Aging in Israel: An Exploration
A Study Tour to Israel for Professionals and Lay Leaders
Led By Rabbi Dayle Friedman

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  • 7 nights' accommodation at select hotels + late check-out on last day
  • 7 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking tour educator, including 1 day with 2 different tracks.
  • 1 group transfer and assistance to the airport
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Meals: daily breakfast and 4 dinners

Day One: Saturday, February 17, 2018

  • Depart the U.S.A.

Overnight: Flight

Day Two: Sunday, February 18, 2018

  • Individual arrivals to Ben Gurion Airport.
  • Transfer to the hotel on your own.
  • Check into hotel and free time to rest and acclimate. (Official check-in is at 3 p.m., if your room isn't available upon arrival you can leave your luggage with the concierge.)
  • 7:30 p.m. Meet in the hotel lobby.
  • Enjoy a welcome Middle-Eastern-style dinner at Maganda, in Tel Aviv's Yemenite Quarter, with a varied menu of traditional salads and grilled meats.

Overnight: Tel Aviv

Day Three: Monday, February 19, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit the Old City of Jaffa, ascend from the old port through the renovated alleyways to the Jaffa Overlook for an introduction to Tel Aviv at the place where it all began.
  • Walking tour through colorful Neve Zedek, one of Tel Aviv's earliest neighborhoods. Today it is a cultural mecca, with many small boutiques and galleries, and the Suzanne Delal Dance and Theater Center.
  • Stroll down Rothschild Boulevard to view examples of the intriguing Bauhaus-style architecture from the 1930s. The local proliferation of the style won Tel Aviv recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage site and the nickname of ‘the White City'.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • Visit Independence Hall, where David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the State of Israel on May 14th, 1948.
  • Aging in Israel: Challenges and Opportunities. Meet leaders from JDC-Eshel. Under the auspices of the relevant government ministries, JDC-ESHEL brings together prominent stakeholders and professionals involved in the care of Israel's older citizens in order to plan and initiate pilot projects relevant to the older adults. JDC-ESHEL offers an instructive example of how a nationally based NGO can play a major role in the planning and development of relevant services for older people, via the leverage produced through its relatively modest budget.
  • Free Evening in Tel Aviv for an opportunity to:
    • Stroll down Rothschild Boulevard, with its many cafés and bars.
    • Experience Tel Aviv Port, with its restaurants and clubs.
    • Explore the gentrified Neve Zedek
    • Saunter down the Tel Aviv Beach Promenade.
    • Wander through the Tachana, Tel Aviv's renovated old train station, now a center of boutiques and good food, and one of Tel Aviv's blooming hot spots.
  • Enjoy dinner on your own at Sarona Through the smells, flavors and tastes of this newly renovated buildings of this historical Templar village, explore a range of options, from local street food to fine dining by renowned Israeli chefs.

Overnight: Tel Aviv

Day Four: Tuesday, February 20, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Innovation in Long-term Care: Visit an eldercare community undergoing culture change, including dialogue with staff and residents. Hear from Tamar Dashefsky, coordinator of Israeli culture change movement, on models and research findings.
  • Depart Tel Aviv and drive north along the coast to Caesarea, one of the Land of Israel's most important cities in the Roman Period. Visit the Herodian theater and the excavations along the Mediterranean shore, concluding with a visit to the ruined 900-year-old Crusader town.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • Visit Nazareth and walk through the colorful marketplace to the Church of the Annunciation.
  • Older Adults in Israel's Arab Society: Dialogue with an expert (TBD).
  • Drive to the Upper Galilee and check into the kibbutz hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Sea of Galilee

Day Five: Wednesday, February 21, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Aging in Place on Kibbutz: Visit a kibbutz and dialogue with older members about growing older in a communal setting.
  • Stop at Capernaum, on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, the base of Jesus' Galilean ministry, with its remains of an ancient synagogue.
  • Drive through Tiberias on the shores of the Sea of Galilee; head south along the Jordan Valley to Jerusalem, stopping for lunch on own.
  • Welcome to Jerusalem. Enter the vibrant and colourful ancient city of Jerusalem, and experience the convergence of the old and the new.
  • Stop at the Haas Promenade for an overlook of the Old and New City of Jerusalem.
  • Advancing Social Policy on Aging in Israel: Tour the Knesset (Israel's parliament) and meet with Knesset members involved with advocacy for elders: Itzik Shmuli (Zionist Camp or with Gila Gamliel (Likud), Minister for Social Equality.
  • Alternative models of aging in community: Meet Sarah Kreimer and friends, organizers of an elder co-housing community.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Free time to explore Downtown Jerusalem, including the Ben-Yehuda pedestrian mall and the Nachalat Shiva neighbourhood, with dinner on own.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Six: Thursday, February 22, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Memory care in Israel: Visit a Melabev Adult Day Care Center. Melabev is Israel's pioneer service provider caring for those living with dementia.
  • Care for aging Holocaust survivors:Meet with a representative of Amcha, the National Israeli Center for Psychological Support of Survivors of the Holocaust and the Second Generation. Investigate how experience of trauma in early life affects aging and eldercare.
  • Take a multi-cultural tasting journey through the hustle and bustle of Jerusalem's Machaneh Yehudah open-air market: Enjoy the sights, smells, tastes and sounds of this vibrant area where Jerusalemites shops; lunch on own if still hungry!
  • Visit the Yad Vashem complex, the Jewish National Memorial to the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust, including:
    • The Avenue of the Righteous
    • The Historical Museum
    • The Children's Memorial
  • Dinner on own, perhaps at the Old Train Station Plaza, with its fashionable restaurants featuring local and international cuisine.
  • Caregiving for frail Israelis: the Filipino experience. Meet with Winston Santos, president of Filipinos in Israel, and other Filipinos employed as caregivers. Learn about this fascinating cross-cultural phenomenon.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Seven: Friday, February 23, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Dementia in Israel: challenges and advances:
    • Meet with EMDA, the Alzheimer's Association of Israel, a non-profit organization founded by family members of people with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia; gain insight into innovations in dementia research.
    • Meet with Johnny Lemberg of the Israeli National Program for Addressing Alzheimer's Disease and Other Types of Dementia. Learn about emerging models of care.
  • Enter the Old City of Jerusalem via the Dung Gate.
  • Explore the Jerusalem Archaeological Park, including the Davidson Center, Robinson's Arch and the Southern Wall steps where Jewish pilgrims entered the Temple Mount 2,000 years ago.
  • Visit the Kotel (Western Wall) and experience the special atmosphere of this holy site.
  • Lunch on own in the Jewish Quarter and continue with visits to archaeological treasures and other highlights, among them:
  • A walk along the Rooftops of the Old City for a behind-the-scenes look at the various communities in Jerusalem and how they live alongside each other.
  • The Cardo, the main street of Jerusalem in the 6th
  • King Hezekiah's First Temple-period “Broad Wall”.
  • Hurva Square, the central square of the Jewish Quarter.
  • Return to the hotel and free time.
  • Optional Kabbalat Shabbat services at a local synagogue or at the Kotel (Western Wall).
  • Festive Shabbat dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Eight: Saturday, February 24, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel.

Track 1 (walking tour):

  • Optional Shabbat Services at a local synagogue.
  • Return to the Old City.
  • Visit the Pool of Bethesda and Anne's Crusader church, followed by a walk along the Via Dolorosa, passing by the Ecce Homo Arch and the Sisters of Zion Convent.
  • Visit to the Austrian Hospice, a European enclave in the heart of the Old City, known for its breath-taking views from the rooftop terrace.
  • Walk through Jerusalem's famous Old City Market (shuk).
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Explore the fascinating medieval Church of the Holy Sepulchre, venerated by many as the site of the crucifixion, burial and resurrection of Jesus.
  • One Mountain, Three Religions: An inter-denominational exploration of Zion, the traditional burial site of King David, the Room of the Last Supper and a mosque - all sharing a single building.

Track 2:

  • Descend to the Dead Sea Basin and ascend by cable-car to Masada, Herod's mountain palace and the site of the Jewish Zealots' last stand against the Roman Legionnaires. Discuss Masada's role as a symbol of Jewish defence and its current significance in modern Israel.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Experience the weightlessness of the Dead Sea as you float in its waters.
  • Return to Jerusalem.


  • Free time in the Mamilla pedestrian arcade, a very contemporary shopping area with a whiff of the past, located outside the Jaffa Gate of the Old City; dinner on own.
  • The Night Spectacular at the Tower of David Museum: The walls of the Citadel serve as a stage for a night-time show - a celebration of sight and sound - that depicts the story of Jerusalem.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Nine: Sunday, February 25, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Work and dignity for elders: Visit Yad LaKashish, a multifaceted sheltered workshop for elders and people with disabilities. Meet the employees in their workshops, and take the opportunity to visit the shop that proudly presents their beautiful wares.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Vision for the Future: Dialogue with Jenny Brodsky, Director of the Center for Research on Aging at the Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute, Israel's leading center for applied research on social policy and services. Israel is in the midst of a dramatic demographic shift, with the elderly population projected to double over the next 20 years.  This growth is expected to require many adaptations and expansions in the health system, social services, labor market, pension system, and the roles of elders in society.  Learn about MJB's Center for Research's newest initiatives in aging policies and services.
  • Taking It Home: participate in a dialogue on what we've learned, and how this experience can enrich our work.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Late check out from the hotel.
  • Festive farewell dinner.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport to check in for the departure flight to the USA.

Overnight: Flight

Day Ten: Monday, February 26, 2018  

  • Arrival back in the U.S.A.

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Flight Details

Accommodation Details

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Tal Hotel
Tel Aviv

The Tal Hotel is a comfortable base for touring Tel Aviv, within easy walking distance to the city's nightlife, beach and the main shopping and sightseeing areas. The hotel's 120 rooms are furnished with every convenience necessary for a comfortable stay, and some rooms include a kitchenette. There are connecting rooms for families and special suites for honeymooners are available.


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Ramot Resort Hotel
Sea Of Galilee

At the foot of the Golan, overlooking the magnificent Sea of Galilee.surrounded by open lawns & breathtaking views

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TRYP Hotel

The TRYP by Windham Jerusalem Bet Sheva hotel is nestled in the heart of Jerusalem, in walking distance from the Center of Town and from Machaneh Yehuda Market.

  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 15 full paying participants per bus. Should the number of participants drop below the minimum listed above, we will 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.
  • Hotel Accommodations: The tour price includes all hotel accommodations, in hotel rooms with private baths. 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 specified in the itinerary.
  • Expedition Director / Tour Educator or Guide: All trips are conducted by our tour educators or local guides who remain with the group throughout the tour.
  • Gratuities Included: All gratuities for restaurant staff are included.
  • Baggage: All tour packages / group tours allow one piece of luggage per person and one carry-on bag. Excess luggage will be subject to charge of up to $100 per piece. 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.

Not Included

  • Personal Expenses: All personal expenses such as: laundry, valet service, cables, telephone calls and postage are not included.
  • Tips to the guide and driver (recommended guidelines vary based on number of participants)
    • For a group of 15 - 19 passengers:
      $10 per participant per day for the tour educator & $5 per participant per day for the driver
    • For a group of 20 passengers and more:
      $8 per participant per day for the tour educator & $4 per participant per day for the driver
    • In the case where a hostess is included in the package:
      $2 per participant per day for the hostess or a minimum of $50 per touring day in total
  • Guests at meals.
  • Luggage: All tour packages allow one pieces per person and one carry-on bag. Excess luggage will be subject to a charge of up to $100 per piece. Da'at 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.
  • Transportation in evening when dinner is on own.
  • Amendments to the program: In the event that any sites, programs or meals etc are added to the program, an additional fee may be required.
  • Personal extras: Items of personal nature such as laundry, wines, mineral water, beverages, coffee, tea, food other than the table d'hotel menu, passport and visa fees, insurance, and foreign port taxes, unless otherwise specified.
  • Water or snacks on the bus.
  • US and foreign airport taxes, Q fuel surcharge and border taxes when applicable.

Additional Information

  • 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 to obtain more information on acceptable identity documentation and prohibited luggage items.
  • Air Services: Once issued, tickets are non-refundable. Airline schedules and flights are subject to change without notice. We will not be responsible for penalties incurred for tickets, international or domestic, not issued by us due to schedule and/or flight changes. Airlines reserve the right to demand immediate issuance of tickets whenever they determine that specific flights are heavily booked even when normal ticketing rules do not require tickets to be issued until a later date. In this instance, we will require immediate and full payment of the airfare and airport taxes and fees as itemized on the invoice. This situation overrides invoice terms and conditions and payment due dates. If full payment is not received, seats will be cancelled by the airline and may not be available to be rebooked on the same flights or at the same airfare. Any replacement air arrangements and airfare will be the sole responsibility of the passenger. We suggest you contact your travel agent or the carrier several weeks prior to departure for seat assignments. Passengers are responsible to reconfirm their flights 72 hours prior to departure for all flights. Package is based on discount fares for group travel. Group members deviating from group dates will be charged a $75 deviation fee per person.
  • 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 locally observed in the destinations being visited.
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