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Temple Judea of Tarzana
Trip to Israel 2020
Led by Rabbi Joshua Aaronson

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* 10 nights' accommodation at selected hotels

* Portage is included

* 10 touring days with a licensed, English-speaking tour educator (guide)

* 10 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus

* 1 group transfer and assistance to the airport

* Airport portage is included

* All site entrance and program fees as per your program

* Mishkan Tefillah for travelers' prayer books are available for use during your trip

* Water on the bus during touring days

* The Da’at App: the easy-to-use tailormade app includes flight details, packing tips, itinerary, bios,
   study material & resources, interactive maps, and free time suggestions

* Meals: daily breakfast, 1 lunch & 7 dinners

DAY 1: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17, 2020
ON THE WAY TO ISRAEL

  • Depart the USA.

Overnight: Flight


DAY 2: THURSDAY, JUNE 18, 2020

THE START OF A SPECIAL JOURNEY

  • Arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport. Our representative will be on hand to assist with all formalities and ensure your journey has the smoothest of starts.
  • Meet your tour educator who will accompany you on this journey of education and inspiration.
  • 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 Window to Israel & Our Journey: Orientation with the tour educator over a private dinner.

Overnight: Tel Aviv


DAY 3: FRIDAY, JUNE 19, 2020

TEL AVIV: THE FIRST HEBREW CIT

  • Breakfast at an Israeli hotel is an experience in itself. Start the day with a bounteous buffet before departing the hotel.
  • From Hebrew City to Hebrew StateWalk along the newly-opened Independence Trail and embark on a remarkable journey that begins with the founding of Tel Aviv in 1909 and ends with the establishment of Israel in 1948.
  • 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), en route.
  • Neve Zedek was one of Tel Aviv’s first neighborhoods as the city grew outside of Jaffa. Stroll through this stylish area with its boutiques, galleries, and the Suzanne Dellal Center, Israel’s world-class home of contemporary dance. 
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services: As the sun sets over Tel Aviv, join Israelis from diverse backgrounds in welcoming Shabbat through prayer, song, and community. This musical Shabbat service will be with Beit Tefilah Israeli.
  • Festive Shabbat Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Tel Aviv


DAY 4: SATURDAY, JUNE 20, 2020

FOUNDATIONS OF A CITY AND A STATE

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Living on the Edge: Proceed to Moshav Netiv Ha’asarah, located on Israel’s border with the Gaza Strip, meet a resident and discuss the security implications of Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza.
  • Lunch (not included in package), en route.
  • Arming for Independence: Visit the Ayalon Institute near Rehovot and uncover its role in the establishment of the state of Israel. This secret ammunition factory produced millions of bullets for Jewish forces fighting for a Jewish state and the end of British rule over Palestine.
  • Ascend from the port of Old Jaffa through the renovated alleyways to the Jaffa Overlook for an introduction to Tel Aviv at the place where it all began.
  • Return to the hotel with free time to crash the waves of the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Dinner on own in the renovated Old Port of Tel Aviv, with its wonderful restaurants, cafés, and shops, right on the water’s edge; OR at the Tachana, Jaffa’s Old Railway Station renovated and restored as a great pedestrian complex, with restaurants, shops and open spaces for people-watching.

Overnight: Tel Aviv


DAY 5: SUNDAY, JUNE 21, 2020

ALONG THE WATER

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Head northwards and back in time to Caesarea, one of the Lands of Israel’s most important cities during the Roman Period. Explore life 2,000 years ago with its ancient amphitheaters, palaces, and bathhouses.
  • Walk through the 2,000-year-old water tunnel at Park Alona, the water source for ancient Caesarea.
  • Visit a Druze village in the Carmel Mountains for a window into the unique world of the Israeli Druze community, with home-hospitality lunch.
  • Visit the Hula Lake (Agamon HaHula) for bike-riding, golf-carting, nature walks, and bird-watching.
  • Proceed to the kibbutz hotel for check-in.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee


DAY 6: MONDAY, JUNE 22, 2020

SWEETS, SERENITY & SECURITY IN THE NORTH

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Hit the ground racing as we go off-road for a jeep tour of the Golan Heights that will combine natural beauty with insights into one of Israel’s most strategically important areas. Retrace the experiences of Israeli soldiers in their battles here during the Six-Day War of 1967 and talk with your jeep drivers about their personal experiences and feelings about the Golan.
  • Northern Borders, Northern Battles: We’ll gaze across the Golan and into Syria from the top of Mount Bental and gain powerful insights into Israel’s geopolitical and security situation. Analyze the current challenges Israel faces on its northern border, examine the impact of the tragic civil war in Syria, and hunker down in bunkers from the vital battles that took place here during the 1973 Yom Kippur War.
  • Lunch (not included in package), en route.

Option 1

  • Wine Tasting at a local winery on the Golan Heights.

Option 2

  • Enjoy the culinary delight of a chocolate workshop at the De Karina Chocolate Factory on Kibbutz Ein Zivan.

All

  • Enjoy rafting or kayaking down the Jordan River.
  • Return to the kibbutz for dinner.

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee


DAY 7: TUESDAY, JUNE 23, 2020

FROM MYSTICS TO DREAMERS

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Perhaps it’s the combination of mysticism and art, and maybe it’s the mountain air in Israel’s highest city; entering Tsfat, there is a sense of something uniquely Jewish but not quite of this world. Here, you’ll:
    • Visit the Ari Synagogue and share in the inspiration and innovation that moved Rabbi Isaac Luria (the Holy Ari) and his fellow mysticsIn Tsfat they developed the Kabbalah, the esoteric insights of Judaism and created Kabbalat Shabbat, the prayers sung on Friday evenings to welcome the arrival of the Sabbath.
    • See the Caro synagogue, built originally, like the Ari, in the 16th century. It is where Rabbi Joseph Caro, one of the greatest of all Jewish legal authorities, taught and lived. Hear the story of how he was visited here by a maggid, an angelic messenger, who revealed secrets of the Torah.
    • Walk and have lunch (not included) through the cobbled streets and alleyways to the Artists’ Colony with its galleries, shops, and studios.
  • Swim in the freshwater pools and natural springs at the Gan Hashlosha Nature Reserve (Sachne), situated at the foot of Mt. Gilboa.
  • As we drive south through the Jordan Valley, we’ll discuss the strategic and political situation in this area and consider how Israeli control over it is viewed by some as vital to national security but by others as an impediment to any future agreement with the Palestinians.
  • A First Look at the Holy City: Over the centuries, many have been moved and awed by their first sight of Jerusalem. We’ll stop at Mount Scopus for a stunning overview of the city and celebrate our arrival with a special ceremony and the traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing of thanksgiving.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Free time to explore Downtown Jerusalem, including the Ben Yehuda pedestrian mall and the Nahalat Shiva neighborhood, with dinner on own.

Overnight: Jerusalem


DAY 8: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24, 2020

THE POWER OF MEMORY

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 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:
  • A walk along the rooftops that 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 year ago.
  • Hurva Square, the center of modern-day life in the Jewish Quarter.
  • Lunch on own in the old city.
  • No visit to Israel is complete without experiencing the Western Wall (the Kotel), 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.
  • 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.
  • Depart Jerusalem towards the Judean Desert.
  • How Fast Can This Thing GoThe patriarch Abraham will welcome us to Genesis Land for a taste of life and travel in biblical times as we take a camel for a test drive and ride into the heart of the desert.
  • Desert Delight: Experience how guests were treated like royalty in biblical times. We’ll kick back in a spacious, cool desert tent and enjoy a traditional “hafla” dinner.
  • Return to Jerusalem.

Overnight: Jerusalem


DAY 9: THURSDAY, JUNE 25, 2020

PASSAGES IN TIME

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • B’nei Mitzvah Ceremony overlooking the old city followed by a celebratory lunch.
  • Return to the old city.
  • At the Heart of It All: Explore the City of David, the core of ancient Jerusalem, and 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.
  • Having fun wading through the 2,700-year-old water tunnels (there’s an optional dry exit), an architectural wonder of King Hezekiah’s.
  • Traveling 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.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Free time in the Mamilla Mall, an upscale shopping street and the only open-air mall in Jerusalem, located outside the Jaffa Gate of the Old City. Dinner on own account.
  • Lights! Action! Jerusalem! Watch the Night Spectacular at the Tower of David Museum. The walls of the Citadel serve as the stage for this cinematic celebration of sight and sound depicting the story of Jerusalem.

Overnight: Jerusalem


DAY 10: FRIDAY, JUNE 26, 2020

THE POWER OF MEMORY

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visiting Yad Vashem, the national memorial to the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust is an essential emotional and educational experience. Your guided tour will include:
    • The Avenue of the Righteous, where trees symbolic of the renewal of life have been planted along with plaques honoring brave non-Jews who saved Jews during the Shoah.
    • The Historical Museum, a state-of-the-art interactive display reflecting decades of research and educational expertise. The story of the Holocaust, with an emphasis on individual victims, is told through survivor testimonies, original artifacts and personal possessions saved from the ghettos and camps.
    • The Children’s Memorial, where candles shine like stars in the sky to commemorate the 1.5 million children lost during the Holocaust.
    • Memorial Service where we will pay tribute to those who were lost.
  • Experience the sights, smells, and tastes of Jerusalem while walking through the Mahane Yehuda open-air market, with lunch (not included in package).
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Participate in Kabbalat Shabbat Yerushalmit with hundreds of Jerusalemites at the Old Train Station, now a central neighborhood hub for food, entertainment, culture, and enrichment.
  • Dinner at Adom, which specializes in wines and international cuisine, combining local ingredients and flavors with French and Italian influences.

Overnight: Jerusalem


DAY 11: SATURDAY, JUNE 27, 2020

INTO THE DESERT: MASADA & THE DEAD SEA

  • Enjoy an early breakfast at the hotel before setting out to explore the Dead Sea region.
  • The Last Stand Take the cable car to the top of Masada with its extraordinary views and fascinating archaeological remains. This UNESCO World Heritage site is where Jewish rebels are believed to have made their final attempt to resist Roman invaders (c 74 CE) before committing mass suicide. We’ll learn about Masada’s importance as a symbol of Jewish defense and discuss its influence on modern Israel.
  • Lunch (not included in package), en route.
  • The Sea of SaltFloat into happiness at 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.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Ben Kodesh LecholHavdallah overlooking the Old City.
  • Festive farewell dinner.

Overnight: Jerusalem


DAY 12: SUNDAY, JUNE 28, 2020

UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN

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

Need to Know

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: 18 Mar 2020

  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 20 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.


PAYMENT POLICY
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.


CANCELATION POLICY
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.


TRAVEL INSURANCE
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.


HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

  • The trip price includes hotel accommodations.
  • Our standard is to provide the best available hotels while considering value. Although the level of accommodations may differ slightly from hotel to hotel, we are committed to your comfort.
  • We reserve the right to make substitutions with hotels of equal standard. No refunds will be issued for differences between hotel prices.
  • The standard hotel room in Israel is generally smaller than in the US, comfortably accommodating two people in either one queen-size bed or two single beds. Some hotels offer triple rooms consisting of standard twin beds plus a sofa/folding bed or cot for the third person.
  • Special requests such as room selections, bed types, and smoking preferences are subject to availability and are strictly at the discretion of the hotel's management on a run-of-house basis.
  • All hotel rates are non-negotiable and are based on the agreements made between Da'at Educational Expeditions and its suppliers.
  • Hotel check-in time is generally not before 3:00 p.m. and check-out time is prior to noon. If you are taking a late-night flight, make sure to organize adequate arrangements for accommodation until you are ready to leave for the airport. If a day room is included in the itinerary, check-out time will usually be at 6:00 p.m.


MEALS
Are included as specified in the itinerary.


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 at group meals are included.


PRICE EXCLUDES

  • 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.
  • 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

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Temple Judea of Tarzana
Trip to Israel 2020
Led by Rabbi Joshua Aaronson
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