Sample TFA REALITY Israel Experience Itinerary

Note: This is a sample itinerary which will be adapted for future trips.

In addition to the sample itinerary below, you can read blog postings from 2010 trip participants and view pictures from the 2010 trip.

Itinerary Guiding Questions:

There are four guiding questions that serve as reflective touchstones throughout the trip:
1. What does it mean to be a leader in the face of extreme challenge?
2. What disparities exist in society? Why?
3. What values drive leaders of social change?
4. How do our leadership qualities, our values and our perceptions of what's broken in this world help us to make decisions about the future?

Sunday, July 11

Depart from Newark Airport to Israel

Monday, July 12

Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport
Biblical Breakfast and Program Opening at Neot Kedumim: A Unique Middle-Eastern Leadership Program. We will seek to understand our own capabilities better and the habits of effective leaders in order to build a better world. Through this first activity, we will be grounding ourselves in leadership; what makes an effective leader? What qualities do we ourselves possess?
Overview of Tel Aviv from atop Azrieli Center: From an extraordinary vantage point, we will learn about the unprecedented success of a country only 60-years-old –and the type of leadership it took to get Israel here.
Dinner with Philanthropist Lynn Schusterman at the Ilana Goor Museum: For over three decades, Ilana Goor has moved people with her art, imbuing life with a functional elegance and beauty that has brought her wide-ranging acclaim as she strives daily to turn art into a way of life. At this unique venue, learn what has inspired Philanthropist Lynn Schusterman, and learn as well why this unique woman is so inspiring herself.
Overnight: Basel Hotel, Tel Aviv

Tuesday, July 13

Start Up Nation: Spend the morning with Start-Up Nation author, Saul Singer learning about the incredible people who put Israel at the forefront of the hi-tech world. What common leadership qualities are valued among those that Saul Singer has written about?
Tour "Better Place:" Founded by Shai Agassi, Better Place is a company that focuses on a green transportation infrastructure, based on electric cars as an alternative to the current fossil fuel technology.
Nachalat Binyamin: Enjoy lunch on your own in this Tel Aviv neighborhood.
Independence Hall: Originally the home of Meir and Zina Dizengoff, Independence Hall is best known as the site of the signing of Israel's Declaration of Independence in 1948.
Walking tour of Jaffa: We will continue our understanding of Israel's growth by going back in time and focusing on one of Israel's most storied cities, Jaffa, who has had its share of extreme challenge and need for heroic leadership.
Dinner in the Dark: Visit the Nalaga'at ("Please Touch") Museum for a unique experience of fine dining in total darkness accompanied by blind waiters. This restaurant completely defies traditional expectations.
Overnight: Basel Hotel, Tel Aviv

Wednesday, July 14

Visit Sde Boker – home and burial site of Paula & David Ben Gurion: Learn about David Ben Gurion's vision to make the desert green. What did it take to make the dream a reality, and how is Ben Gurion's dream still being actualized today?
Program with Atid BaMidbar: Atid BaMidbar works to empower the local community, connects diverse Negev communities around Jewish and Israeli culture, and promotes communal, cultural, educational, and tourism initiatives. Meet with Debbie Golan, founder of Atid BaMidbar, to discuss professional issues of education in the periphery.
Camel Riding and Bedouin Dinner
Overnight: Bedouin Tent, Judean Desert

Thursday, July 15

Hike and Tour Masada: At the edge of the Judean Desert, on a rocky plateau overlooking the Dead Sea, lies the excavated ruin of a royal citadel. It was the last stronghold held by the Jewish Zealots who refused to submit to Roman occupation. When they could hold out no longer, Masada became the backdrop for one of the most dramatic scenes in Jewish history.
Relax and Hike at the Dead Sea
Overview and Welcome to Jerusalem from Mount Scopus
Program on Co-existence in Jerusalem
Evening Cultural Event
Overnight: Mt. Zion Hotel, Jerusalem

Friday, July 16

Israel Update with Neil Lazarus: What is the current situation in Israel? Here, you'll have the opportunity to get a well-rounded picture of Israeli current events.
Program with B'Maglei Tzedek founders and volunteers: "B'Maglei Tzedek" (Circles of Justice) empowers the next generation of young Israelis to engage their Jewish identity and to become agents of social change.
Lunch at Machane Yehuda Outdoor Market
Kabalat Shabbat (Welcoming the Sabbath) at the Western Wall
Group Program with REALITY Scholar in Residence Avraham Infeld: Avraham Infeld served as International President of Hillel from 2003-2006. He is a world-renowned Jewish educator who has created and led educational and numerous global social justice endeavors.
Shabbat Dinner with TFA Alumni in Israel
Overnight: Mt. Zion Hotel, Jerusalem

Saturday, July 17

Participant-led Discussions and Group Program
Discussion with Avraham Infeld
Walking Tour of Yemin Moshe: Visit the first neighborhood established outside the walls of the Old City
Havdallah (Ceremony marking the end of the Sabbath)
Overnight: Mt. Zion Hotel, Jerusalem

Sunday, July 18

Three Religions - One City: Visit to the Old City of Jerusalem and the Holy sites of the 3 monotheistic religions in the world. Meet with various religious leaders and hear about different perspectives on social justice
Meeting with PresenTense Entrepeneurs
Overnight: Mt. Zion Hotel, Jerusalem

Monday, July 19

Visit Yad Vashem and meet with a Holocaust Survivor: As the Jewish People's living memorial to the Holocaust, Yad Vashem safeguards the memory of the past and imparts its meaning for future generations.
Free Time
Evening Program with Esther Abramowitz, Director of Hillel in Israel
Walk to the Western Wall for Special Commemoration: The Ninth of Av is an annual fast day in Judaism, named for the ninth day (Tisha) of the month of Av in the Hebrew calendar. The fast commemorates the destruction of both the First Temple and Second Temple in Jerusalem, which occurred about 656 years apart, but on the same Hebrew calendar date. Accordingly, the day has been called the "saddest day in Jewish history".
Overnight: Mt. Zion Hotel, Jerusalem

Tuesday, July 20

Meet with Einat Wilf: Dr. Einat Wilf is a Member of Knesset on behalf of the Labor Party of Israel and is the author of two books- "My Israel, Our Generation" and "Back to Basics: The Road to Saving Education in Israel." She serves on the Foreign Affairs and Defense, Education and House committees.
Meet with Israel Defense Force Education Officers: Meet with peers who are doing their military service as educators. What informs and guides their actions?
Visit to Ancient Caesarea "Dilemmas in the Ancient World": Following the Roman conquest in 63 BCE, the city underwent vast changes under Herod the Great, who renamed it Ceasarea, in honor of Roman emperor, Ceasar Augustus.
Dinner at the Aviran Family Farm in Moshav Nahalal: Enjoy a delicious meal made from the fresh produce from the moshav. Once the meal is over, the group will learn about the hosting family's fascinating Pioneer connection to Nahalal. This is also the place that Moshe Dayan and Ilan Ramon are buried.
Overnight: Ramot Kibbutz Guest House

Wednesday, July 21

The Kibbutz – Then and Now: Program and tour with Muki Tzur: Muki Tzur is a prominent Kibbutz Movement Historian, that has lived in Kibbutz Ein Gev since 1956. He is an expert on the history and biographies of the pioneer movement and the kibbutz. A former secretary of the Kibbutz Movement, he currently teaches at Bima, the Movement's School for Judaism and at the Jordan Valley College. He also teaches groups of young people who promote communal life and education throughout Israel.
Overview of the Golan Heights
ATV Off-Roading Adventure in the Golan
Hike Mt. Bental
Overnight: Ramot Kibbutz Guest House

Thursday, July 22

Encounter Program with Teach For Israel (TFI) and Youth Renewal Fund (YRF): Speak with educators from each of these unique organizations about our vision for students. What opportunities do they deserve, what are the stakes for them, and what needs to be true for them to be on a different life trajectory?
Group Program Summary
Closing Banquet Dinner

Friday July 23

Land at Newark Airport


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