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Herzl's Dream Revisited, an Israel Seminar

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Scratch below the surface, to uncover the age-old challenges that have to be addressed by a modern Jewish state. Subjects examined include social, religious, ethnic and legal issues, all within the context of ancient and modern texts. The seminar is designed to neatly supplement our "Wrestling With the Angels" seminar but also stands alone for those keen on encountering contemporary Israel.
 

 

  • NOTE: The seminar starts in Tel Aviv on Monday afternoon (DAY ONE) and ends in Jerusalem on the following Thursday (DAY ELEVEN). The last day includes dinner, but ends in time for late-night flights out of Israel.


    DAY ONE: MONDAY

    Program commences at our hotel in Tel Aviv (in the case of a group flight a transfer will be provided from the airport).

    Introduction to seminar 

    Points of Arrival: Earliest Tel Aviv and the Zionists (Field trip to Jaffa port)

    Opening Dinner

    Overnight: Tel Aviv


    DAY TWO: TUESDAY

    a.m.

    Tel(s) of Spring: 100 Years On… and 3800 Years Back…
    The View From Above (Tel Aviv from the hotel roof)

    Study session: The Place of the City in Zionist Thought

    Field trip to southern Tel Aviv: The New Invisibles and Social Responsibility: Foreign Workers and Other Challenges to Israeli Society
    Lunch at leisure 

    p.m. Leave Greater Tel Aviv for Negev

    Deep Are the Wells of the Past (Field trip to Tel Beer Sheva) 

    Travel to Mitspeh Ramon 

    Group dinner at hotel and debriefing session

    Overnight: Mitzpeh Ramon


    DAY THREE: WEDNESDAY

    a.m.

    Of Cosmic Beginnings & Visionaries (Day commences before dawn!!)
    Desert Encounters (Pre-dawn overlooking the Ramon Crater; study session) 

    Breakfast at the hotel and rest of morning free

    Lunch at leisure

    p.m.

    At Ben Gurion's Sde Boker home: BG's Vision of the Negev & Israeli Society

    Yeruham: Redeveloping Development Towns - Tour of Yeruham and study with educators from Atid Bamidbar center

    Group Dinner with The Chefs of Yeruham and Summary Discussion

    Overnight: Mitzpeh Ramon


    DAY FOUR: THURSDAY

    a.m.

    Taming the Southern Frontier: BG's Dream Visit The Institute for Desert Studies, Midreshet Sde Boker 

    Facing the Challenge: Taming the Desert… or Adapting to it?

    Brief stop at BG's graveside overlooking Nahal Zin 

    Lunch at leisure at Ben Gurion University Campus in Beer Sheva

    p.m. 

    Bedouin Education: The Challenges of Integration in Contemporary Israeli Society (Visit a school and discussion OR Meet with Students at Ben Gurion University)

    Proceed to Jerusalem; Check in and group dinner

    Overnight: Jerusalem


    DAY FIVE: FRIDAY

    a.m.

    Likrat Shabbat Lechu Ve'Nelcha

    Shabbat Shalom? Jews vs. Jews in Jerusalem and Israel

    (Study session; Self-guided field trip exploring Haredi neighborhoods) 

    (Optional) Exploration of Machaneh Yehuda, Jerusalem's fresh produce market and neighborhood 

    Rest of the afternoon free

    Erev Shabbat

    Meet in the lobby; special pre-Shabbat discussion 

    Shabbat services (optional) and Shabbat dinner

    Overnight: Jerusalem


    DAY SIX: SHABBAT

    a.m.

    Free time (list of synagogues provided)

    Noon Parashat Hashavua study session followed by lunch and afternoon rest

    p.m.

    Neighborhood walk: Exploring Komemiyut

    Snacks and discussion: On Jerusalem, Jews and Shabbat

    Havdalah; Free evening from 6:30 p.m.

    Overnight: Jerusalem


    DAY SEVEN: SUNDAY

    a.m.

    A Land of Many Voices 

    The Battle to Build a Nation: Field visit to Ayalon Institute, Nes Tsiyona, OR Palmach Museum, Ramat Aviv 

    Travel North along the Coastal Road

    Lunch at leisure in Zichron Yaakov

    p.m.

    Ein Hod vs. Ayn Houd: The Art of Symbols (Tour of the village; study session) 

    Travel to hotel in Haifa

    Dinner at the hotel and debriefing session

    Overnight: Haifa


    DAY EIGHT: MONDAY

    a.m.

    Jews and Arabs Together… and Apart

    Study session: Jews and “the Other”: The Portrayal of the Arab in Israeli Literature 

    Haifa: A Mixed City 

    Introduction at Beit Hagefen

    Meeting with Haifa activist and educator and Field Trip in Wadi Nisnas

    Lunch at leisure

    What Role Does the IDF Fulfill in Building the New Israel? Meet with IDF soldiers or with special pre-IDF Mechina program 

    Group Dinner

    Overnight: Galilee


    DAY NINE: TUESDAY

    a.m.

    Building an Ideal Society? A short tour of Kibbutz Lavi

    Field trip: "From Beit Alfa to Nahalal" - Connecting over eighty years
    (1) "Not In My House!!" - The Beit Alfa Synagogue at Kibbutz Heftsiba
    (2) Mt. Gilboa - Site and Text in context: The Deaths of Saul and Jonathan

    Break for lunch 

    p.m.

    (3) Field trip to Nahalal cemetery: Whatever Happened to “The Blue Mountain”?

    Dinner en route to Jerusalem

    Overnight: Jerusalem


    DAY TEN: WEDNESDAY

    a.m.

    Is Jerusalem "as a city joined together"?

    Study session: Palestine and Israel in Mirror Verses 

    Jerusalem - The View Along the Seam (Field trip)

    Group Lunch 

    p.m. 

    Voices in Dialog: An Encounter with Jerusalemites, Jewish, Moslem and Christian

    Debriefing Session and Free Evening

    Overnight: Jerusalem


    DAY ELEVEN: THURSDAY

    a.m.

    The Whole Megilla - What Vision of Zion Does The Declaration of Independence Represent? (Study session in Liberty Bell Garden)

    Justice in Jerusalem: Visit to the Supreme Court of Israel 

    Visit The Hebrew University on Mount Scopus and meet with leading scholar

    p.m.

    Lunch at leisure and free time in city center

    Summary Session: The Old-New Homeland: Modern Israel and the Jewish People

    Festive Farewell Dinner (1 group transfer is offered to Ben Gurion Airport for departing flights).  


    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.

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