- 9:00 a.m. Meet in the hotel lobby of the Carlton.
- Meet your Muki Jankelowitz, your tour educator who will accompany you on this journey of education and inspiration.
- Drive through Tel Aviv, also known as “the city that never sleeps.” A place of sun and fun, its centers of culture and history are complimented by great beaches, stores, and entertainment.
- Beginnings: Modern Tel Aviv grew out of ancient Jaffa. Gaze out over the Mediterranean Sea; learn why Jaffa, mentioned in the biblical story of Jonah and the Whale, is so historically important; and see how its Old City reflects the present as well as the past.
- 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.
- Be like a Tel Aviv native! We’ll begin our afternoon of free time with a visit the Nachalat Binyamin pedestrian mall, with its bi-weekly crafts fair and eateries. Alongside is the colorful Carmel open-air market and across the way Sheinkin Street, with its hip cafés and funky chic shopping.
- Check into the hotel.
- After checking into our beautiful hotel and freshening up, we’ll have some free time before Shabbat sets in.
- Kabbalat Shabbat services with Beit Tefilah Israeli at the Tel Aviv Port. As the sun sets over the Mediterranean Sea, join Israelis from diverse backgrounds welcoming Shabbat through prayer, song, and joy.
- Shabbat dinner at a local restaurant.
Muki’s 1st and only career has been Jewish Education. He was active in setting up the Kibbutz Seminar Center on Kibbutz Tuval which dealt with Galilee issues of settlement and co-existence. He was a senior teacher specializing in history and leadership at the Institute for Youth Leaders from Abroad (Machon LeMadrichim) and later the educational coordinator of the program, where he emphasized that being a Jewish leader means being an educated Jew. Muki was later the Director of Educational Services of the JCC Association and following that the Senior Educator of the JDC Buncher Community Leadership Program, training Jewish community leaders in the FSU and India, focusing on strengthening Jewish Identity and developing leadership skills and attitudes.
Of all of Muki’s educational experiences and work, he views guiding as the most significant element. He has vast experience guiding groups of all kinds, including Synagogues, JCCs, Federations, Birthright, Interfaith groups, families and adults in Israel and across Jewish Europe.
Muki is most interested in the Jewish journey of the individual. Believing that working with text allows for grappling with the big questions, throughout his guiding Muki tries to include text as often as possible.
In addition to enjoying nature, reading and studying Jewish text, Muki always enjoys spending time with his wife, Mandy, and their two sons – Shaked and Niv. Muki is also actively involved in an egalitarian, non-orthodox Jewish community.
Rates & Lodging
What to Expect
- The small print
- 9 nights' accommodations, including portage at the hotels.
- 9 days of touring with a tour educator (guide).
- Daily breakfast, 2 lunches and 6 dinners.
- 9 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus / van.
- Mineral water during all touring days.
- 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 20 participants or more: Expert Educator: $8 | Driver: $4 - per participant per day
- Rates: Rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of30 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.