Tour Options - Montreal Mega Mission 2017

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May 12: Jerusalem Your Way!

On May 12th, following a moving ceremony at Har Herzl, you will have the opportunity to trace our history with one of our many museum tours tailored to your interests. Check out the options below.

Yad Vashem

Yad Vashem is Israel’s official memorial to the victims of the Holocaust. Established in 1953, it is the world centre for Holocaust documentation, research, education and commemoration.

Herzl Museum

The Herzl Museum provides a spectacular audio-visual encounter with the visionary behind the Jewish State, and offers a thought-provoking, hour-long portrait of Herzl’s insights about the Jewish world.

Menachem Begin Heritage Museum

This experiential, multimedia museum tells the story of one of the most important chapters in Israel’s history, through the life of Nobel Peace Prize winner and former Israeli Prime Minister, Menachem Begin.

Museum of Underground Prisoners

The Museum of Underground Prisoners is a museum commemorating the activity of the Jewish underground Haganah, Irgun and Lehi during the period leading up to the State of Israel’s establishment.

Israel Museum

The Israel Museum is the largest cultural institution in Israel. Ranked among the world’s leading art and archaeology museums, it includes works dating from prehistory to the present day.

City of David

The City of David is an archeological park dedicated to the story of Jerusalem: Its wars and hardships, prophets and kings, and Jewish history during Biblical times.

Jewish Quarter

The Jewish Quarter, located in the southeastern sector of the walled city, is one of four traditional quarters in the Old City. It is home to around 2,000 residents, as well as numerous yeshivas and synagogues.

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May 18: Tel Aviv Your Way!

Spend your morning enjoying one of our 9 different tour options in vibrant, cosmopolitan Tel Aviv, Israel’s cultural centre.

Choose a tour, or use the time to explore Tel Aviv on your own!

Limited spaces are available on each tour and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

To sign up, log into your online registration, call 514.345.2017, or email montrealmegamission2017@federationcja.org.

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May 18: Tel Aviv Your Way!

Spend your morning enjoying one of our 9 different complementary tour options in vibrant, cosmopolitan Tel Aviv, Israel’s cultural centre. Choose a tour, or use the time to explore Tel Aviv on your own!

Limited spaces are available on each tour and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.To sign up, log into your online registration, call 514.345.2017, or email montrealmegamission2017@federationcja.org.

Alternative Tel Aviv

Visit Tel Aviv’s most bohemian and upbeat neighbourhood with leading local Israeli artists and street art experts. Learn about contemporary Israeli culture through the writing on the wall, graffiti, bumper stickers and even painted garbage bins. Walking the streets, you will have a chance to interact with locals and truly feel what it means to be a young Israeli today. Tour ends at Carmel Market.

Batei Haosef – IDF History Museum, The White City
& Buahaus Tour

The Israel Defense Forces History Museum – Batei HaOsef (The Collection Houses) is a museum dedicated to the history of Israel’s military, from the underground organizations active during the British Mandate for Palestine to the modern day Israel Defense Forces. It showcases rare collections ranging from secret weapons caches used during the British Mandate up to the sophisticated weaponry of today’s IDF. The museum provides visitors an authentic encounter with pivotal historical events.

The White City and Bauhaus tour: The city of Tel Aviv is literally an open museum of the International Style in architecture.  During the 1930s, while the Modernist art movement reached its apogee in Europe, Tel Aviv was in a stage of intensive development. Most of the architects working in the new city at that time were of European background and brought with them the ideas of the Modernist movement. These architects, influenced by the works of Le Corbusier, Erich Mendelsohn and the Bauhaus School of Art and Design, constructed a large number of buildings in the central area of Tel Aviv. Tel Aviv was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO due to it concentration of Bauhaus style buildings.

Beit Hatfutsot – The Museum of the Jewish People & The Ben Gurion Home

Beit Hatfutsot is a vibrant, dynamic, interactive educational and cultural institution, strengthening Jewish identity and perpetuating Jewish Peoplehood worldwide.  Beit Hatfutsot presents the 4,000-year-old story of the Jewish people — past, present and future – through a remarkable combination of images, exhibits, and models, as well as a unique database integrating family names, genealogy, Jewish music, films and photographs. The Museum plays an integral role in strengthening Jewish identity and perpetuating Jewish heritage worldwide, respecting tradition while acknowledging new aspects of Jewish life.

The house of Paula and David Ben-Gurion remains as it was during their lifetime, with the original furniture and objects which served them during the time they lived there. The house contains David Ben-Gurion’s rich library of over 20,000 titles on various subjects. It is a fascinating visit!

The Etzel Museum & Walking Tour of the American Colony 

The Etzel was an underground organization which fought for the establishment of a Jewish state in the Land of Israel. The museum traces the group’s evolution from the UN resolution on the division of the land on November 29, 1947 up until the Etzel’s integration into the IDF following the latter’s creation. The exhibit includes historical documents, photos, film footage, press cuttings, maps, models, weapons and a computerized information station. The focal point of the exhibit is a sound and light show about the operation to free Jaffa on Chol Hamo’ed Pesach (April 25-28, 1948).

The American Colony is located in the south of Tel Aviv and is quite possibly one of the best-kept secrets in town. Situated between the Florentin and Noga neighbourhoods, this small and quaint area has a very unique look, feel and history. Walking down the cobblestone streets, you’ll be surprised to see wooden homes, a church with stained glass windows, and a mix of crumbling ruins and new villas. Don’t be surprised if you see meticulously preserved 150-year-old homes next to four-story buildings with luxury apartments!

Independence Hall & Walking Tour of Kerem Ha-Teimanim Neighbourhood

Visit Independence Hall, where it all began, and hear the voice of Israel’s first Prime Minister, David Ben Gurion, as he declares statehood under the looming threat of attack from an enemy of mammoth proportions. The Dizengoff House, that would eventually become Independence Hall, is the birthplace of Tel Aviv. On this site, 66 families gathered on April 1909 to conduct a lottery for plots of land in a new Jewish neighbourhood. Meir and Zina Dizengoff acquired plot number 43, on which they built their home. Dizengoff became the first mayor of the city of Tel Aviv.

Kerem Ha-Teimanim is one of Tel Aviv’s last authentic treasures, a hidden corner of the city that remains rich with nostalgia and authenticity. This charming old neighbourhood was built in the late 19th century by Yemenites and it was the first area of Tel Aviv to be built outside what was then the thriving port city of Jaffa. The Yemenite Quarter, as it was later called, was the beginning of the new city of Tel Aviv. The neighbourhood’s architecture was based on the designs of the former Jewish ghettos in Yemen, with colonial British and ancient Hebrew features.

The Israeli Museum at the Yitzhak Rabin Center
and Rabin Square

The Yitzhak Rabin Center is the national institute established by the Knesset in 1997 to advance the legacy of the late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, a ground-breaking, visionary leader whose life was cut short by a devastating assassination. The centrepiece of the Yitzhak Rabin Center experience is The Israeli Museum. Comprised of nearly 200 short documentary films, visitors explore the history and makings of the State via exhibit halls – each focused on historical turning points in the country’s development. The exhibits present the conflicts, social challenges and dilemmas the country faced, as well as its successes. Along the inner corridor, and interwoven with the exhibits’ narratives, is the life story of Yitzhak Rabin, the connecting thread in the country’s history and development.

Walk to Rabin Square and visit the memorial that stands on the spot where Rabin was assassinated (at the northeast corner of the square, below City Hall). Part of the memorial is a small, open legacy wall for Rabin.

The Palmach Museum & Neve Tzedek

The Palmach Museum is showcasing the Palmach legacy through the stories of individuals and groups. Visitors to the museum follow the group of young recruits from Palmach’s establishment, through the story of the Palmach until the end of the War of Independence.  The manner of presentation is extremely innovative. There are no displays or documents, but rather an account of a fascinating personal story accompanied by three-dimensional decor, films and various effects incorporating documentary materials. The remarkably realistic sets, sounds, lighting, special effects and even moving rooms, make the visitor feel immersed in this extraordinary experience.

Walk to the historic neighbourhoods of Tel Aviv: Neve Tzedek and Neve Shalom. In 1887, the city that would eventually become Tel Aviv began, when a Jewish neighbourhood called Neve Tzedek was established outside the walls of the ancient port city of Jaffa. Three years later, a second Jewish neighbourhood outside Jaffa’s walls, Neve Shalom, was established nearby.  Within the span of a decade these neighbourhoods became the centre of Jewish Jaffa’s public and cultural life.  Walk through this historic area and learn about its famous residents, including Nobel Prize winning author S. Y. Agnon, Israel’s national poet Chaim Nahman Bialik and the painter Nachum Guttman.

Tel Aviv on Wheels

As a beach city, Tel Aviv has one of Israel’s most beautiful skylines. Enjoy a guided bike ride along the Tel Aviv shore, feel the Mediterranean breeze against your skin, enjoy the beach promenade’s bustling atmosphere and marvel at how the city’s white buildings merge with the light sand along this stunning coastline.

Tel Aviv University

Tel Aviv and Tel Aviv University are one in the same – a thriving Mediterranean center of diversity and discovery. Enjoy a personalized tour of the university; Israel’s largest, most comprehensive and most innovative. Some of the main attractions you will visit include the Steinhardt Museum of Natural History, a magnificent, soon-to-be-opened facility for research and display of 5 million specimens, the Cymbalista Synagogue and Jewish Heritage Center and the Capsule Building/ Porter School of Environmental Studies, which has been rated one of 17 leading “green” buildings in the world, and a living laboratory for sustainability technologies. You will also have the chance to witness first-hand the impact the Montreal Jewish community has had on Tel Aviv University’s transformation into a globally renowned institution over the last 60 years.

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