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Congregation Or Ami Multi-Generational Israel Trip with Rabbi Paul Kipnes and Cantor Doug Cotler

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  • 9 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 from and to the airport
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Meals: daily breakfast, 1 lunch, and 5 dinners
  • Water on the bus on touring days
  • Portage at the airport and hotels

Day One: Thursday, June 20, 2019

  • Depart the U.S.A.

Overnight: Flight

Day Two: Friday, June 21, 2019

  • Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Depart the airport and drive to Jerusalem.
  • Welcome to Jerusalem- Enter the vibrant and colorful ancient city of Jerusalem, and experience the convergence of the old and the new.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • 5:30 p.m. Meet at the hotel lobby and depart for the Haas Promenade for an overlook of the Old and New City of Jerusalem and to recite the traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing followed by Kabbalat Shabbat
  • 8:00 p.m. Shabbat Dinner at the hotel.
  • Siyum, singing Listen, Shma and Hashkiveinu with Rabbi Paul Kipnes and Cantor Doug Cotler.

Overnight: Dan Panorama, Jerusalem

Day Three: Saturday, June 22, 2019

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 10:00 a.m. Depart the hotel and visit the renewed and wonderfully creative Israel Museum, with its wide-ranging and eclectic collection, 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.
  • Continue to the Old City of Jerusalem.
  • Walk through Jerusalem's famous Old City Market (shuk), with free time for lunch on your own.
  • Enter the Jewish Quarter for visits to archaeological treasures and other highlights, among them:
  • The Cardo, the main street of Jerusalem in the 6th
  • King Hezekiah's First Temple-period “Broad Wall”.
  • Hurva Square, the central square of the Jewish Quarter.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • 3:00 p.m. Life in Palestine 2019: Dialogue with Rami Nazzal, a local Palestinian journalist and guide. Travelling extensively with his parents as they taught at world renowned universities, Rami gained an insight into the cultures of the world. Attending the Anglican International School in West Jerusalem, and later graduating in Business Management and Tourism from the University of Utah in 2003, he lived in Boston for seven years before returning to his childhood home in East Jerusalem.
  • Dinner on own, perhaps at the Old Train Station Plaza, with its fashionable restaurants featuring local and international cuisine. On certain evenings one can enjoy street musicians, Israeli dancing and other attractions.
  • 8:30 p.m. Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah overlooking the Old City. 

Overnight: Dan Panorama, Jerusalem

Day Four: Sunday, June 23, 2019 

  • Early breakfast at the hotel.
  • 9:00 a.m. Take part in an archaeological dig at the Beit Guvrin Caves and prepare to get your hands dirty as uncovering pottery from the Hellenistic period, 2,300 years ago, followed by a crawl through the Maresha Cave Labyrinth (crawling is optional). Beit Guvrin-Maresha National Park was recently recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Take a multi-cultural tasting journey through the hustle and bustle of Jerusalem's Machaneh Yehudah open-air market: Enjoy the sights, smells, tastes and sounds of this vibrant area where Jerusalemites shops.

Option 1 (adults and older youth):

  • 3:30 p.m. 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

Option 2 (younger kids):

  • Actively explore and experiment at the Bloomfield Science Museum.


  • Free time to explore Downtown Jerusalem, including the Ben-Yehuda pedestrian mall and the Nachalat Shiva neighborhood, with dinner on own.
  • Siyum, singing Listen, Shma and Hashkiveinu with Rabbi Paul Kipnes and Cantor Doug Cotler.

Overnight: Dan Panorama, Jerusalem

Day Five: Monday, June 24, 2019

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 9:00 a.m. Challenges and Triumphs of Religious Pluralism and Social Justice in Israel: Dialogue with Anat Hoffman, Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC).
  • Return to the Old City.
  • Stop at Ezrat Yisrael, the pluralistic section of the Kotel (Western Wall), for a special blessings led by Rabbi Paul Kipnes and Cantor Doug Cotler.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • 1:00 p.m. Explore the Western Wall Tunnel, the underground continuation of the Temple Mount's Western Wall, exposed in recent years.
  • 3:00 p.m. Explore the excavations at the City of David, the very core of ancient Jerusalem, view the Gihon Spring and wade through the 2,700-year-old water tunnel of King Hezekiah (optional dry exit).
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Free time in the Mamilla pedestrian arcade, a very contemporary shopping area with a whiff of the past, located outside the Jaffa Gate of the Old City; dinner on own.
  • 8:30 p.m. The Night Spectacular at the Tower of David Museum: The walls of the Citadel serve as a stage for a night-time show - a celebration of sight and sound - that depicts the story of Jerusalem.
  • Siyum, singing Listen, Shma and Hashkiveinu with Rabbi Paul Kipnes and Cantor Doug Cotler.

Overnight: Dan Panorama, Jerusalem

Day Six: Tuesday, June 25, 2019

  • Early breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Depart for the Dead Sea Basin.
  • 9:30 a.m. 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 defence and its current significance in modern Israel.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Take a short hike to Nahal David, the freshwater spring and waterfalls in the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, a lush oasis in the Judean Desert overlooking the Dead Sea.
  • Experience the weightlessness of the Dead Sea as you float in its waters.
  • Depart the Dead Sea and drive up north.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
  • Siyum, singing Listen, Shma and Hashkiveinu with Rabbi Paul Kipnes and Cantor Doug Cotler.

Overnight: Pastoral, Kfar Blum

Day Seven: Wednesday, June 26, 2019

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 10:00 a.m. Meet Rabbi Or Zohar from Kehilat Ma'alot and go on a spiritual journey of Tsfat, the center of Jewish mysticism for hundreds of years and a contemporary artists' colony, including:
  • Guided visit to the Ari, Caro or Abuhav Synagogues, each with its great stories and mystical messages.
  • A stroll through the quaint Artists' Colony, shop in the galleries and crafts shops and engage in dialogues with local artisans inspired by the messages of Kabbalah.
  • Recite the Lecha Dodi at the exact spot of where it was composed, at the Ari Synagogue, with Cantor Doug Cotler.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Drive to the Golan Heights and take a nature hike to the Suspended Trail above the spectacular canyon of the Banias Stream, at the foot of Mount Hermon.
  • 4:30 p.m. Enjoy rafting or kayaking down the Jordan River.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
  • Siyum, singing Listen, Shma and Hashkiveinu with Rabbi Paul Kipnes and Cantor Doug Cotler.

Overnight: Pastoral, Kfar Blum

Day Eight: Thursday, June 27, 2019

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • 8:30 a.m. Arrival and Preparation for B'nai Mitzvah ceremony.
  • 9:00 a.m. B'nai Mitzvah ceremony at the Katzrin Talmudic Village, followed by an exploration of its archaeological remains, including the partially reconstructed synagogue and homes from a thriving ancient Jewish community.
  • Depart the Golan and drive south towards Tel Aviv, stopping for lunch on own en route.
  • 2:45 p.m. Drive to Holon to meet the children of Save a Child's Heart, an Israeli-based international humanitarian project providing life-saving heart surgeries and follow-up care for children from around the world (gifts of art supplies and small treats are always welcome).
  • Enter the city of Tel Aviv, 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 at your own expense and free evening in Tel Aviv for an opportunity to:
  • Meander through the Old City of Jaffa.
  • Stroll down Rothschild Boulevard, with its many cafés and bars.
  • Experience Tel Aviv Port, with its restaurants and clubs.
  • Explore the gentrified Neve Zedek
  • Saunter down the Tel Aviv Beach Promenade.
  • Wander through the Tachana, Tel Aviv's renovated old train station, now a center of boutiques and good food, and one of Tel Aviv's blooming hot spots.
  • Siyum, singing Listen, Shma and Hashkiveinu with Rabbi Paul Kipnes and Cantor Doug Cotler.

Overnight: Carlton, Tel Aviv

Day Nine: Friday, June 28, 2019

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 9:15 a.m. Start-Up Nation: Delve into the world of renowned Israeli inventions and creations at the State of Mind Innovation Center and meet with an up-and-coming start-up entrepreneur.
  • Jaffa Flea Market - “Shuk Hapishpishim and then tour the the Old City of Jaffa, ascending 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.
  • Visit the Nachalat Binyamin pedestrian mall, with its bi-weekly crafts fair and eateries. Alongside is the colorful Carmel open-air market and across the way Sheinkin St., with its hip cafés and funky chic shopping, with time to explore and lunch on own.
  • Return to the hotel to freshen up and prepare for Shabbat.
  • 6:00 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat services at Kehillat Halev in Tel Aviv, led by Rabbi Naomi Efrat, followed by a communal Shabbat dinner with congregants.

Overnight: Carlton, Tel Aviv

Day Ten: Saturday, June 29, 2019

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 9:00 a.m. Urban Culture Tours of Tel Aviv, Combining Street Art, Language & Graffiti: Join a local resident, to explore the urban culture of the city.
  • From the Templers to the Hipsters: Guided tour to the newly renovated Templers town of Sarona, now a hip and vibrant fashion and culinary center, including free time to stroll through the indoor food and spice market.
  • Lunch on own.

Option 1:

  • 1:00 p.m. In the Footsteps of Ben Gurion: Walking tour of Tel Aviv, including a visit to Ben-Gurion's House to experience a personal and unmediated meeting with Ben-Gurion's memory, his way of life and activities.

Option 2:

  • Free time to finish packing and relax or perhaps (on own):
  • Take in the grand art collection at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.
  • Explore the newly gentrified Neve Zedek neighborhood.
  • 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.
  • Walk along the trendy Tel Aviv Port.


  • Late check-out from the hotel.
  • 6:30 p.m. Festive farewell dinner at Beit Kandinof in Jaffa.
  • Depart to Ben Gurion International Airport to check in for the departure flight to the USA.

Overnight:  Flight 

Day Eleven: Sunday, June 30, 2019

  • Arrival in the USA.

Need to Know

  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 25 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

  • 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 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.)


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