October 30 to November 5, 2018 (7-Day Trip)

Member Price: $2,000 pp Double Room | $3,000 pp Single Room

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Read the itinerary below or click here for a PDF.

Tuesday, Oct. 30
Arrive in Israel in time for 9AM departure with group. Head for Jerusalem and the U.S. Embassy. Tour of the Embassy and meeting with Ambassador David Friedman, schedule permitting. Meet acclaimed photo-realist artist, Max Ferguson, and view two of his paintings on display in the Embassy.

Lunch in Jerusalem and then a VIP guided tour of Ir David, to discover the antiquities newly unearthed in Yerushalayim.

Check into the luxurious Inbal Hotel in Jerusalem for our three-night stay. Welcome dinner at a favorite Jerusalem restaurant. Arieh King, Jerusalem Council Member, will be our special guest.

Wednesday, Oct. 31 – Election day in Israel
Those wishing to ascend the Temple Mount with the group will gather at 7 AM in the lobby of the Inbal to take taxis to the Dung gate. There we will meet with Yaakov Hayman, leader of the Temple Mount Heritage Foundation, who will guide our tour of Har HaBayit.

At 10:30 AM, we will rejoin our group at the Inbal hotel and meet with Dan Luria of Ateret Cohanim for a tour of the Yemenite Village and the Jewish life that is thriving in that difficult environment. We’ll view the newly restored ancient Yemenite synagogue. We’ll continue on to Kidmat Zion to see the growth of the community and for a picnic lunch overlooking Yerushalayim.

We’ll have a few late afternoon visits at the Knesset with MK’s, affording an opportunity for up close Q&A sessions.

Dinner will be on our own. Evening program – 8:30 PM – with Jeff Daube, former AFSI Board member, now ZOA representative in Jerusalem.

Thursday, November 1
We’ll begin our day by heading east out of Yerushalayim to Beit Hogla in Jericho. There we will visit Erna, the Lady of Jericho, whose amazing story will be told to us.

From Yericho we’ll travel south to Ma’Ale Adumim to meet with the municipality leaders there. We’ll have lunch at the Waffle Bar there, one of our favorite places.

Continuing south, we’ll stop for prayers at Kever Rachel in Bethlehem, the only place available to Jews in that city.

We’ll visit the displaced persons from Netiv Ha’Avot in their new location in Elazar and continue south to Kiryat Arba/Hebron. There we will participate in a wonderful Chachnasat Torah, made possible by one of our loyal AFSI members. Letter writing, dancing, and dining will go on into the evening. We return to Jerusalem.

Friday, November 2
We’ll begin our morning in Oz V’Gaon, the park dedicated to the three boys who were kidnapped and murdered, June 12, 2014. Women in Green leaders, Nadia Matar and Yehudit Katzover will greet us and give us a tour of the latest accomplishments in the park.

The Herodian, a remarkable remnant from the time of Herod, will be our next stop.

From there we will drive down to Kiryat Arba/Hebron and check into the Yeshivat Nir for overnight. We’ll prepare for Shabbat services at the Maarat HaMachpela and dinner back at the Yeshiva. Some of the famed Hebron heroes will join us for a talk after dinner, time permitting.

Shabbat Chaye Sarah, November 3
Shabbat services in the morning at the Maarat or at the Yeshiva. We’ll enjoy a festive Shabbat lunch with the Hebron Fund at the Gutnick Center and then separate for tours, visits, or napping. Shalosh Seudot and Havdlah are at the Gutnick Center. We check out of Yeshiat Nir and head for Arad.

Sunday, November 4
We wake up in the very interesting city of Arad, bordering on the Dead Sea, and hosting a very diverse population. We’ll visit the arts center which is sure to fascinate. A meeting with the Mayor is scheduled which should be very enlightening. We’ll continue west to Be’er Sheva and view the amazing growth that has taken place in that city. After lunch, a meeting with the Mayor is scheduled there also.

We’ll then travel on to the student village of Ashalim, run by the Ayalim organization. There we will be treated to a very special tour.

That evening we’ll check into our hotel for the night and arrange for some local entertainment.

Monday, November 5
That morning we’ll travel west to the Gaza border communities which have been rocketed and burned by the Gazans, including Kissufim, Nahal Oz, Sderot, and Yad Mordechai.

Our gala farewell dinner will be held in Rishon L’Zion, followed by a drive to the airport for those flying back t the U.S. Those remaining in Israel will be driven to Yerushalayim.



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