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Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center
Family Trip to Israel
Led by Rabbi Jonathan Berkun

price per person from $4890

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11 nights’ accommodation at select hotels

10 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking tour educator (No bus on Saturday, December 28 and January 1st,)

1 group transfer and assistance from the airport based on the majority of participants arriving on the same flight

All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary

Youth Counsellor on December 29, 2019.

Meals: daily breakfast, 3 lunches & 6 dinners

Water on the bus

Portage at the airport and hotels
 

FLIGHTS:

A group flight is not included in the package; however, Da'at is holding 20 group tickets for El Al flight #018 direct from Miami to Tel Aviv on December 19, 2019, and returning on El Al flight #017 direct from Tel Aviv to Miami on January 2, 2020. The cost is $1890 per person based on availability.

Please contact our Customer Service Center at 1-888-811-2812 Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:30 pm Eastern Standard Time to register for the flight and/or pre-nights.

GUIDELINES FOR REGISTERING CHILDREN (UNDER AGE 18) Please read the small print tab.



Day One: Saturday, December 21, 2019
ON THE WAY TO ISRAEL

  • Depart the US.

Overnight: Flight


Day Two: Sunday, December 22, 2019 | 1st night of Hanukkah
THE START OF A SPECIAL JOURNEY

  • Arrival to Ben Gurion Airport (transfer on own).
  • Meet your tour educator at the hotel who will accompany you on this journey of education and inspiration.
  • Depart the hotel and begin your Tel Aviv tour, also known as “the city that never sleeps,” with its centers of culture, recreation, and national history, great beaches, and fine stores. Modern Tel Aviv grew out of ancient Jaffa. Gaze out over the Mediterranean Sea, learn why Jaffa was so historically important (it was mentioned in the biblical story of Jonah and the Whale), and see how it's Old City reflects the present as well as the past.
  • From Hebrew City to Hebrew State: Walk along the newly-opened Independence Trail in Tel Aviv and embark on a remarkable journey that begins with the founding of Tel Aviv in 1909 and ends with the establishment of Israel in 1948.
  • Israel 101 - Our Thoughts, Our Journey: Welcome dinner and orientation with Rabbis Jonathan & Lauren Berkun and your tour educator at Goshen, an upscale grill restaurant located on the historic Nahalat Binyamin Street. Light the 1st Hanukkah candle at the restaurant.
  • Return to the hotel.

Overnight: Tel Aviv


Day Three: Monday, December 23, 2019 | 2nd night of Hanukkah
INNOVATION & ENERGY: THE TEL AVIV STORY

  • Breakfast at an Israeli hotel is an experience in itself. Start the day with a bounteous buffet.
  • Start-Up Nation: Delve into the world of renowned Israeli inventions and creations at the State of Mind Innovation Center and meet with an up-and-coming start-up entrepreneur.
  • Lunch (not included in package), en route.
  • Follow the story of Israel's pre-State elite fighting force, the Palmach, while walking through a state-of-the-art multimedia experience that allows a glimpse into the lives of extraordinary people at the Palmach Museum (pending confirmation).
  • Hallelujah! A People and Their Prayers: Experience the diversity and dynamism of Jewish life at the rejuvenated Beit Hatfutsot: The Museum of the Jewish People. A highlight is their new Synagogue Exhibition which combines the museum's famed collection of synagogue models with thrilling video art, exploring the places where Jews pray around the world and through the ages. The tour will include:
    • Our Heroes: Younger (and not so young) visitors will be inspired and entertained by Heroes: Trailblazers of the Jewish People, an interactive exhibition about Jews who have changed the world.
    • Have You Heard the One About…? Get ready to laugh and learn with “Inside Out and Outside In,” a celebration of Jewish humor from Sholem Aleichem to Seinfeld.
  • Light the 2nd Hanukkah candle at the museum.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Free evening in Tel Aviv to sample the excitement of the city after dark with dinner (not included in package).
    Stroll along the promenade and the refurbished port or hang out at the restaurants, cafes, and bars.

Overnight: Tel Aviv


Day Four: Tuesday, December 24, 2019  | 3rd night of Hanukkah
SPIRITUALITY IN THE NORTH

  • Breakfast at the hotel, followed by check-out.
  • Head north and back in time to Caesarea, one of the Lands of Israel's most important cities during the Roman Period. Explore life 2,000 years ago with its ancient amphitheaters, palaces, and bathhouses.
  • Visit a Druze village in the Carmel for a window into the unique world of the Israeli Druze community, with home hospitality lunch.
  • Perhaps it's the combination of mysticism and art, and maybe it's the mountain air in Israel's highest city; entering Tsfat, there is a sense of something uniquely Jewish but not quite of this world. Here, you'll:
    • Visit the Ari Synagogue and share in the inspiration and innovation that moved Rabbi Isaac Luria (the Holy Ari) and his fellow mystics. In Tsfat they developed the Kabbalah, the esoteric insights of Judaism and created Kabbalat Shabbat, the prayers sung on Friday evenings to welcome the arrival of the Sabbath.
    • See the Caro synagogue, built originally, like the Ari, in the 16th century. It is where Rabbi Joseph Caro, one of the greatest of all Jewish legal authorities, taught and lived. Hear the story of how he was visited here by a maggid, an angelic messenger, who revealed secrets of the Torah.
    • Stroll through the cobbled streets and alleyways to the Artists' Colonywith its galleries, shops, and studios.
    • Walk through the Tsfat Cemetery, including the grave of the mystical master, Rabbi Isaac Luria - “the Ari.”
  • Drive to the hotel and check in.
  • Light the 3rd Hanukkah candle at the hotel, followed by dinner.

Overnight: Mitzpe Hayamim Spa Hotel, Rosh Pina


Day Five: Wednesday, December 25, 2019 | 4th night of Hanukkah
NORTHERN MEMORIES

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Walk through the Tel Dan Nature Reserve, located on the largest tributary of the Jordan River, and explore the ruins of the great biblical city of Dan.
  • Experience the panoramic views from Mount Bental (overlooking the abandoned Syrian town of Kuneitra) and gain sharp insights into Israel's security situation on the Golan Heights and the enormous challenges it faced in the 1973 Yom Kippur War.
  • The Balance of Power on Israel's Northern Border: Meet with Col. (Res) Sarit Zehavi, a former senior intelligence officer.
  • Lunch (not included in package), en route.

Option # 1:

  • Wine tasting at a local winery on the Golan Heights.

Option # 2:

  • Enjoy the culinary delight of a chocolate workshop at the De Karina Chocolate Factory on Kibbutz Ein Zivan.

All:

  • Return to the hotel and enjoy the amenities of the Mitzpe Hayamim Spa Hotel
    (we will gladly make spa reservations; not included in package).
  • Light the 4th Hanukkah candle at the hotel, followed by dinner.

Overnight: Mitzpe Hayamim Spa Hotel, Rosh Pina 


Day Six: Thursday, December 26, 2019 | 5th night of Hanukkah
LIVING AS A MINORITY, THEN AND NOW

  • Breakfast at the hotel, followed by check-out.
  • Visit the innovative Zippori National Park, site of Rabbi Yehuda Hanassi's codification of the Mishna and extraordinary ancient mosaics, with a special mosaic-making program for children and youth.
  • Proceed to Kfar Kedem in the Galilee for a hands-on family experience, exploring Jewish life of 2,000 years ago, including donkey rides, costumes, and pita baking.
  • Lunch (not included in package), en route.
  • Drive to Jerusalem.
  • A First Look at the Holy City: Over the centuries, many have been moved and awed by their first sight of Jerusalem. We'll stop at Mount Scopus for a stunning overview of the city and celebrate our arrival with a special ceremony and the traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing of thanksgiving.
  • Check in and light the 5th Hanukkah candle at the hotel.
  • Enjoy a night out with dinner (not included in package) in Jerusalem. Among the options are the restaurants at the First Train Station. The city's rail link from the late 19th century, it is now a center of restaurants, shops, and culture.

Overnight: Orient Hotel, Jerusalem


(we will gladly make spa reservations; not included in package).

Day Seven: Friday, December 27, 2019 | 6th night of Hanukkah
JERUSALEM OF GOLD, OF COPPER, AND OF LIGHT

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Depart to the Old City.
  • Explore the Jerusalem Archaeological Park, including the Davidson Center, Robinson's Arch, and the Southern Wall steps where Jewish pilgrims entered the Temple Mount 2,000 years ago.
  • No visit to Israel is complete without experiencing the Kotel (Western Wall), widely considered Judaism's holiest site. Each year, over one million notes containing prayers and wishes are placed in the cracks of the wall. We'll discuss the wall's historical and contemporary importance and experience its unique atmosphere.
  • Proceed to the Western Wall Tunnel, the underground continuation of the Kotel, and examine important archaeological discoveries that are revising our understanding of daily life in Jerusalem after the Roman conquest.
  • Lunch (not included in package), en route.
  • A walking tour will take you to the heart of Jewish life, history, and holiness: Jerusalem's Old City and the Jewish Quarter. Among the highlights will be:
    • A walk along the rooftops for a bird's-eye view of the remarkably diverse yet closely bound communities of the Old City.
    • The Cardo, the main street of Roman-controlled Jerusalem and its spectacular Byzantine-era columns.
    • King Hezekiah's “Broad Wall,” a massive wall built to protect Jerusalem from invasion 2,700 years ago.
    • Hurva Square, the center of modern-day life in the Jewish Quarter.
  • Become Your Favorite Biblical Character! Live the Bible's authentic costumes and amazing backgrounds provide a fun photo opportunity for you to dress up like Moses, Ruth, or a Temple Priest.
  • Return to the hotel and prepare for Shabbat.
  • Light the 6th Hanukkah candle at the hotel.
  • Jerusalem, the City of Shabbat: Join Jerusalem in welcoming the Sabbath, the highpoint of the Jewish week, with Kabbalat Shabbat services. You can celebrate Shabbat alongside people from countless different traditions and countries at Judaism's holiest site, the Kotel, or sample some of the city's dizzying variety of synagogues. We'll be happy to supply maps and suggestions of which synagogue might work best for you.
  • Shabbat dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Orient Hotel, Jerusalem


Day Eight: Saturday, December 28, 2019  | 7th night of Hanukkah
SHABBAT IN JERUSALEM

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • (Optional) Shabbat services at local synagogues OR leisure time at the hotel.


Option # 1:

  • Jerusalem and Its Writers: Explore the streets of Jerusalem through the eyes and words of its poets and authors, including Yehuda Amichai and Y. Agnon.


Option # 2:

  • Yemin Moshe Scavenger Hunt: There will be lots of family fun as we search for clues and explore the beautiful and historic Yemin Moshe By uncovering the riddles and with some ace detective work, we'll make our way through Yemin Moshe's winding alleys, explore its legendary windmill, and discover how Jerusalem expanded beyond the Old City.


All:

  • Lunch on own.
  • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah overlooking the Old City followed by lighting the 7th Hanukkah candle.
  • Lights! Action! Jerusalem! Watch the Night Spectacular at the Tower of David Museum. The walls of the Citadel serve as the stage for this cinematic celebration of sight and sound depicting the story of Jerusalem.
  • Free time in the Mamilla pedestrian arcade, a contemporary shopping area with a touch of the past, located outside the Jaffa Gate of the Old City; dinner (not included in package).

Overnight: Orient Hotel, Jerusalem


Day Nine: Sunday, December 29, 2019 | 8th night of Hanukkah
JEWISH MEMORY, JEWISH RENEWAL

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • The Memory of the Holocaust in Contemporary Israeli Society: Dialogue with a Holocaust scholar.


Option # 1:

  • Visit Yad Vashem, the national memorial to the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust, an essential emotional and educational experience. Your guided tour will include:
    • The Avenue of the Righteous, where trees symbolic of the renewal of life have been planted along with plaques honoring brave non-Jews who saved Jews during the Shoah.
    • The Historical Museum, a state-of-the-art interactive display reflecting decades of research and educational expertise. The story of the Holocaust, with an emphasis on individual victims, is told through survivor testimonies, original artifacts, and personal possessions saved from the ghettos and camps.
    • The Children's Memorial, where candles shine like stars in the sky to commemorate the 1.5 million children lost during the Holocaust.
    • A special Memorial Service where you can pay personal tribute to the victims of the Holocaust.


Option # 2 - Kids under 10 with youth counselor:

  • Visit the Biblical Zoo, a beautifully landscaped habitat with a special focus on preserving Biblical fauna, geared to children of all ages (2-80).


All:

  • Take a multi-cultural tasting journey (doubling as a delicious lunch) through the hustle and bustle of Jerusalem's Mahane Yehuda open-air market. Enjoy the sights, smells, tastes, and sounds of this vibrant area where Jerusalemites shop.
  • Making Our Mark: Feel the land and help it flourish with a tree planting ceremony. After the ceremony, explore the Gazelle Valley Park, a 250-acre haven of nature in urban Jerusalem with wildlife, including 30 gazelles, roaming through the park. Light the 8th Hanukkah candle at the park.
  • Free time to explore downtown Jerusalem, including the Ben Yehuda pedestrian mall and the Nahalat Shiva neighborhood, with dinner (not included in package).

Overnight: Orient Hotel, Jerusalem


Day Ten: Monday, December 30, 2019 | 8th day of Hanukkah
INTO THE JUDEAN DESERT: MASADA & THE DEAD SEA

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • As Low as It GoesWe'll drive to the Dead Sea Basin, 1412 feet below sea level and the lowest place on earth. The desert, the landscape, and the views are breathtaking.
  • The Last StandA cable car will bring us to the top of Masada with its extraordinary views and fascinating archaeological remains. This UNESCO World Heritage site is where Jewish rebels are believed to have made their final attempt to resist Roman invaders (c 74 CE) before committing mass suicide. We'll learn about Masada's importance as a symbol of Jewish defense and discuss its influence on modern Israel.
  • Take part in the community's Bnai Mitzvah service on the top of Masada.
  • Celebratory lunch at the Kibbutz Ein Gedi dining room, a true Kibbutz lunch experience!
  • The Sea of SaltGo floating, rather than swimming, in the Dead Sea. Not much can live in what is the saltiest piece of water in the world, nine times saltier than the ocean, but the weightless feeling of floating is great fun.
  • The Desert Experience: Guests are treated like royalty in desert societies. Take a camel for a test drive and ride into the Judean wilderness. Afterward, we'll recline in a spacious tent and enjoy Middle Eastern hospitality and a traditional “hafla” dinner. Even the patriarch Abraham will be on hand to welcome us to Genesis Land as we get a taste of life and travel in biblical times.
  • Return to Jerusalem.

Overnight: Orient Hotel, Jerusalem


Day Eleven: Tuesday, December 31, 2019 | New Year's Eve
DIGGING FOR ROOTS

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Diggin' for Roots: Get in touch with the land and history of Israel. Take part in an archaeological dig at the Beit Guvrin Caves. Get your hands dirty uncovering pottery from the Hellenistic period, 2300 years ago, and then crawl through the Maresha Cave Labyrinth (non-crawling options are available) in this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Lunch (not included in package), en route.
  • Visit the Armored Corps Memorial and Museum at Latrun, a key point and a battleground on the road that links Jerusalem with the coastal plain, from biblical times through the 1967 Six Day War.
  • Explore the wonderfully creative Israel Museum, with its eclectic collection, ranging from archaeology and the Dead Sea Scrolls to Jewish life and art, European art, contemporary Israeli art, and the open-air model of Jerusalem in the Second Temple period, including a special children's visit to the Youth Wing.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Festive farewell dinner at a restaurant as we reflect on our trip and look forward to a new year.
  • Return to the hotel

Overnight: Orient Hotel, Jerusalem  


Day Twelve: Wednesday, January 1, 2020 | Happy New Year
FREE DAY

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Free day in Jerusalem for an opportunity to explore (on own):
    • The Old City Ramparts for a walk along its ancient walls (a voucher will be provided).
    • The Tower of David Museum of the History of Jerusalem, for a walk through the city's history - with observation points, an animated film and visual and audio-visual aids - from the time of Abraham to the end of the British Mandate over Palestine.
    • The renewed and wonderfully creative Israel Museum, with its eclectic collection, ranging from archaeology and the Dead Sea Scrolls to Jewish life and art, European art, contemporary Israeli art and the open-air model of Jerusalem in the Second Temple period.
    • The Biblical Zoo, a beautifully landscaped habitat with a special focus on preserving biblical fauna, geared to children of all ages (2-80).
  • Free Evening in Jerusalem on Ben-Yehuda pedestrian mall or on Emek Refaim Street in the German Colony, with dinner on own.

Overnight: Orient Hotel, Jerusalem


Day Twelve: Thursday, January 2, 2020 |
UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Free morning in Jerusalem on own and preperation for departure.
  • Check out of the hotel at 12:00 p.m.
  • Transfer on own to LY flight departing 10:15 p.m.

Overnight: flight   


Da'at Educational Expeditions itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.

GUIDELINES FOR REGISTERING CHILDREN (UNDER AGE 18)

  • The first two people in any double or triple room are charged full package rates as adults, even if the second person is a child under the age of 18.

    For this reason, the first two people you select for a double or triple room MUST be selected as adults in order for the registration process to succeed.

    To register the following room configurations:

    • For double room occupancy for:
      • 1 adult & 1 child - Please select 2 adults.
      • 2 children - Please select 2 adults.
    • For triple room occupancy for:
      • 2 adults & 1 child - Please select 2 adults & 1 child**
      • 1 adult & 2 children - Please select 2 adults & 1 child**
      • 3 children - Please select 2 adults & 1 child**

    (**Reduced rate for a child as a 3rd in a triple room will only be applied if the child is under the age of 18)

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Royal Beach Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv

The hotel is located on Herbert Samuel Street, on the boulevard that kisses the coastline, and in walking distance from all the food and hot spots of the city of Tel Aviv.

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The Setai, Sea of Galilee
Sea of Galilee

Along a rocky beach offering views of the Sea of Galilee, this upscale hotel with a relaxed vibe is 4 km from the sandy Golan Beach and 35 km from Rosh Pina Airport.


REGISTRATION DEADLINE: 22 Sep 2019

  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 40 full-paying participants. Should the number of participants drop below the minimum listed above, we will adjust the cost of the trip to reflect the additional expense of operating the program.
  • Tour prices are per person in U.S. dollars. All hotel accommodations, motor coach transportation, special dinners, sightseeing, admissions, luggage handling and the services of local guides, drivers, and the tour guide/educator are included.

PAYMENT POLICY

Da'at Educational Expeditions reserves the right to adjust its terms of payment, including cancelation policies and initial deposits. Notification of any changes will be made explicitly to the participants where relevant.

  • Initial deposit of $500 per person, non-refundable, non-transferable is due at the time of reservation unless another amount is indicated for the particular trip or seminar.
  • Final payment is due 90 days before the scheduled trip begins, or as specified in your invoice.

CANCELATION POLICY

Cancelations need to be made in writing. Cancelation fees will be based on the date that the written cancelation is received.

Cancelation fees:

  • 90 days or more prior to departure: the deposit
  • 89 to 46 days prior to departure: 50% of the total trip cost
  • 45 days to the day of departure/no-show: 100% of the total trip cost

Cancelation fees may also include:

  • Hotel or supplier cancelation fees.
  • For trips in Israel only: The cost of the PEACE OF MIND TRAVEL PROTECTION PROGRAM (POM), if this was purchased.
  • Group airfare penalty fee.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

We strongly recommend that you purchase your own travel insurance. Please discuss land, air and health insurance options with your insurance provider or contact Travel Insured at 1-800-344-6226, ext. 257. Some insurance programs provide more comprehensive coverage when the policy is purchased in close proximity to the initial trip deposit. We therefore recommend that you secure insurance within 14 days of your initial deposit payment date.

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

The trip price includes all hotel accommodations, in hotel rooms with private baths. Our standard is to provide the best available hotels while considering value. Although the level of the accommodations may differ slightly from hotel to hotel, we are committed to your comfort. Standard-size rooms are generally smaller outside of North America. They usually accommodate two people and include either one queen-size bed or two single beds (pushed together and made up separately, but with one headboard). While some hotels provide an extra bed in a standard-size room for use by a child under the age of 12, we recommend that families of four or more should book adjoining or connecting rooms.

MEALS

Are included as specified in the itinerary.

TOUR EDUCATOR OR GUIDE

All trips are conducted by our tour educators or local guides who remain with the group throughout the tour.

GRATUITIES INCLUDED:

All gratuities for restaurant staff at group meals are included.

PRICE EXCLUDES

    • Transportation to the Airport.
    • Transportation in the evening when dinner is on own.
    • Amendments to the program: In the event that any sites, programs or meals etc are added to the program, an additional fee may be required.
    • Personal extras: Items of personal nature such as laundry, wines, mineral water, beverages, coffee, tea, food other than the table d’hotel menu, passport and visa fees, insurance, and foreign port taxes, unless otherwise specified.
    • Snacks on the bus (unless indicated otherwise)
    • US and foreign airport taxes, Q fuel surcharge and border taxes when applicable.
    • Gratuities for Tour Educator (Guide) and Driver. We recommend the following guidelines for tips (amounts indicated in US dollars):
      Group of 20 participants and more:
      Tour Educator: $8 | Driver: $4 - per participant per day
      Hostess (when included in the package):
      $2 per participant per day or a minimum of $50 per day total
      A security guard and/or a youth counselor (when included):
      $1 per participant per day per security guard, per youth counselor

GUIDELINES FOR REGISTERING CHILDREN (UNDER AGE 18)

  • The first two people in any double or triple room are charged full package rates as adults, even if the second person is a child under the age of 18.

    For this reason, the first two people you select for a double or triple room MUST be selected as adults in order for the registration process to succeed.

    To register the following room configurations:

    • For double room occupancy for:
      • 1 adult & 1 child - Please select 2 adults.
      • 2 children - Please select 2 adults.
    • For triple room occupancy for:
      • 2 adults & 1 child - Please select 2 adults & 1 child**
      • 1 adult & 2 children - Please select 2 adults & 1 child**
      • 3 children - Please select 2 adults & 1 child**

    (**Reduced rate for a child as a 3rd in a triple room will only be applied if the child is under the age of 18)

    To Register Now, click here