Temple Sholom of Cincinnati

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  • Optional group flights to and from Tel Aviv as listed in the air section of this program (Taxes and fuel charges are included and are subject to change by the airline). 
  • 10 nights' accommodation (including breakfast)
  • 10 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking tour educator (no bus on Saturday)
  • 1 group transfer and assistance to and from the airport
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Meals: daily breakfast, 1 lunch & 6 dinners
  • Water on the bus
  • Field representatives (Hostesses) throughout
  • Portage at the airport and hotels
  • Spectacular community-wide events in Jerusalem and in Netanya, Cincinnati's partnership city.

Day One: Sunday, July 17, 2016
DEPARTURE

  • 1:36 p.m. Depart Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport onboard United Airlines flight #3718.
  • 3:34 p.m. Arrive to Newark Liberty International Airport.
  • 4:45 p.m. Depart onboard United Airlines flight #84.

Overnight: Flight

Day Two: Monday, July 18, 2016
ARRIVAL

  • 10:15 a.m. Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Enter 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.
  • 12:00 p.m. Stop at the David Intercontinental Hotel in Tel Aviv to pick up congregants who arrived to Israel earlier.
  • Welcome to Israel: Stop at the Jaffa Overlook for an introduction to Tel Aviv - and to our journey in Israel.
  • Visit the Old City of Jaffa and stroll through the renovated artists' colony and the old port.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • 7:30 p.m. Enjoy a Middle-Eastern-style welcome dinner at Maganda, in Tel Aviv's Yemenite Quarter, with a varied menu of traditional salads and grilled meats.

Overnight: David Intercontinental Hotel, Tel Aviv


Day Three: Tuesday, July 19, 2016
FOUNDATIONS OF A CITY AND A STATE

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Walking tour through colorful Neve Zedek, one of Tel Aviv's earliest neighborhoods. Today it is a cultural mecca, with many small boutiques and galleries, and the Suzanne Delal Dance and Theater Center.
  • 10:00 a.m. Visit Independence Hall, where David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the State of Israel on May 14th, 1948.
  • Stroll down Rothschild Boulevard to view examples of the intriguing Bauhaus-style architecture from the 1930s. The local proliferation of the style won Tel Aviv recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage site and the nickname of ‘the White City'.
  • Lunch at your own expense.
  • 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 St., with its hip cafés and funky chic shopping.
  • Visit Rabin Square, a center of Tel Aviv's cultural and political life, named for Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin who was assassinated here. Take a quiet moment at the Rabin Memorial.
  • Depart for Netanya.
  • Partnership2Gether (P2G) Projects: Afternoon programs in Netnaya, Cincinnati's partner.
  • Cincinnati Community Event - Gala dinner with guest speakers and entertainment.

Overnight: David Intercontinental Hotel, Tel Aviv


Day Four: Wednesday, July 20, 2016
A MOSAIC OF ISRAELI SOCIETY

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out.
  • 9:30 a.m. Challenge, Question, Engage and Enlighten: Visit Bina, the Secular Yeshiva, which represents the Secular Jewish Renaissance and Yahadut Hevratit (Jewish Social Activism) in Israel.
  • Strangers in a Strange Land: Together with a scholar from Bina, explore the reality of the foreign worker in Tel Aviv as you walk through the streets of South Tel Aviv.
  • Depart Tel Aviv and drive north along the coastal Plain.
  • Lunch at your own expense.
  • Visit Akko (Acre), a UNESCO Heritage Site, for a multi-layered experience from the days of the Crusades through contemporary Israel, including guided visits to:
    • The restored Crusaders' Fortress.
    • The al-Jazzar Mosque, one of the largest and most interesting in Israel.
    • The Ottoman Fortifications around the city.
    • The colorful Akko shuk (market).
  • Drive to Rosh Hanikra, at the northern tip of Israel's Mediterranean coastline. Take a cable-car down to the beautiful sea grottoes, carved out of soft chalk cliffs by eons of wave action.
  • Check into your Kibbutz Hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
  • Evening program to be advised.

Overnight: Pastoral Hotel, Kibbutz Kfar Blum


Day Five: Thursday, July 21, 2016
NATURE AND SECURITY IN THE NORTH

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Walk through the Tel Dan Nature Reserve, located on the largest tributary of the Jordan River, and explore the ruins of the great Biblical city of Dan.
  • 11:00 a.m. Take a Jeep tour off-road up the Golan Heights in the footsteps of Israeli soldiers and their battles in the Six-Day War. Enjoy the beautiful natural scenery and gain an insight into the strategic complexity of the Golan.
  • Stop for lunch at your own expense at a Druze village in the Golan.
  • 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.
  • 4:00 p.m. Stop for wine tasting at the Odem Mountain Winery, the northernmost winery in all of Israel, tucked away in enchanting and secluded oak woodlands, 3,600 feet above sea level.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Cincinnati Community Event - BBQ dinner at Kibbutz Kfar Blum.

Overnight: Pastoral Hotel, Kibbutz Kfar Blum


Day Six: Friday, July 22, 2016
FROM MYSTICS TO DREAMERS IN THE GALILEE

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out and depart the Kibbutz.
  • Explore Tsfat, a center of Jewish mysticism for hundreds of years and a contemporary artists' colony, including:
    • Guided visits to the Ari, Caro or Abuhav Synagogues with their great stories and mystical messages.
    • Strolling the quaint Artists' Colony and shop in the galleries and crafts shops.
  • Drive via 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.
  • Lunch at your own expense.
  • Drive southwards along the Jordan Valley, part of the enormous Syrian-African Rift.
  • Welcome to Jerusalem: Enter the vibrant and colorful ancient city of Jerusalem, and experience the convergence of the old and the new.
  • Upon entering Jerusalem, stop to recite the traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing.
  • Check into the hotel and prepare for Shabbat.
  • Sacred Time, Sacred Space: Kabbalat Shabbat services at Robinson's Arch or at the Southern Wall steps where Jewish pilgrims entered the Temple Mount 2,000 years ago.
  • 7:00 p.m. Festive Shabbat dinner at Hebrew Union College Jerusalem campus.
  • Cincinnati Community Event - Oneg Shabbat at the Inbal Hotel.

Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem


Day Seven: Saturday, July 23, 2016
SHABBAT IN JERUSALEM | walking tours

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • One Mountain, Three Religions: Mt. Zion and the Religious Challenge: Visit the traditional burial site of King David, a 1948-67 Temple Mount observation point, the Dormition Abbey, a mosque and the Room of the Last Supper.
  • 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.
  • Explore the fascinating medieval Church of the Holy Sepulchre, venerated by many as the site of the crucifixion, burial and resurrection of Jesus.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Shabbat lunch at the hotel.
  • 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.
  • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah.
  • Dinner at your own expense and evening at leisure, joining the many Israelis out on the town.
  • 10:00 p.m. Optional: 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: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem


Day Eight: Sunday, July 24, 2016
THE LAYERS OF JERUSALEM

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Explore the excavations at the City of David, the very core of ancient Jerusalem.
  • Return to the Old City.
  • Walking tour through the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem, for visits to archaeological treasures and other highlights, among them:
    • 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.
    • The 2,000-year-old Herodian Mansions.
  • Lunch at your own expense.
  • Walk through Jerusalem's famous Old City Market (shuk).
  • LaDa'at The Geopolitics of Jerusalem: Travel through the city of Jerusalem, exploring some of its political and diplomatic complexities - including the ‘Security Barrier' - to gain a behind-the-headlines insight into current developments.
  • 5:00 p.m. Segway your way along Jerusalem's famous Sherover, Haas and Goldman Promenades, overlooking the old and new city of Jerusalem.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner at your own expense and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem


Day Nine: Monday, July 25, 2016
INTO THE DESERT, MASADA AND THE DEAD SEA

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Descend to the Dead Sea basin.
  • Ascend by cable-car 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.
  • Lunch at your own expense.
  • Experience the weightlessness of the Dead Sea as you float in its waters.
  • Short hike to Nahal David, the freshwater spring and waterfalls in the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, a lush oasis in the Judean Desert overlooking the Dead Sea.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Dinner at your own expense and evening at leisure.
  • Optional: Explore the Western Wall Tunnel, the underground continuation of the Temple Mount's Western Wall, exposed in recent years.

Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem


Day Ten: Tuesday, July 26, 2016
MEMORY & RENEWAL

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 8:30 a.m. Challenges and Triumphs of Religious Pluralism and Social Justice in Israel: Dialogue with Anat Hoffman, Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC).
  • 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 new Historical Museum
    • The Children's Memorial
    • A concluding Memorial Service
  • Lunch at your own expense.
  • 3:00 p.m. Jewish Agency for Israel Project: Visit Mevaseret-Zion Absorption Center, one of 16 Ethiopian Absorption Centers and begin to understand the amazing and unique Aliyah Journey from Ethiopia. Take part in an authentic Buna ceremony - traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony prepared by a new immigrant. See the pictures and hear the stories of these new members of Israeli society.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • 6:30 p.m. Optional: Israel as a Jewish-Democratic state - a Vision and a Challenge: dialogue with Dr. Ruth Calderon, former member of Knesset and the founder of ALMA, a Tel Aviv based cultural and intellectual center.
  • Dinner at your own expense and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem


Day Eleven: Wednesday, July 27, 2016
HEAVENLY AND EARTHLY JERUSALEM

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Cincinnati Community Event - Visit the National Military Cemetery on Mt. Herzl to recall landmark events in modern Israeli history in which these soldiers gave their lives. Visit the grave of Theodor Herzl in the adjacent section for the Leaders of the Nation.
  • 10:30 a.m. Closing Community event at the Haas Promenade overlooking the Old and New City of Jerusalem.
  • 1:00 p.m. Joined by a local chef from the “Taamim" cooking school, enjoy a multi-cultural tasting journey through the hustle and bustle of Jerusalem's Machaneh Yehudah open-air market: Enjoy the sights, smells, tastes and sounds of this vibrant area where Jerusalemites shops, concluding with a Middle-Eastern farewell lunch.
  • Return to the hotel; afternoon at leisure and dinner on your own.

Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem


Day Twelve: Thursday, July 28, 2016
BACK HOME

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • 12:15 p.m. Depart onboard United Airlines flight #85.
  • 5:10 p.m. Arrive at Newark International Airport.
  • 9:00 p.m. Depart onboard United Airlines flight #4106.
  • 11:12 p.m. Arrive at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.


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David Intercontinental Hotel Image

David Intercontinental Hotel
Tel Aviv

The David Intercontinental Tel Aviv Hotel sits on the Tel Aviv shore, a short walk from the commercial, shopping and cultural centers of the city and just a few minutes drive from historic old Jaffa. The hotel combines the magic of a beachfront promenade with the winding streets of Neve Tzedek, one of the city's most fashionable neighbourhood.

Pastoral Hotel Image

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.

Inbal Hotel Image

Inbal Hotel
Jerusalem

The Inbal Jerusalem Hotel provides its guests with the most luxurious facilities, pampering services and discerning cuisine. Overlooking Jerusalem's Liberty Bell Park, on the corner of King David Street, the Inbal's rooms and suites are within walking distance of the city's main cultural venues and the Old City.


  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 30 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.
  • Airport Taxes & Fuel Surcharges are estimated and subject to change at any time.
    Airport Taxes & Fuel Surcharges are not guaranteed unless the group air tickets have been issued. Group air tickets are issued approximately 35 days prior to departure. Group air tickets are only issued upon receipt of full payment from all of the trip participants.
  • Air and land packages are open for registration until April 8, 2016 (based on availability). Cancellation of group air reservations after April 9, 2016 (and before the group flight tickets are issued) will entail a penalty of $100 per ticket.
  • 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

 

  • Airfare to the tour departure point and from the tour ending point is not included. Airfare 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.
  • Gratuities to the tour educator (tour guide), driver and da'at hostesses.
    In keeping with normal standards in international tourism we recommend the following for tipping:
    Total of $120 per person - $70 for the tour educator, $30 for the driver, and $20 for the hostesses.
    The tips should be given in cash (either in US$ or in shekels) on the last day of the trip.

 

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.