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Proceed to a seminar after breakfast at the hotel. Get up-to-date with what’s really happening in the Middle East from Neil Lazarus, the leader in political seminars for young adults. After that, we’ll take the tour to the Old City of Jerusalem. Stroll between the past, present, and future in the most recognizable area of Jerusalem. Visit the Jewish Quarter and its shifting roles from 2,000 years ago to the present day. In the meantime, check out its shops, historical centers, and holy places for the three major world religions, Judaism, Islam, and Christianity.
Visit the famous Burger’s Bar for lunch at Rahav Square. It offers meat and vegetarian options, the always delicious falafel or shwarma stands, nice café with pizza, bagels, salad choices, and get some ice cream. With its seamless blend of the old and the new, the streets of Cardo are lined with shops in the underground passageway. Alongside them, antique columns stand from 1,500 years ago.
Go beneath the city to see the hidden layers in a tunnel tour of the Western Wall. Learn about the highest importance of the Temple to the Jewish people. Follow the tour guide through secretive water tunnels leading to old shafts, fortresses, and the place where coronation of kings took place.
Finally, after a long day, go back to the hotel for dinner. At this point, participate in a tie-in session. Have you ever wondered what’s the point of it all? Hear the Jewish interpretation the meaning of life.
- Archeological excavations at the Davidson Center
Depart the hotel after breakfast. Then, visit Yad Vashem the Holocaust memorial museum. Get up close with history with a personal testimony from a Holocaust survivor. Go on an emotional tour through Israel’s most important museum. Pay homage at Mt. Herzl national cemetery to fallen soldiers, prime ministers, and others who formed the State of Israel.
From here on, it’s goodbye to Jerusalem for now, as we drive to the South. Experience camel riding through the Negev Desert with a desert sunset in the background. Witness famed Bedouin hospitality over traditional coffee while listening about the nomadic life from a Bedouin sheikh. Taste the Bedouin Hafla dinner that includes spiced rice, chicken with za’atar, handmade hummus, tehina, salads, and freshly bake pita bread.
Afterwards, go for a desert night hike and meditation. It’s just you and a calm desert night sky. Spend the night with a bonfire under the stars. Have fun singing, telling scary stories, playing the guitar, and roasting marshmallows in front of the camp fire. Then, retreat overnight in a Bedouin tent.
- Bedouin Women’s Embroidery Center
- Basket Weaving Class