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Congregation Beth Yeshurun of Houston

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9 nights' accommodation at select hotels + late check-out on last day

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

1 walking tours on Shabbat

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 5 dinners

Portage at the airport and hotels

Day One: Sunday, May 27, 2018

  • 7:10 a.m. Depart Houston on Air Canada flight #592.
  • 11:16 a.m. Arrive Toronto.
  • 4:30 p.m. Depart on Air Canada flight #84.

Overnight: Flight

Day Two: Monday, May 28, 2018

  • 10:05 a.m. Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Enter the city of Tel Aviv, known as the “city that never sleeps,” with its centers of culture, recreation and national history, great beaches and fine stores.
  • LaDa'at EthnicTasting 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.
  • Visit Independence Hall, where David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the State of Israel on May 14th, 1948.
  • Check into the hotel and time to freshen up.
  • Enjoy a Middle-Eastern-style welcome dinner at Maganda, in Tel Aviv's Yemenite Quarter, with a varied menu of traditional salads and grilled meats.

Overnight: Tel Aviv

Day Three: Tuesday, May 29, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Drive to the Ayalon Institute near Rehovot for an eye-opening tour of a clandestine munitions factory used during the British Mandate.
  • Visit the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, and the adjacent home of Chaim Weizmann, Israel's first president.
  • Return to Tel Aviv and lunch on own.
  • Start Up Nation: Explore the world of renowned Israeli inventions and creations at the State of Mind Innovation Center, followed by a dialogue with an up and coming startup entrepreneur.
  • Walk through the museum at the Rabin Center, dedicated to the history of society and democracy in Israel. The life of the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin serves as a time-thread connecting the faces and events of modern Israeli history.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • On own, early evening visit to 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, with dinner on your own.

Overnight: Tel Aviv

Day Four: Wednesday, May 30, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Israel @ 2018 Briefing by social historian and scholar Paul Liptz of Tel Aviv University.
  • Check out of the hotel and drive north along the coastal plain to Caesarea, one of the Land of Israel's most important cities in the Roman Period. Visit the Herodian theater and the new excavations along the Mediterranean shore, concluding with a visit to the ruined 900-year-old Crusader town.
  • Guided visit to Zichron Ya'acov, one of the first communities established by the early Zionist pioneers, including:
    • A visit to the First Aliyah Museum
    • A walk along the colorful Pedestrian Mall with lunch on own.
    • A visit to the Aaronsohn House to delve into the world of a Jewish spy ring active during World War I
  • Visit the Zippori National Park, known for its extraordinary ancient mosaics and its central role in Jewish life after the destruction of the Temple.
  • Enjoy an Argentinean-style grill dinner at Decks, on the Sea of Galilee waterfront.
  • Drive to the hotel in the Upper Galilee.
  • Check into the hotel.

Overnight:  Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee

Day Five: Thursday, May 31, 2018 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • The panoramic views from Mt. Bental (overlooking the Syrian town of Kuneitra) give sharp insights into Israel's security situation on the Golan Heights, the contentious border with ISIS and the enormous challenges it faced in the 1973 Yom Kippur War and ever since.
  • The Balance of Power on Israel's Northern Border: Remarks by Maj. (Ret) Sarit Zehavi, former Senior Intelligence Officer at the IDF northern border.
  • Drive to Tsfat and after lunch on own meet with historian Zeev Perl, former Mayor of Tsfat, for a close look at this ancient city, a center of Jewish mysticism for hundreds of years and a contemporary artists' colony.
  • Tour Tsfat, including:
    • Visits to the Ari, Caro or Abuhav Synagogues with their great stories and mystical messages
    • A stroll through the quaint Artists' Colony and shop in the galleries and crafts shops.
    • Participate in a Tikkun Olam project at the Livnot uLehibanot work/study program, where participants from abroad study part of the day and spend the remainder of the day rebuilding the Old Quarter of Tsfat.
  • Dinner at Roberg, known for its Israeli / Middle-Eastern delicacies with international touches; the breath taking view of the Sea of Galilee comes free.

Overnight:  Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee

Day Six: Friday, June 1, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel and drive south, passing by Tiberias on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, numbered among the four Jewish holy cities in the land because of its connection with the codification of the Talmud some 1,600 years ago.
  • Visit Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu for an interactive tour of the Bio-Bee fields and facilities; gain a hands-on insight into a very local, world leader tackling the challenge of environmental improvement, using flies, bees, owls as well as having an opportunity to experience a very real, working and ideological kibbutz.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • Welcome to Jerusalem: Enter the vibrant and colorful ancient city of Jerusalem, and experience the convergence of the old and the new.
  • Stop at Mount Scopus for an overlook of the Old and New City of Jerusalem and to recite the traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing. 
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services at a local synagogue or at the Kotel (Western Wall).
  • Festive Shabbat dinner at the hotel with guests.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Seven: Saturday, June 2, 2018 (no bus)

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Optional Shabbat Services Moreshet Yisrael -Fuchsberg Center.
  • Shabbat lunch at the Fuchsberg Jerusalem Center for Conservative Judaism.
  • LaDa'at Hebrew Writers: Guided walk through the streets of Jerusalem, using the writings of Jerusalem's poets and authors, such as Yehuda Amichai, S.Y. Agnon and others.
  • Optional: Visit the wonderfully creative Israel Museum, with its wide-ranging and eclectic collection, 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.
  • Rest of the afternoon at leisure.
  • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah overlooking the Old City.
  • Free time in the Mamilla pedestrian arcade, a very contemporary shopping area with a whiff of the past, located outside the Jaffa Gate of the Old City; dinner on own.
  • The Night Spectacular at the Tower of David Museum: The walls of the Citadel serve as a stage for a night-time show - a celebration of sight and sound - that depicts the story of Jerusalem.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Eight: Sunday, June 3, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Interactive visit to Yad LaKashish, a multifaceted sheltered workshop for senior citizens and people with disabilities. Meet the employees in their workshops, and take the opportunity to visit the shop that proudly presents their beautiful wares.
  • Proceed to the Old City and begin with a stop at the Kotel (Western Wall).
  • Walking tour through the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem, for visits to archaeological treasures and other highlights, among them:
    • A walk 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.
    • The Cardo, the main street of Jerusalem in the 6th century
    • King Hezekiah's First Temple-period “Broad Wall”
    • Hurva Synagogue,  an icon  of the Jewish Quarter
    • Burnt House, a dramatic scorched witness to the Roman destruction of Jerusalem in 70 C.E.
  • Lunch on own in the Jewish Quarter.
  • Visit the Yad Vashem complex, the Jewish National Memorial to the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust, including:
    • The Avenue of the Righteous
    • The new Historical Museum
    • The Children's Memorial
  • Free Evening in Jerusalem on Ben-Yehuda pedestrian mall or on Emek Refaim Street in the German Colony, with dinner on own.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Nine: Monday, June 4, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • State & Religion OR State of Mind? Discussion with Yizhar Hess, CEO of the Masorti Movement in Israel.
  • Depart Jerusalem for Beer Sheva.
  • Visit Ben Gurion University including the new cyber research facility before entering the adjacent cyber park which is becoming the global center of cyber security. Lunch at the university.
  • Visit the graves of Theodor Herzl, Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres on Mt. Herzl, followed by a walk through the National Military Cemetery.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Dinner on own.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Ten: Tuesday, June 5, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel.

Option 1 - First Timers

  • Drive (early) to the Dead Sea Region and 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 defence and its current significance in modern Israel.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Experience the weightlessness of the Dead Sea as you float in its waters.
  • Return to Jerusalem.

Option 2 - Returnees

  • Walk through the picturesque neighborhood of Ein Kerem, beneath the Jerusalem Forest, and explore its art galleries, coffee shops and hidden corners of beauty.
  • Travel through the Valley of Elah, the site of the Biblical battle between David and Goliath with bible in hand.
  • Lunch on own in Beit Shemesh
  • Experience the “wine revolution” currently taking place in Israel, through a visit to one of the most famous and successful wineries. (tasting is included)
  • Visit the Armored Corps Memorial and Museum at Latrun, a key point and a battle ground on the road that links Jerusalem with the coastal plain, from Biblical times through the Six-Day War.
  • Return to Jerusalem.


  • Dinner on own, perhaps at the Visit the new Old Train Station Plaza, a central neighborhood hub for food, entertainment, culture, and enrichment.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Eleven: Wednesday, June 6, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit Hadassah Hospital for an in-depth look at this cutting-edge medical facility and how it has adapted to ever-changing needs.
  • 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 in the market.
  • Rest of the day at leisure to relax, shop and explore on own, perhaps returning to the Old City for last minute shopping OR chance for those who wish, visit the modern Begin Museum, devoted to the life and achievements of former Israeli Prime Minister, Menachem Begin.
  • Proceed to the festive farewell dinner.

Overnight: Jerusalem.

Day Twelve: Thursday, June 7, 2018

  • Check out of Hotel.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for your flight back to US on Air Canada.
  • 11:45 a.m. Depart on Air Canada flight #85.
  • 4:25 p.m. Arrive Toronto.
  • 8:45 p.m. Depart on Air Canada flight #595. 
  • 11:07 p.m. Arrive Houston.

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Flight Details

Accommodation Details

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Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv's Carlton Hotel is for tourists who want to fully experience the dynamic city of Tel Aviv. Centrally located in the heart of the city, and a short walk from the city's expansive Mediterranean beaches, many of its guestrooms offer a gorgeous view of the sea.

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Hagoshrim Kibbutz Hotel
Kibbutz Hagoshrim

The Hagoshrim Kibbutz Hotel is situated in the center of the Galilee, with views of Mount Hermon. Located in a pastoral landscape, it offers comfortable accommodations and facilities as well as an array of nearby activities.

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David Citadel

Located in Western Jerusalem on the prestigious King David Street, this Jerusalem hotel faces the ancient walls of the Old City. With modern decor, 384 sumptuous suites and guestrooms with state of the art communication facilities, fine restaurants and a wide range of amenities for its discerning guests.

  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 20 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.
  • Airport Taxes & Fuel Surcharges are estimated and subject to change at any time. 
    Airport Taxes & Fuel Surcharges are not guaranteed unless the group air tickets have been issued. Group air tickets are issued approximately 35 days prior to departure. Group air tickets are only issued upon receipt of full payment from all of the trip participants. 
  • Air and land packages are open for registration until Feb 08, 2018 (based on availability), thereafter the tour will be available for land-only services. Cancellation of group air reservations after Feb 08, 2018 (and before the group flight tickets are issued) will entail a penalty of $100 per ticket. 

    Airfare to the tour departure point and from the tour ending point is not included. 
    Airfare may be purchased from us for travel originating in the United States. Please see Flights tab in the right-side toolbar.
  • 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.