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Congregation Emanu-El San Francisco
Summer 2019 Family Israel Trip

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  • 9 nights' accommodation at select hotels + Late check-out on last day
  • 10 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking tour educator.
  • 1 group transfer and assistance to and from the airport
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Meals: daily breakfast 1 lunches and 6 dinners
  • Youth consular for one day in Jerusalem
  • Portage at the airport and hotels

Day One: Thursday, June 27, 2019

  • 10:00 a.m. Meet in the hotel lobby (check-in time is 2:00 p.m.; rooms for the previous night - June 26th - as well as arrival transfers from the airport can be booked with ARZA world's customer service center: 888.811.2812)
  • 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.
  • Walk through the famous Jaffa Flea Market - “Shuk Hapishpeshim”; lunch on own account.
  • Walk through colorful Neve Zedek, one of Tel Aviv's earliest neighborhoods, nowadays a cultural mecca hosting small boutiques, galleries, and the Suzanne Dellal dance and theater center.
  • The Leaders of Israel: Proceed to the home of Israel's first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion, in the boulevard named after him, and continue to Rabin Square, a center of culture and politics, named for Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin who was assassinated Take a quiet moment at the Rabin Memorial.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Late afternoon and evening at leisure (with dinner on own account) with a chance to crash the waves of the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Transfer from Ben Gurion International Airport to Tel Aviv and check into the hotel (for those arriving on the direct United Airlines flight from San Francisco).
  • Good Night & Leila Tov!

Overnight: Tel Aviv

Day Two: Friday, June 28, 2019

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Israel in the Mid-East Arena: Dialogue with (Ret.) Miri Eisin, former advisor to the Prime Minister on foreign media.


  • Follow the story of Israel's pre-state elite fighting force, the Palmach, while walking through a state-of-the-art multimedia experience that allows a glimpse into the lives of extraordinary people at Beit Hapalmach.
  • Stroll down the Nachalat Binyamin pedestrian mall, with its bi-weekly craft fair and eateries. Alongside is the colorful Carmel open-air market.


  • LGBTQ Israelis - Between Civil and Jewish Law: Enter the Gan Meir Gay Center of Tel Aviv for a panel discussion about the progress and challenges of the LGBTQ rights movement, led by Rabbi Ian Chesir-Teran. Participating in the panel: Yuval Egert, Director of the Gay Center, Attorney Michal Eden, lawyer and advocate for LGBTQ rights, Hillel Meyer, from Shoval - Shehakol Bara Lichvodo, an organization advocating for tolerance within the Orthodox Jewish community.


  • Lunch (on own account) and then walk through colorful Neve Zedek, one of Tel Aviv's earliest neighborhoods, nowadays a cultural mecca hosting small boutiques, galleries, and the Suzanne Dellal dance and theater center.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat (on own); with one of the following communities:
    • Beit Tefilah Yisraeli at Tel Aviv Port, including music, prayer, dance, and poetry (pending confirmation).
    • Kehillat Beit Daniel in the Yarkon Park, led by Rabbi Meir Azari.
    • As a community, perhaps by the beach.
  • Group Shabbat Dinner and trip orientation.

Overnight: Tel Aviv

Day Three: Saturday, June 29, 2019

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Drive along the coast to Caesarea, one of the Land of Israel's most important landmarks, built during the Roman Period. Explore the Herodian Theater and the excavations along the Mediterranean shore, concluding with the ruined 900-year-old Crusader town.
  • Lunch (on own account), en route
  • Return to Tel Aviv for a free afternoon with the chance to crash the waves of the Mediterranean Sea or participate in an afternoon program of your choice:
    • The Israeli Bookshelf: Discuss different issues in current and past Israeli society through Israeli literature, with Rachel Korazim of the Hartman Institute.
    • Walk down Bialik Street in Tel Aviv and enter the Rubin House, the former residence and studio of Reuven Rubin; delve into the special world of this pioneering Israeli artist.
    • Street Art, Language & Graffiti: Join local Guy Sharett to explore the urban culture of the city.
  • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Communal Havdallah by the beach.
  • Dinner on own at 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 Four: Sunday, June 30, 2019

  • Breakfast at the hotel, followed by check-out.
  • Depart Tel Aviv and drive north along the Mediterranean coastline to Akko (Acre), a UNESCO Heritage Site, for a multi-layered experience from the days of the Crusades through contemporary Israel, including:
    • The restored Crusaders' Fortress.
    • The al-Jazzar Mosque, one of the largest and most interesting in Israel.
    • The renovated Turkish Bath (Hamam), with its unique audio-visual experience.
  • Proceed to a Druze village in the Galilee for a window into the unique world of the Israeli Druze community, with home-hospitality lunch.
  • Me'arat Keshet (“Arch Cave”) is a natural stone bridge at the top of a sheer precipice. A short hike to the top of the arch offers an amazing view of the Western Galilee and the Mediterranean and reveals how this natural phenomenon was formed.
  • Continue to the Golan Heights and check into the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.


  • The Balance of Power on Israel's Northern Border: Dialogue with Col. (Ret) Sarit Zehavi.


  • Israeli camp games with your tour educator.

Overnight: Golan Heights

Day Five: Monday, July 1, 2019

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Celebrate with B'not and B'nai Mitzvah at an ancient synagogue in the Upper Galilee or on the Golan Heights.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Enjoy rafting or kayaking down the Jordan River.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Festive BBQ celebration honoring the B'not and B'nai Mitzvah.

Overnight: Golan Heights

Day Six: Tuesday, July 2, 2019

  • Breakfast at the hotel, followed by check-out.
  • View the remains of the Second Temple-period town of Gamla on the Golan Heights, the site of one of the fiercest battles fought against the Romans during the Great Revolt.

Option 1

  • Walk through the Kinneret Cemetery and hear about the dreams of the early young Zionist pioneers, the challenges they faced and the obstacles they overcame.

Option 2

  • Enjoy the culinary delights of a chocolate workshop at the Galita Factory on Kibbutz Degania Bet.


  • Swim in the freshwater pools and natural springs at the Gan Hashlosha Nature Reserve (Sachne), situated at the foot of Mt. Gilboa.
  • Lunch (on own account), en route.
  • Continue south via the Jordan Valley Rift to the Dead Sea Basin.
  • Experience the weightlessness of the Dead Sea as you float in its waters.
  • Check into the hotel; dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Kibbutz Ein Gedi

Day Seven: Wednesday, July 3, 2019

  • Early breakfast at the hotel, followed by check-out.


  • 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.
  • Take a short hike to Nahal David, where David hid from King Saul.
  • Lunch (on own account), en route.
  • Ascend to Jerusalem, stopping first to ride camels through the desert in biblical-style.
  • Upon entering Jerusalem stop at Mount Scopus for an overlook of the Old and New City of Jerusalem and to recite the traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing.


  • Drive to the west bank.
  • The Untold Heroes: Tour Hebron with the Foreign Relations Director of Breaking the Silence - an organization of veteran combatants who have served in the Israeli military since the beginning of the Second Intifada and work to expose the Israeli public to the reality in the Occupied Territories, striving to stimulate the debate about the price paid when young soldiers are involved in the control of a civilian population's everyday life.
  • Packed lunch, en route.
  • Creating A Joint Future For Palestinians And Israelis: Meet with Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger/ 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.


  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner on own, perhaps at the Old Train Station Plaza, with its fashionable restaurants, serving local and international cuisine and occasional street music, dance, and other attractions.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Eight: Thursday, July 4, 2019

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Ivrit Safa Yafa: Gain the necessary tools to communicate with locals through a crash course at Ulpan Or and test your skills on the streets of Jerusalem.


  • Living as a Jew in the Modern World: Special study program at the Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, with a leading scholar.


  • Explore the archaeological treasures and other highlights of the Jewish Quarter:
    • Ascend to the rooftops of the Old City for a behind-the-scenes look at the various communities in Jerusalem and how they live alongside each other.
    • Walk through the Cardo - the main street of Jerusalem in the 6th century and Hurva Square - the central square of the Jewish Quarter.
    • Tour the 2,000-year-old Herodian Mansions OR Burnt House, a dramatic scorched witness to the Roman destruction of Jerusalem in 70 C.E. (with a film).
  • Lunch (on own account) in the Jewish Quarter.
  • Continue to 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;


  • 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.
  • Stop at the Kotel (Western Wall) to experience the special atmosphere of this holy site and then walk through the Western Wall Tunnel, the underground continuation of the Western Wall alongside the Temple Mount.


  • LaDa'at The Geopolitics of Jerusalem: Travel through the city of Jerusalem, and delve into some of its political and diplomatic complexities - including the Security Barrier - and gain a behind-the-headlines insight into current developments.
  • Lunch (on own account), en route.
  • Life in Palestine 2019: Tour the streets of Ramallah with a Rami Nazzal, a local journalist and
  • Packed lunch, en route.
  • Drive to the Jewish settlement of Ofra in the Binyamin region and meet with settlers; return to Jerusalem with Miri Maoz Ovadia, spokesperson for the Binyamin region, who blogs about life in the region.


  • Return to the hotel.
  • 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.
  • 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: Friday, July 5, 2019

  • Breakfast at the hotel.

Adults and Youth

  • Visit Yad Vashem, the Jewish National Memorial to the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust, including the Avenue of the Righteous, the Historical Museum, and the Children's Memorial


  • Visit Ein Yael, an interactive museum, located on a 2,000-year-old archaeological site. Take part in weaving, ceramics, painting and other crafts typical of life in ancient times.


  • 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.
  • Experience the sights, smells, and tastes of Jerusalem while walking through the Machaneh Yehuda open-air market, with lunch on own account.
  • From the Diaspora to Jerusalem: Walk through the neighborhood of Nachlaot, its various synagogues, and narrow alleys and experience the neighborhood's colorful mosaic.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat at a local reform community.
  • Home Hospitality OR communal Shabbat dinner with local congregants OR festive Shabbat dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Ten: Saturday, July 6, 2019

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Depart the hotel and return to the Old City.


  • Shabbat Walkthrough unexpected paths to Zion, the Temple Mount Overlook, and King David's Tomb.
  • Tour the Tower of David Museum; walk through the city's history - with observation points and audio-visual aids - from the time of Abraham to the end of the British Mandate.


  • Behind the Scenes: Tour various sites of the Christian, Muslim and Arminian quarters.


  • Walk through Jerusalem's famous Old City Market (shuk), with lunch on own account (we recommend local hummus restaurants like Lina and Abu Shukri).
  • Afternoon at leisure.
  • Late check-out from the hotel.
  • Looking Forward: Havdallah & wrap-up session with the Rabbi Singer and your tour educator, over a private festive farewell dinner.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport and check in for your departure flight.

Overnight: Flight

Day Eleven: Sunday, July 7, 2019

  • Arrive in San Francisco.

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.
  • 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 and snacks on the bus.
  • US and foreign airport taxes, Q fuel surcharge and border taxes when applicable.

Additional Information

  • Airline Security Measures: In the U.S., you must provide identification in the form of a passport at the time of airport check-in for travel to international destinations. Your passport name must match the name on your tour reservation and airline ticket or you may be denied boarding.
  • If you are traveling from an airport outside the jurisdiction of the U.S, you will need to determine what travel documentation and identification is required for that particular airport.
  • Due to heightened security regulations, certain items such as a metal nail file, pocketknife, cigarette lighter or tweezers, and some liquid, gel, or aerosol items may not be permitted in your carry-on luggage. Please call your airline prior to departure to obtain current information on non-permissible carry-on items and recommended airport check-in times. You may also wish to visit the Transportation Security Administration website at www.tsa.gov to obtain more information on acceptable identity documentation and prohibited luggage items.
  • Air Services: Once issued, tickets are non-refundable. Airline schedules and flights are subject to change without notice. We will not be responsible for penalties incurred for tickets, international or domestic, not issued by us due to schedule and/or flight changes. Airlines reserve the right to demand immediate issuance of tickets whenever they determine that specific flights are heavily booked even when normal ticketing rules do not require tickets to be issued until a later date. In this instance, we will require immediate and full payment of the airfare and airport taxes and fees as itemized on the invoice. This situation overrides invoice terms and conditions and payment due dates. If full payment is not received, seats will be cancelled by the airline and may not be available to be rebooked on the same flights or at the same airfare. Any replacement air arrangements and airfare will be the sole responsibility of the passenger. We suggest you contact your travel agent or the carrier several weeks prior to departure for seat assignments. Passengers are responsible to reconfirm their flights 72 hours prior to departure for all flights. Package is based on discount fares for group travel. Group members deviating from group dates will be charged a $75 deviation fee per person.
  • Holidays and Museum Closures - Museum visits and personal shopping time may be disrupted due to unforeseen circumstances or the many religious, state and local holidays locally observed in the destinations being visited.
  • Photography During Tours: We will occasionally use photographs taken by fellow guests or your trip director for promotional purposes. If you prefer that your photo not be used in any marketing activities, please notify us at the start of your tour.

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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1. ARZA World customer service center is open Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 5:30 pm EST. Call 888.811.2812.
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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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