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Return to Israel - with Temple B'nai Israel of Clearwater, FL - Rabbi Daniel Treiser

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  • 9 nights' accommodation at selected hotels
  • 8 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking tour educator + 1 full day overland private tour in Petra with local Jordanian driver and guide
  • 1 group transfer and assistance from/to the airport and transfers and assistance between all borders and domestic airports
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • 1 way domestic flight from Eilat to Tel Aviv
  • Meals: daily breakfast, 4 lunches and 2 dinners
  • Portage at the airport and hotels

Day One: Saturday, April 29, 2017
DEPARTURE

  • Depart the U.S.A.

Overnight: Flight


Day Two: Sunday, April 30, 2017 (Erev Yom HaZikaron)
ARRIVAL

  • Morning arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Enjoy a Biblical-style breakfast at Neot Kedumim, a large interactive “Biblical landscape reserve” dedicated to the flora and lifestyle of ancient times with tree planting
  • Enter 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 and time to relax.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
  • Participate in “Singing in the Square,” where Israelis come together and listen to special Memorial Day songs performed by Israeli artists.

Overnight: Tel Aviv


Day Three: Monday, May 1, 2017 (Yom HaZikaron)
IDF MEMORIAL DAY

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Head south.
  • Stop for the 2-minute siren commemorating the Fallen in Israel's wars.
  • Living on the Edge: Visit Moshav Netiv Ha'asarah, 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.
  • Drive by the Erez Crossing, the only land crossing for the movement of people between the Gaza Strip and Israel and the West Bank.
  • Lunch on your own in Sderot.
  • Visit to the border city of Sderot, a city that has been under the constant barrage of rocket attacks since 2001, including:
    • A city tour with visits to protected playgrounds, City Market, various locations damaged by rockets, and the bomb shelter residential project - the first of its kind in the world.
    • A visit to the Qassam rocket display at the local police station.
  • The Minorities within Us: Meet Rabbi Yael Karrie, a Reform Rabbi who founded a congregation in the heart of the Negev and visit the Bedouin town of Rahat for an insight into contemporary Bedouin lifestyles, including dialogues with residents.
  • Return to Tel Aviv.
  • Dinner on your own.
  • Celebrate the start of Yom HaAtzma'ut (Independence Day) with local Tel Avivians in the streets of the city.

Overnight: Tel Aviv


Day Four: Tuesday, May 2, 2017 (Yom HaAtzma'ut)
TEL AVIV

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Join a guide from the Bauhaus Center and tour magnificent Bauhaus architecture which led to Tel Aviv being called the ‘White City,' and recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Witness the IDF flotilla from the beaches of Tel Aviv.
  • Lunch en route.
  • Visit the recently renovated Rubin House, the former residence and studio of one of Israel's pioneering modern artists, Reuven Rubin, featuring interactive presentations. The tour will be guided by Carmela Rubin, his daughter-in-law and curator.

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  • Walk through the museum at the Rabin Center, dedicated to the history of society and democracy in Israel. The life of the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin serves as a time-thread connecting the faces and events of modern Israeli history.
  • Creating Reality: The Visionaries and Builders: Walk through the Trumpledor Cemetery for a glimpse into the lives of some of the dreamers and builders of Tel Aviv, including writer Chaim Nachman Bialik, Mayor Meir Dizengoff and Zionist thinker, Ahad Ha'Am.
  • Israeli Society @ 2017: Dialogue with scholar Paul Liptz of Tel Aviv University and the Hebrew Union College.
  • Enjoy dinner on own at the Sarona Market; through the smells, flavors and tastes of this newly renovated historical Templers town, explore the range of cuisine from local street food to fine dining by world renowned Israeli chefs.

Overnight: Tel Aviv


Day Five: Wednesday, May 3, 2017
BEYOND WALLS

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Road Signs of Understanding the Middle East: Visit Ramallah including meetings and dialogues with key Palestinian personalities, led by Rami Nazzal, a Palestinian, Jerusalemite reporter who writes for the New York Times, MSNBC and Time Magazine.
  • Group lunch in Ramallah.
  • Drive towards Jerusalem.
  • LaDa'at The Geopolitics of Jerusalem: Travel through the city of Jerusalem, exploring some of its political and diplomatic complexities - including the ???Security Barrier' - to gain a behind-the-headlines insight into current developments.
  • Stop at Mount Scopus for an overlook of the Old and New City of Jerusalem and to recite the traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner on own, perhaps at the Old Train Station Plaza, with its' fashionable restaurants featuring local and international cuisine. On certain evenings you will enjoy street musicians, Israeli dancing and other attractions.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Six: Thursday, May 4, 2017
BEYOND BORDERS

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Israel Politics 2017: Dialogue with Prof. Reuven Hazan of the Political Science Department at Hebrew University.
  • Meet the founder of the Haredi Hi-Tech Forum, an accelerator for ultra-Orthodox entrepreneurs and with Moshe Friedman, CEO of Kama Tech, which assists Haredim in developing hi-tech businesses
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Visit 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.
  • Dialogue with Rabbi Gilad Kariv, Executive Director of the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own.
  • Turning the Jerusalem Shuk into an Art Gallery: Visit the Machaneh Yehuda open-air market for a night tour to explore the murals, part of a new cultural project to bring new life to the marketplace when shops are closed.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Seven: Friday, May 5, 2017
THE LAND OF OUR FATHERS

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • The Identity of the Israeli Settlement: Visit Gush Etzion and meet with Shani Abrams Simkovitz from the Gush Etzion Foundation.
  • Creating a Joint Future for Palestinians and Israelis: Meet with Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger, Ali Abu Awwad, Shaul Judelman who all live in the Bethlehem / Gush Etzion Area and founded the Roots coexistence project. The Roots project draws Israelis and Palestinians who, despite living next to each other, are separated by walls of fear- not just fear of each other, but even of the price of peace. Without building trust, the suspicions between these two communities will suffocate the political peace agreements.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • Return to Jerusalem and walk through the colourful neighborhoods of Nachlaot and Ohel Moshe, with their amazing stories from pre-State times.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services at a local synagogue or at the Kotel (Western Wall).
  • Home Hospitality Shabbat dinner/communal Shabbat dinner with local congregants OR Shabbat dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Jerusalem


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

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Optional Shabbat services or morning at leisure.
  • Depart for the Old City.
  • One Mountain, Three Religions: Mt. Zion and the Religious Challenge: Visit the traditional burial site of King David, a 1948-67 Temple Mount observation point, a mosque and the Room of the Last Supper.
  • Dialogue with clergy at the Dormition Abbey.
  • Lunch on own in Jerusalem's famous Old City Market (shuk).
  • Visit the Austrian Hospice, a European enclave in the heart of the Old City, known for its breath-taking views from the rooftop terrace and the Austrian apple strudel served at the Hospice café.
  • Stop at Ezrat Israel, the pluralistic section of the Western Wall.
  • LaDa'at Hebrew Writers: 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.
  • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah overlooking the Old City.
  • 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 Nine: Sunday, May 7, 2017
BEN GURION'S DREAM

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out and drive to the Negev.
  • Visit the gravesite of Israel's first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, located at Sde Boker in the Negev Desert, overlooking the Wilderness of Zinn.
  • View the multi-faceted nature of the Ramon Crater at the Mitzpeh Ramon Visitors' Center.
  • Lunch at the Desert Shade Eco Lodge, located on the rim of the breath-taking Ramon Crater, including wine tasting from Rujum Winery, their own boutique wine produced from grapes grown in the desert. Instead of the Rabbinate's Kosher monopoly, this tiny winery received kashrut supervision from the Masorti Movement (Conservative movement in Israel).
  • Drive through the massive natural Ramon Crater.
  • Visit the Reform Kibbutz Lotan and explore creative Jewish approaches to community life and the environment.
  • Drive to Eilat and check into the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Eilat


Day Ten: Monday, May 8, 2017
PETRA

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out.
  • Early departure for the Arava Border Crossing.
  • Upon completion of passport procedures, cross into Jordan.
  • Travel through the Araba to the ancient Nabatean City of Petra, situated between the Red Sea and the Dead Sea which was an important crossroad between Arabia, Egypt and Syria-Phoenicia.
  • Lunch at a local hotel/restaurant.
  • Late afternoon return to the Arava Border Crossing and transfer back to the airport.
  • Fly to Tel Aviv.
  • Transfer to the hotel and check in.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Tel Aviv


Day Eleven: Tuesday, May 9, 2017
RETURN

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport and check in for the departure flight to the U.S.A.
 

Need to Know

  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 25 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 20 passengers and more:
      $8 per participant per day for the tour educator & $4 per participant per day for the driver
    • In the case where a hostess is included in the package:
      $2 per participant per day for the hostess or a minimum of $50 per touring day in total
  • 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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