First ever Israel Tour for Jewish Animal-Lovers

Shalom! "Israel Unleashed" is very exciting opportunity to tour Israel, specially geared for animal lovers. It is a one-of-a-kind experience that blends a love of animals, the Land of Israel, and explorations into Judaism. This adventure will include major tourist sites, animal-related sites, Israel's exquisite nature trails, and several Jewish experiences, such as Friday evening at the Western Wall.

Many people are not only animal-lovers, but are also very involved with animal rescue or wildlife conservation. Many have a trip to Israel on their “to-do” list. This tour, during which they will travel with kindred spirits to uplifting animal-related sites, will inspire them to tour the country. We will visit places involving animal rescue, wildlife conservation, and zoo therapy, and meet some of Israel’s foremost wildlife conservationists and animal welfare advocates.

The trip will be led by a licensed Israeli tour guide and committed animal lover. The dynamic educators are among the most popular in Jerusalem, and are in high demand as speakers around the world.

We are now accepting applicants for our October 23-November 2, 2011 trip, which will be limited to 14 people. The itinerary is below. For information about the price and registration form, please see the sttachments. Please feel free to forward this information to possibly interested individuals.


Tova Saul

Keshet: The Center for Educational Tourism in Israel

PO Box 8540Jerusalem 91084

Telephone: (972) 2 6713518 Fax: (972) 2 6713624

God's teaching obliges you not only to refrain from inflicting unnecessary pain on any animal, but to help and, when you can, to lessen the pain whenever you see an animal suffering

Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch


A Journey into Israel for Jewish Animal Lovers

October 23 – November 1, 2011




Sunday, October 23

Departure from US.

Monday, October 24

Bruchim Haba’aim-Welcome to Israel

Morning arrival to Ben Gurion Airport.

Travel to Tel Mondto visit Israel’s largest therapeutic riding center.

Visit the Sea Turtle Rescue Center at Mevo’ot Yam Naval School at Michmoret.

Continue to theAlexanderRiver to see the indigenous giant turtles.

Travel to Kibbutz Dalia, our hotel for the next two nights.

Lunch-on own

Dinner: Kibbutz Daliah Guest House

Overnight: Kibbutz Dalia Guest House)

Tuesday, October 25

Travel to Moshav Gan Yoshia to visit a donkey and horse rescue center.

Taking a Stand: Visit Caesaria, ancient Roman capital of the Judean Province.

Visit Hai Bar Carmel endangered wildlife breeding and release center. Continue to Zichron Ya’akov, a town founded by early Zionist pioneers at the end of the 19th Century for an evening of wine-tasting and dinner with Etti Altman, founder and director of the NGO “Let Animals Live”.

Lunch-on own

Dinner: Zichron Winery

Overnight: Kibbutz Daliah Guest House)

Wednesday, October 26

Land of the Bible

Travel to the “Mukhraka”, site of the prophet Elijah’s confrontation with the prophets of Ba’al for a view of the Jezre’el Valley and a reading of this dramatic story. Mountains and Mystics: Visit Zefat for a tour of the alleys and synagogues of this city and a meeting with mystic artist Avraham Lowenthal. Arrive at Agmon Ha-Hula and see myriads of cranes and other exotic birds fly to Lake Hula for the night.

Transfer to Kibbutz Gonen Guest House. In the evening we’ll have a meeting and discussion with Nadav Israeli, head of the SPNI (Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel) Bird Center in Northern Israel.

Lunch-on own

Dinner at Kibbutz Gonen

Overnight: Kibbutz Gonen Guest House

Thursday, October 27

A View from the Heights

Ascend the Golan Heights and visit Mitzpeh Gadot, a former Syrian position from which the Syrians fired into Israel before the 1967 Six Day War. Continue for a nature walk along one of the streams of the Golan. Rafting on the Jordan River (if available). Begin our journey south with a visit to Tiberias for dinner and drive through the Jordan RiverValley to Jerusalem. Overnight in Jerusalem.

Lunch: On own

Dinner: Tiberias

Overnight: Jerusalem

Friday, October 28

Welcome to Jerusalem!

We will begin our visit in the city of Jerusalem with an overview of the city from the Haas Promenade. Enter the Old City of Jerusalem and intimately explore the Jewish Quarter. BakeHalla,the traditional bread for Shabbat, in the home of Jerusalem resident Ruth Schlossman. Continue to the exciting, vibrant market of Mahaneh Yehuda to experience the city as it prepares for Shabbat.

Walk through historic neighborhood of Nachlaot on the way to a small park where every Friday, volunteers for the city shelter display homeless dogs for adoption. Absorb the atmosphere of Shabbat evening at the Western Wall. Meet with some very special Jerusalemitesfor Dinner in the Old City. Optional “Oneg Shabbat” program after dinner.

Lunch-on own

Shabbat dinner in the Old City

Overnight: Jerusalem

Shabbat, October 29

Shabbat in Jerusalem

After a chance to rest, we will have Shabbat lunch back in the Jewish Quarter with Old City residents. Tour the Moslem, Christian and Armenian Quarters of the Old City, including walking on the Ramparts, visiting the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and a roof-top view of the entire city. Enjoy the “third meal” (dinner). Free evening to rest or explore Jerusalem’s many café-lined streets and lanes.

Shabbat lunch on own

Dinner on own


Lev Yerushalayim Hotel

Sunday, October 30

3,000 Years in Jerusalem

We’ll begin our day with a visit to The City of David, the remnants of the city founded by this biblical king. Tour Area “G” and explore the underground ruins of “Warren’s Shaft and Hezekiah’s Tunnel” and learn the dramatic history of the site. From Ashes to Redemption: Visit Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust Memorial and Museum. Gila Manolson on traditional Jewish dating, love, and marriage (at our hotel). Evening: Attend a Jewish wedding (upon availability) and learn the meaning of the ceremony.

Lunch and dinner on own

Monday, October 31

Gush Etzion. Travel south from Jerusalem to visit the Etzion Bloc of settlements. Pina Hama (Cozy Corner):Brief stop at free coffee shop for soldiers, run by volunteers. Hear the dramatic story of these settlements’ history in the War of Independence as portrayed in the audio-visual show at Kibbutz Kfar Etzion

Meet withGershon Ferency and taste the wines he makes in his boutique winery. Continue to Beit Oved to visit the Israel Guide Dog Center. Time permitting, explore one of the ancient Bar Kochba hideout caves. In the evening meet with world famous wildlife conservationist Bill Clark.

Lunch and dinner on own

Overnight: Lev Yerushalayim Hotel, Jerusalem

Tuesday, November 1

What Price Freedom?Travel to Masada for a tour of this desert fortress and a reflection on its complex legacy. Visit the Ein Gedi Reserve, with canyon trails of natural pools and waterfalls, ibex, and rock hyraxes. Swim in the Dead Sea, lowest point on earth.

In the evening meet with RabbiAdam Frank for a discussion on Judaism and the treatment of animals.

Lunch and dinner on own

Overnight: Lev Yerushalayim Hotel, Jerusalem

Wednesday, November 2

Policy and the Future. Visit the Jerusalem Bird Observatory, a conservation and education center. Meet with Members of Knesset involved in legislating barring fur imports. Visit Afrikef, where monkeys have been rescued, rehabilitated, and placed in natural environments. Final banquet in the beautiful hills of Neot Kedumim, the Biblical Landscape Reserve. Transfer to the airport for our flight back to the U.S.

Lunch on own

Dinner: Final Banquet

Program will be staffed by senior tour educator

All breakfast plus underlined meals are included in the package price.

Listed activities and speakers’ participation subject to confirmation.

This itinerary is proprietary to Keshet and is intended for the promotion of and to inform those considering joining this Keshet trip. It is not to be transmitted to any other party without prior authorization from Keshet.

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