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Congregation Or Ami Multi-Generational Israel Trip
with Rabbi Paul Kipnes and Cantor Doug Cotler

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  • Round trip flight Los Angeles-Tel Aviv-Los Angeles, as listed in the air section of this program (Taxes and fuel charges are included and are subject to change by the airline).
  • 9 nights' accommodation (including breakfast) + late check-out at selected hotels
  • 8 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking tour guide
  • 1 group transfer and assistance from/to the airport
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Meals: breakfast daily, 2 lunches & 5 dinners
  • Youth counselor throughout
  • Portage at the airport and hotels


Day One: Wednesday, July 6, 2016
DEPARTURE

  • 1:30 p.m. Depart the LAX international Airport on El Al flight #006.

Overnight: Flight

Day Two: Thursday, July 7, 2016
ARRIVAL

  • 12:45 p.m. Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Meet your Tour Educator and transfer to, known as the “city that never sleeps,” with its centers of culture, recreation and national history, great beaches and fine stores.
  • Welcome to Israel: Stop at the Jaffa Overlook for an introduction to Tel Aviv - and to our journey in Israel.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Welcome dinner at the Tachana, Tel Aviv's newly renovated old train station and now a center of boutiques and good food, and one of Tel Aviv's blooming hot spots.

Overnight: Tel Aviv

Day Three: Friday, July 8, 2016
TEL AVIV: THE FIRST HEBREW CITY

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit Independence Hall, where David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the State of Israel on May 14th, 1948.
  • Visit the Old City of Jaffa, ascend from the old port through the renovated alleyways to the Jaffa Overlook for an introduction to Tel Aviv at the place where it all began and walk through the famous Jaffa Flea Market - “Shuk Hapishpishim”.
  • Visit the Nachalat Binyamin pedestrian mall, with its bi-weekly crafts fair and eateries; alongside is the colorful Carmel open-air market and across the way Sheinkin Street, with its hip cafés and funky chic shopping, including a falafel lunch.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat with Beit Tefilah Yisraeli, including music, prayer, dance and poetry.
  • Shabbat dinner on own (reservations can be made in advance).

Overnight: Tel Aviv

Day Four: Saturday, July 9, 2016
FOUNDATIONS OF A CITY AND A STATE

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Morning at leisure.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Visit the Ayalon Institute near Rehovot for an eye-opening tour of a clandestine munitions factory used during the British Mandate.
  • Visit the Israel Children's Museum in Holon, an exciting innovative, experiential museum.
  • Return to Tel Aviv for the rest of the afternoon at leisure to enjoy time on the beach.
  • Dinner on own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Tel Aviv

Day Five: Sunday, July 10, 2016  
SERENITY AND SPIRITUALITY

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel and depart Tel Aviv.
  • Visit Neot Kedumim, a large interactive “Biblical landscape reserve” dedicated to the flora and lifestyle of ancient times - with tree planting and sheep herding.
  • Drive north to the Upper Galilee via the Trans-Israel Highway, stopping for lunch on own en route.
  • LaDa'at Families in Tsfat: Find your way through the alley ways of Tsfat, uncovering the hidden words, secret codes and mystical messages on a family scavenger hunt through the Old City of the ancient Kabbalists.
  • Check into the kibbutz hotel.
  • Barbeque dinner by the hotel swimming pool.

Adults

  • Kibbutz Ideology and Israeli Reality in the 21st Century: Meet with a kibbutz member.

Youth

  • Games and arts & crafts with the staff.

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee
 
Day Six: Monday, July 11, 2016
SERENITY AND SECURITY IN THE GOLAN

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Take a nature hike to the new Suspended Trail above the spectacular canyon of the Banias Stream, at the foot of Mount Hermon.
  • Golan Jeep Challenge: Team competition along the dirt paths of the Golan, combining nature and contemporary reality, for an understanding of the special natural and strategic significance of the Golan.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Enjoy the culinary delight of a chocolate workshop at the De Karina Chocolate Factory at Kibbutz Ein Zivan.
  • Enjoy rafting or kayaking down the Jordan River.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee

Day Seven: Tuesday, July 12, 2016
DREAMS AND CONQUEST ON THE ROAD SOUTH

  • Breakfast at the kibbutz hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel and depart, driving southwards.
  • 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.
  • Visit the 1,500-year-old Beit Alpha Synagogue on Kibbutz Heftzibah, located at the foot of the Gilboa Mountain range, with its beautiful mosaic floor, for an insight into Jewish spiritual life during the Byzantine period.
  • Swim in the fresh water pools and natural springs at the Gan Hashlosha Nature Reserve (Sachne), situated at the foot of Mt. Gilboa.
  • Lunch en route.
  • Drive southwards along the Jordan Valley, part of the enormous Syrian-African Rift and west through the Judean Desert to Jerusalem.
  • Welcome to Jerusalem: Enter the vibrant and colorful ancient city of Jerusalem, and experience the convergence of the old and the new.
  • Stop at Mount Scopus for an overlook of the Old and New City of Jerusalem and the traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Youth-to-Youth Encounter with Israeli and Palestinian Peacemakers: Meet with parents and children involved in Kids4Peace.
  • Stroll along the Ben-Yehuda Street and Nachalat Shiva pedestrian malls, joining the many Israelis out on the town, with dinner on own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Jerusalem
 
Day Eight: Wednesday, July 13, 2016
INTO THE DESERT, MASADA AND THE DEAD SEA

  • Early breakfast at the hotel.
  • Descend to the Dead Sea Basin and ascend by cable-car or walk up the Snake Path to Masada, Herod's mountain palace and the 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.
  • Short hike to Nahal David, the freshwater spring and waterfalls in the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, a lush oasis in the Judean Desert overlooking the Dead Sea.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • Experience the weightlessness of the Dead Sea as you float in its waters.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Dinner on own, perhaps at the Old Train Station Plaza, a central neighborhood hub for food, entertainment, culture, and enrichment.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Nine: Thursday, July 14, 2016 
HISTORY AND SPIRITUALITY IN JERUSALEM
 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Proceed to the Old City of Jerusalem, entering via Dung Gate.
  • B'nai Mitzvah Ceremony at Robinson's Arch.
  • Stop at the Kotel (Western Wall) and experience the special atmosphere of this holy site and then walk through the Western Wall Tunnel, the underground continuation of the Western Wall alongside the Temple Mount.
  • Lunch on own in the Jewish Quarter, following with visits to more archaeological treasures and other highlights, among them:
    • The Cardo, the main street of Jerusalem in the 6th century
    • Hurva Square, the central square of the Jewish Quarter
    • 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.
  • Depart Jerusalem.
  • Take part in an archaeological dig at the Beit Guvrin Caves and prepare to get your hands dirty as you uncover pottery from the Hellenistic period, 2,300 years ago, followed by a crawl through the Maresha Cave Labyrinth (crawling is optional).
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • 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 Ten: Friday, July 15, 2016
MEMORY & RENEWAL

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit the 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
  • Special children/youth program at the Yad Vashem complex the Jewish National Memorial to the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust, including guided visits to the Holocaust Toy Exhibit, the Children's Memorial and the Sculpture Garden, using interactive programming, arts & crafts and children's stories and diaries from the time of the Holocaust.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Visit the National Military Cemetery on Mt. Herzl to recall landmark events in modern Israeli history in which these soldiers gave their lives. Visit the graves of Theodor Herzl and Yitzhak Rabin in the adjacent section for Leaders of the Nation.
  • Experience the sights, smells, and tastes of Jerusalem while walking through the Machaneh Yehuda open-air market and experience the pre-Shabbat bustle.
  • Return to the hotel for time to prepare for Shabbat.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services at a local synagogue.
  • Home Hospitality Shabbat dinner/communal Shabbat dinner with local congregants OR Shabbat dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Eleven: Saturday, July 16, 2016
SHABBAT IN JERUSALEM
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  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Optional Shabbat morning services.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Free Shabbat in Jerusalem for an opportunity to explore (on own):
    • The Tower of David Museum of the History of Jerusalem, for a walk through the city's history - with observation points, an animated film and visual and audio-visual aids - from the time of Abraham to the end of the British Mandate over Palestine.
    • The 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.
    • The Biblical Zoo, a beautifully landscaped habitat with a special focus on preserving Biblical fauna, geared to children of all ages (2-80).
  • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah overlooking the Old City.
  • Late check-out from the hotel and proceed to the farewell dinner.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport for the departure flight.

Overnight: Flight

Day Twelve: Sunday, July 17, 2016
RETURN

  • 1:00 a.m. Depart on El Al Airlines flight #005
  • 6:45 a.m. Arrive Los Angeles International Airport LAX. 
 

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 March 15, 2016 (based on availability), thereafter the tour will be available for land-only services. Cancellation of group air reservations after March 15, 2016 (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.
  • 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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