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Makor FAQs

How long is the journey?

Federation Atlanta’s 2023 Community Journey to Israel is a 7-day expedition in the Holy Land. The adventure begins on Monday, April 17 with an arrival ceremony in Tel Aviv, and concludes on Sunday, April 23 with a farewell dinner in Jerusalem.

Who will be there?

Many familiar faces from the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta will be along for this journey, including Federation Board Chair and Journey 2023 Co-Chair Matt Bronfman, and his fellow Co-Chairs Ronit Walker, Stephanie and Marshall Abes, Beth and Joel Arogeti, Avery Kastin, Laurie and Michael Kogon, and Robin and Howard Sysler.

How do I get to Israel?

Air travel is not included in the cost of this package. To ensure you arrive in Tel Aviv in time to join in our arrival ceremony, we recommend you book one of the following flights: 


April 16

DL 526: Atlanta to Tel Aviv

DL 234: Atlanta to Tel Aviv

DL 248: Atlanta to Tel Aviv (non-stop)

April 22

DL 235: Tel Aviv to Atlanta

DL 863: Tel Aviv to Atlanta

April 24

DL 249: Tel Aviv to Atlanta (non-stop)

Participants may pay $50.00 to stay another night in the David Citadel.  Breakfast included. Check out at 12 noon on Monday, April 24th


April 16

UA2634 and UA 072: Atlanta to D.C. to Tel Aviv

April 23

UA 091 and UA2455: Tel Aviv to Newark to Atlanta  

Air Canada

April 16

AC8950 and AC 080: Atlanta to Toronto to Tel Aviv

April 24

AC 081 and AC8957: Tel Aviv to Toronto to Atlanta 

El Al

Multiple flights depart from both Newark Liberty International Airport and JFK 

Where will I stay?

On April 17 and 18, participants will stay at the 5-Star Intercontinental Hotel in Tel Aviv—a sleek, seaside high-rise across the street from the Mediterranean Sea. From April 19 to 23, participants will be at the 5 Star David Citadel Hotel, located at the intersection of New and Old Jerusalem with views of the Old City.

What cities will I see?

Our entire group will experience Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and Yokneam. Yokneam is a tech industry hub, with the highest concentration of R&D companies outside of Tel-Aviv. “Startup Village,” as it is known, is also Atlanta’s sister city.

But one of the most exciting aspects of this journey is how different everyone’s experiences will be. The nine main itineraries and ten supplemental excursions offer a unique set of travel destinations. Depending on the experiences you choose, you could visit Safed, Jaffa, Abu Ghosh, or Lake Kinneret (the Sea of Galilee).

What are the main itineraries?

This isn’t a one-size-fits-most journey; on this trip, you’ll get to experience the side of Israel that excites you most. Nine curated itineraries will spark your imagination and show you the best the country has to offer.

You will participate in your main itinerary activities on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, but every night we will return to the same hotel. Your itinerary grouping will be your main cohort; it’s a wonderful opportunity to make new friends who share similar interests. If you’re traveling as part of a couple, you might consider picking different itineraries so you can compare your experiences at the end of the day.

The nine main itineraries are:

First Timers



Technology & Innovation

Tikkun Olam in Israeli Society


Arts & Culture


Leisurely Pace

When do I choose my itinerary?

Travelers will select their itinerary at a later date.

What are the excursions?

In addition to your main itinerary, you will also select a supplementary excursion during your trip. These excursions will take place on Thursday and Sunday. Choose an adventure that builds upon the principles of your main itinerary or pick something completely different—the choice is yours!

The ten supplemental excursions are:

Global Leadership

Tradition and Inspiration

MJCCA – Lisa F. Brill Institute of Jewish Learning

First Timers



Technology & Innovation


Arts & Culture

Leisurely Pace

Will we celebrate Shabbat?

Yes, we will celebrate on the evening of April 21 with a community Kabbalat Shabbat and a group dinner.

Can I ask something else?

Absolutely! For any other questions, please contact Barry Swartz by email or by phone at (404) 843-9426.

To make reservations for individual tickets:

Rebecca Craft – (203) 814-3553 –

Janet Walsh – (203) 814-3577 –

Please note, Traveland charges a $75 ticketing fee.

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