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Temple Beth Am of Seattle in support of Women of the Wall

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Highlights

  • Safed, a center of Jewish mysticism for hundreds of years, and a contemporary artists' colony.
  • Jeep tour in the Elah Valley, Golan Heights 
  • Meeting with an artist in Safed
  • P2k programming in Ashkelon
  • Praying with Women of the Wall and meeting with Anat Hoffman of IRAC 
  • Meet with Israeli officials
  • Tour Jerusalem and meet with representatives of Rabbis for Human Rights, Women of the Wall, Progressive and Masorti Movements  
  • Visit to the Christian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem
  • And much, much more….

 

 

Tour Includes

 

 

Please refer to Mark Paull of Garth Allen Marksted Travel at 514-344-8888 or mark@gam.ca for individual flight arrangements.

 

  • 9 nights accommodation + late check out using the hotel plan listed below
  • Arrival & departure transfers (one per group)
  • 13 meals: 9 Israeli buffet breakfasts and 4 dinners
  • 8 days of touring in a private motor coach featuring large panoramic windows, reclining seats and foot rests
  • Friendly and professional English-speaking tour educator-guide in Israel
  • An educational coordinator who will ensure that you will have "A fabulous Israel Experience"
  • All program and entrance fees
  • Restaurant tipping in hotels included
  • All hotel and airport portage and tipping included

 

DAY ONE: Monday, November 1, 2010
DEPARTURE

  • Depart the U.S.

Overnight: Flight


DAY TWO: Tuesday, November 2, 2010
ARRIVAL

  • Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport on Delta flight #268
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Group to all meet at Ben Gurion Airport outside Steimatsky's Book Store
  • Drive along the coast to Haifa.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
  • After dinner speaker TBC.

  Overnight: Leonardo Hotel, Haifa


DAY THREE: Wednesday, November 3, 2010
NATURE AND SECURITY

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit Acre (Akko), a UNESCO Heritage Site, and a multi-layered experience from the days of the Crusades through contemporary Israel, including guided visits to:
  • The Jezzar Pasha Mosque, one of the most important mosques to Israel's Muslim citizens.
  • The newly renovated Crusaders' City.
  • The famous British Prison used in pre-state days for Jewish and Arab prisoners and the site of the famous prison break re-enacted in the movie Exodus.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • Explore Safed, 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.
  • A stroll through the quaint Art Galleries and shop in the artists' colony.
  • Drive to the Upper Galilee and check into the guesthouse.
  • Dinner at the kibbutz guesthouse with Rabbi Haviva Ner-David, a prominent member of Women of the Wall.
  • Program with Rabbi Haviva, who oversees the only mikveh (ritual bath) in Israel that is not under orthodox supervision.

  Overnight: Kibbutz Hagoshrim, Upper Galilee



DAY FOUR: Thursday, November 4, 2010
THE COMMUNITIES OF ISRAEL
  • Early breakfast at the guesthouse.
  • Check out of guesthouse.
  • Walk through the Tel Dan Nature Reserve located on the largest tributary of the Jordan River and the Biblical settlement of Dan.
  • Jeep tour climbing to the Golan Heights in the footsteps of IDF soldiers and their battles in the Six Day War, to enjoy the beautiful natural scenery and gain an insight into the strategic complexity of the Golan.
  • Lunch on own, en route.
  • Visit the award winning Golan Winery, located in Katzrin on the Golan Heights, which launched its first wines in 1984, which were recognized as Israel's first world-class wines, with wine tasting.
  • Depart the Golan, and drive to Jerusalem.
  • Welcome to Jerusalem - Enter the vibrant and colourful 3,000 year old city of Jerusalem and experience the convergence of the old and the new.
  • Stop at the Western Wall to say the traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing, recited upon entering Jerusalem.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner on own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Mount Zion Hotel, Jerusalem 
DAY FIVE: Friday, November 5, 2010
THE LAYERS OF JERUSALEM

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Walking tour through the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem, for guided visits to some of the sites excavated over the past 30 years, including:
  • The Kotel (Western Wall).
  • The Cardo, a Byzantine street that is now the oldest shopping arcade in the world.
  • The Hurva Square, the central square of the Jewish Quarter.
  • Walk along the Rooftops of the Old City for a behind the scenes look at the various communities in Jerusalem and how they live together.
  • Walk through the famous Jerusalem Arab Shuk (Market), with lunch on own.
  • Visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the traditional site of the last Stations of the Cross, Jesus' crucifixion, burial and resurrection.
  • Visit the the Kol Haneshama Synagogue for a tour and discussion at one of the leading Reform congregations Israel.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services at Kol Haneshama.
  • Walk back to the hotel for a festive Shabbat Dinner.

  Overnight: Mount Zion Hotel, Jerusalem


DAY SIX: Saturday, November 6, 2010
SHABBAT IN JERUSALEM

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Walk to Shira Hadasha.
  • Shabbat Morning Services at Shira Hadasha, an Orthodox Feminist Congregation, in the ICCC, located at 12 Emek Refaim Street in the German Colony.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Visit the renewed Israel Museum, one of the most creative and innovative museums in the world with a wide and eclectic collection, ranging from Judaica and archaeology to Renaissance and contemporary Israeli art, concluding with a visit to the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Shrine of the Book and the newly restored Second Temple Period Model of Jerusalem.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Ben Kodesh Lechol Havdallah overlooking the Old City.
  • Free Evening in Jerusalem on Ben Yehuda Pedestrian Mall or on Emek Refaim Street in the German Colony.


Overnight: Mount Zion Hotel, Jerusalem 
DAY SEVEN: Sunday, November 7, 2010
KOL YISRAEL AREIVIM ZE BA ZE -JEWISH RESPONSIBILITY

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Depart the hotel for Beit Shmuel in Jerusalem.
  • Challenges and Triumphs of Religious Pluralism and Social Justice in Israel  Dialogue and reception with Anat Hoffman, the Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC) and one of the leaders of Women of the Wall.
  • Side by Side The Impact and Challenges of Progressive (Reform) and Masorti (Conservative) Judaism in Israel. Presentation by Rabbi Gilad Kariv, Associate Director of the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism and Rabbi Andrew Sacks, Director of the Rabbinical Assembly in Israel.
  • Meet with lobbying Jerusalem City Council Representative Rachel Azaria.  
  • Depart Beit Shmuel.
  • Guided visit through the newly renovated 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
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner with the Israel Board of Women of the Wall at the Mount Zion Hotel.

  Overnight: Mount Zion Hotel, Jerusalem


DAY EIGHT: Monday, November 8, 2010
THE LAYERS OF JERUSALEM

  • Early breakfast at the hotel. 
  • Depart early for the Old City for a Rosh Hodesh Service with Women of the Wall. 
  • Drive to the Dead Sea Basin.
  • Ascend the cable car or to Masada, Herod's mountain palace and 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.
  • Dinner on own and evening at leisure.

  Overnight: Mount Zion Hotel, Jerusalem
 


DAY NINE: Tuesday, November 9, 2010
FACING THE CHALLENGES

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • And You Shall Love the Stranger  Special seminar with Rabbi Arik Ascherman from Rabbis for Human Rights, exploring issues of civil rights and Jewish responsibility.
  • Drive to Tel Aviv, known as the “city that never sleeps.”
  • Visit the Nachalat Binyamin pedestrian mall, with its restored buildings and sidewalk artists, with lunch on own.
  • Walk through the new Rabin Museum, dedicated to the history of society and democracy in Israel, with the life of Yitzhak Rabin serving as a connecting thread between the various sections of the exhibition, both chronologically and substantively.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner on own.
  • Optional LaDa'at  Late Night Tel Aviv - 24/7 An insider's look into the spectacular ambiance of one of the world's most vibrant cities, including behind the scenes visits to some of Tel Aviv's hottest night spots and an opportunity to experience the wonders of late night Tel Aviv.
     
      Overnight: Tal Hotel, Tel Aviv

DAY TEN: Wednesday, November 10, 2010
TEL AVIV: THE FIRST HEBREW CITY

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Depart the hotel.
  • Visit to Independence Hall, site of David Ben Gurion's monumental proclamation of the State of Israel in May 1948.
  • Drive up the coastal road.
  • Guided visit to Caesarea, one of the Land of Israel's most important cities during the Roman Period; visit the Herodian Theater and new excavations along the Mediterranean shore.
  • Lunch on own in Caesarea.
  • Return to Tel Aviv.
  • Festive Farewell Dinner at Maganda.

  Overnight: Tal Hotel, Tel Aviv


 

DAY ELEVEN: Thursday, November 11, 2010
TEL AVIV & JAFFA

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Stroll down Rothschild Boulevard with its many cafes and restaurants.
  • Walking tour through the colorful re-gentrified Neve Zedek one of Tel Aviv's cultural centers with many small boutiques and galleries as well as the Suzanne Delal Dance and Theater Center.
  • Lunch on own, en route.
  • Visit the Jaffa Overlook for an introduction to Tel Aviv at the place where it all began; stroll through the renovated artists' colony and the ancient port, concluding with a guided walk through the newly renovated and world-renowned Jaffa Flea Market - Shuk Hapishpishim
  • Afternoon at Leisure in Tel Aviv with an opportunity to:
  • Take in the grand art collection at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art
  • Window shop on the avante garde Shenkin Street
  • Visit some of Tel Aviv's legendary Art Galleries
  • Enjoy the Ganei Yehoshua Park on the Yarkon River
  • Dinner on own and evening at leisure.

  Overnight: Flight / Tal Hotel, Tel Aviv


  • DAY TWELVE: Friday, November 12, 2010
    RETURN TO THE U.S.A.
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • 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 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 July 20, 2010 (based on availability), thereafter the tour will be available for land-only services. Cancellation of group air reservations after July 20, 2010 (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.
  • Luggage Responsibility: All tour packages 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.

 

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.
  • Guide and Driver Gratuities:
    In keeping with normal standards in international tourism, we recommend the following for tipping:
    • 10-19 passengers: Guide $10, driver $5 - per participant per day
    • 20 passengers and more: Guide $8, driver $4 - per participant per day

 

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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