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Temple Am Echad
Trip to Israel
Led By Rabbi Sandra Bellush

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  • Optional group flights 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 last day
  • 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
  • Meals: daily breakfast, 1 lunch and 5 dinners
  • Portage at the airport and hotels
  • Water on the bus
  • Whisper system throughout the trip

*The itinerary is subject to change.

Day One: Thursday, May 3, 2018
DEPARTURE

  • 7:00 p.m. Depart JFK International Airport on El Al flight #002.

Overnight: Flight


Day Two: Friday, May 4, 2018
ARRIVAL

  • 12:40 p.m. 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.
  • Check into the hotel and time to prepare for Shabbat.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services with Rabbi Sandra Bellush, at the hotel.
  • Festive Welcome Shabbat dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Tel Aviv


Day Three: Saturday, May 5, 2018
FOUNDATIONS OF A CITY AND A STATE

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Shabbat morning services with a local Reform synagogue or on the beach led by Rabbi Bellush.
  • Welcome to Israel: Stop at the Jaffa Overlook for an introduction to Tel Aviv - and to our journey in Israel.
  • Lunch on your own in Jaffa.
  • 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.
  • 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'.
  • Stop next to Independence Hall, where David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the State of Israel on May 14th, 1948.
  • Walk down Bialik Street in Tel Aviv for a visual journey through Tel Aviv's past and present, including a view of the houses of artist Reuven Rubin and writer Chaim Nachman Bialik.
  • 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.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah.
  • Free Evening in Tel Aviv for an opportunity to:
    • Experience Tel Aviv Port, with its restaurants and clubs.
    • Saunter down the Tel Aviv Beach Promenade.
    • 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.
  • Enjoy dinner on your own at 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.

Overnight: Tel Aviv


Day Four: Sunday, May 6, 2018
ALONG THE COAST

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • 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.

OR

  • 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.

OR

  • Stop on the top of Mount Carmel for a panoramic view of Haifa Bay.
  • Visit the Leo Baeck School in Haifa, the Israeli Reform Movement's flagship school, which provides innovative educational opportunities and community center services, and is home to the Ohel Avraham congregation.
  • Visit Akko (Acre), a UNESCO Heritage Site, for a multi-layered experience from the days of the Crusades through contemporary Israel, including guided visits to:
    • Walk through the colorful Akko shuk (market), with time for lunch on your own.
    • The restored Crusaders' Fortress.
    • The al-Jazzar Mosque, one of the largest and most interesting in Israel.
    • Modern Day Zionism: Meet members of the Ayalim Association which encourages students to live in rural villages and towns usually in the periphery, and to take on active roles in local community life.
  • Drive to Rosh Hanikra, at the northern tip of Israel's Mediterranean coastline. Take a cable-car down to the beautiful sea grottoes, carved out of soft chalk cliffs by eons of wave action.
  • Drive east to the Upper Galilee and check into the kibbutz hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee


Day Five: Monday, May 7, 2018
NATURE 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.
  • The Balance of Power on Israel's Northern Border: Field seminar and dialogue with Maj. (Ret) Sarit Zehavi, former Senior Intelligence Officer at the IDF northern border.
  • Visit a Druze village for a window into the unique world of the Israeli Druze community, with lunch on own.
  • 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.
  • Enjoy wine tasting at a local winery on the Golan Heights.
  • Return to the hotel and free time to enjoy the hotel's facilities.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
  • Kibbutz Ideology and Israeli Reality in the 21st Century: Dialogue with a second-generation kibbutz member.

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee


Day Six: Tuesday, May 8, 2018
TRADITION & SPIRITUALITY

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Explore 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 eir great stories and mystical messages..
    • A dialogue with an Artist inspired by the messages of Kabbalah.
    • A stroll through the quaint Artists' Colony and shop in the galleries and crafts shops.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • Drive south via Tiberias on the shores of Lake Kinneret (Sea of Galilee).
  • 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.
  • Drive southwards along the Jordan Valley, part of the enormous Syrian-African Rift.
  • Visit Kasser Al Yahud, the traditional spot where Christians believe the baptism of Jesus took place. According to Jewish tradition, it is also the place where the Israelites crossed over the Jordan River and Elijah the Prophet ascended to heaven.
  • Welcome to Jerusalem: Enter the vibrant and colorful ancient city of Jerusalem, and experience the convergence of the old and the new.
  • Upon entering Jerusalem, stop at Mount Scopus for an overlook of the Old and New City of Jerusalem and to recite the traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Free time to explore Downtown Jerusalem, including the Ben-Yehuda pedestrian mall and the Nachalat Shiva neighborhood, with dinner on own.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Seven: Wednesday, May 9, 2018
THE LAYERS OF JERUSALEM

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Walking tour through the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem, for visits to archaeological treasures and other highlights, among them:

OPTION 1 - FIRST TIMERS:

  • 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.
  • The 2,000-year-old Herodian Mansions.

OPTION 2: RETURNEES

  • 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 four Sephardi synagogues, which reflect the richness and diversity of Diaspora Jewish traditions.
  • Visit the Karaite Synagogue and meet with representatives of the community. The Karaites recognize the Tanakh alone as its supreme legal authority in Jewish religious law and theology.

ALL:

  • Lunch on own in the Jewish Quarter.
  • 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) OR walk through the recently opened Second Temple-period tunnel under the walls of the Old City, emerging in the Jerusalem Archaeological Park.
  • Stop at the Kotel (Western Wall) and experience the special atmosphere of this holy site followed by a visit to Azarat Israel, the pluralistic section of the Kotel.
  • Explore the Western Wall Tunnel, the underground continuation of the Temple Mount's Western Wall, exposed in recent years.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner on own, perhaps on the vibrant Emek Refaim Street, in Jerusalem's German Colony.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Eight: Thursday, May 10, 2018
MEMORIES FOR THE FUTURE

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • LaDa'at The Geopolitics of Jerusalem: Travel through the city of Jerusalem, exploring some of its political and diplomatic complexities - including the ‘Security Barrier' - to gain a behind-the-headlines insight into current developments.
  • Tikkun Olam interactive visit to Yad LaKashish, a multifaceted sheltered workshop for senior citizens and people with disabilities. Meet the employees in their workshops, and take the opportunity to visit the shop that proudly presents their beautiful wares.
  • Take a multi-cultural tasting journey through the hustle and bustle of Jerusalem's Machaneh Yehudah open-air market: Enjoy the sights, smells, tastes and sounds of this vibrant area where Jerusalemites shops; lunch on own if still hungry!
  • Visit the Yad Vashem complex, the Jewish National Memorial to the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust, including:

OPTION 1 - FIRST TIMERS:

  • The Avenue of the Righteous
  • The Historical Museum
  • The Children's Memorial

OPTION 2 - RETURNEES:

  • The Holocaust Toy Exhibit
  • The Art Museum
  • The Sculpture Garden
  • The Valley of the Communities

ALL:

  • A concluding Memorial Service at Yad Vashem.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • 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, May 11, 2018
INTO THE DESERT, MASADA AND THE DEAD SEA

  • Early breakfast at the hotel.
  • Descend to the Dead Sea basin.
  • Visit the 1,500-year-old Ein Gedi Synagogue, with its beautiful mosaic floor, for an insight into Jewish spiritual life during the Byzantine period.
  • Ascend Masada by cable-car to visit Herod's mountain palace and site of the Jewish Zealots' last stand against the Roman Legionnaires. Explore the rich archaeological remains from the Roman period.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • Experience an astonishing sense of weightlessness as you float in the super-saline Dead Sea.
  • Drive by Qumran, the area where the Dead Sea Sect established a community, and the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found.
  • Return to Jerusalem and time to prepare for Shabbat.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services at a local Reform synagogue.
  • Home Hospitality Shabbat dinner/communal Shabbat dinner with local congregants

OR

  • Shabbat dinner at the hotel with lone IDF soldiers. Lone soldiers are servicemen or women without immediate family in Israel.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Ten: Saturday, May 12, 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.
  • 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.
  • Late check out from the hotel.
  • Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant.
  • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah overlooking the Old City.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport to check in for the departure flight to the U.S.A.

Overnight: Flight


Day Eleven: Sunday, May 13, 2018
RETURN

  • 12:45 a.m. Depart on El Al flight #001. 
  • 5:50 a.m. Arrive JFK International Airport.
 

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 Jan 08, 2018 (based on availability), thereafter the tour will be available for land-only services. Cancellation of group air reservations after an 08, 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

  • 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.
  • 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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