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Temple Isaiah | Study Trip in Israel 2020
With Rabbi Dara Frimmer

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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 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: Thursday, January 16, 2020

  • (Optional) 10:00 a.m. Meet Yishay Shavit, your tour educator, and depart the hotel by foot.
  • Take a walking tour through Jerusalem's Old City and the Jewish Quarter and experience the center of Jewish life, history, and holiness. Among the highlights will be:
    • 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. 
  • 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.
  • Lunch (not included in package) in the Old City.
  • Following the Path: The Old City is rich in Christian significance. Our exploration of the Christian Quarter will include parts of Via Dolorosa, the path Jesus is believed to have taken when he walked, holding a cross, to the crucifixion. 
  • At the end of the Via Dolorosa is the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the place where Jesus is believed to have been crucified. This church is one of Christianity's great pilgrimage sites and a testament to the remarkable diversity of the Christian world. It includes an empty tomb where it is said that Jesus was buried and resurrected.

Day One: Thursday, January 16, 2020

  • A Mountain Holy to Many: Experience the overlapping religions and the complexity of inter-religious relations at Mount Zion. The site is venerated by Christians as the location of Jesus' Last Supper but was once a mosque while, in a room directly below, Jews pray at the place where King David is believed to have been buried (time permitting).
  • Return to the hotel to freshen up.
  • 7:00 p.m. Meet the rest of the group and Rabbi Frimmer to begin your communal study tour.
  • A Window into Israel & Our Journey: Orientation with the tour educator over a private dinner at Anna, an Italian restaurant with a social agenda. Together with the Jerusalem municipality, Anna employs at-risk youth in their kitchen. 


Overnight: David Citadel, Jerusalem

Day Two: Friday, January 17, 2020

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • New Voices and New Challenges in the Middle East: Meet Elhanan Miller, a journalist specializing in the Arab world and a fellow at the Forum for Regional Thinking, to discuss the latest developments in the Middle East and understand how they impact upon Israel.
  • Reform Life, Israel, & Israelis: A glimpse into the world of the Reform Movement in Israel with Rabbi Naamah Kelman, Dean of the Taube Family Campus of HUC-JIR in Jerusalem.   This will include a tour of the campus.
  • Lunch (not included in package), en route. 
  • Cinema as a Window into Israeli Life: Examine Israeli society through its cinema at the Ma'aleh School of Film and Television, with special screenings and discussion. Ma'aleh is producing many of the country's most talented directors and scriptwriters while using film to inquire into questions of Jewish and Israeli identity. It has also created a groundbreaking program using video therapy for youth-at-risk, Ethiopian immigrants, terror victims, and adults with special needs.
  • Return to the hotel to prepare for Shabbat.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services at a local synagogue, followed by dinner at the hotel.


Overnight: David Citadel, Jerusalem


Day Three: Saturday, January 18, 2020

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Depart for the Old City; begin with a visit to Azarat Israel, the pluralistic section of the Kotel (Western Wall).
  • Explore Christian East Jerusalem. Led by Hana Bendcowsky, Director of the Jerusalem Center for Jewish Christian Relations, meet with Christian personalities and visit Christian institutions. Walk through the Christian Quarter of the Old City, including the Via Dolorosa, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and other Christian sites. On the way, stop by the Sisters of Zion Monastery for a meeting with clergy. 
  • Walk along the rooftops of the Old City for a behind-the-scenes look at how the various communities live alongside each other.
  • Stop by Lina, the famous hummus restaurant, for lunch (not included in package). 
  • Shabbat walk through unexpected paths to Mount Zion, the Temple Mount Overlook, and King David's Tomb.
  • Return to the hotel. 
  • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah and nosh the home of the Temple's Cantor Emeritus Evan Kent. 
  • Stroll along the Ben Yehuda Street and Nahalat Shiva pedestrian malls, joining the many Israelis out on the town, with dinner (not included in package).


Overnight: David Citadel, Jerusalem


Day Four: Sunday, January 19, 2020

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • The Jerusalem Mosaic - Creating a Multicultural City: Meet with Tehila Friedman, co-founder of The Jerusalem Movement Coalition, building bridges between the different communities to bring about a more tolerant existence.
  • 1 City, 2 States, 3 Religions, and 4 Quarters: Take a ride on Jerusalem's light rail, starting at the Pisgat Ze'ev neighborhood, continuing through the Arab villages of Shuafat and Beit Hanina and the ultra-Orthodox area of Ramat Eshkol, ending at the Old City. Experience the mosaic and diversity of the Jerusalem population and discuss the differences between East and West Jerusalem and the ongoing struggles between the city's different communities.
  • Experience the sights, smells, and tastes of Jerusalem while walking through the Mahane Yehuda open-air market, with lunch (not included in package).
  • The Haredi World: Tour the Haredi neighborhoods of Geula and Zichron Moshe, led by Zipi Yarum, a Haredi activist and reporter. 
  • Return to the hotel. 
  • Challenges and Triumphs of Religious Pluralism and Social Justice in Israel: Meet with Anat Hoffman, Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC).
  • Dinner (not included in package). 


Overnight: David Citadel, Jerusalem


Day Five: Monday, January 20, 2020

  • Breakfast at the hotel, followed by check-out.
  • Israel in the Middle of the Middle East: Briefing with Major (Res.) Dan Feferman from the Jewish People Policy Institute. For almost a decade, Dan has served as a foreign policy and national security analyst, strategist, and adviser in the IDF General Staff; as a special assistant to the Deputy Chief of the General Staff; and as a commander in an elite intelligence unit of AMAN's Research and Analysis Division.
  • Life in Palestine 2020: Dialogue and tour the streets of Ramallah with Rami Nazzal, a local journalist and guide, with an opportunity for lunch in Ramallah, followed by beer tasting at the Taiybe boutique brewery.
  • The Checkpoints and the Conflict: Understand the realities of crossing between Israel and the areas controlled by the Palestinian Authority. Cross at the Kalandia Checkpoint.
  • Settlements & Settlers: Visit the Binyamin Region Visitors' Center, located on top of a mountain where the illegal settlement Migron used to be located; meet with members of the local community.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Dinner (not included in package).

Overnight: David Citadel, Jerusalem


Day Six: Tuesday, January 21, 2020

  • Breakfast at the hotel, followed by check-out.
  • Living as a Jew in the Modern World: Special morning study program at the Hartman Institute in Jerusalem with a leading scholar (not included in package)

Session 1:

Session 2:

  • Study with Dr Micah Goodman, a leading research fellow of the Hartman Institute.
  • Lunch (not included in package), en route.
  • Drive to Tel Aviv, also known as “the city that never sleeps.” A place of sun and fun, its centers of culture and history are complemented by great beaches, stores, and entertainment.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • A Tale of Two Cities: Jerusalem and Tel Aviv are only forty miles apart but often appear to belong to different worlds. In this presentation, Dr. Rachel Korazim will show how to key Israeli writers, such as Naomi Shemer, Nahum Gutman, and Yehuda Amichai, the two cities represent two very different visions of what Zionism is all about. Dr. Korazim is a renowned educator who uses song, poetry, and literature to shine a light on Israeli life and society.
  • Mi Casa es Su Casa/Make Yourself at Home: Israel's culinary scene is on fire from internationally famous chefs to great street food. Find out why as we join a chef or wizard home cook for a private dinner. At EatWith, local and overseas foodies get to enjoy home-cooked dining and great conversation. Get to know your host's secret menus and cooking tips and enjoy great food in his or her home. 

Overnight: Carlton, Tel Aviv 

Day Seven: Wednesday, January 22, 2020

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • The New Political Israel-U.S.: Dialogue with David Siegel, former Consul General of Israel to the Southwestern U.S.
  • Lunch (not included in package).
  • The American Jewish Community and Responsibility with Minorities in Israel: Meet Avivit Hai, program director of the Inter Agency Task Force, which is working to create civic equality and a shared future between Israel's Jewish and Arab citizens.  
  • Visit the Givat Haviva International School (GHIS), which seeks to transform the Middle East and beyond by developing a global network of young leaders who share a commitment to building a more peaceful future. Equal numbers of Arab and Jewish Israelis make up half the student cohort with the others coming from 21 countries, including several from conflict zones.  This innovative school creates a unique environment where students from diverse communities can flourish as they live and learn together on campus. They study the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, combined with a customized extracurricular schedule which is creating next-generation leaders skilled in conflict resolution and diplomacy. We will meet the founders of GHIS and three of its students.
  • Return to Tel Aviv.
  • Dinner (not included in package).


Overnight: Carlton, Tel Aviv 


Day Eight: Thursday, January 23, 2020

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Israel Leadership 2030: A panel discussion with up-and-coming social leaders such as Dr. Assaf Sharon, co-chair of Molad: The Center for the Renewal of Israeli Democracy, Sarah Weil, Jerusalem LGBT leader, and a project manager at the Zion Square Meeting Place initiative. 
  • 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 crocheted products. Kuchinate (meaning crochet in Tigrinya) is a collective that celebrates African art and culture while empowering women asylum-seekers, many of whom suffered great hardships while fleeing to Israel. Here we'll:
    • Join 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.
    • Try our hand at creating East African baskets (or bracelets) during a craft workshop led by the women of Kuchinate.
  • 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. This multicultural tasting tour will double as a delicious lunch.
  • An Israeli Scotch?! Take a tasting tour of the Milk & Honey Whiskey Distillery, Israel's one and only whiskey distillery. Learn how Israel got into the Scotch game, see the stages of making spirits - from grain to glass - and then raise your own glass in celebration of your journey. L'chaim! Cheers!
  • Dinner (not included in package) and evening on own. 


Overnight: Carlton, Tel Aviv


Day Nine: Friday, January 24, 2020

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Israeli Society in 2020: Dialogue with Mickey Gitzin, Executive Director of the New Israel Fund.
  • Jaffa Stories and Coffee: You're warmly invited into the home of Doris Hiffawi to hear about her life as a Christian Arab in Jaffa. Over coffee brewed by her family and Arabic sweets, she'll talk about whether the area's Jewish, Muslim, and Christian population mix or merely make do. We'll also find out how female entrepreneurs like Doris are bringing change to this socio-economically deprived neighborhood. 
  • Lunch (not included in package), possibly in the Jaffa Flea Market or in Old Jaffa. 
  • Stroll down the Nahalat Binyamin pedestrian mall, with its bi-weekly craft fair and eateries. Alongside is the colorful Carmel open-air market.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Summary session with Rabbi Frimmer. 
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services with Beit Tefilah Israeli (winter indoor location), including music, prayer, dance, and poetry. 
  • Festive private farewell dinner at a local restaurant. 


Overnight: Carlton, Tel Aviv


Day Ten: Saturday, January 25, 2020

  • Breakfast at the hotel, followed by check-out.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Departure flight to the U.S., arriving the same day.

Need to Know


  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 15 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
    Group of 10–19 participants:
    Tour Educator: $10 | Driver: $5 - 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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  • 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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