Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America

JWV’s Annual Mission to Israel

Jewish War Veterans' 31st Annual Mission to Israel
April 30-May 9, 2018

Join us on our 31st Annual Mission to Beautiful and Historic Israel!
Witness the wonderful achievements of this small Jewish country, celebrating its 70th Independence year. We visit places other groups do not visit. Get updated briefings. Meet Israelis and their leaders. Enjoy fun and comradeship with fellow veterans.
Everyone is welcome! You do not have to be Jewish or a veteran to enjoy traveling with us, so bring your family and friends!
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

Monday, April 30: Nonstop flight from JFK or Newark on EL AL Israel Airlines. Experience Israeli ambiance even before you arrive. Dinner, breakfast, and in-flight entertainment on board.

Tuesday, May 1: Arrival in Tel Aviv. Subject to flight arrival time we shall have a panoramic tour on the way to our beach front hotel. Get together for briefing by our tour guide and to know each oter. Dinner and overnight in Tel Aviv.

Wednesday, May 2: Meeting with US Military Attaché, and a briefing at Tzevet followed by a Tel Aviv city tour including the Palmach Museum or Rabin Center. Dinner and overnight in Tel Aviv.

Thursday, May 3: After breakfast, we visit the Independence Hall to see the place David Ben Gurion declared Israel’s independence 70 years ago. Depart to Jerusalem. On the way, we visit the 9/11 memorial. We enter the city and visit the Herzl Museum. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

Friday, May 4: We start the day at 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. Those who wish, will be taken instead to Bethlehem to visit the Church of Nativity. We meet again at Yad Vashem, Israel’s official memorial to the victims of the Holocaust and a world-renowned research center on Holocaust Studies. A unique experience. We will also 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. Back to the hotel for Kabbalat Shabbat (services) and Shabbat dinner.

Saturday, May 5: Shabbat in Jerusalem! Relax and enjoy Shabbat in the holiest city in the world OR an take an optional tour to the Masada and the Dead Sea. 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. We travel to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth. Take a dip in its water - 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. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

Sunday, May 6: Today we visit the old Jewish and Christian Quarters, including Way of the Cross and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. 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. Drive north through the Jordan Valley to our hotel at Kibbutz Lavi, near Tiberious.

Monday, May 7: After a rich breakfast, we had north to Kibbutz Misgav Am on the border with Lebanon. A special briefing about the security situation along the border and an observation point looking deep into Lebanon. 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. Return to our kibbutz Lavi hotel. After dinner, listen to a kibbutz member explaining life in a kibbutz.

Tuesday May 8: Visit Rosh Hanikra - the natural grottos carved by the Mediterranean sea waves. Continue to Haifa and see the impressive Bahaii Gardens. Drive to Hadera for a rest and dinner at our beach front hotel. Transfer to Tel Aviv airport for our night flight back home.

Wednesday May 9: Leave Israel at 12:30AM and land at Newark and JFK at 6:00AM. Welcome back!

Welcome home! You have just returned from a lifetime experience!

For more information, please contact Christy Turner at JWV Headquarters:
Phone: (202) 265-6280