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 allows you to discover the “whats” of the country; MEOR Yale’s Israel trip allows you to discover the “whys.”

Why is Israel so valuable to the Jewish People and our future?  Why have we maintained our passion to reclaim our lost land so much?

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 allows you to discover the “whats” of the country; MEOR Yale’s Israel trip allows you to discover the “whys.”

Why is Israel so valuable to the Jewish People and our future?  Why have we maintained our passion to reclaim our lost land so much?

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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.

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Enjoy!

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 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, and you are bound to form bonds with other Yalies that are anything but superficial.

 

Enjoy!

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 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, and you are bound to form bonds with other Yalies that are anything but superficial.

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  • MEOR Israel offers a unique combination of Jewish philosophical probing and recreational activities that cannot be passed up.

    Hannah AremYale University
  • It is an incredible way to find identity and direction, connect with peers, to improve who you are not just as a Jew but as a person in general.

    Morgan GreenhouseUniversity of Pennsylvania
  • The best trip I’ve ever taken to Israel! I would strongly recommend it to friends with various levels of Jewish identity and background.

    AlexCornell University
  • The trip is the perfect way to experience Israel for the first time, or even the 20th time. It's something that will last forever. And, it's beautiful.

    Gabe LaskinUniversity of Pennsylvania
  • MEOR Israel is the total package - Jewish content, learning about Israel, Israeli culture, fun, outdoorsey--and it is with leaders who genuinely care about and enjoy their role as mentors.

    It is an incredible way to find identity and direction, connect with peers, to improve who you are not just as a Jew but as a person in general

    Tina YanivUniversity of Pennsylvania
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Trip Itinerary

What is the schedule of a typical MEOR Israel trip?

Each MEOR Israel trip is slightly different.

Below is a sample itinerary of a recent MEOR Israel trip.

Thursday, May 17

3:20 PM Departure from JFK

Friday, May 18

8:50 AM Arrive in Israel

10:30 AM Breakfast & Orientation on the beach in Caesaria

12:30 PM Kfar Kedem: Pita baking & Donkey rides

3 PM Travel to Chispin, a gorgeous retreat in the Golan Heights, for Shabbat

Shabbat Meal

Saturday, May 19

Shabbat Programming & Rest

9:30 PM Night out in Tiberias

Sunday, May 20

8:45 AM Breakfast

9:30 Depart Chispin

10:30 Banyas: A pleasant hike to flowing waterfalls

12:30 Canada Center: Ice skating, Shooting range, Bowling, Basketball, & More

3:00 Hike in Nachal Ayun: A hike through the north with breathtaking views of the Israeli countryside and more waterfalls

5:15 Misgav Am: Northernmost kibbutz in Israel, discussion about national security

7 Dinner at Esh Besh, a delicious steakhouse

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Monday, May 21

8:45 AM Breakfast

9:30 Class/Discussion at the hotel

10:30 Depart Chispin

11:30 Tour of Tzfat: Mystical City on a Mountaintop

2 Depart to Jeeping

3 Jeeping in the Kinneret, with a short swim to cool off in the middle

6 Head back to Jerusalem

7 Dinner

Tuesday, May 22

8:15 AM Breakfast

9 AM Discussion Groups and learning

12 PM Lunch

1:45 Outlook – Har Adar: with views of major Biblical sites

3:15 Bat Caves

6 Dinner at the hotel

7 Leave to the Kotel

7:30 Visit to Kotel

8:15 Kotel Tunnel Tours: a rare experience beneath the streets of Jerusalem’s old city

Wednesday, May 23

8:30 Breakfast

9:15 Leave to the South

10 Ein Gedi: Waterfalls, swimming, and rich with history

12:30 Lunch

1:45 Ancient Synagogue of Ein Gedi

2:30 Dead Sea: Relax and float with friends

6 Dinner and Bonfire at Bedouin tents

11 Return to Jerusalem

Thursday, May 24

8:15 AM Breakfast

9 AM Discussion groups and learning

12 Lunch

2 Depart to Tel Aviv

3 Visit the old city of Yafo: Short tour & free time in the marketplace

5:30 Visit the Blind Museum: a unique opportunity to “see” the world in a different way

7:30 Dinner in Tel Aviv

Friday, May 25

8:30 AM Breakfast

9 AM Guest Lecturer

11 City of David

1 PM Visit to Marketplace – Machane Yehuda

Free Time

Shabbat in the Old City, overlooking the Kotel

Saturday, May 26

Shabbat Program

Tour of the Old City

Dinner in the Old City

Sunday, May 27

Shavuot Program: Stay up all night in the Old City

Monday, May 28

Free Day

Tuesday, May 29

8:15 AM Breakfast

9 Discussion groups and speaker

12 Lunch

2 Visit to Yad Vashem (Holocaust Museum)

7 Dinner at the Hotel

8:30 PM Evening Program: Bowling/Miniature Golf

Wednesday, May 30

8:15 AM Breakfast

9 Visit to Har Hertzel (Military Cemetery)

12 Lunch

2 Visit to One Family: An organization dedicated to helping Israel’s victims of terror

3:30: ATVing

7 PM Dinner in the hotel

8:30 PM Evening: Stew and Brew/Challah Baking

Thursday, May 31

8:15 AM Breakfast

9 AM Discussion and learning

12 Lunch

2 Gush Etzion Winery

6 MEOR Concert: All the trips come together for unforgettable evening together

Friday, June 1

5 AM Early trip to Chevron and the Cave of Machpelah (optional)

9:30 AM Breakfast

10 AM Morning Class

11:30 AM Free time for shopping

Shabbat in Jerusalem

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Saturday, June 2

Shabbat Program

Sunday, June 3

9 AM Breakfast

9:45 Pack out of the hotel

10:30 Visit to the Kotel

12 Final Banquet

3 Depart to airport

7:15 Depart to NY

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MEOR Israel FAQ
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MEOR Israel FAQ

Q. Are there student resources online that I/my child can access?

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.

Q. What will be the typical daily schedule?

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.

Q. How much Jewish learning is involved in the program?

A. Some mornings will have Jewish learning in a formal setting, with lectures from top Jerusalem speakers or small group discussions. 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.

Q. What are the security arrangements?

A. 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.

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