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This educational mission to Israel is intended for mid to senior level Jewish communal staff, influencers and lay-leaders to learn about Israel through the perspectives, heritage and histories of Mizrahi and Sephardic Jews. Our goal is for participants to go back to their Jewish communities with a deeper, more nuanced understanding of Israeli society and a desire to integrate Mizrahi and Sephardic perspectives and modalities into their Jewish communal work. www.jimena.org 

Please note: Airfare is not included

6 nights' accommodation at select hotels.

5 touring days with tour educator.

5 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus.

1 group transfer and assistance to the airport.

All site entrance and program fees as per your final program.

Meals: Breakfast daily, 2 lunches & 4 dinners.

Portage is included.

*This Schedule is Subject to Change

Day One: Saturday, May 2, 2020



  • Check in to the hotel.


Overnight: Tel Aviv

Day Two: Sunday, May 3, 2020


  • Breakfast at an Israeli hotel is an experience in itself. Start the day with a bounteous buffet.
  • Meet your tour educator who will accompany you on this journey of education and inspiration.
  • Mizrahi Nation: Israel's enemies, and many of Israel's friends, see Israel as a Western implant in the Middle East, disconnected from its surroundings. In fact, one-half of Israel's Jewish population comes from the Middle East. These Israelis are shaping the country's politics, society, and culture. Who are they, and why are they important for developing an understanding of Israel and of the Middle East? Dialogue with journalist and author Matti Friedman, who spent years on the Israel beat for the New York Times and the foreign press corps. 
  • Special program at Beit Hatfutsot: The Museum of the Jewish People, focusing on the history of communities from the Middle East and North Africa, from Babylonian exile to today.
  • Hope in Hatikva: Visit the Hatikva neighborhood, one of the poorer parts of Tel Aviv, which provides fascinating insights into the ethnic and socio-economic diversity of the city. We will discuss the large Yemenite Jewish community in the neighborhood and will visit one of their synagogues. The visit will be followed by a tasting tour at Hatikva's open-air market with food (and people) from around the world.
  • Meet with second and third generation Jewish activists rom North Africa and the Middle East to learn about their work to advance the histories, heritage and rights of Mizrahi and Sephardic Jews in Israel and abroad.
  • Group dinner at Ewasafi in Neve Tzedek, a Tel Aviv restaurant that serves homestyle Moroccan food.


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Overnight: Tel Aviv


Day Three: Monday, May 4, 2020


  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Visit the Babylonian Jewry Heritage Center, which is dedicated to preserving the history of the Jewish community in Iraq and to ensuring that it remains part of the future narrative of the Jewish nation. 
  • Iraqi Jews in Israel: My Personal Account: Dialogue with writer Eli Amir, an Iraqi-born Israeli writer and civil servant.
  • The Old Man and the Jews from the Middle East: Visit the grave and the house of Israel's founding father, David Ben-Gurion, at Kibbutz Sde Boker. We'll discuss and read Ben-Gurion's writing on the subject of the mass Aliya from North Africa and the Middle East in the early years of Israel's statehood, led by Ben Gurion University staff (tba).
  • Yeruham: Case studies of local interventions to create socio-economic change from a town of immigrants to a flourishing city. Learning tour with Michael Bitton, outgoing mayor of Yeruham, Tal Ohana, Yeruham's current mayor, or Debbi Golan, founder of Atid Bamidbar.
  • Check into the hotel and enjoy
  • An evening of music and fun with students of the Kulna Yeruham Project, run by the Sapir College. This project brings students to live in the community during their undergraduate years. The idea behind the project is that the students will help contribute to society in Yeruham and develop a relationship with the people of the town as part of an effort to improve the connection to the many Israelis in the central district who are unfamiliar with life in the periphery.


Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


Overnight: Yeruham

Day Four: Tuesday, May 5, 2020


  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Keeping Up the Spirit While Living on the Edge: Visit communities in the Shaar Hanegev region, located on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. Gain insight into the complex security implications of Israel's withdrawal from the area and the history of the immigrant communities that became established Moshavim.
  • Drive to Jerusalem and take a multi-cultural tasting journey through the hustle and bustle of Jerusalem's Mahane Yehuda open-air market. Enjoy the sights, smells, tastes, and sounds of this vibrant area where Jerusalemites shop.
  • A Tradition of Tolerance: Dialogue and study session with Eli Bareket, director of Memizrach Shemesh, a Beit Midrash (House of Study) and Center for Jewish Social Activism and Leadership in Israel. The center cultivates leaders and trains activists who are dedicated to the values of communal responsibility and social action rooted in all Jewish traditions, including those of the Sephardi and Mizrahi heritage.
  • Nahlaot Walking Tour: Journey through the courtyards of Nahlaot, where dozens of synagogues and Jewish traditions from around the world are maintained within a radius of just a few blocks.
  • Check into the hotel.


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Five: Wednesday, May 6, 2020


  • World War II in North Africa and the Middle East; meet with a scholar at Yad Ben Zvi.
  • Black Panthers, the Israeli version: Take a tour of the Musrara neighborhood and visit the birthplace of the Israeli Black Panther movement that fought for equality for immigrants from Sephardi and North African countries. 
  • The Mizrahi Jew in Cinema: A glimpse into Israeli Society through film with the Ma'aleh Film School.
  • Visit the Katamonim neighborhood which was once impoverished and is now going through a gentrification process.
  • Leaving Our Mark on History: Dialogue with Levana Zamir, head of the Israel-Egypt Friendship Association. Zamir is an activist and a spokesperson for telling the history of the Jews of Egypt, at Tmol Shilshom.
  • Poetry Night at Tmol Shilshom, a bookstore-café that is one of Jerusalem's cultural treasures that combines two of the city's great passions - food and literature. Hear poet Adi Keisar read her poems and discuss the journey that led her to challenge Israel's Western identity, reclaim her heritage, and bring the once-marginalized Mizrahi culture into mainstream Israeli society.


Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Six: Thursday, May 7, 2020


  • Meet with Knesset member Gila Gamliel and discuss the effort to bring the stories of Mizrahi Jews into the Israeli story, at hotel.
  • Explore the archaeological treasures and other highlights of the Jewish Quarter:
    • Tour the four Sephardi synagogues, which reflect the richness and diversity of Diaspora Jewish traditions.
    • Enter the Karaite Synagogue and meet with representatives of the community. The Karaites recognize the Tanakh alone as its supreme legal authority in Jewish religious law and theology.
    • Keeping Sephardi Heritage Alive: Meet with Rabbi Daniel Bouskila, director of the Sephardic Educational Center, and discuss his educational work.
  • Return to the hotel for free time.
  • Explore the wonderfully creative Israel Museum with a curator and take a guided tour of the museum's collection of Jewish dress and jewelry.
  • Enjoy a farewell dinner at Modern restaurant with its traditional Jerusalem dishes re-created in a contemporary Israeli style. Located in the Israel Museum, one of the nation's most important cultural institutions, the cuisine, art, and views of the Knesset and the Valley of the Cross will make this an evening in Jerusalem to remember.


Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Seven:  Friday, May 8, 2020


  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport and check in for your return flight to the US.

Da'at Educational Expeditions itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.

To book this package, please contact one of our reservation agents at 888-811-2812.

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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.

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Desert Irus Hotel

In the heart of the desert, on the outskirts of a quiet and growing desert town is where you will find the Desert Iris Hotel. It is a peaceful place with a welcoming homely atmosphere, surrounded by intoxicating silence and flourishing wilderness.

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Harmony Hotel

The Harmony Hotel, just a 10-minute walk from the Old City and 5 minutes away from Jerusalem's new Mamilla shopping center, is located in the heart of Jerusalem in the Nahalat Shiva neighborhood, one of the first to have been built more than 100 years ago outside the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem.

Please note: Airfare is not included

  • Registration deadline: 1 March 2020
  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 35 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.
  • Payment Policy
    Da'at Educational Expeditions reserves the right to adjust its terms of payment, including cancellation policies and initial deposits. Notification of any changes will be made explicitly to the participants where relevant.
    - Initial deposit of $500 per person, non-refundable, non-transferable is due at the time of reservation unless another amount is indicated for the particular trip or seminar.
    - Final payment is due 90 days before the scheduled trip begins, or as specified in your invoice.
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Cancellations need to be made in writing. Cancellation fees will be based on the date that the written cancellation is received.
    Cancellation fees:
    • 90 days or more prior to departure: the deposit
    • 89 to 46 days prior to departure: 50% of the total trip cost
    • 45 days to the day of departure/no-show: 100% of the total trip cost
      Cancellation fees may also include:
      - Hotel or supplier cancellation fees.
      - For trips in Israel only: The cost of the PEACE OF MIND TRAVEL PROTECTION PROGRAM (POM), if this was purchased.
      - Group airfare penalty fee.
  • Hotel Accommodations: The trip 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. Standard-size rooms are generally smaller outside of North America. They usually accommodate two people and include either one queen-size bed or two single beds (pushed together and made up separately, but with one headboard). While some hotels provide an extra bed in a standard-size room for use by a child under the age of 12, we recommend that families of four or more should book adjoining or connecting rooms.
  • Meals are included as specified in the itinerary.
  • 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 at group meals are included.


  • Arrival transfers
  • Transportation in the 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 (unless indicated otherwise)
  • US and foreign airport taxes, Q fuel surcharge and border taxes when applicable.
  • Gratuities for Tour Educator (Guide) and Driver. We recommend the following guidelines for tips (amounts indicated in US dollars):


  • Group of 20 participants and more: 
    Tour Educator: $8 | Driver: $4 - per participant per day