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.
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: Charter landing 1 (early departure option) departs on May 9; charter landing 2 departs on May 10, arriving the next day in Israel. The mission officially begins on the morning of Thursday, May 11.
Whether you are taking advantage of an early departure option or flying in with the main contingent of M3 participants, everyone will meet on the tarmac for a warm, festive, VIP welcome when charter landing II arrives!
Visit Ammunition Hill, a key historic battle site from the years prior to the reunification of Jerusalem (1948 to 1967). On this fascinating guided tour, you will relive the history of the 1967 battle through the 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.
Afterwards, parade proudly with soldiers through Zion Gate into the Jewish Quarter of the old city, where drums and shofarot will accompany the flag-raising ceremony. Our powerful opening ceremony will take place at the Kotel, with our Mission Chairs greeting us, Ray Hakotel leading the Shehechyanu, and Shai Abramson and the rabbinical choir performing. We’ll also hear from special guest speakers. That night, enjoy an opening night celebration of Federation CJA’s Centennial at the Davidson Center. Reflect on this moving day as you enjoy a festive dinner under the magical Jerusalem sky.
Early risers can take advantage of yoga and running. Then enjoy a a hearty Israeli breakfast as you hear from experts on Israel current events.
Tour Har Herzl military cemetery with knowledgeable Israeli guides. Visit the graves of Presidents, Prime Ministers and Speakers of the Knesset, and take part in an exclusive and moving ceremony paying tribute to the brave young men and women who became fallen soldiers. Hear the personal stories of bereaved families and take the opportunity to thank them for their sacrifice.
Explore our history at one of several historical museums such as Yad Vashem or the Israel Museum, all with tours tailored to your particular interests (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. Enjoy a memorable Shabbat service, with live music by the Little angels choir and a Dvar Torah by one of the Mission Rabbis, as the sun sets on the hills of Judea. Visit the Kotel to join the diverse Jewish communities praying at this holy site, each one welcoming Shabbat in their own fashion. Delve into an optional text study with Mission Rabbis or enjoy pre-dinner cocktails at the Inbal and then dine at the exclusive and historic Jerusalem Train Station, built in 1892. Live entertainment will be there, capping off the perfect Shabbat experience.
Shabbat in Jerusalem, the City of Gold, is a Shabbat like no other. Explore your spiritual side at one of Jerusalem’s Shabbat services, participate in a Torah study and discussion group with the Mission Rabbi, or walk to the Kotel. Spend the morning and early afternoon learning at the home of a local rabbi, visiting a Yeshiva, taking part in a B’nai Mitzvah ceremony, or going on a guided walking tour of Mahane Yehuda or the Old and New City. Invite family and friends to join you for a traditional Shabbat lunch. Take part in Shabbat University, a unique opportunity to be enlightened by internationally renowned speakers on a wide range of fascinating topics. Then join fellow participants in an uplifting community havdallah ceremony celebrating l’dor vador, the multiple generations of our community.
Dinner and evening on your own. Explore Jerusalem’s nightlife at your leisure. Take advantage of our two optional activities (pre-registration required): the Jerusalem Night Spectacular (Tower of David Light Show) or a tour of the Western Wall tunnels.
Early risers can take advantage of yoga and running. Learn about cyberwarfare and cybersecurity during an informative breakfast session. Visit the “security belt” that was created after the reunification of Jerusalem in 1967. Tour the hilltop neighbourhoods of Gilo, Armon Hanatziv and Har Homa – which overlook Arab neighbourhoods, where Jews and Arabs reside side by side. Get better understandings of current issues facing Jerusalem today, including the controversial security fence.
Travel to Beer Sheva, the largest city in Southern Israel’s Negev desert and Federation CJA’s partnership region. 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 region’s transformation and participate in hands-on activities that will have a lasting effect on the community. Enjoy an exhibition at the Beer Sheva Science Park, where the Mayor of Beer Sheva and the Mayor of the regional council of Bnei Shimon will speak, and tons of live entertainment with some of Beer Sheva’s finest performers.
End the day with a Moroccan-themed BBQ on a remote desert location. This festive Desert Party will include tons of live entertainment, music, and many more surprises! Be ready to dance the night away.
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 impressive start-ups whose innovations are shaking up the world. Each track will allow you to gain a deeper insight into the track theme, enjoy the beautiful nature of the north, experience authentic Israeli cuisine and have a fun day!
The evening caps off with an intimate dinner with your bus in the vibrant city of Tel Aviv.
Overnight: Tel Aviv
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 briefing and get a first-hand understanding of Israel’s security challenges. Cap the night off at the majestic Beit She’an archaeological site, where you’ll meander through a magical street fair (with bustling shops, street performers, artists and craftsmen). Enjoy a special performance at the ancient Roman theatre with Voca People or Stomp (Mayumana) to celebrate Federation CJA’s 100 years of history and community!
As the journey unfolds, relationships within each bus deepen – bonds that will last long after the trip is over. Each bus will explore unique themes, taking advantage of a more intimate mission-within-a-mission experience on this individualized bus track day. To cap off this latest adventure, enjoy a delicious group dinner and sikkum in Tel Aviv with your fellow bus participants. Post-dinner, you’re free to enjoy the Tel Aviv nightlife on your own!
Uncover the energy of Tel Aviv, the center of Israeli culture. Enjoy a private tour of your choosing, visit renowned cultural sights and explore the history and modern day culture of this metropolitan city. Use your free time to relax at the beach or discover Tel Aviv’s traditional markets, with local artisans, captivating crafts and delicious shawarma stands. We’ll provide special discount coupons for last minute shopping! End the day with a spectacular “White Night” farewell party at Trask in the Tel Aviv Port. Legend, Israel’s top cover band, will perform, followed by a dance party with DJ. Revel in this incredible experience as you celebrate the end of our journey Mega Mission-style in the City That Never Sleeps!