October 2021

HonestReporting Itinerary

Day 1:


October 5th


December 1


Welcome to Israel

Check-in to Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem. Registration desk open 12pm - 3pm.
Introductions and orientation at the Inbal Hotel. Meet the team:
Daniel Pomerantz, CEO and senior staff

“Welcome to Israel’s Capital City”

Fleur Hassan-Nahoum, Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem

Dinner at Jerusalem’s First Station

a vibrant outdoor mall located in Jerusalem on the site of the Old Train Station.

Day 2:


October 6th


December 2


Antisemitism: From Its Origins to the Present

Leave the hotel for a half-day seminar at Yad Vashem,

where we will address topics such as:
• The history of antisemitism;
• Antisemitism in Europe during the early 20th century;
• The re-emergence of global antisemitism.

Lunch at ANNA,

located in the Israel Museum’s spectacular Ticho House, a social business that trains, employs and gives hope to youth in distress; providing them with an opportunity to acquire a profession and to change the course of their lives.

Media Showdown: How They Harm; How We Fix!

We are the only organization that changes the conversation about Israel at every stage of the news cycle: before, during and after
Daniel Pomerantz, CEO
Charles Bybelezer, Managing Editor, HonestReporting,
Laura Cornfield, Director of MediaCentral.

Dinner at Darna,

an authentic Moroccan restaurant in the heart of Jerusalem, with a guest speaker from the Ethiopian community for a frank discussion regarding the integration of Israel's Ethiopian community.

Day 3:


October 7th


December 3


Terrorism: The Threats We Face

Full-day field trip

Full-day field trip analyzing the roots of the recent conflict with IDF Major (Res.) Elliot Chodoff, a leading military analyst. During the day we will:

During the day, we will:

• Travel to the Erez Border Crossing for an overview of the Gaza border region plus briefings by IDF spokesperson responsible for humanitarian aid into Gaza.
• Visit Kibbutz Alumim, located 3km from the Gaza border, for lunch, tour and meeting with families who are living under fire.
• Tour Sderot shelters against rocket attack, to feel the reality of life under fire, followed by coffee and cake at Café Café, offering a chance to meet the local residents.

Day 4:


October 8th


December 4


Jerusalem: Israel’s Capital City

Walking Through History

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

Day 5:


October 9th


December 5


Israel / Arab Relations

Free morning to enjoy Shabbat in Jerusalem. Optional Shabbat morning services (options available from hotel concierge). Buffet-style lunch at the Inbal Hotel.

Life in Israel:

"My Unique Story” - Muhammad Zoabi, Israeli, Palestinian, Arab, Muslim, LGBTQ, and recently discharged from the IDF.

The Middle East At a Crossroads:

"The Rise of Iran, the Defeat of ISIS, and the Position of the US, Israel and Turkey” - Seth Frantzman, Oped Editor and Middle East Affairs Analyst, the Jerusalem Post.

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.

Day 6:


October 10th


December 6


Tel Aviv

Leave Jerusalem for the Machal Monument near Beit Shemesh, where you will hear moving stories about volunteer fighters who lost their lives during Israel's struggle for independence.

The Palmach Museum

Tour the famous Palmach Museum in Tel Aviv where we will join a group of young recruits and learn the history of the fighting organization from its pre-state inception to Israel’s War of Independence.

Lunch on Tel Aviv’s famous boardwalk (free time to enjoy the coast).

The the Start-Up Nation

Meetings at VIP tour at at the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation’s Israeli Innovation Center, showcasing how Israel became one of the most innovative countries in the world

Return to Jerusalem - free evening

Day 7:


October 11th


December 7


Jerusalem: Geography, Topography & Tactics

Half-day field trip to explore the political, religious and strategic environment of Israel’s capital city, with Col. (Ret.) Miri Eisin, former spokesperson for the Prime Minister. Lunch in downtown Jerusalem.

Challenges in Reporting

Meet a senior journalist from the international press corp for a discussion on biased reporting.

How Do We Recognize Media Bias?

An interactive session in recognizing bias.

Responding to Their Charges

Emanuel Miller, Content & Marketing Manager, HonestReporting.

Dinner at Sheyan a captivating fusion of Jerusalem's eclectic atmosphere and Asian traditional cuisine.

Free evening.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs

VIP visit to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for briefings with senior spokespeople

Lunch in a beautiful Jerusalem park

Jerusalem, Israel

Half-day field trip to explore the political, religious and strategic environment of Israel’s capital city, with Col. (Ret.) Miri Eisin, former spokesperson for the Prime Minister.

Dinner at Sheyan a captivating fusion of Jerusalem's eclectic atmosphere and Asian traditional cuisine.

Day 8:


October 12th


December 8


Remembering the Past; Looking to the Future

Private tour of Israel's Supreme Court

with special emphasis on discussing the unique complexities faced by the State of Israel..
Return to Inbal Hotel. Check-out for those leaving today (rooms to be vacated by 12.30pm).

Light lunch at Inbal Hotel.

“Bringing it Home”

A half-day seminar where we will be reviewing what we have learned during the week and how to share that information once we return home. Included in this program:

How can you win any debate about Israel in 2 minutes?

Neil Lazarus, Director of AwesomeSeminars.com, leads a workshop on practical Israel advocacy training.

Stepping Up

a session involving quick thinking, role play and practical tips for ensuring accuracy in reporting, and being a good advocate for Israel, with senior HonestReporting staff

The World is Changing and So Are We: What's Next?

Daniel Pomerantz, CEO, HonestReporting.
Closing dinner and remarks at Olive and Fish, a unique restaurant close to the Inbal Hotel.
Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for those flying tonight.