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Institute of Southern Jewish Life

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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

1 group transfer and assistance to and from the airport

All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary

Meals: daily breakfast, 2 lunches and 6 dinners

Portage at the airport and hotels


One of the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life (ISJL)'s primary goals is building community, across organizational boundaries, across our region—and now, by traveling together across the globe.

 I am so happy to announce the first Israel tour offered by the ISJL, which we see as an opportunity to bring together first-time visitors to Israel, along with returning travelers, all connected by a trip that links Israel with the Southern Jewish Experience.

The trip dates will be February 23-March 6, 2018.  My wife Susan and I will be the trip “leaders.” Together, we oversaw several trips during my years as Director of the URJ Jacobs Camp. Most of the communities that were served by the camp were too small to offer their own trip, so we were able to bring people together to form a large enough group for this kind of experience—and now we're thrilled to do the same thing for ISJL communities, regardless of size of your community!

What I'm trying to say is… LET'S GO TO ISRAEL!

I am so pleased to announce that the legendary Israeli guide, Ron Perry, will be taking us through Israel. Ron is known for his inimitable, intense-but-humorous style. Ron has worked with me before on our other trips. Ron is frequently used by both the Israeli government and groups that bring political and dignitary types to the country. He is also the main guide for visitors from the entertainment world. His vast knowledge of Israel and his keen awareness of each group he guides enables him to truly personalize the trips he leads.

This trip is open to members of communities in the thirteen-state region served by the ISJL, as well as your friends and family outside our territory. This is a trip geared for adult participants. Pricing is for land costs only, as many folks have their own preferred airlines and loyalty programs. However, Da'at will happily help with flights, as well. Susan and I plan to get to Israel a few days before the official start of the trip. There are also extended trips available after the official trip ends that can be easily arranged through our key contact person at Da'at Travel in Israel. They are a major purveyor of educational offerings in Israel and the rest of the world. Our goal is to gather 20 to 30 folks for an extraordinary inside look at Israel.

As the ISJL enters its 18th year of life, the trip will also provide an opportunity for you to help us continue all of our programming across the 13 states. Each participant is being asked to make a contribution to the ISJL—a gift in the $500-$1,000 range, or more if you are so inclined. This gift will serve as recognition of the monumental work that the organization has brought to the region through all of the work we do. . It is not built into the price of the trip and is deductible according to our 501(C3) status. There will be NO additional solicitation of any kind during the trip.

I am available to discuss any aspect of the trip; participation, eligibility, attire, etc... Feel free to email me at [email protected], or call anytime. I truly hope you will decide to join Susan, Ron, and me for a phenomenal outing.


Macy B. Hart


Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life

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Day One: Friday, February 23, 2018  

  • Depart the U.S.A.

Overnight: Flight

Day Two: Saturday, February 24, 2018  

  • 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, and great beaches.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Gather as a group in the lobby and depart.
  • Enjoy a Middle-Eastern-style festive welcome dinner at Maganda, in Tel Aviv's Yemenite Quarter, with a varied menu of traditional salads and grilled meats.
  • Israel 101 - Our Journey: Opening remarks and brief orientation.
  • Return to the hotel.

Overnight: Tel Aviv

Day Three: Sunday, February 25, 2018

  • 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. Continue through Jaffa to the famous Jaffa Flea Market - “Shuk Hapishpishim.”
  • Against the Odds - Building a State: Visit Independence Hall, where David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the State of Israel on May 14th, 1948.
  • Stroll down Rothschild Boulevard to view examples of the intriguing Bauhaus-style architecture from the 1930s; the local proliferation of the style won Tel Aviv recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage site and the nickname of ‘the White City'.
  • 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; lunch on own, if still hungry.
  • 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 entrepreneur.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Free Evening and dinner on own in Tel Aviv for an opportunity to:
  • Return to Rothschild Boulevard, with its many cafés and bars.
  • Experience Tel Aviv Port, with its restaurants and clubs.
  • Explore the gentrified Neve Zedek
  • Wander through the Tachana, Tel Aviv's renovated old train station, now a center of boutiques and good food, and one of Tel Aviv's blooming hot spots.

Overnight: Tel Aviv

Day Four: Monday, February 26, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Explore two thousand years of rich Jewish culture and community at Beit Hatefutsot ,the Museum of the Jewish People and Culture; visit the new permanent exhibit, Synagogues Past and Present.
  • Depart Tel Aviv and travel north along the coast to Caesarea, one of the Land of Israel's most important cities in the Roman Period. Visit the Herodian Theater and the excavations along the Mediterranean shore, concluding with a visit to the ruined 900-year-old Crusader town.
  • Visit a Druze village in the Carmel Mountains for a window into the unique world of the Israeli Druze community, with home-hospitality lunch.
  • Continue to Nazareth and walk through the colorful marketplace to the Church of the Annunciation.
  • Drive to the Upper Galilee and check into the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
  • Kibbutz Ideology and Israeli Reality in the 21st Century: Meet with a second-generation kibbutz member to hear about the unique history of the Kibbutz movement and where it is headed.

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee

Day Five: Tuesday, February 27, 2018  

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Living on the Edge: Look into Southern Lebanon from Kibbutz Misgav Am and discuss some of the issues relating to the security of communities in Northern Israel including a dialogue with a Kibbutz member.
  • Drive to Tsfat, a center of Jewish mysticism for hundreds of years and a contemporary artists' colony, including:
    • Guided visit to the Ari, Caro or Abuhav Synagogues, each with its great stories and mystical messages.
    • A stroll through the quaint Artists' Colony, shop in the galleries and crafts shops and engage in conversations with local artisans inspired by the messages of Kabbalah.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Visit to some of the Christian holy sites around the Sea of Galilee, including:
  • The Mount of Beatitudes, traditional site of Jesus' ‘Sermon on the Mount,' overlooking the Sea of Galilee.
  • Tabgha, traditional site of the Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes; the modern church preserves fine 5th-century mosaics.
  • Capernaum, on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, the base of Jesus' Galilean ministry, with its remains of an ancient synagogue.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee

Day Six: Wednesday, February 28, 2018 | Purim Eve

  • 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.
  • Tour the Golan Heights to enjoy the beautiful natural scenery and gain an insight into the strategic complexity of the Golan.
  • The panoramic views from Bental (overlooking the Syrian town of Kuneitra) give sharp insights into Israel's security situation on the Golan Heights, and the enormous challenges it faced in the 1973 Yom Kippur War, as well as the contentious border with ISIS.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Meeting with settlers on a sheep farm on the Golan Heights (to be arranged by Ron).
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel
  • Megila Reading together with members of the local Ayalim Association, which encourages students to live in rural villages and towns usually in the periphery, and to take on active roles in local community life.

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee

Day Seven: Thursday, March 1, 2018 | Purim

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel and depart the Upper Galilee, driving past Tiberias on the shores of Lake Kinneret.
  • Visit the 1,500-year-old Beit Alfa Synagogue, with its beautiful mosaic floor, for an insight into Jewish spiritual life during the Byzantine period (located on Kibbutz Heftziba, at the foot of the Gilboa range).
  • Bio-Bee Biological Systems on Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu, meet leading experts in the mass production of beneficial insects and mites for agricultural purposes. There is regional cooperation in this field with Palestinians and Jordanians.
  • Lunch at Sde Eliyahu.
  • Guided visit to Beit She'arim, site of a 1,800-year-old Jewish necropolis and the graves of some of the most important codifiers of Jewish tradition declared an UNESCO site.
  • Continue south down the Jordan Valley, bypassing Jericho.
  • Stop at the Haas Promenade for an overlook of the Old and New City of Jerusalem and to recite the traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner on own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Eight: Friday, March 2, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Explore the excavations at the City of David, the very core of ancient Jerusalem, view the Gihon Spring; wade through the 2,700-year-old water tunnel of King Hezekiah (optional dry exit); OR walk through the recently opened Second Temple-period tunnel under the walls of the Old City, emerging in the Jerusalem Archaeological Park and explore the Davidson Center, Robinson's Arch and the Southern Wall steps where Jewish pilgrims entered the Temple Mount 2,000 years ago.
  • Stop at the Kotel (Western Wall) and experience the special atmosphere of this holy site and then walk through the Western Wall Tunnel, the underground continuation of the Western Wall alongside the Temple Mount.
  • Lunch on own in the Jewish Quarter and continue with 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
    • King Hezekiah's First Temple-period “Broad Wall”.
    • Hurva Square, the central square of the Jewish Quarter.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services at a local synagogue or at the Kotel (Western Wall).
  • Festive Shabbat dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Nine: Saturday, March 3, 2018  

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Early breakfast at the hotel.
  • 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 defence and its current significance in modern Israel.
  • Experience an astonishing sense of weightlessness as you float in the super-saline Dead Sea.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • Short hike to Nahal David, the freshwater spring and waterfalls in the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, where David hid from King Saul.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Free time on Emek Refaim Street to enjoy its special atmosphere as shops and restaurants open up after Shabbat.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Ten: Sunday, March 4, 2018  

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Tour the Supreme Court building, an architectural masterpiece at Israel's “Capitol Hill”.
  • 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
    • A concluding Memorial Service
  • Lunch on own.
  • Continue to Herzl, including Herzl's grave and those of Shimon Peres, Yitzhak Rabin, Golda Meir and other Leaders of the Nation.
  • 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.
  • Dinner on own.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Eleven: Monday, March 5, 2018  

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Drive to the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, and the adjacent home of Chaim Weizmann, Israel's first President; the visit will be hosted by Arnon Goldfarb.
  • Proceed to the Beit Guvrin Caves for a crawl through the Maresha Cave Labyrinth, Beit Guvrin-Maresha National Park has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Visit the Flam Winery, located near Eshtaol in the Jerusalem Hills, including wine tasting.
  • Return to Jerusalem for last minute shopping and packing.
  • Late check out from the hotel.
  • Festive farewell dinner.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport to check in for the departure flight to the U.S.A

Overnight: Flight

Day Twelve: Tuesday, March 6, 2018

  • Arrival in 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

Herods Tel Aviv Image

Herods Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv

A 10-minute walk from Tel Aviv Marina, this upscale hotel overlooking a sandy beach is 2 km from both the Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center and the Culture Palace, home to the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.

Hagoshrim Kibbutz Hotel Image

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.

Dan Boutique Jerusalem Image

Dan Boutique Jerusalem

The Dan Boutique Hotel Jerusalem is located near Mount Zion and the Old City, and a short walk from the charming environs of the German Colony, with its lively cafes and restaurants.

  • 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.
  • Payment of a $300 non-refundable deposit per person will be required to complete registration.  Should the trip be cancelled by ISJL due to lack of registration, the deposit will be fully refunded to all registered participants.
  • 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: please add 3.5% to the rates if paying via credit card.
  • 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.