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Aspen Jewish Congregation's First Community Journey to Israel

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  • 8 nights’ accommodation at select 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 from/to the airport
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Meals: daily breakfast, 2 lunches & 6 dinners
  • Portage at the airport and hotels


Day One: Tuesday, March 24, 2020

  • Depart the U.S.A.

Overnight: Flight

Day Two: Wednesday, March 25, 2020

  • Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Meet your tour educator and depart towards 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 the Haas Promenade for an overlook of Jerusalem and to recite the traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing.
  • Check into the hotel and time to relax and freshen up.
  • Dinner at Olive & Fish, a meat and fish restaurant located across from the Liberty Bell Gardens.
  • Israel 101 – Our Journey: Opening comments and orientation by Rabbi Emily Segal and your tour educator, including preparation for the Rosh Chodesh service with Women of the Wall and dialogue with Anat Hoffman, Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC).
  • Return to the hotel.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Three: Thursday, March 26, 2020

  • Early breakfast at the hotel.
  • Depart the hotel for the Old City of Jerusalem and join the Women of the Wall for the Rosh Chodesh
  • Stop at the Kotel (Western Wall) and experience the special atmosphere of this holy site, followed by a tour of 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:
    • 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.
  • 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, the Dormition Abbey, a mosque and the Room of the Last Supper.
  • Lunch on own in the Jewish Quarter, with many options of Israeli and international street food.
  • Visit the Christian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem, including the Via Dolorosa, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and other Christian sites.
  • Walk through Jerusalem’s famous Old City Market (shuk).
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Our Trip, Our Journey – reflections with Rabbi Segal and tour educator.
  • Dinner on own, perhaps at the Old Train Station Plaza, with its fashionable restaurants featuring local and international cuisine.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Four: Friday, March 27, 2020

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • The Memory of the Holocaust in Contemporary Israeli Society: Discussion with Holocaust scholar, Rachel Korazim.
  • 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
    • A concluding Memorial Service
  • Experience the sights, smells, and tastes of Jerusalem while walking through the Machaneh Yehuda open-air market, with lunch on own.
  • Optional biking following the old train tracks of Jerusalem (cost not included).
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services with a local Reform community followed by home hospitality or communal Shabbat dinner with local congregants OR festive Shabbat dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Five: Saturday, March 28, 2020

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Descend to the Dead Sea Basin, driving by Qumran, the area where the Dead Sea Sect established a community and the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found.
  • 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 defense and its current significance in modern Israel.
  • Lunch on own at the base of Masada.
  • Short hike to Nahal David, the freshwater spring and waterfalls in the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, where David hid from King Saul.
  • Experience an astonishing sense of weightlessness as you float in the super-saline Dead Sea.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah overlooking the Old City.
  • 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 Six: Sunday, March 29, 2020

  • Breakfast at the hotel followed by check out.
  • Israeli Society @ 2020: Discussion with scholar Paul Liptz of Tel Aviv University and the Hebrew Union College.
  • Shared Values: Drive by the Supreme Court and the Knesset, Israel’s Parliament, and discuss the democratic values of the State of Israel.
  • 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.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Depart Jerusalem and drive northwards along the Jordan Valley, part of the enormous Syrian-African Rift.
  • 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 Hula Lake (Agamon HaHula) for bike-riding and bird-watching.
  • Check in at the hotel and enjoy dinner.
  • Our Trip, Our Journey – reflections with Rabbi Segal and tour educator.

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee

Day Seven: Monday, March 30, 2020

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Explore Tsfat, a center of Jewish mysticism for hundreds of years and a contemporary artists’ colony, including:
    • The Ari, Caro or Abuhav Synagogues, each with its great stories and mystical messages.
    • A stroll through the quaint Artists’ Colony, shop in the galleries and crafts shops and engage in dialogues with local artisans inspired by the messages of Kabbalah.
    • Dialogue with David Friedman, a Tsfat artist inspired by Kabbalah.
  • Visit Amirim, A vegetarian-vegan community in the Upper Galilee, for a short tour and lunch.
  • We’ll explore the cobbled streets of Rosh Pina, one of the earliest Zionist agricultural settlements and now a picturesque village and artists’ colony. Nimrod’s Lookout in Rosh Pina is a moving memorial to Nimrod Segev, who was killed during the Second Lebanon War. Meet with Nimrod’s father, Hezi Segev, and hear about Nimrod’s life and deep connection to the Galilee.
  • Return to the hotel for
  • Where Is My Kibbutz Going? Conversation with a kibbutz member on the ever-changing nature of kibbutz life today.

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee

Day Eight: Tuesday, March 31, 2020

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Begin the day with a nature hike to the Suspended Trail above the spectacular canyon of the Banias Stream, at the foot of Mount Hermon.
  • Take a jeep tour off-road on the Golan Heights to enjoy the beautiful natural scenery and gain an insight into the strategic complexity of the Golan.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • The panoramic views from Bental (overlooking the 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 the new Iranian threat from the north.
  • Visit the Pelter Winery, a young family boutique winery on the Golan Heights, including wine tasting.
  • Return to the hotel for
  • Our Trip, Our Journey – reflections with Rabbi Segal and tour educator.

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee

Day Nine: Wednesday, April 1, 2020

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel, depart the Upper Galilee and drive to Nahalal.
  • Tikkun Olam hands-on experience with Leket, a volunteer organization that provides food for the needy by collecting excess produce from farms and food distribution companies.
  • Continue to the Yemin Orde Youth Village, one of Israel’s most innovative educational institutions, specializing in integrating new immigrant youth into Israeli society. Dialogue and lunch with faculty and students.
  • Drive along the Mediterranean coast to Caesarea, one of the Lands 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.
  • Continue to Tel Aviv, known as the “city that never sleeps,” with its centers of culture, recreation and national history, great beaches and fine stores.
  • Visit 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”.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Free Evening with dinner on own in Tel Aviv for an opportunity to:
    • Stroll down Rothschild Boulevard, with its many cafés and bars.
    • Experience Tel Aviv Port, with its restaurants and clubs.
    • Explore the gentrified Neve Zedek.
    • Saunter down the Tel Aviv Beach Promenade.
    • 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 Ten: Thursday, April 2, 2020

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Stroll down Rothschild Boulevard to view examples of the intriguing Bauhaus-style architecture from the 1930s; the local proliferation of the style won Tel Aviv recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage site and the nickname of ‘the White City'.
  • Visit Independence Hall, where David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the State of Israel on May 14th, 1948.
  • Combining Street Art, Language & Graffiti: Join Niro Taub, a local resident, to explore the urban culture of the city.
  • LaDa’at EthnicTasting Tour: walk through Tel Aviv’s famous Levinsky Market, where you'll find a combination of foods and sweets from all over the Mediterranean and hear the unique stories of the individuals who sell them; lunch on own if still hungry!
  • Explore 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 Dellal Dance and Theater Center.
  • Rest of the afternoon at leisure to finish packing and to get in some last minute shopping.
  • Late check-out from the hotel.
  • Enjoy a Middle-Eastern-style farewell dinner at Maganda, in Tel Aviv’s Yemenite Quarter, with a varied menu of traditional salads and grilled meats.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport and check in for your departure flight to the USA.

Overnight: Flight

Day Eleven: Friday, April 3, 2020

  • Arrive in the USA.

Need to Know

  • Registration deadline: 24 Dec 2019
  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 15 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.
  • Payment Policy
    Da'at Educational Expeditions reserves the right to adjust its terms of payment, including cancellation policies and initial deposits. Notification of any changes will be made explicitly to the participants where relevant.
    - Initial deposit of $300 per person, non-refundable, non-transferable is due at the time of reservation unless another amount is indicated for the particular trip or seminar.
    - Final payment is due 90 days before the scheduled trip begins, or as specified in your invoice.
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Cancellations need to be made in writing. Cancellation fees will be based on the date that the written cancellation is received.
    Cancellation fees:
    • 90 days or more prior to departure: the deposit
    • 89 to 46 days prior to departure: 50% of the total trip cost
    • 45 days to the day of departure/no-show: 100% of the total trip cost
      Cancellation fees may also include:
      - Hotel or supplier cancellation fees.
      - For trips in Israel only: The cost of the PEACE OF MIND TRAVEL PROTECTION PROGRAM (POM), if this was purchased.
      - Group airfare penalty fee.
  • Hotel Accommodations: The trip 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. Standard-size rooms are generally smaller outside of North America. They usually accommodate two people and include either one queen-size bed or two single beds (pushed together and made up separately, but with one headboard). While some hotels provide an extra bed in a standard-size room for use by a child under the age of 12, we recommend that families of four or more should book adjoining or connecting rooms.
  • Meals are included as specified in the itinerary.
  • 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 at group meals are included.


  • Transportation in the 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 (unless indicated otherwise)
  • US and foreign airport taxes, Q fuel surcharge and border taxes when applicable.
  • Gratuities for Tour Educator (Guide) and Driver. We recommend the following guidelines for tips (amounts indicated in US dollars):
    Group of 20 participants and more: 
    Tour Educator: $8 | Driver: $4 - per participant per day
    Group of 10-19 participants:
    Tour Educator: $10 | Driver: $5 - per participant per day
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  • Land-only price does not include arrival/departure transfers unless otherwise indicated.
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