THE START OF A SPECIAL JOURNEYWednesday, December 8, 2021
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.
Transfer to 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.
Check into the hotel.
An Israeli Scotch?! Welcome dinner at the Milk & Honey Whisky Distillery, Israel’s first whisky distillery. Learn how Israel got into the Scotch game, see the stages of making spirits – from grain to glass – and then raise your own glass in celebration of your journey. L’chaim! Cheers!
OvernightRoyal Beach, Tel Aviv
ALTNEULAND: DREAMS & REALITIES IN TEL AVIVThursday, December 9, 2021
Breakfast at an Israeli hotel is an experience in itself. Start the day with a bounteous buffet.
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, nonetheless, 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.
Ethnic Tasting Tour: Eat, drink, and learn at the Levinsky Market, where we’ll sample food and sweets from all over the Mediterranean and the Middle East and try to figure out what is Israeli about Israeli food. This multi-cultural tasting tour will double as a delicious lunch.
Strangers in a Strange Land: South Tel Aviv is now home to thousands of migrant workers, asylum seekers, and refugees from war-torn and impoverished African countries. BINA, The Jewish Movement for Social Change will lead us on a tour of the Neve Sha'anan neighborhood as we explore what life is like for non-Jews seeking a new start in the Jewish State. The tour will include: - Talking with an African migrant or migrants about their experiences in Israel and what brought them here. - Meeting a veteran Jewish resident of the neighborhood to learn about their connections with and attitudes toward the refugees. - A visit to one of the crowded, “unauthorized” kindergartens where migrant parents, lacking finance and access to official daycare facilities, leave their children. - Before or after we visit south Tel Aviv, we'll ponder what the traditional Jewish sources, including the Talmud, have to say about Jewish obligations to newcomers and the poor in our midst. An educator from BINA, a secular yeshiva and educational institute dedicated to social action, will lead the discussion. (No Hebrew is required and first-timers to Jewish study are very welcome!)
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 (on own account). Afterwards, those who love the nightlife can sample the city’s bar, club and café culture or stroll along the refurbished promenade and port.
OvernightRoyal Beach, Tel Aviv
JAFFA IN DEPTHFriday, December 10, 2021
Peace AND Prosperity? The Peres Peace Center was created by the late Shimon Peres, former Prime Minister and President of Israel, to develop peacebuilding programs based on innovation and optimism. Our visit will include a tour of the Israeli Innovation Center, which celebrates the people and companies that are making Israel the “innovation nation.” The center includes continually updated, high-tech exhibits on everything from artificial intelligence to the latest developments in water use.
From Shuk to Chic: Take a tasting tour through a local favorite: Shuk Hapishpishim – the Jaffa Flea Market. Combining traditional dishes from the Bulgarian, Bukharan, Middle Eastern, Persian, North African and Eastern European kitchens with offerings from hip new cafes and restaurants, the market is a delicious illustration of the diversity of the Israeli culinary scene.
Jaffa Stories and Coffee: You’re warmly invited into the home of Doris Hiffawi to hear about her life as a Christian Arab in Jaffa. Over coffee brewed by her family and Arabic sweets, she’ll talk about whether the area’s Jewish, Muslim, and Christian population mix or merely make do. We’ll also find out how female entrepreneurs like Doris are bringing change to this socio-economically deprived neighborhood.
Kabbalat Shabbat services at Kehilat Halev, an inclusive Reform congregation in the heart of Tel Aviv, led by Rabbi Naomi Efrat, followed by a communal dinner with local congregants.
OvernightRoyal Beach, Tel Aviv
SHABBAT IN TEL AVIVSaturday, December 11, 2021
Visit ANU – Museum of the Jewish People, the largest Jewish museum in the world, and join a fascinating journey that portrays the story of the Jewish people through the generations and up to the present time. The Museum represents all parts of the Jewish people and highlights the creative works and cultural riches of a variety of communities in different periods of history.
Enjoy lunch (on own) at the Sarona Market. Through the smells, flavors, and tastes of this renovated historical Templars town, explore the range of cuisine – from local street food to fine dining by world-renowned Israeli chefs.
Painting the White City in Rainbow Colors: Discover why Tel Aviv is the LGBTQA capital of the Middle East with a Rainbow Tour through the city. Explore what it’s like to be gay and Jewish, learn some queer Hebrew slang, hear the latest in LGBTQA activism, and discuss some current topics in the LGBTQA community. During the tour, we’ll explore the Gayville of past and present as we check out some of Tel Aviv’s historical and modern pink spots. Find out about leaders in Tel Aviv’s LGBTQA movement and see what an Israeli same-sex family’s life is like.
Three Stars in the Israel Sky: At nightfall, we will mark the end of a special Shabbat with a communal Havdallah ceremony.
OvernightRoyal Beach, Tel Aviv
LAND OF INNOVATIONSunday, December 12, 2021
The Abraham Accords: UAE-Israel Relations and the New Middle East: Dialogue with Major (Res.) Dan Feferman, a fellow at the Jewish People Policy Institute, a leading think-tank focusing on issues of importance to Israel and the Jewish people, and a former foreign policy and national security analyst, strategist and adviser in the IDF.
Growing More with Less: During this AgriTour of Kibbutz Magal, discover how the Kibbutz has become a global leader in smart irrigation while building a thriving agricultural presence. We’ll see the Netafim Greenhouse Park, which is creating greenhouse solutions for climates around the world; tour the Kibbutz and surrounding area with its spectacular views of the Haviv Valley and Israel’s narrow waist. After our visit, we’ll stay for lunch in the Kibbutz dining hall.
A Way Forward in the North: Visit Sindyanna of Galilee and sample some of their award-winning olive oil. We’ll learn how this non-profit organization is producing fine, fair-trade products and creating economic opportunities for Arab women, one of Israel’s most underemployed sectors. The tour will include: - Talking with one of the basket weavers about her life and work. We’ll see how she uses traditional and modern weaving techniques and find out how Arab and Jewish women are coming together to learn and revitalize this long-established local craft.
Drive to Haifa.
Take a moment at the top of Mount Carmel, the setting for many biblical stories and the old stomping ground of the prophet Elijah, to admire the view of Haifa Bay. Haifa’s diversity is also reflected by the fact that it is a world center of the Baha’i religious movement. We’ll see the beautiful Baha’i Gardens and one of their holiest sites, the gold-domed Shrine of the Bab, and discuss the sometimes tragic history of this community and how a faith that began in Iran ended up being based in Israel.
Check into the hotel.
Evening at leisure in Haifa.
OvernightDan Carmel, Haifa
A MOSAIC OF ISRAELI SOCIETYMonday, December 13, 2021
The Alma Security Crisis Simulation: Become an Israeli Cabinet member for a day… Are you ready…? In this simulation, a research expert from the Alma Research and Education Center will give a field briefing on Israel’s northern border, then we’ll enter Alma’s “Situation Room.” In a mock Israeli Cabinet meeting, we’ll work our way through the decision-making process as we are given a scenario in which there is an escalation in security on the border. Can we keep Israel out of a full-scale war?
Visit Kishorit, a home for life for adults with special needs in the Western Galilee. It is a supportive community that provides a continuum of residential, social and vocational services. Kishorit members live full, independent lives, and mature and grow old with dignity. Gain insight into their approach to creating a special needs community.
Raise your Glass to Inclusion: Kishor Winery is one of the Upper Galilee’s blossoming new wineries and also an example of inclusion in action. We’ll learn more on a tasting tour followed by lunch.
Mavrhatey – Ethiopian Experience is owned and operated by Yonie Skiba, who moved to Israel from Ethiopia when she was eight. She now lives in Kibbutz Evron in the Western Galilee. Outside of her house on the Kibbutz, she built an Ethiopian hut where she will meet with you and tell you the story of Ethiopian Jews.
Getting to the Roots of Jewish Cooking: Nashim Mevashlot, the Women Cooking Initiative, brings together women from various Jewish traditions to preserve and share the Jewish culinary culture that has developed in Israel. Established and managed by Smadar Kaplinsky, this socio-economic initiative is creating a source of income and empowerment for women in some of Israel’s disadvantaged communities. Enjoy a home hospitality dinner created for you by cooks from this special organization.
Return to Haifa.
OvernightDan Carmel, Haifa
MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
HOW ISRAEL DEALT WITH THE PANDEMICTuesday, December 14, 2021
As we drive south on the Trans-Israel Highway, there will be an opportunity to see the Security Barrier which runs along the seam zone between Israel and the Palestinian territories, and to learn about the barrier’s effects on Israeli security and Palestinian communities.
Dealing with the Corona Crisis – A Rabbi’s Perspective: Dialogue with Rabbi Nir Barkin, Senior Rabbi and Executive Director of YOZMA, the Reform Jewish Community in Modiin.
Visit the YOZMA elementary school, the first State-recognized Reform public elementary Jewish Day School in Israel (grades 1-6), and meet with teachers and students.
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.
Continue to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Mt. Scopus campus for a memorial service where we will pay tribute to those who were lost in the 2002 bombing, including Marla Bennett, a member of our community.
Check into the hotel.
High Times in the Holy City: Jerusalem at night provides a very different vision of the Holy City. Check out how the locals let their hair down during a free evening and explore Jerusalem nightlife including: - The Mamilla Mall, an upscale, open-air food and shopping area located outside the Old City’s Jaffa Gate. - The First Station. Jerusalem’s rail link from the late 19th century has been transformed into a center of restaurants, shops, and culture. - Joining the crowds strolling through the Ben Yehuda and Nahalat Shiva Pedestrian Malls.
THE PROCESS FOR PROGRESSWednesday, December 15, 2021
The Process for Progress: Discuss the way forward in the struggle for religious pluralism and gender equality in Israel with one of the following speakers: - Anat Hoffman, the Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center. - Mickey Gitzin, the Director of the New Israel Fund in Israel. - Uri Keidar, the Executive Director “Israel Hofsheet” (Be Free Israel).
The Art of Tikkun Olam: Meet elderly, often impoverished, immigrants who are finding a sense of purpose and creating beautiful artwork at Yad LaKashish (Lifeline for the Elderly). We’ll hear personal stories and see the aging artisans in action, talk with those running this inspirational organization, and check out the fabulous gift shop that supports this endeavor.
Experience the sights, smells, and tastes of Jerusalem while walking through the Mahane Yehuda open-air market.
1 City, 2 States, 3 Religions, and 4 Tribes: Take a ride on Jerusalem’s light rail and experience the mosaic of the Jerusalem population. As we travel through Jerusalem’s diverse neighborhoods, including those populated by Hareidim and Arabs, we’ll note the difference between East and West Jerusalem and the ongoing struggles between the city’s different communities. Discuss whether Jerusalem is divided, as President Ruby Rivlin has suggested, into four “tribes.”
Navigate Your Way Through the Labyrinth of Israel Politics: Join Professor Reuven Hazan of the Political Science Department at Hebrew University for an introduction into Israel's turbulent political scene where coalition governments and powerful ideological divisions are a fact of life.
The City at Night: Israel’s food scene is on fire with world-class chefs and a huge range of happening restaurants. See and taste for yourself with dinner. We’ll be happy to make reservations and recommendations so that you can enjoy a night out at the Israeli restaurant ideal for you.
LIVING ON THE EDGEThursday, December 16, 2021
A New Israeli Hospital During the Covid-19 Pandemic: Visit the new Assuta Hospital in Ashdod to see one of Israel’s most innovative and eco-friendly health institutions. Find out how this hospital, the first built in Israel for forty years, was the result of decades-long efforts by local residents to bring better infrastructure and service to Israel’s fifth-largest city, and how it opened a new lab for research and identification of disease outbreaks amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Living on the Edge: Go beyond the headlines with Brig. Gen. (Res.) Nitzan Nuriel, an associate at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, as we explore the geopolitics of the Gaza Envelope, and gain insight into the complex security implications of Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza and the daily challenges of Israelis living on the border with Gaza.
Keeping up the Spirit While Living on the Edge: Visit Shaar Hanegev, San Diego’s Partnership-2-Gether community, located on Israel’s border with the Gaza Strip, for an insight into the security complexities in this region. Speak with a resident about how they balance their struggles with the complex security issues in this region while trying to create a thriving home.
Return to Jerusalem.
THE LAYERS OF JERUSALEMFriday, December 17, 2021
The Secrets of Jerusalem: Walk along the streets of the Old City for a behind the scenes look at the various communities in Jerusalem including: - A meeting with an Armenian Ceramic Artist and a visit to his workshop, followed by a short tour of the Armenian Quarter, the smallest of the four quarters with the smallest number of residents. - Is it a Church or a Synagogue? A visit to Christ Church, the oldest Protestant Church in the Middle East, which looks exactly like a synagogue. - A visit to the Austrian Hospice, a European enclave in the heart of the Old City, known for its breath-taking views from the rooftop terrace.
There will also be time to see the bargains and the bargaining in the Old City Shuk (market) in the Christian quarter.
A Mountain Holy to Many: Experience the complexity of inter-religious relations on Mount Zion. We’ll first visit the Upper Room. It is venerated by Christians as the location of Jesus’ Last Supper but was, for a period, converted into a mosque. In a room directly below, Jews pray at the place believed to be King David’s Tomb.
Depart for Kabbalat Shabbat services at a local Reform congregation in or near Jerusalem, followed by a home hospitality Shabbat dinner.
DAY AT LEISURE IN JERUSALEMSaturday, December 18, 2021
Day at leisure in Jerusalem.
Late check out.
Three Stars in the Israeli Sky: At nightfall, we will mark the end of a special Shabbat with a communal Havdallah ceremony.
What We’ve Seen and Felt During Our Journey: Share the experiences and discoveries that have inspired you during this trip as we get ready to say Shalom U’lehitraot to Israel, including a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for your return flight to the USA.
10 nights' accommodations, including portage at the hotels.
Guaranteed late check-out on day of departure.
11 days of touring with a tour educator (guide).
Daily breakfast, 2 lunches and 5 dinners.
11 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus.
Mineral water during all touring days.
1 group transfer and assistance from/to the airport.
All site entrance fees and program fees as per your final program.
Flights to and from Israel.
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
The small print
Rates: Rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of
20/30 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.
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.
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.
We have created a Da’at COVID-19 safety protocol to protect everyone in the group.*
Masks are required on Da’at trips and are provided at no extra charge.
Social distancing is strictly observed and trips are limited in participation. All venues, meals, and vehicles are reserved to ensure that there is additional space and that they conform to COVID safety protocols.
Cleanliness is our top priority and we ensure that all surfaces and high-traffic areas used by our trip participants and team are clean and disinfected.
In order to give you peace of mindwhen making future travel plans, we have suspended our cancellation policies.** If your travel has been impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic, you can change or cancel your travel without any cancellation fees up to 30 days before your departure date. If you need to change your travel plans due to Coronavirus 30 days or less before your departure date, no change fee will apply and funds received to date for your trip will be refunded to you as an e-Credit that you will be able to use toward a future Da’at trip.
Using common sense during a global pandemic is key to having a safe, healthy, worry-free, and enjoyable trip. If you have questions about our COVID protocols, please do not hesitate to reach out to our team so that we can reassure you.
* To protect the safety of all our travelers, we cannot allow anyone to join a trip who has been exposed to COVID-19 within 2 weeks of the trip’s departure date. Check your destination’s entry requirements before departure, as several countries may have issued travel regulations that may affect your trip.
** In cases where our cancellation policy differs from what is written, you will be personally notified well in advance.