Congregation Beth Shalom Communal Journey to Israel 2020
Led By Rabbi David Weizman

price per person from $2889

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7 nights’ accommodation at select hotels

8 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking tour educator

1 group transfer and assistance to and from the airport

All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary

Youth counselor for one day in Jerusalem

Meals: daily breakfast, 2 lunches & 5 dinners

Portage at the airport and hotels

Day One: Monday, July 13, 2020
ON THE WAY TO ISRAEL

  • Depart the US.

Overnight: Flight


Day Two: Tuesday, July 14, 2020

THE START OF A SPECIAL JOURNEY

  • Arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport. Our representative will be on hand to assist with all formalities and ensure your journey has the smoothest of starts.
  • Meet your tour educator who will accompany you on this journey of education and inspiration.
  • Welcome to Jerusalem: Upon entering the vibrant and colorful ancient city of Jerusalem, experience the convergence of the old and the new and stop for an overlook of the city and to recite the traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing.
  • Take a walking tour through Jerusalem's Old City and the Jewish Quarter and experience the center of Jewish life, history, and holiness. Among the highlights will be:
    • A walk along the rooftops that will provide an extraordinary scene of multi-faith Jerusalem. From this one spot, we will see the domes of three great religious landmarks: The Church of the Holy Sepulchre (marking where Jesus is believed to have been crucified); the Jewish Quarter’s Hurva synagogue; and the Dome of the Rock, one of Islam’s most sacred and beautiful sites. 
    • 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 year ago.
    • Hurva Square, the center of modern-day life in the Jewish Quarter.
  • “The Best Falafel in the World! Right Here in the Old City”: The competition for the best street food in the Jewish Quarter is tough. Check out the contestants with lunch (not included in package).
  • No visit to Israel is complete without experiencing the Kotel(Western Wall).
  • Drive to the hotel and check-in. Free afternoon to relax.
  • Enjoy a festive welcome dinner at a local restaurant, followed by orientation with Rabbi Weizman and your tour educator.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Three: Wednesday, July 15, 2020

JEWISH MEMORY, JEWISH RENEWAL

  • Breakfast at an Israeli hotel is an experience in itself. Start the day with a bounteous buffet.


Adults:

  • Visiting Yad Vashem, the national memorial to the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust is 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 Memorial Service where we will pay tribute to those who were lost.


Children:
(with youth counselor)

  • Visit Ein Yael, an interactive, living museum, located on a 2,000-year-old archaeological site. Take part in weaving, ceramics, painting and other crafts typical of life in ancient times.


All:

  • Experience the sights, smells, and tastes of Jerusalem while walking through the Machane Yehuda open-air market, with lunch (not included in package).
  • Visit Tekoa, a thriving community north of Jerusalem, named after the hometown of the Biblical prophet Amos.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Free time to explore downtown Jerusalem, including the Ben Yehuda pedestrian mall and the Nahalat Shiva neighborhood, with dinner (not included in package).

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Four: Thursday, July 16, 2020

DIGGING FOR ROOTS

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • B’nai Mitzvah service at Azarat Israel, the pluralistic section of the Kotel (Western Wall).
  • Lunch (not included in package), en route.
  • 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.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Dinner (not included in package) on Emek Refaim Street, in the heart of Jerusalem’s German Colony.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Five: Friday, July 17, 2020

INTO THE DESERT: MASADA & THE DEAD SEA

  • Enjoy an early breakfast at the hotel before setting out to explore the Dead Sea region.
  • As Low as It Goes: We'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 Stand:  Take the cable car 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.
  • (Time permitting). Hike in Nahal David, part of the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve. This is a desert oasis with springs, waterfalls and freshwater pools so don’t forget your swimsuits. Another features are the ibex, hyraxes and other desert mammals that live in this area. Nahal David is named after the biblical David, who fled here to escape from the murderous King Saul.
  • Lunch (not included in package), en route.
  • The Sea of Salt: Float into happiness at the Dead Sea. Not much can live or swim 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.
  • How Fast Can This Thing Go? Stop for a photo-op and a quick ride on a camel.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Attend Kabbalat Shabbat with Kehilat Zion, a leading Conservative congregation. (Pending confirmation).
  • Festive Shabbat dinner at the hotel with special guest Danny Admasu, a well-known Ethiopian Israeli activist.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Six: Saturday, July 18, 2020

SHABBAT IN JERUSALEM | NO BUS

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Optional Shabbat morning services.
  • Lunch at the hotel.
  • Yemin Moshe and Mishkenot Sha'ananim: Get to know the great banker and philanthropist Sir Moses Montefiore as you explore the pastoral neighborhoods, famous windmill, and the artists’ colony that he developed and which transformed Jerusalem in the 19th En route, view two of modern Jerusalem’s most storied and important landmarks: the King David Hotel and the YMCA building.


OR

  • Tour the Tower of David Museum of the History of Jerusalem and walk through observation points, visual and audio-visual aids depicting the city’s history – from the time of Abraham to the end of the British Mandate over Palestine.
  • Optional: Jerusalem and Its Writers: Explore the streets of Jerusalem through the eyes and words of its poets and authors, including Yehuda Amichai and S.Y. Agnon.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah overlooking the Old City.
  • Dinner (not included in package), perhaps at the Old Train Station Plaza, with its fashionable restaurants featuring local and international cuisine. On certain evenings you will enjoy street musicians, Israeli dancing, and other attractions.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Seven: Sunday, July 19, 2020

FROM THE HILLS OF JERUSALEM TO THE HILLS OF THE NORTH

  • Breakfast at the hotel, followed by check-out.
  • As we drive north on the Trans-Israel Highway, there will be an opportunity to see the Security Barrier which runs along the seam zone between Israel and the Palestinian Territories, and to learn about the barrier’s effects on Israeli security and Palestinian communities.
  • Make Your Own Boutique Goat Cheese: A workshop takes you through each stage of the process from a visit to the pure-bred goats at Ein Camonim farm to a cheese tasting at the restaurant. Compare what you made with Ein Camonim’s award-winning goat cheeses.
  • Lunch (not included in package), en route.
  • 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.
    • Walk through the cobbled streets and alleyways to the Artists' Colony with its galleries, shops, and studios.
  • Drive to the hotel, check in, and enjoy dinner.

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Sea of Galilee.


Day Eight: Monday, July 20, 2020

SERENITY AND SECURITY IN THE GOLAN

  • 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.
  • Take a jeep tour off-road on the Golan Heights. Enjoy the beautiful natural scenery and delve into the strategic complexity of the Golan.
  • Visit a Druze village for a window into the unique world of the Israeli Druze community, with lunch (not included in package).
  • Northern Borders, Northern Battles: We'll gaze across the Golan and into Syria from the top of Mount Bental and gain powerful insights into Israel's geopolitical and security situation. Analyze the current challenges Israel faces on its northern border, examine the impact of the tragic civil war in Syria, and hunker down in bunkers from the vital battles that took place here during the 1973 Yom Kippur War.
  • Enjoy rafting or kayaking down the Jordan River.
  • Return to the hotel for dinner.

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Sea of Galilee


Day Nine: Tuesday, July 21, 2020

TEL AVIV: THE FIRST HEBREW CITY

  • Breakfast at the hotel, followed by check-out.
  • Visit Kfar Kedem in the Galilee for a hands-on family experience, exploring Jewish life of 2,000 years ago, including donkey rides, costumes, pita baking, and more.
  • Continue to Tel Aviv, also known as “the city that never sleeps.” A place of sun and fun, its centers of culture and history are complemented by great beaches, stores, and entertainment.
  • LaDa’at Ethnic Tasting Tour: Eat, drink, and learn at the Levinsky Market, where we’ll sample food and sweets from all over the Mediterranean and the Middle East and try to figure out what is Israeli about Israeli food. This multi-cultural tasting tour will double up as a delicious lunch.
  • From Hebrew City to Hebrew State: Walk along the newly-opened Independence Trail 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.
  • Stroll down the Nahalat Binyamin pedestrian mall, with its bi-weekly craft fair and eateries. Alongside is the colorful Carmel open-air market.
  • A Fallen Leader, A Fallen Soldier: The assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1995 was one of the great traumas of Israeli political history. Discuss his life and death at Rabin Square, the place where he was murdered, and take a quiet moment to reflect at the Rabin Memorial. We’ll also see how Rabin Square has become one of the crucial public spaces in Israel and the location for political protests, state ceremonies, and spontaneous celebrations.
  • Visit the Jaffa Overlook for the last view of Tel Aviv.
  • Festive farewell dinner in a local restaurant.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for your return flight to the US.

Overnight: Flight


Day Ten: Wednesday, July 22, 2020

UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN

  • Arrive home in the US.


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Accommodation Details



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Dan Panorama
Jerusalem

The Jerusalem Dan Panorama is centrally located in the city, within easy reach of modern Jerusalem's lively downtown, theaters, shopping and eateries, while still within walking distance of the Old City and other historic sites.

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Nof Ginosar Hotel
Tiberias

Nof Ginosar Hotel offers the opportunity for an unforgettable vacation, with an exceptional location that is only a short drive from all major tourist attractions in the Galilee region, Tiberias, the Jordan Valley, the Sea of Galilee and the Golan Heights.


REGISTRATION DEADLINE: 15 Apr 2020

  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 20 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 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.
  • Water or 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)