Park Avenue Synagogue
Young Family Israel Trip 2020
Led by Rabbi Ethan Witkovsky & Cantor Rachel Brook

price per person from $4920

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*An optional group flight with EL AL will be offered, with a supplemental cost of $1,750.
 

8 nights’ accommodation at select hotels + late check-out on last day

9 days of touring with 2 licensed, English-speaking tour educators

9 days of touring in 2 luxury, air-conditioned buses

2 group transfers and assistance from and to the airport

All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary

Meals: daily breakfast, 3 lunches, 7 dinners & 1 Seuda Shlisheet

Portage at the airport and hotels

Field representatives (hostesses) throughout

One youth counselor throughout

One security guard throughout

Day One: Sunday, June 14, 2020
DEPARTURE

  • 1:00 p.m. Depart Newark with El Al flight #028.

Overnight: Flight

 

Day Two: Monday, June 15, 2020
ARRIVAL

  • 6:25 a.m. Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Depart the airport and drive north.
  • Head north and back in time to Caesarea, one of the Land of Israel's most important cities during the Roman Period. Stop at the Ancient Roman Aqueduct, located on the pristine beaches of Caesarea. With the ruins of a past empire to your backs, enjoy the power of the sand, the sea, and the rush of the water as you celebrate the beginning of your journey throughout Israel.
  • Lunch at Mataim dairy restaurant in Zichron Yaakov overlooking Hanadiv Gardens.
  • Check into the Kibbutz hotel in the Upper Galilee.

Adults:

  • Buza=Glida=Gelato=Ice Cream: Coexistence Never Tasted So Good: Buza (Arabic for ice cream) is a joint operation by Alaa Sweitat and Adam Ziv. This Muslim-Jewish duo uses 100% natural products and Italian know-how to create Galilean glida (Hebrew for ice cream).

Children:

  • Pool time, including Buza ice cream tasting.

All:

  • Dinner at the hotel.
  • Bruchim Ha'Baim! Opening activity with Park Avenue Synagogue staff and your tour educator.

Overnight: Pastoral Kfar Blum Hotel, Upper Galilee

 

Day Three: Tuesday, June 16, 2020
NATURE AND SECURITY IN THE NORTH

  • Morning moment followed by breakfast at the hotel.
  • Begin the day with a nature hike to the new Suspended Trail above the spectacular canyon of the Banias Stream, at the foot of Mount Hermon.
  • Take a Jeep tour off-road up the Golan Heights in the footsteps of Israeli soldiers and their battles in the Six Day War. Enjoy the beautiful natural scenery and gain an insight into the strategic complexity of the Golan.
  • The panoramic views from Mount Bental (overlooking the abandoned 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.
  • The Syrians, the Soviets, and the Golan Today: Our exploration of the role of the Golan Heights in Israel's history and security will include a visit to the former Syrian military headquarters in the area. We'll hear how this building, located near the abandoned Syrian town of Kuneitra, survived the brutal fighting that took place here in 1967 and 1973. We'll also find out what this structure has to do with the Soviet Union and the Israeli spy Eli Cohen as we learn about the impact of Syria's civil war in this area. A catered picnic lunch will be served in this abandoned location.

Adults:

  • Wine Tasting at a local winery at Kibbutz Ein Zivan on the Golan Heights.

Children:

  • Enjoy the culinary delight of a chocolate workshop at the De Karina Chocolate Factory at Kibbutz Ein Zivan.

All:

  • Back to the hotel to freshen up and enjoy some pool time.
  • BBQ dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Pastoral Kfar Blum Hotel, Upper Galilee

                 

Day Four: Wednesday, June 17, 2020
A MOSAIC OF ISRAEL

  • Morning moment followed by breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Drive to Kibbutz Afek and visit the Aluma Kindergarten.
  • Depart Kibbutz Afek.
  • Guided visit to Beit She'arim, site of an 1,800-year-old Jewish necropolis and the graves of some of the most important codifiers of Jewish tradition. Beat She'arim has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Drive to Alonim Junction.
  • Lunch (not included in package).
  • Tikkun Olam hands-on experience with Leket, a volunteer organization that provides food for the needy by collecting excess produce from farms and food distribution companies.
  • Depart for Jerusalem.
  • Welcome to Jerusalem: Enter the vibrant and colorful ancient city of Jerusalem and experience the convergence of the old and the new.
  • Upon entering the city, stop at Mount Scopus for an overlook of the Old and New City of Jerusalem and to recite the traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing and sing Hatikva.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner at Black Bar and Burger.
  • Drive back to the hotel.

Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem

 

Day Five: Thursday, June 18, 2020
HISTORY AND SPIRITUALITY

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Depart the hotel for the Old City.
  • Morning moment at the Kotel (Western Wall).
  • Visit the Kotel (Western Wall) and experience the special atmosphere of this holy site.
  • Walking tour through the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem, with visits to archaeological treasures and other highlights.
  • Walk through the Cardo, the main street of Jerusalem in the 6th
  • Lunch (not included in package) in the Old City.
  • Drive to Beit Guvrin.
  • Take part in an archaeological dig at the Beit Guvrin Caves and prepare to get your hands dirty as you uncover pottery from the Hellenistic period, 2,300 years ago, followed by a crawl through the Maresha Cave Labyrinth (crawling is optional).
  • Return to Jerusalem and to the hotel with time to relax and enjoy the pool.
  • Dinner on your own

Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem

 

Day Six: Friday, June 19, 2020
MEMORY & RENEWAL

  • Morning moment followed by breakfast at the hotel.

Adults:

  • 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.
  • A concluding memorial service.

Children (accompanied by two youth counselors and Park Avenue staff):

  • Visit the Jerusalem Aquarium - Don't miss this unique opportunity to see the wonders of the ocean in the heart of Jerusalem.
  • Visit the Biblical Zoo, a beautifully landscaped habitat with a special focus on preserving biblical fauna, geared to children of all ages (2-80).

All:

  • Lunch and shopping on your own at Ben-Yehuda Street, Mahane Yehuda open-air market, or Mamilla pedestrian arcade.
  • Journaling time.
  • Depart the hotel.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services at Ezrat Israel, the pluralistic section of the Kotel (Western Wall) including an opportunity for family photos with our photographer.
  • Shabbat dinner at the hotel, joined by Lone Soldiers.

Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem

 

Day Seven: Saturday, June 20, 2020
SHABBAT IN JERUSALEM

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Shabbat services at Jerusalem synagogues.
  • Shabbat lunch at the hotel.
  • (Optional) In the Footsteps of David: Family team game in the Yemin Moshe Neighborhood.
  • Free afternoon to relax and enjoy the pool or the Teddy Park Fountains.
  • (Optional) Family learning moment with Rabbi Witkovsky.
  • Seuda Shlisheet at the hotel.
  • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah overlooking the Old City, followed by a free evening.

Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem

 

Day Eight: Sunday, June 21, 2020
INTO THE DESERT: MASADA AND THE DEAD SEA

  • Breakfast at the hotel, then descend to the Dead Sea Basin.
  • Ascend by cable car 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, including a morning moment.
  • Lunch (not included in package).
  • Experience an astonishing sense of weightlessness as you float in the super-saline Dead Sea.
  • Visit Genesis Land, a biblical-style encampment in the Judean Desert. Delve into the Bible, take a camel ride, experience biblical hospitality and a drum circle, and enjoy a ‘hafla' dinner.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Journaling time.

Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem

 

Day Nine: Monday, June 22, 2020
FOUNDATIONS OF A CITY AND A STATE

  • Morning moment followed by breakfast at the hotel.
  • Depart Jerusalem.
  • Continue to 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.
  • Visit the Jaffa Overlook for an introduction to Tel Aviv at the place where it all began.
  • From Hebrew City to Hebrew State: Walk along the newly opened Independence Trail 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.
  • Sample the remarkable food in one of the exciting restaurants of Rothschild Boulevard for lunch (not included in package).
  • 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.

Option 1:

  • Explore two thousand years of rich Jewish culture and community at Beit Hatefutsot (the Diaspora house), the Museum of the Jewish People and Culture; visit the newly opened synagogue exhibition and the “Heroes - Trailblazers of the Jewish People” hands-on activities.

Option 2:

  • Fun in the Sun! Splash in the waves of the Mediterranean at the famous

Metzizim Beach.

               All:  

  • Enjoy dinner at Lehem Basar restaurant located at the port of Tel Aviv overlooking the Mediterranean.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Journaling time.

Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem

 

Day Ten: Tuesday, June 23, 2020
ISRAEL - OH, THE PLACES YOU'LL GO!

  • Morning moment followed by breakfast at the hotel and wrap-up session.
  • Hiking in the Hills: Stretch your legs with a hike that will take you from the tree-laden beauty of the Jerusalem Hills down to the Sataf Springs. Along the way, witness how ancient methods of agricultural cultivation are being revived in modern Israel.
  • View the Knesset, Israel's parliament, and see the big bronze Menorah (seven-branched candelabra), with its reliefs of events and personalities in Jewish history.
  • Drive back to the hotel for free time, including packing, shopping, and lunch (not included in package).
  • (Optional) Tour educator and a bus will be available for those who wish to stroll or dine at Machne Yehuda market (Lunch is not included in package).

All:

  • Check out from the hotel.
  • Depart for the Ayalon Institute.
  • Arming for Independence: Visit the Ayalon Institute near Rehovot and uncover its role in the establishment of the State of Israel. This secret ammunition factory produced millions of bullets for Jewish forces fighting for a Jewish State and the end of British rule over Palestine.
  • Farewell dinner at Ayalon Institute.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport and check in for your midnight flight.

Overnight: Flight

 

Day Eleven: Wednesday, June 24, 2020
RETURN

  • 12:05 a.m. Depart Ben Gurion Airport with EL Al flight #025.
  • 4:45 a.m. Arrive at Newark.


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.

*An optional group flight with EL AL will be offered, with a supplemental cost of $1,750.

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Accommodation Details



Pastoral Hotel Image

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.

Inbal Hotel Image

Inbal Hotel
Jerusalem

With the new room collection, The Inbal offers you elegant comfort and luxury, combining a minimalistic yet warm approach to design. State-of-the-art amenities and premium services guarantee you a luxuriant and serene stay – tranquil and harmonious, in the heart of the thriving, bustling city of Jerusalem.


 

  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy.
  • 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.


PAYMENT POLICY
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 100 days (March 5th) before the scheduled trip begins.
  • Payment policy which is reflected on this page supersedes any other policies on the Da'at website


CANCELATION POLICY

Cancelations need to be made in writing. Cancelation fees will be based on the date that the written cancelation is received.

Cancelation fees:

  • 100 days or more prior to departure: the deposit
  • 99 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.


TRAVEL INSURANCE
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.


HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS
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.


MEALS
Are included as specified in the itinerary.


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 at group meals are included.


PRICE EXCLUDES

  • 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
    Hostess (when included in the package):
    $6 per participant per day
    A security guard and/or a youth counselor (when included):
    $3 per participant per day per security guard, per youth counselor


GUIDELINES FOR REGISTERING CHILDREN (UNDER AGE 18)

  • The first two people in any double or triple room are charged full package rates as adults, even if the second person is a child under the age of 18.

    For this reason, the first two people you select for a double or triple room MUST be selected as adults in order for the registration process to succeed.

    To register the following room configurations:

    • For double room occupancy for:
      • 1 adult & 1 child - Please select 2 adults.
      • 2 children - Please select 2 adults.
    • For triple room occupancy for:
      • 2 adults & 1 child - Please select 2 adults & 1 child**
      • 1 adult & 2 children - Please select 2 adults & 1 child**
      • 3 children - Please select 2 adults & 1 child**

    (**Reduced rate for a child as a 3rd in a triple room will only be applied if the child is under the age of 18)

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