Pre- and Post-Ride Tours

Pre- and Post-Ride Tours & Activities

Arriving a few days before the Ride, or staying in Israel after the Ride? Enhance your Israel Ride experience with one of our tours. While most of these tours are organized by third-party operators, they are custom made for our Israel Ride participants and their guests only, and you’ll need to book through us.

For those of you who have been to Israel, these programs are perfect ways to deepen your connection and understanding of the region. For those of you who are visiting Israel for the first time, this is a unique opportunity to look past the tourist sites and see a glimpse of what the country has to offer.

These can all be booked through your Forms Portal.

All itineraries noted below are subject to change.

2019 Tour Options

Registered Participants

Gail Lebow
Steve Schermerhorn


Sunday, November 3, 2019 – Monday, November 4, 2019 (exact times TBA)

Two Day Tour, double occupancy: $699, single upgrade: $100

Hazon is the Jewish Lab for Sustainability and The Israel Ride is both Hazon’s largest and oldest Israeli partnership… but it is not the only one! In the last decade, Hazon has produced more than a dozen Israel trips, collaborating with an inspiring range of partners, all focused on sustainability– broadly construed – as a way to frame Israel in fresh ways and strengthen the Israel-diaspora relationship.

On this two day pre-Ride Hazon Israel Tour, you’ll get a small yet powerful insider sampling of these organizations through site visits, food tours, and meetings with fascinating people striving to create sustainable solutions in Israel.

Led by Hazon’s CEO Nigel Savage & Local Expert Guides Trip highlights listed below are subject to change due to the dynamic nature of leadership, politics, security, and local project funding in Israel.

Neot Kedumim – Biblical Leadership Workshop This Hazon Pre Ride trip is designed to expose participants to social change leaders in a wide variety of fields, but what does Jewish leadership mean? Kick off your trip by Exploring sustainability and environmental activism from the Jewish/biblical perspective. Meet your fellow participants and get your hands dirty through a number of biblically related tasks that will test your leadership abilities. (Ever wonder why so many biblical leaders were shepherds? Gain insight after trying your hand at sheep herding! ).

Park Ariel Sharon (Hiriya) is located in the heart of Central Israel, 15 minutes away from Tel Aviv and is the largest environmental rehabilitation project in Israeli history. The park was formerly a dumping site that took in 3,000 tons of waste per day and in 1998 the government decided to close the site and turn it into a green oasis. Meet with the visionary behind the founding of the park and learn how the site serves as a model for urban centers in Israel and around the world to change their waste sites in green parks.

Gedera – Communities in Action- Friends By Nature is a network of intentional communities started by and geared towards the Ethiopian community. You will meet with the founder to hear her inspirational story and the power of the community and then sit for lunch in the homes of Ethiopian women for a traditional meal and explanation of their food and culture.

Meeting and Conversation with a Leading Voice in the Field of Impact Investing We will explore the growing phenomenon of impact investing and learn about the different initiatives being funded.

Volunteer with Kaima It’s hard to believe, but in Israel there are more than 30,000 Israeli boys and girls, some as young as 15-years-old, who have dropped out of school. Kaima’s mission is to help these young kids turn their lives around through a multi-layered educational process combining hands-on organic farming, leadership development, business learning, and community development.

Visit the Shorashim/Judur/Roots farm in the West Bank/Gush Etzion The group will meet with Palestinian and Israeli activists and discuss the work being done by Roots. Roots is a place where local peoples can take responsibility. Our work is aimed at challenging the assumptions our communities hold about each other, building trust and creating a new discourse around the conflict in our respective societies. This is a grassroots and local model for making change — from the bottom up.

Eco Tour of the Mahane Yehuda Market,one of the great markets of the world. It testifies to the greatest abundance the land of Israel has ever seen. This tour will explore the significance of contemporary environmental issues related to the production and consumption of food. In this tour of the Machane Yehuda Market through an ecological lens, the educator will describe the emergence of globalized food in Israel in the past thirty years, and discuss what is fueling the growth of this phenomenon.

Registered Participants


JNF Pre-Mission for the Israel Ride

Sunday, November 3, 2019 – Monday, November 4, 2019 (exact times TBA)

Two Day Tour, double occupancy: $699, single upgrade: $100

Sunday, November 3:

Morning: Pick up at meeting point in Jerusalem Lotem: Hike at Emek HaShalom/Nahal HaShofet HaShomer HaChadash: Agricultural/Coexistence Volunteer Activity

Afternoon: Lunch at Alto Dairy (Western Galilee Now) Western Galilee Now: “Ancient Crafts with Offer”– One of following: Wilderness Empowerment, Carving, Fire with Flint, Foraging Western Galilee Now: Hefer Ranch Horseback riding/activity in Abirim

Evening: Western Galilee Now: Buza Ice Cream, hear coexistence story from owners Dinner at Hotel

Overnight: Kibbutz HaGoshrim

Monday, November 4:

Morning: Breakfast, Checkout, Depart Hotel Hula Valley: Hike, Walking Tour, and Bird Watching Makom: Visit Community in Tzfat

Afternoon: Lunch at a Restaurant Green Horizons: Hike in nature with kids at Nahal Amud Western Galilee Now: Kayaking the Galilee with Rimoney Hagalil

Evening: Return to Jerusalem

Registered Participants

Lisa Blaustein
Linda Kane
Nancy Marsillo
Ralph Rosenberg
Morty and Rebecca Schaja

Tours to Petra and Wadi Rum

We are offering two options to visit Jordan, contracted with Desert Eco Tours. The one-day options visit Petra, while the two-day trip includes more time in Petra and the tour of Wadi Rum the following day.

One Day tour (Tues, Nov 12): $260

Two Day Tour (Tues-Weds, Nov 12-13), double occupancy: $480, single upgrade: $60

All participants will leave early morning on Tues, Nov 12 from the hotel and cross into Jordan for a 2-hour drive to Petra. We start with a guided tour of the main entrance to Petra, followed by lunch. Those on the one-day trip will have limited time to explore before heading back to the bus to return to Eilat. Those on the two-day trip have more time to explore the famous Nabatean tomb carvings, extensive Roman excavations, and even a climb to the “Monastery” carving overlooking the Arava valley. We will spend the Petra Palace Hotel near Petra.

On Wednesday, we explore the majestic Wadi Rum, a vast desert full of rock forms, open spaces, and Bedouin encampments, and return to Israel in time for evening flights from Eilat to Tel Aviv.

Note regarding return flights:

The one-day tour will return to Eilat late at night on Tuesday after the final flights north have departed. You must book an extra night in Eilat, either at the Ride hotel or elsewhere.

The two-day option is scheduled to return in time to catch 6:30 pm flights from Eilat on Wednesday. However, the Israel Ride cannot take responsibility in the event of a border closure or flight cancellation.

Registered Participants

Gail Lebow
Steve Schermerhorn

Immersive Experience at the Arava Institute

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 – Wednesday, November 13, 2019 (exact times TBA)

Two Day Tour, double occupancy: $450, single upgrade: $60

This is an exclusive opportunity to immerse yourself in the culture, academics and peace-building curriculum of the Arava Institute. Participants will spend time with the Institute’s academic director, Dr. Tareq Abu Hamed and other Arava Institute faculty, participate first hand in a peacebuilding and environmental leadership exercise, meet with heads of the Institute’s research centers, meet students, attend classes, and learn about the practical projects students have created to address the region’s environmental challenges.

This unique program offers unparalleled access to the Arava Institute. It was developed exclusively for Israel Ride participants. 

Tentative Itinerary, classes may change:

Tuesday, November 12:

8:00am: Breakfast at hotel, bus to Kibbutz Ketura
9:30am: Arrive Kibbutz Ketura
10:00am: Meet Dr. Elaine Solowey and Yair Wahle, Center for Sustainable Agriculture
11:00am: Join class of Dr. Yael Teff-Seker, “Environmental Mediation and Conflict Resolution.”
12:30pm: Lunch with staff and/or students in Hadar haOchel of the kibbutz
2:00pm: Abby Lutman on MASHAV
3:00pm: Walk with Rabbi Michael through the sand dunes to the Jordanian border, the backyard of the Arava Institute, past the 40 megawatt solar field and the experimental orchard
6:00pm: Dinner with interns in Hadar haOchel of kibbutz
8:00pm: Go out back of Kibbutz with Yoram Hoffman and look for scorpions using black light

Wednesday, November 13th:

7:30am Breakfast in Hadar haOchel of the kibbutz; Keren Kolot station for food
8:15am: Tour of Off-Grid village with Nadav Solowey
9:00am: Peacebuilding Exercise with Dr. Michael Alexander
10:15am: Check out of rooms and leave suitcases at Keren Kolot
11:00am: Shira Kronich on Arava Track II Environmental Forum
11:45am: Meet with Cathie Granit, Program Director
12:30pm: Lunch in Hadar haOchel of kibbutz
1:30pm: David Lehrer on the New Campus and other Arava Institute topics
3:00pm: Leave for Eilat