A Wider Bridge is proud to present our 4th annual LGBTQ Israel trip! Join us from October 21-October 30, 2014 (9 nights) to see Israel as you’ve never seen it before– through an LGBT lens. Find out more about the trip, Register for the trip and find scholarship information here.
Join A Wider Bridge for our 4th annual trip for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ) persons, partners, friends and allies. The 9 night journey takes us to the desert, Tel Aviv, the Galilee and Jerusalem, connecting modern Israeli life with our deep historical roots. Participants on the A Wider Bridge trip are gay men, lesbians, transgender people and allies and are 21+. We want you to join us!
Hike in the desert, swim in the Dead Sea, visit the old city of Jerusalem, Yad Vashem and the ruins of Masada. We’ll meet with LGBTQ and ally leaders of organizations from the Agudah (the Israeli national LGBT taskforce), the Jerusalem Open House, Bat Kol (the religious lesbian organization), Havruta (an organization of Orthodox Jewish gay men), and so many more! Together we will build a community, sing together, celebrate Shabbat with new friends and savor the culture and nightlife of Tel Aviv, one of the leading LGBTQ cities of the world!
Summary of Itinerary and Accommodation
Please note that some activities may be added or adjusted prior or during the trip. A final, more detailed itinerary will be provided upon your arrival. Times noted are approximate for now.
1 night Kfar Hanokdim – check in Oct 21 / check out Oct 22
Day 1: Journey to the Desert
- Opening Session: Orientation, Getting Acquainted, Learning, Discussion and Song
- Bedouin Dinner Feast
- A Night Walk in the Desert
4 nights Art Plus Tel Aviv – check in Oct 22 / check out Oct 26
Day 2: From the Desert to Tel Aviv
- Climb the Roman Steps and tour Masada. Return via Cable Car.
- Lunch, Float and Play at the Dead Sea – Mineral Beach
- 3 pm — Bus to Tel Aviv
- Check in and relax at the Art Plus Hotel
- Dinner at Maganda, a great Israeli restaurant in Tel Aviv. Special guest: Gal Uchovsky, writer and journalist who has often been named “the most influential gay person in Israeli media.”
- After dinner: A chance to explore Tel Aviv nightlife (or go back to hotel and sleep)
Day 3: Tel Aviv
- Walking tour around Tel Aviv and the old port city of Jaffa
- Lunch on your own and shopping at Shuk HaCarmel, Tel Aviv’s busy market area
- Afternoon: Visit the Yitzhak Rabin Center, the only museum in Israel to explore the development of the modern state of Israel
- Israeli Political Perspectives: Panel Discussion
- Dinner on your own and a free evening to explore Tel Aviv
Day 4: Tel Aviv
- Visit to Independence Hall, the site of the birthplace of the modern state of Israel
- Meet LGBT Community leaders at Tel Aviv’s LGBT Center (Lunch provided)
- Afternoon at your leisure, time to shop, rest or relax
- Shabbat Services followed by a Group Shabbat Dinner with the LGBT Community of Yachad Minyan, an Orthodox community that has many LGBT members. During dinner we will learn about the work of Havruta, Bat Kol and The Pride Minyan, organizations that serve Israel’s religious LGBT community.
- Optional Tel Aviv Nightlife
Day 5: Tel Aviv
- Morning: Optional Learning and Discussion Study Session with members of BINA, Israel’s “secular yeshiva”
- Shabbat Lunch
- Afternoon: Optional activities including a Tel Aviv Architectural Tour, or enjoying Tel Aviv’s beaches
- 7 pm: Special musical night featuring Israeli LGBT performers at a local Tel Aviv Club. This is a very special evening just for our group and our guests.
- Optional Tel Aviv Nightlife
1 night HaGoshrim guesthouse – check in Oct 26 / check out Oct 27
Day 6: Exploring Israel North
- Leave for Zarqa Bay, Explore the coastal Arab village of Jisr-al-Zarqa. Visit a unique guesthouse run as a joint project of Arabs and Jews. Lunch provided.
- Afternoon: Explore the ancient city of Tzipori and other sites in the Galilee Region
- Check-in, and Group Dinner at Kibbutz HaGoshrim
- Evening program: Sharing our stories. Singing.
3 nights Arthur hotel, Jerusalem – check in Oct 27 / check out Oct 30
Day 7: From the North to Jerusalem
- Morning: Exploring more sites in the Galilee Region of Israel’s North
- Afternoon: Explore, shop and lunch on your own in Tsfat, the center of Jewish mysticism in Israel
- Arrive in Jerusalem at one of the city’s Panoramic Vista Points
- Visit the Jerusalem Open House, the city’s flagship LGBT center
- Group Dinner, with representatives of “Ruach Chadasha” (New Spirit), an organization of young people working to bring “new spirit” to the experience of living in Jerusalem.
Day 8: Jerusalem
- Group tour in the incredible and diverse Old City – from the city rooftops to the Kotel (the Western Wall) to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre
- Shop, eat lunch, and continue to explore the quarters of the Old City on your own
- High-tech afternoon at Jerusalem Venture Partners, a venture capital firm and start-up accelerator. We will meet Bakehila, a JVP community non-profit working to increase social mobility in disadvantaged Jerusalem neighborhoods.
- Dinner at Tmol Shilshom, with esteemed Israeli gay author David Ehrlich
- Night tour of the tunnels at the Western Wall
Day 9: Jerusalem
- Visit to Yad v’Shem, Israel’s moving living memorial to the Holocaust
- Free time for lunch and shopping at Mahane Yehuda, Jerusalem’s bustling marketplace
- Group dinner. Location and program to be announced.
- After dinner: Options for exploring Jerusalem night life.
Day 10: Jerusalem and Farewell
- Morning: Meet Tomer Persico, PhD, Lecturer and journalist, a leading expert on the diversity of religious denominations and practices in Israeli society
- Afternoon: Visit to the Israeli Supreme Court and/or the Israel Museum, Israel’s largest cultural institution and an archeological goldmine
- Closing conversations, rituals, and group reflections on our trip together
- 7 pm: Transportation available for those heading back to Ben Gurion Airport
$2700 double occupancy. Single supplement is $765
The tour price includes superior hotel accommodations for nine nights, breakfast daily, seven dinners and three lunches, luxury motor coach ground transportation, professional English-speaking tour guides, and program costs.
Participants arrange their own air transportation to Israel.
Please Note: A deposit of $500 is due at the time of registration. All but $250 of the deposit is refundable up until 12:00 a.m. PST on September 15, 2014. Refund requests must be received via email to firstname.lastname@example.org before this time. After this time, refund requests will not be guaranteed and will be considered on a case-by-case basis based on our ability to fill your spot.
Financial assistance is available.