Our Hillels of Westchester Birthright Trip Itinerary

If you are a parent and need to reach the group, phone numbers for each location are provided in the full itinerary below:


Dec 25 - Jan 4 / NYC / Israel Quest

Sunday, Dec 25 – Departure
Depart EWR Int’l airport at 1:15 PM

Monday, Dec 26 – Arrival & The North
Landing at Ben Gurion Airport at 6:30 AM
Welcome & ice breakers with Israeli peers
Opening ceremony in Caesarea
Lookout and hike to Elijah’s cave
Depart for the north
Evening: Program introductions & ice breakers
Overnight: Hermon Field School / Tel: 972-4-6941091

Tuesday, Dec 27 – The Golan & The North
Har Meiron – Nature walk
Tzfat – Birthplace of Jewish mysticism
Hamei Tveria – Relax in Natural Hot Springs
Mifgash activity with Israeli peers
Overnight: Hermon Field School / Tel: 972-4-6941091

Wednesday, Dec 28 –The Golan & Jerusalem
Nahal Jilabun – Canyon hike in the Golan
Gadot lookout
Golan Heights Winery – Tour & tasting
Depart for Jerusalem
Prepare for Yad Vashem
Overnight: Caesar Hotel, Jerusalem / Tel: 972-2-5005656

Thursday, Dec 29 – Jerusalem
Yad Vashem – Holocaust Memorial & Museum
Har Herzl – National Memorial
Ben Yehuda Street – Pedestrian Shopping Center
Cultural activity
Overnight: Caesar Hotel, Jerusalem / Tel: 972-2-5005656

Friday, Dec 30 – Jerusalem
Haas Promenade – Panoramic view of Jerusalem
Jewish Quarter – Old City walking tour
The Kotel – Reflections at the Western Wall
Machane Yehuda – Colorful Jerusalem marketplace
Wrap up and depart with Israelis
Prepare for Shabbat
Start of Shabbat – Candle lighting ceremony
Festive Shabbat dinner
Oneg Shabbat – Celebrating Shabbat
Overnight: Caesar Hotel, Jerusalem / Tel: 972-2-5005656

Saturday, Dec 31 – Jerusalem & The Negev
Group activity
Walking tour of Jerusalem neighborhoods
Political seminar – The Situation Today in Israel
Havdallah ceremony – Conclusion of Shabbat
Depart for Arad
Overnight: Arad Guest House, Arad / Tel: 972-2-5945599

Sunday, Jan 1 – The Negev
Ascend Masada – Via the Roman Ramp
Masada – Ancient mountain-top fortress
Descend Masada – Via the Snake Path
Ein Bokek – Nature walk
Dead Sea – Floating at Ein Bokek Beach
Bedouin hospitality and bonfire
Overnight: Bedouin Tent, Chan Shayarot / Tel: 972-8-6535777

Monday, Jan 2 – The Negev & Central Coast
Camel trekking – Travel the Negev desert in style!
Nachal Chavarim – Canyon hike
Sde Boker – Desert outpost & grave of Ben Gurion
Green activity
Overnight: Neve Shalom Guest House / Tel: 972-2-9917160

Tuesday, Jan 3 – Tel Aviv & Central Coast
Independence Hall – Declaration of the modern State of Israel
Rabin Square – Memorial to Yitzhak Rabin
Shenkin Street – Market & street festival
Jaffa – Ancient seaport & artist colony
Wrap up session
Closing group dinner
Overnight: Neve Shalom Guest House / Tel: 972-2-9917160

Wednesday, Jan 4 – Departure & Arrival
Depart for Ben Gurion airport
Arrive at JFK Int’l airport at 3:45 PM


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