Mission Itinerary – December 2019

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Welcome to Israel

Wednesday
Dec 18th
2019

Check-in to the Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem.

Hospitality desk open 3pm – 6pm.

Free evening to rest and enjoy the facilities of the five-star hotel including pool, gym, health spa and restaurants.

Jerusalem: Israel's Capital City

Thursday
Dec 19th
2019

Introductions and orientation at the Inbal Hotel.  

“Welcome to Israel’s Capital City” – Fleur Hassan-Nahoum, Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem

Lunch in Jerusalem

Visit HonestReporting and MediaCentral headquarters in downtown Jerusalem.  

“Media Showdown: How They Harm; How We Fix!”We’re the only organization that changes the conversation about Israel at every stage of the news cycle: before, during and after, with HR senior staff.

Gain an insight into Jerusalem’s Ethiopian community.  Learn about their struggle to integrate into Israeli society, and what more needs to be done, with Tsega Aleku, Ethiopian Journalist in both radio and television, the first woman director of Channel “A,” a Hebrew radio program.

Dinner at Darna, an authentic Moroccan restaurant in the heart of Jerusalem.

Jerusalem 2000 Years in the Past

Friday
Dec 20th
2019

Walking Through History A tour of Jerusalem including the Old City and Western Wall Tunnels with Lee Glassman, tour guide, historian & Jerusalem expert.

Light lunch in Jerusalem.

Free time to shop and prepare for Shabbat.

Welcome the Shabbat with candlelighting in the lobby of the Inbal Hotel

“Any Questions?”: a chance to catch up with HonestReporting Editors in a round table discussion.

Join HonestReporting staff and their families for a traditional Shabbat dinner at the Inbal Hotel, hosted by Former MK, Rabbi Dov Lipman, Senior Manager – Community Outreach, HonestReporting.

Israel/Arab Relations

Saturday, (Shabbat*)
Dec 21st
2019

Free morning to enjoy Shabbat in Jerusalem. Optional Shabbat morning services (options available from hotel concierge).

Buffet-style lunch at the Inbal Hotel.

“How Can We Live Together?” Suleiman Khatib and Lilach Verman, Peace activists, working for a better tomorrow through the medium of sport and arts.

“A Complex Relationship: Christians in the Holy Land” – Rev. Dr. Petra Heldt, Lutheran Minister living and working in Jerusalem for over 20 years.

Havdalah – bringing the Shabbat to a close in the traditional way.

“Is it Dangerous to Tell the Truth About the PA?” – Khaled Abu Toameh, award-winning Israeli Arab journalist reporting on the Palestinian territories.

* The HonestReporting program takes place with Shabbat observance in mind.

Jerusalem: Geography, Topography & Tactics

Sunday
Dec 22nd
2019

Full-day field trip discussing the roots of conflict with IDF Major (Res.) Elliot Chodoff, a leading military analyst.

During the day we will:

  •   Analyze the history of pan-Arab terrorism;
  •   Discuss the threats facing Israel today;
  •   Visit Gilo,overlooking Beit Jala, from where sniper attacks occurred for many years;
  •   Stop at the Abu Dis Security Fence, to discuss the impact of the security barrier on eastern Jerusalem residents;
  •   Visit the Mount of Olives, the “Historic Basin,” and discuss possible solutions for peace.

Join candle lighting for Hanukkah celebrations and live music performance with dinner at Mamilla Mall.

Please note that candlelighting will be available each night of Hanukkah at the Inbal Hotel upon our return to the hotel.

Israel: A Mosaic of Culture & Religions

Monday
Dec 23rd
2019

“What’s going on in the Knesset?”An overview of Israel’s system of government, prior to our visit – Gil Hoffman, one of Israel’s foremost English-speaking domestic policy analysts

Private tour of the Knesset with former MK Dov Lipman. Meet with Members of the current government.

“Left/Right: Who’s Right?”A frank discussion on Israel’s future with representatives from opposing political camps.

Light lunch at the Knesset.

Meetings in Jerusalem with entrepreneurs and innovators of the Start-Up Nation.

Dinner at Sheyana captivating fusion of Jerusalem’s eclectic atmosphere and Asian traditional cuisine.

The Challenges We Face

Tuesday
Dec 24th
2019

Visit Shaare Zedek Hospital in Jerusalem, responding to the needs of Jerusalem’s diverse population since 1902; treating patients of every race, religion and nationality. Meet and speak with staff from many nationalities and backgrounds.  

“How do we recognise Media Bias?”– Pesach Benson, Deputy Managing Editor, HonestReporting

Buffet lunch at HonestReporting offices.

“Responding to Their Charges” Emanuel Miller, Content & Marketing Manager, HonestReporting

“What would you do?” – a Media workshops at HonestReporting office

Free evening (optional visit to Bethlehem for additional cost).

Israel at the Cutting Edge of Innovation

Wednesday
Dec 25th
2019

Mid-morning start to allow those returning from Bethlehem during the night to rest.

Field trip to the Carmel region with Druze tour guide, expert on minorities in Israel and ex-IDF officer, Ihab Zeidan:

  • Leave Jerusalem for Kfar Qara to meet Amna Kanana who is working for improved women’s rights within Palestinian society.
  • Spend time in the Druze village of Dalyat El Carmel to learn more about the Druze tradition and its secret religion, as well as a discussion of Druze loyalty to the State of Israel;
  • Enjoy a traditional Druze meal in Israel’s only kosher Druze restaurant.

Return to Jerusalem for Hanukkah candle lighting.

Remembering the Past; Looking to the Future

Thursday
Dec 26th
2019

VIP tour of Magen David Adom in Jerusalem, learning how Israeli technology and know-how is changing the world.

Return to Inbal Hotel. Check-out for those leaving today (rooms to be vacated by 12.30pm).

Light lunch at Inbal Hotel.

“How I survived a terror attack without losing my respect for the humanity of the other side; how to defeat terror without giving up on your soul” – Kay Wilson, British-born motivational speaker, Israeli tour guide, jazz musician and cartoonist. She is the survivor of a brutal terror attack that occurred while she was guiding in December 2010.

 “How to Effectively Advocate for Israel:  Practical Training” Neil Lazarus, Director of AwesomeSeminars.com.    

“The World is Changing and So Are We: What’s Next?”Daniel Pomerantz, Executive Director, HonestReporting.

Closing event in Olive and Fish, a unique restaurant close to the Inbal Hotel.

– Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for those flying tonight.

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(includes hotel on Dec. 18th in price)