Trip Itinerary: Day 5

Day5: Friday, March 23, 2012

Breakfast

8:00 am
Depart hotel

“To Remember and to Observe”

8:30 am
The Memory of the Holocaust in contemporary Israeli society: dialogue with Holocaust scholar

Dr. Rachel Korazim at Yad Vashem

Holocaust survivor Eliezer Ayalon will talk about his personal experience and then accompany the group on the visit to Yad VaShem. 

10:00 am
Jerusalem, Israel’s capitol, holds the museum that commemorates the disaster before its independence; the holocaust.Yad Vashem, Israel’s national Holocaust memorial museum, presents state-of-the-art exhibits and stories from the Shoah. While touring the museum we will hear testimonies from survivors, stories of doctors who aided in the camps, medical problems throughout the war and post holocaust, see original artifacts giving a multi-sensory experience. The complex includes other powerful exhibits such as, the new synagogue, the labyrinthine memorial in the Valley of Jewish Communities, Avenue of the Righteous Gentiles and Yad LaYeled, the chilling memorial to the one and a half million children who perished during the Shoah. 

Reflection time at Yad Vashem

Lunch on own at  Mahane Yehuda

If you really want to get the feel for Jerusalem, Mahane Yehuda is the place to go. In this market place you can meet people of all nationalities, religions and ages. You can see foods and fruits of all colors, sizes and shapes. You name it you can probably find it here and generally at a price that can’t be beat.

Friday at Mahane Yehuda is an extra special treat. Here you can sense that Shabbat is in the air. There is an added urgency to the shopping frenzy as shoppers look for the nicest and freshest in honor of the Sabbath. Things that you can be sure to see in people’s baskets are challot, wine, fruit, fish, and even aromatic leaves to be used in the Havdala ceremony at the end of Shabbat.

Free time

Shabbat Shalom U’Mevorach

It is considered a great mitzvah and responsibility to honor the Sabbath by lighting candles before sunset on Friday evening. This unique commandment is rich with meaning and purpose. In a world so full of darkness, the candles lit by Jews bring light, joy and holiness. A little light, our sages say, dispels much darkness. We perform the mitzvah of lighting the Shabbat candles as individuals who make up a community.

4:00 pm
Depart hotel

4:45 pm
Kabbalat Shabbat (welcoming the Sabbath) - at the southern wall near the Kotel, the Western Wall of the Second Temple and the holiest place for Jews.

8:00 pm
Enjoy a festive Shabbat dinner at hotel with Israeli guests, including Ethiopian activists Shula Mola and Asher Rehamim and their children, and Israeli soldiers.

Shula and Asher will talk to the group about their personal journey from children in rural Ethiopia to their lives as leaders of the Israeli-Ethiopian community.

Overnight: Inbal hotel, Jerusalem