Good Towards 30 CLE Credits
May 20-27, 2024

Itinerary

We are pleased to present to you the itinerary and tour package for our 6th Israel Legal Mission. This has been carefully crafted to provide an experience that is engaging, fun, uplifting, informative and inspirational for you. Our mission adheres to the highest standards of service and professionalism, friendly and warm with a dedicated team from our Israel Maven partners.

DAY 1 - WELCOME TO ISRAEL!!!! DEPART FOR NORTH -  Monday - May 20

  • Welcome to Israel!! Arrive at Ben Gurion where you will be met by VIP representatives and escorted through passport control, baggage claim and customs
    Meet guide in the Arrivals Hall
  • Behind the scenes tour of the state of the art Marcus National Blood Services Center - the world’s first underground anti-missile blood center - 133 Herzl Street, Ramla OR
  • Meet with inspirational wounded IDF veterans at the Tel HaShomer Hospital
  • Meet with Maj. Gen. (ret.) Alon Levavi at the Ono Academic College
  • Lunch
  • Visit Tzippori where Rabbi Yehudah HaNassi edited the Mishna & see the beautiful mosaics including the "Mona Lisa of the Galilee"
  • Transfer to the North, check in to the hotel - unpack, rest and relax
  • Dinner at hotel
  • Overnight: Mitzpe Hayamim

DAY 2 - UPPER GALILEE - Tuesday - May 21

  • Crisis Security Simulation at the Alma Research and Education Center at Tefen to understand the security challenges on the Northern borders following the recent conflict with the Hezbollah
  • Lunch at the Kurdish Restaurant Chemdat Hagalil and hear from family members the story of its founder Sara Chatan who lit the torch at the 1958 Yom Haatzmaut Ceremony for her pioneering efforts
  • A tour of the Talking Walls in Shtula on the Northern Border with Lebanon. These walls were painted byArtists4Israel near the location where Udi Goldwasser and Edad Regev were killed and their bodies abducted byHezbollah in 2006.
  • Visit to Ghajar an Alawite-Arab village on the Hasbani River that has recently allowed entry to Israelis (subject to military confirmation) OR
  • Exclusive tour of the Hezbollah Tunnels on the border with Lebanon (subject to military confirmation)
  • Dinner in Tiberias at Decks Restaurant on the banks of the Sea of Galilee
  • Enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee with music
  • Overnight: Mitzpe Hayamim

DAY 3 - GOLAN HEIGHTS/ JORDAN VALLEY - Wednesday - May 22

  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel
  • Morning at leisure to enjoy the hotel's facilities. Spa treatments to be booked in advance.
  • Checkout
  • Meet with IDF combat soldiers on Army base for a Mezuzah Dedication Ceremony
  • Security briefing at the Island of Peace in Naharayim and delve into the complexities of Israel's relationship with Jordan vis a vis water, refugees and borders
  • Lunch at Rotem
  • Tour of Rotem Eco Village settlement, meet with locals and learn about their unique way of life
  • Travel to Jerusalem
  • Welcome to Jerusalem!!!! Enjoy a spectacular lookout over Jerusalem from Mount of Olives with musical accompaniment
  • Check into hotel
  • Dinner at the hotel with guest speaker
  • Overnight: David Citadel Hotel - Jerusalem

DAY 4 - JERUSALEM / OLD CITY - Thursday - May 23

  • Full Israeli breakfast at the hotel
  • Morning Morning lectures at the hotel:
  • Dr Amir Fuchs - Parliamentary Immunity
  • Rabbi Dr Levi Cooper - Jewish Practice in a Pandemic
  • Professor Eugene Kontorovich Director of Int'l Law Dept at the Kohelet Policy Forum - The Judicial Reforms and the Threat of International Criminal Court Prosecution
  • Visit the newly renovated Tower of David Museum by Jaffa Gate
  • Lunch on own - Jewish Quarter
  • Artisans Tour in the Four Quarters of the Old City
  • Time for reflection at the Western Wall
  • Exclusive visit to the Border Police Base overlooking the Temple Mount OR
  • Visit the new excavation underneath the Western Wall Plaza with the archaeologist Barak Monnickendam-Givon
  • Pitmaster is the culinary experience of a lifetime! Enjoy a sumptuous meal of dishes that have carefully prepared by your pitmaster in a live show accompanied by music and an electric atmosphere
  • Overnight: David Citadel Hotel - Jerusalem

DAY 5 - GUSH ETZION & HEVRON - Friday - May 24

  • Full Israeli Breakfast at your hotel
  • Departure
  • Time for reflection at Rachel’s Tomb and meet with the families who live at the Bnei Rachel Yeshiva in Bet Lechem
  • Discover the Path of the Patriarchs in an off-road ATV adventure. (Bring driver's license) OR
  • Participate in an engaging artisan bread-baking workshop at Pat BaMelach in Gush Etzion
  • Experience the Biblical City of Hevron, including the Cave of Machpela, Avraham Avinu neighborhood, BetHashalom, Beit Romano & more
  • Lunch at the Gutnick Center
  • Departure for Jerusalem
  • Experience the vibe at the Machane Yehudah Outdoor Market as Jerusalem prepares for Shabbat.
  • Return to hotel and get ready for Shabbat
  • Candlelighting at the hotel
  • Join thousands of Jews from around the globe in joyous celebration of Shabbat at the Western Wall
  • Shabbat Dinner in the Old City
  • Overnight: David Citadel Hotel - Jerusalem

DAY 6 - SHABBAT - Saturday - May 25

  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel
  • Shabbat services at Great Synagogue
  • Shabbat Lunch - at hotel - Political Update with guest speaker, Amit Segal Israeli journalist, radio and television personality
  • Rest and Relax
  • Walking tour of the Old City
  • Musical Havdala
  • Evening at leisure
  • Dinner - on own
  • Overnight: David Citadel Hotel - Jerusalem

DAY 7 - GAZA BORDER & TEL AVIV - Sunday - May 26

  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel
  • Visit Kibbutz Be'eri on the Gaza Border & meet with residents who survived the barbaric Hamas attacks on October 7th
  • Security briefing lookig out over the Gaza Border
  • Lunch at the bustling open-air Carmel Market with its lively vendors & colorful displays of fresh produce - on own
  • Meet with managing partners at Tel Aviv law firm (TBD)
  • Networking dinner at Regina with local law firm representatives
  • Overnight: David Citadel Hotel - Jerusalem

DAY 8 - JERUSALEM - Monday - May 27

  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel
  • Morning lectures at hotel:
  • Rabbi Dr. Mordechai Halperin Director of the Falk Schlesinger Institute of Medical-Halachic Research Assisted Suicide
  • Lt. Col. (Res.) Maurice Hirsch former head of the military prosecution in Judea and Samaria on Application of Jewish Law in West Bank
  • Dayan Menachem Copperman expert in Jewish Monetary Law on Halachic Wills
  • Find out just how the Israeli democratic system functions as you visit the Knesset. (Please bring your passport & ensure to dress respectfully) OR
  • Holocaust Restitution - tour & lecture at Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum
  • Lunch at local restaurant
  • Visit the Supreme Court and meet with former Supreme Court Justice Yael Willner
  • Visit the Yvel Jewelers and the Megameria School of Jewelry and Art where Ethiopian immigrants learn the art of jewelry making while using their own artisan traditions OR
  • Leisure time before Dinner
  • Farewell dinner
  • Overnight: David Citadel Hotel - Jerusalem


DAY 9 - DEPARTURE - Tuesday - May 28

  • Full Israeli breakfast at the hotel
  • Checkout & departure
  • Travel to Ben Gurion Airport & fly to Canada

NEXT YEAR IN JERUSALEM!!!

Trip Cost - All coste are in USD

  • $4,900 USD - Cost per person based on double occupancy 
  • $2,300 USD - Single Occupancy Supplement 
  • $500 CAD - Deposit per person is necessary to confirm reservation.
  • If you depart Monday late night, checking out Monday, you may deduct $250.

The tour package includes the following items

  • 2 night's accommodation at the Exclusive Mitzpe Hayamim Spa Hotel
  • 6 night's accommodation at the David Citadel Hotel in Jerusalem
  • Breakfast daily at the hotel
  • Lunch on days #1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 8 as per the itinerary
  • Dinner on days #1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 & 8 as per the itinerary
  • Transportation in a luxury bus with WiFi
  • Superb English-speaking private tour guide
  • Entrance fees and all activities based on the itinerary

The tour package does not include the following

  • Flights
  • Early check in or late check out at hotels
  • Tips and gratuities - standard for driver is $3-5 per day; for guide is $7-10 per day.
  • Spa activites

Important information

  • Some of the itinerary may change before the trip as certain parts are beyond our control.
  • We have made arrangements with a travel agency, but you are in control of how you get to Israel.

    Dan Abitbol, West Island Travel, 514-867-8478 (Cell) 450-686-8478 (Office) [email protected]

Insurance

WE STRONGLY URGE YOU TO TAKE OUT COMPREHENSIVE TRAVEL INSURANCE IN THE EVENT THAT YOU NEED TO CANCEL YOUR TRIP.
For your convenience, we have made arrangements with SMS-Travel Insurance Center of Omaha, Nebraska. SMS has over 25 years of experience as worldwide insurance brokers and can help you choose the policy that best meets your needs. Our contact person is Yonah Engel, mention promo code: ISRAELMAVEN. Email: [email protected] ; USA phone (402) 404-5205.

VAT tax regulations

Please be aware that according to the new Israeli tax laws, all guests holding Israel citizenship, even those with dual citizenship/passports will be charged VAT tax. You will be responsible for this portion.