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Congregation Shir Tikvah
Ki Mitzion Tetze Torah | Searching for Jewish Roots in Israel

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  • 9 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 the airport
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Meals: daily breakfast, 3 lunches and 3 dinners

Day One: Sunday, March 11, 2018

  • Depart the U.S.A.

Overnight: Flight

Day Two: Monday, March 12, 2018

  • 1:45 p.m. Arrival to Ben Gurion International Airport on El Al flight #006.
  • Welcome by our representatives and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • For anyone with pre-arrivals to Israel, please meet in the arrival hall of Ben Gurion Airport at 2:00 p.m.
  • Depart the airport and begin ascent to Jerusalem
  • Welcome to Jerusalem: Enter the vibrant and colourful ancient city of Jerusalem, and experience the convergence of the old and the new.
  • Upon entering Jerusalem, stop to recite the traditional "shehechiyanu" blessing.
  • Check-in to the hotel.
  • 6:15 p.m. Meet in the lobby of the hotel and depart for welcome dinner.
  • Welcome dinner at ANNA, a new social restaurant opened in the spectacular Ticho House in the center of Jerusalem. ANNA offers an exceptional combination of high-quality Italian cuisine, location in a historic building that belongs to the Israel Museum and a social program for youth in distress.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Three: Tuesday, March 13, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Jewish Values in Israeli Society: Dialogue with scholar Scott Copeland, Vice President and Director of Education at Onward Israel.
  • Enter the Old City and walk through Jerusalem's famous Old City Market (shuk) with time for lunch on own.
  • The Secrets of Jerusalem: Walk along the streets of the Old City for a behind the scenes look at the various communities in Jerusalem including:
    • 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.
    • Is it a Church or a Synagogue? A visit to Christ Church, the oldest Protestant Church in the Middle East, which looks exactly like a synagogue.
    • A visit to the Austrian Hospice, a European enclave in the heart of the Old City, known for its breath-taking views from the rooftop terrace.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Meet with representatives from the Parents' Circle Families Forum (PCFF), a grassroots organization of bereaved Palestinians and Israelis.
  • Dinner on own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Four: Wednesday, March 14, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Meet with member of Breaking the Silence, an organization of veteran combatants who have served in the Israeli military since the start of the Second Intifadfa who work to expose the Israeli public to the reality of everyday life in the Occupied Territories.  These individuals strinve to stimulate public debate about the price paid for the current reality in which young soldiers are involved in the control of a civilian population's everyday life.
  • The Jerusalem Mosaic - Creating a Multicultural City: Dialogue with Marik Stern, Co-Founder of The Jerusalem Movement Coalition, building bridges between the different communities to bring about a more tolerant existence.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • Creating A Joint Future For Palestinians And Israelis: Meet with Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger, Noor Awwad, & Shaul Judelman who all live in the Bethlehem / Gush Etzion area and founded the Roots coexistence project. The Roots project draws Israelis and Palestinians who, despite living next to each other, are separated by walls of fear- not just fear of each other, but even of the price of peace. Without building trust, the suspicions between these two communities will suffocate any political ventures made in the path of peace.
  • Hands-on workshop at Pat BaMelach, a unique artisan bread bakery in the heart of Gush Etzion, giving participants historical, educational, cultural and tasty bread-making activities, led by Rabbi David Katz.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Dinner on own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Five: Thursday, March 15, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Challenges and Triumphs of Religious Pluralism and Social Justice in Israel: Dialogue with Rabbi Noa Sattath, director of the Israel Religiou Action Center (IRAC).
  • 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.
  • Shared Values: Pass by the Supreme Court and the Knesset, Israel's Parliament, and discuss the democratic values of the State of Israel.
  • 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 shops.
  • A Cultural and Social Journey: Walk through Jerusalem's Nachlaot neighborhoods to witness the atmosphere in Sephardi, Ashkenazi and Haredi areas.
  • 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 Historical Museum
    • The Children's Memorial
  • Return to the hotel and dinner and evening on own.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Six: Friday, March 16, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out, depart Jerusalem and drive northwards along the Jordan Valley, part of the enormous Syrian-African Rift.
  • Visit Kasser Al Yahud, the traditional spot where Christians believe the baptism of Jesus took place. According to Jewish tradition, it is also the place where the Israelites crossed over the Jordan River and Elijah the Prophet ascended to heaven.
  • Where Is My Kibbutz Going? Dialogue with a kibbutz member on the ever-changing nature of kibbutz life today.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • Stop at the Kinneret Courtyard and enter the world of the early Zionist pioneers; learn about their hopes and dreams, their trials and tribulations and their ultimate success.
  • Walking with the Sages in Tiberias: Drive to 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.
  • Stop at the Tomb of Rabbi Meir Baal HaNes (Rabbi Meir the miracle maker), a famous Jewish sage who lived in the time of the Mishna.
  • Continue to Tsfat, a center of Jewish mysticism for hundreds of years and a contemporary artists' colony, and check into the hotel with time to prepare for Shabbat.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services at a local synagogue.
  • Shabbat dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Tsfat

Day Seven: Saturday, March 17, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Shul hopping between the Ari, Caro and Abuhav Synagogues, each with its great stories and mystical messages.
  • Return for lunch at the hotel.
  • Walk around the peak of Mount Meron, the highest mountain in the Galilee and a beautiful nature reserve.  At the foot of the mountain is the grave of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, a long-time beacon for Jewish mysticsw from the city of Safed across the valley.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah from the top of the Crusader Fortress in Tsfat, overlooking the Upper Galilee.
  • Walk through the quaint streets and restored buildings of old Rosh Pina, one of the first communities established at the dawn of the Zionist era.
  • Dinner on own in Rosh Pina.
  • Return to Tsfat.

Overnight: Tsfat

Day Eight: Sunday, March 18, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Morning at leisure with free time to stroll through the quaint Artists' Colony, shop in the galleries and crafts shops and engage in dialogues with local artisans inspired by the messages of Kabbalah.
  • Check out and late morning departure from Tsfat.
  • 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.
  • Wine tasting at Tulip, a winery located at Kfar Tikva, or “Village of Hope,” that combines wine production with contributing to the community; this community settlement for people with special needs strives to allow the disabled community to develop and realize their full potential.
  • Visit the Yemin Orde Youth Village, one of Israel's most innovative educational institutions, specializing in integrating new immigrant youth into Israeli society. Dialogue with faculty and students.
  • Drive to of 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.
  • Free Evening in Tel Aviv with dinner on own. 

Overnight: Tel Aviv

Day Nine: Monday, March 19, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit the Jaffa Overlook for an introduction to Tel Aviv at the place where it all began, followed by a walk through the famous Jaffa Flea Market - “Shuk Hapishpishim”.
  • Dialogue with members of the Jaffa Arab-Hebrew Theater, for perspectives on the challenges and successes of dealing with interfaith dialogue in a creative way.
  • 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.
  • Strangers in a Strange Land: Explore the reality of the foreign worker in Tel Aviv as you walk through the streets of South Tel Aviv.
  • Challenge, Question, Engage and Enlighten: Visit Bina, the Secular Yeshiva, which represents the Secular Jewish Renaissance and Yahadut Hevratit (Jewish Social Activism) in Israel.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner on own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Tel Aviv

Day Ten: Tuesday, March 20, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Depart Tel Aviv and drive to Holon.
  • Visit the home and meet the children of Save A Child's Heart, an Israeli-based international humanitarian project providing life-saving heart surgeries and follow-up care for children from around the world. (Gifts of art supplies and small treats are always welcome.)
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Israel Goes Green: Visit the Sharon (Hiriya) Recycling Park, a unique ecological project transforming a garbage disposal center into one of Israel's largest parks.
  • Drive to Rehovot and experience the state-of-the-art Levinson Visitors Center of the Weizmann Institute of Science offering a glimpse into the fascinating world of scientists who uncover the secrets of nature and decipher the codes of the universe.
  • Return to Tel Aviv.
  • Dinner on own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Tel Aviv

Day Eleven: Wednesday, March 21, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • 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.
  • From the Templers to the Hipsters: Guided tour to the newly renovated Templers town of Sarona, now a hip and vibrant fashion and culinary center, including free time to stroll through the indoor food and spice market Including a visit to the Historic Olive Mill and Press House for olive oil tasting and free time to stroll through the indoor food and spice market.
  • Urban Culture Tours of Tel Aviv, Combining Street Art, Language & Graffiti: Join Aaron Gertz, a local resident, to explore the urban culture of the city.
  • Wrap up conversation at Rabin Square, a center of Tel Aviv's cultural and political life, named for Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin who was assassinated here.
  • Farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport for the departure flights to the U.S.A.

Overnight: Flight

Day Twelve: Thursday, March 22, 2018

  • Return 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.

To book this package, please contact one of our reservation agents at 888-811-2812.

Flight Details

Accommodation Details

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TRYP Hotel

The TRYP by Windham Jerusalem Bet Sheva hotel is nestled in the heart of Jerusalem, in walking distance from the Center of Town and from Machaneh Yehuda Market.

Ruth Rimonim Safed Image

Ruth Rimonim Safed

The Ruth Rimnoim Safed located in the heart of the artist quarter in the
old city of Safed, among the nostalgic alleyways and close to art galleries and
old synagogues.

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Tal Hotel
Tel Aviv

The Tal Hotel is a comfortable base for touring Tel Aviv, within easy walking distance to the city's nightlife, beach and the main shopping and sightseeing areas. The hotel's 120 rooms are furnished with every convenience necessary for a comfortable stay, and some rooms include a kitchenette. There are connecting rooms for families and special suites for honeymooners are available.


  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 15 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 15 - 19 passengers:
      $10 per participant per day for the tour educator & $5 per participant per day for the driver
    • 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.