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ARZA Leadership Mission to Israel 2018

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  • 10 nights' accommodation at select hotels
  • 7 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking tour educator, walking tour on Shabbat and use of the bus on the conference days
  • 1 group transfer and assistance from the airport
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Meals: daily breakfast, 1 lunch and 5 dinners
  • Portage at the airport and hotels

Day One: Wednesday, May 23, 2018

  • Depart the U.S.A.

Overnight: Flight

Day Two: Thursday, May 24, 2018

  • Individual arrivals at Ben Gurion International Airport and transfer on own account to Tel Aviv.
  • Early evening meet in the hotel lobby and proceed to the welcome dinner at a local restaurant

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Three: Friday, May 25, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • The Israeli Movement of Progressive Judaism in the Political Arena: Conversation with leaders of the IMPJ and IRAC, over a private breakfast at the hotel. Speakers will include:
    • Rabbi Gilad Kariv, Executive Director of the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism.
    • Anat Hoffman, Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC).
    • Rabbi Noa Sattath, Director of the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC).
  • One of the most exciting hikes in the Jerusalem hills, Nahal Katlav works its way down the mountain from the Bar Giora Ridge to the Sorek Stream, a beautiful and challenging walk through trees, reeds and archaeological ruins.
  • Wine Tasting at a local winery; OR
  • Beer tasting at a local boutique brewery.
  • Return to the hotel in time to prepare for Shabbat.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat service at Kehillat Achva Ba-Kerem, led by City Council member and student Rabbi Tamir Nir.
  • Communal Shabbat dinner with local congregants.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Four: Saturday, May 26, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Attend Shabbat morning services at one of the local Reform congregations.
  • Lunch at Beit Shmuel with HUC students.
  • The Jerusalem Mosaic - Creating a Multicultural City: tour Jerusalem and explore the invisible boundaries of the city. We will pass through neighborhoods whose inhabitants have changed, talk about invasions and withdrawals, about gentrification and the remnants of coexistence within Jerusalem in the twenty-first century.
  • Seudah shlishit and Havdallah at HUC, overlooking the Old City, joined by lay leaders of the Movement.
  • Stroll along the Ben-Yehuda Street and Nachalat Shiva pedestrian malls, joining the many Israelis out on the town, with dinner with friends on own account.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Five: Sunday, May 27, 2018   

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • A Prophetic Peace: Judaism, Religion and Politics dialogue with Alek Isaacs from the Rothberg School for overseas students at the Hebrew University
  • Drive out of Jerusalem towards Bethlehem and Gush Etzion.
  • Stop by the Lone Oak Tree to tell the story of the cluster of Israeli communities known as Gush Etzion.
  • Visit the Kibbutz Kfar Etzion Visitors' Center for an explanation and audio-visual program about the heroic defence of the Etzion Bloc in the War of Independence.
  • Study with Rabbi Moshe Lichtenstein and dialogue with students at Yeshivat Har Etzion, including a tour of the Yeshiva.
  • Lunch at the Yeshiva.
  • Drive to Givat Ha'avot, an illegal settlement, and dialogue with a resident.
  • Religion & Co-Existence: Meet with Ali Abu Awwad, Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger and Rabbi Shaul Judelman from Shorashim, a program bringing West Bank Palestinians and their Israeli neighbours together despite the walls of fear that separate them.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Victory and Loss: Lines in the Sand: Dinner and dialogue with Professor Shlomo Avineri, Professor Emeritus of Political Science of Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Six: Monday, May 28, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • The Bedouins in the Negev Today: Briefing on the bus by Ya'ara Rosner, a scholar from Ben Gurion University of the Negev.
  • Visit the Hura Women's Catering Enterprise, followed by lunch in Hura which is one of the 7 recognized Bedouin villages. Meet with social entrepreneur and volunteer director, Itzik Zivan, and Bedouin women who work on the project.
  • Visit the Wadi Atir Ecological Agriculture & Educational Tourism Farm with a possible ‘meet & greet' by the Mayor of Hura, Muhammad Al-Nabari.
  • Lunch with friends on own account.
  • Keeping up the Spirit While Living on the Edge: Visit Shaar Hanegev, 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 and meet with the Reform community's rabbi.
  • 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.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner with friends on own account 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: Tel Aviv

Day Seven: Tuesday, May 29, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Migration in the Israeli Context: Discussion with Galia Sabar, a Professor of African Studiesat Tel Aviv University and a leading social activist in Israel mainly in relation to Ethiopian immigrants as well as in partnership with various NGOs assisting African labor migrants and asylum seekers.
  • Strangers in a Strange Land: Tour South Tel Aviv with Sigal Rozen from the Refugee Hotline, meeting refugees from all over the world at the former Central Bus Station and Neve Sha'anan. Meet with activists from the community at a coffee shop which is run by and for asylum seekers.
  • Lunch with friends on own account in the Neve Sha'anan neighborhood.
  • Challenge, Question, Engage and Enlighten: Visit Bina, the Secular Yeshiva, which represents the Secular Jewish Renaissance and Yahadut Hevratit (Jewish Social Activism) in Israel; OR
  • Creativity and Secular Judaism in Contemporary Israel: Special program at ALMA, a Tel Aviv -based cultural and intellectual center.
  • Dinner with friends on own account, perhaps at the Sarona Market. Through the smells, flavors and tastes of this renovated historical Templers town, explore the range of cuisine from local street food to fine dining by world renowned Israeli chefs.

Overnight: Tel Aviv

Day Eight: Wednesday, May 30, 2018  

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • The Arab Community and State-Minority Relations in Israel: Panel discussion introducing different views and activists/politicians involved in the Arab society in Israel, with possible speakers such as Avivit Hai, Head of the Inter Agency Task Force and Anton Goodman of the Abraham Fund.
  • Drive to the city of Lod and visit the Arab Science School; conversation with teachers and with Shirin Natur Hafi, the school's Principal, allowing for the opportunity to discuss such topics such as the identity of the Arab minority, feelings toward the Jewish State, etc.
  • Lunch with friends on own account.
  • Visit Lod's Old City and the mission-driven Student Village to explore a new model of living in Israel where young Israeli students are trying to reshape the city's complexity.
  • Two Peoples in One Land - Arab Jewish Coexistence 24/7: Special program at Neve Shalom (Oasis of Peace), a mixed Arab-Jewish community outside of Jerusalem.
  • Return to the hotel
  • Dialogue with Rabbi Gabby Dagan and Rabbi Nir Barkin.
  • Dinner with friends on own account

Overnight: Tel Aviv

Day Nine: Thursday, May 31, 2018  

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Foundations of a City and State, Ahad Ha'Am to Bialik: Zionist ideology and the revival of the Hebrew language come alive as you walk down Bialik Street and through the Trumpeldor Cemetery.
  • Against The Odds - Building a State: Visit Independence Hall, where David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the State of Israel on May 14th, 1948 and meet with Lucian Saltzman, who recorded the actual event, relive those exciting moments.
  • Lunch with friends on own account.
  • Start Up Nation: Explore the world of renowned Israeli inventions and creations at the State of Mind Innovation Center, followed by a dialogue with an up and coming startup entrepreneur.
  • The Jewish People, The Zionist Dream, and Israel @70- Mutual Responsibilities

Panel discussion led by figures from the Jewish world, such as:

  • Shmuel Rosner, an Israelicolumnist, editor and researcher. He is a contributing opinion writer for the International New York Time and a senior fellow at JPPI.  
  • Dr. Zohar Raviv, International Vice President of Education of Taglit.
  • Rabbi Gilad Kariv, Executive Director of the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism.
  • Netaly Ophir-Flint - CEO of the Reut Institute
  • Dinner with friends on own account at a local restaurant.

Overnight: Tel Aviv

Day Ten: Friday, June 1, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel and transfer to Kibbutz Shefayaim to join the IMPJ Conference

Overnight: Herzliya

Day Eleven: Saturday, June 2, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • IMPJ Conference

Overnight: Herzliya

Day Twelve: Sunday, June 3, 2018  

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel and drive north.
  • Israel in the Mid-East Arena: Dialogue with (Ret.) Miri Eisin, former advisor to the Prime Minister on foreign media.
  • Co-existence in Reality: Visit the Beit Hagefen Center, including a walking tour of Wadi Nisnas and a dialogue on coexistence in Haifa with some members of the Arab community.
  • Lunch with friends on own account.
  • Inclusion and Community: Visit Emek Hashalom Eco-Farm, located among the beautiful Menashe hills. The farm was founded by LOTEM, the leading organization in Israel offering outings, nature clubs and creative workshops in nature to people with special needs. Meet young Israelis who volunteer with the special-needs youth and experiment with different ancient crafts.
  • Visit Neot Kedumim, a large interactive “Biblical landscape reserve” dedicated to the flora and lifestyle of ancient times - with tree planting.
  • Biblical Farewell dinner.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport and check in for the departure flight to the USA.

Overnight: Flight

Day Thirteen: Monday, June 4, 2018  

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

Need to Know

  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 20 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.
  • Water or 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.

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