ZOA Leadership Mission to Israel 2021

Mission Dates: February 27 – March 7, 2022

 

What to Expect? Watch Recap Below of a Previous Mission:

Itinerary: February 27 – March 7, 2021

 (As of November 19 – Subject to Change)

Mission Segment I:   February 27 – March 3

Sunday February 27 | BRUCHIM HABAIM

  • Check in-at at the Inbal Hotel in Jerusalem from 3:00 PM
  • 7:00 PM – Opening Dinner at the Inbal hotel with Israeli leaders as guest speakers

Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem

Monday, February 28 | MEET ISRAELI LEADERS

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Security or Political Briefing
  • ZOA Delegation to the Knesset: Head to the Knesset for meetings and briefings with Cabinet Ministers and Members of Knesset
  • Lunch on own
  • Dinner and program at Har Herzl hosted by World Likud.

Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem

Tuesday, March 1 | FACING HAMAS

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • 8:00 AM – Depart hotel and head to Israel’s borders with Egypt and the Hamas controlled Gaza area. Join Habithonistim Chairman IDF Brig. General Amir Avivi (res) for an in depth understanding of the security challenges and how the IDF meets these challenges
  • Head to Sederot, which has endured years of bombardment by Palestinian rockets from Gaza for a simple lunch at the Sederot Hesder Yeshivah where students combine their military service with advanced Torah study
  • Visit front line Israeli communities and defenses facing Hamas controlled Gaza
  • Return to Jerusalem for dinner at the Inbal Hotel

Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem

 Wednesday, March 2 |  GUSH ETZION & HEVRON – SECURING JERUSALEM’S SOUTHERN FLANK

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Depart hotel to Join IDF Major (res) Amit Deri, founder of Reservists on Duty for a behind the scenes overview of the security situation
  • Visit Me’arat Hamachpelah, the Tomb of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs and meet Noam Arnon , spokesperson of the Hevron Jewish community and learn about the challenges facing the residents of the Jewish community of Hebron
  • Lunch and wine tasting at the Gush Etzion Winery with local leaders
  • Briefing at Caliber 3, the leading Counter Terror & Security Training Academy in Israel
  • Meet Women in Green co-founder Nadia Matar at the Oz Vegaon Nature Reserve established by Women in Green in response to the murder of the murder of Jewish teens Eyal, Gil-ad and Naftali by Arab terrorists.
  • Return to Jerusalem for dinner and evening on your own.

Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem

Thursday, March 3 | JERUSALEM SEAMLINES

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • 8:00 AM – Security or Political Briefing
  • Depart the hotel to the City of David, where we will get a behind the scenes look at some of the latest finds reflecting Jewish sovereignty in Jerusalem over the centuries going back 3,000 years. Learn about the role that the archeology and the presence of Jewish families living here today play in strengthening Jewish claims to Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel
  • Head to the Shimon HaTzaddik neighborhood where we will be hosted by Jerusalem City Council member Yehonatan Yosef. We will meet and have lunch with Jewish residents of the neighborhood who are facing ongoing attacks and international condemnation and delegitimization. Understand how the presence of these Jewish residents strengthens Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem.
  • Join Yatar Elite Police Auxiliary Volunteer Counter Terror Unit for a security tour and overview in the Jerusalem Corridor
  • For those staying for Mission Segment II: Drop off at the Inbal Hotel – evening and dinner on own
  • For those departing: Continue to Ben Gurion Airport for flights to the USA

Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem (for those staying for Mission Segment II)

 

Mission Segment II:   March 3 – 7

Friday, March 4 | THE STRUGGLE FOR JERUSALEM

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • 8:30 AM – Depart the hotel to Lod whose Jewish residents have been subject to ongoing attacks from their Arab neighbors. We will hear their stories and see what is happening first hand and provide encouragement and support for their steadfast presence.
  • Lunch and shopping time on your own
  • Shabbat Candle Lighting: 4:53 PM
  • Head to the Kotel to greet Shabbat with song, dance and prayer (weather permitting)
  • Walk back to the hotel for a Shabbat dinner followed by a group program with Guest Speaker

Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem

Shabbat, March 5 | SHABBAT SHALOM IN JERUSALEM

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Enjoy the special atmosphere of Shabbat in Jerusalem by participating in Shabbat services at one of Jerusalem’s many synagogues or take time to explore the city on your own
  • 12:00 Noon – Session at the Inbal Hotel with Khaled Abu Toameh, Former Arab Affairs Correspondent for the Jerusalem Post
  • Shabbat lunch at the hotel with IDF Lone Soldiers
  • 4:30 PM – Optional walking tour
  • Shabbat ends at 6:11 PM. Evening and dinner on your own in Jerusalem

Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem

Sunday, March 6 | SHOMROM

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • We will spend the day in the Shomron visiting Jewish communities and meeting local leaders and residents including Yossi Dagan, Head of the Shomron Regional Council and Daniella Weiss & Lital Marmerosh Slonim of the Nachala Settlement Movement.
  • Learn about the security and economic challenges that the Shomron communities face. See the dramatic views and gain insight into the strategic importance of the Shomron.
  • Lunch at one of the Shomron Wineries
  • Return to Jerusalem for dinner at the hotel with guest speaker

Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem

Monday, March 7 | THE ONGOING STRUGGLE FOR JERUSALEM

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • 8:00 AM – Security or Political Briefing
  • Pack bus and depart hotel
  • Join Ateret Cohanim for a first-hand look at Jewish communities throughout the Old City to better understand how the presence of Jewish residents in mostly Arab populated neighborhoods helps to ensure a united Jerusalem under Israeli sovereignty.
  • Lunch on your own in the Old City
  • Join Regavim in the Maaleh Adumim area for a behind the scenes look at illegal Arab encroachment and building in the Jerusalem area and in “Area C”. Gain insight into how these illegal activities – supported by the European Union and the US Government – are designed to weaken Israeli sovereignty and territorial contiguity in Jerusalem.
  • Bus will drop people at the Inbal Hotel and then continue to Ben Gurion Airport for flights to the USA. Dinner en-route to the airport.

    • Underlined meals are included in the trip price
    • Listed activities and speakers are subject to change.
    • Program will be staffed by a Keshet Israel Tour Educator, a Keshet Hostess and a security escort on some of the days

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