Congregation Beth Meier
House of Lightsm
1st Studio City Synagogue, est. 1958
11725 Moorpark St.
Studio City, CA 91604
Meier Schimmel, ז״ל
Tuesday - Friday 9AM - 3PM
Friday at 8pm, Second Friday of the Month at 7:30pm for Family Shabbat
Saturday Mornings at 10am
Upcoming Events at a Glance:
Lunch and Learn
at noon; join us for a 90 minute lively discussion, lunch will be
provided, everyone is welcome, and donations are graciously accepted!
Jewish Community Day at Doger Stadium
Sunday August 30th - contact the office to reserve your spot today!
Trip to Israel - November 2015
Tuesday, Nov 12 - Ben Gurion Airport / Tel Aviv
Upon arrival at Ben Gurion Airport, you will be welcomed by your tour guide. On the way to your hotel, be inspired as you view a multi-media presentation at Independence Hall where the establishment of the State of Israel was declared in 1948. You will then be transferred to your hotel and have the afternoon free to relax or take a stroll along the Mediterranean or to Shuk Ha-Carmel before a welcome dinner at the hotel. Overnight in Tel Aviv.
Friday, Nov 13 - Tel Aviv
Visit the Diaspora museum; drive around the main streets of Tel Aviv, center of business and entertainment of Israel. Stop at Ravin Square, place of assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. Continue to old Jaffa (Yafo), an 8000 year old port city; visit the ancient ruins and walk along the restored artists' quarter. Visit Neve Tzedek, the first neighborhood of Tel Aviv build in 1887 and Nahalat Benyamin, the pedestrian street of the city with its musicians, handmade jewelry and artifacts. Next, stop at Sheinkin, the lively and colorful street especially known with the unique shops, cafe life, and youthful ambiance. Kabbalat Shabbat service and meal TBA. Overnight in Tel Aviv
Saturday, Nov 14 - Shabbat at Leisure - Shabbat service and meal TBA. Overnight in Tel Aviv.
Sunday, Nov 15 - Caesarea / Haifa / Acre / Rosh Hanikra
Drive north to Caesarea, once the Roman capital of the region. See the excavations of the Crusaders' city, the aqueduct and the amphitheater which has been restored as a concert venue. Proceed to Haifa for a panoramic view from Mt. Carmel. Drive to Acre; walk along the old harbor and local market; continue to the northernmost point of Israel at Rosh Hanikra. Descend by cable car into the limestone grottoes. Overnight at Kibbutz Lavi Guesthouse.
Monday, Nov 16 - Safed / Gadot / Banias / Tel Hai
Drive to Safed, center of Kabbalah movement; visit the Joseph Caro and Ari synagogues, stroll around the Artists Quarter. Enjoy a Jeep tour to the foot of the Golan Heights. Continue to the Golan Heights; stop at Gadot overlook (Mitzpe Gadot), the memorial site for the fallen of the Golan, located over former Syrian bunkers and see the monument built on site in honor of the Alexandroni Brigade; proceed for a magnificent observation point over the city of Kuneitra, and the Syrian Territory. Visit the Banias springs. Next, a visit to Tel-Hai; see the "roaring lion" monument and learn about the heroic battle of Josef Trumpeldor and his comrades in 1920. Meet with a Kibbutz member and learn about their unique lifestyle. Overnight at Kibbutz Lavi guesthouse.
Tuesday, Nov 17 - Beit Shean / Beit Alpha / Gan Hashlosha / Jerusalem
Drive to Tiberias to visit Rambabm's grave; continue to Beit Shean, also called "Scythopolis", the largest archeological park in Israel with beautiful excavations from Roman and Byzantine periods. Stop at Beit Alpha to see the beautiful mosaic floor of a synagogue from the Byzantine period. Onto Gan Hashlosha, (Sachne) where you will have an opportunity to enjoy the water springs located at the base of Gilboa Mountain where Kind Saul was killed in the battle against the Philistines. Continue via the Jordan valley to Jerusalem; stop at Mount Scopus for a blessing as you enter the city. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Wednesday, Nov 18 - Jerusalem: Old City
Start with a visit of the tomb of King David on Mount Zion. Walk along the Cardo, the ancient Roman road; visit the four Sephardic synagogues restored after 1967 war in the Jewish Quarter. Tour the Kotel tunnels; visit the Davidson Center and walk through the Roman Cardo to the local Arab bazaar. Walk through Jaffa Gate to David's Tower museum and see the ancient remains of the city beginning with the First Temple period. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Thursday, Nov 19 - Jerusalem: New City
Enjoy a special morning visit and service at the Kotel - where you will witness many B'nai Mitzvah ceremonies. Continue to Mea Shearim and learn about the unique lifestyle of the ultra Orthodox communities. Visit Yad l'Kashish, Lifeline to the Old, a non-profit organization empowering and supporting nearly 300 elderly Jerusalem residents on a daily basis. Drive to Mount Herzl, the national military cemetery and Yad Vashem, the memorial to the Holocaust. Visit Ammunition Hill, a former Jordanian army stronghold, conquered by the Israeli army in the Six Day War, and converted into a national memorial site and museum. Drive by the Knesset, Israel's parliament and see the famous Menorah. Visit the Israel Museum, the Shrine of the Book where the Dead Sea scrolls are housed, as well as an authentic miniature replica of ancient Jerusalem as it was during the Second Temple period. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Friday, Nov 20 - Qumran / Masada / Dead Sea
Early morning departure as you drive through the Judean desert to the Dead Sea. Stop at Qumran, the site where the Dead Sea scrolls were found. Continue to Masada, ascend by cable car and tour the ancient fortress; visit the remains of the walls, palaces, synagogue, the bathhouses etc. Descend by cable car. Next, stop for lunch and Spa facilities in one of the leading hotels in the area. Return to Jerusalem to prepare for Shabbat. Kabbalat Shabbat service and meal TBA. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Saturday, Nov 21 - At Leisure
Shabbat service and meal TBA. Havdalah to conclude Shabbat - Independent dinner. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Sunday, Nov 22 - Jerusalem on your own
After breakfast, you will have the day at leisure for exploring and shopping or relaxing. Try Mamilla and the Old Train Station. Farewell dinner at hotel. DEPART FOR AIRPORT TO EL AL FLIGHT AT 1AM.
Monday, Nov 23 - Depart at 1am from Ben Gurion Airport for your flight to Los Angeles - nonstop on El Al.
Hebrew Crash Course
Will break for summer. Join us in the Fall: Sundays 10am-11am, beginner and intermediate readers welcom. Siddur, Torah, and Haftarah lessons are also available on request.