Trip Itinerary: Day 9

Day 9: Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Breakfast 

“Towards the Future - social action in Israel” 

8:15 am
“Building civil society in response to Israel’s multicultural challenges and opportunities” panel discussion at hotel with:

Ronit Heyd - Executive Director, SHATIL, The New Israel Fund’s Empowerment and Training Center for Social Change Organizations in Israel

Mike Prashker - Founder and CEO of Merchavim Institute for Shared Citizenship in Israel

Itai Gutler - Chairman of Jerusalem Students Union and leader of the summer social justice protest movement

10:00 am 
Check out hotel; Load bus

11:00 pm
Visit the Yad b'Yad School in Jerusalem. In Israel today, Jewish and Arab citizens live in a highly segregated environment, often in closely adjoining areas throughout the state of Israel. In the most recent census of Israeli citizens, 20% are Arab and 80% are Jewish. There are few opportunities for meaningful interaction between members of these two groups, especially in the fields of elementary and secondary education, which are almost entirely segregated.

The Hand in Hand Center for Jewish-Arab Education is Israel is creating an alternative model of education, integrating Arab and Jewish children, by teaching bilingualism, multiculturalism and equality as essential educational elements.  They build on common trust, replacing negative stereotypes with mutual understanding and respect, and show by example that Jews and Arabs can study, work and live together in peace.

Including Pizza lunch with the students

12:00 pm
Proceed to Tel Aviv

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Admire splendid examples of the international style architecture of the 1920's and ‘30's as you stroll through Nachalat Binyamin, a pedestrian mall lined with outdoor cafes, shops and a bustling arts and crafts fair.

Welcome to Nachlat Binyamin, a quaint open air market in the heart of downtown Tel-Aviv - A market which over the past two decades has become synonymous with quality Israeli crafts and folk art. The market is comprised of over 100 stands representing specialty crafts and folk art in virtually every medium imaginable: wood, stone, sand, glass, ceramics, various metals with most if not all containing materials or themes found only in Israel.

The Carmel Market, known in Israel as "Shuk Ha'Carmel", is the city's biggest marketplace, and a fascinating, enjoyable place to visit. It is basically one crowded narrow alley with long line of colorful stalls standing on either side, and where vendors proudly (and loudly) present their goods. Here you can find almost anything imaginable for the lowest prices in the city, from different kinds of bread and pastry to delicious olives, dried fruits and exotic spices.

It is also the best place to buy the freshest produce, whether it is fruits and vegetables, fish and poultry, cheeses or flowers. The first part of the market, coming from Allenby St, is mostly clothing and footwear stands, where lovely bargains can be found. The easiest way to enter the market is from where Allenby St meets King George and Sheinkin Streets.

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Visit Jaffa, pronounced Yaffo in Hebrew, one of the oldest port cities in the Land of Israel and the Mediterranean. Jaffa was built upon a high cliff at the foot of which lies the port defended by the protruding rocks. Jaffa has been an active port since the 18th century BCE. It has a rich history and culture evolving from the many different leaders who conquered it in the past.  In 1954, Jaffa became integral part of the municipality of Tel Aviv, and since then both cities are known as Tel Aviv-Yaffo. Currently, Jaffa's Old City neighborhoods are being renovated, and are inhabited mostly by artists. Modern Jaffa has a heterogeneous population of Jews, Christians, and Muslims and is a major tourist attraction with an exciting combination of old, new and restored. It offers art galleries, theaters, souvenir shops, exclusive restaurants, sidewalk cafes, boardwalks and shopping opportunities and a rich variety of culture, entertainment and food.

Neve Tzedek neighborhood was founded in 1887 by businessman Aharon Shlush who joined forces with Shimon Rokah to escape the crowded living quarters of Jaffa, 22 years before Tel Aviv was founded. Many of the neighborhoods turn of the century houses can still be seen, and while the neighborhood has gone yuppie in the past years, it has retained much of its old charm. Many intellectuals such as Nobel Prize winner Shai Agnon and artist Nachum Guttman resided in Neve Tzedek, and they laid the foundations for it’s artistic character.

Seaside promenade notwithstanding, Tel Aviv is not known for its open spaces. But this concrete condition has improved considerably with the gleaming transformation of HaTachana, the old Jaffa railway station, into the city’s newest marketplace. Constructed in 1892 as the terminus for the Jaffa-Jerusalem railway,  the old train station has been renovated into a stylish complex that houses shops, restaurants, arts shows & classes, two weekly markets and lots of other events. The Tel Aviv Municipality beautifully preserved the original design of the buildings while creating open, pedestrian-only spaces for visitors to enjoy the atmosphereAn old railcar sits on train tracks in front of the station's original building, greeting visitors as they walk into HaTachana.  It's a fun tribute to what used to be and shows how Tel Aviv embraces its past while moving forward and evolving as a modern city.

5:30 pm
Farewell Dinner at Boya restaurant at the port of Tel Aviv

7:15 pm
Depart for Ben Gurion International Airport

US Air Flight #79710:55pm Departure for Philadelphia (arriving 5:00am)/Connecting to US Airways 3675 Departure 7:30am to Greensboro