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MUST SEE ISRAEL

Day 1

November 3, 2019



Our Israel Your Way journey kicked off on Sunday with our Must See Israel pre-trip. Participants ascended Masada and descended to the Dead Sea Basin as they saw many important sites.

MUST SEE ISRAEL

Day 2

November 4, 2019



The Must See Israel group completed their second day and the entire group got together tokick off their Israel Your Way journey.

The Must See Israel contingent went to an underground munitions factory that produced bullets in secret for Israel's War of Independence. They then toured Old Jaffa, the Port and the Jaffa Flea Market.

They ended the day at Rabin Square in the center of Israel where Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated on November 4, 1995. The group happened to be visiting this spot 24 years after this terrible tragedy occurred.

We take heart in the words inscribed on the memorial, "Peace shall be his legacy."

ISRAEL YOUR WAY

Day 1

November 4, 2019



We officially kicked off the Israel Your Way journey with the entire group tonight at Claro in the Sarona Complex.

It was a wonderful event enjoyed by all. We look forward to enjoying three "track days" in the four areas - Art/Food/Culture, Business/Technology, Eco/Outdoor and Israel Insider.

Our heartfelt thanks to Debra Cohen for leading this amazing trip.

ISRAEL YOUR WAY

Day 2

November 5, 2019

ART, CULTURE & CULINARY

Track Day 1

Our Art and Culture track got a rare treat today.

Yaacov Agam, an Israeli sculptor and experimental artist best known for his contributions to optical and kinetic art, made a rare appearance at the age of 91 at the Agam Museum in Rishon LeTziyon as they were visiting.

ISRAEL YOUR WAY

Day 2

November 5, 2019

ISRAEL INSIDER

Track Day 1

The Federation’s Israel Insider program is about listening and learning. They had a great first day filled with important conversations about our work in Israel and our relationship as American Jews to both Israelis and Israel.

First, they visited Rabin Square where they interacted with students and staff from the Leo Baeck School of Haifa. The whole group took part in a creative prayer service led by Rabbi Ofek Meir.

They then met with Rabbi David Stav, Chief Rabbi of the City of Shoham and chairman of the TZOHAR organization. TZOHAR creates inclusive solutions to some of the complex religious versus state issues that Israel faces today by providing alternative paths for connecting Israelis to their Judaism.

They ended the day with Einat Horowitz, CEO of iRep (the Israel Religious Expression Platform). iRep works to encourage respect for diverse expressions of Judaism in Israel.

ISRAEL YOUR WAY

Day 2

November 5, 2019

ECO/OUTDOORS

Track Day 1

Our Eco/Outdoors group began their trip with a trip up north. After doing boot camp with young Israelis preparing for army duty, the visited Lotem Winery for lunch.

In the afternoon, they explored the outdoors by driving Rangers – off-road open-air four-wheelers – through the wadis and canyons of Galilee.

They ended the evening with an overnight stay up north to continue their adventures.

ISRAEL YOUR WAY

Day 3

November 6, 2019

ART, CULTURE & CULINARY

Track Day 2

The Art/Culture/Culinary group has been having an amazing time in Tel Aviv. They started Wednesday morning exploring Bohemian Tel Aviv and experiencing the latest street art, slang and graffiti while learning what these things reveal about life, ideas, and ideology in Israel’s cultural capital. They were then joined by students from Yoseftal/Dado, Houston’s sister city in Israel.

The track then visited Levinsky Market where they completed a multi-cultural tasting tour, workshop and lunch with a local chef.

The day ended with a backstage tour of of Habima, Israel’s national theater with a worldwide reputation.

It was certainly a day the participants will not soon forget.

ISRAEL YOUR WAY

Day 3

November 6, 2019

Wednesday night in Jaffa brought us all together for a celebration as a community as we ended our stay in Tel Aviv and headed to Jerusalem.

The band and the food and the venue did not disappoint as we enjoyed time with old friends and new.

Israel Your Way is the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston's one-of-a-kind, multi-generational journey through Israel with FOUR CUSTOMIZED TRACKS to choose from. Each journey promises a unique, hands-on and dynamic itinerary that cannot be experienced by most visitors to Israel.

Questions? Contact Suzanne Jacobson at sjacobson@houstonjewish.org or 713-729-7000 x311

 

Israel Your Way

WHICH WILL YOU CHOOSE?

 
ISRAEL IN MOTION: ECO/OUTDOORS - This first-hand experience examines Israel’s cutting-edge, eco-friendly solutions to contemporary challenges while filling you full of adrenaline through action packed outdoor adventures. Build a connection to the homeland and its beautiful terrain in new and exciting ways.
 
START UP NATION: BUSINESS/TECHNOLOGY - Understand how innovation and entrepreneurship is transforming Israel’s society and economy. We’ll meet notable individuals who are leading the charge to keep Israel at the forefront of the technology and business spheres. This inside look will help you understand what makes business in Israel thrive.
 
GOING BEYOND THE HEADLINES: ISRAEL INSIDER - Take a deeper look into Israel and how it functions. Gain new, surprising and multifaceted insights into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and deeply examine how disputes, including ones over religious pluralism, are impacting the relationship between Israel and Jews in the rest of the world. We’ll meet Israelis striving to overcome disaster and trauma and explore how Israel and Houston can work together to face our greatest challenges.

ISRAEL THROUGH YOUR SENSES: ART, CULTURE & CULINARY - Experience the best in Israeli creativity as we meet the people behind the nation’s cultural boom. Delve into the ideas and influences that are shaping the emerging Israeli arts scene. You’ll encounter everything from irreverent Israeli comedy to stunning high-end fashion, and explore new museums, restaurants and wineries as we eat, drink and embrace the richness of Israeli culture.

OPTIONAL TRIP ADD-ONS:

Must See Israel
 

MISSION LEADERSHIP

 

 Debra Cohen, Mission Chair

 

 Suzanne Jacobson, Senior Vice President

 

TRACK LEADERSHIP

 

 Art, Culture, Culinary

 

 Beverly Robinson & Stacy Soefer Gomar, Co-Chairs

 Hilary Kamin, Federation Professional

 Jill Kaplan, Federation Professional

 

 Business/Technology

 

 Jonathan Enav, Michael Gamson, Russ Robinson, Co-Chairs

 Taryn Baranowski, Federation Professional

 

 

 Eco/Outdoors

 

 Susan Bono & Justine Fanarof, Co-Chairs

 Samantha Wallace, Federation Professional

 

 

 Israel Insider

 

 Matt Greenberg, Ben Samuels, Shira Yoshor, Co-Chairs

 Jessica Segal, Federation Professional

 

 

 

 Must See Israel

 Aileen Zarin, Chair