Temple Micah Israel Trip 2022

December 1 – 12, 2022

With an optional West Bank add-on December 12 – 14

We return to Israel to affirm our solidarity with the Jewish People, the Jewish State, and our vision of Progressive Zionism.

Basic Trip includes:

  • Six nights Renaissance Hotel, Tel Aviv
  • Five nights David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem
  • Transfers upon arrival and departure
  • 10 full days of touring
  • Shabbat worship with Reform congregations in Tel Aviv and Kibbutz Gezer
  • Breakfast daily, plus four dinners
West Bank Add-On includes:

  • Two nights David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem
  • Two days touring West Bank and East Jerusalem

Virtual Information Session: Wednesday, January 12, 2022 | 7 pm

Rabbi Zemel will host an information session on Zoom on Wednesday, January 12 at 7 pm. If you are interested in the trip and would like to attend the information session on Zoom, please click on the button below to register.

Register to Attend Information Session

Please note: trip deposits are NON-REFUNDABLE.

For further information, please contact Jeannelle D’Isa in the Micah office.

The trip costs include all entrance fees, tips of guide, driver, and baggage service at hotels.

Does not include gratuities for breakfast, cleaning service for rooms, or airfare.

We need 20 non refundable deposits by May 15, 2022 in order to have the trip.


Subject to possible adjustment based on final numbers traveling


$4,050 per person double occupancy ($8,100 total for two people)

$5,771 per person for single room

Optional West Bank add-on Costs

$1,850 per person double occupancy ($3,700 total for two people)

$ 2,218 per person for single room

Payment Timeline:

  • An initial deposit of $1,250 per person is due immediately.
  • A second payment of $1,000 is due by August 15, 2022.
  • Balance due October 15, 2022.


Please note: we ask that you DO NOT purchase airfare until AFTER we have confirmed that the trip is going.

Basic Trip Itinerary | December 1 – 12, 2022

Thursday, December 1: Welcome to Israel

Enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel

Overnight – Renaissance Hotel, Tel Aviv.

Friday, December 2: An Introduction to Tel Aviv

Jaffa-ancient biblical and modern city

Neve Zedek – the first Jewish neighborhood outside of Jaffa

Carmel Market – an open air market at its best on a Friday

Nahalat Benjamin Pedestrian Arts and Craft Fair

Return to the hotel.

Kabbalat Shabbat with Kehillat Halev – Reform Congregation in central Tel Aviv, including dinner

Overnight – Renaissance Hotel, Tel Aviv.

Saturday, December 3

Eretz Israel Museum, a historical and archeological museum in Tel Aviv.

Following the tour, return to the hotel for some Shabbat leisure time.

Overnight – Renaissance Hotel, Tel Aviv.

Sunday, December 4: In and About Tel Aviv

Start the day with a visit to the Rabin Center that explores the development of the State of Israel as a young democracy and presents two parallel stories–the history of the Israeli state and society and the life of the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.

Then, meet a graffiti expert who will take you on a stroll through the streets of Tel Aviv and point out hidden, unknown works among the shadowy carpentry and car repair shops.

Overnight – Renaissance Hotel, Tel Aviv.

 Monday, December 5: Along the Mediterranean Coast

Following breakfast, drive to Givat Haviva. Learn about the work of Israel’s oldest institute devoted to creating a shared society. Visit the Palestinian village of Bartaa and have lunch here.

Return to your hotel in Tel Aviv.

Overnight – Renaissance Hotel, Tel Aviv.

Tuesday, December 6: The Hills of the Galilee

This morning, “travel back in time” to the Talmudic period as you visit Tzippori – one of the main centers of the Sanhedrin. Rabbi Yehuda “HaNassi” lived here, and it was here that he compiled the Mishna, around the year 200 CE. The remains date back from the second century BCE through the Roman and Byzantine periods.

Here you will be able to see some of Israel’s most beautiful mosaic floors, one depicting the “Feast of Dionysos” and another, the “Nile Mosaic” dating back to the Roman period. Drive further along the coastline to the ancient city of Akko, a UNESCO world heritage site, once the Crusader capital of the North and now a city of mixed Arab and Jewish populations. Walk through the colorful markets, to visit the huge underground Crusader Halls.

If time permits, go on to Lohamei HaGetaot Museum located in the kibbutz of the same name.  Founded by the survivors of the Warsaw Ghetto, this museum gives a special perspective of the Holocaust.

Return to Tel Aviv.

Overnight – Renaissance Hotel, Tel Aviv.

Wednesday, December 7: From the Galilee to Jerusalem

Following breakfast, check out of your hotel and head to Sindyanna of Galilee, where Jewish and Arab women meet to weave baskets, manufacture award-winning Fair Trade olive oil, meet each other and create peace. A women’s cooperative, Sindynana leads the way in peace work, women’s empowerment and leadership activities in the Galilee.

Proceed to the Atlit (The Clandestine Immigration Museum) which was the site of a detention camp during the British Mandate for the Holocaust survivors who arrived by boat and attempted to reach safety in their new homeland. A private guide will accompany you on your tour of the site.

Travel to the beautiful biblical landscape reserve of Neot Kedumim where you will have the unique opportunity to plant a small tree sapling – the symbol of life – with your own hands.

Ascend to Jerusalem. Stop at an observation point overlooking Jerusalem from Mount Scopus. It offers a magnificent view of the city, and you will hear about the area’s historical and geographical importance. As you look over the eternal Holy City, stop for a moment’s reflection and prayer. Participate in an age-old tradition of saying a blessing as pilgrims did when approaching Jerusalem throughout history. Continue to the hotel and check-in.

Overnight – David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem.

Thursday, December 8: The Old City of Jerusalem

Start the day from an observation point overlooking Jerusalem from the Haas Promenade, which offers a magnificent view of the city and from where you will hear about the area’s historical and geographical importance. Continue to the Old City entering through the Jaffa Gate and take an in-depth tour of the Jewish Quarter including the Cardo.

On to the excavations of the Herodian Mansions, located beneath the present-day Jewish Quarter, showing how the high priests and wealthy Jerusalemites of old lived.

Proceed to the Southern Wall Excavations located at the Jerusalem Archeological Park. Important archaeological discoveries have been unearthed here. Amongst these remains is a complex of royal palaces dating back to the 7th century and Hulda’s Gate. Walk up the impressive ancient staircase that was the main entrance through which worshippers entered the Second Temple’s compound.

Continue to the Western Wall where you can take time for a moment’s reflection and prayer at this holy place. Follow the tradition of many from around the world who place their prayers in the cracks of the wall.

Return to the hotel. Overnight – David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem.

Friday, December 9: The New City of Jerusalem

This morning, gather in a private room to meet Khaled Abu Toameh, an Israeli-Arab award-winning journalist from Jerusalem. He will give you an update on the current Israeli-Arab situation.

On to Mount Herzl, Israel’s “Arlington Cemetery”, to pay homage to those who gave their lives defending Israel. Walk down to Yad Vashem to visit the Children Memorial Hall and the Garden of the Righteous Among the Nations, which honors Gentiles who, at their own personal risk, chose to save their Jewish brethren from the genocide.

Also visit the Valley of the Communities, a man-made valley in the form of the map of Europe, built in remembrance of over 5,000 European Jewish communities that suffered under the Nazis. Return to the hotel.

This evening, drive to Kibbutz Gezer and participate in the Shabbat service followed by dinner.

Return to Jerusalem.

Overnight – David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem.

Saturday, December 10: Masada and the Dead Sea area

Depart Jerusalem and drive east through the Judean Desert, to visit Qumran, where the Essenes lived 2000 years ago and where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in 1947. See the ruins of this ancient desert village.

Continue to the oasis of Ein Gedi for a hike through the cascading waterfalls, where you may even get to see wild animals roaming freely in the desert. Drive to the mountain-top fortress of Masada for an in-depth tour of the site. Ascend the cliff top fortress by cable car.

From the top of Masada, the outlines of the Roman encampments are still visible below.  Then, stop at a public beach along the shores of the Dead Sea to take a dip in the mineral-rich waters, relaxing on your back and thinking of nothing else but the sea and the salt all around you (please bring bathing suits; towels will be provided).

Return to Jerusalem.

Overnight – David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem.

Sunday, December 11: In and Around Jerusalem

This morning, gather in a private room for a lecture by a guest speaker. Proceed to visit the Israel Museum where a guide will give you a tour, concentrating on contemporary Israeli art reflecting the “New Jew”. Head to the colorful Mahane Yehuda outdoor marketplace to see how the locals do their shopping. Meet with a culinary expert who will take you on a special tour by introducing you to some of the shop keepers to see their wonderful produce, hear their stories and sample some of their delicacies.

Enjoy the afternoon at leisure.

This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Overnight – David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem.

Monday, December 12: See you soon!

Check out of your hotel by noon. A Mabat driver will meet the group prior to your departure flight and transfer you to Ben Gurion Airport. A member of our staff will assist you with departure procedures.

POST Tour Optional Add-On THE WEST BANK

Monday, December 12: Around Jerusalem

Start the day driving to Hebron where you will meet with a representative from “Breaking the Silence” organization and tour the area. Conclude the day taking part in a panel discussion where you will hear about the identities and experiences at play in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Return to Jerusalem.

Overnight –David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem.

Tuesday, December 13: Eastern Jerusalem

Start the day meeting an expert guide for a geopolitical tour of Jerusalem. Hear a summary of security and political issues in Jerusalem and the surrounding areas.  Continue on a dual-narrative tour of East Jerusalem where you will tour the neighborhood and meet a local resident.

Return to the hotel.

This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Overnight –David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem.

Wednesday, December 14: See you soon!

Check out of your hotel by noon. A Mabat driver will meet the group prior to your departure flight and transfer you to Ben Gurion Airport. A member of our staff will assist you with departure procedures.


*Itinerary is subject to change at any time

Please note that, currently*, in order to be granted entry to Israel, all travelers are required to be fully vaccinated within six months of departure from Israel (following tour). Official proof to that effect must be offered prior to departure to Israel from home country. In addition, a certified negative PCR test result received within 72 hours prior to departure must be presented before departing to Israel. An additional PCR test is required upon landing in Israel. Access to hotels and sites also requires proof of vaccination.

*As of December 2021

In the event that, up to 7 days prior to your arrival, your home country/state and/or Israel is officially considered a “red zone state”, and official Coronavirus restrictions are in place, prohibiting flights, entrance to Israel or requiring mandatory isolation, forcing you to cancel your trip, then a full refund will apply.

For clients that opt not to vaccinate, the Covid-19 exception stated above does not apply, and all funds paid will be forfeited to Mabat Platinum.

In case of cancellation due to any illness (backed up by official medical documents), the affected party will have to submit a claim to their insurance company and ask for a refund for the trip cancellation. This insurance should cover you for any medical and related expenses while in Israel, including mandatory isolation at hotels. Mabat Platinum will do its best to negotiate with suppliers to reduce cancellation fees, however any recovery of canceled trip cost will be through clients’ insurance policy (see insurance clause below).


All parties traveling to Israel are required to purchase travel insurance with coverage for pandemic-related treatment, quarantine expenses and emergency medical expenses before and during the trip. In addition, all travel insurance policies must include trip cancellation coverage with Cancel For Any Reason upgrade. Insurance for baggage, personal items, and trip interruption is also highly recommended. Insurance coverage is not included in the cost.

Passports must be valid for at least six months from the date of departure from the USA. On entering Israel, your passports are not stamped. Instead, you will receive a stamped form with a visa valid for 3 months. Please keep this form as you will need it.

In the event of domestic unrest, and/or military operation taking place in Israel, in conjunction with an official warning issued by the U.S. Department of State against travel to Israel, you will be able to cancel your trip and will be entitled to a full refund.