Chizuk Amuno Congregation | Winter 2020 Family Journey to Israel
Led by Rabbi Joshua Gruenberg

price per person from $4379

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9 nights’ accommodation at select hotels + Late check-out on last day

10 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking tour educator (No bus on Shabbat, December 26 and January 2)

1 group transfer and assistance from and to the airport

All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary

Meals: daily breakfast, 4 lunches & 6 dinners

Portage at the airport and hotels

Day One: Wednesday, December 23, 2020
DEPARTURE

  • Depart the USA.

Overnight: Flight


Day Two: Thursday, December 24, 2020

ARRIVAL

  • Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Meet your tour educator and depart for Tel Aviv, also known as “the city that never sleeps”, with its centers of culture, recreation and national history, great beaches and fine stores.
  • Stop by the Jaffa Overlook for an introduction to Tel Aviv at the place where it all began.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Enjoy a Middle-Eastern-style dinner at Maganda, serving a varied menu of traditional salads and grilled meats in Tel Aviv’s Yemenite Quarter.
  • Israel 101 – Our Thoughts, Our Journey: Opening remarks and orientation of our trip by Rabbi Joshua Gruenberg and your tour educator.
  • Return to the hotel.

Overnight: Tel Aviv


Day Three: Friday, December 25, 2020

FOUNDATIONS OF A CITY AND STATE

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 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 Beit Hapalmach (pending confirmation).
  • 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.
  • Stroll down the Nachalat Binyamin pedestrian mall, with its bi-weekly craft fair and eateries. Alongside is the colorful Carmel open-air market; lunch on own.
  • Return to the hotel and prepare for Shabbat.
  • Communal candle lighting in the hotel lobby.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services at the hotel.
  • Festive Shabbat dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Tel Aviv


Day Four: Saturday, December 26, 2020

SHABBAT IN TEL AVIV

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Shabbat morning services at Kehilat Neve Shechter in Neve Zedek led by Rabbi Roberto Arbiv.
  • Return to the hotel walking through colorful Neve Zedek, one of Tel Aviv’s earliest neighborhoods, nowadays a cultural mecca hosting small boutiques, galleries, and the Suzanne Dellal dance and theater center.
  • Shabbat lunch at the hotel.


Option 1

  • Long Live Israel: Guided tour along streets, key building and landmarks around the city of Tel Aviv which were the cornerstone in the foundation of the country. The tour includes stops by the independence hall, Hertzliya Hebrew Gymnasium, the City Founders Monument and more.


Option 2

  • Enjoy an afternoon at leisure.


Both Options

  • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Free Evening in Tel Aviv for an opportunity to:
    • Meander through the Old City of Jaffa.
    • 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.
  • Dinner on own.

Overnight: Tel Aviv


Day Five: Sunday, December 27, 2020

A MOSAIC OF ISRAELI LIFE

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel, depart Tel Aviv and drive north along the coast to Caesarea, one of the Lands of Israel’s most important landmarks, built during the Roman Period. Explore the Herodian Theater and the excavations along the Mediterranean shore, concluding with the ruined 900-year-old Crusader town.
  • Visit the Yemin Orde Youth Village, one of Israel’s most innovative educational institutions, specializing in integrating new immigrant youth into Israeli society; lunch with faculty and students.
  • Proceed to Sindyanna of Galilee, a unique nonprofit organization led by a team of Arab and Jewish women working to create social change from the ground up, including a spice workshop.
  • Drive into the Upper Galilee and check into the kibbutz hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee


Day Six: Monday, December 28, 2020

NATURE & SECURITY IN ISRAEL’S NORTH

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Shacharit at the Katzrin Ancient synagogue, located at the Talmudic Village, with possible Bna’I & Bnot Mitzvah service.
  • Golan Jeep Challenge: Team competition along the dirt paths of the Golan, combining fun and education enjoying nature while delving into the special strategic significance of the Golan.
  • Lunch on own 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, located on Kibbutz Ein Zivan.


All

  • Watch the panoramic views from 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.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee


Day Seven: Tuesday, December 29, 2020

FROM MYSTICS TO DREAMERS IN THE GALILEE

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel and drive to Tsfat, a center of Jewish mysticism for hundreds of years and a contemporary artists’ colony:
    • Visit the Ari, Caro or Abuhav Synagogues with their great stories and mystical messages.
    • Meet with artist Sheva Chaya, inspired by Kabbalistic messages.
    • Stroll through the quaint art galleries for a chance to shop in the artists’ colony.
  • Lunch on own in Tsfat.
  • Drive south via Tiberias, an ancient/modern city located on the shores of Lake Kinneret (Sea of Galilee). One of Israel’s four holy Jewish cities, this is where the “Jerusalem” Talmud was codified and where Maimonides is buried.
  • Drive southwards along the Jordan Valley, part of the enormous Syrian-African Rift.
  • Proceed to Genesis Land encampment in the Judean Desert. Delve into the Bible, take a camel ride and experience biblical hospitality.
  • Upon entering Jerusalem, stop at Mount Scopus for an overlook of the Old and New City and to recite the traditional “Shehechiyanu” blessing.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Enjoy a night out and dinner on own at the Old Train Station Plaza, with its fashionable restaurants featuring local and international cuisine.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Eight: Wednesday, December 30, 2020

THE LAYERS OF JERUSALEM

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Proceed to the Old City and enter via Dung Gate.
  • Stop at the Kotel (Western Wall) to experience the special atmosphere of this special site and then take a tour of the Western Wall Tunnel, the underground continuation of the Temple Mount’s Western Wall, exposed in recent years.
  • Walk through the archaeological treasures and other highlights of the Jewish Quarter:
    • Along the Rooftops of the Old City for a behind-the-scenes look at the various communities in Jerusalem and how they live alongside each other.
    • Through the Cardo - the main street of Jerusalem in the 6th century, King Hezekiah’s First Temple-period “Broad Wall” and Hurva Square - the central square of the Jewish Quarter.
  • Lunch on own in the Jewish Quarter.
  • Depart Jerusalem to take part in an archaeological dig at the Beit Guvrin Caves: prepare to get your hands dirty uncovering pottery from the Hellenistic period, 2,300 years ago, and optionally crawl through the Maresha Cave Labyrinth, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Return to Jerusalem.


Parent’s night out!

  • The Labyrinth of Israeli Politics: Meet with Reuven Hazan of the Political Science Department at Hebrew University.
  • Dinner on own (reservations can be made by Da’at).


Kids (with babysitters)

  • Pizza and movie night at the hotel.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Nine: Thursday, December 31, 2020

MEMORY & RENEWAL

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • The Memory of the Holocaust in Contemporary Israeli Society: Meet with Holocaust scholar, Rachel Korazim.
  • Depart the hotel.


Adults & Older Youth

  • Visit Yad Vashem, the Jewish National Memorial of the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust, including the Avenue of the Righteous, the Historical Museum and the Children’s Memorial.


Children 
with a 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 through the hustle and bustle of Jerusalem’s Machaneh Yehudah open-air market: Enjoy the sights, smells, tastes, and sounds of this vibrant area where Jerusalemites shop; lunch on own if still hungry!
  • Giving Back with Pantry Packers: Participate in a Tikkun Olam activity by packing commodity food staples for Israel’s poorest families; after a brief orientation session, don gloves, aprons, and caps in order and fill bags of rice, beans, and other commodities.
  • Stroll along with the Ben-Yehuda Street and Nachalat Shiva pedestrian malls, joining the many Israelis out on the town, with dinner on own.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Ten: Friday, January 1, 2021

INTO THE DESERT, MASADA & THE DEAD SEA

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Depart Jerusalem and descend to the Dead Sea Basin.
  • Ascend by cable car or walk up the Snake Path to Masada, Herod’s mountain palace and the site of the Jewish Zealots’ last stand against the Roman Legionnaires. Discuss Masada’s role as a symbol of Jewish defense and its current significance in modern Israel.
  • Group conversation on top of Masada.
  • Lunch on own at Masada.
  • Experience the weightlessness of the Dead Sea as you float in its waters.
  • Return to Jerusalem and prepare for Shabbat.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services at Yemin Moshe or at the Kotel.
  • Enjoy a Shabbat dinner at the with lone soldiers and the congregation teens.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Eleven: Saturday, January 2, 2021

SHABBAT IN JERUSALEM

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Shul Hopping with Rabbi Joshua Gruenberg and your tour educator.
  • The Visions of the New City: discover the fabulous story of Jerusalem’s expansion beyond the Old City as you wander from the Sir Moses Montefiore Windmill through the winding alleys of Yemin Moshe and Mishkenot Shaananim.
  • Shabbat lunch at the hotel.


Option 1 (on own)

  • 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.


Option 2

  • LaDa’at Hebrew Writers: Walk through the streets of Jerusalem guided by the writings of its poets and authors - Yehuda Amichai, Y. Agnon and others.


All

  • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah overlooking the Old City.
  • Late check-out from the hotel.
  • Festive farewell dinner at Olive & Fish, a great meat and fish restaurant located across from the Liberty Bell Gardens.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport and check in for your flight.

Overnight: Flight


Day Twelve: Sunday, January 3, 2021

ARRIVE HOME

  • Arrive in the USA.


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.

RECOMMENDED FLIGHT

December 23, 2020:
From Dulles International Airport to Tel Aviv
United Flight #72 departs on 10:30 p.m. arriving the next day at 4:30 p.m.

January 3, 2021:
From Tel Aviv to Dulles International Airport:
United Flight #73 departs at 00:20 a.m. (just after midnight) arriving the same day at 5:50 a.m.

 

2020 Land Only Status  
Dec 23 $4379 On sale

Flight Details


Accommodation Details



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Dan Panorama
Tel Aviv

Ideally located on Tel Aviv's lively seafront, the Tel Aviv Dan Panorama has a pool and the sandy beaches of the Mediterranean are just across the road.

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Pastoral Hotel
Kibbutz Kfar Blum

Kfar Blum's Pastoral Guesthouse is a comfortable, tranquil hotel located in the Upper Galilee and close to the sites of Mount Hermon, the Golan Heights, the nature reserves of the Hula Valley and other attractions of the north.

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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.


REGISTRATION DEADLINE: 23 Sep 2020

  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 30 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 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

  • Credit card fees
  • 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.

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