Jewish Federation of St. Louis
Show Me Israel

Oct 15, 2023 - Oct 23, 2023

  • Who’s Going Adults Only
  • Trip Type Mission
  • Duration 9 DAYS
  • Price From $5,875
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YOUR journey

J² crafts journeys of inspiration, education, and Jewish connections to Israel and worldwide. We are guided by a simple but powerful concept: No two trips are the same; each experience should be personal, meaningful, and backed by superb service. Travel is not just about the places you visit, but the connections you make along the way.

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  •   Art & Culture
  •   Current Affairs
  •   Heritage
  •   Innovation
  •   Local Specialists
  •   Social Justice
  •   Special Access
  •   Food & Wine

Program Itinerary

Sun. Oct 15, 2023
  • Depart the USA.
Overnight: Flight
Mon. Oct 16, 2023
  • Arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Meet your tour educators who will accompany you on this journey of education and inspiration.
  • Welcome cocktail and dinner at ANU, the new Museum of the Jewish People with welcome remarks by the Mission chairs, and special greetings by Dan Tadmor, CEO of ANU.
Overnight: Tel Aviv Meals: Welcome cocktail and dinner
Tue. Oct 17, 2023
  • Briefing by Miri Eisen, former advisor to the Prime Minister on Media.
    Sample track components:
  • TAPESTRY FOR THE SENSES (art/food/culture)
    • See the latest Street Art and learn what it reveals about life, ideas and ideology in Israel’s cultural capital.
    • Carmel Market is where Tel Avivians come to shop and to eat. This tasting tour will prove that, when it comes to food in Israel, variety is the spice of life. We’ll sample the tastes of Middle East and Mediterranean, wander the market’s hidden alleyways and surprising stores.
    • A showcase of Israeli fashion and jewelry design, led and curated by a fashion expert.
    • Calling Boutique-Loving Hipsters: Browse your way through Nachalat Binyamin, Tel Aviv’s arts and crafts market before we check out the hustle and bustle at the Carmel Market.
    • Peace AND Prosperity? The Peres Peace Center was created by the late Shimon Peres, former Prime Minister and President of Israel, to develop peacebuilding programs based on innovation and optimism. Our visit will include a tour of the Israeli Innovation Center, which celebrates the people and companies that are making Israel the "innovation nation." The center includes continually updated, high-tech exhibits on everything from artificial intelligence to the latest developments in water use.
    • Meet founders of a new philanthropic initiative, 1point8, aimed to raise the generally low levels of giving in Israel's tech industry.
    • Venture up to the rooftop of Dizengoff Center, one of Tel Aviv’s most popular shopping malls, to visit the Green in the City Rooftop Farm. Meet representatives from the Livin’ Green movement who are growing leafy green organic vegetables in the heart of Tel Aviv and using green transport to sell them to restaurants and supermarkets around the city.
    • Israeli real estate briefing by JTLV, a company that takes on complex development projects and tour the site of the development plan at Kikar Atarim right in the heart of Tel Aviv.
  • BEYOND THE HEADLINES (politics/security)
    • Briefing by Miri Eisen for the day.
    • Visit Shaar Hanegev, located on Israel’s border with the Gaza Strip, for an insight into the complex reality due to the proximity of the border with Gaza.
    • Continue to Sderot to see the impressive work of the ITC (Israel Trauma Coalition). Tradition and Transformation – Life in a Bedouin City: Visit Rahat, the largest Bedouin settlement in Israel, which is often called the only Bedouin city in the world. We'll talk with local residents and explore whether their clan and tribal life, work patterns, and traditional gender roles are being transformed by life in a permanent "city."
  • Return to the hotel.
Overnight: Tel Aviv Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Wed. Oct 18, 2023
  • Briefing by guest speaker: Dan Feferman or Nathan Jeffay.
    • The Ilana Goor Art Museum, housed in an architectural gem of a building in Old Jaffa, contains an exciting, eclectic collection of Israeli paintings and sculptures.
    • Walk through Jaffa's famous flea market – Shuk Hapishpeshim.
    • Visit Asif, an open space for ongoing discourse and questions about the diverse culinary culture of Israel. visit the rare cookbook collection and the magnificent herb garden and discuss with experts what is it that defines Israeli food.
    • VIP backstage tour of Habima, Israel’s national theater, and learn why Israel has the world’s highest proportion of theater goers.
    • Ramallah is the political center of the Palestinian Authority of the West Bank and is sometimes called the “de facto capital of the state of Palestine.” We’ll tour the city with Rami Nazzal, an internationally-published Palestinian journalist and meet with activists for an authentic account of Palestinian life.
    • Understand the realities of crossing between Israel and the areas controlled by the Palestinian Authority at the Kalandia Checkpoint.
    • Visit the Psagot Winery with Miri Maoz Ovadia, spokesperson for the Jewish settlers of the Binyamin region OR meet Jewish settlers living in the heart of Samaria (the West Bank) and find out why they choose to live in these disputed and sometimes dangerous areas.
    • Shiloh – From Tabernacle Until Today: According to the Bible, before Jerusalem and the Temple were built, Jewish life and worship revolved around Shiloh. We’ll visit where it is believed that the Tabernacle rested and where pilgrims came to pray and offer sacrifices.
    • Visit Hackaveret, which provides expert guidance, tools and seed funding to young “social business” entrepreneurs from disadvantaged populations.
    • Does water have a technological fix? Visit the Desalination Plant, Israel’s newest water production facility.
    • An Israeli Scotch?! Take a tasting tour of the Milk & Honey Whisky Distillery, Israel’s one and only whisky distillery. Learn how Israel got into the Scotch game, see the stages of making spirits – from grain to glass – and then raise your own glass in celebration of your journey. L’chaim! Cheers!
  • Cocktail reception at an art gallery.
Overnight: Tel Aviv Meals: Breakfast & Cocktail reception with appetizers
Thu. Oct 19, 2023
  • Check out of the hotel.
    This day is sponsored by the Lubin-Green Foundation, a supporting foundation of Jewish Federation of St. Louis.
    • Speaking Common Languages of Peace: Examine the role of shared Jewish-Arab education in creating integrated communities and in turning fear into friendship. We’ll tour the Yad B’Yad (Hand in Hand) school , part of a network of bilingual, multicultural educational institutions which aim to show that the two communities can learn and live together.
    • From Humble Beginnings: Visit the family-owned Tishbi Winery for a tour and wine tasting. Winemaking has been a part of the Tishbi family for generations; the family was commissioned in the 1880s by Baron Edmond de Rothschild to plant the first modern vineyard in Israel. The winery has grown to become the sixth largest in the country.
    • Hands-on experience in modern-day goat farming at a local Goat Farm, with cheese tasting.
    • The Arab Community and State-Minority Relations in Israel: Discussion with the Head of the Inter Agency Task Force and Anton Goodman of the Abraham Fund.
    • Does coexistence in Haifa still exist? Did the spring 2021 riots shatter dreams of different communities living harmoniously together? Tour with students from Leo Baeck School and talk about contemporary societal challenges and complexities, including a visit to Wadi Nisnas, a small Arab neighborhood in downtown Haifa populated by both Christians and Muslims.
    • SPACE IL: Although the landing of a spacecraft on the moon didn’t go exactly as planned, the project continues. Yonathan Weintraub one of the founders will explain.
    • Entrepreneurship from Day One: A mini-seminar at Reichman University in Herzliya will introduce us to the next generation of entrepreneurs. Students mentored by top entrepreneurs and business leaders, are launching real companies as part of their university studies.
    • Visit Health related startups with aMoon, a foundation dedicated to building partnership with outstanding entrepreneurs and scientists who are transforming the medicine and health world.
  • Witness first hand some of the Federation’s work in the region.
  • “Mega party" celebrating Federation’s partnership with Yokneam-Meggido.
  • Check into the hotel in Jerusalem.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Fri. Oct 20, 2023
  • OPTION 1:
    Visit Yad Vashem, the national memorial to the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust, an essential emotional and educational experience:
    • In addition to the Avenue of the Righteous, the Historical Museum, and the Children’s Memorial, there’ll be special tracks for repeat visitors who may not yet have seen the world’s largest collection of Holocaust art that reveals the lives and heroism of artists engulfed by the Shoah. Another option for repeaters will be to explore the Valley of the Communities, a 2. 5-acre monument dug out of bedrock. Engraved on its stone walls are the names of 5,000 Jewish communities that were swallowed up by the Shoah.
    • Continue to Mount Herzl, Israel's national cemetery where the leaders of the nation are buried.
  • OPTION 2:
    Explore the City of David, the core of ancient Jerusalem, and learn how the city was administered during the First Temple period. Our visit will include: Archaeological discoveries illustrating how the wealthy and powerful lived in ancient Jerusalem, and the Gihon Spring, the source of Jerusalem's water, which was integral to its survival and religious ceremonies.
  • OPTION 3:
    Cinema as a Window into Daily Life: A Glimpse into Israeli Society through film with the Ma’aleh Film School. Ma’aleh’s unique, cutting-edge films attempt to foster a deeper understanding of the relationship between religious and secular Jews. While the school’s graduates are shaping the future of Israeli film and television, they also provide a first-of-its-kind video-therapy for youth at-risk, Ethiopian immigrants, terror victims and adults with special needs.
  • Return to the hotel to prepare for Shabbat.
  • Pre-Kabbalat Shabbat before approaching the Kotel for personal reflection and to welcome Shabbat.
  • Festive Shabbat dinner at the hotel.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast & Shabbat dinner
Sat. Oct 21, 2023
  • (Optional) Shabbat morning services at a local synagogue.
  • Lunch at the hotel
    • The Old City’s Jewish Quarter, ancient ramparts, climbing to the rooftops for a bird’s-eye view of the diverse, yet closely bound, communities of the Old City, walking through the Cardo, the main street of Roman-ruled Jerusalem.
    • Visit the Israel Museum with its fascinating collections that range from archaeology and the Dead Sea scrolls to Jewish life and art, and from an open-air model of Jerusalem during the Second Temple to contemporary Israeli and European art.
    • Walk along the urban Park Hamesilla (Railway Park) built along the old railroad of Jerusalem. The park follows the route of the original Jaffa–Jerusalem railway ,built over – and incorporating in its design – the original railway tracks installed in 1892 and used through 1998. Noted as a symbol of coexistence in the divided city, as it passes through Jewish and Arab neighborhoods and is used by residents of both.
    • Discover Hanevi’im Street (Street of the Prophets) and learn about the extraordinary people that lived in one of Jerusalem’s first modern neighbourhoods. Visit the former homes of Eliezer Ben Yehuda, the reviver of the Hebrew language, and artist Anna Ticho, see the Ethiopian Church, the Italian Hospital and other buildings .
  • Lunch at the hotel.
  • At nightfall, we will mark the end of a special Shabbat with a communal Havdallah ceremony overlooking the Old City.
  • (Optional) Night Spectacular at the Tower of David Museum. The walls of the Citadel serve as the stage for this cinematic celebration of sight and sound depicting the story of Jerusalem.
    Going Under, Going Deeper: Explore the Western Wall Tunnel, the underground continuation of the Kotel, and examine important archaeological discoveries that are revising our understanding of daily life in ancient Jerusalem.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Sun. Oct 22, 2023
    Shukria – Innovation/culinary/artistic/and business. This place has it all! Participate in a cooking workshop designed to provide you with some culinary ideas for when you’re back in St. Louis, missing Israel!
    Journey into the heart of the Ultra-Orthodox (Haredi) world to discover the values and lifestyle of this complex community. Accompanied by a Haredi local guide, browse the neighborhood shops to get a taste of Haredi fashion, music, books, and culture, while noticing that the street posters reveal their political beliefs and social agenda. The Haredi political parties in Israel do not allow women to run on their slate for municipal or national office. Hear from an Ultra-Orthodox woman fighting to change this and to give women real power in Haredi decision-making. Esti Shushan is an activist, filmmaker and founder of the "No Voice, No Vote" movement.
    Meet staff and members of the Jerusalem Open House for Pride and Tolerance, for a briefing and discussion. Special guests will be the parents of Shira Bankai, Z"L, who was murdered during the 2015 Jerusalem Pride Parade.
    Interact with students at the Jerusalem College of Technology and learn about the achievements and challenges of entering the Israeli work force.
  • At the Blaustein Hall, overlooking the Jaffa Gate and the Old City walls we’ll enjoy a delicious farewell lunch to celebrate the end of the mission. Remarks for reflection by guest speaker: Tehilla Friedman Nahalon or Rachel Azaria.
  • Return to the hotel with free time for last-minute shopping and packing.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Mon. Oct 23, 2023
  • Group transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for the departure flight.
  • Return to St. Louis.
Meals: Breakfast


Cost p/p in double room
Cost p/p in single room

Cost of accommodations for pre-nights including breakfast and all taxes:
-Tel Aviv: Hilton $530,- per night per double occupancy room, $505,- per night per single occupancy room
*All rates are subject to availability.
Registration open

Tel Aviv: Hilton

Jerusalem: The Inbal

What to expect

  • 7 nights' accommodations.
  • 7 days of touring with a guide in a luxury, air-conditioned bus.
  • Daily breakfast, 3 lunches, 1 cocktail reception, 2 dinners.
  • Water on the bus.
  • Porterage at the airport & hotels.
  • All site entrance fees & program fees as per your final program.
  • Gratuities
  • Credit card fees.
  • Flights to & from Israel.
  • COVID related expenses, including tests.
  • Personal extras: Items of personal nature such as laundry, wines, mineral water, beverages, coffee, tea, food other than the table d’hotel menu, passport and visa fees, insurance, and foreign port taxes, unless otherwise specified.
  • US and foreign airport taxes, Q fuel surcharge and border taxes when applicable.
  • Value Added Tax is currently not applicable to tourists visiting Israel. Should the law change, you will be notified accordingly, and VAT will be added to your final invoice.
  • Please review our terms & conditions (T&C’s) or request that we send you our full T&C’s. Until you do that, here is the small print, and other stuff you may want to know:
  • Validity | All prices quoted are based on exchange rates as of the proposal date and are subject to change without notice. Rates are per person and are based on shared twin room occupancy.
  • How to Make a Reservation | The quickest way to make a reservation is to register online or contact us by email. We accept VISA, MasterCard, and American Express credit cards. A deposit is required in order to complete the registration process, this deposit will be refundable until February 1st, 2023.
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  • Payments | The balance of your payment is due 90 days before your trip begins, or as specified in your invoice. You will receive an email reminder 2 weeks before this date. Various payment options are available as follows:
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  • Cancelation Policy | All cancelations need to be made in writing. The cancelation fee depends on the date when we receive written notification of your request to cancel your booking. Please note that the deposit is non-refundable.
  • Cancelation fees | Cancelations made 90 or more days prior to departure incur the loss of the deposit. Cancelations made 89 to 46 days prior to departure incur the loss of 50% of the full trip cost. Cancelations made 45 days or less prior to the departure incur the loss of 100% of the full trip cost.
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