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OldNewLand - Herzl's Dream Revisited

Examine the age-old - and brand new! - challenges that have to be addressed by a modern Jewish state. The seminar supplements our "Wrestling with the Angels" seminar, but also stands alone for those keen on encountering contemporary Israel.


Tour Highlights

  • As per itinerary

Tour Includes


  • Flights to and from Tel Aviv as listed in the air section of this program (Taxes and fuel charges are included and are subject to change by the Airline).
  • 10 nights' accommodations at selected hotels.
  • 2 meals daily (breakfast and additional meal)
  • 9 days of bus touring in luxury motorcoach with panoramic windows and headrests
  • Group transfer from airport upon arrival in Israel and upon departure from Israel
  • All entrance fees and programs as per the Melton program


The OldNewLand seminar, taking place between December 3 (in Israel) and December 13th, will be led by Haim Aronovitz, Director of Melton Travel Seminars, and accompanied by Rachelle Weiss Crane, Melton Director in Dallas, TX.  The seminar is open to all adults who enjoy in-depth educational travel, including all Melton students and graduates.

Seminar Dates: December 3 - 13, 2018

NOTE: The seminar starts in Tel Aviv on Monday afternoon (DAY ONE) and ends in Jerusalem 
on the following Thursday (DAY ELEVEN). The last day includes dinner, but ends in time for 
late-night flights out of Israel.

DAY ONE: MONDAY, December 3

Program commences at the Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv
Introduction to seminar 
Points of Arrival: Earliest Tel Aviv and the Zionists (Field trip to Jaffa port)
Opening Dinner

Overnight: Carlton, Tel Aviv

DAY TWO: TUESDAY, December 4

a.m. Tel(s) of Spring: 100 Years On… and 3800 Years Back…
The View From Above (Tel Aviv from the hotel roof)
Study session: The Place of the City in Zionist Thought
Field trip to southern Tel Aviv: The New Invisibles and Social Responsibility: Foreign Workers and Other Challenges to Israeli Society  
Lunch at leisure
p.m. Leave Greater Tel Aviv for Negev

Deep Are the Wells of the Past (Field trip to Tel Beer Sheva) 
Travel to Mitspeh Ramon 
Group dinner at hotel and debriefing session

Overnight: Ramon Inn, Mitspeh Ramon


a.m.  Of Cosmic Beginnings & Visionaries (Day commences before dawn!!)
Desert Encounters (Pre-dawn overlooking the Ramon Crater; study session) 
Breakfast at the hotel and rest of morning free
Lunch at leisure
p.m. At Ben Gurion's Sde Boker home: BG's Vision of the Negev & Israeli Society  
Yeruham:  Redeveloping Development Towns - Meeting with Michael Biton, Mayor, native son and community builder

Group Dinner with The Chefs of Yeruham and Summary Discussion)

Overnight: Ramon Inn, Mitspeh Ramon

Taming the Southern Frontier: BG's Dream

a.m. Visit The Institute for Desert Studies, Midreshet Sde Boker 
Facing the Challenge: Taming the Desert… or Adapting to it?
Brief stop at BG's graveside overlooking Nahal Zin 
Lunch at leisure at Ben Gurion University Campus in Beer Sheva
p.m. Bedouin Education: The Challenges of Integration in Contemporary Israeli Society (Visit a school and discussion OR Meet with Students at Ben Gurion University)
Proceed to Jerusalem; Check in and group dinner

Overnight: Mt. Zion Hotel, Jerusalem

DAY FIVE: FRIDAY, December 7
Likrat Shabbat Lechu Ve'Nelcha???

a.m. Shabbat Shalom? Jews vs. Jews in Jerusalem and Israel
(Study session; Self-guided field trip exploring Haredi neighborhoods) 
(Optional) Exploration of Machaneh Yehuda, Jerusalem's fresh produce market and neighborhood 
Rest of the afternoon free
Erev Shabbat
Meet in the lobby; set out for Shabbat services. Special pre-Shabbat discussion 
Shabbat services (optional) and Shabbat dinner

Overnight: Mt. Zion Hotel, Jerusalem

DAY SIX: SHABBAT (Parashat Miketz)

a.m. Free time (list of synagogues provided) 
Noon   Parashat Hashavua study session followed by lunch and afternoon rest
p.m. Neighborhood walk: Exploring Komemiyut
Snacks and discussion: On Jerusalem, Jews and Shabbat
Havdalah; Free evening from 6:30 p.m.

Overnight: Mt. Zion Hotel, Jerusalem

A Land of Many Voices

a.m. The Battle to Build a Nation: Field visit to Ayalon Institute, Nes Tsiyona, OR Palmach Museum, Ramat Aviv 
Travel North along the Coastal Road; Lunch at leisure in Zichron Yaakov
p.m.  Ein Hod vs. Ayn Houd: The Art of Symbols (Tour of the village; study session) 
Travel to hotel in Haifa                                                                                                                         
Dinner at the hotel and debriefing session

Overnight: Dan Carmel, Haifa

DAY EIGHT: MONDAY, December 10

Jews and Arabs Together… and Apart

a.m. Study session: Jews and “the Other”: The Portrayal of the Arab in Israeli Literature 
Haifa: A Mixed City 
Introduction; Meeting with Haifa activist and educator and Field Trip in Wadi Nisnas
Lunch at leisure
What Role Does the IDF Fulfill in Building the New Israel? Meet with IDF soldiers or with special pre-IDF Mechina program 
Group Dinner

Overnight: Kibbutz Lavi, Galilee

DAY NINE: TUESDAY, December 11
Galilee models of “Newer Jews” - Shaping Contemporary Jewish 

a.m. Building an Ideal Society? A short tour of Kibbutz Lavi
Field trip: "From Beit Alfa to Nahalal" - Connecting over eighty years
     (1) Beit Alfa Synagogue at Kibbutz Heftsiba
     (2) Mt. Gilboa - Site and Text in context: The Deaths of Saul and Jonathan
Break for lunch 
p.m. (3) Field trip to Nahalal cemetery: Whatever Happened to “The Blue  Mountain”?
Dinner en route to Jerusalem

Overnight: Mt. Zion Hotel, Jerusalem

Is Jerusalem "as a city joined together?"

a.m. Study session: Palestine and Israel in Mirror Verses 
Jerusalem - The View Along the Seam (Field trip)
Group Lunch 
p.m. Voices in Dialog: An Encounter with Jerusalemites, Jewish, Moslem and Christian
Debriefing Session and Free Evening

Overnight: Mt. Zion Hotel, Jerusalem

Pulling It All Together: Visions of Zion in Zion

a.m. The Whole Megilla - What Vision of Zion Does The Declaration of Independence Represent? (Study session in Liberty Bell Garden)
Justice in Jerusalem: Visit to the Supreme Court of Israel 
Visit The Hebrew University on Mount Scopus and meet with leading scholar
p.m. Lunch at leisure and free time in city center  
Summary Session: The Old-New Homeland: Modern Israel and the Jewish People
Festive Farewell Dinner

For more information or to be notified when travel dates and prices are available for this seminar, please contact us.


Need to Know

  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 20 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.
  • Airport Taxes & Fuel Surcharges are estimated and subject to change at any time.
    Airport Taxes & Fuel Surcharges are not guaranteed unless the group air tickets have been issued. Group air tickets are issued approximately 35 days prior to departure. Group air tickets are only issued upon receipt of full payment from all of the trip participants.
  • 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


  • Airfare to the tour departure point and from the tour ending point is not included. Airfare may be purchased from us for travel originating in the United States. Please see Flights tab in the right-side toolbar.
  • Personal Expenses: All personal expenses such as: laundry, valet service, cables, telephone calls and postage are not included.
  • Guide and Driver Gratuities:
    In keeping with normal standards in international tourism, we recommend the following for tipping:
    • 10-19 passengers: Guide $10, driver $5 - per participant per day
    • 20 passengers and more: Guide $8, driver $4 - per participant per day


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 www.tsa.gov 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
  • Photography During Tours: We will occasionally use photographs taken by fellow guests or your trip director for promotional purposes. If you prefer that your photo not be used in any marketing activities, please notify us at the start of your tour.


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