HUC Board of Governors, November 9-13, 2014

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Tour Highlights

  • As per itinerary

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 in to hotel (on own).
  • 7:00 p.m. Reception at HUC campus.
  • Greetings from the Mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat.
  • 7:30 p.m. Welcome Dinner on the HUC Campus, including Understanding Israeli Society: a talk with Professor Vered Vinitzky-Seroussi, Dean of the Schools of Social Science, Hebrew University.

Overnight: Jerusalem Hotels (on own)

Day Two: Monday, November 10, 2014

  • Breakfast at hotels, coffee will be served at HUC.
  • 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Optional: Meeting with Andrew Abir, Director of Marketing Operations of the Bank of Israel to understand Israeli investments TBC.
  • 9:00 - 9:15 a.m. Tefillah with Israeli Rabbinic students
  • 10:30 - 11:45 a.m. Session #1: Study with Israeli HUC faculty along with HUC students, meet in Murstein Synagogue
     Four breakout sessions with Israeli HUC faculty, in classrooms:
    • Towards Renewal of Reform Theological Discourse in Israel, led by Yehoyada Amir.
    • Kaddish from the Rhine Valley to Jezreel Valley: Crisis and Creativity, led by Dalia Marx.
    • Bibliotherapy Using Jewish Texts, led by Ruhama Weiss.
    • Religion and Politics: The Role of the Rabbi in Public Debate, led by Marc Rosenstein.
  • 12:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Session #2: Why I Chose to Study at HUC: Reform Judaism Gaining Traction.
     Dialogue with four students:
    • Benny Mintz - Israel Rabbinic Program
    • Lior Argman - MA in Pluralistic Jewish Education
    • Tomer Naor - Tnufa
    • Judith Miller Zamir - Blaustein Center
  • 1:15 - 2:45 p.m. Shulchan Ivrit: Modern Hebrew as an Expression of Jewish Rebirth: Speak Hebrew over lunch with Hebrew teachers, moadon.
  • 3:15 p.m. Depart HUC campus for afternoon and evening - all participants must bring their  passports.
  • 4:00 p.m. Meeting with Avichai Mandelblit, Cabinet Secretary and Jonathan Schechter, Advisor on Diaspora Relations.
  • 5:30 p.m. Depart for Katlav Winery.
  • 6:00 p.m. How the Seven Species Became a World Class Industry: dinner at the Katlav Winery, including a talk on the Israeli culinary revolution.
  • Return to Jerusalem.

Overnight: Jerusalem Hotels (on own)

Day Three: Tuesday, November 11, 2014 

  • Breakfast at hotels, coffee will be served at HUC.
  • 7:30 - 8:15 a.m. Executive Committee Meeting at President's Residence.
  • 8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Meeting with MK Dov Lipman (Yesh Atid) at HUC.
  • 9:00 - 9:30 a.m. Meeting with MK Stav Shaffir (Labor) at HUC.
  • 10:00 - 11:15 a.m. Reform Judaism's Growth in Israel: Speak with four representatives from the field, moderated by John Golden:
    • Yair Tobias, director of Yong Adults Department, IMPJ
    • Michal Ken-Tor, Kibbutz Meggido
    • Galit Kedem-Cohen, Holon
    • Rabbi Mira Hovav, Gedera
  • Break   
  • 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Light lunch on campus with Anna Kislanski, Director of Community Development (IMPJ) and Reuvan Marko, Chair (IMPJ), Moadon.
  • 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Board Meetings on campus, Library.
  • 1:00 p.m. Alternate programming for spouses of Governors: Guided visit to the Tower of David Museum of the History of Jerusalem for a walk through the city's history - with observation points, visual and audio-visual aids - from the time of Abraham to the end of the British Mandate over Palestine (advance registrations required).
  • 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Break with time to prepare to dinner.
  • Home Hospitality Dinners with key figures in Israeli hi-tech and finance with connections to HUC.
  • 5:00 p.m. Depart for Tel Aviv Home Hospitality Dinners.
  • 6:00 p.m. Depart of Jerusalem Home Hospitality Dinners.
  • Return to Jerusalem.

Overnight: Jerusalem Hotels (on own)

Day Four: Wednesday, November 12, 2014
TRACK DAY | The Richard J. Scheuer Israel Seminar

  • Breakfast at hotels, coffee will be served at HUC.
  • 8:30 - 10:00 a.m The Political Map of the Middle East Today: Meet with Professor Shlomo Avineri, Herbert Samuel Professor Emeritus of Political Science of Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
  • Challenges and Innovative Solutions: Split in to tracks for the day.
    • Track 1: The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
      • 10:00 - 12:00 p.m. The Geopolitics of Jerusalem Part 1: Travel through the city of Jerusalem exploring some of the political and diplomatic complexities of recent years around the seam zone and its effect on the local communities with Danny Seidman, Attorney at law and founder of Ir Amim.
      • 12:30 - 1:45 p.m. Meet with Miri Maoz Ovadia, spokesperson for the Binyamin region, over lunch.
      • 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. The Geopolitics of Jerusalem Part 2 - ???????: ?????? ????:  Continue to travel through the city of, with an in-depth study seminar on the ramifications of current developments with Col. (Res.) Danny Tirza, one of the seam zone's designers.
    • Track 2: Recovery and Aftermath of Operation Protective Edge
      • 10:00 a.m. Depart Jerusalem and drive south.
      • 11:30 p.m. 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 complesities of Israel's withdrawal from Gaza while trying to create a thriving home, including dialogues with local residents.
      • Lunch, en route.
      • 2:30 p.m. Visit the Yozma Congregation in Modi'in with Rabbi Nir Barkin, and hear how the community supported each other during the war.
      • Visit the graves of Gilad She'ar, Naftali Frankel and Eyal Yifrah.
        ? Return to Jerusalem.
    • Track 3: The Optimists' Trail: HUC Students/Graduates - Activists with Hope
      • 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 Professor Yonatan Cohen, director of the Melton Center.
      • Lunch, en route.
      • Depart Jerusalem and drive to Tel Aviv.
      • 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.
      • Return to Jerusalem.

All Tracks:

  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Jerusalem Hotels (on own)
Day Five: Thursday, November 13, 2014

  • Breakfast at hotels, coffee will be served at HUC.
  • 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.  Dr. Dave Mendelsson, Director of the Year in Israel Program will moderate a discussion with two reserve soldiers who served recently in Protective Edge: Yuval Linden and Chanan Sidor.
  • 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Jerusalem - Tradition and Change  - your choice of the following tracks:
    • Our Past Will Guide Us: Visit Jerusalem Archaeological Park with Dr. David Ilan and Dr. Yifat Teharani of the HUC Nelson Glueck School of Biblical Archaeology.
    • Our Political Struggle Will Inspire Us: Meet with Anat Hoffman, Director of the Israel Religious Action Center, Women of the Wall.
    • The New Train Station as a Model of Pluralism: Walk to the New Station with Dr. Elan Ezrachi and Inbar Bluzar of the Public Space Organization.
  • 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. Festive Lunch with ordinees, honorees and guests, Beit Shmuel.
  • Afternoon at leisure.
  • 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Birchat Haderech: Hear from David Horovitz, editor of The Times of Israel.
  • 6:00 p.m. HUC Ordination and Academic Convocation Ceremony.
  • 7:45 p.m. Transfer will depart from HUC to Ben Gurion International Airport for those flying tonight.

Overnight: Overnight: Jerusalem Hotels (on own)/ flight


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.

To book this package, please contact one of our reservation agents at 888-811-2812.

Flight Details

Accommodation Details

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David Citadel

Located in Western Jerusalem on the prestigious King David Street, this Jerusalem hotel faces the ancient walls of the Old City. With modern decor, 384 sumptuous suites and guestrooms with state of the art communication facilities, fine restaurants and a wide range of amenities for its discerning guests.

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King David Hotel

The King David Hotel Jerusalem is Israel's majestic landmark hotel, steepedin history and the preferred choice of world leaders and celebrities alike. A member of The Leading Hotels of the World, the King David is superbly located, withinwalking distance from the historic sites ofthe Old City, and modern Jerusalem's lively center.


  • 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.