Centennial Mission to Israel 2023 > Centennial Mission to Israel: Itinerary

Centennial Mission to Israel: Tentative* Itinerary

*as of September 2022 — Subject to change


Sunday, July 2

Depart USA. Participants are required to make their own flight arrangements. See designated flights

Monday, July 3

  • Arrive in Israel in the morning
  • Opening mega event lunch
  • Touring as we travel North which may include Atlit, Caesarea, Mt. Arbel, Mt. Tabor, and more
  • Check-in at hotels in the North
  • Evening activity at each hotel with dinner, Israeli dancing and music, and more
  • OVERNIGHT: Ramot Resort; The Lake House Hotel; Kibbutz Lavi Hotel

Tuesday, July 4

  • Bus travel day in the North which may include a security briefing, outdoor recreation activity, wine tasting, and an encounter with Federation program participants
  • Touring may include Golan Heights, Tzfat, Beit She’an
  • Evening mega event at Beit Gavriel: 4th of July Celebration
  • Late check-in in Tel Aviv
  • OVERNIGHT: David Intercontinental Hotel or Royal Beach Hotel, Tel Aviv

Wednesday, July 5

  • Partnership visit* to Ofakim, Merchavim, Arad, or Kibbutz Erez: Meet with Israelis who have been touched by the generosity of our community, do hands-on service projects, and more
  • Evening: Celebrate 100 years of Greater MetroWest at the Agam Museum in Rishon LeZion*
  • OVERNIGHT: David Intercontinental Hotel or Royal Beach Hotel, Tel Aviv

Thursday, July 6 — Personal Track Day!

Leave your original bus and join a track that you choose. Tracks will include a visit to the recently renovated and renamed ANU Museum — the Museum of the Jewish People (formerly the Diaspora Museum), plus choices like:

  • Israel 101 for First Timers
  • Innovation & Business
  • A Taste of Israel: From Street Food to Famous Chefs
  • The IDF & Security Challenges: Keeping Israel Safe
  • The Road to a Shared Society: Living Together in Israel
  • Contemporary Art & Artists
  • Israeli-Palestinian Relationship: Understanding the Conflict and Areas of Mutual Co-Existence
  • History and Archeology: Exploring an Ancient Country
  • The Best of the Mediterranean: Beach Activities
  • Women in Israel: Celebrating Women’s Achievements and Challenges
  • Adventure Israel: Caving & Rappelling
  • Helicopters: Seeing Israel from a Different Perspective
  • Check-in at hotels
  • Free evening in Jerusalem
  • OVERNIGHT: Inbal Hotel or Orient Hotel, Jerusalem

Friday, July 7

  • Take the light rail to Har Herzl (to be confirmed)
  • Ceremony at Har Herzl in the new Hall of Remembrance
  • For first time visitors and all interested: Yad Vashem museum complex
  • For repeat visitors: Har Herzl cemetery; Children’s Memorial and Valley of Lost Communities at Yad Vashem
  • Free time at Machane Yehuda market and on Ben Yehuda Street
  • Kabbalat Shabbat ceremony on the Hulda stairs in the Old City of Jerusalem
  • Visit to the Western Wall
  • Festive Shabbat dinner overlooking the Old City at Beit Shmuel
  • OVERNIGHT: Inbal Hotel or Orient Hotel, Jerusalem

Saturday, July 8

  • Shabbat at leisure in Jerusalem
  • Optional tours and activities including walking tours, biking, Masada and the Dead Sea, museums, graffiti tour, and more
  • Cocktails, Light Bites, and Havdalah at the Tower of David; Stay for the Sound & Light Show
  • Free night to explore Jerusalem
  • OVERNIGHT: Inbal Hotel or Orient Hotel, Jerusalem

Sunday, July 9

  • Pre-Reflections speaker: Isaac Herzog, President of Israel invited (to be confirmed)
  • JDC/JAFI site visit*
  • Reflections session: your opportunity to share your thoughts and perspectives on the mission experience
  • Jerusalem touring and shopping
  • Farewell Dinner
  • Depart for the airport for your late-night flight homeParticipants are required to make their own flight arrangements. See designated flights

Monday, July 10

Early morning arrival in New Jersey

Want even more? Consider an extension! Options include: Petra, Jordan or Beresheet Hotel, Mitzpe Ramon.



*See the amazing programs and sites that are impacted by the support of our Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest New Jersey