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Sutton Place Synagogue | Family Trip to Israel
Led by Rabbi Rachel Ain

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Price List:
Price per person sharing a double room: $3,619
Price per person in a single room: $4,619

Price for a child as a 3rd in a room: $3,069
Price for a Bar/Bat Mitzvah child as a 3rd in a room: $2,619

Price for 2 children (18 and under) sharing a double room: $3,419 (price per child*)

*Please contact our Customer Service at 888.811.2812 in order for us to apply this reduction to your reservation

8 nights’ accommodation at select hotels

8 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking tour educator + walking tour on Shabbat

1 group transfer and assistance from/to the airport

All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary

Meals: daily breakfast, 2 lunches and 5 dinners

Portage at the airport and hotels

Day One: Saturday, December 22, 2018

  • Depart from New York.

Overnight: Flight


Day Two: Sunday, December 23, 2018

  • 2:30 p.m. Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport on British Airways flight # 165.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Transfer to the hotel.
  • Enter the city of Tel Aviv, also 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.
  • 5:00 p.m. Meet Rabbi Ain and your tour educator David Keren in the hotel lobby to depart for the evening.
  • Ascend to the Jaffa Overlook for an introduction to Tel Aviv at the place where it all began.
  • 6:30 p.m. Welcome dinner and program opening at Maganda, a Middle-Eastern-style restaurant, serving a varied menu of traditional salads and grilled meats in Tel Aviv's Yemenite Quarter.

Overnight: David Intercontinental Hotel, Tel Aviv

Day Three: Monday, December 24, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 9:00 a.m. Depart the hotel for the day.
  • 10:15 a.m. Visit the Ayalon Institute near Rehovot for an eye-opening tour of a clandestine munition factory used during the British Mandate.
  • Ascend from the port of Old Jaffa through the renovated alleyways to the Jaffa Overlook for an introduction to Tel Aviv at the place where it all began and walk through the famous Jaffa Flea Market - “Shuk Hapishpeshim.”
  • Lunch (on own account), en route.
  • A State Against the Odds: Learn about the establishment of the State of Israel and consider whether David Ben-Gurion's proclamation of a Jewish state based on equality and justice was a miracle, madness or both. Stand outside Independence Hall (the interior is currently being refurbished) before moving to their nearby temporary exhibition, and then discuss the events leading up to the Declaration of Independence, and sing, as they did on May 14, 1948, Hatikva (The Hope), Israel's national anthem
  • 4:30 p.m. Street Art, Language & Graffiti: Join a resident to explore the urban culture of the city.
  • Free Evening in Tel Aviv for an opportunity to:
  • Stroll down Rothschild Boulevard, with its many cafés and bars.
  • Experience Tel Aviv Port, with its restaurants and clubs.
  • Walk through the colorful Neve Zedek
  • Saunter down the Tel Aviv Beach Promenade.
  • Wander through the Tachana, Tel Aviv's renovated old train station, now a center of boutiques and good food.

Overnight: David Intercontinental Hotel, Tel Aviv


Day Four: Tuesday, December 25, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel, followed by check-out.
  • 8:30 a.m. Depart the hotel.
  • 9:30 a.m. Follow the story of Israel's pre-state elite fighting force, the Palmach, while walking through a state-of-the-art multimedia experience that allows a glimpse into the lives of extraordinary people at Beit Hapalmach.
  • Depart Tel Aviv and drive north along the coastal plain.
  • 12:30 p.m. Visit the Yemin Orde Youth Village, one of Israel's most innovative educational institutions, specializing in integrating new immigrant youth into Israeli society. Meet with faculty and students, including lunch.
  • Continue northwards.
  • 4:00 p.m. Visit Kibbutz Hanaton, founded by the Israeli Masorti (Conservative) Movement, to meet with founders and discuss some of the challenges and triumphs of modern Zionist pioneering.
  • Drive north to the Upper Galilee and check into the kibbutz hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Pastoral Kfar Blum, Upper Galilee

Day Five: Wednesday, December 26, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 9:00 a.m. Golan Jeep Challenge: Team competition along the dirt paths of the Golan, combining nature and contemporary reality for an understanding of the special natural and strategic significance of the Golan.
  • Stop for the panoramic views from Bental (overlooking the abandoned Syrian town of Kuneitra) give sharp insights into Israel's security situation on the Golan Heights.
  • Lunch (on own account), en route.
  • Proceed to Tsfat, a center of Jewish mysticism for hundreds of years and a contemporary artists' colony, including:
  • Tsfat's Synagogues (Ari, Caro or Abuhav) with their great stories and mystical messages.
  • A meeting with artist Sheva Chaya, inspired by Kabbalistic messages.
  • Galilee Arts Experience: Hands-on experience in a ceramic workshop, soap-making or weaving at one of Tsfat's leading Kabbalah galleries.
  • 3:30 p.m. Enjoy the culinary delight of a chocolate workshop at the De Karina Chocolate Factory, located on Kibbutz Ein Zivan.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Pastoral Kfar Blum, Upper Galilee


Day Six: Thursday, December 27, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel, followed by check-out.
  • Begin the day at the Hula Lake (Agamon HaHula) and discover Israel's enormous bird migrations. Stroll or ride the trail for beautiful views of the fauna and flora, connecting birds, water and the Zionist endeavor.
  • Stop at Capernaum on the shores of the Sea of Galilee with its remains of an ancient synagogue.
  • Lunch (on own account), en route.
  • Continue south past Tiberias on the shores of Lake Kinneret and through the Jordan Valley towards Jerusalem and upon entering the city stop at Mount Scopus for an overlook of the Old and New City of Jerusalem and the traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing.
  • Stop at the Kotel (Western Wall) and experience the special atmosphere of this holy site.
  • 4:20 p.m. Walk through the Western Wall Tunnel, the underground continuation of the Western Wall alongside the Temple Mount.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner on own account, perhaps at the Old Train Station Plaza, with its fashionable restaurants featuring local and international cuisine. On certain evenings one can enjoy street music, Israeli dancing, and other attractions.

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Day Seven: Friday, December 28, 2018

  • Early breakfast at the hotel.
  • 7:00 a.m. Depart Jerusalem and 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.
  • Group conversation on top of Masada.
  • Lunch (on own account) at Masada.
  • Experience the weightlessness of the Dead Sea as you float in its waters.
  • Return to Jerusalem with time to prepare for Shabbat.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services as a group overlooking the old city.
  • Private Shabbat dinner at the hotel with lone soldiers, who have made Aliyah to Israel on their own without their immediate families. You will also be joined by the Midway Jewish Center group.
  • Walk to the Inbal hotel for a Stand-up comedy show with Israeli-American comedian Benji Lovitt, who has been translating the Israel experience through laughter since his aliyah flight landed in 2006. This event is sponsored by Da'at Educational Expeditions.

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem


Day Eight: Saturday, December 29, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Shabbat services at one of the many local Jerusalem synagogues.
  • 12:15 p.m. Optional Shiur: study traditional texts together with students from the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem.
  • 1:00 p.m. Lunch at the Fuchsberg Center for Conservative Judaism.

Optional Afternoon Walking Tour

  • Discover more pathways and passages in the Old City on an active scavenger hunt through the Jewish Quarter and take a Shabbat Walk with Ariel Keren through unexpected paths to Zion, the Temple Mount Overlook, and King David's Tomb.
  • Proceed to the Christian Quarter - the Via Dolorosa, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and other Christian sites.


  • 5:00 p.m. Meet in the hotel for Seuda Shlishit and Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah overlooking the Old City.


  • 6:30 p.m. Life in Palestine 2018: Meet with local journalist Rami Nazzal. Rami will share his perspective of life in the Westbank.


  • Explore Israel through puzzles and games with the Puzzletime Israel


  • Stroll along the Ben-Yehuda Street, joining the many Israelis out on the town, with dinner on own account.

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem


Day Nine: Sunday, December 30, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel.


  • 9:15 a.m. Visit Yad Vashem, 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


  • Special children/youth program at Yad Vashem, including the Holocaust Toy Exhibit, the Children's Memorial, and the Sculpture Garden, using interactive programming, arts & crafts, and children's stories and diaries from the time of the Holocaust.


  • Experience the sights, smells, and tastes of Jerusalem while walking through the Machaneh Yehuda open-air market, with lunch on own account.

Option 1

  • 2:30 p.m. Diggin' for Roots: Get in touch with the land and history of Israel. Take part in an archaeological dig at the Beit Guvrin Caves. Get your hands dirty uncovering pottery from the Hellenistic period, 2300 years ago, and then crawl through the Maresha Cave Labyrinth (non-crawling options are available) in this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Option 2

  • Tour of Tel Maresha in the Beit Guvrin National Park, exploring the ancient cave complex of the Hellenistic city.


  • Return to Jerusalem for free time in the Mamilla pedestrian arcade, a contemporary shopping area with a touch of the past, located outside the Old City walls, with dinner on own account.


Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Day Ten: Monday, December 31, 2018

  • 7:00 a.m. Depart the hotel.
  • 7:30 a.m. B'nai Mitzvah Ceremony at Azarat Israel, the pluralistic section of the Kotel (Western Wall).
  • Return to the hotel for breakfast, followed by check-out.
  • 10:45 a.m. Visit Herzl, including the museum dedicated to the life and achievements of Theodor Herzl, the founder of the World Zionist Movement.
  • Take a walking tour of the Jewish Quarter of the Old City and discover its archaeological treasures and other highlights:
  • 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 century, and Hurva Square, the central square of the Jewish Quarter.
  • Lunch (on own account), en route.
  • The rest of the afternoon at leisure and last-minute shopping.
  • 6:30 p.m. Farewell & New Year's Eve celebration dinner at Piccolino, located in a historical building in Music Square.
  • 8:30 p.m. Group transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport to check in for various departure flights to the USA.

Overnight: Flight


Day Eleven: Tuesday, January 1, 2019

  • Return to New York.

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

David Intercontinental Hotel Image

David Intercontinental Hotel
Tel Aviv

The David Intercontinental Tel Aviv Hotel sits on the Tel Aviv shore, a short walk from the commercial, shopping and cultural centers of the city and just a few minutes drive from historic old Jaffa. The hotel combines the magic of a beachfront promenade with the winding streets of Neve Tzedek, one of the city's most fashionable neighbourhood.

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.

Dan Panorama Image

Dan Panorama

The Jerusalem Dan Panorama is centrally located in the city, within easy reach of modern Jerusalem's lively downtown, theaters, shopping and eateries, while still within walking distance of the Old City and other historic sites.

  • 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.
  • 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 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.