Go Beyond the Headlines
This Birthright Israel trip, will give you an opportunity to meet the change-makers ensuring coexistence and tolerance in Israel.
On this Coexistence Israel trip, you will go beyond the headlines as you meet Israeli settlers, Israeli-Arabs, religious and secular Jews, politcians and organizations working on a grassroots level for a better future. Go deeper into the politics and people through a pluralistic outlook.
Of course you will also enjoy all of the main highlights of any Birthright Israel trip - floating in the Dead Sea, exploring the vibrant city of Tel Aviv, basking in the spirituality of Jerusalem, riding camels through the Negev desert and hiking in the Golan Heights – but you’ll get to do all of this with a Coexistence twist.
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Arrive at Ben-Gurion International Airport. You will be met and assisted through customs by IsraelExperts staff and will meet your Israeli tour guide and driver who will be with you throughout your tour.
Mifgash ("Encounter") Begins. Today you will be joined by 8 young Israelis who will be traveling with you for the next 10 days. You will have the privilege to explore Israel through their eyes (and they through yours) and to forge new and lasting friendships.
Enjoy a stop by the beautiful Aqueducts in Caesarea.
Go through orientation: Take some time to get to know your fellow participants, staff, and guide while preparing for the 10-day journey ahead of you.
Hike down Mount Arbel, a mountain in The Lower Galilee near Tiberius, with high cliffs, views of Mount Hermon in the Golan Heights, trails to a cave-fortress, and ruins of an ancient synagogue.
Explore Tzfat - the ancient and modern home of Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism). Tour ancient synagogues and artists’ quarters.
Visit the ancient synagogue at Beit Alfa.
Enjoy more time exploring the north and center of Israel.
Arrive to your hotel on the beautiful Mediterranean coast.
Get to know two Arab Israelis who are part of the Israeli entertainment industry and hear their perspective on being a minority in Israel.
Spend the night out on Jerusalem's vibrant pedestrian mall, Ben Yehudah Street. Enjoy the open-air mall (a.k.a. 'Ha Midrechov') with its pubs, shops, and restaurants with plenty of live music.
Visit Yad Vashem, Israel's national memorial to the Holocaust. The museum presents the historic events that befell Europe following the Nazis’ rise to power in Germany and the fate of the Jews under Nazi rule in the occupied countries.
Tour the Old City of Jerusalem. Visit the Jewish quarter and be witness to millennia of Jewish history, from the time of biblical kings and prophets to modern celebrations and conflicts. Walk to the Cardo, the street built by the Romans in the sixth century, situated 20 feet below modern street level. One part of the Cardo is a restored arcade of Jewish galleries and shops, while the other part is an open-air reconstructed street. Take time for personal prayer and reflection at the Western Wall (Kotel).
Visit Mahane Yehuda, Jerusalem’s largest "shuk" (outdoor market), where you can find many different people and wares.
Take part in a special Kabbalat Shabbat (greeting of Shabbat) at the Western Wall (Kotel), one of the holiest sites in Judaism. Back at the hotel, Participate in “Oneg Shabbat” (Shabbat Pleasure) program.
Spend Shabbat relaxing with your group with various programming and free time at the hotel
Hear a dynamic, interactive update on the current state of affairs in Israel/
Take a walking tour through the beautiful Rose Garden of Jerusalem where you can see Israel's Parliament building known as the "Knesset" which houses the legislative branch of government.
Take part in the Havdalla ceremony, ending the Shabbat and welcoming the new week.
Visit Mount Herzl, Israel's military cemetery and the burial place of Yitzhak Rabin, Golda Meir and Theodore Herzl.
Tour the city of Sderot and view the documentary made by LA native, Laura Bialis, Rock in the Red Zone.
Spend the night at Kfar Hanokdim - Desert Experience. Start the adventure riding camel-back as the sun sets over the desert. Partake in a light taste of Bedouin tradition and culture including a welcome ceremony of coffee and tea followed by a Middle-Eastern dinner served in the traditional style seated on rugs and pillows in a Bedouin style tent. Accommodation is in a mock up of a traditional Bedouin tent. At night, enjoy a group gathering around an Israeli style bonfire and take a night hike.
Climb Masada via the earthen Roman ramp built 2000 years ago to storm this desert fortress and view the remarkable excavations including Herod's Palace and stables, the ancient synagogue and the ancient water system.
Float in the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth.
Visit the Ayalim campus at Ashalim, and learn about the pioneering activities that the Ayalim students take part in.
Enjoy a night out in Tel Aviv in an area full of trendy restaurants, bars, clubs, cafes and shops.
Explore Jaffa, one of the world's ancient ports. Modern Jaffa has a heterogeneous population of Muslims, Christians and Jews. Jaffa is a major tourist site with an exciting combination of old and new. You may have time to explore the local flea market called Shuk Hapishpeshim for all kinds of hidden treasures (and delicious things to eat).
Stroll down the trendy area of Nachalat Binyamin and the neighboring market "Shuk HaCarmel", where you can find many cafes, shops and unique gifts.
Visit Rabin Square ("Kikar Rabin" in Hebrew); a large public city square in central Tel Aviv, named after Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, who was assassinated at the conclusion of a massive peace rally held at the square on November 4, 1995.
Hear from a panel of television industry professionals about the TV industry in Israel.
Get to know your Mifgash Israelis by partaking in a special activity they have prepared for you.
Take part in a unique graffiti tour through the streets of south Tel-Aviv, led by a local artist.
Visit Independence Hall where David Ben-Gurion proclaimed Israel's Independence in 1948.
Bring your trip to a close with a wrap-up session where you'll reflect back on your Birthright Israel experience.
Travel to Ben Gurion International Airport for check-in and flight back home.