October 18-28, 2021


Join us for an unrivaled, immersive adventure on the Israeli Culinary Innovation and Values Trip. Meet Israeli cooks in their own homes as well as innovative Israeli chefs. Savor flavorful food at restaurants, colorful street food vendors, lively markets, quality wineries, inventive cheese makers, boutique farms, and even ancient olive presses. Participate in hands-on culinary experiences in kitchens and homes. Meet and converse with key players of Israel’s dynamic food scene in intimate settings. Sample the best of Israel’s constantly evolving, rich and delicious culinary landscape.

The itinerary

Day 1: Monday, October 18

Hamotzi Lehem min Haaretz- Bringing Forth Bread from the Earth

Arrive in Israel

Depart the airport and drive north, with a stop at the Tulip Winery for Hamotzi and Shehehiyanu. With hamotzi we set the stage for the trip and acknowledge the source of our food and the godliness inherent in our ability to literally ‘bring forth bread from the earth’. Tulip Winery integrates the production of quality wines with social responsibility in Kfar Tikva, a small pastoral settlement whose population consists of people with special needs. Tulip aspires to enable members of the community to develop and realize their potential through working in the winery.

Drive to a scenic lookout to meet Avihai Tsabari, founder of Via Sabra, who will open the trip with a conversation: “What makes Israel a unique culinary story?”

Dinner at a 1910 Restaurant Deganya

Overnight: North-Ramot

Day 2: Tuesday, October 19

Breakfast at the hotel

Meet the Raw Ingredients of Israeli Cuisine, the ingredients that come from the land and those that have been brought to the kitchen by the many immigrant.

Olive picking followed by a visit Reish Lakish a family-owned olive oil press. Meet the family, see the process of making olive oil, and eat a delicious lunch using products of the press and garden.

Visit the ancient city of Zipori

Wine tasting at Jezreel Winery

Visit the Shuk in the Arab village of Arrabe

Cooking Workshop- Together with your hosts in their private home, prepare traditional Druze Galilean dishes and then enjoy the feast you create. Learn about Druze culture and history from your hosts and from the food you eat.

Overnight: North-Ramot

Day 3: Wednesday, October 20

The Multicultural Tapestry of the Galilee

Breakfast at the hotel

Visit and tour Kinneret Cemetery, and explore stories of pioneers, underdogs and poets

Continue to the Tunisian Synagogue in Akko, decorated with murals from bottom to top with numerous themes expressed throughout- you will be amazed!

Lunch at the legendary Uri Buri Restaurant

Explore the subterranean Crusader fortress including a tunnel that extends from the fortress to the port. Continue to tour the city while you eat local Arab sweets and learn about the ancient history as well as its important role Akko plays in Israel’s modern history.

Drive to Jerusalem and check into your hotel

Dinner at Hatzot, which is a part of Jerusalem’s history. Two brothers, Abraham and Michael Ajami founded this landmark family restaurant in 1970. Located on Agripas Street between the Machne Yehuda Market and Nachlaot, one of the older neighborhoods in Jerusalem. Legend has it that Meurav Yerushalmi - the favorite Israeli mixed grill dish - was born at Hatzot Restaurant.

Overnight: Jerusalem-Herbert Samuel

Day 4: Thursday, October 21

The Migration of the Market

Breakfast at the hotel

Experience Jerusalem’s Old City in a unique way through a Tastes of Jerusalem tour.

Ashkenazic Jewish food traditions with Shmil Holland, one of Jerusalem’s most well-known chefs whose inspiration comes from his grandmother’s stories and Eastern European recipes. Make Jerusalem Kugel in Shmil’s kitchen and talk about Ashkenazic, Sephardic, Arab, Israeli, and Jewish Food.

Free time to digest

Machane Yehuda market "tasting tour dinner"- Enjoy the hustle and bustle with all the rich fragrances, colors and sounds this market has to offer. The tour will include a stop at the legendary Azura restaurant.

A taste of the Ultra-Orthodox world-walk the streets of the ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods, get to know the people, the food, and feel the vibrations of this life. On a busy Thursday night, when people are preparing for Shabbat, gain a more complex appreciation for the people by listening to their music, visiting synagogues, various institutions, seeing unique leisure, fashion, and art this world encompasses, and, of course by eating freshly baked challah.

Overnight: Jerusalem-Herbert Samuel

Day 5: Friday, October 22

Culinary Social Entrepreneurship

Breakfast at the hotel

Start the day at Kaima Farm – Through volunteering, understand some of the challenges Israel faces and take a small role in addressing these challenges. At the Farm we’ll be picking vegetables and hear about this project and how it serves the youth who are changing their lives through their work at the farm.

The Lives and Recipes of Beit Shemesh-Mate Yehuda Women, a Jewish Agency for Israel supported program. Eat lunch in the home of one of the women who is part of the area’s Women’s Empowerment program designed to harness the strength of women’s skills, backgrounds, and interests to help them achieve their dreams. These women have entered the world of business entrepreneurship through sharing and cooking their ethnic meals.

Return to Jerusalem to rest and prepare for Shabbat

Kabbalat Shabbat options- as a group or with a local congregation

Shabbat dinner in a private venue with lone soldiers.

Overnight: Jerusalem-Herbert Samuel

Day 6: Saturday, October 23

Shabbat Abundance

Breakfast at the hotel

Optional for Shomrei Shabbat:

Walking tour of Jerusalem beyond the walls, the first neighbourhoods built outside of the Old City. This tour includes: Mishkenot Shaananim, Rehavia, Nahalat Shiva and Part of Nachlaot.

Otherwise -

Explore the Jerusalem Hills at the beautiful Sataf forest for a hike through the area. The Sataf is on the site of ancient agricultural terraces which date to the time of the ancient Israelites.

Along the walk, forage for edible plants.

Wine tasting at Seahorse boutique winery in Bar Giora. Seahorse winery is considered one of the best boutique wineries in Israel.

In private villa outside of Jerusalem indulge in a Jewish Shabbat Brunch - enjoy the variety of classic ethnic foods that are part of the Shabbat day meal. These dishes are brought directly from the homes in which the food was cooked for families that share their heritage and flavors.

Return to Jerusalem

Dinner and evening on your own

Overnight: Jerusalem-Herbert Samuel

Day 7: Sunday, October 24

Desert Dreams and Miracles

Breakfast at the hotel, Depart Jerusalem and drive South.

Drive to the Bedouin town Rahat to meet the young adults participating in Kehillot Bnei Makom, a pioneering JDC supported initiative led by the Centers for Young Adults. The center grooms cadres of young leaders in the periphery of Israel and you’ll meet the members of Rahat Bnei Makom through a culinary experience.

Continue to the Ramat Negev Desert AgroResearch Center: The scientific and technological research at the RNDARC is creating more effective agricultural methods, new crops and livestock and ecological use of saline or brackish water irrigation in this previously unproductive land.

Visit a project of HaShomer HaHadash, which takes responsibility for safeguarding Israel’s lands through agriculture, forestry, and education.

Step back in time at Avdat, one of the towns along Nabatean Spice route is Avdat which is over 2,000 years old. Learn about ancient agriculture methods that are being reclaimed today.

Wine tasting at the Kerem Ramon Winery whose wines are produced from top-quality grapes that come from organic vineyards and cared for entirely by human hands- no mechanical machines are used. Pending availability, pick some of the last grapes of the season.

Check into the hotel with free time before dinner.

Dinner at the hotel

Overnight: Mitzpe Ramon- Beresheet Hotel

Day 8: Monday, October 25

“In the Desert, You Can Remember Your Name”

Breakfast at the hotel

Morning hike and meditation

Jeep ride in Makhtesh Ramon

When it’s time for lunch meet Hadas Meir of the Lasha Desert Bakery who will guide you in a bread baking workshop. “For Meir, baking is a spiritual thing. ‘I think bread is a blessed food. It is the most moving interpretation of combining matter and spirit. Even physically, bread is spiritual in essence. You’ll have a lunch of salads and bread.

Free time at Beresheet

Dinner in the crater, under the stars along with Star Gazing, and “Kumzitz”

Overnight: Mitzpe Ramon-Beresheet

Day 9: Tuesday, October 26


Breakfast & Check out from the hotel

Stop at Sde Boker to visit the grave of David Ben Gurion, Israel’s first Prime Minister, whose vision for settling the desert is continuing to bloom. Throughout the day, you’ll see his vision come to life.

Drive to Ashkelon to have coffee and cake at Gvanim BaCafe, a JDC supported café operated by people with mental illness. Speak to the manager and head chef and learn how trauma can be transformed into positive action.

Continue to Rehovot.

Partnership2Gether with Minneapolis's partnered city, Rehovot

Dinner in Rehovot with your partners

Overnight: Tel Aviv-Royal Beach

Day 10: Wednesday, October 27

Food Justice

Breakfast at the hotel

Breakfast with Gideon Ben Ami, founder of Pesia’s Kitchen. Pesia’s Kitchen, founded in 2011, focuses on rescuing nutritious, freshly prepared food and delivering it to those who need it most. They believe that no food should go to waste when there are so many people living in chronic hunger. For each person in the group, an additional meal will be purchased and donated through Gideon.

Visit an urban garden in a school for children of Asylum Seekers - a project of the Association for Urban Farming, a non-profit organization based in Tel Aviv that promotes urban agricultural infrastructure in cities around the world. The association sponsors programs throughout the city, including urban gardening in schools and commercial centers.

On your way to Kfar Malal, have a lunch of street food in Hod HaSharon- eat at Sabich HaSharon and Falafel Kaduri, considered some of the best in Israel.

Visit the Yevulim Farm in Kfar Malal where developmentally disabled adults learn gardening, farming and cooking and develop skills for successful employment and independent living. Through the work at the farm they grow self-confidence, social skills, and optimism. A JDC supported program.

Art Gallery Tour or Fashion Tour

Dinner at Mashya, the epitome of Modern Israeli Cuisine

Overnight: Tel Aviv-Royal Beach

Day 11: Thursday, October 28

Market to Market

Food doesn’t exist in a cultural vacuum- in Tel Aviv’s Florentine neighborhood Street Art, like Cuisine, is a study in transition and contrasts- trendy establishments exist side by side near original Mom & Pop stores. Decode the vibrant street art scene.

Battae Ethiopian Heritage Center

Together with Ronit Vered, an Israeli food writer, editor and cookbook author and an expert on Israeli and Jewish cuisine, survey the future trends related to food in Israel and the popularity of street food as you tour the Levinsky Market with Ronit.

The heart of the matter- Tour the Carmel Market, Tel Aviv’s biggest market, and the neighborhood around it- Kerem Hateimanim, the Yemenite Quarter.

Free time in Tel Aviv

Dinner at M25 – joining chef Jonathan Borowitz, explore with him his butchery, street food stand and famous restaurant. Go behind the scenes to see what a successful market restaurant looks like.

Transfer to the airport



$4800 - $5200  USD

Price per person in a double room

Terms and conditions:

  • The above rate is valid for payment made by credit card or wire transfer

  • Deposit of $500 per person upon individual registration, due upon decision to book

  • Balance due 45 days prior to the trip

Cancellation Policy:

  • If the trip is cancelled owing to COVID-19 restrictions, we will refund 100% of fees collected from participants. 

  • For cancellations up to 45 days prior, the penalty will be $500.00 US per person (the deposit)

  • For 45 to 8 days prior to departure the penalty will be 50% of the total tour cost per person

  • For 7 to 0 days prior to departure the penalty will be 100% of the total tour cost per person


  • Transportation throughout the trip for all programmed activities

  • group transfer to/from Ben Gurion Airport 

  • Hosted by a licensed Tour Guide

  • Hotels throughout the trip including breakfast (upgrades available)

  • All breakfasts, meals as indicated in blue on the itinerary

  • All site entry fees and activities in the itinerary

  • Portage at the airport and the hotel

  • Water or snacks on the bus

Not included:

  • Airfare

  • Travel and health insurance (recommended)

  • Tips for tour guide and drivers

  • Activities and tours mentioned as optional

  • Meals not in the program or mentioned as on own

  • Personal Expenses

  • Guests at meals

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