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Tour Highlights - Subject to Change

  • Kabbalat Shabbatat a Jerusalem IMPJ Synagogue, followed by Home Hospitality Shabbat Dinner
  • Evening visit to the Western Wall Tunnel
  • Dialogue with Anat Hoffman, Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC)
  • Jeep tour climbing to the Golan Heights
  • Visit Given Imaging, an Israeli company developing micro-medical testing and imaging devices
  • Visit the Old City of Jaffa
  • And much more....


Trip Includes

  • 5 nights' accommodation + late check out using selecrted hotels
  • 5 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned van/minibus with licensed, English speaking tour guide and driver or tour guide/driver
  • 1 Group transfer and assistance to and from the airport
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Meals: Breakfast daily, 1 Lunch and 2 Dinners
  • Portage at the airport and hotels

DAY ONE: Thursday, November 29, 2012
DEPARTURE

  • Depart the U.S.A.

Overnight: Flight


DAY TWO: Friday, November 30, 2012
ARRIVAL
  • Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Transfer on own to the hotel.
  • Ascend to Jerusalem through the Judean Hills.
  • 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.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Meet your guide, Uri Feinberg in the lobby and move to briefing room for introductions and opening words.
  • Drive to Modiin for Kabbalat Shabbat Service at Kehillat Yozma in Modi'in, led by Rabbi Kinneret Shirion or Rabbi Nir Barkin followed by dinner at Uri and Meryl Feinberg's house.

Overnight: Inbal hotel, Jerusalem 


DAY THREE: Saturday, December 1, 2012
SHABBAT IN JERUSALEM
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Free morning in Jerusalem with optional services at one of Jerusalem's synagogues.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Meet group in the lobby to depart to the Israel Museum.
  • Who are we, how are we seen and how do we see ourselves Visit the renewed Israel Museum, one of the most creative and innovative museums in the world for a close look at the unique role played by a national museum, what it can tell us about who we are and how we want to be seen.
  • LaDa'at  The Geopolitics of Jerusalem - Travel through the city of Jerusalem exploring some of the political and diplomatic complexities of recent years, including the ‘Security Barrier' for further insight into the ramifications of current developments.
  • Return to the hotel.  to the hotel
  • Ben KodeshLechol Havdallah with David Leichman from ARZA and conversation on the power of the Mifgash. 
  • Free evening in Jerusalem with dinner on your own.

Overnight: Inbal hotel, Jerusalem


DAY FOUR: Sunday, December 2, 2012
FROM THE TUNNELS OF JERUSALEM TO THE PILLARS OF THE NEGEV
(Subject to confirmation and change)
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Early visit to the new City of David excavations, including the latest findings and recently opened tunnels leading from the City of David, under the walls of the Old City, to the foot of the Temple Mount and Robinson's Arch, located in the Jerusalem Archaeological Park including a stop at potential Bar and Bat Mitzva ceremony locations in this area.
  • The Kotel (Western Wall).
  • Depart the Old City and Jerusalem and head south towards the Western Negev, to areas most affected by the recent and long term hostilities.
  • Lunch on own in the southern region at a restaurant most affected by the past two weeks.
  • Living on the Edge: Visit Moshav Netiv Haasarah, located on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip, for an insight into the security complexities of Israel's withdrawal from Gaza while trying to create a thriving home, including a dialogue with a resident.
  • View Gaza from a nearby hilltop, for insight into the security complexities of Israel's withdrawal from Gaza through hostilities of past weeks.
  • Meet with some members of the IMPJ Reform community, Kehilat Sha'ar HaNegev (pending confirmation), who live in the closest settlements and towns surrounding Gaza, most bombarded during Operation Pillar of Cloud.
  • Dinner on own in the southern region at a restaurant most affected by the past two weeks.
  • Return to Jerusalem.

Overnight: Inbal hotel, Jerusalem


DAY FIVE: Monday, December 3, 2012
DREAM AND REALITY, SERENITY AND SECURITY
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Challenges and Triumphs of Religious Pluralism and Social Justice in Israel:  Possible Dialogue with Anat Hoffman, Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC) (pending confirmation).
  • Check out of the hotel and drive northwards along the Jordan valley.
  • Visit the Kinneret Cemetery and hear about the dreams of the early young Zionist pioneers, the challenges they faced and the obstacles they overcame.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • 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.
  • Visit Gadot Overview, an abandoned Syrian outpost and follow in the footsteps of the Israeli combat soldiers who fought here; gain further insight into the challenges faced during the 1967 Six Day War and the power and surprise of its aftermath.
  • Drive across the Golan Heights towards the Syrian border. Visit Emek Habecha, The Valley of Tears, located on the Eastern edge of the Golan Heights and site of one of Israel's fiercest battles during the Yom Kippur War, looking deep into Syria for a better view and insight into the ongoing uprising in Syria of the past 20 months.
  • Descend from the Golan and check into the kibbutz hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
  • Kibbutz Ideology and Israeli Reality in the 21st Century: Meet with second-generation kibbutz member Dubi Ben Ari.
  • First Timers, Families, Bnai Mitzva and More Dialogue on the congregational Israel trip, goals and educational philosophy.

Overnight: Pastoral hotel, Kibbutz Kfar Blum


DAY SIX: Tuesday, December 4, 2012
SPIRITUALITY AND INDENTITY, ABOVE AND BELOW
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Figuring out Tsfat: Explore various approaches to visiting Tsfat, a center of Jewish mysticism for hundreds of years, the central role it played in the development of the concept Tikun Olam, and a contemporary artists' colony, including guided visits to the Ari, Caro or Abuhav Synagogues with their great stories and mystical messages.
  • Minorities and majorities, where do we fit in and how? Guided visit to Beit Shearim, site of an 1800 year old Jewish necropolis and the graves of some of the most important codifiers of Jewish tradition.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Drive south along the Mediterranean Coast.
  • Continue to the city of Tel Aviv, known as the “city that never sleeps” with its centers of culture and recreation and national history such as the Habima Theater, sprawling beaches, Dizengoff Street and Rabin Square.
  • Visit the Old City of Jaffa and ascend from the ancient port through the renovated alleyways to the Jaffa Overlook for an introduction to Tel Aviv at the place where it all began.
  • Visit to Independence Hall, site of David Ben Gurion's monumental proclamation of the State of Israel in May 1948 (pending confirmation).
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Enjoy a Middle-Eastern-style Dinner with a Yemenite touch at Maganda, located in the Yemenite Quarter of Tel Aviv, and which offers a varied selection of salads and grilled meats.

Overnight: Carlton hotel, Tel Aviv 


DAY SEVEN: Wednesday, December 5, 2012
FOUNDATIONS OF A CITY AND A STATE
  • Early breakfast at the hotel.
  • Morning prayer at Beit Daniel with Rabbi Or Zohar and other Israeli colleagues followed by a dialogue with him about his study at HUC and his work in Tel Aviv.
  • Depart Tel Aviv for a  Tzeddakah Project with Leket, a volunteer organization that provides food for the needy by gleaning excess produce in agricultural fields, food distribution, etc. OR other hands on project in areas south of Tel Aviv affected by the past weeks of violence from Gaza.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Return to Tel Aviv.
  • LaDa'atEthnic Tasting Tour through Tel Aviv's famous Levinsky Market, where you'll find a combination of foods and sweets from all over the Mediterranean and hear the unique stories of the individuals who sell them.
  • Return to the hotel for last minute packing, shopping or for a walk along the promenade.
  • Late check-out from the hotel.
    • What kind of trip would I, could I, should I lead? Farewell dinner and final conversation.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Departure flight to the U.S.A.

Overnight: Flight


DAY EIGHT: Thursday, December 6, 2012
ARRIVAL
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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