Check-in to the David Citadel Hotel and explore the luxury facilities, including pool, gym and health spa. Hospitality desk open 12pm – 3pm
Introductions and orientation at the David Citadel Hotel with Daniel Pomerantz, Executive Director and senior staff.
Buffet dinner at the hotel.
We will join together in solidarity with Israel, standing for a minute as the siren sounds ushering in Memorial Day, Israel’s national day of remembrance for fallen soldiers and victims of terrorism, followed by a meeting with 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.
We will be travelling on the Jerusalem light-rail to Mount Herzl where we will have a guided tour of the final resting place for many of the Jewish state’s leaders over the years, and soldiers killed in battle. After the siren we will hear from the mother of Staff Sergeant Max Steinberg z”l, a lone soldier from Los Angeles, who was killed in 2014.
Travel to HonestReporting’s international offices in downtown Jerusalem.
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Suleiman Khatib and Lilach Verman, peace activists working for a better tomorrow through the medium of sport and arts.
Dinner and entertainment in Jerusalem where Israelis and tourists celebrate Israel’s 72nd Independence Day.
Bus leaves for a special holiday visit to Gush Etzion with our guide Yarden Frankl
Join thousands of Israelis celebrating Israel’s Independence Day with a barbecue. We will be hosting an HonestReporting feast, joined by staff and their families.
Full-day field trip discussing the roots of the conflict with IDF Major (Res.) Elliot Chodoff, a leading military analyst.
During the day we will:
– Dr. Mordechai Kedar, Head of Arab Studies at Bar-Ilan University, an expert on Israeli Arabs.
A tour of Jerusalem including the Old City and Western Wall Tunnels with Patrick Amar, tour guide and Jerusalem expert.
Enjoy a leisurely lunch in downtown Jerusalem followed by free time for shopping and preparing for Shabbat.
Welcome the Shabbat with candle lighting in the lobby of the David Citadel 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 David Citadel Hotel.
Free morning to enjoy Shabbat in Jerusalem. Optional Shabbat morning services (options available from hotel concierge).
– Khaled Abu Toameh – award-winning Israeli Arab journalist reporting on the Palestinian territories.
– Rev. Dr. Petra Heldt – Lutheran Minister living and working in Jerusalem for over 20 years.
Buffet-style dinner at the David Citadel Hotel.
– Ali – an Arab Muslim, resident of a refugee camp in the disputed territories.
Havdalah – bringing the Shabbat to a close in the traditional way.
* The HonestReporting program takes place with Shabbat observance in mind.
Full day trip with Lee Glassman, tour guide and archaeologist
Leave for the famous Palmach Museum where we will join the group of young Palmach recruits from its establishment and advance through the story of the Palmach until the end of the War of Independence.
Lunch in Tel Aviv.
Visit Independence Hall where, on the 5th day of Iyar 5708, May 14th 1948, the day before the British Mandate in Palestine was to expire, members of the Provisional State Council assembled in the museum and declared the establishment of the State of Israel.
Overview of the military situation prior to 1948 and up to the War of Independence at the Machal Monument.
An overview of Israel’s system of government, prior to our visit to Israel’s parliament.
Private tour of the Knesset with former MK Dov Lipman. Meet with members of the current government.
A frank discussion on Israel’s future with representatives from opposing political camps.
Return to David Citadel Hotel. Check-out for those leaving today (rooms to be vacated by 12.30pm).
Light lunch at David Citadel Hotel.
– Professor Eugene Kontorovich, head of the International Law Department at the Kohelet Policy Forum, a Jerusalem-based think tank.
– Neil Lazarus, Director of AwesomeSeminars.com, leads a workshop on practical Israel advocacy training.
– Daniel Pomerantz, Executive Director, HonestReporting.
Closing dinner and remarks at Kedma Brasserie, in the Mamilla Mall, featuring a high-level dining experience with a breathtaking view of the Jaffa Gate, the Dormition Abbey and the Tower of David.
Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for those flying tonight.