2019 JCC Israel Trip

October 26 - October 26

Fostering Understanding – Archaeology, History, and
Politics in Israel, Jordan, and Palestine

Tentative Dates

October 26, 2019 – November 7, 2019


Estimated cost $5,600 per person based on double occupancy and includes airfare, hotels, breakfast, most dinners, transfers, gratuity, and tours via deluxe coach. $500 of fee is a tax deductible gift to the JCC. Estimated single supplement $800.  Save your spot now with a $200 non-refundable deposit! 


This trip is open to both JCC members and guests! Limit to 30 participants.  Priority will be given to members whom give $1800 or more to Federation Annual Campaign.  Activity level on trip is high; participants should be able to walk easily for several miles and on uneven terrain.

Trip Leaders

This trip will be led by Drs. Eric and Carol Meyers, renowned archaeologists and biblical scholars. Both have taught archaeology and biblical studies at Duke for decades. Additionally, they have traveled to Israel and these locations countless times – organizing tours and archaeological excavations that have yielded significant artifacts and information.


Contact Jill Madsen at jmadsen@shalomdch.org.

Tentative Itinerary

Saturday, October 26, 2019 (depart RDU)

Day One, Sunday, October 27, 2019 (overnight Sea of Galilee)

  • Arrive in Tel Aviv.  Travel to Galilee.

Day Two, Monday, October 28, 2019 (overnight Sea of Galilee)

  • Visit Capernaum, Magdala, Taghba, and Sepphoris National Park.

Day Three, Tuesday, October 29, 2019 (overnight Sea of Galiliee)

  • Visit 1stcentury boat at Yigal Alon Museum, Katzrin Park, Golan Winery, Golan Archaeological Museum and Hamat Tiberias National Park.

Day Four, Wednesday, October 30, 2019 (overnight Sea of Galilee)

  • Visit Tel Dan, Banias, Nabratein.

Day Five, Thursday, October 31, 2019 (overnight Amman)

  • Visit Beit Shean National Park, cross to Jordan.  Visit Jerash.

Day Six, Friday, November 1, 2019 (overnight Petra)

  • Amman City tour.  Visit Amman Citadel (and Museum) and Jordan Museum.

Day Seven, Saturday, November 2, 2019 (overnight Dead Sea)

  • Visit. Petra.  Drive to Dead Sea.

Day Eight, Sunday, November 3, 2019 (overnight Jerusalem)

  • Cross back to Israel.  Visit Masada, Inn of Good Samaritan.

Day Nine, Monday, November 4, 2019 (overnight Jerusalem)

  • Visit Israel Museum, Western Wall plaza, and southern wall excavations.

Day Ten, Tuesday, November 5, 2019 (overnight Jerusalem)

  • Visit Herodium National Park and Maresha.

Day Eleven, Wednesday, November 6, 2019 (overnight Jerusalem)

  • Visit Samaria and afternoon free.

Day Twelve, Thursday, November 7, 2019

  • Travel day.

Men’s Group

October 18 @ 10:00 am - October 18 @ 12:00 pm

The JCC Men’s Group is generally devoted to men who are retired and are looking for a meaningful social activity for relaxation, learning, and friendly interaction with men of similar age.

Topic: Rabbi Greyber– TBA

Future Men’s Group Meeting Dates and Topics:

October 18 – Rabbi Greyber – TBA
November 1 – Ed Halperin – TBA
November 15 – Gabrielle Berlinger – Jewish Folklore
December 6 – Nancy Gordon (Joint) – Separation Anxiety
December 20 – Gene Nichol- The Faces of Poverty in North Carolina: Stories from Our Invisible Citizens

Mitzvah Day

December 25, 2018 - December 25, 2018

This annual event is a community outreach effort coordinated by the Jewish Federation of Durham-Chapel Hill in conjunction with local synagogues and Jewish organizations. With many people off work and school, it’s the chance to come together and do something meaningful.

Mitzvah Day kicks off with a community breakfast at the Levin JCC at 9:00am. After breakfast, volunteers depart for their various assignments around the community – cooking meals at local shelters, cleaning parks and trails, delivering gifts to those in need, making blankets for people experiencing homelessness, and more.

Find out more