Creative & Cool:
A Voyage of Inspiration in Israel

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Completely out of the ordinary, Creative & Cool truly lives up to its title as a Voyage of Inspiration in Israel. Discover the evolution of modern Israel’s vibrant culture and captivating multi-ethnic society. Come face to face with the most innovative aspects of the country’s artistic expression, ‘wow’ hi tech sector and progressive economy alongside empowering encounters with the Jewish people’s past and the many nuances of today’s complex challenges.

 

Highlights:

  • Contemporary art and culture in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem
  • Authentic encounters with multi-cultural diversity
  • Meetings with influential artists, curators and critics
  • Visits to Israel’s avant-garde galleries and museums
  • Encounters with innovators, creators and key agents of social change
  • Experience high-energy outdoor adventure activities
  • Rich and unique culinary experiences with the best sustainably-sourced, fresh ingredients
  • Connect to the past & envision the future in Jerusalem
  • In-depth briefings on geopolitics, security challenges and co-existence
  • Get together with Palestinian and Israeli settler activists who seek to find common ground
  • Discuss the promise of tomorrow with Palestinian visionaries in Rawabi
  • Be inspired by Israel’s heroes.

 

 

 

Day 1: Monday-Welcome to Israel!

  • Mid-afternoon arrival at Ben Gurion airport. Following arrival procedures, we will be met by our tour educator and escorted to our transportation to Tel Aviv.
  • Upon arrival in Tel Aviv, we check-in to our hotel accommodations.
  • This evening, enjoy a fabulous welcome reception and dinner at the Porter School of Environmental Studies. The building, one of Israel’s most modern in concept and design, has been built according to the strictest LEED certifications to be fully-green and nearly self-sufficient.  Step out to the terrace to enjoy its breathtaking panoramic view of the Tel Aviv skyline and a fabulous welcome cocktail reception.
  • Gala Dinner on-site. Special welcome greetings will be offered by the tour’s leaders, and we will be joined by a leading intellectual thinker on matters of foreign policy, economics, education, Israel and the Jewish people (subject to availability).

Overnight: Tel Aviv

 


Day 2: Tuesday-Evolutions: The Coming of Age of Creativity in Modern Israel

  • After breakfast, depart our hotel for the day, dividing into three tracks:

 

Track one: Arts

  • See a different side of Tel Aviv on the streets of the trendy and bohemian Florentine neighborhood, together with renowned graffiti artist. Experience the social and political voices of the city and country by deciphering the incredible graffiti on the walls (subject to availability).
  • Choose one for the group:
    • Experience Tel Aviv’s renowned Bauhaus architecture on a White City Tour – the result of mass immigration to Israel by German Jews in the 1930‘s, Germany’s Bauhaus architecture movement found a new identity in Tel Aviv.  Today, the city is home to more examples of Bauhaus buildings than any other city on earth; so much so that Tel Aviv, the ‘White City’ (as the Bauhaus neighborhoods are known), has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    • OR Discover the creative and inspired world of Israeli fashion through a direct and informal encounter with today’s emerging and innovative fashion scene.  This tour will feature a special visit to the recently re-launched and iconic Maskit fashion house.
    • Lunch on own.

 

Track Two: Ecology

  • Visit Green in the City, a community-led urban agriculture ‘farm’ situated on the
    rooftop of Tel Aviv’s Dizengoff Center mall. Participate in a workshop on the topic of urban agriculture as an ecologically-sound and sustainable solution for urban lifestyles.
  • Lunch on own.

Track Three: Technology

  • Explore the “State of Mind” Israel Innovation Center. This ‘Start-Up Nation’ museum highlights Israeli achievements in entrepreneurship, innovation and technology in a variety of sectors including agriculture, medicine, defense, cyber security, science, transportation, aerospace and more (subject to availability).
  • Lunch on own.

 

All together:

  • Return to our hotel to rest and prepare for this evening.
  • Experience a home hospitality dinner, to be accompanied by peers from the local community. We will also be joined by a prominent VIP for a discussion about the implications and ramifications of US-Israel relationship in the Trump era (subject to availability).

Overnight: Tel Aviv

 


Day 3: Wednesday-Tel Aviv: Inspired Leadership & Israel’s Capital of Cool

  • Begin the day with a surfing activity in the Mediterranean Sea with Hagal Sheli (‘My Wave’), a dynamic and high-impact organization that helps disadvantaged teens catch a wave to a better life using surfing as a vehicle for personal growth and advancement.
  • Return to the hotel to refresh and prepare for the day.
  • Next, dive into important questions. How is Israel perceived in global opinion? What surprising facts can change Israel’s image? This morning, meet with Vibe Israel, a non-profit organization leading creative and innovative initiatives to strengthen Israel’s brand in the world (subject to availability).
  • Spend the remainder of the morning and early afternoon on an incredible and delicious Bitemojo culinary tour of one of Tel Aviv’s many dynamic and diverse food destination areas. Using an incredible app, experience the tastes and smells of some of Israel’s most innovative foods, as well as iconic classics while simultaneously exploring the history and culture of this one-of-a-kind city.
  • This afternoon, visit the Alon Segev Gallery. One of Israel’s leading contemporary art galleries, it focuses on young and well-established contemporary artists, both Israeli and international in origin.
  • Return to hotel to freshen up.
  • Free evening to enjoy one of Tel Aviv’s exciting restaurants at leisure

Overnight: Tel Aviv

 


Day 4: Thursday-Cultural Advancement and Social Change through Innovations

  • After breakfast, we check out of our hotel accommodations.
  • Depart Tel Aviv and travel north along Israel’s coastal highway.
  • Accompanied by renowned Jewish educator Rabbi Shimon Felix, visit the Ecological Greenhouse at Kibbutz Ein Shemer. Created by Avital Geva, one of the heroes of Yossi Klein Halevi’s book “Like Dreamers”, the Greenhouse hosts hundreds of Arab and Jewish schoolchildren, who work together on experiments and projects in ecology, sustainability, water conservation, and other life sciences.
  • Proceed to Um El-Fahem, a warm and welcoming Arab city located in the ‘Wadi Ara’ region. Visit the home of a local resident for a taste of Arab culture and cuisine.  Hear first-hand about their thoughts, feelings, frustrations, and dreams.  Discuss what it means to be a non-Jewish citizen of the Jewish State, and conduct a dialogue about the future of Israel, its residents and the region.  While there, visit the Um El-Fahem Art Gallery, the only one of its kind in the Arab Israeli sector, and meet with its director.
  • Enjoy a delicious traditional Arab lunch.
  • Travel across the Upper Galilee.
  • Located in the Arab village of Majd-al-Krum, visit Moona – A Space for Change. Moona strives to enhance education, support entrepreneurship and create scientific–technological innovation as a means for regional development in the Galilee through collaboration between local Jewish and Arab employees. OR Visit Ziv Hospital in Tzfat. In recent years, this hospital has been at the forefront of Israel’s efforts to treat wounded Syrian combatants, casualties of the ongoing and tragic civil war in neighboring Syria.
  • Continue east across the Galilee panhandle to the picturesque Hula Valley.
  • Check-in to our hotel accommodations.
  • Enjoy dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: North

 


Day 5: Friday-Strategic Challenges & Creative Solutions/Erev Shabbat

  • After breakfast, check out of your hotel accommodations and ascend the Golan Heights.
  • Journey via off-road jeeps to Mt. Avital for a briefing on the geopolitical and strategic challenges Israel faces from threats that emanate from across the Syrian and Lebanese borders.
  • Experience a 5-star lunch in the field in the Golan Heights.
  • Drive south, through the strategic Jordan Valley on our way to Jerusalem. A formidable natural border between Israel and Jordan, this region plays a vital role towards national security. Its location over the Green Line, however, presents Israel with a nuanced challenge in any future final status agreement with the Palestinians.
  • Travelling via Jericho, ascend the Judean Mountains and enter the city of Jerusalem.
  • At Scopus, experience a breathtaking overlook of the entirety of the Old City of Jerusalem.
  • Proceed to hotel for check-in.
  • Festive Shabbat dinner at our hotel, to be accompanied by Lone Soldiers (request to be made for Lone Soldiers from your local community; subject to availability).

Overnight: Jerusalem

 


Day 6: Saturday-Shabbat in the Holy City of Jerusalem

  • Enjoy breakfast in the hotel’s main dining room.
  • Experience the atmosphere of Shabbat in Jerusalem at leisure. For those interested in attending Shabbat morning services at nearby area synagogues, a list will be provided.

 

Special touring options include (choose one for the group):

  •  Walking tour of Yemin Moshe.Yemin Moshe was the first Jewish neighborhood to be established in the modern era outside the walls of the Old City. The picturesque 19th century area, founded by Moshe Montefiore, has seen quite its share of the city’s tumultuous modern history; it sits on the seam between East and West.
  • Enjoy a walking tour of Jerusalem. Study the poetry of Yehuda Amichai as you walk through the neighborhoods in which he lived and wrote. This tour combines text, poetry and sites to “get under the skin” of the city. As we read poems in the places in which they are set, we will gain a deeper understanding of the history of Jerusalem, the people of the City and the life of Yehuda Amichai who is widely considered to be Israel’s greatest modern poet.
  • View the Four Quarters of the Old City from above as you experience a Ramparts Walk tour along the top of the actual walls of the Old City.
  • Experience the sites of theChristian Quarter.  Walk through several of the Stations of the Cross along the Via Dolorosa, and conclude inside the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, held by believers to be the site of Jesus’s execution and burial. Receive interesting insights into the status of Israel’s multi-ethnic Christian community and the issues of identity it faces as a small minority living in a Jewish state with a sizable Muslim minority.
  • Discovering Hidden Gems of the Old City.Stroll through the shuks (markets) of the Christian and Muslim Quarters, as well as the covert courtyards and alleyways of the Jewish Quarter. Discover the history, tastes, stories, people and places that make this city unique. Along the way taste the local delicacies – from tahini in the 200-year-old factory through spices, hummus, kebab and Middle Eastern desserts. View the city from special lookout points in all quarters and discover the hidden treasures that the city has to offer.
  • Visit theIsrael Museum. The Museum houses encyclopedic collections, including works dating from prehistoric times to  The Jewish Art and Life wings feature the most extensive holdings of biblical and Holy Land archaeology in the world. While here, a visit to the Shrine of the Book, which houses the Dead Sea Scrolls (the oldest biblical manuscripts in the world), and the model of Jerusalem in the Second Temple period are a must.
  • Tour Massada & the Dead Sea (includes lunch at a Dead Sea hotel).
  • Visit Rawabi, the new Palestinian city in construction. Afterwards, travel to the Palestinian city of Bethlehem. Tour the city and visit its main sights.

 

 All together:

  • As Shabbat ends, gather as a community to express thanks for this special time together. A beautifulHavdalah ceremony will be held amongst the timeless ruins of the Tower of David.
  • Dinner on own.
  • Feel the presence of millennia of Jewish history and yearning as you have time to reflect at the Western Wall at night. Afterwards, explore the famous Western Wall Tunnels as they stretch under the homes of the Muslim Quarter and make their way along the entire length of the Temple Mount (subject to availability) OR Experience the thrill of history at the brand-new Sound and Light Show at the City of David.

Overnight: Jerusalem

   


Day 7: Sunday-From Darkness to Light

  • Visit Yad Vashem, considered the foremost memorial to mankind’s darkest period and Israel’s official memorial and historical museum to the victims of the Shoah. Explore the issues of the legacy and impact of the Nazi Holocaust on the nascent State of Israel.
  • Proceed to thefamous Machane Yehuda food and spice market, one of the most beautiful markets and most familiar icons in Israel.  Enjoy the plethora of flavors, aromas, and colors of the market, as well as meet some of the people who live and work here.  Lunch on own.
  • This afternoon, travel to the Gush Etzion settlement bloc, located across the Green Line to visit Meet with locals, both Israelis and Palestinians living in the West Bank who struggle to carry on as normal a life as possible despite the separation fences and roadblocks, working together at promoting peaceful dialogue and co-existence.
  • This evening, experience the authentic atmosphere of the desert at Eretz Canaan. Upon arrival, board ATV’s for an exciting ride through the mesmerizing and serene surroundings of the Judean Desert. Our ride will culminate with a Desert-style feast at an exclusive mountaintop location overlooking the stunning beauty of the Jordan Valley and Dead Sea vistas spread out a thousand feet below.  Dinner will be accompanied by drummers, Belly-dancers, and extravagant culinary selections.
  • Return to Jerusalem.

Overnight: Jerusalem

 


Day 8: Monday- Faces of Jerusalem

  • After breakfast, visit Susan’s House.  Susan’s House is a unique program for teens-at-risk in the Israeli society. The organization employs teens-at-risk to work in the industrial on-site workshop to create works of art that are sold to the public. Teens learn the values of hard work and diligence, are paid for their services, and stay away from the negative influences of the street.
  • Lunch on own.
  • This afternoon, divide into three tracks:

Track One: Art

  • Visit the historic campus of the Bezalel Academy of Arts & Design. Founded in 1906, Bezalel is Israel’s oldest institution of higher education and is renowned as Israel’s national school of art.  Meet with students studying here and learn about their experiences as students of the arts in Jerusalem.

 

Track Two: Tech

  • Meet with one of the founding engineers of Mobileye who designed the EyeQ family of SoC (System on a Chip) – the chip powering the autonomous vehicle revolution. (subject to availability).

 

Track Three: Eco

  • Jerusalem’s ecological issues: Successful urban planning and development in Israel’s capital. Participants in this track will be exposed to a variety of interesting ecological initiatives and solutions to common environmental challenges such as (time permitting):
    • Jerusalem’s high-speed railway station
    • The effects and ramifications of the mass-construction of luxury apartments for absentee tenants
    • The Jerusalem Bird Observatory
    • Learn about natural and planted trees and their importance to the city’s landscape
    • Visit a local community garden and a green recycling station
    • Conclude with group learning of faith-based texts relating to contemporary environmental issues

 

All together

  • Return to the hotel for rest and to prepare for your departure.
  • Late afternoon check-out and depart Jerusalem.
  • Gather one final time as a group at Neot Kedumim, a ‘biblical reserve’ preserving the environmental conditions and technological methods of ancient Israel. Leave a lasting mark on this inspired and creative land by planting a tree and enjoy a delicious farewell dinner, paired with a choice selection of award-winning Israeli wines and beers.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion airport for our international flight.

***Kenes Tours seek to create and deliver client-driven, high-impact and content-rich programs. To do this, the cooperation of suppliers, speakers and other content providers are vital. Despite our desire to implement our proposed programs, and in light of Israel’s ever-changing cultural and business dynamic, there are times when amendments are required due to circumstances beyond our control. As such, our itineraries are all ‘subject to availability.’  Recognizing the importance of providing a stellar program, in cases where we are not able to confirm an item on your itinerary, we commit to providing alternative content of an equal or greater impact.***

 

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