MEOR Israel Summer '16: May 26th - June 9th 2016

Beyond the What

You have many opportunities to travel to Israel, although very few will offer the unique opportunities of MEOR Israel. Most Israel travel will allow you to discover the whats of the country; MEOR Maryland’s Israel trip allows  you to discover the whys.

Why is Israel so valuable to the Jewish People and future? Why have Jews maintained their passion for Judaism such that they could reclaim a land lost for almost 2000 years? Why is Israel, and the Jewish people that have brought it back to the world stage, important to the forming of my own identity? These are some of the questions we’ll explore on your MEOR Israel trip.

Magnifying glass over Israeli flag
Magnifying glass over Israeli flag

Beyond the What

You have many opportunities to travel to Israel, although very few will offer the unique opportunities of MEOR Israel. Most Israel travel will allow you to discover the whats of the country; MEOR Maryland’s Israel trip allows  you to discover the whys.

Why is Israel so valuable to the Jewish People and future? Why have Jews maintained their passion for Judaism such that they could reclaim a land lost for almost 2000 years? Why is Israel, and the Jewish people that have brought it back to the world stage, important to the forming of my own identity? These are some of the questions we’ll explore on your MEOR Israel trip.

The-Blend

The Blend

Our trip planners and staff work hard to ensure that your MEOR Israel trip will be one of variety and balance. You’ll have opportunities to learn, to tour, to relax, and to socialize. Whether you’ve been to Israel before, or are traveling for the first time, you’ll be sure to have an experience that is both new and welcoming. We invest in high quality education and high quality accommodations – all so that you can have an ideal stay in our Homeland.

On Your Time

One of the aspects of MEOR Israel that is highly valued by our participants is the way in which they are able enjoy Israel on their own time. Our schedule is full, but not overstuffed. You will not feel like your trip has you moving from bus, to hotel, to hike, and back to bus again.

We will be based primarily in the capital city of Jerusalem and you will have opportunities throughout the trip that will allow you to connect with Israel and your peers as you choose. MEOR Israel is your personal bridge to your country.

Your-Time-Sign
Your-Time-Sign

On Your Time

One of the aspects of MEOR Israel that is highly valued by our participants is the way in which they are able enjoy Israel on their own time. Our schedule is full, but not overstuffed. You will not feel like your trip has you moving from bus, to hotel, to hike, and back to bus again.

We will be based primarily in the capital city of Jerusalem and you will have opportunities throughout the trip that will allow you to connect with Israel and your peers as you choose. MEOR Israel is your personal bridge to your country.

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Trip Itinerary

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Sample Itinerary
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MEOR Israel FAQ
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Sample Itinerary

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Each MEOR Israel trip is slightly different, but all follow the same basic structure. Below is a sample itinerary of a recent MEOR Israel trip. Thursday, May 17 3:20 PM Departure from JFK Friday, May 18 8:50 AM Arrive in Israel 10:30 AM Breakfast & Orientation on the beach in Caesaria 12:30 PM Kfar Kedem: Pita baking & Donkey rides 3 PM Travel to Chispin, a gorgeous retreat in the Golan Heights, for Shabbat Shabbat Meal Saturday, May 19 Shabbat Programming & Rest 9:30 PM Night out in Tiberias Sunday, May 20 8:45 AM Breakfast 9:30 Depart Chispin 10:30 Banyas: A pleasant hike to flowing waterfalls 12:30 Canada Center: Ice skating, Shooting range, Bowling, Basketball, & More 3:00 Hike in Nachal Ayun: A hike through the north with breathtaking views of the Israeli countryside and more waterfalls 5:15 Misgav Am: Northernmost kibbutz in Israel, discussion about national security 7 Dinner at Esh Besh, a delicious steakhouseAlex on Ira on Mitch.jpg Monday, May 21 8:45 AM Breakfast 9:30 Class/Discussion at the hotel 10:30 Depart Chispin 11:30 Tour of Tzfat: Mystical City on a Mountaintop 2 Depart to Jeeping 3 Jeeping in the Kinneret, with a short swim to cool off in the middle 6 Head back to Jerusalem 7 Dinner Tuesday, May 22 8:15 AM Breakfast 9 AM Maimonides Programming 1 PM Lunch 1:45 Outlook – Har Adar: with views of major Biblical sites 3:15 Bat Caves 6 Dinner at the hotel 7 Leave to the Kotel 7:30 Visit to Kotel 8:15 Kotel Tunnel Tours: a rare experience beneath the streets of Jerusalem’s old city Wednesday, May 23 8:30 Breakfast 9:15 Leave to the South 1 0 Ein Gedi: Waterfalls, swimming, and rich with history 12:30 Lunch 1:45 Ancient Synagogue of Ein Gedi 2:30 Dead Sea: Relax and float with friends 6 Dinner and Bonfire at Bedouin tents 11 Return to Jerusalem Thursday, May 24 8:15 AM Breakfast 9 AM Maimonides Programming 1 Lunch 2 Depart to Tel Aviv 3 Visit the old city of Yafo: Short tour & free time in the marketplace 5:30 Visit the Blind Museum: a unique opportunity to “see” the world in a different way 7:30 Dinner in Tel Aviv
Friday, May 25 8:30 AM Breakfast 9 AM Guest Lecturer 11 City of David 1 PM Visit to Marketplace – Machane Yehuda Free Time Shabbat in the Old City, overlooking the Kotel Saturday, May 26 Shabbat Program Tour of the Old City Dinner in the Old City Sunday, May 27 Shavuot Program: Stay up all night in the Old City Monday, May 28 Free Day Tuesday, May 29 8:15 AM Breakfast 9 AM Maimonides Program 1 Lunch 2 Visit to Yad Vashem (Holocaust Museum) 5 Visit to Har Hertzel (Military Cemetery) 7 Dinner at the Hotel 8:30 PM Evening Program: Bowling/Miniature Golf Wednesday, May 30 8:15 AM Breakfast 9 Maimonides Program 1 Lunch 2 Visit to One Family: An organization dedicated to helping Israel’s victims of terror 3:30: ATVing 7 PM Dinner in the hotel 8:30 PM Evening: Stew and Brew/Challah Baking Thursday, May 31 8:15 AM Breakfast 9 AM Maimonides Program 1 Lunch 2 Gush Etzion Winery 6 MEOR Concert: All the trips come together for unforgettable evening together Friday, June 1 5 AM Early trip to Chevron and the Cave of Machpelah (optional) 9:30 AM Breakfast 10 AM Morning Class 11:30 AM Free time for shopping Shabbat in Har Nof Saturday, June 2 Shabbat Program Sunday, June 3 9 AM Breakfast 9:45 Pack out of the hotel 10:30 Visit to the Kotel 12 Final Banquet 3 Depart to airport 7:15 Depart to NY ATV pic 3.jpg
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MEOR Israel FAQ

 

Q. Are there student resources online that I/my child can access?

A. Absolutely! You can download our MEOR Israel Student Guide here, which contains more complete information as well as a legal waiver that all students need to sign before they travel on the trip.

Q. What will be the typical daily schedule?

A. Generally speaking, mornings will be spent engaged in exciting Jewish learning; afternoons touring around Israel; and the evenings are free. Special trips that require extra travel time and Shabbat will have unique schedules.

Q. How much Jewish learning is involved in the program?

A. Mornings (3-4 hours) are dedicated to Jewish learning in a formal setting, with some time spent in lectures from top-flight Jerusalem speakers and some spent in one-on-one or small group discussion formats. See the scheduling information for more details. There will also be many informal Jewish learning opportunities throughout the trip—through the agency of Shabbat programming, daily tours and others.

Q. What are the security arrangements?

MEOR Israel maintains regular communication with the Israeli government. We receive the most updated information, which allows us to take the strongest relevant precautions. A group’s itinerary will be changed immediately to reflect any heightened risk or security concerns. The program does not visit areas controlled by the Palestinian Authority or any other areas deemed unsafe by the Government of Israel. MEOR Israel does not use public transportation at any time. MEOR Israel does not hold any programming or events that congregate in public areas without security. All major trips and excursions on the program are done with armed security. There is free time on the program. Students will be given detailed instructions concerning places they should not go during their free time. You can also read more of our specific guidelines in the MEOR Israel Student Guide.

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