Toledo Jewish Community Israel Mission 2023 

Join us on the first Jewish Toledo community-wide mission to Israel in 17 years! 


November 6-14, 2023


Community and Jewish heritage are the background for an Israel opportunity as you’ve never experienced before. Experience the rich history, breathtaking scenery and sacred places where ancient civilizations once thrived and where the Jewish future is being written.


An Israel Journey of a Lifetime

Your tour of Israel includes nine days of art and culture, history, attractions and adventure. Prepare to be awestruck at the old city of Jaffa, the Galilee, the new city of Jerusalem and the Jewish Quarter of the Old City. You’ll visit the holiest site in Judaism, the Western Wall, and tour the Israel Museum and view the Dead Sea Scrolls. You’ll get an up-close view of the center of Israeli government – the Knesset and the Supreme Court. Your trip-of-a-lifetime includes swimming in the therapeutic waters of the Dead Sea, a Jeep tour of the Golan Heights, ascending Masada by cable car, and so much more! And when it’s time for you to rest and recharge, you’ll do it at hotels in the heart of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem and at a “kibbutz experience” boutique hotel in the Western Galilee.


Tel Aviv


The beginning of the Jewish State and the start of your Israel discovery.

From the most upbeat neighborhood of Florentine to the 4,000 year old city of Jaffa, Tel Aviv thrives with world-class arts and culture. 


Your Tel Aviv experience includes:

  • A special Street Art Night tour of some of Tel Aviv’s most “hip” neighborhoods
  • Walking tour of the fashionable Neve Tzedek, the first neighborhood to be built outside of the Old City of Jaffa, where many well-know artists and intellectuals lived
  • A visit to Rabin Square to learn about Yitzhak Rabin’s life, leadership, and tragic death
  • A tour of the ANU Museum of the Jewish People at Tel Aviv University




No other place like it in our world, Jerusalem is a breathtaking focal point for religion, culture and history.


Your Jerusalem experience includes:

  • The holiest place in Judaism today, the Western Wall – Kotel. We will have a special behind-the-scenes tour of the Kotel, including the subterranean spaces under the classic Western Wall Tunnels – one of the most popular sites in Jerusalem
  • Walk through the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem's Old City
  • Walk through the halls of the new Supreme Court, a spectacular building incorporating traditional Middle Eastern motifs with contemporary design. Stop at the Knesset to see where Israel’s plenary takes place and pause for a picture in front of the famous Menorah depicting the history of the Jewish people
  • Visit Machane Yehuda Market (Shuk) and enjoy a special tasting menu from select stands
  • Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial and Museum on the 85th commemoration of Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass
  • A Shabbat of a Lifetime experience: Enjoy a home-cooked Friday night dinner — an unforgettable experience at the home of a local family


Natural Wonders


When it comes to nature, Israel has it all. The country itself may be small, under 300 miles long and about 85 miles across at its widest point, but what it lacks in area it makes up for in diverse, beautiful scenery.


  • Visit a winery for a tour and wine tasting
  • Ascend up to Masada by cable car and tour the famous ancient fortress built by King Herod
  • Enjoy floating in the therapeutic waters of the mineral rich Dead Sea
  • Buckle in to a Jeep tour in the mountains of the Golan Heights passed abandoned Syrian military bunkers


Western Galilee


Art to science, medicine to geopolitics, Israel’s Western Galilee boasts vital national resources, lifesaving medicine, and cultural treasures. Beyond our Partnership region, Israel’s northern frontier awaits.


  • Tour the Galilee Medical Center in Nahariya, including the underground hospital, the new ER and receive updates on the treatment of the wounded Syrians
  • Meet with the recipients of life-changing programs fueled by our Federation’s Community Campaign dollars
  • Explore the historic alleyways of Akko and walk where history was made
  • Celebrate Israel at 75 and our Partnership relationship at 25 with a Partnership2gether Mega Event with local Israelis, including friends who have visited Toledo, such as participants of the Women Leading a Dialogue program
  • Visit the mystical city of Tzfat and stroll the narrow, winding alleys; visit some of the beautiful synagogues and browse through the artists’ workshops and galleries
  • Partake in a geopolitical tour at Kunetra Outlook and Mt. Bental to view the Syrian border and learn about the challenges facing Israel with the Syrian Civil War