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Adath Israel Congregation - Trip to Israel

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  • 10 nights' accommodation at select hotels + late check-out on last day
  • 9 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus
  • 11 days of touring with licensed, English speaking tour educator
  • 1 group transfer and assistance from/to the airport
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Meals: daily breakfast, 3 lunches and 7 dinners
  • Portage at the airport and hotels

Day One: Wednesday, November 29, 2017

  • Depart Cincinnati.

Overnight: Flight

Day Two: Thursday, November 30, 2017

  • 5:25 p.m. Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport on Delta flight #469.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Meet your tour educator, Hillel Meyer, at the airport and depart for Jerusalem.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • 8:00 p.m. Meet in the lobby of the hotel and depart for dinner.
  • 8:15 p.m. Welcome dinner at Touro, a kosher chef restaurant in Jerusalem's historical Mishkenot Shaananim neighborhood boasting a beautiful view of the Tower of David and the Old City walls.

Overnight: Mamilla Hotel, Jerusalem

Day Three: Friday, December 1, 2017

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 8:15 a.m. Begin the day with a stop at the Haas Promenade for an overlook of the Old and New City of Jerusalem and to recite the traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing.
  • One Mountain, Three Religions: Mt. Zion and the Religious Challenge: Visit the traditional burial site of King David, a 1948-67 Temple Mount observation point, a mosque and the Room of the Last Supper.
  • Enter Jerusalem's Old City via the Zion Gate.
  • Walking tour through the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem, for visits to archaeological treasures and other highlights, among them:
  • The four Sephardi Synagogues, which reflect the richness and diversity of Diaspora Jewish traditions.
  • King Hezekiah's First Temple-period “Broad Wall”.
  • The Cardo, the main street of Jerusalem in the 6th
  • Lunch on own in the Jewish Quarter.
  • 1:00 p.m. Visit the Karaite Synagogue and meet with representatives of the community. The Karaites recognize the Tanakh alone as its supreme legal authority in Jewish religious law and theology.
  • A meeting with an Armenian Ceramic Artist and a visit to his workshop, followed by a short tour of the Armenian Quarter, the smallest of the four quarters, with the smallest number of residents.
  • 2:00 p.m. Return to the hotel for Shabbat preparations.
  • Gather in hotel lobby for candle-lighting (Shabbat comes in at 3:55 p.m.).
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services at the Kotel (Western Wall).
  • 6:30 p.m. Private Shabbat Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Mamilla Hotel, Jerusalem

Day Four: Saturday, December 2, 2017

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 8:30 a.m. Shabbat services at a local Conservative synagogue followed by dialogue with a leader of the Israeli Conservative Movement, at the Fuchsberg Center.
  • Shabbat lunch at the hotel.
  • LaDa'at Hebrew Writers: Guided walk through the streets of Jerusalem, using the writings of Jerusalem's poets and authors, such as Yehuda Amichai, Y. Agnon and others.
  • 5:14 p.m. Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah overlooking the Old City.
  • 6:30 p.m. Israeli Society through Film: Meet with students and teachers from the Ma'aleh Film School for a screening and discussion, exploring the intersection of Judaism and modern life. Ma'aleh's unique, cutting-edge films attempt to foster deeper understanding and dialogue between religious and secular Jews. While Ma'aleh graduates are shaping the future of the Israeli film and television, they also created a first-of-its-kind video-therapy for at-risk youth, Ethiopian immigrants, terror victims and adults with special needs.
  • Dinner on own and evening at leisure in Jerusalem.

Overnight: Mamilla Hotel, Jerusalem

Day Five: Sunday, December 3, 2017

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 9:00 a.m. Visit the Hand in Hand School “Yad b'Yad” in Jerusalem. Hand in Hand in a bilingual school with Israeli Jewish and Israeli Palestinian students combining peace education and top academic standards. Its mission is to build partnership, coexistence and equality between the Jewish and Arab citizens of Israel.
  • 11:30 a.m. The Geopolitics of Jerusalem: Travel through the city of Jerusalem exploring some of the political and diplomatic complexities of recent years; drive around the seam zone (the Security Barrier), with an in-depth study seminar on the ramifications of current developments with (Res.) Danny Tirza, one of the seam zone's designers.
  • Lunch on own, en route.
  • Wine tasting at a local boutique winery.
  • 4:30 p.m. Visit Yvel, a unique international jewellery company and workshop, with an inspiring story of social changethat sets a wonderful example of social awareness in business.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner on own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Mamilla Hotel, Jerusalem

Day Six: Monday, December 4, 2017  

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 9:00 a.m. Visit Hadassah Hospital for an in-depth look at this cutting-edge medical facility and how it has adapted to ever-changing needs; view the vibrant Chagall stained-glass windows in the hospital's synagogue.
  • Walk through the picturesque neighborhood of Ein Kerem, located beneath the Jerusalem Forest with its Church of the Visitation, Church of John the Baptist and art galleries.
  • Lunch on own, en route.
  • 2:00 p.m. Visit the Yad Vashem complex, the Jewish National Memorial to the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust, including:
    • The Art Museum
    • The Holocaust Film Archive
    • The Learning Center
    • The Children's Memorial
    • Hall of Remembrance
  • A Cultural and Social Journey: Walk through Jerusalem's Nachlaot neighborhoods to witness the atmosphere in Sephardi, Ashkenazi and Haredi areas.
  • 5:30 p.m. Experience the sights, smells, and tastes of Jerusalem while walking through the Machaneh Yehuda open air market, with a local chef, choosing the best and the most fresh the shuk has to offer in order to return to a kitchen in the market for an interactive cooking session, followed by a delicious dinner.

Overnight: Mamilla Hotel, Jerusalem

Day Seven: Tuesday, December 5, 2017  

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel, depart Jerusalem and drive northwards along the Trans-Israel Highway for a close-up view of the ‘Security Barrier' along the seam zone between Israel and the Palestinian Territories.
  • Visit to Beit She'arim, site of a 1,800-year-old Jewish necropolis and the graves of some of the most important codifiers of Jewish tradition declared an UNESCO site.
  • Visit Sindyanna of Galilee, a female-led, fair-trade NGO promoting the concept of “business for peace” in Israel by selling Arab producers' olive oil in the international marketplace and channeling all of the profits back into Arab women education while bridging cultural divides, encouraging sustainable agriculture, and supporting organic farming.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • Continue to Nazareth; walk through the colorful marketplace to the Church of the Annunciation.
  • 3:30 p.m. Meet with Nabeel Abboud-Ashkar, Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the Polyphony Foundation, including a possible concert. Polyphony Foundation is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to bridge the divide between Arab and Jewish communities in Israel by creating a common ground where young people come together around classical music.
  • Drive to Haifa and check into the hotel.
  • Dinner on own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Dan Carmel, Haifa

Day Eight: Wednesday, December 6, 2017  

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Stop for a lookout at the Baha'i Gardens and gold-domed Shrine of the Bab, one of the holiest sites of the Baha'i religion, on the slopes of Mount Carmel.
  • 10:30 a.m. Visit Kibbutz Ga'aton to meet with the dancers of The Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company (KCDC) from Israel and around the world. Hear about the cultural renaissance that is taking place in the Galilee, participate in a dance seminar, take a brief tour of the kibbutz and view one of their rehearsals for insight into the “working world” of a dancer.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Visit Akko (Acre), a UNESCO Heritage Site, for a multi-layered experience from the days of the Crusades through contemporary Israel, including guided visits to:
    • The restored Crusaders' Fortress.
    • The al-Jazzar Mosque, one of the largest and most interesting in Israel.
    • The colorful Akko shuk (market).
  • 3:00 p.m. Modern Day Zionism: Meet with members of the Akko Ayalim Association which encourages students to live in rural villages and towns usually in the periphery, and to take on active roles in local community life.
  • 6:00 p.m. Drive to a Druze village in the Carmel Mountains for a window into the unique world of the Israeli Druze community, with home-hospitality dinner.
  • Return to Haifa.

Overnight: Dan Carmel, Haifa

Day Nine: Thursday, December 7, 2017

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel and depart Haifa.
  • 9:30 a.m. Guided by a local resident, visit the famous Ein Hod artist colony south of Haifa, and explore some of the many galleries throughout the village.
  • 12:00 p.m. Visit the Yemin Orde Youth Village, one of Israel's most innovative educational institutions, specializing in integrating new immigrant youth into Israeli society. Lunch will be included in the visit.
  • A walk through the glorious Ramat Hanadiv Gardens, dedicated to Baron de Rothschild (the “Nadiv” or “Benefactor”), located on the outskirts of Zichron Ya'acov.
  • 4:30 p.m. Wine tasting at Vitkin Winery.
  • Continue along the coastal plain to Tel Aviv, known as the “city that never sleeps,” with its centers of culture, recreation and national history, great beaches and fine stores.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner at Café Kapish, offering a variety of appetizing dishes and an out-of-the-ordinary communication experience. The deaf and hearing-impaired waiters of Café Kapish will engage in dialogue with you through sign language.
  • 8:30 p.m. Take in a show at the Nalaga'at Theater to view a production of Edgar.

Overnight: David Intercontinental, Tel Aviv

Day Ten: Friday, December 8, 2017  

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Foundations of a City and a State, Ahad Ha'Am to Bialik: Zionist ideology and the revival of the Hebrew language come alive as you walk down Bialik Street and through the Trumpeldor Cemetery.
  • 11:00 a.m. Continue to the Rubin House, the former residence and studio of Reuven Rubin. Delve into the special world of this pioneering Israeli artist.
  • Stroll along the Nachalat Binyamin pedestrian mall, with its bi-weekly crafts fair and eateries. Alongside is the colorful Carmel open-air market and across the way Sheinkin Street, with its hip cafés and funky chic shopping.
  • Return to the hotel for Shabbat preparations.
  • Gather in hotel lobby for candle-lighting (Shabbat comes in at 4:14 p.m.).
  • 5:30 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat services at Kehilat Sinai, a local Conservative synagogue.
  • Private Shabbat Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: David Intercontinental, Tel Aviv

Day Eleven: Saturday, December 9, 2017  

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 9:00 a.m. Shabbat services at Neve Schechter, located in Neve Zedek.
  • 1:00 p.m. Shabbat Lunch at the hotel.
  • Walking tour through colorful Neve Zedek, one of Tel Aviv's earliest neighborhoods. Today it is a cultural mecca, with many small boutiques and galleries, and the Suzanne Delal Dance and Theater Center.
  • Guided walk through the streets of old Tel Aviv to view examples of the intriguing Bauhaus-style architecture from the 1930s. The local proliferation of the style won Tel Aviv recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage site and the nickname of ‘the White City'.
  • 5:16 p.m. Ben Kodesh Lechol: Group reflection and Havdallah at the hotel.
  • Free Evening in Tel Aviv for an opportunity to:
  • Stroll down Rothschild Boulevard, with its many cafés and bars.
  • Experience Tel Aviv Port, with its restaurants and clubs.
  • Saunter down the Tel Aviv Beach Promenade.
  • Wander through the Tachana, Tel Aviv's renovated old train station, now a center of boutiques and good food, and one of Tel Aviv's blooming hot spots.

Overnight: David Intercontinental, Tel Aviv

Day Twelve: Sunday, December 10, 2017

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Start-Up Nation: Visit the Tel Aviv Hub, a space for social, environmental and technological innovation.
  • LaDa'at Ethnic Tasting Tour: walk through Tel Aviv's famous Levinsky Market, where you'll find a combination of foods and sweets from all over the Mediterranean and hear the unique stories of the individuals who sell them; lunch on own if still hungry!
  • Urban Culture Tours of Tel Aviv, Combining Street Art, Language & Graffiti: Join a local resident to explore the urban culture of the city.
  • 4:00 p.m. Free time in Tel Aviv for last minute shopping and preparations before flight.
  • 6:30 p.m. Late check-out from the hotel.
  • 7:00 p.m. Enjoy a farewell dinner and the elegant atmosphere at Liliyot, which offers an attractive menu mixing Mediterranean and Californian cuisine. Liliyot works together with the Elem Association, employing youth with difficulties and donating part of their profits to the association.
  • 9:15 p.m. Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport and check in for the departure flight to the U.S.A.

Overnight: Flight

Day Thirteen: Monday, December 11, 2017  

  • 1:00 a.m. Depart on Air France flight #1121 with service to Charles de Gaulle Airport and connecting service to the U.S.A.

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.

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Flight Details

Accommodation Details

Mamilla Hotel Image

Mamilla Hotel

Located in the remarkable position in the city centre with breath-taking views of the Old City walls, and alongside Alrov Mamila Avenue, the hotel brings world-class lifestyle hospitality. Mamila Hotel offers modern international style with the unique and vibrant culture of Jerusalem.

Dan Carmel Image

Dan Carmel

The Dan Carmel Hotel is perched on Mount Carmel with breathtaking views of Haifa Bay  and the Mediterranean coastline. The hotel is situated on Haifa's beautiful hilltop promenade, just a short walk from the many entertainment venues of the Carmel neighborhood.

David Intercontinental Hotel Image

David Intercontinental Hotel
Tel Aviv

The David Intercontinental Tel Aviv Hotel sits on the Tel Aviv shore, a short walk from the commercial, shopping and cultural centers of the city and just a few minutes drive from historic old Jaffa. The hotel combines the magic of a beachfront promenade with the winding streets of Neve Tzedek, one of the city's most fashionable neighbourhood.

  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 30 full paying participants per bus. 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.
  • Hotel Accommodations: The tour 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. Two-bed rooms are reserved in most hotels. Triples are two-bed rooms with a rollaway cot where available and are not recommended when considering the comfort of those in the room. King-size beds are not available in most hotels; what is considered king-size usually consists of two single beds pushed together and made up separately, but with one headboard. Some two-bed rooms may have two twin - not full- or queen-size - beds.
  • Meals are included as specified in the itinerary.
  • Expedition Director / 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 are included.
  • Baggage: All tour packages / group tours allow one piece of luggage per person and one carry-on bag. Excess luggage will be subject to charge of up to $100 per piece. The Travel Agent and/or Tour Operator, shall not be held responsible for any damage to or loss of luggage/personal items. All damage/loss must be reported at time of incident and documented in writing by local authorities for submission to the insurance company. With regard to airline baggage allowance, different carriers have different regulations for business and coach, please check with your individual carrier with regard to permitted number of pieces, weights and dimensions. The tour operator is not responsible for fees levied by any air carrier for the transport of personal belongings of any kind.

Not Included

  • Personal Expenses: All personal expenses such as: laundry, valet service, cables, telephone calls and postage are not included.
  • Tips to the guide and driver (recommended guidelines vary based on number of participants)
    • For a group of 20 passengers and more:
      $8 per participant per day for the tour educator & $4 per participant per day for the driver
    • In the case where a hostess is included in the package:
      $2 per participant per day for the hostess or a minimum of $50 per touring day in total
  • Guests at meals.
  • Luggage: All tour packages allow one pieces per person and one carry-on bag. Excess luggage will be subject to a charge of up to $100 per piece. Da'at shall not be held responsible for any damage to or loss of luggage/personal items. All damage/loss must be reported at time of incident and documented in writing by local authorities for submission to the insurance company.
  • Transportation in 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.
  • Water or snacks on the bus.
  • US and foreign airport taxes, Q fuel surcharge and border taxes when applicable.

Additional Information

  • Airline Security Measures: In the U.S., you must provide identification in the form of a passport at the time of airport check-in for travel to international destinations. Your passport name must match the name on your tour reservation and airline ticket or you may be denied boarding.
  • If you are traveling from an airport outside the jurisdiction of the U.S, you will need to determine what travel documentation and identification is required for that particular airport.
  • Due to heightened security regulations, certain items such as a metal nail file, pocketknife, cigarette lighter or tweezers, and some liquid, gel, or aerosol items may not be permitted in your carry-on luggage. Please call your airline prior to departure to obtain current information on non-permissible carry-on items and recommended airport check-in times. You may also wish to visit the Transportation Security Administration website at www.tsa.gov to obtain more information on acceptable identity documentation and prohibited luggage items.
  • Air Services: Once issued, tickets are non-refundable. Airline schedules and flights are subject to change without notice. We will not be responsible for penalties incurred for tickets, international or domestic, not issued by us due to schedule and/or flight changes. Airlines reserve the right to demand immediate issuance of tickets whenever they determine that specific flights are heavily booked even when normal ticketing rules do not require tickets to be issued until a later date. In this instance, we will require immediate and full payment of the airfare and airport taxes and fees as itemized on the invoice. This situation overrides invoice terms and conditions and payment due dates. If full payment is not received, seats will be cancelled by the airline and may not be available to be rebooked on the same flights or at the same airfare. Any replacement air arrangements and airfare will be the sole responsibility of the passenger. We suggest you contact your travel agent or the carrier several weeks prior to departure for seat assignments. Passengers are responsible to reconfirm their flights 72 hours prior to departure for all flights. Package is based on discount fares for group travel. Group members deviating from group dates will be charged a $75 deviation fee per person.
  • Holidays and Museum Closures - Museum visits and personal shopping time may be disrupted due to unforeseen circumstances or the many religious, state and local holidays locally observed in the destinations being visited.
  • Photography During Tours: We will occasionally use photographs taken by fellow guests or your trip director for promotional purposes. If you prefer that your photo not be used in any marketing activities, please notify us at the start of your tour.