Jewish War Veterans' 30th Annual Mission to Israel
April 24-May 4, 2017
Join us on our 30th Annual Mission to Beautiful and Historic Israel!
We visit places other groups do not visit. Meet Israelis and their leaders.
Get updated briefings. Enjoy fun and comradeship with fellow veterans.
Everyone is welcome! You do not have to be a veteran or Jewish to enjoy traveling with us.
It’s more than a tour, it’s a meaningful experience!
For more information, please contact Christy Turner at
or at 202-265-6280, extension 417.
Click here to download trip cost and registration materials
Itinerary for JWV's 30th Annual Mission to Israel
Monday, April 24: Nonstop flight from JFK on EL AL, Israel Airlines. Experience Israeli ambiance even before you arrive. Dinner, breakfast, and in-flight entertainment on board.
Welcome home! You have just returned from a lifetime experience!
Tuesday, April 25: Arrival in Tel Aviv. Panoramic city tour and check in to our beach front hotel. Dinner at hotel.
Wednesday, April 26: Meeting with US Military Attache, and a briefing at TZEVET followed by a Tel Aviv city tour including the Palmach Museum or Rabin Center.
Thursday, April 27: After breakfast we go south to the town of Sderot. Meet Brigadier General (Res.) Shalom Harari for a field briefing about Gaza Strip. Visit an Iron Dome anti-missile battery. On the way to Jerusalem, a short stop at the 9/11 memorial. Dinner and overnightin Jerusalem.
Friday, April 28: After breakfast we have a full day in Jerusalem. We start the day at Yad Vashem, Israel’s official memorial to the victims of the Holocaust and a world renowned research center on Holocaust Studies. As you enter this place, you walk from dark to light, to remind us that the Jewish people survived from darkest of times to the light of Jerusalem.
We will also visit the Israel Museum, house of the Shrine of the Book, where the Dead Sea scrolls are exhibited. Here you will also see the world-famous model of Jerusalem during the Second Temple time and the time of Jesus.
Visit Machne Yehuda market to see how Israelis make their last minute food shopping before Shabbat, and then head to the Western Wall (Wailing Wall), the only remnant of the Second Temple, destroyed by the Romans in 70 CE. Afterwards, back to the hotel for Kabbalat Shabbat (services) and Shabbat dinner.
Saturday, April 29: Shabbat in Jerusalem! Option to visit the Old Jewish and Christian Quarters, including Way of the Cross and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Inside are the last four stations of the Way of the Cross and the empty grave widely recognized as Jesus’s burial site. People from all over the world come on pilgrimages to see this important place. Or, relax and take in Shabbat in the holiest city in the world.
Sunday, April 30: We leave Jerusalem and head East towards the Judean desert to Masada. Located on top of a rock plateau, we ascend Masada by cable car. Here 700 Jews choose to commit group suicide rather than fall into Roman hands. This fortress has become very symbolic. IDF soldiers take their vows here. “Masada shall never fall again.” We travel to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth. We take a dip in the water which is rich with minerals - nature’s gift to your skin. There are so many minerals in the water that you naturally float on top of it.
Monday, May 1: Yom Hazikaron (Memorial Day). You will see a country that stops in its tracks for a whole day, to honor those who have given their life since 1948 to keep Israel safe.
Participate at the Ceremony at Armored Corps Memorial Center at Latroun. Then, travel north to Tiberias and stop on the way for a visit at Nazareth. After dinner, stroll along the boardwalk and see the Independence Day festivities.
Tuesday, May 2: Yom Haatzmaut (Independence Day). Celebrate Israel’s 69th birthday! Ascend Golan Heights for a view of Syria from a former IDF bunker. Watch the video about the fierce tank battle of the Yom Kippur War. Visit the town of Katzrin and watch the video about Gamla during the rebellion against the Romans.
Wednesday, May 3: Visit Akko - the underground impressive Crusader city that has been dug for over 20 years. Continue to HAIFA and meet cadets of the IDF “Mini West Point”. Drive to Netanya for a rest and dinner at our hotel. Transfer to Tel Aviv airport for our night flight back home.
Thursday, May 4: Leave Israel at 12:45AM and land at JFK at 6:00AM.
For more information, please contact Christy Turner at JWV Headquarters:
Phone: (202) 265-6280