Join Project Kesher ISRAEL 2018 March 4th-10th 2018
Wednesday February 28th
Pre-trip participants depart NYC for Tel Aviv. Keep your eyes open for women wearing pink PK pins!
Thursday March 1st
Arrive in Tel Aviv. Transfer to the Bezalel Hotel in Jerusalem. Enjoy welcome dinner.
Friday March 2nd
Share breakfast at the hotel. Walk to the Kotel (Western Wall) to experience the Megillah Reading with Women of the Wall and members of PKI's network. Lunch with PKI's network. Free time until Monday.
Saturday March 3rd
Free time for pre-trip participants.
Sunday March 4th
Free time for pre-trip participants. Flight to Israel for rest of the group.
Monday March 5th
Delegation arrives in Tel Aviv. Transfer to the Bezalel Hotel in Jerusalem. Settle in and then enjoy walking tour of Jerusalem, with a stop at the Wall. Gather at the Jerusalem Community Center, and learn about PKI from activists who represent waves of Russian-speaking Aliyah. Meet the members of the newest PKI group, and discuss the status of women in Israel, marriage freedom, as well as political, social, and economic issues. End the day with dinner in Jerusalem and a brief overview of the trip!
Tuesday March 6th
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit Knesset and meet members who are working with PKI to advocate for the needs of women and the Russian-speaking community. Traditional Israeli lunch. Meet with Women of the Wall Executive Director, Lesley Sachs and Executive Director of the Israel Religious Activist Center, Anat Hoffman to discuss access to the Wall. Discuss with PKI's Olya Weinstein the importance of pluralism and marriage freedom to the Russian-speaking community, and the future of Israel as a democracy. Celebrate longstanding Project Kesher friend and Feminist Pioneer, Alice Shalvi at a dinner with leading Israeli feminist activists.
Wednesday March 7th
Breakfast at the hotel. Special private tour of the Israel Museum. Lunch in Ashdod: Hands-on Russian/Israel cooking class with PKI activist Rosa Gartzman. Tour of Ashdod, one of the largest Russian-speaking communities in Israel. Meet the Mayor, learn what it means to lead a Russian-speaking community, and meet women from four local PKI groups. Learn about PKI's nancial literacy program, and the needs of older women in the PKI network. Check in to the Market House Hotel in Jaffa-Tel Aviv. Dinner in Tel Aviv and meet with feminist Israeli bloggers: Women Without a Sense of Humor.
Thursday March 8th
Breakfast at the hotel. Join us for the NCJW Women's Conference in Tel Aviv, and learn about the results of a year- long research project on the status of women in Israel and convene with representatives of global Jewish women's foundations and leading Israeli's NGOs, participate in a brainstorming session on the next wave of activism, OR enjoy a private guided tour of Tel Aviv, followed by lunch, and a trip to Kfar Kara to gather in the home of one of PKI's Arab partners for tea, and traditional sweets as we discuss working together for a more democratic, peaceful Israel. Reconvene in Tel Aviv for dinner at Dallal, and an evening of culture with the Batsheva Dance Troupe.
Friday March 9th
Breakfast at the hotel. Join our private tour of fashion and art with a particular focus on the impact of the Russian-speaking community in Israel. Meet for lunch at Vetrushka, where we will be hosted by Lena Kaluzhaskaya, the owner, a recent immigrant of Putin's Aliyah. Visit the Babel Bookstore to meet with the owners and hear their stories. Enjoy free time, and then Kabbalat Shabbat with PK's Olya Weinstein and local activists. Gather for a joyous Shabbat dinner.
Saturday March 10th
Breakfast at the hotel. Optional Shabbat services in Tel Aviv. Lunch in Neve Tzedak, followed by guided walking tour of Tel Aviv. Dinner in Tel Aviv with Havdalah, singing and closing program.