Inside Israel Mission 2020
An exclusive chance to see Israel like never before!

April 22-30*


At this pivotal moment in Israel’s history – a time of immense opportunity, challenge, and uncertainty – join us for an unparalleled and unforgettable journey!


Learn from Israel’s most dynamic minds, innovative thinkers, and strategic leaders. Gain exclusive access to experiences closed to the public. Visit Sderot and meet its inspiring people on the frontlines of terror. And join us for an experience everyone should have at least once in their lifetime: Observe Yom Hazikaron and celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut in the heart of the Jewish state.

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The itinerary is subject to change.

*Departure from Toronto April 22, 2020. 
The mission begins in Israel mid-day on April 23.

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Inside Israel 2020

Itinerary is subject to change


16:30 Depart Toronto on AC flight #80


  • 10:00 Arrival in Israel
  • Group VIP assistance through passport control
  • Group transfer to the hotel
  • Mission kick-off and lunch at the hotel
  • Update on the “Mood of the Country,” with Member of the Knesset, Yair Golan followed by a tour of the Knesset
    Aluf Yair Golan is a retired major general in the Israel Defense Forces who served as Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Israel Defense Forces and is currently an MK for the Democratic Union. Previously, he served as the commander of Home Front Command and Northern Command
  • Shehecheyanu overlooking the Old City
  • Check into hotel and time to freshen up
  • Dinner at Touro restaurant with the Canadian Ambassador (TBC)
  • Night graffiti tour at Machane Yehuda Market with the artist, Solomon Souza (TBC)
    Machane Yehuda (the bustling, colourful and fragrant market known as 'The Shuk) at night is a whole different story. After all the shops close, a new and young Machane Yehuda comes to life! Join us to discover the new graffiti art appearing every night on the shops’ shields. In between, we will visit a few bars that are the heart of the new and exciting nightlife scene in Machane Yehuda market and taste popular Israeli drinks.
  • Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem


  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Jerusalem's Light Rail Tour (TBC)
    Take a ride on Jerusalem’s light rail, going through different neighbourhoods. Discuss the differences between East and West Jerusalem and the ongoing struggles between the city’s different communities.
  • Gain exclusive private access to the brand-new archeological finding at the City of David
    An archaeological site which is speculated to compose the original urban core of ancient Jerusalem
  • Lunch and time at leisure at Machane Yehuda Market
    Experience the frenzy and excitement prior to Shabbat.
  • Return to the hotel and time to freshen up
  • Depart the hotel to the Kotel
    Kabbalat Shabbat services led by Rav Rabinovitch, Rabbi of the Western Wall and Holy Sites, followed by candle lighting
  • Time for prayers at the Kotel
  • Depart the Kotel for dinner (by foot)
    Experience an authentic Shabbat dinner hosted at the home of a local family (TBC)
  • Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem


  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Optional: Attend Shabbat Services
  • Free time to rest or visit family and friends
  • Optional: Off-The-Beaten-Path guided walking tour of the Old City, visiting hidden gems and spiritual sites
  • Optional: Private tour of the Israel Museum (Open 10:30 – 16:00)
    Explore the renewed and wonderfully creative museum, with its wide-ranging and eclectic collection, from archeology and the Dead Sea scrolls, to Jewish Life and Art, European Art, Contemporary Israeli Art, to the open-air model of Jerusalem in the second Temple period.
  • Optional: Lunch at the hotel (At an additional cost, to be booked in advance)
  • A conversation with Dr. Ariel Levinson, Co-Founder and Director of the Jerusalem Secular Yeshiva (TBC)
    Ariel just completed his PhD in Hebrew Literature at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He is the winner of the Warburg Prize and the Nathan Rotenstreich Grant for Excellent Doctoral Students in the Humanities, given by the Council for Higher Education in Israel. He is also the winner of the Harry and Silvia Hoffman Leadership and Responsibility Fellowship Program in 2010-2013 at Hebrew University. He is the artistic director and curator of the Studio, a joint venture by the Gesher and Avichai Foundations. Ariel is also a cultural entrepreneur, as well as a founding partner and director of the BINA Jerusalem Secular Yeshiva.
  • Havdalah led by Shinshinim Alumni (Shevet)
    UJA’s Israel Engagement ShinShinim are young Israeli leaders who have just finished high school and come to the GTA for one year to volunteer in our community. Each year, the UJA ShinShinim are hosted by local Toronto families, and engage more than 3,000 Jewish community members with cutting edge programs focusing on contemporary Israel.
  • Private dinner at Eucalyptus Restaurant
  • Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem


  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Depart hotel to Yad Vashem
  • VIP visit of Yad Vashem
    We will offer two programs to participants: one for first-timers and one for repeaters
    Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, is the ultimate source for Holocaust education, documentation, commemoration and research. Yad Vashem is at the forefront of unceasing efforts to safeguard and impart the memory of the victims and the events of the Shoah period; to document accurately one of the darkest chapters in the history of humanity; and to grapple effectively with the ongoing challenges of keeping the memory of the Holocaust relevant today and for future generations.
  • Private visit to the new The Memorial Hall of Israel’s Fallen at Mount Herzl
  • Take part in exciting jeep ride through the Judean Desert
    Experience the beauty of the desert wilderness and the spectacular desert landscapes
  • Lunch with a view - The flavors of Israel in nature - Picnic lunch hosted by a chef (TBC)
  • Return to the hotel to freshen up
  • Depart the hotel to the Waldorf Hotel
  • Opening Gala - Yakir Keren Hayesod Award Ceremony
    Dinner and award-winning ceremony recognizing Keren Hayesod outstanding leaders. Guest speaker: The President of Israel (TBC).
  • Return to hotel: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem

MONDAY, APRIL 27 - Memorial Evening - Israel Remembrance Day

Yom HaZikaron, Israel Remembrance Day, begins this evening to commemorate all the soldiers and people who lost their lives in the struggle to defend the State of Israel. Israel Remembrance Day begins with a one-minute-long siren at 8:00pm which is heard throughout the country, during which the flag at the Western Wall is lowered to half-mast.

  • Breakfast at the hotel, followed by check-out
    Your luggage will be transferred to the hotel in Tel Aviv seperately
  • Visit to Peres Centre for Peace and Innovation
    The Peres Center for Peace and Innovation, founded in 1996 by the late President of Israel, Shimon Peres, develops and implements impactful and meaningful programs with a focus on promoting a prosperous Israel, nurturing and highlighting Israeli innovation, and paving the way for shared-living between all of Israel's citizens and lasting peace between Israel and its neighbours.
  • Continue to Sderot, UJA Toronto’s Partnership Community
    You will hear directly from residents living in the shadow of rocket attacks and see the impact of funds raised by UJA’s Israel Emergency Relief Fund
  • Enjoy lunch hosted by the community
  • Get an exclusive strategic briefing at the Black Arrow Monument overlooking Gaza by B.G. (Res.) Gal Hirsch
    Brigadier-General Gal Hirsch is one of the most experienced in the areas of Counter Terrorism, Counter Insurgency and Guerilla Warfare. He spearheaded Israel’s fight against terror for 25 years in all fronts as a commander of several elite units and as a field officer.
  • Take part in a Yom Hazikaron Memorial Ceremony in Latrun
    We will participate in this stirring ceremony commemorating fallen soldiers and victims of terror. The ceremony brings together thousands of people and is a unique and compelling experience that will remain with you for a long time.
  • Overnight: David Intercontinental Hotel, Tel Aviv

TUESDAY, APRIL 28 - Memorial Day - Israel Remembrance Day

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Meet with Saar Israeli, the only survivor of the Shayetet tragedy
  • 11:00 National Siren and ceremony at a local cemetary
    Yom HaZikaron is the day of national remembrance in Israel to commemorate all the people who lost their lives during the struggle to defend the State of Israel. On this day we mourn and remember our fallen soldiers and all lives lost by terror.
  • Light lunch en-route
    A home visit to a family touched by a loss who will share their story with us
    Yom Hazikaron is an incredibly difficult time for all Israelis who have lost any family member, friend and or loved ones.
  • Return to the hotel and time to rest
  • Celebrate Israel's 72 Yom Ha'atzmaut evening with friends from all over the world
  • Overnight: David Intercontinental Hotel, Tel Aviv


  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Depart hotel
  • Watch the Yom Haatzmaut Fly Over Air Show
    Every Yom Ha’atzmaut, the Israeli air force performs an air show which can be seen over much of the country. The show includes flyovers and acrobatics and is a real sight.
  • Take part in Yom Ha'atzmaut Parade (more details to follow)
    Yom Haatzmaut in Tel Aviv is a major time for celebration and the city takes to the streets to celebrate Israeli Independence
  • Return to hotel and time to freshen up
  • Cocktail Reception followed by a festive closing dinner and musical entertainment,at the House of Otzarin, Jaffa
    Between the beautiful alleys of Old Jaffa, surrounded by the sea lies Beit Otzarin, a 17th Century Ottoman Empire building who was transformed into a chic bohemian home. Here you will enjoy a cuisine that is styled with a touch of provincial France.
  • Overnight: David Intercontinental Hotel, Tel Aviv


  • Breakfast at the hotel, followed by check-out
  • Group transfer to Ben Gurion Airport, followed by VIP assistance
  • 11:55 Depart Israel back to Toronto on AC flight #81

Mission Dates:
April 22 –30, 2020

For more information, please contact Keren Levy at 416.631.5723 /

2020 Annual Campaign Chairs

Leonard Abramsky

Sara Zagdanski

Mission details


Our mission starts in Jerusalem on Thursday, April 23 at approximately 1:00 PM (Israel time) and concludes in Tel Aviv on Thursday, April 30 after breakfast.


  • Jerusalem: April 23 – 27, 2020 - Inbal Hotel, standard rooms
  • Tel Aviv: April 27 – 30, 2020 - David Intercontinental Hotel, standard rooms


  • Participants who are not extending their stay in Israel, in order to complete the trip with us, will depart Israel on Thursday, April 30, 2020. The flight (AC #80) departs Israel back to Toronto at 11:55 AM.
  • For participants who are travelling on the Mission travel dates (April 22 -30, 2020), a group transfer to/from the airport is included in your package. For those who will be arriving early or extending their stay in Israel and require arrival & departure arrangements, we will be happy to assist you with these bookings. Additional fees will apply. 
  • UJA strongly recommends that each participant purchase travel insurance, which provides for reimbursement for illness medical expense, accident medical expense, etc.  UJA does not provide insurance coverage. Travel insurance can be purchased through a travel agent.


  • Land Package - $4,250 USD per person [Based on double occupancy]
  • Single Supplement - $1,524 USD [A surcharge added to the cost per person when traveling alone]



  • Airfare and airport taxes
  • Incidental costs
  • Travel insurance
  • Pre/post-mission arrangements


Charges to your credit card will be made as follows:

  • Upon receipt of your application, $1,000 USD per person will be charged as a deposit
  • March 26, 2020 - Balance due in full and will be charged to your credit card

* Land cost is based on a minimum of 30 participants


  • All cancellations must be made in writing and received prior to April 22, 2020. Cancellation terms will be applied based on the date that the written cancellation is received.

  • From registration to March 31, 2020: 50% of the mission cost is non-refundable
  • From April 1, 2020 to day-of departure or no-show: no refund
  • Cancellation fees are subject to processing fees


Passports must be valid for at least six months beyond the return date of the mission.