Travel to the heart of Israel in July

Artist Mark Bennett stands with his work The History of the Star of David.

The American Friends Mission of Soroka Medical Center to Israel

Artist Mark Bennett during the installation of “The History of the Star of David” in Soroka

American Friends of Soroka Medical Center invites you to join its exclusive mission to Israel on the journey of a lifetime.

Manhattan, New York, USA, May 30, 2022 / – Israel is a country of immense natural beauty, cosmopolitan culture, and a rich history. With stunning landscapes, endless cultural flavors, and famous sites, Israel offers a world-class tourist destination. With Israel welcoming visitors after two years of COVID restrictions, the American Friends of Soroka Medical Center invites you to join its exclusive mission to Israel on July 7-14, 2022 for the trip of a lifetime.

Participants will delve into the culture, history, and innovations that make up the fabric of Israel on this immersive, content-rich seven-day itinerary. The trip explores Israel from north to south, starting in Jerusalem with a visit to the Western Wall, the hidden gems of the ancient city and immersion in the diverse communities that make up Israel today. We will enjoy the atmosphere of Jaffa, Tel Aviv, beautiful beaches, exciting nightlife in Israel and much more with a variety of distinguished guests and VIPs. In the Negev, participants will gain a unique perspective on Ethiopian society and a local Bedouin village, while experiencing the culture of Israeli startups with a focus on health and sustainability. In the heart of the Negev lies Soroka Medical Center, the leading medical institution in Israel, caring for more than a million people from all walks of life.

Travel with Soroka’s History of the Star of David creator, filmmaker and artist-in-residence Mark Bennett. AFSMC mission participants will attend a special dedication ceremony in Soroka, honoring Israel’s newest cultural landmark on Sunday, July 10. This massive artwork will be unveiled to celebrate the impact of art and healing. Located in the healing gardens of the Legacy Heritage Oncology Center and the Dr. Larry Norton Institute, the artwork invites anyone who walks through the gates of Soroka to reflect on the meaning of Magen David throughout history, reflecting hope, perseverance, and strength for patients, families, medical staff, and tourists. A smaller version of this piece appeared in the Welcome Hall of the Jewish Community Center in Aspen. “Bennett’s work combines the pop sensibility of Andy Warhol with legendary references and the bold colors of Marc Chagall,” said Arthur Chabon, engineer for the Jewish Community Center in Aspen.

“I am excited to join the mission of AFSMC this summer. Having been involved with Soroka Medical Center and American Friends of Soroka for many years, I am honored to be this installation, the largest of its kind, 16 feet high and 24 feet wide for the leading medical institution in Israel,” Mark Bennett. He adds, “Through this art project and its philanthropic partner Soroka Medical Center, we will achieve our goal of educating, enlightening and inspiring positive change around the world, while providing funds to support Soroka’s lifesaving mission in Israel.”

Please visit to register and contact Rachel at 914-725-9070 with any questions. Costs include hotels, all meals, tailor-made guides, and all group activities. Extension flights are available upon request. Observe dietary laws, the trip is suitable for all levels of fitness.

Rachel Shamaylova
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American Friends of Soroka Medical Center
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