HUC Board of Governors, November 9-13, 2014
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Tour Includes


  • Bus and guide/hostess services as per the program
  • Speaker's honorarium fee during dinner at the Barkan Winery
  • Entrance fees to sites and speaker's fee on Wednesday, November 12
  • Mineral water on the bus
  • Meals: 4 lunches & 2 dinners


We are delighted to invite you to join the Board of Governors' meeting in Jerusalem for November 2014. See the exciting program on the website noted below! This promises to be a wonderful re-discovery of the critical and exciting programs and people connected to our Jerusalem campus and beyond.

Our tour operator for this trip, Da'at Educational Expeditions, will be responsible for all our arrangements. The program as listed is still under development, and, therefore, subject to change. There is a set land fee for all participants. In addition, they have reserved hotel rooms at the King David and The David Citadel. Click the "Register Now" tab for reservations (please ignore the accommodations link). If you would like other accommodations and help in arranging these or other hotels and travel please call Da'at's Customer Service Center, toll free: 1.888.811.2812. We look forward to seeing you here so you can experience this unique campus and this exhilarating city!


Travel Safely and Nesiyah Tovah!
Rabbi Naamah Kelman
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion


Day One: Sunday, November 9, 2014


  • Check into hotel
  • 7:00 p.m. Opening ritual on roof of archeology building
  • Greetings from the Mayor of Jerusalem Nir Barkat
  • 7:30 p.m. Welcome Dinner at the Skirball Museum of Biblical Archaeology on the HUC Campus, with Prof Vered Seroussi, Dean of the Schools of Social Science, Hebrew University; Understanding Israeli Society
  • HUC-JIR in Jerusalem: Why Are We Here?
    Rabbis Aaron Panken and Naamah Kelman
  • HUC-JIR student choir

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Two: Monday, November 10, 2014
Jewish Rebirth, Self-Invention and Nation Building

  • Breakfast at the hotel, coffee at HUC
  • 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
    Session #1
  • Beit Midrash, Rabbi Aaron Panken opening teaching: Texts on Innovation
    and Reinvention
  • Six breakout sessions with Israeli faculty and Israeli Rabbinical students:
    • Jewish Self-Invention Throughout History: Michael Marmur
    • Jewish Self-Invention in Ritual Practice: Naamah Kelman
    • How the Talmud Reinvented Judaism: Ruhama Weiss
    • Innovation and Continuity in Talmudic Halakhah: David Levine
    • Liturgical Innovation: Dalia Marx
    • Theology and Reinvention: Yehoyada Amir

  • 11:30 - 12:00 Break

  • 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
    Session #2
  • Why I Chose to Study at HUC: Reform Judaism Gaining Traction
    4 students from: Israel Rabbinic Program, MA in Pluralistic Jewish Education,    
    Tnufa, and Sugiyot Chayim
  • "Speak Hebrew” over lunch with Hebrew teachers, "Shulchan Ivri":   "Modern Hebrew as an Expression of Jewish Rebirth"
  • 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.  
     Session #3
  • Visit with Rabbis Nir Barkin and Kinneret Shiryon, and with congregants, at the new campus of the Yozma Congregation in Modi'in
  • 7:00 p.m. From Oranges to Boutique World Class Wines. Dinner at Katlav Winery, with talk on Israeli culinary revolution

   Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Three: Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Reform Judaism Making Inroads and Building Bridges - Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • 8:30 a.m. MKs Dov Lipman, Ruth Calderon & Nachman Shai.
  • 10:30 a.m. Three Representatives from the Field: Reform Judaism's Growth in Israel
    Esteban Gottfried, Michal Ken-Tor, Galit Kedem-Cohen, Holon Congregation, Holon
  • 12:00 p.m. Light lunch with Anna Kislanski,  Director of Community Development , Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism (IMPJ) and Reuven Marko, Chair, IMPJ
  • 1:00 p.m. Board Meetings on campus

  • 4:00 p.m. Break and prepare to leave for Tel Aviv area

  • 5:00 p.m. Depart for Home Hospitality dinner
    Home hospitality with key figures in Israeli hi-tech and finance with connections to HUC.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Four: Wednesday, November 12, 2014
(Our “Year in Israel” students will join this day as well as local Israeli rabbis 
  matched to their areas of interest and expertise)

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Prof. Shlomo Avineri, Herbert Samuel Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the Hebrew University, The Political Map of the Middle East Today
    Groups will split into various interest-based tracks: 
    Challenges and Innovative Solutions
    Track 1: The Israel-Palestinian Conflict

  • Is the Two State Solution Still Viable? Meet with Gershon Baskin, founder of the Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Information (IPCRI) and the person responsible for the secret back channel between Israel and the Hamas that successfully negotiated the release of Israeli abducted soldier Gilad Shalit
  • Field seminar in Ramallah. Meet with key political and academic Palestinians to gain further insight into the challenges and accomplishments of the Palestinian Authority.
  • Tour of Eli and meet with residents. Visit the Yovel neighborhood and discuss its legal status. 
    Track 2: Recovery and Aftermath of Operation Protective Edge
  • Depart Jerusalem and drive south.
  • Living on the Edge: Visit Moshav Netiv Ha'asarah and Kibbutz Kfar Aza, located on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip, for an insight into the security complexities of Israel's withdrawal from Gaza while trying to create a thriving home, including dialogues with local residents.
  • Lunch en route.
  • Meet with HUC Rabbinical Student Yael Karrie at Kehilat Sha'ar Hanegev and Alon Schuster, head of the regional council.
  • Visit an Iron Dome installation in the South (pending IDF confirmation).
  • Return to Jerusalem.

    Track 3: The Optimists' Trail: HUC students/graduates - Activists with Hope
  • To be led by students and graduates of the MA in Pluralistic Education (joint program with Melton Centre of Hebrew University) and participants and graduates of the Tnufa/Momentum Young Leadership program.
  • Visit the 'Keshet' High School to meet with senior teachers and educators, teaching and modeling pluralism.
  • Visit Hebrew University's Melton Center for Jewish Education to meet students who will share with you their initiatives for pluralism and social change.
  • Greetings from Prof. Yonatan Cohen, director of the Melton Center.
  • Travel to Tel Aviv; City of Hebrew Dreams
  • Visit 'Alma' and 'Bina', two leading institutions in the world of Israeli Jewish renaissance, where our students are filling key roles in promoting progressive Jewish values.

    All Tracks:
  • Dinner on own and evening at leisure.

   Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Five: Thursday, November 13, 2014
Hope is Never Lost in the Land of Israel

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 8:30 a.m. Security Update, with Dr. Dave Mendelsson, director of the Year in Israel Program, followed by meetings with reserve soldiers who served recently in Protective Edge
  • 10:00 a.m. Jerusalem - Tradition & Change 
    • Jerusalem Archaeological Park, including a visit to the Davidson Center and the Southern Wall excavations, "Our Past Will Guide Us", with Dr. David Ilan and Dr. Yifat Teharani of the HUC Nelson Glueck School of Biblical Archaeology.
    • Segregation and Inclusion in Israel:  Anat Hoffman, Director of the Israel Religious Action Center, Women of the Wall, "Our Political Struggle Will Inspire Us"
    • Visit the New Train Station as a Model of Pluralism: Dr. Elan Ezrachi and Inbar Bluzer of the Public Space organization.
  • 1:30 p.m. Lunch with ordinees, honourees and guests at Beit Shmuel. 
  • 3:00 p.m. At Leisure
  • 4:30 p.m. Birkat Haderech: Mr. David Horovitz, Editor of “Times of Israel”.
  • 6:00 p.m. HUC Ordination and Academic Convocation Ceremony 
  • 8:00 p.m. Depart for Airport


  • Tour prices are per person in U.S. dollars. All motor coach transportation, special dinners, sightseeing, admissions, luggage handling and the services of local guides, drivers, and the tour guide/educator are included.  
  • Meals are included as specified in the itinerary.  
  • 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

  • Hotel accomodations are NOT included in this package.  If you would like to purchase hotel accomodations, please contact our Customer Service Center directly.
  • Airfare is not included but may be purchased from us for travel originating in the United States. Please see Flights tab in the right-side toolbar.
  • Personal Expenses: All personal expenses such as: laundry, valet service, cables, telephone calls and postage are not included.
  • Guide and Driver Gratuities:
    In keeping with normal standards in international tourism, we recommend the following for tipping:
    • For a group of 10 - 19 passengers:
      $10 per participant per day for the guide & $5 per participant per day for the driver
    • For a group of 20 passengers and more:
      $8 per participant per day for the guide & $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

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 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.


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