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Congregation B'nai Yisrael Jubilee
Rededicating our Temple
Led By Rabbi Joshua Strom

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  • 8 nights’ accommodation at select hotels
  • 9 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
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Meals: daily breakfast, 5 dinners
  • Portage at the airport and hotels

 

Day One: Saturday, December 21, 2019
DEPARTURE

  • Depart the USA.

Overnight: Flight

Day Two: Sunday, December 22, 2019 | 1st night of Hanukkah
ARRIVAL

  • Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Meet your tour educator and depart the airport.
  • Drive to Tel Aviv, the city that never sleeps and ascends from the old port through the renovated alleyways of Old Jaffa to the Jaffa Overlook for an introduction to Tel Aviv at the place where it all began.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Bruchim Ha'baim! Celebrate the beginning of your journey in a welcome dinner and orientation of your trip with Rabbi Strom and your tour educator, followed by a festive Hanukkah candle lighting ceremony.

Overnight: Tel Aviv

Day Three: Monday, December 23, 2019 | 2nd night of
Hanukkah
FOUNDATIONS OF A CITY AND A STATE

  • Breakfast at the hotel.

Adults

  • Israeli Society @ 2018: Meet with scholar Paul Liptz of Tel Aviv University and Hebrew Union College.

Youth

  • Explore Israel through Puzzle Games with the Puzzle Time Israel team.

All

  • From Hebrew City to Hebrew State: Walk along the newly-opened Independence Trail in Tel Aviv and embark on a remarkable journey that begins with the founding of Tel Aviv in 1909 and ends with the establishment of Israel in 1948.
  • Lunch (on own account), en route.
  • Depart for the Ayalon Institute near Rehovot for an eye-opening tour of a clandestine munition factory used during the British Mandate.
  • Take part in an archaeological dig at the Beit Guvrin Caves: prepare to get your hands dirty uncovering pottery from the Hellenistic period, 2,300 years ago, and optionally crawl through the Maresha Cave Labyrinth, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Non-diggers

  • Tour Tel Maresha in the Beit Guvrin National Park and explore the ancient cave complex of the Hellenistic city.

All

  • Return to Tel Aviv and enjoy dinner (on own account) at the Sarona Market. Through the smells, flavors and tastes of this renovated historical Templars town, explore the range of cuisine - from local street food to fine dining by world-renowned Israeli chefs.

Overnight: Tel Aviv

Day Four: Tuesday, December 24, 2019 | 3rd night of Hanukkah
HISTORY & NATURE IN THE NORTH

  • Breakfast at the hotel, followed by check-out.
  • Depart Tel Aviv and drive along the coast to Caesarea, one of the Lands of Israel's most important landmarks, built during the Roman Period. Tour the Herodian Theater and the excavations along the Mediterranean shore, concluding with the ruined 900-year-old Crusader town.
  • Proceed to Zichron Ya'acov, one of the first communities established by the early Zionist pioneers, and walk along the colorful Pedestrian Mall with lunch on own account.
  • From the top of Mount Carmel, view the Baha'i Gardens and gold-domed Shrine of the Bab, one of the holiest sites of the Baha'i religion.
  • Drive to Rosh Hanikra, at the northern tip of Israel's Mediterranean coastline. Take a cable car down to the beautiful sea grottoes, carved out of soft chalk cliffs by eons of wave action
    OR
  • Visit Akko (Acre), a UNESCO Heritage Site, for a multi-layered experience from the days of the Crusades through contemporary Israel, including guided visits to:
    • The restored Crusaders' Fortress.
    • The al-Jazzar Mosque, one of the largest and most interesting in Israel.
    • The Ottoman Fortifications around the city.
    • The Templar Tunnel to the port of Akko.
    • The colorful Akko shuk (market).
  • Continue to the Sea of Galilee hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Sea of Galilee

Day Five: Wednesday, December 25, 2019 | 4th night of Hanukkah
SWEETS, SERENITY & SECURITY IN THE NORTH

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Watch the panoramic views from Bental (overlooking the abandoned Syrian town of Kuneitra) and gain 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 jeep tour off-road on the Golan Heights. Enjoy the beautiful natural scenery and gain insight into the strategic complexity of the Golan.
  • Lunch (on own account), en route.
  • Enjoy the culinary delight of a chocolate workshop at the De Karina Chocolate Factory on Kibbutz Ein Zivan.
  • Take a nature hike to the Suspended Trail above the spectacular canyon of the Banias Stream, at the foot of Mount Hermon
    OR
  • 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.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Sea of Galilee

Day Six: Thursday, December 26, 2019 | 5th night of Hanukkah
MYSTICISM IN THE GALILEE

  • Breakfast at the hotel, followed by check-out.
  • Drive to Tsfat, a center of Jewish mysticism for hundreds of years and a contemporary artists' colony:
    • Explore the Ari, Caro or Abuhav Synagogues, each with its great stories and mystical messages.
    • Walk through the quaint Artists' Colony, its galleries and craft shops; meet with local artisans inspired by the messages of Kabbalah.
  • Lunch (on own account), en route.
  • Drive south 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 City of Jerusalem and to recite the traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • The City of Lights: Walk through the Jerusalem neighborhoods and witness the festive Hanukkah candle lights burning from inside the homes and the mystical atmosphere of the Festival of Lights.
  • Dinner on own account.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Seven: Friday, December 27, 2019 | 6th night of Hanukkah
HISTORY AND SPIRITUALITY IN JERUSALEM

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Depart for the Old City.
  • Discover the archaeological treasures and other highlights of the Jewish Quarter: Walk through the Cardo - the main street of Jerusalem in the 6th century, King Hezekiah's First Temple-period “Broad Wall,” and Hurva Square - the central square of the Jewish Quarter.
  • Stop at the Kotel (Western Wall) and experience the special atmosphere of this holy site.
  • Walk through the Western Wall Tunnel, the underground continuation of the Western Wall alongside the Temple Mount.
  • Lunch (on own account), en route.
  • Ready, Set, Dough! Stop by a local bakery and explore the sufgania (jelly doughnut) revolution, from classic jelly to gourmet fruit and liquor fillings.
  • Return to the hotel and prepare for Shabbat.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services at Kehilat Yozma in Modi'in, led by Rabbi Kinneret Shirion and Rabbi Nir Barkin, followed by Home Hospitality Shabbat dinner.
  • Return to Jerusalem.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Eight: Saturday, December 28, 2019 | 7th night of Hanukkah
SHABBAT IN JERUSALEM

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Shabbat experience led by Rabbi Strom.
  • Walk along the Ramparts of the Old City.
  • Return to the Old City and tour the Christian Quarter - the Via Dolorosa, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and other Christian sites.
  • Lunch (on own account), en route.
  • Explore the wonderfully creative Israel Museum, with its eclectic collection, ranging 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.
  • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah overlooking the Old City.
  • Free time in the Mamilla pedestrian arcade, a contemporary shopping area with a touch of the past, located outside the Jaffa Gate of the Old City; dinner on own account.
  • Watch 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 depicting the story of Jerusalem.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Nine: Sunday, December 29, 2019 | 8th night of Hanukkah
INTO THE DESERT, MASADA & THE DEAD SEA

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Optional: Join the Rosh Hodesh prayers with Women of The Wall.
  • Descend to the Dead Sea Basin.
  • 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.
  • B'nai Mitzvah ceremony on top of the mountain.
  • Lunch (on own account), en route.
  • Experience an astonishing sense of weightlessness as you float in the super-saline Dead Sea.
  • Return to Jerusalem.

Adults

  • Parents' Night Out! Enjoy a delicious dinner at one of local Jerusalem's restaurants (on own account).

Children

  • Pizza party and movie night at the hotel! (with youth consular)

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Ten: Monday, December 30, 2019
MEMORY NEAR AND FAR

  • Breakfast at the hotel, followed by check-out.

Adults

  • 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 led By Rabbi Strom.

Children (with youth consular)

  • Visit the Biblical Zoo, a beautifully landscaped habitat with a special focus on preserving biblical fauna, geared to children of all ages (2-80).
  • Experience the sights, smells, and tastes of Jerusalem while walking through the Machaneh Yehuda open-air market, with lunch on own account.
  • Tree planting at the Jerusalem Bird Observatory, including bird-watching, bird-banding and an insight into the urban wildlife of Jerusalem.
  • Looking Forward: Wrap-up session with Rabbi Strom and tour educator over a private festive farewell dinner.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport.


Day Eleven: Tuesday, December 31, 2019
ARRIVAL

  • Arrive home
 

Need to Know

  • Registration deadline: 30 Sep 2019
  • 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.
  • 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 $500 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.

 PRICE EXCLUDES

  • 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

    Hostess (when included in the package):
    $2 per participant per day or a minimum of $50 per day total

    Security guard and/or a youth counselor (when included):
    $1 per participant per day per security guard, per youth counselor

Guidelines for Registering Children (under age 18):

  • The first two people in any double or triple room are charged full package rates as adults, even if the second person is a child under the age of 18.

    For this reason, the first two people you select for a double or triple room MUST be selected as adults in order for the registration process to succeed.

    To register the following room configurations:

    • For double room occupancy for:
      • 1 adult & 1 child - Please select 2 adults.
      • 2 children - Please select 2 adults.
    • For triple room occupancy for:
      • 2 adults & 1 child - Please select 2 adults & 1 child**
      • 1 adult & 2 children - Please select 2 adults & 1 child**
      • 3 children - Please select 2 adults & 1 child**

    (**Reduced rate for a child as a 3rd in a triple room will only be applied if the child is under the age of 18.)

     

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