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Oak Park Temple B’nai Abraham Zion
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Led by Rabbi Max Weiss

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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).
  • 11 nights' accommodation at select hotels
  • 10 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking tour educator and additional tour educator and bus on June 21st*
  • 1 group transfer and assistance from/to 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

~~~Extension to Eilat & Petra~~~

  • 2 nights' accommodation at select hotels
  • 1 full day motor coach tour to Petra, including lunch en route, transfers to/from the borders, border taxes and Jordanian visa
  • Round trip flight Tel Aviv-Eilat-Tel Aviv
  • Meals: daily breakfast
  • 1 group transfer and assistance from/to the domestic airports and then to Ben Gurion

Day One: Wednesday, June 13, 2018
DEPARTURE

  • 4:05 p.m. Depart Chicago on Lufthansa flight #431.


Overnight: Flight


Day Two: Thursday, June 14, 2018
ARRIVAL

  • 7:20 a.m. Arrive Frankfurt.
  • 10:20 a.m. Depart to Tel Aviv on Lufthansa flight #686.
  • 3:20 p.m. Arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport (contingent on flight schedule).
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Enter Tel Aviv, known as the “city that never sleeps,” with its centers of culture, recreation and national history, great beaches and fine stores.
  • 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 on own.
  • Visit Independence Hall, where David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the State of Israel on May 14th, 1948.
  • Stop at 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.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Welcome Middle-Eastern-style dinner at Maganda, in Tel Aviv's Yemenite Quarter, with a varied menu of traditional salads and grilled meats.

Overnight: Tel Aviv


Day Three: Friday, June 15, 2018
FOUNDATIONS OF A CITY AND STATE

  • 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.
  • Jaffa - A Tapestry of Religions and Ethnicities: Explore churches, mosques, synagogues and the people who frequent them including meeting local personalities.
  • Lunch on own at the famous Jaffa Flea Market - “Shuk Hapishpishim”.
  • Return to Tel Aviv and stroll along 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 Street, with its hip cafés and funky chic shopping.
  • Free time to prepare for Shabbat and relax.
  • The Reform Jewish World: A glimpse at the Reform Movement in Israel with Rabbi Gilad Kariv, Executive Director of the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism (subject to confirmation).
  • Depart for Ra'anana to join Kabbalat Shabbat services at Kehilat Ra'anan
  • Home Hospitality Shabbat dinner/communal Shabbat dinner with local congregants OR festive Shabbat dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Tel Aviv


Day Four: Saturday, June 16, 2018
SHABBAT IN TEL AVIV

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Shabbat services on the beach.
  • Free Day in Tel Aviv for an opportunity to:
    • Take in the grand art collection at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.
    • Walk through the colorful Carmel Market and Sheinkin Street, one of Israel's most avant garde streets.
    • Explore the gentrified Neve Zedek neighborhood.
    • Visit some of Tel Aviv's legendary Art Galleries.
    • Crash the waves of the Mediterranean Sea.
    • Wander through the Tachana, Tel Aviv's renovated old train station, now a center of boutiques and good food, and one of Tel Aviv's blooming hot spots.
    • Walk or bike the Blue Route in Tel Aviv, with its beautiful coastline and Mediterranean atmosphere, from the Jaffa Ridge in the south to Tel Aviv Port in the north.
      Yarkon River.
    • Walk through the trendy Tel Aviv Port.
  • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah overlooking the Mediterranean.
  • Dinner on own, perhaps at Tachana, Tel Aviv's renovated old train station and now a center of boutiques and good food, and one of Tel Aviv's blooming hot spots.

Overnight: Tel Aviv


Day Five: Sunday, June 17, 2018
ALONG THE WATER

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Meeting with former US Ambassador to Israel, Dan Shapiro (pending confirmation).
  • Depart Tel Aviv and drive north along the coastal plain to Caesarea, one of the Land of Israel's most important cities in the Roman Period. Visit the Herodian Theater and the excavations along the Mediterranean shore, concluding with a visit to the ruined 900-year-old Crusader town.
  • Walk through the 2,000-year-old water tunnel at Park Alona, the water source for ancient Caesarea.
  • 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; meet with Rabbi Or Zohar and the Kehillat Kiryat Tivon community.
  • Dinner with the community (not included) and drive to the shores of Lake Kinneret and check into the kibbutz hotel.

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Lake Kinneret


Day Six: Monday, June 18, 2018
SERENITY AND SECURITY ON THE GOLAN

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • B'nai Mitzvah ceremony at the Katzrin Talmudic Village and explore its archaeological remains, including the partially reconstructed synagogue and homes from a thriving ancient Jewish community.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • Time permitting visit the Naot Shoe Factory Store.
  • Enjoy rafting or kayaking down the Jordan River.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
  • Kibbutz Ideology and Israeli Reality in the 21st Century: Meet with second-generation kibbutz member.

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Lake Kinneret


Day Seven: Tuesday, June 19, 2018
FROM MYSTICS TO DREAMERS IN THE GALILEE

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel and drive to Tsfat, a 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, shop in the galleries and crafts shops and engage in dialogues with local artisans inspired by the messages of Kabbalah.
    • A visit to the Tsfat Candle Factory Visitors' Center.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • Drive past 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.
  • Enjoy the culinary delights of a chocolate workshop at the Galita Factory on Kibbutz Degania Bet.
  • Continue to the Beit Shean Valley and swim in the fresh water pools and natural springs at the Gan Hashlosha Nature Reserve (Sachne), situated at the foot of Mt. Gilboa.
  • Drive through the Jordan Valley Rift to Jerusalem, and upon entering the city stop at Mount Scopus for an overlook of the Old and New City of Jerusalem and to recite the traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing.
  • Time permitting: 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).
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner on own, perhaps on vibrant Emek Refaim Street, in Jerusalem's German Colony.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Eight: Wednesday, June 20, 2018
THE LAYERS OF JERUSALEM

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Proceed to the Old City and 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) and 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 a walking tour 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.
    • King Hezekiah's First Temple-period “Broad Wall”.
    • Hurva Square, the central square of the Jewish Quarter.
  • Time to wander in the Arab bazaar.
  • Dinner on own, perhaps at the Old Train Station Plaza, with its' fashionable restaurants featuring local and international cuisine. On certain evenings you will enjoy street musicians, Israeli dancing and other attractions.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Nine: Thursday, June 21, 2018
INTO THE DESERT, MASADA & THE DEAD SEA OR MODERN REALITIES IN AN ANCIENT CITY

  • Breakfast at the hotel.

Option 1:

  • 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.
  • Short hike to Nahal David, the freshwater spring and waterfalls in the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, where David hid from King Saul.
  • Experience the weightlessness of the Dead Sea as you float in its waters.

Option 2:

  • 1 City, 2 States, 3 Religions, and 4 Quarters: Take a ride on Jerusalem's light rail, starting at the Pisgat Ze'ev neighborhood and continuing through the Arab villages of Shuafat and Beit Hanina and ultra-Orthodox area of Ramot Eshkol, and ending at the Old City. Get a chance to see first-hand the mosaic and diversity of the Jerusalem population. Discuss the difference between East and West Jerusalem and the ongoing struggles between the city's different communities.
  • Visit the Museum on the Seam, dedicated to tolerance and showcasing points of conflict within Israeli society.

All:

  • Free time to explore Downtown Jerusalem, including the Ben-Yehuda pedestrian mall and the Nachalat Shiva neighborhood, with dinner on own.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Ten: Friday, June 22, 2018
MEMORY NEAR AND FAR

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

Option 1:

  • 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:

  • The Holocaust Toy Exhibit
  • The Art Museum
  • The Valley of the Communities
  • A concluding Memorial Service
  • Visit the National Military Cemetery on Mt. Herzl to recall landmark events in modern Israeli history in which these soldiers gave their lives. Follow with a visit to the graves of Theodor Herzl, Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres in the adjacent section for Leaders of the Nation.
  • Experience the sights, smells, and tastes of Jerusalem while walking through the Machaneh Yehuda open-air market, with lunch on own.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services at Kol Haneshama (contingent on confirmation by the congregation) or at an alternative Reform congregation and festive Shabbat dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Eleven: Saturday, June 23, 2018
SHABBAT IN JERUSALEM

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Attend Shabbat morning services at Hebrew Union College, followed by a dialogue with faculty and students (pending HUC's schedule).
  • Lunch on own.
  • Options for the afternoon:
    • 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; OR
    • Visit the renewed and wonderfully creative Israel Museum, with its wide-ranging and eclectic collection, from Archaeology and the Dead Sea Scrolls, to Jewish Life and Art, European art, contemporary Israeli art and the open-air model of Jerusalem in the Second Temple period;OR
    • Visit the Christian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem, including the Via Dolorosa, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and other Christian sites.
    • Time to shop in the Arab bazaar.
  • 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; OR at supplemental cost, attend a cultural event (e.g. dance, theater and music).

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Twelve: Sunday, June 24, 2018
DIGGIN' FOR ROOTS

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit the Yad B' Yad (Hand in Hand) Bilingual School, dedicated to bringing together Jewish and Arab children in a positive and natural learning environment
  • Drive out of Jerusalem to take part in an archaeological dig at the Beit Guvrin Caves; 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, lunch on own and rest of the afternoon at leisure.
  • Festive farewell dinner.

Overnight: Jerusalem

~~~Extension to Eilat & Petra~~~


Day Thirteen: Monday, June 25, 2018
DEPARTURE/EXTENSION TO EILAT & PETRA

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel and transfer to Ben Gurion Airport to check in for the flight to the USA, arriving the same day.
  • 6:15 a.m. Depart on Austrian Airline flight #860
  • 9:10 a.m. Arrive Vienna.
  • 10:25 a.m. Depart on Austrian Airlines flight #65.
  • 1:55 p.m. Arrive Chicago.
  •  OR
  • Transfer to the domestic airport at either Ben Gurion Aiport or in Tel Aviv and check in for the flight to Eilat.
  • Upon arrival in Eilat transfer to the hotel and check in.
  • Rest of the day at leisure.
  • Dinner on own.

Overnight: Eilat


Day Fourteen: Tuesday, June 26, 2018
PETRA

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Early departure for the Arava Border Crossing.
  • Upon completion of passport procedures, cross into Jordan.
  • Travel through the Araba to the ancient Nabatean City of Petra, situated between the Red Sea and the Dead Sea which was an important crossroad between Arabia, Egypt and Syria-Phoenicia.
  • Lunch at a local hotel or restaurant.
  • Late afternoon return to the Arava Border Crossing and transfer back to the hotel.
  • Dinner on own.

Overnight: Eilat


Day Fifteen: Wednesday, June 27, 2018
AT LEISURE IN EILAT

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out by noon (store luggage at the hotel) and spend the day relaxing.
  • Late afternoon transfer to the Eilat airport and check in for the flight to Tel Aviv.
  • Upon arrival transfer to Ben Gurion Airport to check in for the flight to the USA. Dinner on own.

Overnight: Flight


Day Sixteen: Thursday, June 28, 2018
DEPARTURE

  • Arrive in the USA.
 

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.
  • 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 02, 2018 (based on availability), thereafter the tour will be available for land-only services. Cancellation of group air reservations after March 02, 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.
  • 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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