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Shir Tikvah Congregation
Spirituality Adventure in Israel
Led by Rabbi Michael Adam Latz, Michael Simon, Noa & Liat

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  • 10 nights' accommodation at selected hotels
  • 10 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
  • Al site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Meals: breakfast daily, 2 lunches & 7 dinners
  • Portage at the airport and hotels

Day One: Sunday, June 18, 2017
DEPARTURE

  • Depart the U.S.A.

Overnight: Flight

Day Two: Monday, June 19, 2017 
ARRIVAL

  • 4:20 p.m. Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport on Air France Flight #1620.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Meet you tour Educator Noam Rumack.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • 19:00 p.m. Private Welcome dinner followed be a short standup comedy show by the Israeli - American comedian, Benji Lovitt and group introduction conversation led by Rabbi Latz and your tour educator.

Overnight: Crown Plaza, Tel Aviv


Day Three: Tuesday, June 20, 2017
TEL AVIV: THE FIRST HEBREW CITY

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 8:30 a.m. 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.
  • 9:30 a.m. museum at the new 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.
  • 11:30 p.m. Visit the Old City of Jaffa and stroll through the renovated artists' colony, the old port and walk through the famous Jaffa Flea Market - “Shuk Hapishpishim”with Lunch on own.
  • 2:00 p.m.  Against the Odds - Building A State: Visit Independence Hall, where David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the State of Israel on May 14th, 1948.
  • 6:30 p.m. Visit the Nalaga'at Theater in Jaffa to view a production of Lo Al Halechem Levado - Not By Bread Alone, performed by a deaf/blind theater group.
  • Back to the hotel.
  • Dinner on own

Overnight:  Crown Plaza, Tel Aviv


Day Four: Wednesday, June 21, 2017
AGENTS OF CHANGE

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • 9:00 a.m. Strangers in a Strange Land: Explore the reality of the foreign worker in Tel Aviv as you walk through the streets of South Tel Aviv with Bina.
  • Depart Tel Aviv and drive north.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Drive north to the Galilee and walk to the Arbel Cliffs for a beautiful overlook of the mountains and the Sea of Galilee, followed by a hike down the cliff.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Nof Ginosar Hotel, Sea of Galilee


Day Five: Thursday, June 22, 2017
SERENITY, NATURE AND SECURITY IN THE GOLAN

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Explore Tsfat, a center of Jewish mysticism for hundreds of years and a contemporary artists' colony, including:
    • Guided visits to the Ari, Caro or Abuhav Synagogues with their great stories and mystical messages.
    • A stroll through the quaint Artists' Colony and shop in the galleries and crafts shops.
  • 9:30 a.m. Meet with artist, Sheva Chaya in her studio, for an interactive window into the world of Kabala, glass blowing and questions of identity and Judaism;

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  • 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.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • 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.
  • Take a nature walk along the Banias Stream at the base of the Golan Heights.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Sea of Galilee

Day Six: Friday, June 23, 2017
THE ZIONIST DREAMERS


  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel and drive west.
  • 9:30 a.m. “Pioneer for a day” - Visit kibbutz Harduf for a first-hand Kibbutz experience including, feeding the farm animals, vegetable picking and outdoor cooking workshop including Lunch.
  • Drive along the Trans-Israel Highway for a close-up view of the ‘Security Barrier' along the seam zone between Israel and the Palestinian Territories.
  • Stop at the Haas Promenade for an overlook of the Old and New Cities of Jerusalem and to recite the traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services with local Jerusalemites at the Old Train Station Plaza, a central neighbourhood hub.
  • Festive Shabbat dinner at a local restaurant.
  • Optional night walk to the Western Wall.

Overnight: Dan Panorama, Jerusalem


Day Seven: Saturday, June 24, 2017
SHABBAT IN JERUSALEM

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Shabbat services at Shira Hadasha, a feminist-Orthodox congregation situated on Emek Refaim Street in the German Colony.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Day at leisure to relax and explore on own, OR those who wish will be able to join on a walking tour to the Old City to visit the Christian Quarter, including the Via Dolorosa, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and other Christian sites including enjoying the view from the Austrian Hospice.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • All: Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah overlooking the Old City from Yemin Moshe.
  • 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: Dan Panorama, Jerusalem


Day Eight: Sunday, June 25, 2017
THE LAYERS OF JERUSALEM


  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 9:00 a.m. join the Temple Mount Sifting Operation. Sift through rubble that originated in the Second Temple period; learn about the findings from archaeologists and expert guides at the site.
  • 11:15 a.m. free time at the old city including lunch on own.
  • 1:00 p.m. procced to the Western Wall Tunnel.
  • 1:20 p.m. followed by a walk through the Western Wall Tunnel, the underground continuation of the Western Wall alongside the Temple Mount.
  • Stop at the Kotel (Western Wall) and experience the special atmosphere of this holy site,
  • 3:00 p.m. go back to the Jewish Quarter with visits to 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.
  • Return to the hotel
  • 6:00 p.m. Interfaith Dialogue for Peace: Dialogue with ICCI students.
  • Stroll along the Ben-Yehuda Street and Nachalat Shiva pedestrian malls, joining the many Israelis out on the town, with dinner on own.

Overnight: Dan Panorama, Jerusalem


Day Nine: Monday, June 26, 2017
MEMORY NEAR AND FAR

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Adults (with local guide)
  • 9:00 a.m 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
  • Youth and children:
  • Visit the Tish Biblical Zoo with Noam.
  • 2:00 p.m. Drive out of Jerusalem and take part at a woodcraft workshop at the Kakado Gallery and meet owner and artist, Reut Shachar, including lunch.
  • Return to Jerusalem and dinner on own.

Overnight: Dan Panorama, Jerusalem

Day Ten: Tuesday, June 27, 2017
BORDERS AND BRIDGES

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • 9:00 a.m. Visit the new Palestinian city of Rawabi, and meet with Bashar Al-Masri, CEO of Massar International, and visionary behind Rawabi.
  • Box lunch & learn en route.
  • Drive to the Dead Sea for a short float and then ascend by cable-car 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.
  • Descend via the Roman Ramp and continue to Mitzpeh Ramon.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Beresheet Hotel, Mitzpeh Ramon


Day Eleven: Wednesday, June 28, 2017
BAT MITZVAH & DAY AT LEISURE

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Celebrate Bat mitzvah on the Ramon crater followed by Luncheon.
  • Optional: Visit the local Bedouin village Aricha for a first-hand encounter with the Israeli -Bedouin community.
  • 3:30 p.m. Take the afternoon to enjoy hotel facilities OR those who wish will continue to the Chan Hashayarot camp just north of the city for a chance to ride on a “desert ship” (camel).
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight:  Beresheet Hotel, Mitzpeh Ramon


Day Twelve: Thursday, June 29, 2017 
FROM DESERT TO AIRPORT

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Morning on own at the hotel to relax.
  • Check out and lunch on own.
  • 12:30 p.m. Drive north and visit the Ayalon Institute near Rehovot for an eye-opening tour of a clandestine munitions factory used during the British Mandate.
  • Enter Tel Aviv and free time for last minute shopping.
  • Festive farewell dinner.
  • 9:15 p.m. Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport and check in for the departure flight to the USA.

Overnight: Flight


Day Thirteen: Friday, June 30, 2017

  • 1:00 a.m. Depart on Air France flight #1121
  • Arrive in the USA.
 

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.
  • 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.
  • 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 12, 2017 (based on availability), thereafter the tour will be available for land-only services. Cancellation of group air reservations after March 12, 2017 (and before the group flight tickets are issued) will entail a penalty of $100 per ticket.
  • 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.
  • Tips to the guide and driver (recommended guidelines vary based on number of participants)
    • For a group of 10 - 19 passengers:
      $10 per participant per day for the Da'at tour educator, $5 per participant per day for the local guide & $3 per participant per day for the driver
    • For a group of 20 passengers and more:
      $8 per participant per day for the Da'at tour educator, $5 per participant per day for the local guide & $3 per participant
  • 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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