RAMAH ISRAEL INSTITUTE

Sample Itineraries

The following program is an example of an itinerary for a group visiting Israel during the summer. It is intended as a sample, as each itinerary is unique, customized to the needs and backgrounds of the group and reflecting the overall theme of each trip.

Day 1 – Bruchim Habaim-Welcome!

  • Arrival in Israel and kick off your trip with orientation and a welcome ceremony
  • Enjoy an evening in Jerusalem
  • Spend your first night in Jerusalem

Day 2 – In the Footsteps of Patriarchs and Priests

  • Explore the Kotel tunnels and see the sites of the First and Second Temple
  • Relax and swim at the hotel
  • Visit the Israel Museum

Overnight in Jerusalem

Day 3 – Roots

  • Games in the Jewish Quarter 
  • Experience an archaeological dig in Beit Guvrin
  • Programming and hospitality at a local Masorti/Conservative synagogue.

Overnight in Jerusalem

Day 4 – Foundations, New and Old

  • Visit Yad Lakashish – a non-profit that offers creative work opportunities for the elderly
  • Explore the Knesset Menorah
  • Enjoy a camel ride and Bedouin hospitality In Kfar Hanokdim

Overnight in Ein Bokek on the Dead Sea 

Day 5– Freedom Fighters or Fanatics?

  • Hike up Masada
  • Take a dip in the Dead Sea and splash in the fresh waterfalls of Ein Gedi
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services in the Jewish Quarter or at the Kotel

Overnight in Jerusalem

Day 6 – Shabbat in Jerusalem

  • Services at local Jerusalem synagogues
  • Walking tour of Jerusalem neighborhoods
  • Free evening on Ben Yehuda Street

Overnight in Jerusalem

Day 7 – 1948 to Today

  • Visit Latrun, the Ayalon Institute, and Tel Aviv’s Independence Hall
  • Swim in the Mediterranean 
  • Explore Old Jaffa

Overnight in Tel Aviv

Day 8 – Living as a Minority

  • Begin the day at Beit Hapalmach in Tel Aviv
  • Go to Beit Shearim, the home of the Sanhedrin
  • Visit a Druze village in Northern Israel

Overnight in the Galilee

Day 9 – Mystics and Realists

  • Explore Tzfat and Tzippori, one of Israel’s major archaeological sites
  • Boat or swim the Kinneret
  • Enjoy a celebratory dinner at Decks overlooking the Kinneret

Overnight in the Galilee

Day 10 – The Northern Border

  • Hike and walk along Tel Dan, a picturesque trail along one of the sources of the Jordan River 
  • Experience the majestic views of the Golan Heights 
  • Kayak along the Jordan River
  • Finish the day at a chocolate factory

Overnight in the Galilee

Day 11 – Layers of History

  • Participate in a Ramah-designed activity in the Kinneret courtyard
  • Experience a charming multi-media program at the ancient Bet Alfa
  • Enjoy a refreshing dip in the natural spring water at Sachne.  Return to Jerusalem via the Jordan River valley

Overnight in Jerusalem

Day 12 – Those Who Made a Difference

  • Visit Yad Vashem and Mount Herzl
  • Enjoy a group dinner and Oneg

Overnight in Jerusalem

Day 13 – This Shabbat, Next Shabbat

  • Services at a local synagogue 
  • Hear a guest speaker discuss current events
  • Engage in “This Shabbat, Next Shabbat,” an activity that encourages participants to reflect on their Israel experience and directly relate it to their lives at home
  • End the trip with a closing ceremony
  • L’hitraot! 

*This itinerary is subject to change based on dates and availability

Day 1 – Welcome ברוכים הבאים

  • Begin in Ne’ot Kedumim Biblical Landscape Reserve where we will plant a tree, try our hand at sheep herding, and deepen our understanding of the Land of Israel 
  • Walk through the windy streets of Old Jaffa
  • Learn about the making of Israel as a modern state along the Independence Trail in downtown Tel Aviv

Overnight in Tel Aviv

Day 2 – The First Hebrew City

  • Learn how to tie tzitzit in an activity with the Masorti Movement
  • Explore the Machon Ayalon Underground Bullet Factory
  • Stroll through the Nachalat Binyamin crafts fair and Shuk HaCarmel
  • Discover the streets of Tel Aviv through an interactive Graffiti Tour and workshop

Overnight in Tel Aviv

Day 3 – Israel in Modern Times

  • Visit Rabin Square
  • Discover modern heroes of our nation at the newly remodeled ANU Museum
  • Experience the interactive exhibits at the Holon Children’s Museum (Dialogue in the Dark and Invitation to Silence)
  • Continue on to Jerusalem and enjoy a beautiful lookout over the city

Overnight in Jerusalem

Day 4 – Bnei Mitzvah in Jerusalem

  • Celebrate Bnei Mitzvahs in the Old City
  • Visit the Davidson Center
  • Experience a Virtual Reality tour of the Second Temple
  • Explore the Jewish Quarter
  • Visit the City of David and walk through Hezekiah’s Tunnel
  • Dinner and Bnei Mitzvah party

Overnight in Jerusalem

Day 5 – Yizkor יזכור

  • Tour Yad Vashem (Zoo alternative for children)
  • Experience the vibrancy of Shuk Machaneh Yehudah
  • Kabbalat Shabbat at the Kotel

Overnight in Jerusalem

Day 6 – Shabbat in Jerusalem 

  • Services at a choice of local synagogues
  • Walking tour of local sites
  • Optional pizza dinner at local legendary eatery Bardak
  • Optional tour of the Western Wall Tunnels

Overnight in Jerusalem

Day 7 – Masada

  • Camel ride at Eretz Bereshit
  • Ascend Masada and learn about the heroes of the era
  • Lunch, swimming, and relaxation at the Dead Sea
  • Drive south to Kibbutz Ketura
  • BBQ Dinner at Ketura and orientation

Overnight in Kibbutz Ketura

Day 8 – Beauty of the South

  • Short desert hike in the Eilat mountains
  • Enjoy Snorkeling in the Red Sea at the Coral Beach Nature Reserve
  • Desert Solo Experience including sliding down the Kasui Sand Dunes
  • Dinner of a Middle Eastern fair and a campfire kumzits

Overnight in Kibbutz Ketura

Day 9 – Ben Gurion’s Vision

  • Walking tour of Kibbutz Ketura, including algae factory and solar field
  • Bike trip to Ketura experimental orchards for tour and tree planting
  • Jeep tour in the Makhtesh Ramon crater
  • Walk along the rim of Israel’s largest makhtesh

Overnight in Mitzpe Ramon

Day 10 – Start-Up Nation

  • Hike into the canyon of Ein Avdat
  • Visit Ben Gurion‘s hut and grave at Sde Boker
  • Taste your way through the fields and greenhouses of Shvil Hasalat
  • Final dinner at local restaurant
  • L’hitraot!

*This itinerary is subject to change based on dates and availability

Day 1 – Departure to Poland

Day 2 – Beginnings

  • Explore 1000 years of Jewish life and culture in the Warsaw Jewish Cemetery
  • Tour the new POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews
  • Visit the only remains of the Warsaw Ghetto wall
  • Dinner in a local restaurant

Overnight in Warsaw 

Day 3 – The Shtetl: What Was Lost

  • Drive to Tykocin and pray Shacharit in the refurbished Synagogue, before exploring the shtetl
  • Continue to Lopuchowo forest to honor those murdered and buried in mass graves by the Einsatzgruppen – mobile killing units
  • Finish the day at the infamous Treblinka Death Camp and the memorial, and pay our respects to the hundreds of thousands gassed there
  • Dinner at restaurant

Overnight in Warsaw

Day 4 – Hope is the Last to Die

  • Pray Shacharit in the Nożyk Synagogue
  • Explore the haunting Majdanek Concentration Camp
  • Drive to Krasnik and visit the crumbling double synagogue

Overnight in Lublin

Day 5 – Galicia: There Once Was a World

  • Shacharit at Yeshivat Hochmei Lublin, one of the most important Talmudic academies 
  • Explore towns and shtetls in Galicia 
  • Visit Lancut and Tarnow, cities with rich Jewish history and beautiful architecture
  • Visit Zbylitowska Gora, the Childrens Forest, where even babies were murdured for the crime of being Jewish

Overnight in Krakow

Day 6 – The Banality of Evil

  • Visit to Auschwitz and nearby Birkenau (referred to as Auschwitz II)
  • Return to Krakow and prepare for Shabbat
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services at one of the synagogues in Krakow
  • Shabbat dinner with members of the local community at the JCC

Overnight in Krakow

Day 7 – Shabbat in Krakow

  • Shabbat Shacharit services at one of the synagogues in Krakow
  • Tour the Old Jewish Quarter of Kazimierz
  • Optional walking tour of the Wawel castle
  • Final group dinner in a local restaurant
  • Night tour of various sites in Krakow – Ghetto Plaza, remains of Ghetto Wall, Schindler’s factory

Overnight in Krakow

Day 8 – Returning Home and L’hitraot!

*This itinerary is subject to change based on dates and availability

Day 1 – Depart for Casablanca

Day 2 – Casablanca, Meknes, and Fes

  • Arrive in Meknes
  • Visit the Mellah (old Jewish Quarter)
  • See the magnificent Bab Mansour Gate

Overnight in Fes

Day 3 – Fes

  • Tour the Jewish Mellah, cemetery, and Ibn Danan synagogue
  • See the Royal Palace plaza
  • Explore the winding alleyways of the Medina
  • Learn about the traditional crafts of the city and visit some artisans
  • Enjoy a panoramic viewpoint of the city from Borj Sud fortress

Overnight in Fes 

Day 4 – Fes, Ifrane, and Erfoud

  • Travel South, crossing the mid-Atlas mountain range
  • Visit the Alpine town of Ifrane – Morocco’s “little Switzerland”
  • Follow the canyon of the Ziz river into the desert
  • Continue to the district of Tafilalt – origin of the Abuhatzeira family

Overnight in Erfoud

Day 5 – Erfoud, Todgha Gorge, and Ouarzazate

  • Jeep ride into the Sahara Desert and watch the sunrise over the Merzouga dunes
  • Visit the Jewish cemetery of Erfoud
  • Walk along the Todgha Gorge with its majestic cliffs and rock formations

Overnight in Ouarzazate

Day 6: – Ouarzazate and Marrakesh

  • Visit the picturesque Kasbah of Aït Benhaddou
  • Cross the Atlas mountain range via the Tizi n’Tichka Pass
  • Arrive in Marrakesh and get ready for Shabbat
  • Kabbalat Shabbat at Gueliz synagogue with the Jewish community
  • Dinner in a local Jewish Kehillah

Overnight in Marrakesh

Day 7 – Shabbat in Marrakesh

  • Shabbat services at the Gueliz synagogue with the Jewish community
  • Explore the night market at Jemaa el Fnaa square

Overnight in Marrakesh

Day 8 – Marrakesh

  • View the Koutoubia Mosque from its surrounding gardens
  • Tour the Jewish Mellah and Al Azama synagogue
  • Visit the ornate Bahia Palace
  • Explore the many alleyways and shops in the Souk
  • Optional traditional folklore show

Overnight in Marrakesh

Day 9 – Marrakesh and Essaouira

  • Visit an Argan oil cooperative
  • Drive to the seaside town of Essaouira
  • Tour the Mellah and local synagogues
  • Explore the Medina and the Port
  • Enjoy sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean

Overnight in Essaouira

Day 10 – Essaouira, Safi, El Jadida and Casablanca

  • Drive north along the Atlantic coast
  • Tour Safi – visit the Medina and tomb of Ouled Ben Zmirou and explore the pottery workshops
  • Explore the Portuguese Fort and Cisterns in El Jadida
  • Visit the Beth El Synagogue

Overnight in Casablanca

Day 11 – Casablanca, Rabat and Casablanca

  • Tour the magnificent Hassan II Mosque and the Mellah in Rabat
  • Visit the mausoleum of the modern Moroccan kings and see the unfinished Hassan Tower
  • See the King’s Palace
  • Explore the picturesque Kasbah of the Udayas

Overnight in Casablanca

Day 12 – Casablanca and Return Flight

  • Visit the Neve Shalom school and synagogue
  • Tour the Museum of Moroccan Judaism
  • Depart Morocco

L’hitraot!

*This itinerary is subject to change based on dates and availability

Day 1 – Arrival In Budapest

  • Take a panoramic bus tour along Andrassy Avenue 
  • Stroll through Heroes’ Square, adorned with the impressive statues of kings and leaders stretching across a thousand years of Hungarian history
  • Enjoy the beautiful sights and lights of the city on an evening cruise on the Danube

Overnight in Budapest

Day 2 – Jewish Life And What Was Lost

  • Drive through the city from Pest to Buda and enjoy the panoramic views of Budapest 
  • Visit the largest synagogue in Europe, The Dohany Street Synagogue, and the Jewish Museum

Overnight in Budapest

Day 3 – Explore Budapest And Vienna, The City Of Music And Culture

  • Stroll along the fashionable Vaci Utca (Vaci Street),  Explore Margaret Island, an island in the middle of the Danube, overlooking the center of the city 
  • Visit Budapest’s urban City Park (Varosliget) and walk on the grounds of the Vajdahunyad Castle
  • Stroll through the City Park Lake,and spend time in the Budapest Circus or the Municipal Zoo
  • Learn about the Széchenyi Bath House or Gellert Bath House
  • Enjoy a day cruise on the Danube River

Overnight in Vienna

Day 4 – The Austrian Empire And Its Jewish Roots: Faith and Architecture

  • Take a panoramic orientation tour along the Ringstrasse
  • Visit the Prater Amusement Park, Peter’s Cathedral, and Stephen’s Cathedral
  • Explore the Jewish Museum of Vienna and see the collection of Klimt paintings at the Belvedere Palace
  • Stroll through the Judenplatz, the main square of the Jewish community for nearly 500 years

Tour the Vienna Temple (Stadtempel), the only surviving synagogue from pre-WWII daysOvernight in Vienna 

Day 5 – Explore Vienna, then to Prague

  • Explore the Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens, the former imperial summer residence of the Habsburg monarchs
  • Indulge in the best of Vienna’s delights in the city’s most popular food market, Nashmarket
  • Visit the Memorial to Austrian Holocaust Victims and learn about its excavations and the miraculous findings of the ancient synagogue of Vienna
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services at a local synagogue
  • Shabbat dinner with the local community

Overnight in Prague

Day 6 – Shabbat in Prague

  • Short walking tour of Jewish sites
  • Explore Prague on your own for the afternoon

Overnight in Prague 

Day 7 – Memory & Continuity

  • Visit Terezin, the town that was turned into the “model” ghetto and concentration camp
  • Free time in the late afternoon to explore the city on your own

Overnight in Prague

Day 8 – The Glory Of Jewish And Non Jewish Prague

  • Walking tour through Jewish Prague, including the Old Ghetto and the Precious Legacy Exhibit at the Jewish Museum
  • Ascend to the Prague Castle for a guided tour of the Castle and a walk along the Golden Lane
  • Walk through the Lesser Town and over the Charles Bridge, a historic bridge crossing the Vltava River 
  • Festive farewell dinner

Overnight in Prague

Day 9 – Return Home and L’hitraot!

*This itinerary is subject to change based on dates and availability

Day 1 – Madrid 

  • City tour of the famous sites of Madrid
  • Explore the Prado Museum, the national art museum of Spain
  • Tour the Royal Palace of Madrid, the official residence of the Spanish royal family, and the largest Royal palace in Europe

Overnight in Madrid

Day 2 – Toledo

  • Visit the Synagogue of Santa María la Blanca and the Synagogue of El Transito
  • Revitalize the synagogues through song and prayer

Overnight in Cordoba

Day 3 – Cordoba

  • Explore Cordoba – the city of the Rambam and Yehuda Halevi
  • Cross the Guadalquivir, walk on the Roman bridge, and enter the Old City and Jewish quarter 
  • See the statue of the Rambam and visit the synagogue named after him
  • Tour the Mezquita, a cathedral that was once the great mosque of Cordoba

Overnight in Granada

Day 4 – Granada

  • Visit the famous Alhambra Palace, the palace in which historic decision were made
  • Explore the Ambassadors’ Hall, the Lions’ courtyard, the Hadasim courtyard, and the Nazarie Palace
  • Walk in the beautiful Generalife gardens
  • See the Gypsy Flamenco Zambra dance show at Sacromonte Cave

Overnight in Granada

Day 5 – Gibraltar

  • Travel to Gibraltar, the British enclave known as “The Rock“
  • Ascend the Rock and see the Monkey Colony
  • Tour the stunning St. Michael’s Cave
  • Prepare for Shabbat in Gibraltar

Overnight in Gibraltar

Day 6 – Shabbat in Gibraltar

  • Shabbat services in one of Gibraltar’s four active synagogues
  • Walking tour of the Jewish areas of Gibraltar – see the synagogues, schools, and Jewish community past and present

Overnight in Gibraltar

Day 7 – Seville

  • Visit the Fort of Alcazar, a stunning former royal palace
  • See the magnificent Cathedral of Seville
  • Take a walking tour of the Jewish Quarter – also known as the Santa Cruz District – and stroll through the ancient lanes
  • Free time to walk through the Plaza España Square and the Parque de Maria Luisa

Overnight in Badajoz

Day 8 – Badajoz, Castello de Vide

  • City tour of Badajoz 
  • See the small town of Castello de Vide and the Jewish Quarter, with the oldest synagogue in Portugal, and learn about the ancient community there
  • Drive up to Marvão, the city of the hilltop citadel, and experience the magnificent view

Overnight in Belmonte

Day 9 – Belmonte, Troncoso

  • Tour Belmonte, the Jewish Museum, and local synagogue Bet Eliahu
  • See the Jewish Quarter of Guarda
  • Visit the synagogue and Jewish Museum in Troncoso

Overnight in Coimbra

Day 10 – Coimbra, Tomar, Sintra, Cabo de Roca

  • Explore Coimbra University, including visits to the Library of King Joao and the Fountains of Love and Tears
  • Drive to Tomar and see the ancient synagogue
  • Visit the pink town of Sintra with its gardens and palaces
  • Stop at Cabo da Roca, the westernmost extent of continental Europe, and enjoy the sweeping views of the Mediterranean

Overnight in Lisbon

Day 11 –  Lisbon

  • Tour of Lisbon sites in the Juderia – Jewish Quarter: The Alfama district, Avenue Liberdade and Rossio square
  • See the beautiful Jeronimos monastery
  • Visit the Shaarei Tikvah synagogue
  • Final Dinner

Shalom and L’hitraot – Return home