Itinerary - Montreal Mega Mission 2017

ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS

ACTIVITIES BY DAY

Check out the daily breakdown of the Centennial Mega Mission below.
Over the coming months, this itinerary will continue to bloom like the Negev, so check back regularly.

Wednesday May 10*

Magical

Embark on the journey of a lifetime in celebration of our community’s centennial. Board a special direct Air Canada flight* from Montreal with hundreds of fellow participants, flying high on anticipation and excitement. A VIP greeting like no other awaits you in the homeland.

* Please note flight 1 (early departure option) departs on May 9; flight 2 departs on May 10, arriving the next day in Israel. The mission officially begins on the morning of Thursday, May 11.  

Thursday May 11

Unforgettable

Visit Ammunition Hill, a key historic battle site from the years prior to the reunification (1948 to 1967).  With a guided tour of the site, you will relive the history of the 1967 battle and hear personal stories from IDF Paratroopers and Armored Corps who actually fought in those very bunkers and trenches.  Mark the emotional 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem and take part in a special ceremony honouring veterans.

Parade proudly with soldiers through Zion Gate into the Jewish Quarter of the old city.  Arrive at the Kotel where our powerful opening ceremony will take place. Reflect on this moving day and enjoy a festive dinner under the magical Jerusalem sky.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Friday May 12

Meaningful

Enjoy a hearty Israeli breakfast as you hear from experts on Israel current events. Tour Har Herzl military cemetery and take part in an exclusive and moving ceremony paying tribute to fallen soldiers.

Trace our history at one of several historical museums such as Yad Vashem or the Israel Museum, all with tours tailored to your particular level of interest (consult all the options here). Then enjoy a free afternoon in Jerusalem, with time to eat, shop at the renowned Mahane Yehuda market and prepare for Shabbat.

Participate in a meaningful Kabbalat Shabbat at the Southern Wall Excavation overlooking the city of David and enjoy a memorable Shabbat service as the sun sets on the hills of Judea. Dine at an exclusive and historic setting, under the stars, perfect for a Shabbat experience.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Saturday May 13

Enriching

Shabbat in Jerusalem, the City of Gold, is a Shabbat like no other.  Explore your spiritual side; choose from a range of educational touring options including learning at the home of a local Rabbi, a Yeshiva visit, a B’Nai Mitzvah ceremony or an interactive hike. Invite family and friends for a traditional Shabbat lunch. Take part in Shabbat University, an enriching opportunity to be enlightened by acclaimed speakers on a wide range of topics. Then join fellow participants in a moving community havdallah ceremony celebrating l’dor vador, the multiple generations of our community.

Dinner and evening on your own, a chance to explore the nightlife of Jerusalem at your leisure. Optional activities with advance reservation: the Jerusalem Night Spectacular (Tower of David Light Show) or a tour of the Western Wall tunnels.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Sunday May 14

Unique

Learn about cyberwarfare and cybersecurity during an informative breakfast session.  Visit hilltop sites which overlook various Jerusalem neighborhoods to better understand current issues related to security and protection of the region.
Travel by express train to Beer Sheva, the largest city in the Negev desert of Southern Israel. Witness first-hand how two decades of partnership between the Jewish community of Montreal and the region of Beer Sheva – Bnei Shimon has helped the desert bloom into the promise of the nation. Learn about the transformation of the region, our ongoing partnership, and participate in hands-on activities that will have a lasting effect on the community.

End the day in a festive celebration on a remote private beach and dance the night away.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Monday May 15

Exciting

Your Israel, your way. Get up close and personal with Israel by planning your own itinerary from over 30 customized choices. Options include: An Israel 101 track for first timers; the chance to visit an IDF base and go behind the scenes with soldiers in training; a unique trailblazing adventure on cliffs overlooking majestic scenic vistas; a delicious chance to sample Israel’s culinary delicacies; and access to start-ups that are shaking up the world with their innovations.

Evening caps off in the vibrant city of Tel Aviv with time to explore and dine at your leisure.

Overnight: Tel Aviv

Tuesday May 16

Breathtaking

A day in the Golan takes you to new heights of beauty and history. Israel’s Northern region is a scenic wonder, from the nature reserve containing the remains of the ancient Jewish city to the rolling hills and picturesque vistas. Spend a day exploring nature—by ATV, horseback, bike, or foot—then taste the fruit of the vine at top wineries. Take part in a special IDF training course and get a first-hand understanding of Israel’s security challenges. Cap the night off at the majestic Beit She’an archaeological site, meander through a magical street fair and enjoy a special performance celebrating Federation CJA’s 100 years of history and community.

Overnight: Tel Aviv

Wednesday May 17

Memorable

As the journey unfolds, relationships within each bus deepen – lasting long after the trip is over.  Each bus will explore different unique themes, taking advantage of a more intimate mission-within-a-mission experience on this individualized bus track day. To cap off this informative day, enjoy a delicious group dinner in Tel Aviv with your fellow bus participants.

Overnight: Tel Aviv

Thursday May 18

Enchanting

Uncover the energy of Tel Aviv, the center of Israeli culture. Start your day with a walking tour, visit renowned cultural sights and explore the history and modern day culture of this metropolitan city. Enjoy free time to discover Tel Aviv’s traditional markets with street-side artisans, captivating crafts and delicious shawarma stands. End the day with a spectacular “White Night” farewell party, revelling in the experience of this incredible journey, celebrating Mega Mission style in the City That Never Sleeps!

Overnight: Tel Aviv

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