Due to the overwhelming demand in Jerusalem for hotel rooms, this coming Yom Ha’Atzmaut, the 70th Anniversary of the creation of the State of Israel, we will do our best to accommodate you but cannot guarantee hotel space if you plan to join us April 17-25, 2018.
Price for All Land Expenses (Airfare Excluded)
$2,500 Double Room | $3,500 Single Room
AFSI’S YOM HA’ATZMAUT MISSION
CELEBRATING 70 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE
APRIL 17-25, 2018
Tuesday, April 17
Meet at Ben Gurion Airport at 9 AM to board our private bus and leave for an extraordinary visit to the ISRAEL INTELLIGENCE HERITAGE and COMMEMORATION CENTER. The Center was established to provide public recognition and honor to the operatives and achievements provided by the Mossad, the Shabak, the Israeli Intelligence Corps, and Nativ – the Liaison Bureau, which maintained contact with Jews living in the Eastern Bloc during the “Cold War” and encouraged Aliyah to Israel.
Travel to south Tel Aviv to visit with May Golan, famed crusader against the illegal Sudanese and Eritrean reign of terror now being experienced in the area.
Check into the Dan Panorama Hotel in Yerushalayim. After dinner at a local restaurant we will attend the official Yom HaZikaron ceremonies at the Kotel.
Wednesday, April 18 – Yom Hazikaron
Morning departure for a very powerful Yom HaZikaron service at Wadi al-Haramiya, near Ofra, where many Israeli lives were lost to Arab sniper fire on March 3, 2002. This Memorial Day is set aside to remember the fallen heroes of the Israeli Armed Forces.
We’ll visit our friends from Amona, to see the progress on their new community outside of Shilo. Hopefully, we will find that they have moved from their dormitory accommodations in Ofra, to their new caravans. The plan is to eventually build permanent homes.
In Shilo we’ll meet with archeological experts to learn about the new finds relating to the original Tabernacle located in Shilo.
We return to Jerusalem and dinner.
After dinner we’ll assemble at the Kotel for the beginning of the Independence Day celebrations.
Thursday, April 19 – Yom HaAtzmaut
We’ll participate in a tour of the newly excavated discoveries in the Kotel tunnels. This is a remarkable walk back into history.
In the afternoon, we’ll join an IDF unit in Gush Etzion for a special celebration BBQ. IDF Colonel Geva Rapp, founder of Panim el Panim, is the organizer.
Continuation of special Independence Day Celebrations.
Friday, April 20
We begin the day with a visit to Oz V’Gaon, led by the remarkable duo of Nadia Matar and Yehudit Katzover. Special guest speakers will be announced.
Josh Hasten will arrange our visits to a number of Gush Etzion communities. Of course, we will check with our Netiv Avot friends to see the status there.
Kabbalat Shabbat services at the Great Synagogue, the Kotel, or the synagogue of your choice. Shabbat dinner at the Dan Panorama hotel.
Saturday, April 21
Shabbat services at a synagogue of your choice.
Shabbat Lunch at the Dan Panorama hotel.
Afternoon walking tour of the Old City, arranged by Ateret Cohanim’s Dan Luria. Seudah Shleeshit hospitality in the Old City, followed by havdalah services.
Evening entertainment program.
Sunday, April 22
Early morning visit to the Temple Mount, with one of our expert guides.
Depart at 10:30 AM for the Shomron. We’ll visit our friends in the new Amona community outside of Shilo. Then on to Yitzhar, Itamar, and Chavat Gilad, finishing in Ariel. That evening we’ll visit Boomerang creator, Ezri Tubi.
Overnight at the Ashel HaShomron hotel in Ariel.
Monday, April 23
We’ll travel north to AKKO where Aharon Pulver, head of the Israel Independence Fund, will meet us to guide us through that largely Arab city on the Mediterranean coast. We’ll travel on to Pequin to see the new developments there and then proceed to Kiryat Shemona on the Lebanese border.
Overnight at a guest house in the Galilee.
Tuesday, April 24
Visit the mystical city of Tsfat and browse through the artists’ quarters, stopping at some of the famous ancient synagogues. Drive on to Tiberias where we will savor the old and new aspects of this city on the Kinneret. We’ll have lunch at a lakeside restaurant and then drive on to Beit Shean, famed for its archeological sites. The after sunset audio-visual presentation is a must-see.
Overnight at a guest house in the Galilee.
Wednesday, April 25
We’ll drive down the Jordan Valley, stopping in Maskiot, Rotem and Mitzpe Yericho. Aharon Pulver will still be with us to guide us through the area.
Our gala farewell dinner will be in Maaleh Adumim.
Our next stop will be Ben Gurion airport where those traveling back to the States will be brought, with ETA about 9 PM. This should enable all those making midnight and post-midnight flights to comfortably check in.
Those not traveling will be driven back to Yerushalayim and left at a central location.
What we have not included in this itinerary sketch, is the list of VIP speakers and guests we will host during our time on the mission. That information will be supplied at a later date, as it is difficult for MK’s and dignitaries to commit too far in advance. Be assured, there will never be a dull moment.
Travel Tips – Good walking shoes are absolutely essential. Dress should always be modest. Walking shorts are acceptable. Short/shorts are not. Shabbat attire is usually a white shirt for the men, NO shorts, and the women know what to wear.