Trip Itinerary: Day 2

Day 2: Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Breakfast – Boker tov! Enjoy a healthy Israeli breakfast! 

Check out hotel

“Living together – Minorities and Majorities” 

8:00 am
Depart hotel

Drive by for a morning view of the Ba'hai Gardens and Shrine, one of the holiest sites of the Ba'hai religion, located on Mount Carmel in Haifa while standing atop Mount Carmel.

The Bahai religion originated in Iran and its followers decided to build their world center in Haifa when they came under persecution. The State of Israel allocated the land and donations were amassed from Bahai followers all over the world to build the magnificent center overlooking Haifa Bay. The Bahai Gardens include terraces that stretch six-tenths of a mile from the base of the mountain to its peak, flanking the gold-domed Shrine with a panoramic view of the sea. The Gardens feature fountains, ponds, flowing water, flowerbeds, walkways, trees, shrubs, balustrades, and wrought-iron gates. (The description can be either on Monday or Tuesday)

Proceed to Yemin Orde

9:00 am
Visit Yemin Orde Wingate Youth Village, home to more than 500 immigrant, disadvantaged and at-risk children and youth from 20 countries around the world. Located just south of Haifa in the Carmel Mountains, Yemin Orde is both a home and school environment. The success of the Village in integrating children from diverse cultures and backgrounds, cultivating their self-esteem, and building leadership through innovative educational and community outreach programs has attracted widespread acclaim from within and outside Israel. Yemin Orde is particularly known for its work with the Ethiopian Jewish community in Israel. In addition, Yemin Orde helps develop effective new programs at other residential facilities for youth at risk, including Kedma Youth Village, Talpiot Children’s Village, and Ashalim Children's Home. The Yemin Orde model is replicated in Rwanda

Proceed to Acre (Akko)

12:15 pm
In 2001, Acre became Israel's first UNESCO World Heritage site. Acre reached the height of its importance with the Crusader conquest in 1104.  Under Christian rule, the city became an unruly trading hub home to combative orders of soldier-monks, European factions that distrusted each other and sometimes fought in the streets, competing merchants from cities like Genoa, Venice and Pisa, and small populations of Jews and Muslims. Israeli excavations got under way in earnest in the 1990’s, and some Crusader remnants of the city. One is the fortress of the Hospitaller knights, with its pillared dining hall and storerooms, an orderly latrine and a dungeon whose stone walls still have holes for attaching shackles.  Also open is an underground passage constructed by the knights of the rival Templar order, leading from their own fortress to the port. Some used it on the day Acre fell to escape to Europe-bound vessels as their city, and the two-century-old Crusader kingdom, collapsed around them.

1:15 pm
Lunch and shopping at the market

The visit will include: 
Ramchal Synagogue, this tiny synagogue is situated by the main colorful Acre market. It is a pearl of the Jewish history and traditions, in the past few years the synagogue was renovated and stands with all its glory today. The Synagogue was named after Rabbi Moshe Haim Lotsato who was one of Italy's wisest. At his time the Ramhal was a controversial figure though today he's known as a brilliant Kabballah Rabbi. When the Ramhal arrived in Acre, he encouraged the community to fix up a little structure in the Jewish quarter of the old city, this building's name stuck as the Ramahal Sunagouge.  

The El -Jazar mosque is located on the El Jazar Street in the north part of the ancient city of Akko. It is named after its founder, the governor of the northern part of  the land of Israel on behalf of the Ottoman Empire in the end of the 18th century, the powerful Ahmed El -Jazar. The mosque is the biggest fanciest and most important of the eight mosques that stand today in the ancient city of Akko, and is the main mosque that serves the Muslim community in town. The mosque is located in the center of a courtyard, which is surrounded from all three sides with domed arcades. 

Prayer

Templar canal at the Acre port - During the second half of the 12th century the members of the Templar Order began building their quarter in the south-western part of Acre. A writer who lived in the city at the end of the 13th century describes their fortress as follows: “The Templar Fortress was the strongest one in the city and, in the main, abutted the sea line. Its entrance was protected by two strong towers with walls 28 feet thick. On either side of the towers two smaller towers were built and each tower was topped by a gilded lion.” A tunnel led eastward from the fortress, the remains of which are now covered by the sea. The lower part of the tunnel was carved from natural stone, and its upper part was built from hewn stones covered by a semi-barreled dome. The tunnel transverses the Pisan Quarter and leads to the city port in the east, a distance of 350 meters.

6:00 pm
Dinner with Mohamad Darawshe, Co-Executive Director, Israel, The Abraham Fund Initiatives, at Makom B’Sejerarestaurant.

The Abraham Fund Initiatives has been working since 1989 to promote coexistence and equality among Israel’s Jewish and Arab citizens.  Named for the common ancestor of both Jews and Arabs, The Abraham Fund advances a cohesive, secure and just Israeli society by promoting policies based on innovative social models, and by conducting large-scale social change initiatives, advocacy and public education. The Abraham Fund is led by an executive team comprised of Ami Nahshon, International President, Amnon Be'eri-Sulitzeanu and Mohammad Darawshe, Co-Executive Directors-Israel, and by a diverse and fully integrated staff and Board of Directors.  The Abraham Fund's Major Initiative includes: Language as a Cultural Bridge; Policing in a Divided Society; Sharikat Haya/The Arab Women’s Employment Initiative; Public Education, Advocacy and Government Relations; and Education for a Shared Society. 

Makom B'Sejera located in Moshav Ilaniya, between Kfar Tavor and the Golani Junction. Sejera was established in 1907 in the Lower Galilee as a workers' farm - the first communal agricultural settlement in Palestine and the birthplace of the Ha-Shomer movement. Shimon Danieli and his son Barak are direct descendants of some of Sejera's original founders, and they have re-created the family kitchen in a 100-year old farmhouse at the entrance to the settlement.  The tables and chairs, handmade of rough wood, recall the settlement's origins. There are many period pieces such as wagon wheels, agricultural implements, a camel saddle and (somewhat incongruously) a Sefardi Torah case. The restaurant's philosophy is one of heightened environmental awareness - the vegetables are organically homegrown on the premises and the main courses -- meat, game and fish -- are organically fed and hormone-free. The menu features delicacies unfamiliar to many kosher diners such as quail, mallard and pigeon.

Travel to Tiberias

Check in hotel

Overnight: Galei Kineret hotel, Tiberias