Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester Israel @ 70

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  • 9 nights' accommodation at select hotels + late check-out on last day.
  • 8 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with 10 days of 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 8 dinners
  • 2 field representative throughout
  • Water on bus on touring days
  • Portage at the airport and hotels

Day One: Wednesday, April 11, 2018   

  • Depart the U.S.A.


Overnight: Flight


Day Two: Thursday, April 12, 2018 | Holocaust Memorial Day

  • 8:15 a.m. Frist group arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport on LY 30. ( 13 pax)
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Meet with Laura Nelson Levy, your tour educator at the airport.
  • Drive to Neot Kdumim.
  • 9:30 a.m. Enjoy a Biblical-style breakfast at Neot Kedumim, a large interactive “Biblical landscape reserve” dedicated to the flora and lifestyle of ancient times followed by a tour of the park.
  • 10:00 a.m. Nationwide observance of Yom HaShoa.
  • 10:15 a.m. Second arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport on AC 84 (4 pax)
  • Stop at the Scrolls of Fire Monument, located in the Judean Hills, depicting the Jewish people's determination throughout the ages.
  • Drive to Jerusalem.
  • Lunch on your own at the Old Train Station Plaza.
  • 2:00 p.m. Check into the hotel.
  • 4:50 p.m. Third arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport on DL 468 (5 pax)
  • 6:30 p.m. Sand at the roof of the hotel for an overlook of the Old and New City of Jerusalem and to recite the traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing.
  • 7:00 p.m. Enjoy a private Festive Welcome dinner at the Modern restaurant, featuring Israeli cuisine with music and dance, followed by opening remarks by mission chairs.


Overnight: Orient, Jerusalem


Day Three: Friday, April 13, 2018

  • 8:30 a.m. Where Do We Stand & What Does That Mean To Be At 70 private breakfast at the hotel with Tehila Friedman Nachalon , director of Kolot's center for Jewish leadership and a fellow at the Hartman Institute.
  • 10:00 a.m. Explore the Old City of Jerusalem:
  • Explore the excavations at the City of David, the very core of ancient Jerusalem, view the Gihon Spring and wade through the 2,700-year-old Dry Canaanite tunnel, ending at the Jerusalem Archaeological Park.
  • Visit the Kotel (Western Wall) and experience the special atmosphere of this holy site.
  • Lunch on own.
  • The Cardo, the main street of Jerusalem in the 6th
  • 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.
  • Return to the hotel with free time to prepare for Shabbat.
  • 6:00 p.m. Pre-Kabbalat Shabbat ceremony overlooking the Old City or at the Kotel (Western Wall).
  • 7:30 p.m. Enjoy a private festive Shabbat dinner at the Khan Gallery with Lone Soldiers serving in the IDF and whose families don't reside in Israel.


Overnight: Orient, Jerusalem

Day Four: Saturday, April 14, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • OPTION 1 Masada and the Dead Sea
  • 7:30 a.m. Depart for 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 defence and its current significance in modern Israel.
  • Float in the Dead Sea, use the spa facilities of one of the Dead Sea hotels and enjoy a buffet lunch.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • OPTION 2 Walking Tour:
  • 8:30 a.m. Depart hotel
  • From Zion to The Tower of David Museum:
  • Walk to the Zion Gate and visit the unique multi-faith holy site of King David's tomb and the room of the Last Supper.
  • This museum captures the 3,000 years of the History of Jerusalem. Walk through the city's history, with observation points, an animated film and visual and audio-visual aids, from the time of Abraham to the end of the British Mandate over Palestine.
  • Multi-Faith in the Holy City: Visit the Christian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem, including the Via Dolorosa, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and other Christian sites.
  • 1:30 p.m. Lunch at the hotel.
  • Free afternoon in Jerusalem.
    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.
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  • 7:45 p.m. Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah overlooking the Old City.
  • Dinner on own.
  • 9:30 p.m. 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 in a special showing for the Mission
  • 9:40 p.m. Walk through the Western Wall Tunnel, the underground continuation of the Western Wall alongside the Temple Mount.


Overnight: Orient, Jerusalem

Day Five: Sunday, April 15, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 8:00 a.m. Check out of the hotel.
  • 8:30 a.m. What is The Jewish Agency doing with regard to Religious Pluralism: Marriage, Divorce, Conversion and the Rabbanut?” panel with JAFI at the JAFI historical building.
  • Drive to Yad Vashem
  • 10:30 a.m. Visit to Yad Vashem


  • 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

Yad Vashem Returnees:

  • Visit the National Military Cemetery on Herzl to recall landmark events in modern Israeli history in which these soldiers gave their lives. Follow with a visit to the graves of Theodor Herzl, Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres in the adjacent section for Leaders of the Nation.


  • 12:00 p.m. Participate in a concluding Memorial Service at the Valley of the Communities, Yad Vashem.
  • 12:45 p.m. Depart Jerusalem and drive north with lunch on own, en route at the Kiryat Yovel commercial center.
  • Drive along the Trans-Israel Highway for a close-up view of the ‘Security Barrier' along the seam zone between Israel and the Palestinian Territories.
  • 5:00 p.m. Visit the World ORT Kadima Mada educational network in Israel represents the international educational organization World ORT, at Hodayot Youth Village.
  • Continue to the Upper Galilee
  • Check into the kibbutz hotel.
  • 7:30 p.m. Dinner at the hotel.


Overnight: Pastoral, Kibbutz Kfar Blum, Upper Galilee 

Day Six: Monday, April 16, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 8:30 a.m. Take a jeep tour off-road on the Golan Heights to gain an insight into the strategic complexity of the Golan and to enjoy the beautiful natural scenery.
  • 10:30 a.m. The Balance of Power on Israel's Northern Border: dialogue with Col (res) Marco Moreno, former head of the 504 unit in the IDF's Northern Command and special consultant working with organizations dedicated to providing humanitarian assistance to Syrians.
  • 12:30 p.m. Enjoy cheese lunch and wine tasting at the Adir boutique Dairy farm and winery.
  • Explore Tsfat, a center of Jewish mysticism for hundreds of years and a contemporary artists' colony, including:
  • Guided visits to the Ari, Caro or Abuhav Synagogues with their great stories and mystical messages.
  • Meet with artist, Sheva Chaya in her studio, for an interactive window into the world of Kabbalah, glass blowing and questions of identity and Judaism ( 4:00 p.m.)
  • 6:00 p.m. Ready Steady Cook: Participate in an outdoor cooking competition led by a local chef, including dinner at Yesud Hamaalah.
  • Return to the hotel.


Overnight: Pastoral, Kibbutz Kfar Blum, Upper Galilee 


Day Seven: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 | Erev Yom Hazikaron

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 8:30 a.m. Check out and depart the hotel.
  • 10:00 a.m. Visit the famous Ein Hod artist colony south of Haifa, and explore some of the many galleries throughout the village.
  • 11:30 a.m. Hear about Arab-Jewish coexistence at the Givat Haviva seminar center, from Avivit Hai of the Inter Agency Task Force, (This program is in partnership with JDC)
  • 12:30 p.m. Drive to Tel Aviv.
  • Lunch en route.
  • 2:00 p.m. Israel - Start Up Nation: Is the Party Over or is it Just the Beginning? Visit a start-up hub for a Presentation by a leading hi-tech venture capitalist (TBC).
  • 4:00 p.m. Check in to hotel.
  • 5:00 p.m. Dinner at the hotel.
  • 6:00 p.m. Depart hotel to Latrun.
  • 7:30 p.m. Join hundreds of MASA participants from around the world at a moving ceremony commemorating Yom Hazikaron at Latrun.
  • Return to Tel Aviv and to the hotel.


Overnight: Carlton, Tel Aviv 

Day Eight: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 | Yom Hazikaron

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit the Old City of Jaffa and ascend from the old port through the renovated alleyways to the Jaffa Overlook for an introduction to Tel Aviv at the place where it all began.
  • 11:00 am - Stand with the rest of Israel in the Memorial Day siren, honoring the fallen soldiers and victims of terror.
  • 11:30 a.m. Combining Street Art, Language & Graffiti: Join Niro Taub, a local resident, to explore the urban culture of the city.
  • Enjoy a guided tour at the Sarona Market. Through the smells, flavors and tastes of this renovated historical Templers town, explore the range of cuisine from local street food to fine dining by world renowned Israeli chefs, followed with lunch on your own.
  • Stop at Rabin Square, a center of Tel Aviv's cultural and political life, named for Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin who was assassinated here. Take a quiet moment at the Rabin Memorial.
  • Return to the hotel and prepare for the sun to go down, marking the end of Yom Hazikaron and the beginning of Yom Ha'Atzmaut.
  • 5:00 p.m. Drive to Modiin.
  • 6:00 p.m. Join our brothers and sisters in Modi'in for a traditional festive dinner
  • 8:00 p.m. Celebrate the 70th Birthday with fireworks, street performances.
  • 9:30 p.m. Drive back to Tel Aviv.

Overnight: Carlton, Tel Aviv 


Day Nine: Thursday, April 19, 2018 | Independence Day

  • Late breakfast at the hotel, followed by check-out.
  • Free morning
  • 9:00 a.m. 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.
  • Watch the Fly-Over by the Israel Air Force and the IDF Navy Flotilla.
  • 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.
  • 1:00 p.m. Drive to Jerusalem
  • 2:00 p.m. Home Hospitality lunch with your guide's family at her garden in Jerusalem
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Free time to explore Downtown Jerusalem, including the Ben-Yehuda pedestrian mall and the Nachalat Shiva neighborhood, with dinner on your own.


Overnight: Orient, Jerusalem


Day Ten: Friday, April 20, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 9:00 a.m. Depart the hotel for Modi'in.
  • 9:30 a.m. P2G Modi'in - learn about projects of our partnership region and see how our involvement is affecting the lives of the residents of this region.
  • 12:00 p.m. Drive back to Jerusalem.
  • 12:30 p.m. Experience the sights, smells, and tastes of Jerusalem while walking through the Machaneh Yehuda open-air market, with lunch on own.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services in the area near the Kotel (Western Wall).
  • 7:30 p.m. Shabbat dinner at the hotel patio with invited Massa participants from Rochester.


Overnight: Orient, Jerusalem


Day Eleven: Saturday, April 21, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Free Shabbat in Jerusalem for an opportunity to explore Jerusalem on your own and join Shabbat services.
  • Walking tour
  • From Zion to The Tower of David Museum:
  • Walk to the Zion Gate and visit the unique multi-faith holy site of King David's tomb and the room of the Last Supper.
  • This museum captures the 3,000 years of the History of Jerusalem. Walk through the city's history, with observation points, an animated film and visual and audio-visual aids, from the time of Abraham to the end of the British Mandate over Palestine.
  • Multi-Faith in the Holy City: Visit the Christian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem, including the Via Dolorosa, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and other Christian sites.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • 2:00 p.m. Optional The renewed and 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.
  • 5:30 p.m. Light meal (“Farewell Seuda Shlishit”) at the hotel, followed by Havdallah.
  • Late check-out from the hotel and transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport to check in for the departure flight to the U.S.A.


Overnight: Flight or Orient, Jerusalem


Day Twelve: Sunday, April 22, 2018

  • Arrival in the U.S.A.

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Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester Israel @ 70
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Accommodation Details

Orient Residence Jerusalem Image

Orient Residence Jerusalem
3 Emek Refa'im Street, Jerusalem | 972.25699090

The Orient Jerusalem hotel, part of the Isrotel Exclusive Collection, is nestled at the heart of the German Colony, walking distance from countless cultural, tourist, and historic attractions: the First Station, Liberty Bell Park, and Mishkenot Sha'ananim, as well as charming boutiques and bistros.

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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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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.

  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 25 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.
  • Payment of a non-refundable deposit per person will be required to complete registration.
  • 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.
  • Credit card fees.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.