Temple Emanu-El Marblehead Israel Trip - Via Sabra

Temple Emanu-El Marblehead Israel Trip

February 13-23, 2019

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Day 1: Wednesday, February 13
Welcome to Israel!


Arrive at the Ben Gurion Airport where you will meet your driver according to your arrival plans..

Proceed to Jerusalem and check into your hotel.

Orientation at the hotel with Shehechiyanu to bless the beginning of your journey together in Israel.

Opening Dinner at a restaurant near the hotel

Overnight: Jerusalem- Herbert Samuel Hotel



Day 2: Thursday, February 14

Jerusalem- Holy to All


Breakfast at the hotel


Encompass the Old City of Jerusalem by following the Ramparts Walk. Walking on the top of the walls built by the Ottoman ruler, Sultan Suliman the Magnificent in 1536, is a great opportunity to observe the picturesque views of both the Old City with its alleys and shrines, as well as the New City.


Tour the Jewish Quarter of the Old City and uncover the layers of Jewish history from the time of the First Temple until the present day. Take the time to reflect and meditate at the Kotel (Western Wall).   For a different perspective on the history of Jerusalem, head underneath the Old City’s chaotic maze of buildings to the Western Wall Tunnels.  You be given time to buy lunch on your own.

Continue to the Christian Quarter to visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and to the Arab Quarter to walk through the market.


Dinner on your own in Jerusalem- we will provide you with a list of suggestions


Overnight: Jerusalem-Herbert Samuel Hotel



Day 3: Friday, February 15

Breakfast at the hotel


Visit Yad Vashem, Israel’s national Holocaust museum, presents a profoundly Jewish memorial of the Shoah. From its dramatic structure to its powerful exhibits, such as the labyrinthine Valley of the Communities and the underground Children’s Memorial, Yad Vashem is an unforgettable place of tribute and remembrance. 


Continue to Mt. Mount (Har) Herzl, the burial place of Israel's founders, the country's leaders, and military cemetery. Pay tribute to those whose vision helped build Israel and those who gave their lives to keep it safe.


Drive by the Knesset and the Supreme Court.


Machane Yehuda Tasting Tour- explore the biggest and most famous Shuk in Israel!  Meet shop owners, hear how the market has transformed, and taste its unique treats.  If you haven’t had enough to eat, you’ll have some free time to eat lunch.


Kabbalat Shabbat at the Kotel


Shabbat dinner at the hotel


Overnight: Jerusalem-Herbert Samuel Hotel



Day 4: Saturday, February 16

Shabbat Shalom


Shabbat morning private services at Hebrew Union College.  Bar/Bar Mitzvah opportunity available to those interested (speak with Rabbi Meyer.)


Shabbat lunch


Drive to the Dead Sea


As Shabbat draws slowly to a close, come together with your group for Havdalah.


Barbeque Dinner on the beach


Overnight: Dead Sea- Isrotel



Day 5: Sunday, February 17

Masada and the Dead Sea


Breakfast at the hotel


Ascend Masada and tour King Herod’s historic hilltop fortress, where a small band of Jewish zealots took refuge after the Roman destruction of the Second Temple in 70 BCE, resisting a prolonged siege by the Roman army. Today, Masada arouses self-reflection for Israelis and Jews around the world: Is there any price too high for religious freedom? Is martyrdom a Jewish value? Now, over 70 years after the establishment of the State of Israel, what does Masada mean to the Jewish people?


At 1,300 feet below sea level, the Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth. “Float” swimming suspended by the high concentrations of salts and minerals.  Options for spa treatments will be available.  Lunch will be provided.


Optional hike in the beautiful Ein Gedi or Ein Bokek nature reserves.


Dinner at the hotel


Star gazing and study with Rabbi Meyer “Why Was Torah Given in the Desert?”


Overnight: Dead Sea- Isrotel



Day 6: Monday, February 18

Pioneers and Poets


Breakfast at the hotel and early departure


Drive through Bek’a Valley, along the Syrian-African Rift.


Visit the Bio-Bee enterprise at Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu, the pioneers of commercial organic farming and biological pest control in Israel.  Tour the center and learn about the special way of life kibbutz members have chosen, and about the importance of preserving nature and the environment in the quest to feed ourselves.


Lunch at Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu.


Stop at the beautiful and significant Kinneret Cemetery where you can learn the story of the early pioneers, their hopes, and their dreams.

Visit to Tamar B’kfar to sample dates, figs, spices, teas and many local delicacies.


Ride through the Hula Valley at sunset. The Hula Valley is an important resting place for migrating birds and many species of rare fish and plants. In 1948, the government decided to drain the swamps and pond and convert them into agricultural fields.  Time has caused that decision to be overturned- find out why.


Dinner at the hotel


Overnight: North- Kfar Blum



Day 7: Tuesday, February 19

Spiritual and Physical Heights


Breakfast at the hotel

Board jeeps and travel on the Golan Heights, one of Israel’s most beautiful and controversial regions. Discover first-hand the strategic importance of the area as you climb the Heights and explore a former Syrian bunker.


Wine and cheese tasting at the Assaf family Winery


Tour the city of Tzfat which sits at a higher altitude than any other city in Israel and has been known since the 16th century as a major center of Kabbalah, Jewish mysticism. The old synagogues, narrow alleyways and artists’ studios add to the hilltop city’s unmistakable charm. Study with Rabbi Meyer – What is Jewish Mysticism?


Dinner at the hotel


Overnight:  North-Kfar Blum



Day 8: Wednesday, February 20

Cultural Diversity


Breakfast at the hotel


Travel to Rosh Hanikra, with the stunning chalk-white cliffs at Israel’s northernmost coastal border. Enjoy the view of the Mediterranean coastline stretched out before you, then take the cable car down beneath the cliffs to the grottos below and tour the system of underground caves eroded by pounding waves over thousands of years.


Forage edible plants that you’ll use when you make a Druze lunch in the home of a family in a Druze village. 


Stop at Caesarea, a city of the past and the future, the new opposite the ancient.  Ancient Caesarea reveals the wonders of the past that were built by one of the greatest builders of the ancient world.   Caesarea’s antiquities park houses unique building from various periods, bearing silent witness to the upheavals that have visited Caesarea as well as the region over the past 2,300 years.


Drive to Tel Aviv.


Dinner on your own


Overnight: Tel Aviv- Dan Panorama Hotel



Day 9: Thursday, February 21

Tel Aviv- Old-New City


Stop at the overlook in Old Jaffa and take in your surroundings while hearing the history of the city. Continue touring the ancient city and see how modern and historical blend together in the alleyways and flea market areas.


Visit the Bialik-Rogozin School, an educational campus that serves 750+ at-risk children in grades K-12. The school educates children from twenty-eight countries. They are new immigrants, children of foreign workers, refugees from Darfur and Israeli Arabs. Bialik Rogozin is a caring and nurturing center that provides a safe and welcoming environment.


Walk and discover the Tel Aviv you never knew before. Tel Aviv, the first "Zionist " city has been the symbol of progress, business, and the arts. Tel Aviv of the bright lights and constant motion contains the hopes and dreams of the early Zionists who wanted to create a modern urban entity. 


Lunch on your own along the way.


Independence Hall is housed in what was one of the first homes in Tel Aviv and the private home of Meir Dizengoff, first mayor of Tel Aviv. On the 5th of 'Iyar, (May 14, 1948), the People's Council gathered to hear David Ben Gurion proclaim the establishment of the State of Israel.


Sarona, a once flourishing Christian Templar agricultural settlement in the midst of the isolated plains north of Jaffa, is today part of Tel Aviv, virtually at the heart of the great city.  Today, Sarona has been transformed into a beautiful public spot with shopping, restaurants, and pathways for strolling.

Dinner on your own


Overnight: Tel Aviv-Dan Panorama Hotel


Day 10: Friday, February 22

Hidden and Revealed


Tel Aviv Marathon, Half Marathon, 10 K run- Let  us know if you’d like to participate! 


Explore the very special Shuk Levinsky with time on your own for lunch in one of the area’s many hip restaurants.


See an Israel that you might not know through the Street Art Graffiti Tour found in Tel Aviv’s Florentine neighborhood.  This interactive tour with a talented artist and actress gives you the inside track of Israel’s culture.


Enjoy the Nahalat Binyamin Craft Fair where artists show their works twice a week.


Kabbalat Shabbat at Beit Tefilah Israeli, a young, independent, egalitarian, and inclusive community in Tel Aviv, committed to Jewish spirit, culture, and social action, striving to redefine the Jewish-Israeli identity of the secular Israeli public. BTI offers a meaningful context and venue for Shabbat and holiday services, and Jewish-Israeli Identity exploration in a communal and friendly environment.


Shabbat Dinner


Overnight: Tel Aviv-Dan Panorama Hotel



Day 11: Saturday, February 23

A Tel Aviv Shabbat


Optional: Bike or Segway tour of the Tel Aviv Promenade


Visit the Tel Aviv Art Museum.


Folk dancing on the promenade.


Lunch of traditional ethnic Shabbat foods


Free afternoon


Farewell banquet


Depart for airport


*Please note that itinerary is subject to change given the variables of weather, availability, and of working with a variety of suppliers.



Double: $3300

Single: $4400


For family plans please write us: info@viasabra.com



• Transfer from the airport to the hotel in Jerusalem, grouped according to arrival times

• 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

• One free staff leader in a single room

• Hotels in standard rooms throughout the trip including breakfast (upgrades available)

Jerusalem- Herbert Samuel, Dead Sea- Isrotel,  North- Kfar Blum,  Tel Aviv- Dan Panorama

• 5 lunches/1 tasting tour, 7 dinners

• All site entry fees and activities in the itinerary


Not included:

• Airfare

• Travel insurance (recommended)

• Tips for tour guide and drivers

• Donation to Bialik-Rogozin School

• Rental of HUC

• Meals not indicated in itinerary

• Tel Aviv Marathon registration


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Single deposit. Invoice for the balance will be sent when due.
$ 1000
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