Leadership Greater Washington (LGW) Delegation to Israel
April 22 – 29, 2018
Prices are based on a minimum number of 10 delegates. In the unlikely event the minimum is not met, by January 22, 2018, the program will be canceled and a full refund will be issued.
Please Note: For those wishing to participate in the LGW Delegation to Israel, we require acknowledgement of the U. S. State Department Travel Warning currently in effect for Israel, The West Bank, and Gaza (dated April 11, 2017). Our Travel Warning Waiver and Release form will be provided for your review and signature.
Please note that this specialized program is being developed in conjunction with your professional counterpart organization. The time, order, location, and content of the professional meetings are subject to availability of and confirmation by the hosts, as well as the relevant background and expertise of the traveling participants. Participation is strongly encouraged for all scheduled meetings as a general professional courtesy to your professional hosts.
**A limited number of single rooms are available at extra cost on a first-come, first-served basis, but availability cannot be guaranteed. Academic Travel Abroad will assist persons requesting a roommate. However, neither a single room nor a share can be guaranteed. Participants will be contacted to confirm/deny space in a single occupancy room while making note of the request for a roommate. If we are successful in finding a suitable roommate, the enrollee will be refunded the single supplement. If we are unsuccessful in finding a suitable roommate, the enrollee will remain enrolled with the single occupancy package.
Day 1 — Sunday, April 22 | Tel Aviv
Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport in the afternoon, and enjoy a welcome dinner in Tel Aviv. (Dinner)
Day 2 — Monday, April 23 | Tel Aviv
Meet with a parliament representative to get an overview on the government structure in Israel. After lunch, meet with a representative from the US Embassy to understand the US relationship with Israel and current political climate. Take an evening tour of the Old Port City of Jaffa and Rothschild Boulevard. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 3 — Tuesday, April 24 | Tel Aviv
Begin with a visit to the Israel Chamber of Commerce and learn about business, economics, and the growing start-up community in Israel. After lunch as a group, meet with an Israeli/Palestinian women’s organization. This evening, enjoy dinner on your own. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 4 — Wednesday, April 25 | Haifa
Explore the city of Caesarea, built by Herod the Great, and view the ancient Roman theatre still used for performances today. Stop in the Druze village of Daylat al-Carmel, then after lunch continue to Ram Bam Medical Center in Haifa and learn about emergency planning and care in Israel. Then, travel to a Kibbutz and learn about the cooperative community. Overnight tonight at the Kibbutz. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 5 — Thursday, April 26 | Jerusalem
Visit the Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus is believed to have delivered the Sermon on the Mount. Visit the ancient synagogue in Capernaum where Jesus preached, and the Church of the Multiplication where the miracle of the loaves and fishes is said to have taken place. After lunch on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, visit the mystical city of Safed, the birthplace of Kabbalah. Stroll through narrow, winding alleyways and discover some of Safed’s many beautiful synagogues, artists’ workshops and galleries. Then head south to Jerusalem and meet with a representative from the City of Jerusalem to learn about how they embrace their diverse population. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 6 — Friday, April 27 | Jerusalem
This morning, visit Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust Memorial located on Mount Herzl. Continue to the Old City of Jerusalem to visit its 4 quarters—Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and Armenian. See the Western Wall, the Temple Mount, and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, three of the holiest sites in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Then, explore one of Jerusalem’s famous markets. Gather this evening at the hotel or local restaurant for a Shabbat dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 7 — Saturday, April 28 | Jerusalem
Depart for the Dead Sea, which has the lowest land elevation in the world at 1400 feet below sea level. First, ascend to the ancient fortress and synagogue of Masada. In the afternoon, enjoy a swim in the Dead Sea. This evening, gather for a farewell reception. Dinner is on your own tonight to see Jerusalem as it comes back to life after the Sabbath. (Breakfast, Lunch, Reception)
Day 8 — Sunday, April 29 | En Route
Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for individual flights home or to Allenby Bridge for the extension to Jordan. (Breakfast)
Program Cost Includes:
· Group ground transportation in Israel
· Accommodations at the Sheraton Hotel in Tel Aviv, a Kibbutz in Haifa, and The Inbal Hotel in Jerusalem
· 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 3 Dinners
· Professional meeting fees
· All entrance fees for cultural orientation visits
· Local guides and interpretation services in Israel
· Medical evacuation insurance
· Comprehensive pre-trip assistance
For US citizens, expenses associated with this program may be tax deductible as an ordinary and necessary business expense. We suggest that you consult with a tax advisor to determine if tax deductibility is applicable to you.
Please note the program does not include travel to and from your home airport to Tel Aviv.