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Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple
Multi-Generational Family Summer 2018 Israel Trip

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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).
  • 8 nights' accommodation at select hotels + late check out on the last night.
  • 8 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned motor-coach with licensed, English speaking tour educator        
  • 1 group transfer and assistance from/to the airport
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Youth Counselor 1 day in Jerusalem
  • Meals: breakfast daily, 1 lunch and 5 dinners
  • Water on the bus on touring days
  • Tips for the guide & driver
  • Portage at the airport and hotels

Day One: Monday, June 25, 2018
DEPARTURE

  • 6:10 p.m. Depart Cleveland on Delta flight #3989.
  • 8:03 p.m. Arrive JFK International Airport for your connecting flight.
  • 10:35 p.m. Depart on Delta flight #468.

Overnight: Flight


Day Two: Tuesday, June 26, 2018
ARRIVAL

  • 4:15 p.m. Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Meet Uri Feinberg, your tour educator, and ascend to Jerusalem through the Judean Hills.
  • Stop at the Haas Promenade for an overlook of the Old and New City of Jerusalem and to recite the traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • A Window to Israel & Our Journey: Orientation with the Rabbi and tour educator over a private dinner.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Three: Wednesday, June 27, 2018
THE LAYERS OF JERUSALEM

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Proceed to the Old City.
  • 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).
  • Stop at the Kotel (Western Wall) to experience the special atmosphere of this holy site and then walk through the Western Wall Tunnel, the underground continuation of the Western Wall alongside the Temple Mount.
  • Lunch on own in the Jewish Quarter and continue with 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.
    • Hurva Square, the central square of the Jewish Quarter.
  • Free time in the Arab bazaar.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner on own, perhaps at the Old Train Station Plaza, with its fashionable restaurants featuring local and international cuisine. On certain evenings one can enjoy street musicians, Israeli dancing and other attractions.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Four: Thursday, June 28, 2018
MEMORY & RENEWAL

  • Breakfast at the hotel.

Option 1 - Adults and youth older than 12

  • 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

Option 2 - Kids (together with a youth counselor)

  • Visit Ein Yael, an interactive, living museum, located on a 2,000-year-old archaeological site. There is the option of taking part in weaving, ceramics, painting and other crafts typical of life in ancient times.

All

  • Lunch on own, perhaps in Abu Gush, a village just outside of Jerusalem known for being the hummus capital of Israel.
  • Continue to the Beit Guvrin Caves and take part in an archaeological dig; prepare to get your hands dirty uncovering 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.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Celebrating Israel on Your Feet! Engage in an Israeli Dance workshop.
  • Hustle & Bustle Around the Clock: Enjoy the bars, restaurants and tastes of Jerusalem at night, while walking through the Machaneh Yehuda open-air market, with dinner on own.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Five: Friday, June 29, 2018
INTO THE DESERT, MASADA AND THE DEAD SEA

  • Early breakfast at the hotel.
  • Descend to the Dead Sea Basin and 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.
  • Experience the weightlessness of the Dead Sea as you float in its waters.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • Return to Jerusalem and time to freshen up and relax before Shabbat.
  • Depart Jerusalem for Kabbalat Shabbat services at Kehillat Yozma in Modi'in, led by Rabbi Nir Barkin' OR at Kehillat Tzur Hadassah just outside of Jerusalem, led by Rabbi Stacey Blank, who grew up in the Fairmount community.
  • Home Hospitality Shabbat dinner or communal Shabbat dinner with local congregants OR festive Shabbat dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Six: Saturday, June 30, 2018
SHABBAT IN JERUSALEM

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Morning stroll around Yemin Moshe and Mishkanot Shea'ananim, two of the first neighborhoods outside of the walls of the old city.

OR

  • Possible Bna'i Mitzvah Service overlooking the Old City.
  • Continue to the Old City.
  • Lunch on own.
  • 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.
  • Shabbat Walk through unexpected paths to Mt. Zion, with a visit to the Temple Mount Overlook and King David's Tomb.
  • Walk through Jerusalem's famous Old City Market (shuk).
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah overlooking the Old City.
  • 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.
  • 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: Jerusalem


Day Seven: Sunday, July 1, 2018
COMMUNITIES ON THE WAY TO THE GALILEE

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel and depart Jerusalem, driving northwards along the Jordan Valley, part of the enormous Syrian-African Rift.
  • Program with residents in Beit She'an, part of the Beit She'an- Cleveland Partnership.
  • Lunch on own.

Option 1

  • LaDa'at Kinneret Cemetery: Enter the world of the early Zionist pioneers and learn about their hopes and dreams, their trials and tribulations and their ultimate success. Pause at the graves of legendary personalities such as Rachel the Poetess, Zionist philosopher Ber Borochov and songwriter Naomi Shemer.

Option 2

  • Enjoy the culinary delights of a chocolate workshop at the Galita Factory on Kibbutz Degania Bet.

All

  • Dangle your feet in the water of the Sea of Galilee.
  • Continue to the Upper Galilee and check into the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Option 1

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

Option 2

  • Israeli camp games with your tour educator.

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee


Day Eight: Monday, July 2, 2018
SERENITY AND SECURITY IN THE GOLAN

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 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.
  • Visit the Katzrin Talmudic Village and explore its archaeological remains, including the partially reconstructed synagogue and homes from a thriving ancient Jewish community. Including possible Bna'i Mitzvah Services at the remains of ancient synagogue.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • 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, and the new threat from the north, ISIS.

OR

  • Visit an army base for a dialogue with officers and soldiers (pending confirmation). 
  • Enjoy rafting or kayaking down the Jordan River.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Enjoy dinner at the Dag al ha-Dan fish restaurant, located in a pastoral setting along the Dan Stream.

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee


Day Nine: Tuesday, July 3, 2018
SEARCHING FOR ROOTS

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel, depart the Upper Galilee and drive west.
  • Guided visit to Beit She'arim, site of a 1,800-year-old Jewish necropolis and the graves of some of the most important codifiers of Jewish tradition declared an UNESCO site.
  • Walk through the 2,000-year-old water tunnel at Park Alona, the water source for ancient Caesarea.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • Guided visit to Caesarea, one of the Land of Israel's most important cities in the Roman Period.
  • Visit the Accessible Health Zone for an interactive, perspective-changing activity, as you participate in a wheelchair basketball game led by a member of Israel's Wheelchair Basketball Team at Ilan Israel's Spivak Center in Ramat Gan.
  • Continue to 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 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: Tel Aviv


Day Ten: Wednesday, July 4, 2018
TEL AVIV: THE FIRST HEBREW CITY

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Against The Odds - Building a State: Visit Independence Hall, where David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the State of Israel on May 14th, 1948; OR
  • Visit the Ayalon Institute near Rehovot for an eye-opening tour of a clandestine munitions factory used during the British Mandate.
  • Visit the Old City of Jaffa to stroll through the renovated artists' colony and the old port and then walk through the famous Jaffa Flea Market - “Shuk Hapishpishim”.
  • LaDa'at EthnicTasting Tour: walk through Tel Aviv's famous Levinsky Market, where you'll find a combination of foods and sweets from all over the Mediterranean and hear the unique stories of the individuals who sell them; lunch on if still hungry!
  • Urban Culture Tours of Tel Aviv, Combining Street Art, Language & Graffiti: Join Guy Sharett, a local resident, to explore the urban culture of the city.
  • Rest of the afternoon at with a chance to crash the waves, pack, last minute shopping or explore Tel Aviv on own.
  • Late check out from the hotel.
  • Looking Forward: Summary session with the Rabbi and tour educator over a private festive farewell dinner.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport to check in for the departure flight to the U.S.A.
  • 11:55 p.m. Depart on Delta flight #469.

Overnight: Flight


Day Eleven: Thursday, July 5, 2018
RETURN

  • 5:00 a.m. Arrival to JFK International airport.
  • 9:40 a.m. Depart on Delta flight #4055.
  • Arrive Cleveland at 11:45 a.m.
 

Need to Know

  • 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 March 14, 2018 (based on availability), thereafter the tour will be available for land-only services. Cancellation of group air reservations after March 14, 2018 (and before the group flight tickets are issued) will entail a penalty of $100 per ticket.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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