Wrestling with the Angels, Israel
DAY ONE: Monday
Meet in hotel lobby at 1:30 p.m.
Campus or Sanctuary: Between Ideals and Reality
A special exploration of the Hebrew University, Mount Scopus campus
Who Are We and Why Are We in Israel?
Introductions and Reflections
DAY TWO: Tuesday
FATEFUL DECISIONS DURING THE FIRST AND SECOND TEMPLE PERIODS
Why Jerusalem? Study session overlooking The City of David
Field trip to the Jewish Quarter
Group lunch in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City
Days of Glory; Days of Destruction
Exploration of the Herodian Mansion in the Old City
Summary Session: Why Was The Temple Destroyed?
Tour of the Western Wall Tunnels
A visit to the Israel Museum and The Shrine of the Book (optional)
Dinner at leisure
DAY THREE: Wednesday
IN APOCALYPTIC TIMES
Early departure for Dead Sea region
The Dead Sea Sect: Rejecting the Center in the Struggle for Light
Field trip to Qumran
Masada: Fighters for the Future of the Jewish People?
Field trip to Masada
Swim in the Dead Sea OR
Study Session: Bar Kochba: True or False Messiah?
Group dinner in Jerusalem
DAY FOUR: Thursday
NEW CITIES FROM OLD - JEWISH CULTURE REDEFINED IN A CHANGED REALITY
A City Rises From the Dunes
Explore earliest neighborhoods beyond the walls of Jaffa
"We Hereby Declare the Establishment of a Jewish State…"
Explore the growing city, including Rothschild Boulevard, where Ben Gurion declared Israel's Independence
Lunch in central Tel Aviv
Can We Build Anew by Learning from Our Past?
Bialik in Tel Aviv- Then and Now
Study session in Bialik's house in central Tel Aviv
The Day the Music Died...
A visit to Kikar Rabin
Group dinner in the Yemenite Quarter of Tel Aviv
DAY FIVE: Friday
FATEFUL DECISIONS - THE CITIZENS' PERSPECTIVES
Symbols and Signs - Mapping Jerusalem's Multi-faceted Population
Study session, followed by field trip to Jerusalem neighborhoods
Free time; Preparations for Shabbat
Lekha Dodi Likrat Kallah
Candle-lighting at King David's Tomb on Mt. Zion
Evening service at the Kotel
Traditional dinner: Se'udat Shabbat
Group discussion and reflections
Overnight - Jerusalem
DAY SIX: Saturday
Morning Services at Synagogue(s) of choice
Study session: Parshat Hashavua: A Look at the Weekly Torah Portion
Choice of Walking Tours:
- The Poetry of Yehuda Amichai OR
- Along King David Street: Three Buildings, Three Faiths, Three Agendas
Se'udah Shlisheet - late afternoon snack and schmooze
Dinner and evening at leisure
DAY SEVEN: Sunday
FATEFUL DECISIONS IN THE WAKE OF THE DESTRUCTION OF THE SECOND TEMPLE
Travel north to Caesarea
Between Caesarea and Jerusalem - Two World Views
Field trip and study session at Caesarea
Lunch at leisure
The Period of the Mishna: Responding to New Jewish Realities
Field trip and study session at Beit Shearim OR Tsippori
Drive further north to Tsfat
Study session: The Fable of the Goat
Overnight: Ruth Safed Hotel
DAY EIGHT: Monday
FROM OLD TO NEW (ZIONIST) JEWS: TWO VISIONS OF REDEMPTION
Building Community in Anticipation of Redemption
Exploration of story and synagogues of Tsfat
Lunch at leisure
"Deep River; My Heart is Over Jordan…"
Rafting on the Jordan River (weather permitting)
Of Farmers and Poets: What Motivated the New Jew?
Field trip to Kinneret Farm and Kinneret Cemetery
Group dinner in Tiberias
Overnight: at the Kinneret
DAY NINE: Tuesday
FROM 67 to '67... AND BEYOND: FATEFUL DECISIONS - THEN AND NOW
Options on the Syrian Front
"From Here you Look Seven-Fold Larger..." Overview into Galilee Panhandle from Golan Heights and examination of the period leading to the 1967 War
Yom HaDin: What Went Wrong?
Stop at sites connected to the Yom Kippur War and examination of outbreak of Yom Kippur War in 1973.
Lunch in Katzrin, “Capital” of the Golan
My Past; My Future/Our Past, Our Future
Meeting in Katzrin with resident of the Golan
What Do We Learn From the Story of Gamla?
Visit the Golan Archaeological Museum in Katzrin
Make our way back to Jerusalem
Evening at leisure
DAY TEN: Wednesday
DIFFICULT FREEDOM: DILEMMAS OF SOVEREIGNTY
Israel and the Holocaust: What Meaning Has Been Given to the Holocaust in Israeli Collective Memory?
Site visit and study session at Yad VaShem
Lunch at leisure
Land and Compromise: Addressing One of Israel's Central Challenges
* Study session at hotel
* Departure for field trip, home hospitality and dinner
* Encounter with differing viewpoints on the issue
DAY ELEVEN: Thursday
BACK TO THE FUTURE
Symbols of Sovereignty
A visit to Mt. Herzl
"And the Children Will Return to Their Borders..."
Stop at Kibbutz Ramat Rachel
S.Y. Agnon as Symbol
A visit and study session in the home of the Nobel Laureate
Lunch at leisure
Where Have We Been and Where Are We Going To?
Closing activity evaluating the seminar
Festive farewell dinner
NOTE: Please try to arrange flights from 11:45 p.m. on, so as to enjoy the dinner with the group.
Note: Itinerary subject to change. Museum visits and personal shopping time may be disrupted due to unforeseen circumstances or the many religious, state and local holidays observed in the destinations being visited.
Contact the Melton Travel Seminars Team
Call Haim Aronovitz at the Melton Travel Seminars offices in Israel:
+1-877-729-2805 (toll free from USA)
+1-800-088-094 (toll free from Australia)
Call Andrea Gardenhour at the Melton Travel Seminars offices in the US: