WELCOME ROTHBERG ALUMNI

 

For the first time, the Rothberg International School [RIS] is inviting all those who have studied at the School to return to Jerusalem to celebrate the country’s 70th anniversary and 100 years since the founding of what people like Albert Einstein and Chaim Weizmann realized would be a world-class academic institution so closely linked to global Jewish identity and particularism.

Israel@70: Society, Culture and Technology is a study tour, not a mission nor a fundraiser, taking place during the week of Yom HaZikaron and Yom HaAtzmaut.  The study tour is Jerusalem-based featuring morning seminars taught by University faculty, afternoon tours in and around Jerusalem and evening social events where you can mingle with other alumni, and former faculty and staff.  There will be free time to explore on your own or to visit with friends and family each day. After the Study tour, an optional 3-day travel module is available to further examine the program’s themes of Society, Culture and Technology.

 

THEN...

 

 

Rothberg School for Overseas Students-Goldsmith Building

 

NOW...

 

 

Rothberg International School-Boyar Building

 

 

 

 

 

DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

 

SUNDAY, APRIL 15 (DAY 1-CORE PRGRAM)

 

Morning:            

Group flights arrive from Newark and Toronto.

 

Afternoon:

The program begins with a Welcome Luncheon at the Beit Maiersdorf Faculty Club on Mt.   Scopus. 

After short walk to the Rothberg International School, there will be an Orientation including introductions, a

review of the final program. and a keynote address. The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore Jerusalem

or get settled into your hotel.

 

Evening:            

Join us for a festive Welcome Dinner with former Faculty and Staff at the hotel. 

 

Meals: Lunch & Dinner

 

Overnight: Dan Jerusalem Hotel

 

MONDAY, APRIL 16 (DAY 2-CORE PROGRAM)

 

Morning:          

After breakfast at the hotel, walk to the Rothberg International School for the first seminar.

Seminar 1 (9:00-10:30) focuses on ISRAEL@70: SOCIETY and Seminar 2 (11:00-12:30) on ISRAEL@70              

ECONOMY & TECHNOLOGY.

 

Afternoon:      

After lunch on your own, take a walking tour of Ben Yehuda Street, the City Hall area and Mamilla. We will then visit

Nebi Samuel and Ramot. Late afternoon is free.

 

Evening:           

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Rothberg International School invite you to an Alumni Reception at the Botanical Gardens in honor of the University’s 100th anniversary.

 

Meals: Breakfast

 

Overnight: Dan Jerusalem Hotel

Mt. Scopus Campus-Rothberg Amphitheatre

 

TUESDAY, APRIL 17 (DAY 3-CORE PROGRAM) – EREV YOM HAZIKARON

 

All Day:          

After a buffet breakfast, you will remain in the hotel for your choice of three one-hour  seminars being

offered which will be followed by a day of touring on the topic you select.  Your choices: JERUSALEM:

START-UP CITY, JERUSALEM: SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP, or JERUSALEM: AN ARCHAEOLOGICAL UPDATE. In

the early afternoon, there will be a break for lunch on your own.  The day’s program will conclude around

4:00 pm.

 

Evening:            

The evening is free. 

 

Meals: Breakfast

 

Overnight: Dan Jerusalem Hotel

 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18 (DAY 4-CORE PROGRAM) – YOM HAZIKARON

 

Morning:           

After an early breakfast, the group convenes for Seminar 4 on ISRAEL@70: SECURITY. On this somber day,

the group will begin the day’s touring with participation in one of the several Yom HaZikaron

Commemorations

 

Afternoon:        

Our afternoon touring focuses on key battles in and around Jerusalem.  We will visit sites of key battles that

have marked the country’s history beginning with immediate pre-statehood.  Our touring is scheduled to

conclude at 4:00 pm with a drop-off at the hotel. 

 

Evening:         

The evening is free.

 

Meals: Breakfast

 

Overnight: Dan Jerusalem Hotel

 

THURSDAY, APRIL 19 (DAY 5-CORE PROGRAM) – YOM HA’ATZMAUT

 

Morning:            

After enjoying  breakfast, spend the day on your own joining  in the celebration of Israel’s 70th

Independence Day.  

 

Evening:           

The Core Program concludes with an evening in downtown Jerusalem. We will depart from the hotel at

7:00 pm and travel to Machne Yehuda for a walking tour with a local artist as we discover the

contemporary art painted on the doors of the shops in the market.  We will then ride to the German

Colony for a festive Farewell Dinner and Wrap-Up at HaHatzer Restaurant.

 

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

 

Overnight: Dan Jerusalem Hotel

 

 

Casa de Amista Safarat Israel in Musrara

 

FRIDAY, APRIL 20 (DAY 6-TRAVEL MODULE - ISRAEL’S CHANGING SOCIETY)

Morning:

Breakfast and check-out. Those on the group flights transfer to the airport. The Travel Module,

begins with a look at ISRAEL@70: A CHANGING SOCIETY, with a discussion with Mechina students from East Jerusalem on STUDYING AT HU. We then head to Mea Shearim where we will meet with members of the Haredi community to discuss BREAKING STEREOTYPES: BEING ULTRA-ORTHODOX TODAY.

 

Afternoon:

After lunch on your own, we visit Musrara, the home of the now-famous Black Panther Movement. In 1971 this movement began to aggressively promote Sephardic and Mizrachi interests in a country whose leadership was almost exclusively Ashkenazi. Led by second generation young people, the movement led to a social revolution.  We then travel to our Tel Aviv hotel. 

   

Evening:            

Join us for a festive Erev Shabbat Dinner.

 

Meals:  Breakfast & Dinner

 

Overnight: Hotel Rothschild 71

 

Neve Tzedek in Tel Aviv

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 21 – SHABBAT IN TEL AVIV (DAY 7-TRAVEL MODULE - ISRAEL’S CULTURE AND ART)

Morning:          

Breakfast is served until 11:00 am to accommodate those wishing to attend services at a local synagogue.

 

Afternoon:      

We will have a light lunch at the hotel before taking a two-hour walking tour of Neve Tzedek and the White City as we explore today’s theme of ISRAEL@70: ISRAEL’S CULTURE AND ART. We will stop at art galleries, visit Agnon’s home and see some Bauhaus buildings. There will be free time to explore on your own.

 

Evening:             

Group Cultural Event

 

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

 

Overnight: Hotel Rothschild 71 in Tel Aviv

 

 

HUJ Faculty of Agriculture in Rehovot

 

SUNDAY, APRIL 22 (DAY 8-TRAVEL MODULE - ISRAEL AS A WORLD LEADER IN TECHNOLOGY)

 

Morning:          

After breakfast, we travel to Hebrew University’s Faculty of Agriculture in Rehovot, meet a member of the

faculty and view just a few of the research projects at this world-class facility. 

   

Afternoon:        

We will return to Tel Aviv and have free time for lunch on your own.  After lunch, we will visit the new Peres

Center for Peace and Innovation in Jaffa. The late afternoon will be free to shop, explore Tel Aviv on your own 

or just relax.

 

Evening:             

The evening is free to explore the city and sample its culinary delights on your own.

 

Meals: Breakfast 

 

Overnight: Hotel Rothschild 71 in Tel Aviv

 

MONDAY, APRIL 23 (DAY 9-DEPARTURE)

Morning:         

After breakfast and check-out, transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport for return group flights to Toronto

and Newark.

 

Meals: Breakfast

 

The itinerary is subject to change.

Copyright 2017

Jewish Explorations/Gil Travel

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Rothberg International School

 

 

REGISTRATION DEADLINE

The Registration Deadline is Thursday, March 1, 2018

 

 

 

       PRICES in U.S. Dollars

 

 

 

       Land Only-Core Program

 

      $1,995

         3-Day Optional Travel Module

 

      $995

         Core Program & R/T Air from EWR

 

      $3,550

         Core Program & R/T Air from YYZ

 

      $3,125

         Single Room Supplement-Core Program

 

      $495

         Single Room Supplement-Travel Module

 

      $475

 

 

 

 

A $500 per person deposit is required upon registering.

HOTELS

 

 

The Dan Hotel in Jerusalem [Core Program]

The Dan Jerusalem Hotel offers a premium hospitality experience that combines an idyllic environment with breath-taking vistas. Superbly designed around a series of beautiful patios, the Dan Jerusalem Hotel sits on the historic slopes of Mount Scopus, overlooking Jerusalem's romantic skyline and surrounded by the rolling hills of Judea. Located in a tranquil setting away from the city’s bustle, the Dan Jerusalem Hotel offers easy access to the Hebrew University’s Mount Scopus campus and the world-famous Hadassah Medical Center. Getting to the Old City is very simple - the Dan Jerusalem Hotel is located minutes away from the Jerusalem Light Rail that will take you to the center of town within about 15 minutes. The Old City is a picturesque walled city with a history that dates back over 3000 years. It is filled with religious sites holy to Jews, Christians and Muslims as well as unforgettable archaeological remnants.

 

 

rothschild 71 in Tel Aviv [Travel Module]

Located at 71 Rothschild Boulevard, the rothschild 71 is all about comfort, intimacy and class for both a business trip and    an urban vacation alike.  Conveniently situated in the center of Tel Aviv’s cultural and financial quarter, located on the famous Rothschild boulevard, in a carefully renovated ‘International Style’ house built in 1934, the rothschild 71 offers 25 suites, setting a local standard for luxurious short- and long-term accommodation.

the rothschild 71, is waiting there for you, at the heart of the city with its round-the-clock attractions, while inside you can comfortably enjoy an indulging and attentive service.

 

QUESTIONS?

 

For Travel Logistics and Registration

Please contact Ariel Lipszyc, Account Executive for the Alumni Study Tour at the Gil Travel Group:

ariell@giltravel.com

800-223-3855 x 239

 

For Content-Related Questions

Please contact Moshe Margolin, Director of JEWISH EXPLORATIONS:

moshem@giltravel.com

866-898-0037

 

STUDY TOUR TEAM

 

Rothberg International School Coordinator

 

Eric Saranovitz, Ph.D. is the Director of Summer Courses and Special Academic Programs of the Rothberg International School of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Eric holds a Ph.D. from New York University, an MA from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a BA from Amherst College. He has held positions at the School of Convergence, Denison University and New York University.

 

 

Head Guide

 

Dudu Cohen, Ph.D. has been a licensed Israeli guide since 1972. From 1974-1979 he was a high school teacher for Bible and Jewish History in Sderot - a development town, and from 1979-1981 he served as a Youth-Aliyah Shaliach in Chicago. David earned his three degrees from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem: BA in Geography, MA in Archaeology and Ph.D. in Biblical Studies.  As a researcher, Dudu is a permanent contributor for Projects TABS – TheTorah.com. Dudu lists among his discoveries: 'Waheb in Suhag' (Numbers 21:14), the ancient pass of the Aron Canyon; and the Via Limes Arabica’s – the Eastern Roman frontier road in Jordan.

 

 

Tour Leader

 

Moshe Margolin is the Director of JEWISH EXPLORATIONS, an educational travel project in collaboration with Gil Travel in Philadelphia. He began his forty-year career as the founding Director of the Rothberg School’s Office of Student Activities for a decade beginning in 1976.  He was later the first Program Director of the Fulbright Commission at the American Embassy in Tel Aviv. In the U.S., he served as the first Assistant Director of The Hebrew University’s Office of Academic Affairs, the founding Vice President of Education for Birthright Israel and, more  recently, the  Director of  both  the Me’ah National  Initiative and  The   Jewish  Theological Seminary’s Context program. Moshe holds a BA from Hebrew University and an MA from Teachers College, Columbia University.

 

 

ABOUT JEWISH EXPLORATIONS

 

JEWISH EXPLORATIONS is a collaboration between the Philadelphia-based Gil Travel Group, a leader in travel to destinations around the world for over 40 years, and Adults Jewish Learning Programs. JEWISH EXPLORATIONS study tours are led by outstanding Judaic Studies scholars whose depth and breadth of knowledge in their chosen field of expertise is unparalleled. 

 

Our programs are designed to be intellectually-stimulating learning opportunities.  From archeological sites in Israel to world renown manuscript collections in England and from the deep South in the United States to the winding alleyways in La Juderia in Spain, JEWISH EXPLORATIONS gives you a deeper understanding of the sweep of Jewish civilization around the globe and throughout the span of history.

 

JEWISH EXPLORATIONS is especially proud to partner with the Rothberg International School on this project.

Iris (Djiji) Hami, Executive Vice President of Gil Travel, was on the One Year Program in 73/74.  Moshe Margolin, the Director of JEWISH EXPLORATIONS, has a long association with the then Rothberg School for Overseas Students, the Office of Academic Affairs in New York City, and is a graduate of The Hebrew University.                         

 

THANK YOU

Special thanks to the Office of Academic Affairs in New York City, the Alumni Affairs Department of the American Friends of The Hebrew University in New York City and the Alumni Relations Department of the Canadian Friends of The Hebrew University in Toronto.

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