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Congregation Mishkan Israel | Dedicating Israel 2020

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  • 10 nights’ accommodation at select 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
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Meals: daily breakfast, 3 lunches & 4 dinners
  • Portage at the airport and hotels

Day One: Saturday, March 14, 2020

  • Depart the US.

Overnight: Flight

Day Two: Sunday, March 15, 2020

  • Arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport. Our representative will be on hand to assist with all formalities and ensure your journey has the smoothest of starts.
  • Meet your tour educator who will accompany you on this journey of education and inspiration.
  • Stop at the Ancient Roman Aqueduct, located on the pristine beaches of Caesarea. With the ruins of a past empire to your backs, enjoy the power of the sand, sea and the rush of the water as you celebrate the beginning of your journey throughout Israel.
  • Drive to the Upper Galilee and check into the hotel.
  • Welcome dinner at the hotel.
  • Israel 101 - Our Thoughts, Our Journey: Enjoy orientation for your trip with Rabbi Immerman and tour educator.

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee

Day Three: Monday, March 16, 2020

  • Breakfast at an Israeli hotel is an experience in itself. Start the day with a bounteous buffet.
  • Da'at Encounters Northern Borders, Northern Battles: During this presentation and dialogue, Colonel (Res.) Sarit Zehavi will analyze the multi-leveled geopolitical and security situation confronting Israel on its borders with Syria and Lebanon. Colonel Zehavi, a senior intelligence officer with the Israel Defense Forces and the founder of the Alma Research and Educational Center, will examine a variety of issues including the impact of Syria's tragic civil war and the influence of Iran in this area.
  • Experience 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.
  • Visit the Galil Mountain Winery, located on Kibbutz Yiron near the Lebanese Border, a young offshoot of the Golan Heights Winery that has quickly developed its own product identity; wine tasting is included.
  • Lunch (on own account), en route.
  • Perhaps it's the combination of mysticism and art, and maybe it's the mountain air in Israel's highest city; entering Tsfat, there is a sense of something uniquely Jewish but not quite of this world. Here, you'll:
    • See the Arisynagogueand share in the inspiration and innovation that moved Rabbi Isaac Luria (the Holy Ari) and his fellow mysticsIn Tsfat they developed the Kabbalah, the esoteric insights of Judaism and created Kabbalat Shabbat, the prayers sung on Friday evenings to welcome the arrival of the Sabbath.
    • See the Caro synagogue, built originally, like the Ari, in the 16th century. It is where Rabbi Joseph Caro, one of the greatest of all Jewish legal authorities, taught and lived. Hear the story of how he was visited here by a maggid, an angelic messenger, who revealed secrets of the Torah.
    • Walk through the cobbled streets and alleyways to the Artists' Colony with its galleries, shops, and studios.
    • 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.
    • Return to the hotel.
    • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee

Day Four: Tuesday, March 17, 2020

  • Breakfast at the hotel, followed by check-out.
  • Drive to Sindyanna of Galilee, a unique non-profit organization led by a team of Arab and Jewish women working to create social change from the ground up. 
  • Enjoy a dairy, organic lunch at Daliah's restaurant at Goats with the Wind Farm in Yodfat, offering all that the restaurants in the big city can offer without the stress of being in a big city. Hidden beneath carob trees overlooking Galilee's Netofa valley and elegantly arranged upon Turkish carpets and cushions.
  • As we drive south on the Trans-Israel Highway, there will be plenty of opportunities to see the Security Barrier which runs along the seam zone between Israel and the Palestinian territories and to learn about the barrier's effects on Israeli security and Palestinian communities. Lunch (on own account), en route.
  • A First Look at the Holy City: Over the centuries, many have been moved and awed by their first sight of Jerusalem. We'll stop at Mount Scopus for a stunning overview of the city and celebrate our arrival with a special ceremony and the traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing of thanksgiving.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner (on own account).

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Five: Wednesday, March 18, 2020

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Explore the new findings at the excavations at the City of David, the very core of ancient Jerusalem. View the Gihon Spring and optionally wade through the 2,700-year-old water tunnel of King Hezekiah.
  • Today's tour will take you to the heart of Jewish life, history, and holiness: Jerusalem's Old City and the Jewish Quarter. Among the highlights will be:
    • The Cardo, the heart of Roman-controlled Jerusalem and its Byzantine-era columns.
    • King Hezekiah's “Broad Wall,” a massive wall built to protect Jerusalem from invasion 2,700 year ago.
    • Hurva Square, the center of modern-day life in the Jewish Quarter.
  • The Best Falafel in the World! Right here in the Old City.” The competition for the best street food in the Old City is tough. The Christian quarter swears by the hummus at “Lina” and ‘Abu Shakri.” Locals in the Jewish Quarter claim the falafel at the “Rova Courtyard” can't be beaten. You be the judge with lunch on own account.
  • Head to the Western Wall Tunnel, the underground continuation of the Kotel, and examine important archaeological discoveries that are revising our understanding of daily life in Jerusalem after the Roman conquest.
  • Proceed to the Christian Quarter - the Via Dolorosa, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and other Christian sites.
  • Walk along the rooftops of the Old City for a behind-the-scenes look at how the various communities live alongside each other.
  • Challenges and Triumphs of Religious Pluralism and Social Justice in Israel: Meet with Rabbi Noa Sattath of the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC).
  • Return to hotel.
  • Dinner (on own account).

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Six: Thursday, March 19, 2020

  • Breakfast at the hotel.

Option 1

  • Visiting Yad Vashem, the national memorial to the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust is an essential emotional and educational experience. Your guided tour will include:
    • The Avenue of the Righteous, where trees symbolic of the renewal of life have been planted along with plaques honoring brave non-Jews who saved Jews during the Shoah.
    • The Historical Museum, a state-of-the-art interactive display reflecting decades of research and educational expertise. The story of the Holocaust, with an emphasis on individual victims, is told through survivor testimonies, original artifacts and personal possessions saved from the ghettos and camps.
    • The Children's Memorial, where candles shine like stars in the sky to commemorate the 1.5 million children lost during the Holocaust.

Option 2

  • Visit The Museum of Holocaust Art with a Yad Vashem specialist. The world's largest collection of Holocaust art reveals the lives and heroism of artists engulfed by the Shoah. These artists risked their lives to create, often under the most harrowing conditions, an artistic record of the catastrophe.
  • The Sculpture Garden with its powerful and poignant artworks.
  • The Yad Vashem Synagogue which includes Torah Arks and other sacred items rescued from synagogues destroyed by the Nazis.


  • Enjoy the sights, smells, tastes and sounds on a multi-cultural tasting journey through the hustle and bustle of Jerusalem's Machaneh Yehudah open-air market; lunch on own if still hungry!
  • Cinema as a Window into Daily Life: Get a glimpse into Israeli society through the film with the Ma'aleh Film School. Watch a few choice short films and meet the filmmakers, with time for questions and dialogue about their portrayal of Israeli society.
  • Stroll along the Ben Yehuda Street and Nachalat Shiva pedestrian malls, joining the many Israelis out on the town, with dinner (on own account).

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Seven: Friday, March 20, 2020

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 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.
  • Creating A Joint Future For Palestinians And Israelis: Meet with Shaul Judelman and Ali Abu Awwad who all live in the Bethlehem/Gush Etzion Area and founded the Roots coexistence project. The project draws Israelis and Palestinians who, despite living next to each other, are separated by walls of fear - not just of each other, but also of the price of peace. Without building trust, the suspicions between the two communities will suffocate the peace process.


  • Life in Palestine 2020: Dialogue and tour the streets of the city of Bethlehem with a Rami Nazzal local journalist and guide.
  • Lunch (on own account), en route.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • 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.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services at Kehillat Yozma in Modi'in, led by Rabbi Nir Barkin.
  • Communal Shabbat dinner with local congregants OR festive Shabbat dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Eight: Saturday, March 21, 2020

  • Enjoy an early breakfast at the hotel before setting out to explore the Dead Sea. Get ready for some amazing experiences in this unique natural environment.
  • As Low as It GoesWe'll drive to the Dead Sea Basin, 1412 feet below sea level and the lowest place on earth. The desert, the landscape, and the views are breathtaking.

Option 1

  • The Last StandA cable car will bring us to the top of Masada with its extraordinary views and fascinating archaeological remains. This UNESCO World Heritage site is where Jewish rebels are believed to have made their final attempt to resist Roman invaders (c 74 CE) before committing mass suicide. We'll learn about Masada's importance as a symbol of Jewish defense and discuss its influence on modern Israel.

Option 2

  • Visit the Masada museum Dedicated to telling the story of Masada through the archeological finding that was found in the site with Audio Guide.


  • Lunch (on own account), en route.
  • The Sea of SaltGo floating, rather than swimming, in the Dead Sea. Not much can live in what is the saltiest piece of water in the world, nine times saltier than the ocean, but the weightless feeling of floating is great fun.
  • While returning to Jerusalem, we'll drive by Qumran, where a separatist Jewish sect from the Second Temple period created an isolated community and where the Dead Sea Scrolls, some of the most ancient and important religious manuscripts in existence, were discovered.
  • Return to Jerusalem for Havdallah overlooking the Old City Perhaps at the campus of the Reform Movement's Hebrew Union College.
  • Dinner (on own account).

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Nine: Sunday, March 22, 2020

  • Breakfast at the hotel, followed by check-out.
  • Drive through the Israeli “Capitol Hill”: along the Knesset - Israel's Parliament and its famous Menorah, the Supreme Court building, the Prime Minister's Office, the Israeli National Bank and the future site of the Israel National Library.
  • Travel through the Valley of Elah, the site of the famous biblical battle between David and Goliath. Tour Tel Maresha in the Beit Guvrin National Park and explore the ancient cave complex of the Hellenistic city.


  • Visit the Shafdan Wastewater Treatment Plant, which reclaims water for agriculture from cities in the Greater Tel Aviv region. It is one of the largest and most advanced facilities of its kind in the world.


  • A Time to Glean: Pick your way to a better world as we join the volunteer organization Leket Israel for a hands-on Tikkun Olam opportunity. We'll harvest fruit and vegetables that will be donated to the needy.
  • Lunch (on own account), en route.
  • Arming for Independence: Visit the Ayalon Institute near Rehovot and uncover its role in the establishment of the State of Israel. This secret ammunition factory produced millions of bullets for Jewish forces fighting for a Jewish State and the end of British rule over Palestine.
  • Enter Tel Aviv, also known as “the city that never sleeps,” with its centers of culture, recreation and national history, great beaches and fine stores.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner (on own account) in the renovated Old Port of Tel Aviv, with its wonderful restaurants, cafés and shops, right on the water's edge; OR at the Tachana, Jaffa's Old Railway Station, renovated and restored as a great pedestrian complex, with restaurants, shops and open spaces for people-watching.

Overnight: Tel Aviv

Day Ten: Monday, March 23, 2020

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit the Old City of Jaffa and ascend from the old port through the renovated alleyways to the Jaffa Overlook for an introduction to Tel Aviv at the place where it all began, followed by a walk through the famous Jaffa Flea Market - Shuk Hapishpishim.”
  • Da'at Encounters Out of East Africa: Meet African women seeking refuge in Tel Aviv and see how they are working toward a brighter future by creating beautiful crochet products. Kuchinate (meaning crocket in Tigrinya) is a collective that empowers and provides support to women asylum-seekers, many of whom suffered great hardships while fleeing to Israel, and a celebration of African art and culture. We'll join with women from East Africa for a traditional coffee-making ceremony and talk with them about their lives in Israel and the struggles they are seeking to overcome through creativity and collective action.
  • LaDa'at Ethnic Tasting Tour: Walkthrough 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, followed by lunch on own if still hungry!
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner (on own account).

Overnight: Tel Aviv

Day Eleven: Tuesday, March 24, 2020

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • From Hebrew City to Hebrew State: Walk along the newly-opened Independence Trail 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.
  • The challenge of democracy Walks 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.
  • Enjoy lunch (on own account) at the Sarona Market. Through the smells, flavors and tastes of this renovated historical Templers town, explore the range of cuisine - from local street food to fine dining by world-renowned Israeli chefs.
  • Free Afternoon in Tel Aviv with an opportunity to: (on own)
    • Take in the grand art collection at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.
    • Walk through the colorful Carmel Market.
    • Explore the colorful Neve Zedek
    • Visit some of Tel Aviv's legendary Art Galleries.
    • Enjoy the Ganei Yehoshua Park on the Yarkon River.
    • Crash the waves of the Mediterranean Sea.
    • Wander through the Tachana, Tel Aviv's renovated old train station, now a center of boutiques and good food.
    • Walk or bike the Blue Route, with its beautiful coastline and Mediterranean atmosphere - from the Jaffa Ridge in the south to Tel Aviv Port in the north, or the Green Route, passing through Ganei Yehoshua along the Yarkon River.
    • Stroll through the trendy Tel Aviv Port.
  • Farewell dinner at Goshen, an upscale grill restaurant located on the historic Nahalat Binyamin Street.

Overnight: Tel Aviv

Day Twelve: Wednesday, March 25, 2020

  • Breakfast at the hotel, followed by check-out.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for your return flight to the US.

Need to Know


  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of20 full-paying participants. 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.


Da'at Educational Expeditions reserves the right to adjust its terms of payment, including cancelation 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.


Cancelations need to be made in writing. Cancelation fees will be based on the date that the written cancelation is received.

Cancelation 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

Cancelation fees may also include:

  • Hotel or supplier cancelation 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.


We strongly recommend that you purchase your own travel insurance. Please discuss land, air and health insurance options with your insurance provider or contact Travel Insured at 1-800-344-6226, ext. 257. Some insurance programs provide more comprehensive coverage when the policy is purchased in close proximity to the initial trip deposit. We therefore recommend that you secure insurance within 14 days of your initial deposit payment date.


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.


Are included as specified in the itinerary.


All trips are conducted by our tour educators or local guides who remain with the group throughout the tour.


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
    Hostess (when included in the package):
    $2 per participant per day or a minimum of $50 per day total
    A security guard and/or a youth counselor (when included):
    $1 per participant per day per security guard, per youth counselor
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