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Congregation Beth Shalom's
Taste of Israel's Culture, Food & Drink Tour
Led by Dr. David and Suzy Hakimian with Rabbi Aaron Melman and Elisa Rotman

January 22, 2022 - February 1, 2022
Destination Israel
Duration 11 days
Who’s Going Adults
Trip Type Congregational
Group Size Minimum 20
Price From $4,509
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Program Outline

ON THE WAY TO ISRAEL Saturday, January 22, 2022
  • Depart the USA.
Overnight Flight
THE START OF A SPECIAL JOURNEY Sunday, January 23, 2022
EAT, DRINK, & BREATHE TEL AVIV Monday, January 24, 2022
A DAY IN THE GALILEE AND THE GOLAN Wednesday, January 26, 2022
THE LAYERS OF JERUSALEM Friday, January 28, 2022
SHABBAT IN JERUSALEM Saturday, January 29, 2022
THE JUDEAN HILLS Sunday, January 30, 2022
HEAVENLY & EARTHLY JERUSALEM Monday, January 31, 2022
UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Expert Educator

Mike Hollander

Mike Hollander grew up in Canada, where he attended Jewish elementary school and earned a BA in History from York University.  He was very involved in a Zionist Youth Movement, as a participant as well as a leader.   Upon completion of his degree, he enrolled in a master’s program for Middle Eastern Studies at Tel Aviv University for overseas students.  While in Israel, he helped form a group of people who made Aliyah together in 1988 to Kibbutz Ravid.  

In 1990, Mike moved to Jerusalem, where he worked in fundraising, while taking the Israeli Government Ministry of Tourism Course.  He qualified as a Licensed Tour Guide in 1994.  For over 20 years, he has worked full-time, lecturing, teaching courses to teenagers on long-term programs in Israel, as well as taking visitors of all ages around Israel.  

In the summer of 2001, Mike was sent by the Jewish Agency for Israel to be an educational emissary (Shaliach) to the Federation of Zionist Youth (FZY), the largest Zionist youth movement in Great Britain and the Israel Experience, UK (IE).  For three years, he worked as an educational consultant, helping plan the year’s activities for over 1,000 Jewish youth. In addition to constructing Israel youth programs, Mike helped design a training program for the youth movement leaders to prepare them for taking 1,100 teens to Israel in the summer.  

Upon returning to Israel in 2004, Mike returned to work as a tour educator, and in 2008, completed his master’s degree in Jewish-Christian Relations from the Cambridge Centre for Jewish-Christian Relations.  As a Jewish educator outside of Israel, Mike has led many groups on Jewish travel journeys throughout Eastern and Central Europe.  He has also lectured and taught as a scholar-in-residence at Jewish communities throughout North America. 

With a wide range of experience working with all ages, from individual family groups, through teenagers and university students, adult groups, political and business groups, as well as interfaith lay and clergy groups, Mike has almost 25-years of experience working as an informal Jewish educator. 

Mike is married to Michele, and they have three children, Tal (27), Adi (24), and Matan (21).

Rates & Lodging

# of participants 20+
price per person sharing a double room $4509
price per person in a single room $5764
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Choice Lodging
Royal Beach, Tel Aviv
Nights: 2 Room Category: Bellavista
Mizpe Hayamim Hotel, Upper Galilee
Nights: 2 Room Category: Run of the House
Orient, Jerusalem
Nights: 5 Room Category: Orient

What to Expect

  • Included
  • Excluded
  • The small print
  • 9 nights' accommodations, including portage at the hotels.
  • 8 days of touring with a tour educator (guide).
  • Daily breakfast, 4 lunches and 6 dinners.
  • 7 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus.
  • 1 group departure transfer 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.
  • Late check-out on the day of departure. If late check-out is requested, confirmation is at the sole discretion of the hotel and is subject to availability.
  • 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 20 participants or more: Expert Educator: $8 | Driver: $4 - per participant per day

The small print
  • Rates: 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, the cost of the trip will be adjusted to reflect the additional expense of operating the

  • Currency: 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.
    • 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 in
      your invoice.

  • Cancelation policy: All cancelations need to be made in writing. The cancelation fee
    depends on the date when we receive written notification of your request to
    cancel 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 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.

    • 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.

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