Israel for Me

Accessible travel in Israel

Day camp, family touring and skilled, staff support. Your trip to Israel is possible. For kids with special needs and their families. Do you have a child with special needs? Have you dreamed of making that special, family trip to Israel but need some extra support? Join Shutaf Inclusion Programs on a family-minded and carefully-planned, inclusive trip to Israel. See Israel, send your kids – with and without special needs – to a unique week of Shutaf Day Camp in Jerusalem, get some needed parental and family respite, while enjoying day trips to Israel’s unique historical and holy sites. It’s a vacation for ALL of you…in Israel.  Contact us today


DAY ONE: Tuesday
DEPARTURE

  • Depart the U.S.A.

Overnight: Flight


DAY TWO: Wednesday
ARRIVAL

  •  Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Ascend to Jerusalem through the Judean Hills.
  • Welcome to Jerusalem – enter the vibrant and colourful 3,000 year old city of Jerusalem and experience the convergence of the old and the new.
  • Upon entering Jerusalem stop to recite the traditional shehechiyanu blessing.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Welcome Dinner at a family-style restaurant in Jerusalem.

Overnight: Jerusalem


DAY THREE: Thursday
THE LAYERS OF JERUSALEM

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Morning orientation by Shutaf staff.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Free time in the Mamilla Pedestrian Arcade, a new and contemporary shopping area, located outside the Jaffa Gate of the Old City.
  • The Night Spectacular at the Tower of David Museum – The walls of the Citadel serve as a stage for a nighttime show which is a celebration of sight and sound, depicting the story of Jerusalem (with Shutaf staff).

Overnight: Jerusalem


DAY FOUR: Friday
THE BEAUTY OF JERUSALEM

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Hike in the Jerusalem Forest to the Sataf Spring.
  • LaDa’at Machaneh Yehuda – Actively explore the colorful and ethnically rich Machaneh Yehuda Market of Jerusalem, with lunch on your own.
  • Return to the hotel and prepare for Shabbat.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services at one of the following:
    • Kol Haneshema (Reform) in Baka
    • Hebrew Union College (Reform) on King David Street in Central Jerusalem
    • Har El (Reform) in Nachlaot
    • The Conservative Yeshivah (Conservative) at the Fuchsberg Center on Agron Street
    • Kehillat Moreshet Yisrael (Conservative) at the Fuchsberg Center on Agron Street
    • Hovevei Tzion (Orthodox) on Hovevei Tzion Street in Talbiye
    • Shira Chadashah (Orthodox) in the German Colony
    • The Western Wall (Kotel)
  • Optional Shabbat Dinner at the hotel (on own account).

Overnight: Jerusalem


DAY FIVE: Saturday
SHABBAT IN JERUSALEM

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Optional Shabbat Services.
  • Free Shabbat in Jerusalem with optional visits on own to:
    • The Old City Ramparts for a walk along the ancient walls of the city.
    • The Tower of David Museum of the History of Jerusalem, for a walk through the city’s history from the time of Abraham to the end of the British Mandate over Palestine.
    • The renewed Israel Museum, one of the most creative and innovative museums in the world with a wide and eclectic collection, ranging from Judaica and archaeology to Renaissance and contemporary Israeli art, concluding with a visit to the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Shrine of the Book and the Second Temple Period Model of Jerusalem.
    • The Tisch Family Zoological Gardens, a beautifully landscaped habitat with a special focus on preserving Biblical fauna, geared to children of all ages (2-80)
  • Ben Kodesh Lechol Havdallah overlooking the Old City.
  • Free Evening in Jerusalem on Ben Yehuda Pedestrian Mall or on Emek Refaim Street in the German Colony.

Overnight: Jerusalem


DAY SIX: Sunday
THE LAYERS OF JERUSALEM

  • Breakfast at the hotel.

Shutaf Campers:

  • Depart for the Shutaf Day Camp.

Non-campers:

  • Walking tour through the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem, for guided visits to some of the sites excavated over the past 30 years, including:
    • Walk along the Rooftops of the Old City for a behind the scenes look at the various communities in Jerusalem and how they live together.
    • The Cardo, a Byzantine street that is now the world’s oldest shopping arcade
    • The Hurva Square, the central square of the Jewish Quarter
    • The Jerusalem Archaeological Park, including a visit to the Davidson Center and the Southern Wall Excavations
    • The Kotel (Western Wall)
    • The Western Wall Tunnel, the underground continuation of the Western Wall along the Temple Mount
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Return to the hotel.

Shutaf Campers:

  • Return to the hotel to meet up with family members.

All Participants

  • Enjoy dinner on your own in Jerusalem, at a choice of a wide array of restaurants.

Overnight: Jerusalem


DAY SEVEN: Monday
DIGGING FOR ROOTS

  • Breakfast at the hotel.

Shutaf Campers:

  • Depart for the Shutaf Day Camp.

Non-Campers:

  •  Depart Jerusalem.
  • Visit the Armed Forces Memorial at Latrun, a pivotal point on the Tel Aviv – Jerusalem road and the site of many fierce battles for control of the road to Jerusalem from Biblical times through the War of Independence.
  • Visit the Ayalon Institute, near Rehovot, for an eye opening tour of a clandestine munitions factory used during the British Mandate.
  • Lunch on own, en route to Beit Guvrin.

Shutaf Campers:

  • Transfer to Beit Guvrin with Shutaf bus to meet family members.

All Participants:

  • Participate in an active dig at the Beit Guvrin Caves and prepare to get your hands dirty as you uncover pottery from the Hellenistic period, 2,300 years ago, followed by a crawl through the Maresha Cave Labyrinth.
  • Return to Jerusalem and to the hotel.
  • Enjoy dinner on your own in Jerusalem.

Overnight: Jerusalem


DAY EIGHT: Tuesday
ENJOYING JERUSALEM

  •  Breakfast at the hotel.

Shutaf Campers:

  • Depart for the Shutaf Day Camp.

Non-Campers:

  • Leisure time in the hotel and to enjoy Jerusalem.
  • Lunch on own.

All Participants, including Campers:

  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own.

Overnight: Jerusalem


DAY NINE: Wednesday
TEL AVIV

  • Breakfast at the hotel.

Shutaf Campers:

  • Depart for the Shutaf Day Camp.

Non-Campers:

  • Depart Jerusalem for Tel Aviv.
  • Follow the story of Israel’s pre-state elite fighting force, the Palmach, while walking through a state of the art multimedia experience that allows a glimpse into the lives of extraordinary people at Beit Hapalmach
  • LaDa’at Scavenger Hunt in Tel Aviv – Explore the city of Tel Aviv while participating in a special family scavenger hunt, walk the walk, talk the talk and imagine the unimaginable.
  • Visit the Old City of Jaffa and stroll through the renovated artists’ colony and the ancient port.
  • Return to Jerusalem.

Shutaf Campers:

  • Return to the hotel for activities with the Shutaf counselors by the poolside.

All Participants:

  • Enjoy dinner on your own in Jerusalem.

Overnight: Jerusalem


DAY TEN: Thursday
IN JERUSALEM

  •  Breakfast at the hotel.

Shutaf Campers:

  • Depart for the Shutaf Day Camp.

Non Campers:

  • Day to explore Jerusalem on own.
  • Lunch on your own on vibrant Emek Refaim Street in Jerusalem’s German Colony.

All Participants:

  • Participate in the Shutaf Day Camp Closing Ceremony.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Drive to Genesis Land, a Biblical style encampment in the Judean Desert and delve into the Bible, experience Biblical Hospitality, enjoy a ‘Hafla’ feast and take a Camel Ride through the desert with Shutaf staff.
  • Return to the hotel.

Overnight: Jerusalem


DAY ELEVEN: Friday
IN AND AROUND JERUSALEM

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Family program with Shutaf staff at Eretz Ha’Ayalim (Deer Land) in Gush Etzion, with an opportunity to ride the longest Zip Line in Israel and other activities.
  • Return to Jerusalem with free time on Emek Refaim Street with lunch on own.
  • Return to the hotel and prepare for Shabbat.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services at one of the following:
    • Kol Haneshema (Reform) in Baka
    • Hebrew Union College (Reform) on King David Street in Central Jerusalem
    • Har El (Reform) in Nachlaot
    • The Conservative Yeshivah (Conservative) at the Fuchsberg Center on Agron Street
    • Kehillat Moreshet Yisrael (Conservative) at the Fuchsberg Center on Agron Street
    • Hovevei Tzion (Orthodox) on Hovevei Tzion Street in Talbiye
    • Shira Chadashah (Orthodox) in the German Colony
    • The Western Wall (Kotel)
  • Festive Shabbat Dinner with some Shutaf Israeli Campers and their families (not included).

Overnight: Jerusalem


DAY TWELVE: Saturday
SHABBAT IN JERUSALEM (No Guide)

  •  Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Optional Shabbat Services.
  • Free Shabbat in Jerusalem.
  • Ben Kodesh Lechol Havdallah overlooking the Old City.
  • Free Evening in Jerusalem on Ben Yehuda Pedestrian Mall or on Emek Refaim Street in the German Colony.

Overnight: Jerusalem


DAY THIRTEEN: Sunday
DRIVING THE RIFT

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Meet with Shutaf staff, check out of the hotel and depart Jerusalem.
  • Drive along the Jordan Valley Rift.
  • Swim in the warm waters and natural springs at the Gan Hashlosha Nature Reserve (Sachne) situated at the foot of Mt. Gilboa.
  • Kibbutz Ideology and Israeli Reality in the 21st Century: tour of Kibbutz Ashdot Ya’akov, including a walk through the banana fields and a dialogue with a kibbutz member on the ever-changing nature of kibbutz life today.
  • Ride the Manara cable car to ascend the Manara Cliff overlooking the Hula Valley and the Golan Heights.
  • Check into the kibbutz hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee


DAY FOURTEEN: Monday
NATURE & SECURITY

  •  Breakfast at the kibbutz hotel.
  • Walk through the Tel Dan Nature Reserve located on the largest tributary of the Jordan River and the Biblical settlement of Dan.
  • Ascend Mt. Bental, overlooking the abandoned Syrian town of Kuneitra, for a first hand view of Israel’s security position along the Syrian Border, including a visit to a former Syrian bunker and an optional visit to the Koffee Anan Coffee Shop.

Option 1:

  • Wine Tasting at the local Pelter Winery.

Option 2:

  • Enjoy the culinary delight of a Chocolate Workshop at the De Karina Chocolate Factory on Kibbutz Ein Zivan.

Both Options:

  • Enjoy Rafting or Kayaking on the Jordan River.
  • Dinner at the kibbutz hotel.

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee


DAY FIFTEEN: Tuesday
ALONG THE COAST

  • Breakfast at the kibbutz hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel and drive to the Mediterranean Coast.
  • Guided visit to Caesarea, one of the Land of Israel’s most important cities during the Roman Period; visit the Herodian Theater and new excavations along the Mediterranean shore concluding with a visit to the 900-year-old crusader city built on the same site.
  • Beach time and activities at the shores of the Mediterranean.
  • Freshen up prior to departure at a hotel in Netanya (day-use rooms will be reserved in advance).
  • Festive Farewell Dinner.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport to check in for the departure flight to the U.S.A.

Overnight: Flight


DAY SIXTEEN: Wednesday
DEPARTURE

  • Arrive in the USA.