who is an outspoken advocate for Israel.


Tasting Tour of Levinsky Market followed by a Street Art Tour of Florentine with Shirel Horowitz.  Shirel is a multi-disciplinary artist and educator.


Gaga Workshop - Gaga is the movement language developed by Ohad Naharin, Artistic Director of the Bat Sheva Dance Company.  Explore new ways to move through this intense experience.


Meet with Roni Saslove, one of the most talented and premiere female winemakers in Israel, the for a “Refining Your Senses” workshop. When it comes to individual winemakers putting Israeli wine on the worldwide stage, no one person's name comes up more often than Roni’s.


Dana Azrieli, Director of the Azrieli Foundation, a Canadian philanthropic organization that funds, operates and partners with a wide range of initiatives and programs in the fields of scientific and medical research, education, architecture and design, Jewish community, Holocaust commemoration, education, and the arts.


Dinner and cocktails at the fun Nanuchka, a vegan Georgian restaurant 

Overnight: Tel Aviv-Market House Hotel


Day 7: Tuesday, March 6

Empowering Israeli Society


Through volunteering, understand some of the challenges Israel faces and take a small role in addressing these challenges.  Create a community garden, paint the home of a Holocaust survivor, meet children in challenged neighborhoods- we will announce the specific option closer to the time of the trip. 


The Lives and Recipes of Beit Shemesh-Mate Yehuda Women- eat lunch in the home of one of the women who is part of the area’s Women’s Empowerment program designed to harness the strength of women’s skills, backgrounds, and interests to help them achieve their dreams.  These women have entered the world of business entrepreneurship through sharing and cooking their ethnic meals.


Continue to hotel and check in.


Dinner at the hotel

Evening Kumzitz with learning and singing Israeli folk songs



Overnight: Mitzpe Ramon-Beresheet.


Day 8: Wednesday, March 7

“In the Desert, You Can Remember Your Name”


Hike in the Makhtesh or spend the morning at the hotel


Cook lunch together in the Makhtesh


At the Mitzpe Ramon Visitors Center, meet with Rona Ramon and learn about the work of the Rona Ramon Foundation.  Rona Ramon, wife of Ilan Ramon, z” l, lost not only her husband but also her son.  Through her foundation, she aims to inspire and motivate young Israelis to strive for academic excellence and to encourage them to dream and to pursue those dreams. 


Dinner at the hotel

Evening Star Gazing


Overnight: Mitzpe Ramon-Beresheet


Day 9: Thursday, March 8

Working Together, Bringing it Home


Lasha Desert Bread Workshop- Bringing Forth Bread from the Earth- taking Israel’s abundance back to our homes


Lunch at Café Ringenblum in Beer Sheva,  a social business that was established in 2009 by NGO Tor Hamidbar, with the assistance from the city of Beer Sheva, to respond to the needs of at-risk youth in Beer Sheva.  Ringenblum employs at-risk teenagers, both in the kitchen and as wait staff. This year-long paid training process helps youth get back on its feet, with the aim of enlisting them in the IDF and joining the workforce


Meet Mariam Abu Rkeek, founder of Bat HaMidbar Bedouin Cosmetics, a unique line of products crafted in the spirit of Bedouin tradition. Secrets for creating purely natural cosmetic and medicinal treatments has been passed to her from one generation to another within her Bedouin family.  Participate in a hands-on workshop


Closing dinner at Majda, classic Israeli-Arab Fusion restaurant in Ein Rafah

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