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Women's Journey to Israel - WRJ 2017

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  • 8 nights' accommodation at selected hotels + late check-out on last day
  • 7 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking tour educator
  • 1 group transfer to the airport, including assistance
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Meals: daily breakfast, 3 lunches and 4 dinners
  • Portage at the airport and hotels

Prior to our journey, May 17-20,  many Reform Jewish leaders will gather in Jerusalem for Connections 2017, the International Convention of the World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ). Please consider joining the WRJ leaders who will be attending the conference prior to our mission. For information about Connections 2017 go to: http://www.wupjconnections.org/

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Main Mission:

Price per person sharing a double room, land only: $2,429

Single supplement: $960

Negev Extension:

Price per person sharing a double room, land only: $790

Single supplement: $50

Day One: Sunday, May 21, 2017
ARRIVAL

  • Individual arrivals in Israel; transfer on own to the hotel.
  • 7:30 p.m. Meet in the hotel lobby and depart for dinner.
  • Welcome dinner and orientation.

Overnight: Tel Aviv


Day Two: Monday, May 22, 2017
DREAMERS IN TEL AVIV

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit the Jaffa Overlook for an introduction to Tel Aviv at the place where it all began, and recite the traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing upon entering Israel. End the visit with a walk through the famous Jaffa Flea Market - “Shuk Hapishpishim”.
  • Lunch at Mishkenot Ruth Daniel. This center opened its doors in 2007, and serves as an educational, religious and community center, and offers lodging in 60 well-appointed guest rooms to groups as well as individuals.
  • Judaism, Zionism and Feminism - Dialogue with local Women Rabbis. Possible Rabbis are: Rabbi Galia Sadan of Beit Daniel, Rabbi Efrat Rotem of Kehilat Halev, or Rabbi Mira Raz of Mishkenot Ruth.
  • Against The Odds - Building a State: Visit Independence Hall, where David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the State of Israel on May 14th, 1948.
  • Walking tour through colorful Neve Zedek, one of Tel Aviv's earliest neighborhoods. Today it is a cultural mecca, with many small boutiques and galleries, and the Suzanne Delal Dance and Theater Center.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner on own 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: Tuesday, May 23, 2017
A MOSAIC OF ISRAELI SOCIETY

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • The Israeli Bookshelf: Explore different issues in current and past Israeli society through Israeli literature, with Dr. Rachel Korazim, of the Shalom Hartman Institute.
  • Drive along the coastal plain to Caesarea, one of the Land of Israel's most important cities in the Roman Period. Visit the Herodian theater and the excavations along the Mediterranean shore, concluding with a visit to the ruined 900-year-old Crusader town.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • Living as a Minority in the Jewish State: Meet with Professor Dalia Fadila, President of the Technology and Science College of Baqa al Garbia, for a tour of the campus and conversation on the reality of Arabs living in Israel, success and challenge and what it means to be the first Arab woman to be nominated president of an institution of higher education in Israel.
  • Drive to Rosh Pina and meet with mothers and daughters who are part of the IMPJ Mother/Daughter Bat Mitzvah Project, funded by WRJ.
  • Drive to the Upper Galilee and check into the kibbutz hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee


Day Four: Wednesday, May 24, 2017
SPIRITUALITY AND SECURITY IN THE NORTH

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • The Balance of Power on Israel's Northern Border: Field seminar and dialogue with Maj. (Ret) Sarit Zehavi, former Senior Intelligence Officer at the IDF northern border.
  • 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.
  • Lunch on own en route.

Option 1:

  • Explore 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 with their great stories and mystical messages.
    • A stroll through the quaint Artists' Colony and shop in the galleries and crafts shops.
    • Meet with artist, Sheva Chaya in her studio, for an interactive window into the world of Kabbalah, glass blowing and questions of identity and Judaism.

Option 2:

  • Northern Israel Wine and Cheese Route: Take part in a Vintner's Journey along the Galilean wine route, exploring one of the new and very successful wineries that have sprouted in recent years, Visit the Adir Dairy Farm and Winery, with a chance to enjoy the unique flavours of their goat cheeses and wine tasting, backed by the breath-taking views of the Upper Galilee region.

All:

  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
  • Kibbutz Ideology and Israeli Reality in the 21st Century: Meet with a second-generation kibbutz member.

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee


Day Five: Thursday, May 25, 2017
POETS, PLANTERS AND PROTECTERS

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel and drive south via 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.
  • Stop by Chazar Kinneret, and learn about Hannah Maisel who established the first agricultural training framework, Havat ha-Alamot (the Young Women's Farm) at Kinneret, as part of the Zionist Federation's Kinneret Farm. Continue to Kinneret Cemetery and 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.
  • Drive southwards along the Jordan Valley, part of the enormous Syrian-African Rift.
  • Welcome to Jerusalem: Enter the vibrant and colorful ancient city of Jerusalem, and experience the convergence of the old and the new.
  • Upon entering Jerusalem, stop to recite the traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Challenges and Triumphs of Religious Pluralism and Social Justice in Israel: Dialogue with Anat Hoffman, Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC), at Beit Shmuel, followed by a tour of the campus.
  • 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 Six: Friday, May 26, 2017
THE LAYERS OF JERUSALEM

  • Early breakfast at the hotel.
  • Enter the Old City of Jerusalem and join with Women of the Wall at the Rosh Chodesh service.
  • Walk through the Western Wall Tunnel, the underground continuation of the Western Wall alongside the Temple Mount.
  • Walking tour through the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem, for visits to archaeological treasures and other highlights, among them:
    • 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
    • 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
  • Lunch on own in the Old City.
  • Return to the hotel with time to prepare for Shabbat.
  • Dialogue with Jerusalem City Council Member and Student Rabbi Tamir Nir.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat Service at Kehillat Achva Ba-Kerem, led by City Council Member and Student Rabbi Tamir Nir.
  • Communal Shabbat dinner with local congregants or dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Seven: Saturday, May 27, 2017
SHABBAT IN JERUSALEM

  • Breakfast at the hotel.

Option 1:

  • Descend to the Dead Sea Basin.
  • Visit Qumran and explore the area where the Dead Sea Sect established a community, view the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found.
  • 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.
  • Lunch on own at the base of Masada.
  • Experience an astonishing sense of weightlessness as you float in the super-saline Dead Sea.
  • Return to Jerusalem.

Option 2:

  • Optional morning services.
  • Return to the Old City for a Shabbat Walk through unexpected paths to Mt. Zion, with a visit to the Temple Mount Overlook and King David's Tomb.
  • Walk to the Old City and 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.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • Walk through Jerusalem's famous Old City Market (shuk).
  • 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.
  • Optional: 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 (supplemental cost).

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Eight: Sunday, May 28, 2017
THE CHALLENGE OF THE LAND

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Dialogue with Rabbi Gilad Kariv, Executive Director of the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism and with WRJ-Israel women.
  • Visit the Yad Vashem complex, the Jewish National Memorial to the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust, including:

First timers:

  • The Avenue of the Righteous
  • The Historical Museum
  • The Children's Memorial

Returnees:

  • The Art Museum
  • The Holocaust Film Archive
  • The Valley of the Communities

All:

  • A concluding Memorial Service.
  • Lunch at Yad Vashem.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Dinner on own, perhaps at the Old Train Station Plaza, with its' fashionable restaurants featuring local and international cuisine. At certain evenings you will enjoy street musicians, Israeli dancing and other attractions.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Nine: Monday, May 29, 2017
BORDERS AND BRIDGES

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit 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.
  • Take a multi-cultural tasting journey through the hustle and bustle of Jerusalem's Machaneh Yehudah open-air market: Enjoy the sights, smells, tastes and sounds of this vibrant area where Jerusalemites shops.
  • Free time for last minute shopping and touring.
  • Group leaving: Late check out from the hotel.
  • All: Festive farewell dinner.
  • Group leaving: Transfer to the airport to check in for the departure flight to the USA.
  • Group extending: Return to the hotel.

Overnight: Flight/Jerusalem


Day Ten: Tuesday, May 30, 2017(Erev Shavuot)
ARRIVE / LOTAN

  • Group leaving: Arrive in the USA.
  • Group extending:
  • Breakfast and check out of the hotel.
  • Drive south towards Lotan, in the Arava.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Visit the Reform Kibbutz Lotan and explore creative Jewish approaches to community life and the environment.
  • Participate in the community Shavuot Harvest Celebrations, followed by a festive gourmet meal and English Limmud.

Overnight: Lotan


Day Eleven: Wednesday, May 31, 2017 (Shavuot)
EILAT DAY

  • Breakfast and check out of the guesthouse.
  • Visit the Eilat Underwater Observatory and experience the wonders and mysteries of the world beneath the Red Sea.
  • Free time for ‘fun in the sun' with optional water sports, swimming with dolphins, Red Sea cruise or just rest and relaxation.
  • Lunch at your own expense in Eilat.
  • Drive from Eilat to Ben Gurion Airport to check in for the departure flights to the USA.

Overnight: Flight


Day Twelve: Thursday, June 1, 2017
ARRIVE

  • Arrive in the USA.
 

Need to Know

  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 20 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.
  • 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 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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