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Congregation Ohev Shalom | Ahavat Yisrael
Family Trip to Israel

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Congregation Ohev Shalom | Ahavat Yisrael
Family Trip to Israel

Trip Includes

 

  • 8 nights' accommodation at selected hotels + late check-out on last day
  • 7 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking tour guide
  • 1 group transfer and assistance from/to the airport
  • Youth counselor on 2 touring days in Jerusalem
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Meals: daily breakfast and 7 dinners (6 for adult and 1 for kids only)
  • Water on the bus on touring days
  • Portage at the airport and hotels

Day One: Monday, June 12, 2017
DEPARTURE

  • Depart USA.

Overnight: Flight


Day Two: Tuesday, June 13, 2017
ARRIVAL

  • Arrival to Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Transfer on own to Jerusalem.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • 6:30 p.m Meet at the Hotel lobby
  • 7:00 p.m. Welcome dinner at Olive & Fish, a meat and fish restaurant located across from the Liberty Bell Gardens.

Overnight: Dan Panorama, Jerusalem


Day Three: Wednesday, June 14, 2017
HISTORY AND SPIRITUALITY IN JERUSALEM

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Challenges and Triumphs of Religious Pluralism and Social Justice in Israel: Dialogue at the hotel with Yizhar Hess, Executive Director of the Masorti Movement in Israel. (pending final confirmation)
  • Proceed to the Old City.
  • Explore the Jerusalem Archaeological Park, including the Davidson Center, Robinson's Arch and the Southern Wall steps where Jewish pilgrims entered the Temple Mount 2,000 years ago.
  • Walking tour through the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem, for visits to archaeological treasures and other highlights, among them:
    • A walk along the Rooftops of the Old City for a behind-the-scenes look at the various communities in Jerusalem and how they live alongside each other.
    • The Cardo, the main street of Jerusalem in the 6th century.
    • King Hezekiah's First Temple-period “Broad Wall”.
    • Hurva Square, the central square of the Jewish Quarter.
  • Lunch on own in the Jewish Quarter.
  • Explore 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 (optional dry exit).
  • Free time in the Mamilla pedestrian arcade, a very contemporary shopping area with a whiff of the past, located outside the Jaffa Gate of the Old City; dinner on own.
  • 8:30 p.m. The Night Spectacular at the Tower of David Museum: The walls of the Citadel serve as a stage for a night-time show - a celebration of sight and sound - that depicts the story of Jerusalem.

Overnight: Dan Panorama, Jerusalem


Day Four: Thursday, June 15, 2017
INTO THE DESERT, MASADA & THE DEAD SEA

  • Early breakfast at the hotel.
  • Descend to the Dead Sea Basin.
  • 8:30 a.m. Ride through the Judean desert on camels in Biblical-style at Genesis Land.
  • Ascend by cable-car or walk up the Snake Path to Masada, Herod's mountain palace and the site of the Jewish Zealots' last stand against the Roman legionnaires. Discuss Masada's role as a symbol of Jewish defence and its current significance in modern Israel.
  • Short hike to Nahal David, the freshwater spring and waterfalls in the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, where David hid from King Saul.
  • Lunch on own, en route.
  • Experience an astonishing sense of weightlessness as you float in the super-saline Dead Sea.
  • Return to Jerusalem and to the hotel.
  • Dinner on own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Dan Panorama, Jerusalem


Day Five: Friday, June 16, 2017
THE POWER OF MEMORY

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 8:30 a.m. The Challenges of Holocaust Education: Dialogue with Holocaust scholar, Dr. Rachel Korazim.
  • Visit the Yad Vashem complex, the Jewish National Memorial to the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust, including:
    • The Avenue of the Righteous
    • The Historical Museum
    • The Children's Memorial
    • A concluding Memorial Service
  • LaDa'at Machaneh Yehuda: Actively explore the colorful and ethnically diverse Machaneh Yehuda market of Jerusalem, with lunch on own.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • 5:00 p.m. Participate in Kabbalat Shabbat Yerushalmit with hundreds of Jerusalemites at the Old Train Station, now a central neighbourhood hub for food, entertainment, culture, and enrichment.
  • Festive Shabbat dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Dan Panorama, Jerusalem


Day Six: Saturday, June 17, 2017
SHABBAT IN JERUSALEM | no bus

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Shabbat services at Moreshet Israel, a Conservative congregation adjacent to the Fuchsberg Center for Conservative Judaism.
  • Shabbat lunch on own.

Adults

  • LaDa'at Hebrew Writers: Guided walk through the streets of Jerusalem, using the writings of Jerusalem's poets and authors, such as Yehuda Amichai, S.Y. Agnon and others.

Children

  • Yemin Moshe Scavenger Hunt: Discover the fabulous story of the expansion of Jerusalem beyond the Old City. Wandering from the Montefiore Windmill through the winding alleys of Yemin Moshe with an Israel ScaVentures picture pack, you will learn the story of a frontier neighborhood that became one of Jerusalem's most beautiful neighborhood.

All

  • Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at the pool.
  • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah service as a group at the hotel or at Yemin Moshe overlooking the Old City.
  • Dinner on own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Dan Panorama, Jerusalem


Day Seven: Sunday, June 18, 2017
THE BEAUTY OF NATURE IN THE VALLEY

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel and drive south along the Jordan Valley, part of the enormous Syrian-African Rift.
  • Swim in the fresh water pools and natural springs at the Gan Hashlosha Nature Reserve (Sachne), situated at the foot of Mt. Gilboa.
  • Lunch on own and then continue past Tiberias, an ancient/modern city located on the shores of Lake Kinneret (Sea of Galilee). One of Israel's four holy Jewish cities, this is where the “Jerusalem” Talmud was codified and where Maimonides is buried.
  • Drive to Tsfat, a center of Jewish mysticism for hundreds of years and a contemporary artists' colony, including:
    • Guided visit to the Ari, Caro or Abuhav Synagogues, each with its great stories and mystical messages.
    • A stroll in the quaint Artists' Colony and shop in the galleries and crafts shops.
  • Drive to the kibbutz hotel in the Upper Galilee and check in.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Adults

  • Kibbutz Ideology and Israeli Reality in the 21st Century: Meet with a second-generation kibbutz member.

Overnight: Pastoral Hotel, Kibbutz Kfar Blum, Upper Galilee


Day Eight: Monday, June 19, 2017
SPIRITUALITY AND SERENITY IN THE NORTH

  • Breakfast at the kibbutz hotel.
  • Walk through the Tel Dan Nature Reserve located on the largest tributary of the Jordan River to the site of the Biblical settlement of Dan and don't forget to take dip your feet in the very cool and refreshing natural spring (if you can stand the cold, that is!).
  • The panoramic views from Mt. Bental (overlooking the abandoned Syrian town of Kuneitra) give sharp insights into Israel's security situation on the Golan Heights, and the enormous challenges it faced in the 1973 Yom Kippur War.
  • Lunch on own, en route.

Option 1

  • 2:00 p.m. Wine Tasting at a local winery on the Golan Heights.

Option 2

  • 2:00 p.m. Enjoy the culinary delight of a chocolate workshop at the De Karina Chocolate Factory on Kibbutz Ein Zivan.

All

  • 4:00 p.m. Enjoy rafting or kayaking down the Jordan River.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
  • 8:30 p.m. Take an evening Jeep safari at the twilight hour and travel into the darkness. Hear the sounds of the “local residents” in their natural habitat calling out from their hiding places and possibly offering a glimpse of themselves.

Overnight: Pastoral Hotel, Kibbutz Kfar Blum, Upper Galilee


Day Nine: Tuesday, June 20, 2017
COMMUNITIES PAST AND PRESENT

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel and depart the Upper Galilee.
  • 10:00 a.m. Tikkun Olam hands-on experience with Leket, a volunteer organization that provides food for the needy by collecting excess produce from farms and food distribution companies.
  • Lunch on own, en route.
  • Drive to the coastal plain to walk through the 2,000-year-old water tunnel at Park Alona, the water source for ancient Caesarea.
  • Visit Caesarea, one of the Land of Israel's most important cities in the Roman Period. Visit the Herodian theater and the new excavations along the Mediterranean shore, concluding with a visit to the ruined 900-year-old Crusader town.
  • Continue to the city of Tel Aviv, known as the “city that never sleeps,” with its centers of culture, recreation and national history, great beaches and fine stores.
  • Check into the hotel and time permitting walk along 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. With lunch on own.
  • Dinner on own at the renovated Old Port of Tel Aviv, with its wonderful restaurants, cafés and shops, right on the water's edge; OR at the Tachana, Jaffa's Old Railway Station, renovated and restored as a great pedestrian complex, with restaurants, shops and open spaces for people-watching.

Overnight: Dan Panorama, Tel Aviv


Day Ten: Wednesday, June 21, 2017
TEL AVIV: THE FIRST HEBREW CITY

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Depart towards Rehovot.
  • 9:30 a.m. Visit the Ayalon Institute near Rehovot for an eye-opening tour of a clandestine munitions factory used during the British Mandate.
  • 11:30 a.m. Take part in an archaeological dig at the Beit Guvrin Caves and prepare to get your hands dirty as you uncover pottery from the Hellenistic period, 2,300 years ago, followed by a crawl through the Maresha Cave Labyrinth (crawling is optional). Beit Guvrin-Maresha National Park was recently recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, OR
  • Late lunch on own, en route.
  • Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at the pool or the beach.
  • Late check-out from the hotel.
  • 6:30 p.m. Enjoy a Middle-Eastern-style farewell dinner at Maganda, in Tel Aviv's Yemenite Quarter, with a varied menu of traditional salads and grilled meats.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport.

Overnight: Flight


Day Eleven: Thursday, June 22, 2017
RETURN

  • Departure flight to the U.S.A., arriving the same day.


Da'at Educational Expeditions itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.

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Flight Details


Accommodation Details

  • Requests are not guaranteed and are subject to each hotel's discretion and availability


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Dan Panorama
Jerusalem

The Jerusalem Dan Panorama is centrally located in the city, within easy reach of modern Jerusalem's lively downtown, theaters, shopping and eateries, while still within walking distance of the Old City and other historic sites.

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Pastoral Hotel
Kibbutz Kfar Blum

Kfar Blum's Pastoral Guesthouse is a comfortable, tranquil hotel located in the Upper Galilee and close to the sites of Mount Hermon, the Golan Heights, the nature reserves of the Hula Valley and other attractions of the north.

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Dan Panorama
Tel Aviv

Ideally located on Tel Aviv's lively seafront, the Tel Aviv Dan Panorama has a pool and the sandy beaches of the Mediterranean are just across the road.


  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 25 full paying participants per bus. 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.
  • Hotel Accommodations: The tour price includes all hotel accommodations, in hotel rooms with private baths. Our standard is to provide the best available hotels while considering value. Although the level of the accommodations may differ slightly from hotel to hotel, we are committed to your comfort. Two-bed rooms are reserved in most hotels. Triples are two-bed rooms with a rollaway cot where available and are not recommended when considering the comfort of those in the room. King-size beds are not available in most hotels; what is considered king-size usually consists of two single beds pushed together and made up separately, but with one headboard. Some two-bed rooms may have two twin - not full- or queen-size - beds.
  • Meals are included as specified in the itinerary.
  • Expedition Director / Tour Educator or Guide: All trips are conducted by our tour educators or local guides who remain with the group throughout the tour.
  • Gratuities Included: All gratuities for restaurant staff are included.
  • Baggage: All tour packages / group tours allow one piece of luggage per person and one carry-on bag. Excess luggage will be subject to charge of up to $100 per piece. The Travel Agent and/or Tour Operator, shall not be held responsible for any damage to or loss of luggage/personal items. All damage/loss must be reported at time of incident and documented in writing by local authorities for submission to the insurance company. With regard to airline baggage allowance, different carriers have different regulations for business and coach, please check with your individual carrier with regard to permitted number of pieces, weights and dimensions. The tour operator is not responsible for fees levied by any air carrier for the transport of personal belongings of any kind.


Not Included

  • Personal Expenses: All personal expenses such as: laundry, valet service, cables, telephone calls and postage are not included.
  • Tips to the guide and driver (recommended guidelines vary based on number of participants)
    • For a group of 20 passengers and more:
      $8 per participant per day for the tour educator & $4 per participant per day for the driver
    • In the case where a hostess is included in the package:
      $2 per participant per day for the hostess or a minimum of $50 per touring day in total
  • Guests at meals.
  • Luggage: All tour packages allow one pieces per person and one carry-on bag. Excess luggage will be subject to a charge of up to $100 per piece. Da'at shall not be held responsible for any damage to or loss of luggage/personal items. All damage/loss must be reported at time of incident and documented in writing by local authorities for submission to the insurance company.
  • Transportation in 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.
  • Snacks on the bus.
  • US and foreign airport taxes, Q fuel surcharge and border taxes when applicable.


Additional Information

  • Airline Security Measures: In the U.S., you must provide identification in the form of a passport at the time of airport check-in for travel to international destinations. Your passport name must match the name on your tour reservation and airline ticket or you may be denied boarding.
  • If you are traveling from an airport outside the jurisdiction of the U.S, you will need to determine what travel documentation and identification is required for that particular airport.
  • Due to heightened security regulations, certain items such as a metal nail file, pocketknife, cigarette lighter or tweezers, and some liquid, gel, or aerosol items may not be permitted in your carry-on luggage. Please call your airline prior to departure to obtain current information on non-permissible carry-on items and recommended airport check-in times. You may also wish to visit the Transportation Security Administration website at www.tsa.gov to obtain more information on acceptable identity documentation and prohibited luggage items.
  • Air Services: Once issued, tickets are non-refundable. Airline schedules and flights are subject to change without notice. We will not be responsible for penalties incurred for tickets, international or domestic, not issued by us due to schedule and/or flight changes. Airlines reserve the right to demand immediate issuance of tickets whenever they determine that specific flights are heavily booked even when normal ticketing rules do not require tickets to be issued until a later date. In this instance, we will require immediate and full payment of the airfare and airport taxes and fees as itemized on the invoice. This situation overrides invoice terms and conditions and payment due dates. If full payment is not received, seats will be cancelled by the airline and may not be available to be rebooked on the same flights or at the same airfare. Any replacement air arrangements and airfare will be the sole responsibility of the passenger. We suggest you contact your travel agent or the carrier several weeks prior to departure for seat assignments. Passengers are responsible to reconfirm their flights 72 hours prior to departure for all flights. Package is based on discount fares for group travel. Group members deviating from group dates will be charged a $75 deviation fee per person.
  • Holidays and Museum Closures - Museum visits and personal shopping time may be disrupted due to unforeseen circumstances or the many religious, state and local holidays locally observed in the destinations being visited.
  • Photography During Tours: We will occasionally use photographs taken by fellow guests or your trip director for promotional purposes. If you prefer that your photo not be used in any marketing activities, please notify us at the start of your tour.

Guidelines for Registering Children (under age 18):

 

  • 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.)

     

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