Travel with peers from your community on a specially designed trip.
Looking to travel with local friends and/or expand your social circle in the Boston community?
Are you a part of the Sephardic community with a Greek, Balkan or Turkish background?
Then join one of our Birthright Israel community trips and experience the adventure of a lifetime!
Each season, Israel Experts partners with the Jewish Federation from the Boston community, Combined Jewish Philanthropies, to create a unique trip that is specially designed for them. In addition, this season, we're beginning a new partnership with the Sephardic communities of New York, Miami, Atlanta, and Seattle to do the same! You’ll get to have all of the amazing experiences of our flagship Discover Israel trip plus the extra perks of being on a community trip.
We’ll make sure that you get that selfie on a camel, the famous group shot with everyone slathered in mud from the Dead Sea, and of course an endless supply of falafel and shawarma – but on a Birthright Israel trip with Israel Experts, we provide you with so much more than the obvious. Get ready for unexpected surprises, getting out of your comfort zone and having an unforgettable ten day trip! We'll take you to almost every corner of Israel - from the luscious, green north to the expansive, breathtaking south, from the modern, vibrant, fun and hip Tel Aviv to the profound, moving and meaningful Jerusalem - experience the best Israel has to offer on your Birthright Israel trip!
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Professional Birthright Experience
|Dec 20 - Dec 31||EWR||
Arrive at Ben-Gurion International Airport. You will be met and assisted through customs by IsraelExperts staff and will meet your Israeli tour guide and driver who will be with you throughout your tour.
Go through orientation: Take some time to get to know your fellow participants, staff, and guide while preparing for the 10-day journey ahead of you.
Hike the Nahal Amud Nature Reserve, also known as the Wadi Amud, a stream in the Upper Galilee that spills into the Sea of Galilee.
Explore Tzfat - the ancient and modern home of Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism). Tour ancient synagogues and artists’ quarters.
Participate in a unique coexistence seminar in the Arab village of Jisr Al Zarqa or at one of our other partnering programs.
Explore Jaffa, one of the world's ancient ports. Modern Jaffa has a heterogeneous population of Muslims, Christians and Jews.
Jaffa is a major tourist site with an exciting combination of old and new.
You may have time to explore the local flea market called Shuk Hapishpeshim for all kinds of hidden treasures (and delicious things to eat).
During the summer, take time to relax on one of Israel's beautiful Mediterranean beaches.
Enjoy a night out in Tel Aviv in an area full of trendy restaurants, bars, clubs, cafes and shops.
Mifgash ("Encounter") Begins. Today you will be joined by 8 young Israelis who will be traveling with you for the next 5 days.
You will have the privilege to explore Israel through their eyes (and they through yours) and to forge new and lasting friendships.
Visit Rabin Square ("Kikar Rabin" in Hebrew); a large public city square in central Tel Aviv, named after Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, who was assassinated at the conclusion of a massive peace rally held at the square on November 4, 1995.
Visit Independence Hall where David Ben-Gurion proclaimed Israel's Independence in 1948.
Stroll down the trendy area of Nachalat Binyamin and the neighboring market "Shuk HaCarmel", where you can find many cafes, shops and unique gifts.
Arrive at your kibbutz in time to prepare for Kabbalat Shabbat (greeting of Shabbat) and candle lighting followed by Shabbat dinner. Participate in “Oneg Shabbat” (Shabbat Pleasure) program.
Spend Shabbat relaxing with your group with various programming and free time at the hotel
Engage in the “Changing Map of the Middle East” activity which focuses on the political and historical background that led to the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, and the current geo-political situation in the Middle East.
Take part in the Havdalla ceremony, ending the Shabbat and welcoming the new week.
Get to know your Mifgash Israelis by partaking in a special activity they have prepared for you.
Learn about the city of Sderot and the resilience of the residents living there.
Visit the Ayalim student village in Sderot.
Spend the night at a Desert Experience. Start the adventure riding camel-back as the sun sets over the desert. Partake in a light taste of Bedouin tradition and culture including a welcome ceremony of coffee and tea followed by a Middle-Eastern dinner served in the traditional style seated on rugs and pillows in a Bedouin style tent. Accommodation is in a mock up of a traditional Bedouin tent. At night, enjoy a group gathering around an Israeli style bonfire and take a night hike.
Climb Masada via the earthen Roman ramp built 2000 years ago to storm this desert fortress and view the remarkable excavations including Herod's Palace and stables, the ancient synagogue and the ancient water system.
Hike in the Ein Gedi desert oasis at Nachal David and float in the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth.
Enjoy time relaxing at and floating in the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth.
First arriving at Jerusalem, stop at Har HaTzofim (Mount Scopus) viewpoint to say Shehechiyanu and enjoy the stunning view of the old city.
Visit Mount Herzl, Israel's military cemetery and the burial place of Yitzhak Rabin, Golda Meir and Theodore Herzl.
Farewell for Israelis – End of Mifgash.
Visit Yad Vashem, Israel's national memorial to the Holocaust. The museum presents the historic events that befell Europe following the Nazis’ rise to power in Germany and the fate of the Jews under Nazi rule in the occupied countries.
Visit Mahane Yehuda, Jerusalem’s largest "shuk" (outdoor market), where you can find many different people and wares.
Spend the night out on Jerusalem's vibrant pedestrian mall, Ben Yehudah Street. Enjoy the open-air mall (a.k.a. 'Ha Midrechov') with its pubs, shops, and restaurants with plenty of live music.
Tour the Old City of Jerusalem. Visit the Jewish quarter and be witness to millennia of Jewish history, from the time of biblical kings and prophets to modern celebrations and conflicts. Walk to the Cardo, the street built by the Romans in the sixth century, situated 20 feet below modern street level. One part of the Cardo is a restored arcade of Jewish galleries and shops, while the other part is an open-air reconstructed street. Take time for personal prayer and reflection at the Western Wall (Kotel).
Bring your trip to a close with a wrap-up session where you'll reflect back on your Birthright Israel experience.
Travel to Ben Gurion International Airport for check-in and flight back home.