Examine the age-old – and brand new! – challenges that have to be addressed by a modern Jewish state. The seminar supplements our "Wrestling with the Angels" seminar, but also stands alone for those keen on encountering contemporary Israel.
Herzl's Dream Revisited
Melton Travel Seminar
- Accommodations: 10 nights
- Meals: Breakfast and one additional meal daily
- Educational Programming: All entrance fees and programs as per the Melton itinerary.
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)
Overnight: Tel Aviv
DAY TWO: TUESDAY
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: Mitspeh Ramon
DAY THREE: WEDNESDAY
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
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: Mitspeh Ramon
DAY FOUR: THURSDAY
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
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
DAY FIVE: FRIDAY
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
Meet in the lobby; special pre-Shabbat discussion
Shabbat services (optional) and Shabbat dinner
DAY SIX: SHABBAT
Free time (list of synagogues provided)
Noon Parashat Hashavua study session followed by lunch and afternoon rest
Neighborhood walk: Exploring Komemiyut
Snacks and discussion: On Jerusalem, Jews and Shabbat
Havdalah; Free evening from 6:30 p.m.
DAY SEVEN: SUNDAY
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
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
DAY EIGHT: MONDAY
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
DAY NINE: TUESDAY
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
(3) Field trip to Nahalal cemetery: Whatever Happened to “The Blue Mountain”?
Dinner en route to Jerusalem
DAY TEN: WEDNESDAY
Is Jerusalem "as a city joined together"?
Study session: Palestine and Israel in Mirror Verses
Jerusalem - The View Along the Seam (Field trip)
Voices in Dialog: An Encounter with Jerusalemites, Jewish, Moslem and Christian
Debriefing Session and Free Evening
DAY ELEVEN: THURSDAY
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
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.
Details will be available soon.
Note: We will do our best to assist you with extensions both before and after the seminar.
Flight ArrangementsWe will be pleased to assist you in any and all flight arrangements, including additional travel plans, through our partners at Gil Travel. Please contact Neha at +215-568-6655 ext.366 with your flight requests.
Need to Know
- Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 15 fully paying participants per bus. Should the number of participants drop below the minimum listed above, we may adjust the cost of the trip to reflect the additional expense of operating the program.
- Tour prices are per person in U.S. dollars. All hotel accommodations, motor coach transportation, special dinners, sightseeing, admissions, luggage handling and the services of local guides, drivers, and the tour guide/educator are included.
- A non-refundable sum of $500 is required for registration. This sum will be put towards the overall cost of the seminar. If the seminar is cancelled, the registration fee will be refunded.
- Hotel Accommodations: The tour price includes all hotel accommodations, in hotel rooms with private bathrooms. Our standard is to provide the best available hotels while considering value. Although the level of the accommodations may differ slightly from hotel to hotel, we are committed to your comfort. Two-bed rooms are reserved in most hotels. Triples are two-bed rooms with a rollaway cot where available and are not recommended when considering the comfort of those in the room. King-size beds are not available in most hotels; what is considered king-size usually consists of two single beds pushed together and made up separately, but with one headboard. Some two-bed rooms may have two twin - not full- or queen-size - beds.
- Meals are included as indicated in the itinerary. All meals provided in Israel are kosher. In travel beyond Israel, group meals are kosher unless otherwise specified. Participants can order additional kosher meals at prices set by our local agents.
- All trips are conducted by a Melton educator who remains with the group throughout the tour.
- Gratuities Included: All gratuities for restaurant staff are included.
- Baggage: The Travel Agent and/or Tour Operator, shall not be held responsible for any damage to or loss of luggage/personal items. All damage/loss must be reported at time of incident and documented in writing by local authorities for submission to the insurance company. With regard to airline baggage allowance, different carriers have different regulations for business and coach, please check with your individual carrier with regard to permitted number of pieces, weights and dimensions. The tour operator is not responsible for fees levied by any air carrier for the transport of personal belongings of any kind.
- Porterage at hotels. Please note that room service is not included.
- Flights and personal insurance are not included.
- Transfers from / to the airport unless as part of an organized group travelling together.
- Personal Expenses, including meals not mentioned above or drinks during meals, unless specified above, or room service.
- Travel and health Insurance.
- Airline Security Measures: In the U.S., you must provide identification in the form of a passport at the time of airport check-in for travel to international destinations. Your passport name must match the name on your tour reservation and airline ticket or you may be denied boarding.
- If you are traveling from an airport outside the jurisdiction of the U.S, you will need to determine what travel documentation and identification is required for that particular airport.
- Due to heightened security regulations, certain items such as a metal nail file, pocketknife, cigarette lighter or tweezers, and some liquid, gel, or aerosol items may not be permitted in your carry-on luggage. Please call your airline prior to departure to obtain current information on non-permissible carry-on items and recommended airport check-in times. You may also wish to visit the Transportation Security Administration website at www.tsa.gov to obtain more information on acceptable identity documentation and prohibited luggage items.
- Holidays and Museum Closures - 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.
- Photography During Tours: We will occasionally use photographs taken by fellow guests or your trip director for promotional purposes. If you prefer that your photo not be used in any marketing activities, please notify us at the start of your tour.
We strongly recommend that comprehensive health coverage and trip cancellation insurance be purchased.
Gil Travel recommends RoamRight Travel Insurance. Consider travel protection for:
- Trip Cancellation
- Trip Interruption
- Emergency Medical Expenses
- Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation of Remains
- Trip Delay
- Baggage & Personal Effects
- Baggage Delay and more…
Please Note: To be eligible for the waiver of pre-existing medical condition exclusion, the protection plan must be purchased within 21 days from the time you make your initial trip deposit, the entire non-refundable amount of the trip must be insured, and you must be medically able to travel at the time the premium is paid. However, the travel protection plan itself can be purchased any time prior to departure.