Canada Israel Inclusion Mission

February 12 -20, 2019

Canada Israel Inclusion Mission

 

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"The mission will acquaint Canadian disability service providers, policy makers and persons with lived experience, with Israeli models of  accessibility and service provision, as well as, provide a glimpse of the pluralistic Israeli society, and develop relationships between our countries to further the development of technology, policies, and services for people with disabilities."

 

 

Day 1, Tuesday February 12, 2019

 

Shalom and Welcome to Israel!

 

Israel is unique – nestled on the shores of the Mediterranean – a meeting place of east meets west, modern meets ancient, religious meets secular… it’s a kaleidoscope of cultures and religions!

 

Opening program - in an accessible surrounding, setting the goals of the mission and what’s in store for the week ahead. 

What does inclusion mean to Israel?
Possible opening guest speaker: Mike Prashker, an entrepreneur, and a visionary. 

Seeking to advance the concept of shared citizenship among Israel’s 8 million inhabitants and has devoted his career to realizing this goal. He founded and directed Merchavim, The Institute for the Advancement of Shared Citizenship in Israel for 16 years, which aims to bring together representatives of different communities – Jews and Arabs, religious and secular, and many others to make Israel into a more cohesive society.

 


The Yarkon Afek National Park, (near Rosh Ha’Ayin) is one of the most popular picnic sites in Israel. Many people with disabilities visit the park thanks to the accessible paths allowing easier movement around the site. The park includes special wheelchair accessible paths, disabled parking, adaptations for people with visual and walking disabilities and special benches. It also includes tables allowing full convenience for both wheelchair users and people with walking or visual disabilities.

 


Hotel check in and rest

 


Telling the story of Tel Aviv. How did this amazing city get it’s start? Discover the early beginnings from the Yemenite neighborhood to the neighborhoods of Nachalat Benyamin, Bialik and Rothchild. How did she grow not only in physical space but culturally? How did Tel Aviv get to the melting pot it is today?

 


Dinner at the Hotel

 


Overnight: Dan Panorama Tel Aviv

 

 

 

Day 2 - Wednesday, February 13, 2019

 

Breakfast in your hotel, Depart time: 9:00 am

 

Begin our mission south where you will meet Major General (Res.) Doron Almog at the innovative ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran Rehabilitation Village, located in Israel’s southern region. The Village is a multifaceted facility that provides young adults with multiple disabilities the opportunity to live a rich and productive life within a safe environment.

Doron Almog, chairperson of ALEH Negev is an Israeli military hero whose severely disabled son, Eran, was ALEH Negev’s first resident. Eran was the spirit and inspiration for the founding of the Village which provided him with so much joy and love.

Help build a path to peace. Tzameret Zamir, an artist and the creator of the Path to Peace project, tells of life in the Moshav Nativ Haasara in the shadow of the ongoing security situation, and of the hope of a good and peaceful future. Participate in a mosaic workshop and hear from a personal perspective on the Israel-Palestine conflict. The artwork, which can be seen by viewers standing on both sides of the wall, creates an atmosphere of joy, optimism, and hope.
Lunch

Visit the Israel Guide Dog Centre in Beit Oved. With the objective to provide as many guide dogs as possible to blind and visually impaired Israelis, and to provide them with safe mobility that is the key to rehabilitation and integration into society.

The Hazmanah L’Sheket exhibit at the Holon Museum, is an experience that will leave you speechless. "Invitation to Silence" is an exhibit that gives a stage to the non-verbal communication skills that are hidden within each one of us, as they are expressed in the absence of voice, hearing, and spoken language. In this unconventional exhibit you discover an alternative and accessible world of communication. The exhibit is a unique moral and educational initiative, led by deaf guides for whom sign language is their primary and sometimes only channel of communication.

 


Dinner at the hotel

 


Evening Speaker/Panel – Dialogue with Colleagues

 


Overnight: Dan Panorama Tel Aviv

 

 

Day 3 - Thursday, February 14, 2019

 

Breakfast at your hotel, Depart time 9am

 

Visit Beit Issie Shapiro (BIS) in Ra’anana - Israel's leading disabilities non-profit and a center of excellence for the development of remedial care strategies and related innovative technologies. BIS impacts close to half a million individuals, assisting people with disabilities to lead independent lives and to participate in society as equals. The organization works with people across religious and socio-economic divides and shares its knowledge worldwide through international affiliations, collaborations and training, aimed at building a more inclusive society. BIS is recognized as a global leader in the scaling up of impactful solutions and has Special Consultative Status on disabilities at the UN's Social and Economic Council since 2012.

 

Learn about BIS’s work promoting innovation and entrepreneurship in the field of Assistive Technology, providing training and guidance for organizations and professionals, consultation and support to startups and app developers, and the world’s first entrepreneurial accelerator (A3i) for assistive technology.  Learn about its impactful self-advocacy program for people with intellectual disabilities, in partnership with Israel Elwyn, empowering this population and providing them with the skills and tools needed to influence policy and legislation at government level


Learn about A3i, Accelerators Integration at Beit Issie, the world's first entrepreneurial accelerator for disability projects. The accelerator fosters innovative, technological, and business ventures that benefit the lives of people with disabilities in Israel and abroad.

 


Accessible lunch & learn in a Druze home in Daliyat Al Carmel. Learn about Druze culture and history from your hosts and from the food you eat.

 


(time permitting)
Explore the tranquil Nachal HaShofet (Judge’s Stream) with its accessible trail and learn about the important work of Lotem, an organization dedicated to making nature accessible. Enjoy walking along the special path especially designed for wheelchair users.

 


Visit ReWalk Robotics in Yokneam. ReWalk is an innovative medical device company that is designing, developing, and commercializing exoskeletons allowing wheelchair-bound individuals to stand and walk once again. Their mission is to fundamentally change the quality of life for individuals with lower limb disability through the creation and development of market leading robotic technologies.

 


Continue north, check in and dinner at your hotel

 

Evening of music and songs

 

Overnight: Galilion Hotel Galilee

 

 

Day 4 - Friday, February 15, 2019

 

Accessibility in the Galilee

 

Breakfast at your hotel, Depart time 9am

 

Kishorit is a home for life for adults with special needs in the Western Galilee. It is a supportive community that provides a continuum of residential, social, and vocational services.  Kishorit members live full, independent lives, and mature and grow old with dignity.  Life in Kishorit is driven by the principal that “each contributes to the community according to his ability and takes from the community according to his need.” Kishorit provides its members the chance to feel a sense of belonging, friendship, and partnership in the community.

 

Lunch, visit & volunteering opportunities.

 

 

Nazareth, the childhood home of Jesus, is closely associated with Christianity and attracted many pilgrims throughout the last two thousand years. The standout site in Nazareth is the Basilica of the Annunciation, the largest Christian church building in the Middle East, dedicated in 1964 on the Papal visit of Pope Paul VI.

Accessibility in Nazareth and other Arab cities. (Possible speaker from the municipality).

Stop at El Babour Spice Store in the heart of the holy city of Nazareth, the 120-year-old, family-run mill is renowned for its range of exceptional homemade spices.

Nazareth is famous for its sweets. There are many different kinds made with cheese or nuts. The most famous one is Knafeh! It is a traditional dessert made of special pastry, cheese, nuts, and sugar syrup. Do I hear Knaffe tasting?

Mount of Precipice is believed by many to be the site of the Rejection of Jesus described in Luke 4:29-30 - The people of Nazareth, not accepting Jesus as Messiah tried to push him from the mountain, but "he passed through the midst of them and went away.”

 

Bring in the calmness and beauty of shabbat with a l’chaim at a scenic observation point overlooking the beautiful Hula Valley.

 

Shabbat dinner together at your hotel

 

Overnight: Galilion Hotel Galilee

 

 

Day 5 - Saturday, February 16, 2019

 

Shabbat (optional Shabbat observant program) or Early sunrise tour

 

Take a ride on a golf cart or bike through the Hula Valley, important resting place for migrating birds and many species of rare fish and plants creating a wonderland of flora and fauna. In 1948, the government decided to drain the swamps and pond and convert them into agricultural fields.

 

Continue to Mount of Beatitudes in an area overlooking the Sea of Galilee where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount. Some late traditions of Christianity place this mountain on the area in which Jesus picked his 12 apostles. Its octagonal walls commemorate the Eight Beatitudes; each graced with the first words of one of the eight verses.

 

Located on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee, Capernaum was a fishing village in the days of the Jesus. We can still visit a very well-preserved synagogue. Today it is a site of pilgrimage for Christians as it was one of the places where Jesus and Peter, the Apostles, lived and preached.

 

Discover the Israel National Trail, a favorite of Israel's nature lovers. The Jewish National Fund has invested in making parts of it accessible to people with limited mobility. Accessible hike with Dr. Amiram Idelman.

 

Meet Yoel Sharon and discover Etgarim, “challenges”, a non-profit organization dedicated to the empowerment and social integration of people with disabilities through outdoor sports. Etgarim was founded in 1995 by a group of Israel Defense Forces (IDF) veterans and civilians with disabilities and senior rehabilitation professionals.

 

Continue to Jerusalem and check into your hotel

 

Enjoy a free evening on your own in the City of Gold

 

Overnight: Herbert Samuel Jerusalem

 

 

Day 6 - Sunday, February 17, 2019

 

The New City of Jerusalem

 

Breakfast in your hotel, Depart time 9am

 

Yad Vashem, Israel’s national Holocaust museum, presents a profoundly Jewish memorial of the Shoah. From its dramatic structure designed by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie – which cuts through the mountain in the form of a spike – to its powerful exhibits such as the underground Children’s Memorial, Yad Vashem is an unforgettable place of tribute and remembrance. 

 


Machane Yehuda- the place to go if you really want to get the feel for Jerusalem. In this market place, you can meet people of all nationalities, religions, and ages. You can see foods and fruits of all colors, sizes, and shapes. You name it you can probably find it here and generally at a price that can’t be beat. Enjoy lunch on your own consisting of foods identified with Jerusalem.

 

Visit with Special in Uniform, a unique program that integrates young people with autism and other disabilities into the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and, in turn, into Israeli society. Special in Uniform is changing the fabric of Israeli society, helping create a more caring and inclusive society in Israel by promoting Inclusion of people with disabilities in the IDF in a national level. Possible visit with Knesset member.

 

Overnight: Herbert Samuel Jerusalem

 

 

Day 7 - Monday, February 18, 2019

 

Jerusalem - Holy to All

 

Breakfast at the hotel, Depart time 9am

 

Touring the Old City of Jerusalem accessibly with Eli Meiri, founder of Israel4all

 

Begin the day at the Hass Promenade for a geo-political overlook of the city and a basis for understanding what you will see as the day progresses.
The Church of All Nations, officially named the Basilica of the Agony, is located at the foot of the Mount of Olives next to the Garden of Gethsemane. The Catholic church enshrines a section of stone in the Garden of Gethsemane that is believed to be where Jesus prayed on the night of his arrest.

Walk through the Jewish Quarter and to the Western Wall to appreciate its centrality to the Jewish faith.

Wander through the Arab shuk – check out the local humus

On Mount Zion see the Cenacle room where two major events in the early Christian Church are commemorated - The Last Supper, and the coming of the Holy Spirit on the apostles. (Cenacle Room is not accessible)

The Holy Sepulcher is situated on the hill called Golgotha or Calvary. The Church contains the last five Stations of the Cross including the sites of Jesus' crucifixion and burial.

 

Overnight: Herbert Samuel Jerusalem

 

 

Day 8 - Tuesday, February 19, 2019

 

Jerusalem – Innovations & Organizations

 

Breakfast at the hotel, Depart time 9am

 

 

Visit local partnerships and research centers relating to disabilities and inclusion


Shalva is a Jerusalem based organization that provides services to children with special needs and their families. With the opening of their new state of art National Center, you will see firsthand, the special work that Shalva and its’ staff and volunteers do for families with children with special needs.


Lunch at Cafe Shalva


The cafe is run by the owners of Derech Hagefen together with graduates from Shalva.

 


Possible workshop (time permitting) Shalva graduates are trained to lead the workshops and teach visitors not only about the beauty of creating with one’s hands but also about the magic of inclusion.
Other possibilities of site visits: Elwyn, Alyn, Beit Hagalgalim, Hat Kadima


Visit Orcam: OrCam’s mission is to harness the power of artificial vision by incorporating pioneering technology into a wearable platform which improves the lives of individuals who are blind, visually impaired, and have reading difficulties.


Dinner on your own in Jerusalem

 


(Optional for the evening): David Citadel Sound & Light Show - amidst the archaeological remains in the David Citadel courtyard the story of Jerusalem unfolds through virtual reality images. The Night Spectacular uses trompe l’oeil technology – the stones of the walls and structures fade into the scenes and the viewers are part of a multi-sensory experience.

 


Overnight: Herbert Samuel Jerusalem

 

 

 

Day 9 - Wednesday, February 20, 2019

 

L’hitraot – taking it home

Breakfast at your hotel (Check out), Start time 10 am

 

Compare & contrast discussion and Panel –
Israel vs Canada’s Social Services (Jerusalem Municipality)

 

Our final meal will be a special Biblical meal at Neot Kedumim, the Biblical Landscape Reserve in Israel. 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.

 

Possible inspirational closing speaker: Keren Leibovitz broke her back when she served in the IDF 20 years ago and has been bound to a wheel chair since. She turned to swimming as part of her battle with disability. Keren is now a three-time world swimming champion, a five-time European champion, a holder of three world records and an eight-time Paralympic medal winner. She is also a mother of 4 young boys (2 sets of twins)! Keren started exercising Pilates a couple of years ago, not knowing what a life changer it would be. She learned to hold her body up from within and now uses crutches rather than a wheel chair.

 

Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport with optional post tours in Israel or Jordan

 

 

Costing

 

  • Price per person in a Double Room: $3450
  • Supplement for a single room: $1500

 

 

Price includes:

All site and museums entry fees listed in itinerary
• 9 days with a private, licensed, English speaking tour guide 
• transportation for entire trip 
• 8-night accommodation 
• All breakfasts
• 7 lunches
• 3 dinners
• Bottles of water at guests' need
• Mission registration service fee with a Toronto Travel Agent (tba)

Excluded Services:
• Airfare 
• Airport transfer (can be arranged at an additional cost)
• Equipment rental (available at an additional cost)
• Travel insurance (recommended)
• Tips for tour guide and driver 

Terms of Payment:
• The above rate is valid for payment made by credit card, wire transfer, check, or cash.
•  Please note there is a 2% service fee for Credit Card.

Cancellation Policy
• For cancellations up to 90 days prior the cancellation penalty will be $600.00 per person (the deposit)
• 89 to 60 days prior to departure the cancellation penalty will be 20% of the total tour cost per person
• 59 to 30 days prior to departure the cancellation penalty will be 50% of the total tour cost per person
• 29 to 8 days prior to departure the cancellation penalty will be 75% of the total tour cost per person
• 7 to 0 days prior to departure the cancellation penalty will be 100% of the total tour cost per person

 

 

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