Temple Beth El Boca Raton - October 2018

October 28 - November 6, 2018


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Day 1: Sunday, October 28


Hamotzi Lehem min Haaretz- Bringing Forth Bread from the Earth


Arrive in Israel


Depart the airport and drive north, with a stop along the way for Hamotzi and Shehehiyanu.  With hamotzi we set the stage for the trip and acknowledge the source of our food and the godliness inherent in our ability to literally ‘bring forth bread from the earth.’ 


Dinner at the hotell


Overnight: North- Amirey HaGalil


Day 2: Monday, October 29

Raw Ingredients

In the Mt. Arbel National Park take in the dramatic cliffs of the mountain and visit the ancient Arbel Synagogue dating back to the Second Temple Period. Learn about Jewish settlement during this period and contemplate why the synagogue has the only ‘ark’ in the world that does not face Jerusalem. 


Meet the Raw Ingredients of Israeli Cuisine, the ingredients that come from the land.  Tasting buffet of “homer gelem” local raw ingredients.


Olive picking followed by a visit Beit Habad Haarbeli, a family-owned olive oil press.  Meet the family, see the process of making olive oil, and eat a delicious lunch using products of the press and garden. 


At the Kinneret Cemetery encounter the pioneers who worked to realize their dreams in the land of Israel. 


Cooking Workshop- Together with your hosts in their private home, prepare traditional Druze Galilean dishes and then enjoy the feast you create.  Learn about Druze culture and history from your hosts and from the food you eat.


Check into the hotel,

Dinner at the hotel


Overnight: Galilion Hotel



Day 3: Tuesday, October 30

Shefa- Abundance


Breakfast at the hotel


Start the morning on the shore of the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) talking to a fisherman whose family has fished this lake for generations. Get to know St. Peter’s Fish and how it came to symbolize the area.


At one of the Kibbutzim in the area, meet date growers and learn about the centrality of the date to Israeli culture and cuisine


The Maronites are Lebanese Christians who lived in the Galilee and were torn from their homes in 1948 and were not able to return to their homes and no one knows why.  Parts of each of the villages of Jish and Biram still stand today.  Travel between the villages and hear their story.


Stop at a Druze village for warm knaffe, an Arab pastry like you’ve never tasted.


Relax at the hotel before dinner


Dinner at Magadalena Restaurant with a view of Mt. Arbel that offers innovative Galileen cuisine with a Mediterranean touch.    


Overnight: Galilion Hotel



Day 4: Wednesday, October 31

“Location, Location, Location!”


Breakfast at the hotel


At Chateau Golan we will meet with Uri Hetz, an agronomist for an in-depth study of the terroir of the Golan Heights.  In addition to talking about the physical conditions for growing grapes in the Golan, he will talk about the complexity of doing it on Israel’s border with Syria.


Walk along the Israel Trail at the Jordan River south of the Kinneret.  The Israel trail traverses the length of Israel and was established as a National Trail in 1995.

Travel towards Jerusalem through the Jordan Valley Rift road with a stop first in the “Valley of the Springs- Emek Hamaayanot.”  Meet Dr. Uri Mayer Chizzik, Israel’s expert on local food, in the field with a lunch and talk about local food.


Drive to Jerusalem


Jerusalem is considered the “Naval of the World” and is certainly the place to fill your belly with the tastes of the world.  Stop at Mt. Scopus for an overlook and Shehechiyanu for arriving in Jerusalem and imagine Jerusalem as the place in which to understand the blending of East and West in Israeli Cuisine. 


Check into your hotel.


Dinner at Machneyuda Restaurant, the ultimate example of Jerusalem’s culinary fusion.


Overnight: Jerusalem- Orient Hotel



Day 5: Thursday, November 1

Jerusalem Kugel vs. Jerusalem Kube


Breakfast at the hotel


Experience Jerusalem’s Old City in a unique way through our Tastes of Jerusalem tour. Tour traditional and 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, k’nafae…


Machane Yehuda market "tasting lunch"- Enjoy the hustle and bustle with all the rich fragrances, colors and sounds this market has to offer as Jerusalemites prepare for Shabbat. The tour will include a stop at the legendary Azura restaurant.


Explore East and West Jewish food traditions with experts: Amit Aaronson, TV host and culinary blogger/writer & Shmil Holland, one of Jerusalem’s most well-known chef’s inspiration comes from his grandmother’s stories and Eastern European recipes.


Dinner on your own in Jerusalem


Overnight: Jerusalem- Orient Hotel



Day 6: Friday, November 2

Cultural Diversity: Melting Pot or Tossed Salad? 


Breakfast at the hotel


Volunteer with and make lunch for the participants at Bar Kaima Farm.  Meet Yoni Yefet-Reich - CEO and Director of this non-profit that focuses on respect for the environment and community development to offer dropout youth an essential sense of personal pride, to encourage civic responsibility, and to bring to their lives the possibility of a brighter future. 


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. 


Ramat Negev Desert AgroResearch Center: The scientific and technological research at the RNDARC is creating more effective agricultural methods, new crops and livestock and ecological use of saline or brackish water irrigation in this previously unproductive land.


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


Kabbalat Shabbat to focus us on moving from the chol (ordinary) to the kodesh (holy)


Overnight: Mitzpe Ramon- Beresheet Hotel



Day 7: Saturday, November 3

"In the Desert, You Can Remember Your Name"


Breakfast at the hotel

Morning hike and meditation


Jeep ride in Makhtesh Ramon


Avdat: Visit one of the towns along Nabatean Spice route is Avdat which is over 2,000 years old.


Wine tasting at the Kerem Ramon Winery whose wines are produced from top-quality grapes that come from organic vineyards and cared for entirely by human hands - no mechanical machines are used.


Leisure time at the hotel


Dinner at the hotel


Havdalah, Star Gazing, and “Kumzitz” in Makhtesh Ramon, under the stars.


Overnight: Mitzpe Ramon- Beresheet Hotel



Day 8: Sunday, November 4

Growing the Desert


Breakfast at the hotel


Set out from the hotel in the Overland vehicle for a different kind of ride! The Overland is an all-terrain vehicle with huge windows which has been designed using modular construction with a unique seating configuration and many hidden surprises.


Shirat HaMidbar: In the sand dunes of Halutza lies a unique organic farm in which grows medicinal herbs and spices, Moroccan Argan trees, edible grapes, and a colorful orchard. Prepare your own spiced oil. 


Kadesh Barne’a:  Here in this arid desert community, a miracle of agriculture takes place with cherry tomatoes. We’ll meet the local farmer and marvel at the accomplishment that’s been achieved with state of the art technology.


Avi Arzuni’s farm:  Using ancient Nabatean agricultural techniques, Avi has managed to grow a variety of fruits and vegetables year-round relying solely on unexpected flash floods.


Lunch: Cook together in the Overland’s fold-out kitchen using ingredients that you collect along the journey.


Drive to Tel Aviv


Dinner: On your own- We will offer options in a variety of very different Tel Aviv restaurants. 


Overnight: Tel Aviv- Royal Beach



Day 9: Monday, November 5

Tel Aviv- The Old Next to the New


Breakfast at the hotel


Tel Aviv’s Florentine neighborhood is a study in transition and contrasts- trendy establishments exist side by side near original Mom & Pop stores. With multidisciplinary artist and educator Shirel Horovitz study the vibrant street art scene.


The heart of the matter- the Tel Aviv Markets! Tour and Taste ethnic and traditional foods from the Levinsky market and the Carmel Market, Tel Aviv’s biggest market.


What makes a chef “great”?  Meet chef Jonathan Borowitz, learn about what goes on in the kitchens of some of Tel Aviv’s most acclaimed restaurants.


Meet with Roni Saslove, one of the most talented and premiere female winemakers in Israel, the for a “Refining Your Senses” workshop.


Dinner at Claro in Sarona


Overnight: Tel Aviv-Royal Beach



Day 10: Tuesday, November 6

The Food of the Future

Together with Janna Gur, an Israeli food writer, editor and cook book author and an expert on Israeli and Jewish cuisine, survey the future trends related to food in Israel: 
• Visit a garden on the roof of the Dizengoff Center which provides produce to some of Tel Aviv’s restaurant. 
• Meet some of the hosts of “Eat With”, an Israeli start-up that facilitates bringing people into each other’s homes to serve a huge variety of menus. 
• Tour one of Tel Aviv’s new markets and think about how they relate to the many other older markets you’ve visited. 


Free time in Tel Aviv


Closing dinner at Rama’s Kitchen, nestled in the Judean hills in the community of Nataf.  The restaurant was burned down during a widespread fire in 2015 but has been rebuilt and carries on the legend of Rama’s meals and vision. 


Transfer to the airport




  • Price per person in a Double Room: $4500
  • Supplement for a single room: $1550


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• Transportation throughout the trip for all programmed activities
• 1 group transfer to Ben Gurion Airport at the culmination of the program
• Services of a licensed Tour Guide throughout the trip
• Two free staff leaders in a single room
• Hotels (Galilion, Orient, Beresheet, Royal Beach)  in standard rooms throughout the trip including breakfast (upgrades available)

• 9 lunches/Tasting tours, 7 dinners • All site entry fees and activities in the itinerary


Not included:
• Airfare
• Travel insurance (recommended).
 For those interested, you can use this insurance company.

• Tips for tour guide and drivers


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1500 $
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