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Tour Highlights

  • The Electric Car Revolution, guided visit to the new Better Place, for a glimpse at the premier global provider of electric vehicle services.
  • The Yemin Orde youth aliyah village, one of Israel's most innovative educational institutions, specializing in integrating Ethiopian Youth into Israeli society, including a dialogue with faculty and students.
  • The Reform Movement's Gan Daniel interfaith kindergarten in Jaffa.
  • Jerusalem: A Mosaic of People,  Introduction with Hana Bendcowsky of the Jerusalem Center for Jewish Christian Relations, followed by text study and discussion.
  • Dialogue with representatives from IPCRI Israeli-Palestinian public policy think-tank.
  • Guided visit through the Christian Holy Sites around the Sea of Galilee.
  • The Tel Dan Nature Reserve.


 

Trip Includes

  • 6 nights accommodation using selected hotels.
  • 2 nights Tel Aviv 
  • 1 night Galilee 
  • Breakfast daily and 3 dinners.
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in a modern air-conditioned motor coach with panoramic windows, reclining seats and footrests.
  • Services of friendly and professional English-speaking tour educator/guide throughout trip.
  • Entrance fees per itinerary.
  • All hotel and airport portage and tipping included.

DAY ONE: Tuesday, January 10, 2012
DEPARTURE

  • Depart the U.S.A.

Overnight: Flight


DAY TWO: Wednesday, January 11, 2012
ARRIVAL AND NEW BEGINNINGS
  • Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Transfer to Tel Aviv (on own).
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Program orientation and participant introduction with cocktails at the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own.

Overnight: Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv


DAY THREE: Thursday, January 12, 2012
FOUNDATIONS OF THE PAST, VISIONS OF THE FUTURE
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit to Independence Hall, site of David Ben Gurion's monumental proclamation of the State of Israel in May 1948.
  • Guided visit to the ancient city of Caesarea, built by King Herod, it is the site where the Great Revolt began and is considered the traditional site of Paul's imprisonment before his trial in Rome as well as the home of the first gentile believer, Cornelius and of Philip the evangelist; the theatre, aqueducts and Hippodrome serve as a backdrop for the events chronicled in the Book of Acts as well as the end of the Bar Kochba Rebellion.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Visit Given Imaging, an Israeli company developing micro-medical testing and imaging devices, including a camera in a pill that can be swallowed, which directly affect and improve diagnosis and treatment of diseases all over the world (pending confirmation).
  • Visit the Mukhracha on the peak of Mt. Carmel, and walk in the footsteps of Elijah the Prophet at the site associated with Elijah's battles with the Prophets of Baal, Ahab and Jezebel.
  • Making a Difference: Meet with Rabbi Edgar Nof from Congregation Ohr Chadash in Haifa for a close look at the interfaith work and assistance being done on the Carmel Mountain range (pending confirmation).
  • Return to Tel Aviv.
  • Enjoy dinner on your own in Tel Aviv, at a choice of a wide array of restaurants from the Tel Aviv Port to Jaffa, and downtown Tel Aviv.

Overnight: Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv


DAY FOUR: Friday, January 13, 2012
LAYERS OF JERUSALEM
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Meet with David Leichman on the bus and on the go, Founding Director of the Pinat Shorashim Center of Pluralistic Jewish Education, for an insight into the work being done in the Reform Movement in Israel in the field of interfaith activity. 
  • Visit the Old City of Jaffa, with its multiple layers of history, tradition and religion, and ascend from the ancient port through the renovated artists' colony to the Jaffa Overlook for a view of Tel Aviv at the place where it all began.
  • Depart Jaffa and ascend to Jerusalem.
  • Welcome yourself to Jerusalem with the most authentic and ‘Jerusalemite' sensation: Experience the sites, smells, and tastes of Jerusalem as the city is in full swing, preparing for Shabbat, while walking through the hustle and bustle of the open-air Machaneh Yehuda Market, with lunch on your own.
  • 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 Cardo, a Byzantine street that is now the oldest shopping arcade in the world.
    • The Hurva Square, the central square of the Jewish Quarter.
    • The Jerusalem Archaeological Park, including a visit to the Davidson Center and the Southern Wall Excavations.
    • The Kotel (Western Wall).
  • Depart the Old City and check into the hotel.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services at the Reform Movement's Kol HaNeshma congregation.
  • Festive Shabbat Dinner in a private room at the hotel, with young adults who are graduates of The Inter-religious Coordinating Council in Israel DIALOGUE program, including conversation and reflections with Rabbi Ron Kronish director of the program. 

Overnight: Jerusalem


DAY FIVE: Saturday, January 14, 2012
PHYSICAL AND SPIRITUAL BEAUTY
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Morning at leisure.
  • Optional Shabbat morning services.
  • Shabbat Lunch together at the hotel.
  • Drive to the beautiful Mt. Of Olives to behold the breath-taking panorama of the Holy City.
  • Descend to Gethsemane, and visit the olive grove where tradition holds that Jesus prayed prior to his arrest and crucifixion.
  • Enter the Old City of Jerusalem through St. Stephen's gate/Lions Gate, visit the Pools of Bethesda, where Jesus told the lame man to “take up his mat and walk”. Continue along the Via Dolorosa and ascend to the roof of the Austrian Hospice for a bird's eye view of the complex overlapping of quarters, neighbors, cultures and religions.
  • Jerusalem: A Mosaic of People: Introduction with Hana Bendcowsky of the Jerusalem Center for Jewish Christian Relations, followed by text study and discussion.
  • Continue to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.
  • Walk through the famous Old City Market in the Moslem Quarter as you leave the Old City and return to your hotel.
  • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Travel to Latrun Monastery to celebrate Havdallah and to meet with Rabbi Miri Gold, her husband David Leichman and Latrun Monks from Emmaus. 
  • Dinner on your own in the Arab village of Abu Ghosh.

  Overnight: Jerusalem


DAY SIX: Sunday, January 15, 2012
MEMORY AND RENEWAL
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Optional Sunday morning services.
  • 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
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Visit the city of Bethlehem, site of the birth of Jesus and the Church of the Nativity.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Grassroots Relations between Israelis and Palestinians: Dialogue with representatives from IPCRI - Israeli-Palestinian public policy think-tank.
  • Dinner on your own.

Overnight: Jerusalem


DAY SEVEN: Monday, January 16, 2012
SPIRITUALITY IN THE GALILEE
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of your hotel.
  • Depart Jerusalem and head east through the Judean Desert and north via the Jordan Rift Valley.
  • Drive by Jericho, one of the oldest cities in the world and site of biblical encounters and transitional moments.
  • Visit the Ma'ale Gilboa Yeshiva located on the Gilboa Mountain Range, and meet with Yeshiva Director, Rabbi David Bigman. Rabbi Bigman is active in issues pertaining to society and Jewish Law, and in dialogue between secular and religious Israelis as well as between members of different faiths in Israel (pending confirmation).
  • Continue north towards the Sea of Galilee.
  • Lunch on your 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.
  • Guided visit through the Christian Holy Sites around the Sea of Galilee, including:
    • A visit to the Mount of Beatitudes, traditional site of Jesus' ‘Sermon on the Mount', overlooking the Sea of Galilee.
    • A visit to Tabgha, traditional site of the Restoration of Peter, on the shores of the Sea of Galilee.
    • A visit to Capernaum, on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, the site of Jesus' teachings and the remains of a 2nd century synagogue.
  • Continue further north through the Hula Valley to the kibbutz hotel in the Upper Galilee.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
  • Putting it All Together: Text study and conversation about thoughts and reflections

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee


DAY EIGHT: Tuesday, January 17, 2012
SECURITY, SERENITY AND IDENTITY
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Walk through the Tel Dan Nature Reserve located on the largest tributary of the Jordan River and the Biblical settlement of Dan, followed by a guided visit to the ongoing excavations.
  • Visit Tel Faher on the Golan, overlooking the Hula Valley. Follow in the footsteps of the Israeli soldiers who took part in the battles for the Golan Heights during the 6 Day War.
  • Visit Emek Habecha, the Valley of Tears, on the Eastern edge of the Golan Heights, site of one of Israel's fiercest battles during the Yom Kippur War.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Descend the Golan Heights and travel west through the Galilee mountains.
  • Guided visit to Beit Shearim, site of an 1,800-year-old Jewish necropolis and the graves of some of the most important codifiers of Jewish tradition for a better understanding of different cultures living amongst each other during the Talmudic period (time permitting).
  • Continue south towards Tel Aviv along the Trans-Israel Highway for a close-up view of the ‘Security Barrier' along the seam zone between Israel and the Palestinian Territories.
  • Farewell Dinner in Tel Aviv.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for departure flight to the U.S.A.

Overnight: Flight


DAY NINE: Wednesday, January 18, 2012
RETURN
  • Arrive in the U.S.A.
 

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.
  • 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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The CCAR is pleased to be expanding our continuing education program to include these unique opportunities to travel and learn with colleagues. High level travel for rabbis and clergy of other faiths, who wish to learn more about Interfaith travel opportunities in Israel. The goals of this trip is to strengthen your understanding of the other, reinforce bridges of dialogue in your community and to enhance your ability to plan and implement Interfaith trips with clergy of other faiths. Bring your communities together in Israel by inviting clergy from your community to join you on a subsidized trip to Israel with CCAR.

 

CCAR Interfaith in Israel is for those who have led prior trips and wish to learn about Interfaith trips and are interested in co-leading future groups. Study with members of different faiths, see the latest and greatest sites, meet with wonderful resources and talents. 

These trips are a result of direct feedback from many of you about the ways in which we can continue to fulfill the CCAR Mission and expand our offerings, as well as providing Torah study, professional development, spiritual growth, and Chevruta opportunities in new ways.