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Beth El Synagogue Center
Summer 2020 Family Trip to Israel
Led by Rabbi David Schuck

price per person from $3049

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* 8 nights’ accommodation at select hotels

* 9 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking tour educator
   (no bus on Saturday August 29th)

* 1 group transfer and assistance from and to the airport

* All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary

* Youth Counselor Friday, August 28th

* Portage at the airport and hotels

* Meals: daily breakfast & 4 dinners


DAY 1: Tuesday, August 25, 2020

  • Depart the US.

Overnight: Flight

DAY 2: Wednesday, August 26, 2020


  • Arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport. Our representative will be on hand to assist with all formalities and ensure your journey has the smoothest of starts.
  • Meet your tour educator who will accompany you on this journey of education and inspiration.
  • Depart for Jerusalem.
  • A First Look at the Holy City: Over the centuries, many have been moved and awed by their first sight of Jerusalem. We'll stop at Mount Scopus for a stunning overview of the city and celebrate our arrival with a special ceremony and the traditional shehechiyanu blessing of thanksgiving.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner (not included in package).

Overnight: Jerusalem

DAY 3: Thursday, August 27, 2020


  • Breakfast at an Israeli hotel is an experience in itself. Start the day with a bounteous buffet.
  • Depart for the Old City.
  • Shacharit services at Azarat Israel, the pluralistic section of the Kotel (Western Wall).
  • How Does One Become an Israeli? – Lessons From Literature: Dr. Rachel Korazim will demonstrate how Zionist poets and songwriters have depicted the “real” Israeli – the so-called Sabra – and look at their advice to immigrants to cast off the old ways. We’ll see that the process of becoming Israeli is as complicated in literature as it is in real life. Dr. Korazim is a renowned educator who uses song, poetry, and literature to shine a light on Israeli life and society.    
  • Take a walking tour through Jerusalem's Old City and the Jewish Quarter and experience the center of Jewish life, history, and holiness. Among the highlights will be:
    • A walk along the rooftops that will provide an extraordinary scene of multi-faith Jerusalem. From this one spot, we will see the domes of three great religious landmarks: The Church of the Holy Sepulchre (marking where Jesus is believed to have been crucified); the Jewish Quarter’s Hurva synagogue; and the Dome of the Rock, one of Islam’s most sacred and beautiful sites.
    • The Cardo, the main street of Roman-controlled Jerusalem and its spectacular Byzantine-era columns.
    • King Hezekiah's “Broad Wall,” a massive wall built to protect Jerusalem from invasion 2,700 years ago.
    • Hurva Square, the center of modern-day life in the Jewish Quarter.
    • Become Your Favorite Biblical Character! Live the Bible’s authentic costumes and backgrounds provide a fun photo opportunity for you to dress up like Moses, Ruth, or a Temple Priest.
  • “The Best Falafel in the World! Right Here in the Old City”: The competition for the best street food in the Jewish Quarter is tough. Check out the contestants with lunch (not included in package).
  • Visit 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 water tunnel of King Hezekiah (There’s an optional dry exit).
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner (not included in package) at the Old Train Station Plaza, with its fashionable restaurants featuring local and international cuisine. On certain evenings you will enjoy street musicians, Israeli dancing, and other attractions.

Overnight: Jerusalem

DAY 4: Friday, August 28, 2020


  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Living as a Jew in the Modern World: Special study program at the Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, with a leading scholar.

Adults & children over 10:

  • Visit Yad Vashem, the national memorial to the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust, an essential emotional and educational experience. Your guided tour will include:
    • The Avenue of the Righteous, where trees symbolic of the renewal of life have been planted along with plaques honoring brave non-Jews who saved Jews during the Shoah.
    • The Historical Museum, a state-of-the-art interactive display reflecting decades of research and educational expertise. The story of the Holocaust, with an emphasis on individual victims, is told through survivor testimonies, original artifacts, and personal possessions saved from the ghettos and camps.
    • The Children's Memorial, where candles shine like stars in the sky to commemorate the 1.5 million children lost during the Holocaust.
    • A memorial service where we will pay tribute to those who were lost.

Children under 10 with youth counselor:

  • Visit the Biblical Zoo, a beautifully landscaped habitat with a special focus on preserving biblical fauna, geared to children of all ages (2-80).


  • Experience the sights, smells, and tastes of Jerusalem as you stop for lunch (not included in package) while walking through the Mahane Yehuda open-air market. Buy groceries for Shabbat lunch (not included in package).
  • Jerusalem and Its Writers: Explore the streets of Jerusalem through the eyes and words of its poets and authors, including Yehuda Amichai and S.Y. Agnon.
  • Light Shabbat candles in the hotel lobby.
  • The City of Shabbat: Join Jerusalem in welcoming the Sabbath, the high point of the Jewish week, with Kabbalat Shabbat services. You can celebrate Shabbat alongside people from countless different traditions and countries at Judaism’s holiest site, the Kotel, or sample some of the city’s dizzying variety of synagogues. We'll be happy to supply maps and suggestions of which synagogue might work best for you.
  • Shabbat dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Jerusalem

DAY 5: Saturday, August 29, 2020


  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Join a local synagogue for a Shabbat service.
  • Potluck picnic lunch (not included in package) at Liberty Bell Park.
  • Yemin Moshe Scavenger Hunt: There will be lots of family fun as we search for clues and explore the beautiful and historic Yemin Moshe neighbourhood. By uncovering the riddles and with some ace detective work, we’ll make our way through Yemin Moshe’s winding alleys, explore its legendary windmill, and discover how Jerusalem expanded beyond the Old City.
  • Walk to Ketef Hinnom where two tiny silver scrolls, inscribed with portions of the well-known Priestly Blessing of the Book of Numbers were found, containing what may be the oldest surviving texts from the Hebrew Bible.
  • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah overlooking the Old City.
  • Stroll along the Ben Yehuda Street and Nahalat Shiva pedestrian malls, joining the many Israelis out on the town, with dinner (not included in package).

Overnight: Jerusalem

DAY 6: Sunday, August 30, 2020


  • Breakfast at the hotel, followed by check-out.
  • 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.
  • Visit the Lakiya Weaving Project of the Association for the Improvement of Women’s Status and dialogue with local women.


  • Cooking and Cosmetics the Bedouin Way: Meet Sohila and hear her compelling story of continuity and change in the life of a Bedouin woman. We’ll be hosted in Sohila’s tent in the Negev encampment of Tel Sheva (Tel as-Sabi), eat traditional Bedouin food she has prepared, learn how her new catering business is providing a pathway towards empowerment, and meet her sister Mariam to sample the cosmetics and creams that she creates based on ancient Bedouin techniques.
  • Drive through the Negev.
  • Lunch (not included in package), en route.
  • Are You Ready for the Desert? Swap the hustle and bustle of the big city for the silence and stillness of the Judean desert. Get settled into Kfar Hanokdim, where we’ll experience desert life and hospitality.
    • How Fast Can This Thing Go? Accompanied by Bedouin guides, take a camel for a test drive as you ride into the heart of the Kanaim Valley.
    • Guests are treated like royalty in desert societies. Find out what Bedouin hospitality is all about as we relax in a spacious tent and are served tea flavored with desert herbs. There will also be a traditional coffee-making ritual accompanied by rhythmic drummers and an introduction to Bedouin society.
    • A Desert Feast: Our traditional “hafla” dinner will begin with Arab salads, thick tahini, spicy matbucha, and more. The main dish will be meat accompanied by Bedouin-style pita bread and mansaf, stuffed vegetables with yellow rice and lentils. Bedouin tea and coffee will come with the Middle East’s favorite dessert, baklawa, and seasonal fruit.
    • A Night in the Wilderness: Feel the silence and darkness of the desert as we spend the night in a sukkah, a tent woven from goats’ hair.

Overnight: Kfar Hanokdim

DAY 7: Monday, August 31, 2020


  • Enjoy an early breakfast at the hotel before checking out and then setting out to explore the Dead Sea region.
  • The Last Stand: Sunrise Climb via the Roman Ramp to the top of Masada with its extraordinary views and fascinating archaeological remains. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is where Jewish rebels are believed to have made their final attempt to resist Roman invaders (c 74 CE). We'll learn about Masada's importance as a symbol of Jewish defense and discuss its influence on modern Israel.
  • The Sea of Salt: Float into happiness at the Dead Sea. Not much can live or swim in what is the saltiest piece of water in the world, nine times saltier than the ocean, but the weightless feeling of floating is great fun.
  • Lunch (not included in package), en route.
  • Hike in Nahal David, part of the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve. This is a desert oasis with springs, waterfalls, and freshwater pools, so don’t forget your swimsuits. Featured are the ibex, hyraxes, and other desert mammals that live in this area. Nahal David is named after the biblical David, who fled here to escape from the murderous King Saul.
  • As we drive north through the Jordan Valley, we’ll discuss the strategic and political situation in this area and consider how Israeli control over it is viewed by some as vital to national security but by others as an impediment to any future agreement with the Palestinians.
  • Check into the hotel and enjoy dinner.

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Sea of Galilee

DAY 8: Tuesday, September 1, 2020


  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Embrace the Enemy: Dialogue with Lt. Colonel (Ret.) Eyal Dror, former commander of the "Good Neighbor Campaign” – the IDF’s Humanitarian Aid Unit for the Syrian population that was affected by the civil war. This unit led close to 700 humanitarian operations on the Israeli-Syrian border, most of them to provide medical assistance.
    • 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.
    • Hit the ground racing as we go off-road for a jeep tour of the Golan Heights that will combine natural beauty with insights into one of Israel's most strategically important areas. Retrace the experiences of Israeli soldiers in their battles here during the Six Day War of 1967 and talk with your jeep drivers about their personal experiences and feelings about the Golan.
    • Enjoy lunch (not included in package).
    • Northern Borders, Northern Battles: We'll gaze across the Golan and into Syria from the top of Mount Bental and gain powerful insights into Israel's geopolitical and security situation. Analyze the current challenges Israel faces on its northern border, examine the impact of the tragic civil war in Syria, and hunker down in bunkers from the vital battles that took place here during the 1973 Yom Kippur War.


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

Children with youth counselor:

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


  • Drive to the Sea of Galilee and enjoy a sunset boat ride.
  • Visit Tiberias on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, numbered among the four Jewish holy cities in the land because of its connection with the codification of the Talmud some 1,600 years ago.
  • Dinner (not included in package) on the Tiberias boardwalk.
  • Return to the hotel.

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Sea of Galilee

DAY 9: Wednesday, September 2, 2020


  • Breakfast at the hotel, followed by check-out.
  • Perhaps it's the combination of mysticism and art, and maybe it's the mountain air in Israel's highest city; entering Tsfat, there is a sense of something uniquely Jewish but not quite of this world. Here, you'll:
    • Visit the Ari Synagogue and share in the inspiration and innovation that moved Rabbi Isaac Luria (the Holy Ari) and his fellow mystics. In Tsfat they developed the Kabbalah, the esoteric insights of Judaism and created Kabbalat Shabbat, the prayers sung on Friday evenings to welcome the arrival of the Sabbath.
    • See the Caro Synagogue, built originally, like the Ari, in the 16th century. It is where Rabbi Joseph Caro, one of the greatest of all Jewish legal authorities, taught and lived. Hear the story of how he was visited here by a maggid, an angelic messenger, who revealed secrets of the Torah.
    • Walk through the cobbled streets and alleyways to the Artists' Colony with its galleries, shops, and studios.
  • Drive to Tel Aviv.
  • Lunch (not included in package), en route.
  • Founding Fighters: Walk in the footsteps of the young men and women who fought for the Palmach, Israel’s elite pre-State military force. The Palmach Museum is an experiential museum that allows you to follow the lives and fates of extraordinary individuals from their enlistment to battle in the War of Independence.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • The City at Night: Tel Aviv’s food scene is on fire with world-class chefs and a huge range of happening restaurants. See and taste for yourself during a free evening with dinner (not included in package). Afterward, those who love the nightlife can sample the city’s bar, club, and café culture or stroll along the refurbished promenade and port.

Overnight: Tel Aviv

DAY 10: Thursday, September 3, 2020


  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Enjoy the morning on Tel Aviv’s beautiful beach, with an opportunity to crash the waves and work on your suntan.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • What’s Going On in Bohemian Tel Aviv? Join an expert on Tel Aviv’s alternative scene for an urban adventure. Explore the latest street art, slang, and graffiti and find out what they reveal about life, ideas, and ideology in Israel’s cultural capital.
  • Lunch (not included in package), en route.
  • 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.
  • Start-Up Nation: Delve into the world of renowned Israeli inventions and creations at the State of Mind Innovation Center.
  • Enjoy the rest of the afternoon off at leisure.
  • Festive farewell dinner at Goshen, an upscale grill restaurant located on the historic Nahalat Binyamin Street.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport and check in for your flight.
  • Depart for the US, arriving the next day.

Overnight: Flight

DAY 11: Friday, September 4, 2020


  • Arrive in the US.

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Accommodation Details

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.

Kfar HaNokdim Judean Desert Image

Kfar HaNokdim Judean Desert

This green oasis in the midst of the desert offers a variety of accommodations, including a cozy guest room or a luxurious Bedouin tent. Established in 1991 as a lodge for enjoying the desert scenery and atmosphere, Kfar Nokdim is the perfect base for hiking, cycling or jeep trekking, as well as for day trips to Masada and the Dead Sea.

Nof Ginosar Hotel Image

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.

Tal Hotel Image

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.


  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 20 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 hotel accommodations.
  • Our standard is to provide the best available hotels while considering value. Although the level of accommodations may differ slightly from hotel to hotel, we are committed to your comfort.
  • We reserve the right to make substitutions with hotels of equal standard. No refunds will be issued for differences between hotel prices.
  • The standard hotel room in Israel is generally smaller than in the US, comfortably accommodating two people in either one queen-size bed or two single beds. Some hotels offer triple rooms consisting of standard twin beds plus a sofa/folding bed or cot for the third person.
  • Special requests such as room selections, bed types, and smoking preferences are subject to availability and are strictly at the discretion of the hotel's management on a run-of-house basis.
  • All hotel rates are non-negotiable and are based on the agreements made between Da'at Educational Expeditions and its suppliers.
  • Hotel check-in time is generally not before 3:00 p.m. and check-out time is prior to noon. If you are taking a late-night flight, make sure to organize adequate arrangements for accommodation until you are ready to leave for the airport. If a day room is included in the itinerary, check-out time will usually be at 6:00 p.m.

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.


  • Credit card fees
  • 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
    In the case where a youth counselor is included:
    $1 per participant per day per youth counselor


  • 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)