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Roots and Branches: An Interfaith Chaplains Dialogue in Israel
Sponsored by Neshamah: Association of Jewish Chaplains
Rabbi Dayle Friedman and Chaplain Mary T. O’Neill, Leaders

price per person from $2995

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7 nights’ accommodation at select hotels

8 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking tour educator
(2 guides and 2 buses on Saturday, February 9, 2020)

1 group transfer and assistance from/to the airport

All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary

Meals: daily breakfast & 5 dinners

Portage at the airport and hotels

Day One: Monday, February 3, 2020

  • Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • 6 p.m. Who Are We? Group Orientation I: led by the group leaders.
  • Festive opening dinner at the hotel followed by trip orientation.

Overnight: Tel Aviv

Day Two: Tuesday, February 4, 2020

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Morning prayer/meditation/teaching, led by a participant.
  • Who Are We? Group Orientation II: The Foundation of Contemporary Israel: led by scholar Paul Liptz of Tel Aviv University and Hebrew Union College.
  • From a Hebrew City to a Hebrew State: Walk along the newly-opened Independence Trail in Tel Aviv and embark on a remarkable journey that begins with the founding of Tel Aviv in 1909 and ends with the establishment of Israel in 1948.
  • Lunch on own account at the Carmel Market.
  • The Evolving Field 0f Israeli Spiritual Care: Presentation by a panel of professionals and educators.
  • Dinner at a local restaurant in Jaffa.
  • Optional visit to the Nalaga'at Theater to view a production of Lo Al HaLechem Levado - Not by Bread Alone
    OR Luna Park, performed by a deaf/blind theater group (cost not included).

Overnight: Tel Aviv

Day Three: Wednesday, February 5, 2020

  • Breakfast at the hotel, followed by check-out.
  • Morning prayer/meditation/teaching, led by a participant.
  • Depart for the Zippori National Park, known for its extraordinary ancient mosaics and its central role in Jewish life after the destruction of the Temple.
  • Lunch (on own account), en route.
  • Proceed to Nazareth and:
    • Walk through the colorful marketplace to the Church of the Annunciation.
    • Tour the Center International Marie de Nazareth; meet with local Christians and visit a local school.
  • Visit the Mount of Beatitudes, the traditional site of Jesus' “Sermon on the Mount,” overlooking the Sea of Galilee.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
  • Our Journey - Our Thoughts: Group reflection.

Overnight: Sea of Galilee

Day Four: Thursday, February 6, 2020
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  • Breakfast at the hotel, followed by check-out.
  • Morning prayer/meditation/teaching, led by a participant.
  • Visit Tabgha, the traditional site of the Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes; the modern church preserves fine 5th-century mosaics.
  • Visit the Beit Hagefen Community Center, including a walking tour of Wadi Nisnas and a dialogue on coexistence in Haifa with some members of the Arab community, accompanied by the deputy mayor of Haifa, Rabbi Dov Haiyun.
  • Lunch en route (on own account)
  • Drive to Jerusalem.
  • Upon entering Jerusalem, stop at Mount Scopus for a ceremony at an overlook of the Old and New City of Jerusalem.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Experience the sights, smells, and tastes of Jerusalem while walking through the Machaneh Yehuda open-air market, with dinner on own account.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Five: Friday, February 7, 2020

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Morning prayer/meditation/teaching, led by a participant.
  • Discover the archaeological treasures and other highlights of the Jewish Quarter: Walk 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.
  • Stop at the Kotel (Western Wall) and experience the special atmosphere of this holy site.
  • Walk through the Western Wall Tunnel, the underground continuation of the Western Wall alongside the Temple Mount.
  • Lunch (on own account), en route.
  • Proceed to the Christian Quarter - the Via Dolorosa, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and other Christian sites.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services at a local synagogue or at the Kotel (Western Wall).
  • Shabbat dinner as a group at the hotel.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Six: Saturday, February 8, 2020

  • Breakfast at the hotel.

Option 1

  • 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.
  • Lunch (on own account), en route.
  • Experience the weightlessness of the Dead Sea as you float in its waters.

Option 2

  • Morning Shabbat services.
  • Lunch (on own account), en route, or at the hotel.
  • 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.


  • Evening reception with Israeli spiritual caregivers.
  • Dinner on own account.
  • Return to the hotel.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Seven: Sunday, February 9, 2020

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Morning prayer (at the church or at the hotel)/meditation/teaching, led by a participant.
  • Drive to Bethlehem, the traditional birthplace of Jesus. Experience the historical city with a visit to the Milk Grotto, the hiding place of Jesus's family, and a walk through the Old City to the Church of the Nativity.
  • Lunch (on own account), en route.
  • Creating A Joint Future For Palestinians And Israelis: Meet with Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger/ Shaul Judelman and Ali Abu Awwad who all live in the Bethlehem/Gush Etzion Area and founded the Roots coexistence project. The project draws Israelis and Palestinians who, despite living next to each other, are separated by walls of fear - not just of each other, but also of the price of peace. Without building trust, the suspicions between the two communities will suffocate the peace process.
  • The Geopolitics of Jerusalem: Travel through the city of Jerusalem and explore some of its political and diplomatic complexities - including the Security Barrier - to gain a behind-the-headlines insight into current developments.
  • Meet with representatives from the Parents Circle - Families Forum (PCFF), a grassroots organization of bereaved Palestinians and Israelis, at the hotel.
  • Dinner on own account.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Eight: Monday, February 10, 2020

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Morning prayer/meditation/teaching, led by a participant.
  • Meet with a representative of Amcha. Amcha is the National Israeli Center for Psychological Support of Survivors of the Holocaust and the Second Generation. This agency employs to foster quality of life for aging Holocaust Survivors and their children.
  • Lunch (on own account), en route.
  • Living the Trauma: afternoon program with Natal - Israel Trauma and Resiliency center, providing nationwide treatment and support for psychological trauma due to terror and war.
  • Our Journey - Our Thoughts: Group reflection and evening tea.
  • Festive farewell dinner.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport and check in for your flight, arriving on Tuesday.

Overnight: Flight

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Flight Details

Accommodation Details

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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.

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Nof Ginosar Hotel

Nof Ginosar Hotel offers the opportunity for an unforgettable vacation, with an exceptional location that is only a short drive from all major tourist attractions in the Galilee region, Tiberias, the Jordan Valley, the Sea of Galilee and the Golan Heights.

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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 16 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 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Are included as specified in the itinerary.


All trips are conducted by our tour educators or local guides who remain with the group throughout the tour.


All gratuities for restaurant staff at group meals are included.


  • 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
    Group of 10–19 participants:
    Tour Educator: $10 | Driver: $5 - 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