- Jaffa - A Tapestry of Religions and Ethnicities: Explore churches, mosques, synagogues and the people who frequent them.
- Dialogue with members of the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism's (IMPJ) pre-army academy (mechina), a special social justice project in Jaffa.
- Finding and funding the world's next best thing that will change our lives forever: Israel's Economic and Hi-Tech Revolution: Dialogue with a leading investor in new Israeli start-up companies.
- Water from the Rock to Water from the Water: Visit the Shefdan Wastewater Plant, the largest wastewater treatment plant in the Middle East…and the best. See why Israel can recycle 75% of its sewage.
- The Salad Trail - Zionism in the 21st Century: Meet with Uri Alon, a local expert agronomist, for a unique family program on his farm, located in the Northern Negev, combining agriculture, care for the environment and fun.
- Visit the Reform Kibbutz Lotan and explore creative Jewish approaches to community life and the environment.
- 7 nights' accommodation + late check-out using selected hotels
- 7 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking tour guide
- All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
- Meals: daily breakfast and 5 dinners
- Portage at the hotels
Tour dates: January 26 -
February 4, 2014.
CCAR Leadership Travel Series: Start Up Israel Mission
As Reform Rabbis we strive to understand Israel's
narrative and empower others to enrich their lives though a relationship with
Israel. We recognize that connections with Israel are built, not only
through history but through an ever deepening knowledge of Israel's present and
future. By traveling to Israel with the CCAR Leadership Travel Series
"Start-Up Israel", we will experience Israel's pervasive culture of
entrepreneurialism. We will explore this culture's impact on the Israeli
society and the world. Together we will examine how our understanding of
Israel and our own rabbinic leadership can be shaped by this innovative
NY Times: "This is true. Israel is a miracle of innovation and
development. Tel Aviv, at once sensual and vibrant, is a boom town. Go
there and smile."
On January 27 the trip will start at the hotel at 5
p.m. with an orientation meeting and on February 4 the farewell dinner will
start at 6
Day One: Sunday, January 26,
Day Two: Monday, January 27, 2014
- Individual arrivals at Ben Gurion International
- Transfer on own to Tel Aviv and check into the
- Meet in the lobby for introduction and orientation.
- The Reform Movement is Cutting Edge: Depart the hotel and join
Rabbi Gilad Kariv for a dialogue with members of the Israel Movement for
Progressive Judaism's (IMPJ) pre-army academy (mechina), a special social
justice project in Jaffa, including an in-depth look at the innovative power
and transformative potential of the Reform Movement in
- Return to the
- Innovative Spirit Shaping the Way We Think and Feel: Meet with
Ms. Joanna Landau, founder of Kinetis, a nonprofit, apolitical grassroots
organization, promoting the recognition of Israel, at home and abroad, as a
vibrant source of creativity and innovation. After serving in Israel's Defense
Force, Joanna studied law at Cambridge University where she earned BA and MA
degrees. Joanna also holds an MBA from the Herzlia Interdisciplinary Center in
Israel. Joanna's family has been philanthropic in the UK and Israel for many
years and she takes an active role in this activity in Israel. She has worked
as a lawyer in the high-tech industry and established two Internet startups
based in Tel Aviv.
- Dinner at the
Day Three: Tuesday, January 28, 2014
- Breakfast at the
- Creative Bridge Building: Reality in the Present with Eyes to
the Future: Morning session with U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel B.
Shapiro. Ambassador Shapiro has served as U.S. Ambassador to Israel
since July, 2011. Previously, he was the senior director for the Middle
East and North Africa on the United States National Security Council. A native
of Champaign, Illinois, Shapiro received his B.A. from Brandeis University and
his M.A. in Middle East Studies from
- Necessity is the Mother of Invention (and Success): Briefing
with Unit 8200 for an insider's look at Israel's Military Technology.
The briefing will be hosted by 8200 Unit alumni. 8200 unit alumni have
leveraged their expertise in cyber-security, data storage, mobile
communications and analytical algorithms to help transform the basis of
- LaDa'at Ethnic 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 (with lunch on your
- Lunch on your own (without
- Local Innovation, World Recognition: The Contemporary Art Scene
in Israel: Special gallery tour led by Vardit Gross, one of Israel's leading
art critic and curators, known across continents, continuously supporting and
promoting, Israeli artists, including a dialogue with gallery owners for a
real sense of the ‘pulse' on the street.
- When Vision Reaches its Destination: Meeting at Waze
headquarters in Ra'anana for a conversation on the drive that is needed to
change the way the world thinks (and drives).
- Return to Tel
- Dinner on your own in the renovated Old Port of Tel Aviv, with
its wonderful restaurants, cafés and shops, right on the water's
edge; at the Tachana, Jaffa's Old Railway Station, renovated and
restored as a great pedestrian complex, with restaurants, shops and open
spaces for people-watching; OR in the ancient Jaffa Port.
- Optional Cultural Event (at extra cost; reservations can be
Day Four: Wednesday, January 29, 2014
BREAKING GROUND, BREAKING
- Breakfast at the
- Check out of the
- What Can Be Achieved Once Spears Become Plowshares: Visit the
Agricultural Research Organization - Volcani Center in Beit Dagan - for
insight into the cutting edge world of agricultural and environmental research
which is changing the way the world
- Change from Within: Identity Building, Heritage Strengthening:
Visit Friends by Nature, a community empowerment NGO, founded by a diverse
group of Ethiopian-Israelis and veteran Israelis with the goal of creating a
strong, self-empowered and successful Ethiopian immigrant community. Gain
insight into the unique individuals on both ends of a program created to
provide families at risk with a sense of belonging, with their eyes to the
OR (instead of Friends by
- Breaking Boundaries, Grassroots Social Change: Travel to the
city of Lod and meet with MK Itzik Shmuli, past leader of the Social Protests
and of the founders of the Re-Lod Student Village in the city. Visit with the
village and meet student leaders who have taken upon themselves to live within
the heart of this socio-economically challenged city, dedicated to improving
the life of its Jewish and Arab residents.
- Lunch on own in
- Drive south via the Trans-Israel Highway towards the Negev and
to the town of Mitzpeh
- Putting the Pace of Change into Perspective; The Power of the
Desert: Afternoon exploration of the geological wonders of the Ramon Crater,
with a stop for an opportunity to hike meditate and mincha in the desert.
- Check into the
- Dinner at the
- Optional walk to the cliff of the Ramon Crater for an
opportunity to stargaze and enjoy the night sky.
Day Five: Thursday, January 30, 2014
MAXIMIZING POTENTIAL, HOME
- Breakfast at the
- Check out of the hotel and drive north through the
- Visit the Jacob Blaustein Institute for Desert Research located
on Kibbutz Sde Boker, meet with scientists from Ben Gurion University, for
insight into Israel's rightful place in the world of sustainable and renewable
OR (instead of Sde Boker
- How does Israel Revolutionize Medicine: Visit the newly opened
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Visitor Center in Ramat Hovav. Meet with
industry and scientific leaders for insight into the steps taken which have
placed Israel on the forefront of revolutionizing and creating affordable and
accessible medicine worldwide.
- Continue north towards the Judean
- Lunch on own, en
- Visit Qualcomm offices in Beit Shemesh. Meet with company
officers and leaders for insight into what drove this wireless technology
giant to create its R&D center in Israel and focus its purchasing power on
Israeli start up companies.
OR (instead of
- Foundation of a Nation: The Original Start Up: Travel by
4-wheel-drive to Khirbet Qeiyafa, now identified as the Ella Fortress, which
is the heart of the heated discussion on the essence of King David's kingdom.
Meet with Prof. Yosef Garfinkel of the Hebrew University, senior archeologist
responsible for the dig and the ground breaking finds not yet open to the
- Visit the award-winning Ella Winery on Kibbutz Netiv Halamed
Hey, established by a Napa Valley vineyard owner in order to create a
true-blue Israeli winery, with wine
- Ascend to
- Old Overview, New Horizon: Stop at the Haas Promenade for an
overlook of the Old and New City of Jerusalem and the traditional
- Drive through the city and check into the
- Looking at the Other, Through the Mirror, at Myself: Meet with
women involved in Slim Peace. Slim Peace began as a documentary film in 2007,
gathering Israel and Palestinian women together with the purpose of losing
weight. The power of this project has had ripple effects in the US and in
Israel, as women of very different backgrounds come together to break down
barriers and to lose weight together.
- Dinner on your own in
Day Six: Friday, January 31, 2014
FUTURE VISION, PAST
- Breakfast at the
- Challenges and Triumphs of Religious Pluralism and Social
Justice in Israel: Dialogue with Anat Hoffman, Executive Director of the
Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC) on hurdles overcome and thoughts for the
- Drive towards the Old
- Old City, New Tricks: Walk through the recently opened Second
Temple-period tunnel under the walls of the Old City, emerging in the
Jerusalem Archaeological Park at the foot of the Temple Mount under Robinson's
OR (instead of
- Hot Off the Press Meet with senior archeologist, Dr. Eilat
Mazar. Walk through the excavations of the Southern Wall Excavations complex
in the Jerusalem Archeological Park with the women who continues to break new
ground, including profound finds recently uncovered such as the “Ophel
Treasure,” a collection of 36 gold coins and a large gold medallion believed
to date back to 614 CE.
- Ascend to the Jewish Quarter for lunch on
- Depart the Old City and return to the hotel to relax and
- Depart the Old City to return to the hotel for afternoon at
leisure or stop at Machaneh Yehudah open-air market for the opposite of
leisure (but a lot of fun).
- Return to the hotel to relax and prepare for
- Depart in small groups to various Reform Synagogues in and
around Jerusalem for Kabbalat Shabbat
- Home hospitality Shabbat dinner/communal Shabbat dinner with
local congregants/leadership at various communities in small
Day Seven: Saturday, February 1, 2014
- Breakfast at the
- Shabbat morning service, followed by lunch and Shabbat
conversation with Rabbi Michael Marmur and Rabbi Naama Kelman.
- National Museum, Outward and Inward View: Visit to the renewed
Israel Museum, one of the most creative and innovative museums in the world,
for a look at the changes, expansion and streamlined vision incorporated since
the museum's re-opening and for a close look at contemporary Israeli art for
further insight into the way we see ourselves and the way we share ourselves
- LaDa'at Hebrew Writers: Old Voices and New Perspectives: 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.
- Return to the
- Talking Shop: Havdallah overlooking the Old City with Maram
Colleagues, followed by conversation and cocktails.
- Dinner on own in Jerusalem.
Day Eight: Sunday, February 2, 2014
THE HEAVENS AND THE EARTH
- Breakfast at the
- Tikun Olam, One Solar Panel and Zero Emission Vehicle at a
Time: Dialogue with Yossi Abramowitz, President of the Arava Power Company,
Israel's leading solar developer who recently led a consortium to purchase
Israel's electric car initiative, Better Place. Yossi is working to bring
solar power on a commercial basis to a dozen developing nations, to continue
Israel's legacy of helping development in Africa and elsewhere. He is
married to Rabbi Susan Silverman, has five children, made Aliyah from Boston
to Kibbutz Ketura and now lives in Jerusalem.
- Visit Hadassah Hospital for an in-depth look at this
cutting-edge medical facility, how it has adapted to ever-changing needs, and
how it has become a world leader in many
- National Memory, Revisited Visit the National Military Cemetery
on Mt. Herzl for insight into the lives of those who are buried there. Visit
the graves of Theodor Herzl and Yitzhak Rabin in the adjacent section for
Leaders of the
- Lunch on your own.
- Cutting Edge Cultivation of Zionist Leaders and Zionist
Settlers: Visit the Ein Prat - Academy for Leadership, including meetings with
Dr. Micah Goodman of the Hartman Institute, and
- Return to the
Day Nine: Monday, February 3, 2014
RAMALLAH OF TOMORROW,
- Breakfast at the
- Opening session by Felice and Michael Friedson, founders of
- Depart the hotel for
- Dialogue with a Palestinian politician on advancements and
resources in the realm of science and technology
- Breaking Stigmas, Changing Perception: Lunch at ZAMN
Restaurant, the flagship location of the ZAMN chain of coffee
shop/restaurants, an outstanding example of Palestinian private sector
entrepreneurialism, including a dialogue with founder and leading business
figure, Ms. Huda el
- Field trip to the new Palestinian city Rawabi, and meet with
Bashar Al-Masri, CEO of Massar International, and visionary behind
- Return to Jerusalem.
- Dinner on
Day Ten: Tuesday, February 4, 2014
- Breakfast at the
- Finding Common Ground: Meet with representatives of MEET
(Middle East Education through Technology). MEET is an innovative educational
initiative aimed at creating a common professional language between Israeli
and Palestinian young leaders. Working together with the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology (MIT), MEET enables its participants to acquire
advanced technological and leadership tools while empowering them to create
positive social change within their own communities.
- Social Awareness is Capital Gain: Visit with Jerusalem Venture
Partners. In 1993 JVP set the tone for Israeli venture capital investing by
creating a new model that combined a hands-on management approach with
international market creation strategies. The firm's current areas of
focus include media technologies, combining projects in the fields of
animation and gaming that bring together engineers and artists together into a
new mode of thinking. In 2002 JVP helped incubate the social organization
"Bakehila" (In the Community) as a means of reducing the socio-economic gap
affecting underprivileged children in
- Lunch on your
- Israeli Film, and a Window In: Meet with students and teachers
from the Ma'ale Film School for a screening and discussion, exploring the
intersection of Judaism and modern life. Ma'aleh's unique, cutting-edge
films, attempt to foster deeper understanding and dialogue between religious
and secular Jews. While Ma'aleh graduates are shaping the future of the
Israeli film and television, they also created a first-of-its-kind
video-therapy program for at-risk youth, Ethiopian immigrants, terror victims
and adults with special
- Return to the hotel to pack, stroll, shop or just
- Late check-out from the
- Innovative Spirit: Opportunity for final group conversation on
experiences, emotions and thoughts for the future.
- Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport for return flight
Day Eleven: Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Need to Know
- Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 15 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.
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- 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 atwww.tsa.govto 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
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