MEOR Israel

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Beyond the What

You have many opportunities to travel to Israel, although very few will offer the unique opportunities of MEOR Israel. Most Israel travel will allow you to discover the whats of the country; MEOR  Israel trip allows  you to discover the whys.

Why is Israel so valuable to the Jewish People and future? Why have Jews maintained their passion for Judaism such that they could reclaim a land lost for almost 2000 years? Why is Israel, and the Jewish people that have brought it back to the world stage, important to the forming of my own identity? These are some of the questions we’ll explore on your MEOR Israel trip.

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Beyond the What

You have many opportunities to travel to Israel, although very few will offer the unique opportunities of MEOR Israel. Most Israel travel will allow you to discover the whats of the country; MEOR  Israel trip allows  you to discover the whys.

Why is Israel so valuable to the Jewish People and future? Why have Jews maintained their passion for Judaism such that they could reclaim a land lost for almost 2000 years? Why is Israel, and the Jewish people that have brought it back to the world stage, important to the forming of my own identity? These are some of the questions we’ll explore on your MEOR Israel trip.

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The Blend

Our trip planners and staff work hard to ensure that your MEOR Israel trip will be one of variety and balance. You’ll have opportunities to learn, to tour, to relax, and to socialize. Whether you’ve been to Israel before, or are traveling for the first time, you’ll be sure to have an experience that is both new and welcoming. We invest in high quality education and high quality accommodations – all so that you can have an ideal stay in our Homeland. [/spb_text_block] [/spb_column] [/spb_row] [spb_row wrap_type=”content-width” row_bg_type=”color” bg_type=”cover” parallax_image_height=”content-height” parallax_image_movement=”fixed” parallax_image_speed=”0.5″ parallax_video_height=”window-height” parallax_video_overlay=”none” row_overlay_opacity=”0″ row_padding_vertical=”0″ row_margin_vertical=”0″ remove_element_spacing=”no” vertical_center=”true” row_el_class=”israel_mobile” width=”1/1″ el_position=”first last”] [spb_column width=”1/1″ el_position=”first last”] [spb_image image=”11686″ image_size=”full” frame=”noframe” intro_animation=”fade-from-right” animation_delay=”200″ fullwidth=”no” lightbox=”no” link_target=”_self” caption_pos=”hover” width=”1/2″ el_position=”first”] [spb_text_block animation=”fade-from-left” animation_delay=”200″ padding_vertical=”0″ padding_horizontal=”0″ width=”1/2″ el_position=”last”]

On Your Time

One of the aspects of MEOR Israel that is highly valued by our participants is the way in which they are able enjoy Israel on their own time. Our schedule is full, but not overstuffed. You will not feel like your trip has you moving from bus, to hotel, to hike, and back to bus again.

We will be based primarily in the capital city of Jerusalem and you will have opportunities throughout the trip that will allow you to connect with Israel and your peers as you choose. MEOR Israel is your personal bridge to your country.

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On Your Time

One of the aspects of MEOR Israel that is highly valued by our participants is the way in which they are able enjoy Israel on their own time. Our schedule is full, but not overstuffed. You will not feel like your trip has you moving from bus, to hotel, to hike, and back to bus again.

We will be based primarily in the capital city of Jerusalem and you will have opportunities throughout the trip that will allow you to connect with Israel and your peers as you choose. MEOR Israel is your personal bridge to your country.

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What is the schedule of a typical MEOR Israel trip?

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I have some specific questions I’m looking to answer.

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This is way better than sliced bread! Can I apply yesterday?

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Sample Itinerary

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Thursday, May 17 Departure from JFK

Friday, May 18 Arrive in Israel Breakfast & Orientation on the beach in Caesaria Kfar Kedem: Pita baking & Donkey rides Travel to Chispin, a gorgeous retreat in the Golan Heights, for Shabbat Shabbat Meal

Saturday, May 19 Shabbat Programming & Rest Night out in Tiberias

Sunday, May 20 Breakfast Depart Chispin Banyas: A pleasant hike to flowing waterfalls Canada Center: Ice skating, Shooting range, Bowling, Basketball & More Hike in Nachal Ayun: A hike through the north with breathtaking views of the Israeli countryside and more waterfalls Misgav Am: Northernmost kibbutz in Israel Discussion about national security Dinner at Esh Besh, a delicious steakhouse

Monday, May 21 Class/Discussion at the hotel Depart Chispin Tour of Tzfat: Mystical City on a Mountaintop Depart to Jeeping Jeeping in the Kinneret, with a short swim to cool off in the middle Head back to Jerusalem Dinner

Tuesday, May 22 Maimonides Programming Outlook – Har Adar: with views of major Biblical sites Bat Caves Dinner at the hotel Visit to Kotel Kotel Tunnel Tours: a rare experience beneath the streets of Jerusalem’s old city

Wednesday, May 23 Leave to the South Ein Gedi: Waterfalls, swimming, and rich with history Ancient Synagogue of Ein Gedi Dead Sea: Relax and float with friends Dinner and Bonfire at Bedouin tents Return to Jerusalem

Thursday, May 24 Maimonides Programming Depart to Tel Aviv Visit the old city of Yafo: Short tour & free time in the marketplace Visit the Blind Museum: a unique opportunity to “see” the world in a different way Dinner in Tel Aviv

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MEOR Israel FAQ

  [/spb_text_block] [spb_accordion width=”1/1″ el_position=”first last”] [spb_accordion_tab title=”Q. Are there student resources online that I/my child can access?” icon=””] [spb_text_block animation=”none” animation_delay=”0″ padding_vertical=”0″ padding_horizontal=”0″ width=”1/1″ el_position=”first last”] A. Absolutely! You can download our MEOR Israel Student Guide here, which contains more complete information as well as a legal waiver that all students need to sign before they travel on the trip. [/spb_text_block] [/spb_accordion_tab] [spb_accordion_tab title=”Q. What will be the typical daily schedule?” icon=””] [spb_text_block animation=”none” animation_delay=”0″ padding_vertical=”0″ padding_horizontal=”0″ width=”1/1″ el_position=”first last”] A. Generally speaking, mornings will be spent engaged in exciting Jewish learning; afternoons touring around Israel; and the evenings are free. Special trips that require extra travel time and Shabbat will have unique schedules. [/spb_text_block] [/spb_accordion_tab] [spb_accordion_tab title=”Q. How much Jewish learning is involved in the program?” icon=””] [spb_text_block animation=”none” animation_delay=”0″ padding_vertical=”0″ padding_horizontal=”0″ width=”1/1″ el_position=”first last”] A. Mornings (3-4 hours) are dedicated to Jewish learning in a formal setting, with some time spent in lectures from top-flight Jerusalem speakers and some spent in one-on-one or small group discussion formats. See the scheduling information for more details. There will also be many informal Jewish learning opportunities throughout the trip—through the agency of Shabbat programming, daily tours and others. [/spb_text_block] [/spb_accordion_tab] [spb_accordion_tab title=”Q. What are the security arrangements?” icon=””] [spb_text_block animation=”none” animation_delay=”0″ padding_vertical=”0″ padding_horizontal=”0″ width=”1/1″ el_position=”first last”] MEOR Israel maintains regular communication with the Israeli government. We receive the most updated information, which allows us to take the strongest relevant precautions. A group’s itinerary will be changed immediately to reflect any heightened risk or security concerns. The program does not visit areas controlled by the Palestinian Authority or any other areas deemed unsafe by the Government of Israel. MEOR Israel does not use public transportation at any time. MEOR Israel does not hold any programming or events that congregate in public areas without security. All major trips and excursions on the program are done with armed security. There is free time on the program. Students will be given detailed instructions concerning places they should not go during their free time. You can also read more of our specific guidelines in the MEOR Israel Student Guide. [/spb_text_block] [/spb_accordion_tab] [/spb_accordion] [/spb_column] [/spb_row] [spb_row wrap_type=”content-width” row_bg_type=”video” bg_type=”cover” parallax_image_height=”content-height” parallax_image_movement=”fixed” parallax_image_speed=”0.5″ bg_video_mp4=”http://player.vimeo.com/external/106083492.hd.mp4?s=b2e57049d89d001962fb036c65905929″ parallax_video_height=”content-height” parallax_video_overlay=”lightgridfat” row_overlay_opacity=”0″ row_padding_vertical=”150″ row_margin_vertical=”0″ remove_element_spacing=”yes” vertical_center=”true” width=”1/1″ el_position=”first last”] [spb_blank_spacer height=”30px” width=”1/6″ el_position=”first”] [spb_text_block animation=”none” animation_delay=”0″ padding_vertical=”0″ padding_horizontal=”0″ width=”1/3″]

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