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Lakeside Congregation | Family Trip to Israel
with Rabbi Isaac Serotta and Vanessa Ehrlich

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  • 9 nights' accommodation at select hotels
  • 8 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking tour guide
  • 1 group arrival/departure transfer from/to Ben Gurion Airport
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Youth counselor on day when touring Yad Vashem.
  • Meals: daily breakfast, 1 lunch and 5 dinners
  • Portage at the hotels

Day One: Thursday, December 20, 2018
DEPARTURE 

  • Depart the U.S.A.

Overnight: Flight


Day Two: Friday, December 21, 2018
ARRIVAL 

  • Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Transfer to Tel Aviv, known as the “city that never sleeps,” with its centers of culture, recreation and national history, great beaches and fine stores.
  • Visit the Jaffa Overlook for an introduction to Tel Aviv at the place where it all began.
  • Transfer to the hotel, check in and time to freshen up before Shabbat.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services at the beach with the Rabbi.
  • Festive Shabbat dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Tel Aviv


Day Three: Saturday, December 22, 2018
SHABBAT IN TEL AVIV  

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit the Ayalon Institute near Rehovot for an eye-opening tour of a clandestine munitions factory used during the British Mandate.
  • Return to Tel Aviv and walk down Bialik Street in Tel Aviv, with a visit to the Rubin House, the former residence and studio of Reuven Rubin; delve into the special world of this pioneering Israeli artist.
  • Lunch on own and then take a 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.
  • Ben Kodesh Lechol:
  • Dinner on own, perhaps the Sarona Market. Through the smells, flavors and tastes of this newly renovated buildings of this historical Templers town, explore the range of local street food till fine dining by world renowned Israeli chefs.
  • Free Evening in Tel Aviv for an opportunity to:
    • Stroll down Rothschild Boulevard, with its many cafés and bars.
    • Experience Tel Aviv Port, with its restaurants and clubs.
    • Saunter down the Tel Aviv Beach Promenade.
    • Wander through the Tachana, Tel Aviv's newly renovated old train station, now a center of boutiques and good food, and one of Tel Aviv's blooming hot spots.

Overnight: Tel Aviv


Day Four: Sunday, December 23, 2018
HISTORY & SPIRITUALITY IN THE NORTH 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Walk through the museum at the Rabin Center, dedicated to the history of society and democracy in Israel. The life of the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin serves as a time-thread connecting the faces and events of modern Israeli history.
  • Depart Tel Aviv driving north to the Carmel Mountains.
  • Visit a Druze village in the Carmel Mountains for a window into the unique world of the Israeli Druze community, with home-hospitality lunch.
  • Stop atop of Mt. Carmel to view the Haifa Bay and the Baha'i Gardens and gold-domed Shrine of the Bab, one of the holiest sites of the Baha'i religion.
  • Tikkun Olam hands-on experience with Leket, a volunteer organization that provides food for the needy by collecting excess produce from farms and food distribution companies.
  • Continue to the kibbutz hotel in the Upper Galilee and check in.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Option 1-Adults:

  • Kibbutz Ideology and Israeli Reality in the 21st Century: Meet with a second-generation kibbutz member to hear about the changing nature of the kibbutz.

Option 2-Kids:

  • Game night with your tour educator.

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee


Day Five: Monday, December 24, 2018  
SWEETS, SERENITY 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.
  • 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.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • The panoramic views from 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.
  • Visit the Katzrin Talmudic Village and explore its archaeological remains, including the partially reconstructed synagogue and homes from a thriving ancient Jewish community.

Option 1-Adults:

  • Wine Tasting at a local winery on the Golan Heights.

Option 2-Kids:

  • Enjoy the culinary delight of a chocolate workshop at the De Karina Chocolate Factory on Kibbutz Ein Zivan.

All

  • Return to the kibbutz hotel for dinner.

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee


Day Six: Tuesday, December 25, 2018
THROUGH THE JORDAN VALLEY 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel and drive to Tsfat, center of Jewish mysticism for hundreds of years and a contemporary artists' colony, including:
  • Guided visit to the Ari, Caro or Abuhav Synagogues, each with its great stories and mystical messages.
  • A stroll through the quaint Artists' Colony and shop in the galleries and crafts shops.
  • Dialogue with David Friedman, a Tsfat artist inspired by Kabbalah.
  • Drive via Tiberias, an ancient/modern city located on the shores of Lake Kinneret (Sea of Galilee); lunch on own.
  • Visit the Kinneret Cemetery and hear about the dreams of the early young Zionist pioneers, the challenges they faced and the obstacles they overcame.
  • Visit the Beit She'an National Park, one of Israel's largest archaeological sites, with its Biblical period archaeological mound and excavated Roman-Byzantine city.
  • Drive southwards along the Jordan Valley, part of the enormous Syrian-African Rift and upon entering the city stop atop of Scopus for an overlook of the Old and New City of Jerusalem and to recite the traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner on own, perhaps on vibrant Emek Refaim Street, in Jerusalem's German Colony OR perhaps at the Old Train Station Plaza, with its fashionable restaurants featuring local and international cuisine.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Seven: Wednesday, December 26, 2018
THE LAYERS OF JERUSALEM 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Proceed to the Old City and begin with an explore the excavations at the City of David, the very core of ancient Jerusalem and walk through the recently opened Second Temple-period tunnel under the walls of the Old City, emerging in the Jerusalem Archaeological Park to explore the Davidson Center, Robinson's Arch and the Southern Wall steps where Jewish pilgrims entered the Temple Mount 2,000 years ago.
  • Stop at the Kotel (Western Wall) and experience the special atmosphere of this holy site and then tour the Western Wall Tunnel, the underground continuation of the Temple Mount's Western Wall, exposed in recent years.
  • Lunch on own in the Jewish Quarter and continue with visit 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
    • King Hezekiah's First Temple-period “Broad Wall”.
    • Hurva Square, the central square of the Jewish Quarter.

Option 1-Adults:

  • Jewish Responsibility for the Other: Dialogue and tour with Rabbi Arik Ascherman Founder of the Haqel (meaning “field” in Arabic), the organization brings together members of two peoples and three religions working in one field. The field is a symbol of renewal, a source of income and a connection to the land.

Option 2-Kids:

  • Through a new multimedia expedition - I Am Jerusalem - take a journey to the past, present and future of Jerusalem. Learn why Jerusalem is so important to Judaism, Islam and Christianity as you take a virtual ride through the streets, alleys, markets and attractions of the Old and New Cities.

 All

  • Enjoy a night out 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 Eight: Thursday, December 27, 2018  
DIGGIN' FOR ROOTS 

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • B'nai Mitzvah Service at Azrat Israel, the pluralistic section of the Western Wall.
  • Drive through the Israeli ‘Capitol Hill' - along the Knesset - Israel's Parliament; the famous Menorah; the Supreme Court building; the Prime Minister's Office; the Israeli National Bank and the future site of the Israel National Library.
  • Drive out of Jerusalem and stop for lunch on own in the village of Abu-Gush, known as the hummus capital of Israel.
  • Continue to the Beit Guvrin Caves to take part in an archaeological dig; prepare to get your hands dirty s 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.

Option 1-Adults:

  • The Labyrinth of Israeli Politics: Dialogue with Reuven Hazan of the Political Science Department at Hebrew University.

Option 2-Kids:

  • Guided tour in Mishkanot Sha'ananim and Yemin Moshe neighbourhood.

All:

  • 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 Nine: Friday, December 28, 2018
THE POWER OF MEMORY 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.

Option 1 (for adults and children age 14 and older):

  • 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

Option 2 (for children ages 11 to 13):

  • LaDa'at Yad Vashem for Kids: Special children program at the Yad Vashem complex, the National Memorial to the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust. Guided visits to the “No Child's Play” exhibit, the Children's Memorial and the Sculpture Garden use interactive programming, arts & crafts, and children's stories and diaries from the time of the Holocaust.

Option 3 Children 10 and younger:

  • Visit the Biblical Zoo, a beautifully landscaped habitat with a special focus on preserving Biblical fauna, geared to children of all ages (2-80).

All

  • Concluding Memorial Service at Yad Vashem.
  • Experience the sights, smells, and tastes of Jerusalem while walking through the Machaneh Yehuda open-air market to enjoy its special atmosphere as Jerusalemites hurriedly prepare for Shabbat; lunch on own.
  • Return to the hotel and prepare for Shabbat.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services at Kehillat Mevasseret Zion, followed by home hospitality Shabbat dinner with local congregants.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Ten: Saturday, December 29, 2018 
INTO THE DESERT, MASADA AND THE DEAD SEA 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Descend to the Dead Sea Basin and ascend by cable-car or walk up the Snake Path 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 on own.
  • Experience the weightlessness of the Dead Sea as you float in its waters.
  • Return to Jerusalem and time for last minute shopping and packing.
  • Late check out from the hotel.
  • Festive farewell dinner.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport and check in for the departure flight to the USA.

Overnight: Flight


Day Eleven: Sunday, December 30, 2018
DEPARTURE  

  • 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 25 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.

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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