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Central Synagogue's Upcoming 180th Anniversary
with Rabbi Buchdahl

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  • 8 nights' accommodation at select hotels + Late check-out by 5:00 pm on last day ( if you would like to stay the full night this will require an additional cost of a full night).
  • 9 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with a licensed, English speaking tour educator
  • Group transfer and assistance to and from the airport per bus 
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per the itinerary.
  • Meals: daily breakfast,  as shown below.
  • Water on the bus.
  • Youth counselor throughout the trip
  • Gratuities to guides, drivers and youth counselor
  • Portage at the airport and hotels

Day One: Monday, August 19, 2019
DEPARTURE

  • Depart the US.

Overnight: Flight

Day Two: Tuesday, August 20, 2019
ARRIVAL

Early Morning Arrivals:

  • 6:25 a.m. Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport on El Al flight 18 and El Al flight 004.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Meet your tour educator at the airport and depart for Tel Aviv - Jaffa.
  • Beginnings:Modern Tel Aviv grew out of ancientJaffa. Gaze out over the Mediterranean Sea and learn why Jaffa is historically important.
  • 10:30 a.m. Continue to the Hilton Hotel for Tel Aviv pick up.

Jerusalem Pick Up:

  • 9:30 a.m. Meet your tour educator at the David Citadel Hotel and continue to Ben Gurion Airport to pick up late-morning arrivals.

Late Morning Arrivals:

  • 9:45 a.m. Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport on Delta flight #466 & United Airlines flight #84.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Meet your tour educator at the airport and drive north along the Mediterranean coast.
  • Stop at the Ancient Roman Aqueducts, located on the pristine beaches of Caesarea. With the ruins of a past empire to your backs, enjoy the power of the sand, the sea, and the rush of the water as you celebrate the beginning of your journey throughout Israel (time pending).
  • Lunch (not included in package), en route.

Tel Aviv Pick Up:

  • 10:30 a.m. Meet your tour educator at the Hilton Tel Aviv and depart Tel Aviv, driving north along the Mediterranean Coast.
  • Stop at the Ancient Roman Aqueducts, located on the pristine beaches of Caesarea. With the ruins of a past empire to your backs, enjoy the power of the sand, the sea, and the rush of the water as you celebrate the beginning of your journey throughout Israel.
  • Lunch (not included in package), en route.

All:

  • 1:30 p.m. Gather together at the Ralli Museum in Caesarea for a warm group welcoming together with members of Kehilat HaAdam, the local Reform community.
  • Drive to the northern Galilee and check into the Kibbutz hotel.
  • 6:30 p.m. Festive opening dinner at the hotel.
  • Bruchim Ha'baim! (Welcome!): Opening activity with synagogue staff and your tour educators.

Overnight: Hagoshrim Hotel, Kibbutz HaGoshrim, Upper Galilee

Day Three: Wednesday, August 21, 2019
IN THE NORTH

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 8:30 a.m. Adults: The Balance of Power on Israel's Northern Border: (Res) Avraham Levine, an intelligence officer with the Israel Defense Forces and a researcher for the Alma Research and Educational Center, will analyze the geopolitical and security situation confronting Israel on its borders with Syria and Lebanon.
  • 8:30 a.m. Children: Activity at the hotel with youth counselors.
  • Depart the hotel by home bus:

Metzuyan Bus:

  • 10:00 a.m. Living on the Edge: Look into Southern Lebanon from Kibbutz Misgav Am and discuss some of the issues relating to the security of communities in Northern Israel, including a discussion with a Kibbutz member.
  • 11:30 a.m. Take a jeep tour off-road up the Golan Heights, following the footsteps of Israeli soldiers and their battles in the Six Day War.
  • Lunch (not included in package), en route.
  • Northern Israel Wine Route: Journey along the Golan and Galilean wine route; new and successful wineries have sprouted in recent years, including Pelter and Golan Heights Conversations with winemakers and connoisseurs and wine tasting are included.

Sababa Bus:

  • 10:00 a.m. Take a jeep tour off-road up the Golan Heights, following the footsteps of Israeli soldiers and their battles in the Six Day War.
  • Lunch (not included in package), en route.
  • Take in the panoramic views from Mount Bental and gain sharp insights into Israel's security situation on the Golan Heights, the enormous challenges it faced in the 1973 Yom Kippur War, and the new threat coming from the north - ISIS.
  • 2:30 p.m. Enjoy rafting or kayaking in the Upper Galilee along the Jordan River (minimum age for rafting is 5 years old).
  • Return to the hotel and prepare for evening activity.

Achla Bus:

  • 10:00 a.m. Take a jeep tour off-road up the Golan Heights, following the footsteps of Israeli soldiers and their battles in the Six Day War.
  • Lunch (not included in package), en route.
  • Explore Tsfat, a center of Jewish mysticism for hundreds of years and a contemporary artists' colony.
  • 3:00 p.m. Enjoy rafting or kayaking in the Upper Galilee along the Jordan River (minimum age for rafting is 5 years old).
  • Return to the hotel and prepare for evening activity.

Magniv Bus: 

  • 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 in the panoramic views from Mount Bental (overlooking the abandoned Syrian town of Kuneitra) and gain sharp insights into Israel's security situation on the Golan Heights, the enormous challenges it faced in the 1973 Yom Kippur War, and the new threat coming from the north - ISIS.
  • Lunch (not included in package), en route.
  • 1:00 p.m. Enjoy the culinary delights of a chocolate workshop at the De Karina Chocolate Factory on Kibbutz Ein Zivan.
  • Return to the hotel and prepare for evening activity.

All:

  • 6:00 p.m. Ready, Steady, Cook: Participate in a special outdoor cooking competition led by a local chef, followed by a delicious dinner of your own making.
  • Return to the                 

Overnight: Hagoshrim Hotel, Kibbutz HaGoshrim, Upper Galilee

Day Four: Thursday, August 22, 2019
FROM THE MOUNTAINS TO THE SEA

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

Metzuyan Bus:

  • Entering Tsfat, there's a sense of something Jewish but not quite of this world. Here, you'll:
  • 9:30 a.m. Dialogue with David Friedman, a Tsfat artist inspired by Kabbalah.
  • Visit the AriSynagogueand share in the inspiration and innovation that moved Rabbi Isaac Luria (the Holy Ari) and his fellow mystics. In Tsfat they developed the Kabbalah and created Kabbalat Shabbat.
  • See the Caro Synagogue, built originally, like the Ari, in the 16th It is where Rabbi Joseph Caro, one of the greatest of all Jewish legal authorities, taught and lived.
  • Walk through the cobbled streets and alleyways to the Artists' Colonywith its galleries, shops, and studios.
  • Lunch (not included in package), en route.
  • 2:00 p.m. Continue to the Arab town Shefaram, meet residents, walk through the ancient synagogue, the church, and the mosque.
  • Continue south toward Tel Aviv and check into the hotel.

Sababa Bus:

  • Walk through Tel Dan Nature Reserve, on the largest tributary of the Jordan River, and explore the ruins of the biblical city of Dan.
  • 11:00 a.m. Cowboys, Mystics, and More: Learn how to say “giddy-up” in Hebrew as we ride horses through the Biriya Forest. The horses and trails are for all levels of riders; for younger children and there's pony riding on the ranch. You'll also have a chance to try your skills as a baker as we bake fresh pita bread in the forest.
  • Lunch (not included in package), en route.
  • Drive to Tsfat, a center of Jewish mysticism for hundreds of years and a contemporary artists' colony, including the Ari, Caro, or Abuhav Synagogue and the quaint Artists' Colony; meet with local artists inspired by the messages of Kabbalah.
  • Continue south toward Tel Aviv and check into the hotel.

Achla Bus:

  • 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.
  • 11:30 a.m. Visit Kfar Kedem in the Galilee for a hands-on family experience, exploring Jewish life of 2,000 years ago, including donkey rides and pita baking.
  • Lunch (not included in package), en route.
  • 3:00 p.m. Visit the famous Ein Hod artist colony south of Haifa and explore some of the many galleries throughout the village.
  • Continue south toward Tel Aviv and check into the hotel.

Magniv Bus: 

  • 9:00 a.m. Visit the Hula Lake (Agamon HaHula) for bike-riding, golf-carting, nature walks, and birdwatching.
  • Lunch (not included in package), en route.
  • 1:00 p.m. Proceed to the innovative Zippori National Park, site of Rabbi Yehuda Hanasi's codification of the Mishna and where extraordinary ancient mosaics have been discovered, with a special mosaic-making program for children and youth.
  • 3:30 p.m. Walk through the 2,000-year-old water tunnel at Park Alona, the water source for ancient Caesarea.
  • Continue south toward Tel Aviv and check into the hotel.

All:

  • Free Evening in Tel Aviv with dinner (not included in package).

Overnight: Hilton, Tel Aviv

Day Five: Friday, August 23, 2019
TEL AVIV: THE FIRST HEBREW CITY

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 8:30 a.m. Adults: Doing Jewish - Reflections on Jewish Identity: Dialogue with Avraham Infeld, former Director of the Israeli Chais Foundation.
  • Children: Ivrit Safa Yafa: Gain necessary tools to communicate with locals through a crash course activity led by staff.
  • Depart the hotel by tracks:

Track 1: Young in Age and Spirit

  • 10:30 a.m. Don't Worry, I Trust You: We will be joining Etgarim, an organization that empowers people with physical disabilities through outdoor and extreme sports, for a tandem bike ride where one rider is blindfolded and relies on support from their friend. Aside from being an amazing insight into the world of the blind, it's also a great example of the power of partnership.
  • 2:00 p.m. Urban Culture Tours of Tel Aviv, Combining Street Art, Language & Graffiti: Join a local resident to explore the urban culture of the city.

Track 2: Innovation & Start Up Nation

  • 10:30 a.m. Dialogue with alumni of the elite intelligence unit 8200 and members of their Entrepreneurship and Innovative Support Program (EISP), for a look into how EISP takes innovations from the military and adapting these skills for the commercial sector.
  • Meet with Eliav Rodman to discuss the “Start Up” nature of the Israeli economy (pending final confirmation).

Track 3: Taste of Tel Aviv

  • Art in Tel Aviv: Special gallery tour led by a leading art critic, including a meeting with artists or gallery owners.
  • Ethnic Tasting 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.

Track 4: Outdoors

  • 10:00 a.m. Israeli Martial Arts: Train in Krav Maga, a self-defense system developed for the IDF.
  • 11:30 a.m. Along the Water: Challenge yourself on two wheels as you bike along the shoreside Tel Aviv promenade to the old port of Jaffa.

All:

  • Stroll down the Nahalat Binyamin pedestrian mall, with its bi-weekly craft fair and eateries. Alongside is the colorful Carmel open-air market.
  • Lunch (not included in package).
  • Return to the hotel.
  • 6:30 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat services with Beit Tefilah Yisraeli at the Tel Aviv Port, including music, prayer, dance, and
  • 8:00 p.m. Shabbat dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Hilton, Tel Aviv

Day Six: Saturday, August 24, 2019
SHABBAT IN TEL AVIV

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Shabbat Morning Service overlooking the Mediterranean from the top of the Daniel Center for Progressive Judaism in Jaffa.

Mitzuyan Bus:

  • Visit the Old City of Jaffa and ascend from the old port to the Jaffa Overlook for an introduction to Tel Aviv, where it all began.
  • Stroll through Old Jaffa's artists' colony and the old port. Continue through Jaffa's famous flea market - Shuk Hapishpeshim, with lunch (not included in package).
  • 1:30 p.m. Have You Heard the One About…? Get ready to laugh and learn with Let There Be Laughter, a celebration of Jewish humor from Sholem Aleichem to Seinfeld, at Beit Hatefutsot, the Museum of the Jewish People and Culture.

Sababa Bus:

  • Depart Tel Aviv, heading south toward Rehovot.
  • 11:00 a.m. Visit the Ayalon Institute near Rehovot for a tour of a clandestine munitions factory used during the British Mandate.
  • Lunch (not included in package), en route.
  • 1:30 p.m. Continue to the Israel Children's Museum in Holon and take part in one of the following:
  • Dialogue in the Dark, an innovative, experiential project designed to open up the hidden world of the blind.
  • Invitation to Silence, an interactive exhibit that gives stage to non-verbal communication skills hidden in each of us.

Achla Bus:

  • 10:00 a.m. Hallelujah! A People and Their Prayers: Experience the dynamism of Jewish life at the rejuvenated Beit Hatfutsot: The Museum of the Jewish People, including Heroes: Trailblazers of the Jewish People, about Jews who have changed the world.
  • Lunch (not included in package), en route.
  • Depart Tel Aviv, heading south toward Rehovot.
  • 2:00 p.m. Visit Ayalon Institute near Rehovot for a tour of a clandestine munitions factory used during the British Mandate.

Magniv Bus: 

  • 10:00 a.m. Hallelujah! A People and Their Prayers: Experience the dynamism of Jewish life at Beit Hatfutsot: The Museum of the Jewish People, including Heroes: Trailblazers of the Jewish People.
  • Lunch (not included in package), en route.
  • Depart Tel Aviv, heading south toward Rehovot.
  • 2:15 p.m. Visit Ayalon Institute near Rehovot for a tour of a clandestine munitions factory used during the British Mandate.

All:

  • Return to the hotel.
  • 4:00 p.m. Join Project Sunshine at the hotel, as we spread sunshine for pediatric patients in Tel-Aviv! We'll make Craft Kits, activity packages for interactive arts and craft activities. These kits provide outlets to patients facing long wait times to see doctors or extended hospital stays. The kits will be distributed to local hospitals.
  • Group Reflection Session at the hotel.
  • Free time in Tel Aviv to rest, take in the sunset, and grab a bite to eat (dinner not included in package).
  • 8:30 p.m. Ben Kodesh Lechol: Say farewell to Shabbat and welcome in the new week (location to be determined).
  • 8:45 p.m. Unbound Ritual Workshop with Eli Kaplan-Wildmann, designer of Unbound Haggadah and Central Synagogue's own Shabbat Book. After studying about Jerusalem, we will make a ritual object to use upon arrival that will help us see the city in a new light. 

Overnight: Hilton, Tel Aviv

Day Seven: Sunday, August 25, 2019
ARCHAEOLOGY, ARTS, & PRESENT-DAY ISSUES

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

Track 1: Young in Age and Spirit

  • 9:00 a.m. The Landscape and Lifestyles of the Bible: Neot Kedumim is a 625-acre biblical landscape reserve hidden in the Judean foothills. Here, you'll find the plants, vineyards, threshing floors, cooking techniques, and water cisterns of biblical times and will recreate the daily life of our ancestors. Our visit will include:
  • Shepherds and Their Sheep: From Abel to Abraham, from Moses to King David, many biblical heroes were shepherds. We'll learn how they kept their flocks under control and try our own techniques during a fun session of sheep and goat herding.
  • Making Our Mark: Celebrate your journey and get in touch with the Land of Israel with a tree-planting We'll plant indigenous saplings mentioned in the Bible to make Israel bloom.
  • Lunch (not included in package), en route.
  • 2:00 p.m. Take part in an archaeological dig at the Beit Guvrin Caves: Get your hands dirty uncovering pottery from the Hellenistic period, 2,300 years ago, and (optional) crawl through the Maresha Cave Labyrinth. Beit Guvrin-Maresha National Park was recently recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Track 2: Beyond Borders

  • 9:00 a.m. Drive to Ramallah in the West Bank with Palestinian journalist Rami Nazzal. Meet with Palestinian entrepreneurs over
  • 3:00 p.m. Settlements & Settlers: At the Binyamin Region Visitor's Center, located on a mountain where the illegal settlement Migron once was located, meet Miri Maoz Ovadia, representative of the region and spokesperson for the Yesha Council.

Track 3: Eco-Environmental

  • 8:30 a.m. Desert Innovation: Meet with Alon Tal from the Arava Center for Sustainable Development and learn what they are doing to enhance sustainability and empower communities through local, environmentally focused development programs.
  • 1:00 p.m. Beer tasting and group lunch at Mosco Brewery, a microbrewery located in Moshav Zanuah.
  • Hiking in the Hills: Stretch your legs with a hike that will take you from the tree-laden beauty of the Jerusalem Hills to the Sataf Springs. Along the way, witness how ancient methods of agricultural cultivation are being revived in modern Israel.

All:

  • Continue to Jerusalem and upon entering the city, stop to recite the traditional “shehechiyanu”
  • Check into the hotel.

Dinner (not included in package) and evening at leisure in Jerusalem.

Overnight: David Citadel, Jerusalem

Day Eight: Monday, August 26, 2019
HISTORY AND SPIRITUALITY IN JERUSALEM

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 8:00 a.m. B'nai Mitzvah ceremony in the gardens of Hebrew Union College.

Mitzuyan Bus:

  • Take a walking tour through Jerusalem's Old Cityand the Jewish Quarter and experience the center of Jewish life, history, and holiness. Among the highlights will be:
  • A walk along the rooftopsthat will provide an extraordinary scene of multi-faith Jerusalem. From this one spot, we will see the domes of three great religious landmarks: The Church of the Holy Sepulchre (marking where Jesus is believed to have been crucified); the Jewish Quarter's Hurva synagogue; and the Dome of the Rock, one of Islam's most sacred and beautiful sites.
  • The Cardo, the main street of Roman-controlled Jerusalem and its spectacular Byzantine-era columns.
  • King Hezekiah's Broad Wall, a massive wall built to protect Jerusalem from invasion 2,700 years ago.
  • Hurva Square, the center of modern-day life in the Jewish Quarter.
  • 12:30 p.m. The Hummus - Both Basic and Rich: Tour and taste from hummus places in and around the Old City, joined by a local hummus expert, with lunch (not included in package) if you're still hungry.
  • 2:20 p.m. Stop at the Kotel (Western Wall) and tour the Western Wall Tunnel, the underground continuation of the Western Wall along the Temple Mount.

Sababa Bus:

  • 10:00 a.m. At the Heart of It All: Explore the City of David, the core of ancient Jerusalem; learn how the city was administered during the First Temple period. Our visit will include:
  • Archaeological discoveries illustrating how the wealthy and powerful lived in ancient Jerusalem.
  • Wading through the 2,700-year-old water tunnels (there's an optional dry exit), an architectural wonder of King Hezekiah's.
  • Travelling through time as we walk in ancient drainage channels from the City of David to the Western Wall's massive foundation stones at the foot of the Temple Mount.
  • Lunch (not included in package) in the Old City.
  • No visit to Israel is complete without experiencing the Kotel(Western Wall), widely considered Judaism's holiest site. Each year, over one million notes containing prayers and wishes are placed in the cracks of the wall. We'll discuss the wall's historical and contemporary importance and experience its unique atmosphere.
  • 2:40 p.m. Going Under, Going Deeper: Explore the Western Wall Tunnel, the underground continuation of the Kotel, and examine important archaeological discoveries that are revising our understanding of daily life in ancient Jerusalem.

Achla Bus:

  • Proceed to the Old City and explore the Jerusalem Archaeological Park, including the Davidson Center, Robinson's Arch, and the Southern Wall steps where Jewish pilgrims entered the Temple Mount 2,000 years ago.
  • No visit to Israel is complete without experiencing the Kotel(Western Wall), widely considered Judaism's holiest site. Each year, over one million notes containing prayers and wishes are placed in the cracks of the wall. We'll discuss the wall's historical and contemporary importance and experience its unique atmosphere.
  • 11:40 a.m. Going Under, Going Deeper: Explore the Western Wall Tunnel, the underground continuation of the Kotel, and examine important archaeological discoveries that are revising our understanding of daily life in ancient Jerusalem.
  • Lunch (not included in package) in the Jewish Quarter.
  • Walk through the archaeological treasures and other highlights of the Jewish Quarter: 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.
  • The Old City Ramparts: Stroll along the ancient outer walls for a bird's eye view of the remarkably diverse yet closely bound communities of Jerusalem's Old City.

Magniv Bus:

  • Proceed to the Old City and explore the Jerusalem Archaeological Park, including the Davidson Center, Robinson's Arch, and the Southern Wall steps where Jewish pilgrims entered the Temple Mount 2,000 years ago.
  • No visit to Israel is complete without experiencing the Kotel(Western Wall), widely considered Judaism's holiest site. Each year, over one million notes containing prayers and wishes are placed in the cracks of the wall. We'll discuss the wall's historical and contemporary importance and experience its unique atmosphere.
  • 11:50 a.m. Going Under, Going Deeper: Explore the Western Wall Tunnel, the underground continuation of the Kotel, and examine important archaeological discoveries that are revising our understanding of daily life in ancient Jerusalem.
  • Lunch (not included in package) in the Jewish Quarter.
  • Walk through the archaeological treasures and other highlights of the Jewish Quarter: 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.
  • The Old City Ramparts: Stroll along the ancient outer walls for a bird's eye view of the remarkably diverse yet closely bound communities of Jerusalem's Old City.

All:

  • Return to the hotel.
  • 5:00 p.m. Group Reflection Session at the hotel.
  • Dinner (not included in package) and evening at leisure in Jerusalem.

Overnight: David Citadel, Jerusalem

Day Nine: Tuesday, August 27, 2019
INTO THE DESERT / A NATION'S CAPITAL  

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Depart the hotel by tracks:

Track 1: Masada & Dead Sea

  • Descend to the Dead Sea Basin and 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 defense and its significance in modern Israel.
  • Lunch and a “Swim” In the Sea of SaltFloat into happiness at a private beach on the Dead Sea. Not much can live or swim 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. You'll also enjoy a buffet lunch at the Herod's hotel.
  • Return to Jerusalem.

Track 2: Capitol Hill

  • 9:30 a.m. The Reform Jewish World: A glimpse into the world of the Reform Movement in Israel with Rabbi Gilad Kariv, Executive Director of the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism.
  • Depart the hotel and tour the grounds of Israel's “Capitol Hill”: The Rose Garden, featuring 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.
  • Explore Jewish and Israeli judicial traditions at the Supreme Court building.
  • Lunch (not included in package).

Evening Options:

  • Free time in the Mamilla pedestrian arcade, a contemporary shopping area with a whiff of the past, located outside the Jaffa Gate of the Old City. This is a great place for dinner (not included in package).
  • Nighttime visit to 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.
  • 9:30 p.m. (Optional) Watch the Night Spectacular at the Tower of David Museum: The walls of the Citadel serve as the stage for this nighttime show depicting the story of Jerusalem.

Overnight: David Citadel, Jerusalem

Day Ten: Wednesday, August 28, 2019
MEMORIES FOR THE FUTURE

  • Private breakfast at the hotel.
  • 8:00 a.m. Adults: The Memory of the Holocaust in Contemporary Israeli Society: Dialogue with Holocaust scholar Rachel Korazim.
  • Children: Activity at the hotel with youth counsellors.

Track 1: Yad Vashem for First Timers

  • 9:00 a.m. VisitYad Vashem, the national memorial to the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust, an essential emotional and educational experience. Your guided tour will include:
  • TheAvenue 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.
  • TheHistorical 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, commemorating the 1.5 million children lost during the Holocaust.

Track 2: Yad Vashem for Returnees

  • 9:00 a.m. VisitYad Vashem, the national memorial to the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust, an essential emotional and educational experience. Your guided tour will include:
  • The Museum of Holocaust Art. 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 Valley of the Communities, a 2.5-acre monument dug out of bedrock. Engraved on its stone walls are the names of 5,000 Jewish communities that were swallowed up by the Shoah.

Track 3: Yad Vashem for B'nai Mitzvah

  • 9:15 a.m. VisitYad Vashem, the national memorial to the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust, an essential emotional and educational experience. Your guided tour will include:
  • TheAvenue 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.
  • TheHistorical 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, commemorating the 1.5 million children lost during the Holocaust.
  • Personal reflections: At the end of our visit, we'll come together to share feelings and thoughts and discuss what we have experienced and learned at Yad Vashem.

Track 4: Children under 13

  • 10:00 a.m. Visit Ein Yael, an interactive, living museum, located on a 2,000-year-old archaeological site. There are options of taking part in weaving, ceramics, painting, and other crafts typical of life in ancient times.

All:

  • Take a multi-cultural tasting journey through the hustle and bustle of Jerusalem's Mahane Yehuda open-air market: Enjoy the sights, smells, tastes and sounds of this vibrant area where Jerusalemites shop. This doubles as a delicious
  • Return to the hotel and take time to finish packing.
  • 5:00 p.m. Late check-out from the hotel.
  • Festive farewell dinner and closing remarks at Modern, located at the Israel Museum. Dinner will include special musical entertainment by Shani Ben-Or.
  • 7:30 p.m. Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • 8:30 p.m. Check in for the departure flight to the US.

Overnight: Flight

Day Eleven: Thursday, August 29, 2019
ARRIVAL

  • Arrival in the US.
 

Need to Know

  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 120 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.
  • A $300 deposit (unless otherwise indicated) per person is due at the time of reservation. The deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable. Online payment of the deposit can be made by credit card only (AMEX, VISA or Mastercard). To pay by check or wire transfer, please call our customer service center. Completion of the payment can be made by credit card, check or wire transfer. After the deposit is paid, you will receive an invoice which includes full details on how to complete payment.
  • 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

  • Flights : Participants are required to book and manage their own flights. Arrival flights should land at Ben Gurion Airport In Tel Aviv no later then 9:15 am on August 20th . Departure flights from Ben Gurion Airport should be scheduled to depart after 11:00 pm on August 28th . 
  • Personal Expenses: All personal expenses such as: laundry, valet service, cables, telephone calls and postage are not included.
  • 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.
  • 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 for Promotional Purposes: We may use for promotional purposes photographs, images or videos taken by tour participants or by anyone associated with the tour operator. No payment or compensation will be made for use of this material. If you do not want images of yourself or your tour party to be included in our marketing activities, you are required to notify us by the start of your tour. 

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.)

     

    To Register Now, click here

  
Three simple ways to book ARZA World tours!

1. ARZA World customer service center is open Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 5:30 pm EST. Call 888-811-2812.
2. Booking with us is easy! Register online by simply finding the right program for you and clicking 'Register now.'
3. We are proud to work with the Travel Agent community. Simply contact your favored travel agent and ask them to handle your booking; restrictions apply.

Important to Know
  • Land-only price does not include arrival/departure transfers unless otherwise indicated.
  • By paying a deposit upon registration, you are agreeing to ARZA World terms.
  • We highly recommend carefully reviewing those terms for full details about conditions and penalties.
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