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Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation Trip to Israel

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  • 9 nights' accommodation at selected hotels + late check-out on last day
  • 8 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking tour educator
  • 1 group transfer and assistance to and from the airport
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Meals: daily breakfast, 2 lunch and 5 dinners
  • Portage at the airport and hotels

Day One: Wednesday, April 26, 2017
DEPARTURE

  • Depart the U.S.A.

Overnight: Flight


Day Two: Thursday, April 27, 2017
ARRIVAL

  • Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Meet your Tour Educator and transfer to Tel Aviv.
  • Welcome to the city of 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.
  • Enjoy a Middle-Eastern-style welcome dinner at Maganda, in Tel Aviv's Yemenite Quarter, with a varied menu of traditional salads and grilled meats.
  • Israeli Society @ 2017: Dialogue with scholar Paul Liptz of Tel Aviv University and the Hebrew Union College.

Overnight: Tel Aviv


Day Three: Friday, April 28, 2017
TEL AVIV: THE FIRST HEBREW CITY

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 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”.
  • Lunch on own, en route.
  • Visit Independence Hall, where David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the State of Israel on May 14th, 1948.
  • Wander along 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.
  • Return to the hotel with time to prepare for Shabbat.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services at Kehillat Beit Daniel in Tel Aviv, led by Rabbi Meir Azari.
  • Private Shabbat dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Tel Aviv


Day Four: Saturday, April 29, 2017
SHABBAT IN TEL AVIV

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Optional Shabbat services.
  • Depart for Rehovot and visit the Ayalon Institute for an eye-opening tour of a clandestine munitions factory used during the British Mandate.
  • Return to Tel Aviv.
  •  Lunch on own.
  • From the Templers to the Hipsters: Guided tour to the newly renovated Templer town of Sarona, now a hip and vibrant fashion and culinary center, including free time to stroll through the indoor food and spice market including a visit to the Historic Olive Mill and Press House for olive oil tasting.
  • View the collection of Israeli and international art at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.
  • 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.
  • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Dinner on own and free evening in Tel Aviv for an opportunity to:
    • Meander through the Old City of Jaffa.
    • Stroll down Rothschild Boulevard, with its many cafés and bars.
    • Experience Tel Aviv Port, with its restaurants and clubs.
    • 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.

Overnight: Tel Aviv


Day Five: Sunday, April 30, 2017 (Eve. of Yom Ha'Zikaron)
HISTORY, NATURE AND PARTNERSHIP ALONG THE COAST

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel, depart Tel Aviv and drive north along the Mediterranean Coast.
  • Stop at the Ancient Roman Aqueduct, located on the pristine beaches of Caesarea. With the ruins of a past empire to your backs, enjoy the power of the sand, sea and the rush of the water as you celebrate the beginning of your journey throughout Israel.
  • Continue to Nahariya and enjoy the rest of the day in the Western Galilee region which is partnered with our local Jewish Federation:
    • A visit to the Western Galilee Medical Center (Nahariya Hospital) to meet the Director General Dr. Masad Barhoum.
    • Visit Kibbutz Ga'aton to meet with the dancers of The Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company (KCDC) from Israel and around the world. Hear about the cultural renaissance that is taking place in the Galilee, participate in a short dance workshop, take a brief tour of the kibbutz and view one of their rehearsals for insight into the “working world” of a dancer.
  • Lunch on own in the region.
  • Drive to the kibbutz hotel in the Upper Galilee and check in.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
  • Stand with the rest of Israel as the sirens sound, honoring the fallen soldiers and terror victims.
  • Where Is My Kibbutz Going? Discussion with a kibbutz member on the ever-changing nature of kibbutz life today.

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee


Day Six: Monday, May 1, 2017 (Yom Ha'Zikaron)
SERENITY AND SECURITY IN THE NORTH

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Walk through the Tel Dan Nature Reserve, located on the largest tributary of the Jordan River, and explore the ruins of the great Biblical city of Dan.
  • Stand for a 2 minute siren, while participating in a local Yom Ha'Zikaron Ceremony, perhaps at an army base or at a local school.
  •  Visit a Druze village for a window into the unique world of the Israeli Druze community, with lunch on own.
  • Take a Jeep tour off-road up the Golan Heights in the footsteps of Israeli soldiers and enjoy the beautiful natural scenery while gaining an insight into the strategic complexity of the Golan.
  • 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 and ever since.
  • Visit the Pelter Winery, a young family boutique winery on the Golan Heights; with wine tasting.
  • Return to the kibbutz and enjoy a BBQ Dinner.
  • Drive to a nearby town, and celebrate Independence Day with its festivities, with the rest of Israel. Watch the fireworks and enjoy the musical performances on the main stages.

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee


Day Seven: Tuesday, May 2, 2017 (Yom Ha'Atzmaut)
INDEPENDENCE AND DREAMS

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel and drive to 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 great stories and mystical messages.
    • A stroll through the quaint Artists' Colony and shop in the galleries and crafts shops.
  • Drive past Tiberias, an ancient/modern city located on the shores of Lake Kinneret (Sea of Galilee). One of Israel's four holy Jewish cities, this is where the “Jerusalem” Talmud was codified and where Maimonides is buried.
  • 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.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • Visit the Beit She'an National Park, one of Israel's largest archaeological sites, with its Biblical period archaeological mound and excavated Roman-Byzantine city.
  • Drive southwards along the Jordan Valley, part of the enormous Syrian-African Rift.
  • Stop atop of Mt. Scopus for an overlook of the Old and New City of Jerusalem and to recite the traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Challenges and Triumphs of Religious Pluralism and Social Justice in Israel: Briefing by Anat Hoffman, Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC).
  • Stroll along the Ben-Yehuda Street and Nachalat Shiva pedestrian malls, joining the many Israelis out on the town, with dinner on own.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Eight: Wednesday, May 3, 2017
THE LAYERS OF JERUSALEM

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Enter the Old City and explore the Jerusalem Archaeological Park, including the Davidson Center, Robinson's Arch and the Southern Wall steps where Jewish pilgrims entered the Temple Mount 2,000 years ago.
  • Stop at the Kotel (Western Wall) and experience the special atmosphere of this holy site.
  • Continue to the Western Wall Tunnel, the underground continuation of the Temple Mount's Western Wall, exposed in recent years.
  • Visit the Christian Quarter of the Old City, including the Via Dolorosa, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and other Christian sites.
  • Lunch on own in the Jewish Quarter and continue with visits to more archaeological treasures and other highlights, among them:
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • Take a journey to the past, present and future of Jerusalem through a new multimedia expedition - I am Jerusalem - learn why Jerusalem is so important for Judaism, Islam and Christianity and take a virtual ride through its streets, alleys, markets and sites of the Old and New cities.
  • 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.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Nine: Thursday, May 4, 2017
THE CHALLENGE OF THE LAND

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Ethics & Dilemmas in the Field: Session with Col. Benzi Gruber, Deputy Commander of an Armored Corps brigade.
  • The Geopolitics of Jerusalem: Travel through the city of Jerusalem exploring some of the political and diplomatic complexities of recent years around the seam zone and its effect on the local communities with Rabbis for Human Rights.
  • Lunch on own, en route.
  • Visit Yvel, a unique international jewelry company and workshop, with an inspiring story of social change and a wonderful example of awareness in business.
  • Special visit to Nebi Samuel, known as the tomb of Samuel (Shlomo) the Prophet. Located in north Jerusalem, this site is holy for Jews, Christians and Muslims, with unique historical artefacts and buildings that go all the way back to the first temple period.
  • Visit the 9/11 Memorial, a moving commemorative site in the Judean Hills, exemplifying the bridge between two nations: a powerful beginning to a wonderful trip (subject to vehicle accessibility).
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner on own.
  • Optional -Evening Cultural Event (dance, theater, music - on  participant's account)

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Ten: Friday, May 5, 2017
CREATING MEMORIES

  • The Memory of the Holocaust in Contemporary Israeli Society: with Holocaust scholar, Dr. Rachel Korazim over a private breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit Susan's House, an art center and meeting place for youth at risk, which provides an opportunity of learning a craft and skill in order for them to become a productive part of Israeli society.
  • Drive through the Israeli ‘Capitol Hill' - along the Knesset - Israel's Parliament; the famous Menorah; the Supreme Court building; the Prime Minister's Office; the Israel National Bank and the future site of Israel's National Library.
  • 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 Historical Museum
    • The Children's Memorial
    • Concluding Memorial service.
  • Experience the sights, smells, and tastes of Jerusalem while walking through the Machaneh Yehuda open-air market, with lunch on own.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Drive to Tzur Hadassah for Kabbalat Shabbat services with Kehillat Tzur Hadassah, led by Rabbi Stacey Blank, followed by home hospitality Shabbat dinner.
  • Return to Jerusalem and to the hotel.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Eleven: Saturday, May 6, 2017
SHABBAT IN JERUSALEM

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Optional Shabbat services.
  • Free Shabbat in Jerusalem for an opportunity to explore (on own):
    • The Old City Ramparts for a walk along the ancient walls of the city
    • 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 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.
    • Walk through the Old City's Christian Quarter, including the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
    • 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.
  • Festive farewell dinner.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport.

Overnight: Flight


Day Twelve: Sunday, May 7, 2017
RETURN

  • Departure flight to the U.S.A., arriving the same day.
 

Need to Know

  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 11 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

  • 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 10 passengers and more:
      $8 per participant per day for the tour educator & $4 per participant per day for the driver
  • 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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