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Wrestling with Angels

An overview of the place of Israel in the history of the Jewish people and critical turning points in the land over a 4,000-year period.


Tour Highlights

  • As per itinerary

Tour Includes


  • 10 nights accommodations
  • 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


DAY ONE: Monday

Early-arrivals option

    Meet in hotel lobby at 1:30 p.m.

    Campus or Sanctuary: Between Ideals and Reality
    A special exploration of the Hebrew University, Mount Scopus campus


      Opening Dinner

      Who Are We and Why Are We in Israel?
      Introductions and Reflections

      Overnight: Jerusalem

      DAY TWO: Tuesday


        Why Jerusalem? Study session overlooking The City of David
        Field trip to the Jewish Quarter

        Group lunch in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City  

        Free time


          Days of Glory; Days of Destruction
          Exploration of the Herodian Mansion in the Old City  

          Summary Session: Why Was The Temple Destroyed?


            Tour of the Western Wall Tunnels (optional) 


              A visit to the Israel Museum and The Shrine of the Book (optional)

              Dinner at leisure

              Overnight: Jerusalem

              DAY THREE: Wednesday


                Early departure for Dead Sea region

                The Dead Sea Sect: Rejecting the Center in the Struggle for Light
                Field trip to Qumran


                  Masada: Fighters for the Future of the Jewish People?
                  Field trip to Masada

                  Swim in the Dead Sea  OR

                  Study Session: Bar Kochba: True or False Messiah?


                    Group dinner in Jerusalem

                     Overnight: Jerusalem

                    DAY FOUR: Thursday


                      A City Rises From the Dunes
                      Explore earliest neighborhoods beyond the walls of Jaffa

                      "We Hereby Declare the Establishment of a Jewish State…"
                      Visit Independence Hall, site of the signing of Israel's Declaration of Independence

                      Lunch in central Tel Aviv


                        Can We Build Anew by Learning from Our Past? 

                        Bialik in Tel Aviv- Then and Now
                        Study session in Bialik's house in central Tel Aviv

                        The Day the Music Died... 
                        A visit to Kikar Rabin



                          Group dinner in the Yemenite Quarter of Tel Aviv

                          Overnight: Jerusalem

                          DAY FIVE: Friday


                            Symbols and Signs - Mapping Jerusalem's Multi-faceted Population
                            Study session, followed by field trip to Jerusalem neighborhoods


                              Free time; Preparations for Shabbat


                                Lekha Dodi Likrat Kallah
                                Candle-lighting at King David's Tomb on Mt. Zion

                                Evening service at the Kotel  

                                Traditional dinner: Se'udat Shabbat

                                Group discussion and reflections

                                Overnight - Jerusalem

                                DAY SIX: Saturday

                                Morning Services at Synagogue(s) of choice

                                  Study session: Parshat Hashavua: A Look at the Weekly Torah Portion  

                                  Group lunch


                                    Choice of Walking Tours:

                                    • The Poetry of Yehuda Amichai  OR   
                                    • Along King David Street: Three Buildings, Three Faiths, Three Agendas

                                    Se'udah Shlisheet  - late afternoon snack and schmooze



                                      Dinner and evening at leisure

                                      Overnight: Jerusalem

                                      DAY SEVEN: Sunday


                                        Travel north to Caesarea  

                                        Between Caesarea and Jerusalem - Two World Views
                                        Field trip and study session at Caesarea

                                        Lunch at leisure


                                          The Period of the Mishna: Responding to New Jewish Realities
                                          Field trip and study session at Beit Shearim OR Tsippori  

                                          Drive further north to Tsfat


                                            Group dinner

                                            Study session: The Fable of the Goat

                                            Overnight: Tsfat

                                            DAY EIGHT: Monday
                                            FROM OLD TO NEW (ZIONIST) JEWS: TWO VISIONS OF REDEMPTION


                                              Building Community in Anticipation of Redemption
                                              Exploration of story and synagogues of Tsfat  

                                              Lunch at leisure


                                                "Deep River; My Heart is Over Jordan…"
                                                Rafting on the Jordan River (weather permitting)

                                                Of Farmers and Poets: What Motivated the New Jew?
                                                Field trip to Kinneret Farm and Kinneret Cemetery


                                                  Group dinner in Tiberias

                                                  Overnight: at the Kinneret

                                                  DAY NINE: Tuesday
                                                  FROM 67 to '67... AND BEYOND: FATEFUL DECISIONS - THEN AND NOW


                                                    Options on the Syrian Front
                                                    Study session  

                                                    "From Here you Look Seven-Fold Larger..." Overview into Galilee Panhandle from Golan Heights and examination of the period leading to the 1967 War

                                                    Yom HaDin: What Went Wrong?
                                                    Stop at sites connected to the Yom Kippur War and examination of outbreak of Yom Kippur War in 1973.

                                                    Lunch in Katzrin, “Capital” of the Golan


                                                    My Past; My Future/Our Past, Our Future
                                                    Meeting in Katzrin with resident of the Golan

                                                    What Do We Learn From the Story of Gamla?
                                                    Visit the Golan Archaeological Museum in Katzrin 

                                                    Summary session

                                                      Make our way back to Jerusalem

                                                      Evening at leisure


                                                      Overnight: Jerusalem

                                                      DAY TEN: Wednesday
                                                      DIFFICULT FREEDOM: DILEMMAS OF SOVEREIGNTY


                                                        Israel and the Holocaust: What Meaning Has Been Given to the Holocaust in Israeli Collective Memory?
                                                        Site visit and study session at Yad VaShem

                                                        Lunch at leisure


                                                          Free time

                                                          4:00 p.m.

                                                            Land and Compromise: Addressing one of Israel's Central Challenges
                                                            * Study session at hotel
                                                            * Departure for home hospitality and dinner
                                                            * Encounter with differing viewpoints on the issue

                                                            Overnight: Jerusalem

                                                            DAY ELEVEN: Thursday
                                                            BACK TO THE FUTURE


                                                              Symbols of Sovereignty
                                                              A visit to Mt. Herzl  

                                                              "And the Children Will Return to Their Borders..."
                                                              Stop at Kibbutz Ramat Rachel

                                                              S.Y. Agnon as Symbol
                                                              A visit and study session in the home of the Nobel Laureate

                                                              Lunch at leisure


                                                                Free time

                                                                Where Have We Been and Where Are We Going To?
                                                                Closing activity evaluating the seminar


                                                                  Festive farewell dinner

                                                                  NOTE: Please try to arrange flights from 11:45 p.m. on, so as to enjoy the dinner with the group.

                                                                  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 15 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.
                                                                  • 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.
                                                                  • All trips are conducted by a Melton educator who remains with the group throughout the tour.
                                                                  • Gratuities Included: All gratuities for restaurant staff are included.
                                                                  • Baggage: 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.

                                                                  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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