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Congregation B'nai B'rith Israel at 70: Celebration and Concerns

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  • 9 nights' accommodation at select hotels + late check-out on last day
  • 10 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 and 3 dinners
  • Portage at the airport and hotels

Day One: Monday, November 26, 2018

  • Depart the U.S.A.

Overnight: Flight


Day Two: Tuesday, November 27, 2018 

  • 10:15 a.m. Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport with Air Canada 84 flight.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Welcome to Jerusalem: Enter the vibrant and colorful ancient city of Jerusalem, and experience the convergence of the old and the new.
  • 2:00 p.m. Check into the hotel.
  • 6:00 p.m. all group is gathering at the entrance to the hotel to meet your tour educator

Amos Davidowitz

  • 6:15 p.m. depart the Hotel.
  • 6:30 p.m. Welcome Dinner at 1868, amongst Jerusalem's first generation of gourmet kosher restaurants, including an orientation with the tour educator and the Rabbi.

Overnight:  Orient Hotel, Jerusalem


Day Three: Wednesday, November 28, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 7:30 a.m. The Labyrinth of Israeli Politics: Working breakfast and Dialogue with Reuven Hazan of the Political Science Department at Hebrew University.
  • 9:00 a.m. depart the hotel.
  • Tour on the grounds of Israel's “Capitol Hill”: The Rose Garden, presenting more than 400 species of roses imported from all around the world; The Knesset - Israel's Parliament building and its famous Menorah - Israel's symbol monument built from bronze; the Supreme Court - designed to reflect Jewish and democratic values of Justice.
  • 10:00 a.m. Israeli Politics: A Guide for the Perplexed: VIP Visit of the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) and meet with MK Hilik Bar to discuss current political issues with Gil Hoffman, chief political correspondent and analyst for the Jerusalem Post.
  • Lunch on own.
  • 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.
  • 3:00 p.m. Israeli Society @ 2018: Israel 101 - Our Thoughts, Our Journey, statistics, numbers and faces, Seminar with scholar Paul Liptz of Tel Aviv University.
  • 6:00 p.m. Optional. Meeting with Issam Saad who grew up in a refugee camp in Gaza and now runs a Jewish-Arab dialogue project which got him on the Hamas hit-list causing him to flee to Ramallah.
  • Dinner on own, perhaps on vibrant Emek Refaim Street, in Jerusalem's German Colony.

Overnight: Orient Hotel, Jerusalem


Day Four: Thursday, November 29, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 8:00 a.m. Challenges and Triumphs of Religious Pluralism and Social Justice in Israel: Meet with Anat Hoffman, Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC).
  • 10:00 a.m. 1 City, 2 States, 3 Religions, 4 Quarters: Take a ride on the Jerusalem light rail, starting in the Pisgat Ze'ev neighborhood, through the Arab villages of Shuafat and Beit Hanina, then through the Ultra-Orthodox area of Ramot Eshkol and ending by the Old City. Gain a first-hand and authentic look at the mosaic and diversity of Jerusalem's population. Discuss the differences between East and West Jerusalem, and the ongoing struggles between the different communities.
  • Lunch on own.
  • 1:00 p.m. Visit the Museum on the Seam, dedicated to tolerance and showcasing points of conflict within Israeli society.
  • The Jerusalem Mosaic - Creating a Multicultural City: Meet with Tehila Friedman-Nahalon, Co-Founder of The Jerusalem Movement Coalition, building bridges between the different communities to bring about a more tolerant existence.
  • Experience the sights, smells, and tastes of Jerusalem while walking through the Machaneh Yehuda open-air market.
  • 4:00 p.m. return to the hotel with time to freshen up before dinner.
  • 6:45 p.m. depart the hotel on foot.
  • 7:00 p.m. Enjoy a dinner on own at Olive and fish restaurant with Danny Paller, an old friend of Rabbi Cohen's.
  • Free evening.

Overnight: Orient Hotel, Jerusalem


Day Five: Friday, November 30, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 9:00 a.m. Meet with Nadim Sheiban, general director of the The Museum of Islamic Art for a riveting discussion of the complexities of Muslim life in Jerusalem.
  • 11:15 a.m. Beyond the Black Hat: The ultra-Orthodox world is vital and growing but remains unknown, even alien to many of us. Meeting Out of the Box aims to increase our understanding of this world through tours of the Haredi neighborhoods of Geula and Mea Shearim. Guides from these communities will discuss their lifestyles, belief systems, dress codes and much more. Home hospitality with ultra-Orthodox families is also available.
  • Light Lunch on own.
  • 3:00 p.m. Time to prepare for Shabbat.
  • 4:30 p.m. Depart Jerusalem for Kibbutz Gezer to participate in Kabbalat Shabbat services at Congregation Birkat Shalom with Rabbi Steve Bernstein followed by a home hospitality dinner with local congregants.
  • 9:00 p.m. Return to Jerusalem.

Overnight: Orient Hotel, Jerusalem


Day Six: Saturday, December 1, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 9:00 a.m. Check out of the hotel.
  • 9:30 a.m. Explore Christian East Jerusalem through visits with Christian personalities and institutions with Hana Bendcowsky, Director of the Jerusalem Center for Jewish Christian Relations.
  • Visit the Christian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem, including the Via Dolorosa, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and other Christian sites and meet with representation of the Christian community in Jerusalem.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • From the Diaspora to Jerusalem- Take a walking tour through the colorful neighborhood of Nachlaot.
  • Visit the various synagogues, walk through the narrow alleys and learn more about the different ethnic communities who make up the neighborhood's mosaic.
  • Drive to Tel Aviv, known as the “city that never sleeps,” with its centers of culture, recreation and national history, great beaches and fine stores.
  • 5:00 p.m. Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner on own at the renovated Old Port of Tel Aviv.

Overnight:  Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv


Day Seven: Sunday, December 2, 2018  

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 8:00 a.m. Drive north along the coastal plain.
  • 9:30 a.m. Enter the city of Um El Fahem and meet with members of Sikkuy, a shared organization of Jewish and Arab citizens working to implement full equality on all levels between the Arab Palestinian and Jewish citizens of Israel. Join local leaders in a discussion of various topics facing the community, including:
    • Differences in Arab and Jewish cultures
    • The position of Arabs in Israel
    • Sentiments towards the newly proposed Nation-State Law
  • Enjoy a lunch on own.
  • 2:00 p.m. Visit the Um El Fahem Art Gallery, an art gallery that aims at showcasing Arab artists and their art in order to create a meaningful cultural dialogue between Arabs and Jews and meet with the gallery's Founder Sayid Abu Shaqra and MK (DR.) Yousef Jabareen from Hadash Party.
  • 4:15 p.m. Continue to the Leo Baeck School in Haifa, the Israeli Reform Movement's flagship school, which provides innovative educational opportunities and community center services and is home to the Ohel Avraham congregation. Meeting with Rabbi Na'ama Dafni-Kellen and Benjy Maor, Director- Res. Dev't and Israel-Diaspora Relations.
  • Join students and faculty of the school for the lighting of the first Chanukah candle.
  • 7:30 p.m. Return to Tel Aviv.
  • Dinner on own.

Overnight: Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv

Day Eight: Monday, December 3, 2018 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 8:00 a.m. Israel's Strategic Position in the Middle East: Dialogue with Yossi Alpher, Middle East Analyst, former official of the Mossad and the Director of the Jaffe Center for Strategic Studies, at the Tel Aviv University.
  • Drive out of Tel Aviv, heading south.
  • 11:00 a.m. A Look into the Life of the Bedouin Community: Drive to the northern Negev to visit the Bedouin town of Lakiya and meet with Kher Albaz, the executive co-director of Ajeec-Nisped, the Arab-Jewish Center for Equality, Empowerment and Cooperation, to discuss the social and political challenges facing the Bedouin community in today's society.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • 3:45 p.m. Beyond the Fence and Under the Ground: 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.
  • 7:00 p.m. Return to Tel Aviv and rest of the day and evening at leisure.
  • Lighting of the 2nd Chanukah candle.

Overnight: Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv


Day Nine: Tuesday, December 4, 2018

  • 6:30 a.m. Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Depart at 7:15 a.m. to Jerusalem with led by Rami Nazzal, a Palestinian, Jerusalemite reporter whom writes for the New York Times, MSNBC and Time Magazine
  • 9:00 a.m. Road Signs of Understanding the Middle East: visit to Ramallah, including meetings and dialogues with students. led by Rami Nazzal, a Palestinian, Jerusalemite reporter whom  writes for the New York Times, MSNBC and Time Magazine.
  • Visit a refugee camp near Ramallah.
  • Lunch on own in Ramallah.
  • 2:00 p.m. meet up with Amos.
  • 3:00 p.m. Settlements & Settlers: Visit a Jewish settlement located in the heart of the Samarian Mountains, and meet with Eliana Psentin, a second-generation settler who raises her kids between Ramallah and Rawabi and who is also the spokesperson of the Binyamin Regional Council.
  • Join the reflection circle and share your experiences of the day.
  • 7:00 p.m. Return to Tel Aviv.
  • Lighting of the 3rd Chanukah candle and dinner on own.

Overnight: Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv


Day Ten: Wednesday, December 5, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 8:30 a.m. Depart the hotel.
  • 9:00 a.m. A Culture of Creativity: Talk with technology journalist Viva Sarah Press about how tiny Israel is playing a giant role in hi-tech. We'll hear the personal stories behind the Start-Up Nation and find out why Israeli innovation (and chutzpah) is changing the hi-tech world
    and our lives.
  • 11:00 a.m. The Strangers Among us - Immigration and Jewish Values in a Jewish State: Tour and session with BINA, the Secular Yeshiva, which represents the Secular Jewish Renaissance and Yahadut Hevratit (Jewish Social Activism) in Israel.
  • 3:00 p.m. 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.
  • 4:30 p.m. Join Vivian Bercovici, former Canadian ambassador to Israel for a dialogue about her political experience during her tenure in israel.
  • Lighting of the 4th Chanukah candle.
  • Dinner on own.

Overnight: Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv


Day Eleven: Thursday, December 6, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 7:30 a.m. Depart the hotel.
  • 8:00 a.m. The Reform Jewish World: A glimpse at the Reform Movement in Israel with Rabbi Gilad Kariv, Executive Director of the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism.
  • 9:00 a.m. Israel in the Mid-East Arena: Dialogue with (Ret.) Miri Eisin, former Advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Media.
  • 11:00 p.m. Have You Heard the One About…? Experience the diversity and dynamism of Jewish life at the renovated Beit Hatfutsot - The Museum of the Jewish People. Among the highlights are the new Synagogue Exhibition which explores synagogues and temples around the world and through the ages and the interactive and inspirational “Heroes: Trailblazers of the Jewish People” which appeal to younger visitors. Get ready to laugh and learn with “Inside Out and Outside In” - a celebration of Jewish humor from Sholem Aleichem to Seinfeld.
  • Free time to explore the city on own.
  • Lighting of the 5th Chanukah candle and dinner on own.
  • Late check-out from the hotel for those who are departing on December 6th.
  • 6:30 p.m. Looking to the Future: session at the hotel with Rabbi Steve Cohen followed by a festive farewell dinner at Goshen Restaurant.
  • 9:00 p.m. return to the hotel.

Overnight: Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv


Day Twelve: Friday, December 7, 2018   

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • 7:30 depart the hotel to Ben Gurion International Airport and check in for the departure flight to the U.S.A. Air Canada 85.
  • The remaining guests will check out by 12:00 a.m. with private procedures.
  • 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.
  • 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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