Force for Change: Israel Through a Gender Lens
Israel Study Tour 2018
March 2-8, 2018

price per person from $3650

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Join the Jewish Women’s Funding Network (JWFN), the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), and the Dafna Fund on a first ever joint study tour to explore Israel through a gender lens.
Experience the power of women in Israel first-hand on this unique trip, especially crafted for leaders and members of JWFN, NCJW, and friends and allies!
Programming Dates and Costs:
  • Friday afternoon March 2nd - Thursday evening, March 8
  • Cost per person:
    • $3,650 per person (not including airfare)
    • single room supplement - $740
Registration and payment deadlines:
  • Registration deadline: December 1, 2017
  • A $300 per person non-refundable non-transferable deposit is due at the time of reservation
  • Final payment is due 60 days before departure (January 1, 2018)
Trip Includes:
  • 6 nights’ stay at five-star hotels
    • Inbal Hotel in Jerusalem (3 nights); Carlton Hotel in Tel Aviv (3 nights)
  • Superb feminist tour educators; high level meetings with Israeli women opinion makers; best of food, art, culture by Israeli women; luxury air-conditioned bus; walking trips and day tours throughout Israel; breakfast every day, four lunches and dinners; site entry fees; gratuities; and free time for fun!
  • Symposium with Israeli women activists: unveiling of groundbreaking research on the feminist and women’s agenda; and charting a course for the future
  • Pre-trip calls and study materials on Israeli gender equality topics
JWFN participants: For further information, please contact Nancy Schwartz Sternoff at
NCJW participants: For further information, please contact Dina Charnin at
For assistance with pre- and post- trip services, please call:
Da’at Customer Service Center at 1-888-811-2812.

Day One: Friday, March 2, 2018

  • 10:00 am optional Megilah reading with WoW, at the Kotel
  • Welcome to the Jewish Women's Funding Network (JWFN), the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), the Dafna Fund and their friends and allies on our first-ever joint study. It will be a journey of discovery and interaction as we explore the power of Israeli and Palestinian women as a force for change.
  • 3:00 pm Check into the Inbal Jerusalem Hotel, followed by time to prepare for Shabbat and the evening's activities.
  • 5:00 pm Optional departure for  Kabbalat Shabbat services with the chance to pray with Jerusalem congregations led by women.
  • 7:30 pm Welcome Dinner at the Inbal Hotel with former Knesset Member and leading Israeli activist Naomi Chazan, at Zion Hall.

Overnight: Inbal, Jerusalem


Day Two: Saturday, March 3, 2018
WOMEN CHANGING THE RELIGIOUS AND POLITICAL STATUS QUO: the impact of women on religious and political power systems in Israel.

  • 8:00 am Breakfast in the main dining room.
  • 9:30 am Depart the hotel for a walking guided tour of Jerusalem, in particular the Old City, to hear the stories of women who have been pioneers in shaping the city.
  • 12:00 pm Lunch at the Bulghourji Armenian Restaurant. Run by a family who has lived in Jerusalem since the 15th century and located in a stunning Old City building, this restaurant is renowned for its traditional Armenian dishes. Our guest speaker, Anat Hoffman, will join us for lunch.
  • 13:30 pm The struggle for egalitarian prayer and social justice in Israel: Discussion with Anat Hoffman, Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center and Founder of Women of the Wall. Hoffman has led the battle for the religious rights of women and egalitarian groups at the Kotel (Western Wall).
  • Walk to the Kotel and continue the discussion about the ongoing efforts to secure women's rights at this symbolic site.
  • 4:00 pm Return to the hotel for free time OR continue the tour of the Old City with your tour educators.
  • 6:00 pm Drive from the hotel to the Museum for Islamic Art.
  • Tour of the museum, which has one of the most important collections of Islamic art in the world. It is the only one of its kind in Israel and plays a significant role in building bridges between Arab and Jewish culture.
  • 7:00 pm Dinner at the museum followed by a panel discussion: Religion, Politics and Gender - women impacting the status quo.
  • Susan Weiss, Executive Director of the Center for Women's Justice and a leader in attempts to solve the legal problems surrounding Jewish women and divorce.
  • Rawia Aburabia, a pioneering female Bedouin lawyer in Israel, an advocate of the legal rights for Bedouin women and an expert on polygamy in Israel Bedouin society.
  • Yael Yehieli, of Shatil.
  • 9:00 pm Walk back to the hotel.

Overnight: Inbal, Jerusalem


Day Three: Sunday, March 4, 2018

  • 7:30 am Breakfast at the hotel in the main dining room.
  • 8:30 am Depart the hotel for the Supreme Court.
  • 9:00 am Using the Legal System to make a Difference: In our tour of the Supreme Court we'll examine key moments and figures of improving the legal status of women in Israel.
  • 10:00 am Meet with Justice Dalia Dorner, who, during her term on the Supreme Court from 1993 to 2004, was considered an influential judicial advocate of human and women's rights in Israel.
  • 11:00 am Depart for Israel Museum.
  • 11:30 am Women Trailblazers - leaving their mark on Israeli law:
  • Dr Galit Shaul, CEO of the Rackman Center, which is at the forefront of advocating changes for women in family law.
  • Estee Rieder-Indursky, ultra-Orthodox feminist and leader of Nivcharot - a non-profit organization fighting for a greater political role for women in Haredi life.
  • Maha Shehadeh
  • 1:00 pm Lunch at Modern, located in the Israel Museum.
  • 2:00 pm Guided tour at the Israel Museum with its fascinating collections.
  • 3:30 pm Depart for Jerusalem City Hall and an exploration of women in Jerusalem politics.
  • 4:00 pm Women in local politics: a key to female power? In Israel and indeed in many parts of the world, politics at the local (municipal) level has been more open to women than politics at the national level.
  • Laura Wharton, Jerusalem City Councilor and leader of protests against the city's gender-segregated bus lines.
  • Tehila Friedman-Nachalon, a leading activist and thinker involved in efforts to create a more tolerant, pluralistic Jerusalem.
  • Liel Even Zohar, of Wepower.
  • Walk to dinner.
  • 6:00 pm Dinner at Anna. A Jerusalem foodies' favorite. This Mediterranean restaurant with an Italian influence is located in the serene and historic Ticho House.
  • Day Three: Sunday, March 4, 2018 - cont.
  • 7:30 pm Depart Anna for Beit Mazia Theater.
  • 7:45 pm: An evening at the theater: the role of art in women's social change.
  • Gabriella Lev, a director and actor at Jerusalem's Theater Group, which produces avant-garde work and gives a platform to the voices of women.
  • Ruth Cummings, philanthropist and Director of Jerusalem Culture Unlimited, which mentors and assists the next generation of Jerusalem artists.
  • Nirit Roessler, Independent Consultant for JCU - Jerusalem Culture Unlimited.
  • Drive back to the hotel.

Overnight: Inbal, Jerusalem


Day Four: Monday, March 5, 2018

  • 7:00 am Private breakfast at the hotel followed by a discussion: are national legislation and politics meeting the challenges that Israeli women are facing?
  • Barbara Swirski, Executive Director of the Adva Center for equality and social justice and a founder of Israel's first shelter for battered women
  • Michal Gera Margaliot, a parliamentary adviser and Managing Director of Israel's Women's Network.
  • 9:30 am Bus departs for the Knesset
  • 10:00 a.m. for a conversation with member of the Knesset Aida Touma-Sulieman, Chair of the Knesset Committee on Gender Equality and Founder of the Arab feminist group Women Against Violence.
  • 10:30 a.m. The impact of women through legislation and politics at a national level: A panel discussion with members of the Knesset.
  • MK Penina Tamanu-Shata, Yesh Atid party
  • MK Ayelet Nahmias-Verbin, Zionist camp party
  • 11:30 am Depart by bus and cross the green line separating Israel from the West Bank to explore Ramallah and the role of Palestinian women leaders and entrepreneurs as a force for change.
  • Discussion with Riman Barakat, a Palestinian peace activist and a leader of Women Wage Peace.
  • 1:00pm Lunch in Ramalla followed by panel discussion on Challenges, obstacles and opportunities for Palestinian women leaders:
  • 3:30 pm Depart for Tel Aviv, known both as “the first Hebrew city” and “the city that never sleeps”, and renowned for its culture, beaches and fine stores.
  • Check into the Carlton Tel Aviv hotel (Eliezer Peri St 10, Tel Aviv-Yafo).
  • Free evening & dinner on own: Enjoy Tel Aviv's culture, cuisines and night-life, at the Jaffa Port, OR the Tel Aviv Port OR at the Tachana.

Overnight: Carlton Tel Aviv


Day Five: Tuesday, March 6, 2018

  • 7:00 am Breakfast in Carlton on the Sea dining room.
  • 8:30 am A new generation of feminist activists: We'll hear from the young women leading a new approach to Israeli feminism, at Carmin room at the hotel. Lior Elefant, co-CEO of the Women in the Picture Association, and an activist in the “p. see” project and the Lethal Lesbian film festival.
  • Lena Rozowsky: administrator of the Facebook group “Russian Women with No Sense of Humor”.
  • Bracha Barad of the “Feminist Discourse” Facebook group.
  • 10:30 am Bus departs for the Galilee, home to many Palestinian communities. Drive to Kfar Kanna, a town of about 20,000 residents with a majority of Muslim population and a sizeable Christian minority.
  • 12:15 pm A Snapshot of the Palestinian Community of Israel: Dalia Fadila will provide an introduction into the culture and issues facing the Palestinians citizens of Israel, at Sindyanna (TBC).
  • 13:15 pm Lunch at Sindyanna of Galilee. Learn how this non-profit organization, led by Arab and Jewish women, is an example of cooperation between the two populations. Sindyanna creates economic opportunities for Arab women, one of Israel's most under-employed sectors and produces fine, fair-trade products.
  • 2:15 pm Depart for Haifa, Israel's largest port city.
  • 3:30 pm Welcome by Haifa Mayor, Yona Yaav & Beatrice Katz Roser, Mayor Adviser on Women Issues, at the Haifa municipality.
  • The Birthplace of Israeli Feminism; Jewish and Arab Israeli women - finding a way to work together? Haifa is considered by some to be the birthplace of Israeli feminism and the area where Israeli Arab-Jewish cooperation is most advanced. A panel discussion will address these issues.
  • Amalia Sa'ar, a lecturer at Haifa University who has researched gender politics amongst the Palestinian citizens of Israel, women's work strategies and prospects, and women's perceptions of peace.


Day Five: Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - cont.

  • Hannah Safran, a longtime activist with Isha L'Isha - The Haifa Feminist Center, the oldest grassroots feminist organization in Israel, dedicated to promoting peace, security and socio-economic justice through a feminist perceptive.
  • Rafah Anabtawi from the Kayan Feminist Organization, working to create a genuine, nationwide Arab women's movement and a diverse and inclusive public sphere in Israel.
  • Shani Aloni from the Haifa Rape Crisis Center which supports survivors of sexual violence and their families throughout northern Israel and works to end sexual violence through community outreach and educational programs.
  • 6:00 pm Drive to Bat Galim.
  • 6:30 pm Dinner at the Shawatina restaurant in Bat Galim.
  • In 2000, the UN's security council passed UN resolution 1325, a landmark affirmation that women around the world have a vital role in promoting peace and security. A panel discussion will ask: can women solve the conflict?
  • Dana Myrtenbaum, head of ITACH-Ma'aki - Women Lawyer for Social Justice who attempt to bring the voices and life experiences of women from marginalized communities into the legal and public area.
  • Fida Nara Abu-Dabai co-Director of Mahapach - Tahgir, a feminist Palestinian-Jewish organization dedicated to social change by empowering communities, promoting equal opportunities, and closing educational and social gaps.
  • Hamutal Guri & Lana Zilberman Soloway, Women Wage for Peace
  • 8:30 pm Bus departs to return to Tel Aviv

Overnight: Carlton, Tel Aviv


Day Six: Wednesday, March 7, 2018

  • 7:00 am Breakfast in Carlton on the Sea dining room.
  • 8:30 am Depart for the day
  • NCJW- Drive to Tel Aviv University & JWFN- Drive to WeWork-Hazerem in south Tel Aviv.
  • 9:00 am Individual fund meetings with grantees: three meetings of 50 minutes each.
  • 12:30 pm Bus departs for Lod, one of Israel's more impoverished towns with a particularly high rate of gender-based violence.
  • Overview: Samah Salaime, activist, journalist and Director of the Arab Women in the Center organization
  • A municipal representative (TBC).
  • 1:00 pm Lunch at Chicago Community Center in Lod which is working to provide services for all communities living in the town.
  • 2:00 pm Combatting all forms of gender-based violence: We'll remain at the Chicago Community Center to interact with organization leaders at the forefront of the efforts to stop violence against women and to assist its survivors.
  • Samah Salaime, Founding Director of Arab Women in the Center.
  • Orit Solitziano, Executive Director of the Association of Rape Crisis Centers in Israel.
  • Tamar Schwartz, Executive Director of Women's Spirit (Ruach Nashit), helping women survivors of violence rebuild their lives through employment and financial independence.
  • 3:30 pm Coffee break.
  • 4:00 pm A force for change collaborative grant: effort to promote women's labor rights: Meet with the JWFN Collaborative Grant partners on the ground.
  • Keren Greenblatt, Director of Shutafot (Partners), a coalition of feminist organizations working for economic justice, particularly active in both conventional and social media campaigns.
  • Nicole Hod, Activist Manager at ANU - Making Change, which uses innovative media and technological means to mobilize organizations and activists promoting social change in Israel.
  • 6:00 pm Return to Tel Aviv.
  • 6:30 pm Private farewell dinner at the Goshen restaurant in Nachalat Binyamin.
  • Return to hotel 

Overnight: Carlton Tel Aviv

Day Seven: Thursday, March 8, 2018

  • 7:00 am Breakfast in Carlton on the Sea dining room.
  • 8:00 am Check out & depart for the day ( luggage can be stored at hotel)
  • A symposium advancing women's empowerment and gender equality: research findings and vital conversations for Israeli and Diaspora leaders. The venue for the symposium is the Council for a Beautiful Israel's Tel Aviv center on the banks of the Yarkon Rover, situated in the city's largest and much-beloved park.
  • 8:30 am Registration and breakfast snacks.
  • 9:30 am Welcoming remarks with a video welcome from Natalie Portman.
  • 10:00 am "Salon Panel"- Presenting the research.
  • 11:00 am Break.
  • 11:20 am Round table discussions.
  • 1:00 pm Lunch.
  • 1:45 pm Round table discussions.
  • 3:00 pm Wrap-Up: Tasks for us to take forward, discussion on what we've learned and steps for change.
    4:30 pm Farewell cocktails hosted by the Dafna Fund
  • Goodbye and farewell … Shalom v ‘l'hitraot!

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Accommodation Details

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Inbal Hotel

With the new room collection, The Inbal offers you elegant comfort and luxury, combining a minimalistic yet warm approach to design. State-of-the-art amenities and premium services guarantee you a luxuriant and serene stay – tranquil and harmonious, in the heart of the thriving, bustling city of Jerusalem.

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Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv's Carlton Hotel is for tourists who want to fully experience the dynamic city of Tel Aviv. Centrally located in the heart of the city, and a short walk from the city's expansive Mediterranean beaches, many of its guestrooms offer a gorgeous view of the sea.

  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 20 full paying participants. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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