- Journey of connection and discovery
- Explore interfaith relations in Israel
- What is it like to live as a minority in Israel?
- Churches and synagogues: religious diversity in Israel
- Encounter historical and holy sites
- Eat your way through Israel’s open-air markets
- Shabbat in the holy city of Jerusalem
- Geopolitics: complex and ever-changing
- Access to thinkers, professors, and activists
- Superb service with expert tour educator
- Meet your tour educator who will accompany you on this journey of education and inspiration.
- On the Rivers of Babylon: Visit the Babylonian Jewry Heritage Center, the largest institute in the world dedicated to documenting, researching, collecting and preserving the spiritual treasures and art created by Babylonian Jewry.
- Hatikvah Neighborhood: Tasting tour at Hatikvah’s open-air market with food (and people) from around the world. In the last 80 years, waves of immigration have broken on the metaphorical shore of Hatikvah: from Yemen, Iraq, Libya, Persia, Central-Asia, and lately, working immigrants and refugees from Sudan, West Africa and Southeast Asia, creating one of Tel Aviv’s most interesting food scenes.
- A Slice of Yemen: Stroll around the Yemenite Quarter, one of Tel Aviv’s first neighborhoods, and hear whether Jews from Yemen played an under-recognized role in Zionist history. We’ll also see how gentrification and the Israeli melting pot is changing the Yemenite Quarter and community.
- Dinner will be at Ewa Safi, a Moroccan soul food restaurant in the charming, artistic Neve Zedek neighborhood. You might feel like you’ve been transported to Morocco with the rich, opulent décor, the authentic flavor profiles, and the Moroccan menu selections. The Miko brothers bring their mother’s recipes and love into the kitchen, to create a taste of Morocco in Tel Aviv.
Since arriving in Israel, Zvi has worked for the Melitz Centers for Jewish-Zionist Education, was a coordinator of Diaspora Staff Training, a staff member of the Israel Experience School, and a Shaliach (Israeli Emissary) in New York. He has also taught Jewish history in Israeli high schools and served as an Education Officer (lieutenant) at the IDF Officer's Academy.
A licensed tour guide since 1988, Zvi has extensive experience in group tourism work as well as in individual guiding with both Jewish and Christian visitors. His educational style and technique are influenced by his informal and formal teaching experience: drama, costumes, dialogue, role-play, and games often accompany the presentation of history throughout his tours; Biblical and traditional texts along with modern poetry, prose, and music provide additional stimuli for discussion and analysis. Values are discussed and dilemmas are raised in an objective manner, making for a lively exchange of ideas and opinions among varied ages.
Besides being a guide and an educator, Zvi is a former president and current active board member and volunteer at a prominent Reform congregation in Jerusalem – Kehilat Kol HaNeshama. He is an avid off-road bicycle rider and has been involved with the Alyn Children's Hospital Charity Bikeathon since its inception. He counts photography and hiking as additional hobbies.
Zvi and his wife Debbi live in Jerusalem.
Rates & Lodging
What to Expect
- The small print
- 7 nights' accommodations, including portage at the hotels.
- 6 days of touring with a tour educator (guide).
- Daily breakfast, 3 lunches and 3 dinners.
- 6 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus.
- 1 group departure transfer and assistance to the airport.
- All site entrance fees and program fees as per your final program.
- Evening transportation when dinner is not included.
- 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.
- US and foreign airport taxes, Q fuel surcharge and border taxes when applicable.
- Value Added Tax is currently not applicable to tourists visiting Israel. Should the law change, you will be notified accordingly, and VAT will be added to your final invoice.
- Gratuities: We recommend the following guidelines for tipping (amounts in US dollars):
- Group of 10–19 participants: Expert Educator: $10 | Driver: $5 - per participant per day
- Rates: Rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of15 full-paying participants. Should the number of participants drop below the minimumlisted, the cost of the trip will be adjusted to reflect the additional expense of operating theprogram.
- Currency: Tour prices are per person in U.S. dollars. All hotel accommodations, motor coachtransportation, special dinners, sightseeing, admissions, luggage handling and the servicesof local guides, drivers, and the tour guide/educator are included.
- Payment policy: Da'at Educational Expeditions reserves the right to adjust its terms ofpayment, including cancelation policies and initial deposits. Notification of any changes willbe made explicitly to the participants where relevant.
- An initial deposit of $500 per person, non-refundable, non-transferable is due at the time of reservation unless another amount is indicated.
- Final payment is due 90 days before the scheduled trip begins, or as specified inyour invoice.
- Cancelation policy: All cancelations need to be made in writing. The cancelation feedepends on the date when we receive written notification of your request tocancel your booking. Please note that the deposit is non-refundable.
- Cancelations made:
- 90 or more days prior to departure incur the loss of the deposit.
- 89 to 46 days prior to departure incur the loss of 50% of the full trip cost.
- 45 days or less prior to the departure incur the loss of 100% of the full 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 contactTravel Insured at 1-800-344-6226, ext. 257. Some insurance programs provide morecomprehensive coverage when the policy is purchased in close proximity to the initial tripdeposit. We, therefore, recommend that you secure insurance within 14 days of your initialdeposit payment date.
- Choice lodging:
- Room categories are based on standard Run of House unless otherwise noted.
- 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 the 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 Dalat 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.