Enhanced Birthright Israel Sample Itinerary

Depart the USA on Sunday on an overnight flight to Israel!

Day 1: Monday 
  • Arrival at Ben Gurion International airport.
  • Meet the Israelis who will be joining the group for five days ten days (because we’re awesome) as part of the mifgash (encounter).
  • Drive along the Coastal Highway towards the northern part of Israel.
  • Lunch on route.
  • Visit Caesarea – ancient Roman amphitheater on the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Orientation/ice breakers/security briefing/expectation session on the beach.
  • Transfer to Kibbutz hotel in Northern Israel.
  • Festive Opening Dinner at Kibbutz.
  • Moonlight walk around Kibbutz.
  • Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel.

Day 2: Tuesday 

  • Opening lecture about the current situation in Israel with Middle East expert from Kibbutz Tuval.
  • Walk through the Banias Nature Reserve; cool off underneath a refreshing waterfall.
  • Lunch on route.
  • Raft down the Jordan River, or zip line into it!
  • Visit an Israeli Defense Force Base
  • Overnight at Kibbutz Guest House.

Day 3: Wednesday 

  • Hike Mount Arbel – beautiful Cliffs in Northern Israel.
  • Visit Tzfat – Center of Jewish Mysticism for centuries and a contemporary artists’ colony.
  • Visit the many synagogues and explore the origins of Kabbalah.
  • Lunch on promenade in Tzfat.
  • Visit Tzippori- a city where Jews and Romans lived together after the destruction of the Second Temple.
  • Conversation: Special and Normal
  • Dinner and leisure time in Tiberias.
  • Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel.

Day 4: Thursday 

  • Drive to Tel Aviv- Israel’s most modern city.
  • Visit Independence hall – spot where the Declaration of Independence of Israel was signed.
  • Visit Rabin Square and the Yitzchak Rabin Memorial.
  • Walk around Neve Tzedek, one of Tel Aviv’s first neighborhoods and now home to galleries, quaint  restaurants and shops.
  • Lunch in Neve Tzedek.
  • Walk through the streets of Tel Aviv on a Graffiti tour and check out the street art scene in Israel.
  • Drive South.
  • Camel Riding.
  • Dinner at Bedouin Tent – learn about Bedouin culture & customs.
  • Star gazing in the desert.
  • Conversation: Spirituality/Wrestling with God
  • Overnight: Bedouin tent.

Day 5: Friday 

  • Climb Masada by sunrise via the Roman Ramp, site of the Jewish Zealots’ last stand against the Roman Legionnaires. Explore Herod’s mountain palace, synagogue and bathhouse.
  • Descend Masada via the snake path.
  • Hike in Ein Gedi – a fresh water spring and waterfall in the desert.
  • Enjoy the Dead Sea – cover yourself in mud, float in the Dead Sea and enjoy the natural sulfursprings.
  • Lunch at the Dead Sea.
  • Drive to Jerusalem.
  • Welcome to Jerusalem! Shehechiyanu ceremony overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem.
  • Welcome Shabbat with your group.
  • Festive Shabbat Dinner and Oneg Shabbat.
  • Overnight: Jerusalem.

Day 6: Saturday 

  • Service options.
  • Kiddush Luncheon at Hotel.
  • Free time.
  • Optional Shabbat activities, including Bar/Bat Mitzvah Ceremony.
  • Conversation: How I Relate to Israel, How Israel Relates to Me
  • Group Havdallah service to mark the end of Shabbat.
  • Enjoy dinner and shopping on Ben Yehuda Street.
  • Overnight: Jerualem.

Day 7: Sunday 

  • Explore the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem.
  • Visit the Western Wall.
  • Experience the sites, smells, and tastes of Jerusalem while walking through the Machaneh Yehuda Market.
  • Tzedek Program: Visit the home and meet the children of Save A Child’s Heart, an Israeli-based international humanitarian project providing life-saving heart surgeries and follow-up care for children from around the world.
  • Evening lecture with Avraham Infeld, the immediate past president of Hillel and one of the originators of the Taglit-Birthright Israel project.
  • Overnight: Jerusalem.

Day 8: Monday 

  • Visit Yad Vashem – Israel’s national museum and memorial to the Holocaust.
  • Conversation: My Connection to Jewish Memory
  • Visit the graves of Theodore Herzl, founder of modern Zionism, and Yitzhak Rabin, late Prime Minister of Israel; hear personal stories from Israelis about their fallen comrades.
  • Mifgash conclusion.  For Mizzou Hillel, the mifgash doesn’t end until the end of the trip!
  • Meet an Israeli filmmaker and view short films created by young Israelis.
  • Overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 9: Tuesday 

  • Hike in the Jerusalem Forest to the Sataf Spring.
  • Israel Goes Green at Shvil Hasalat, The Salad Path, a unique hydroponic farm located in the Northern Negev which combines agriculture, care for the environment and fun.
  • Visit the Lakiya Weaving Project of the Association for the Improvement of Women’s Status and dialogue with local women.
  • Travel to Ashkelon, a town on the Mediterranean coast.
  • Overnight in Ashkelon.

Day 10: Wednesday 

  • Morning at the Beach in Ashkelon.
  • Final conversation/evaluation.
  • Farewell lunch at restaurant in Tel Aviv.
  • Depart for Airport.
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