Mission Itinerary – December 2019

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Welcome to Israel

Dec 18th

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

Dec 19th

Introductions and orientation at the Inbal Hotel. Meet the team: Daniel Pomerantz, Executive Director, Simon Plosker, Managing Editor, HonestReporting, Jonny Perl, Head of MediaCentral, Suzanne Lieberman, Missions & Events Director.

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

Lunch in Jerusalem

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.  

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

Dec 20th

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.

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

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, Director, Combatants for Peace  

“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

Dec 22nd

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.

Israel: A Mosaic of Culture & Religions

Dec 23rd

Full-day field trip to the Carmel region with Druze tour guide, ex-IDF officer & activist, Ihab Zeidan:

  • Travel to Wadi Nisnas – the old Arab neighborhood of Haifa; tour the narrow streets and meet the residents of Haifa, a mixed city as they prepare for Christmas.
  • Meet Israel’s first Bedouin Diplomat, Ishmael Khaldi, at his home in Khawalid
  • 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.

The Challenges We Face

Dec 24th

Visit HonestReporting and MediaCentral headquarters in downtown Jerusalem.   

“Reporting from Israel”– Hear from a foreign correspondent about what it’s really like to cover the Israel beat.

“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.

Buffet lunch at HonestReporting offices.

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

“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.

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

Israel at the Cutting Edge of Innovation

Dec 25th

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

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.

Remembering the Past; Looking to the Future

Dec 26th

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.

“Israel as a Jewish State: Where Are We Heading” Professor Eugene Kontorovich, head of the International Law Department at the Kohelet Policy Forum, a Jerusalem-based think tank.

 “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.

Register now to join our mission December 19 – 26, 2019

(includes hotel on Dec. 18th in price)