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Women of Reform Judaism Leadership Mission
Spirituality, Arts, Food & Wine
Led by Susan C. Bass and Rabbi Marla J. Feldman
With Special Guest Rabbi Lisa Tzur

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*WRJ discount: WRJ members in good standing will receive a $200 rebate after the trip. Non-members will receive two years of free membership with their registration.

**WRJ Women's Journey to Israel is made possible by a generous gift of Joanne B. Fried.


  • 7 nights' accommodations at select hotels
  • 7 days of touring with a guide & minibus/Bus
  • Meals: breakfast daily, 6 dinners & 1 lunch

Day One: Thursday, February 20, 2020

  • Depart for Israel.

Overnight: Flight

Day Two: Friday, February 21, 2020

  • Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Transfer (on own) to the hotel in Tel Aviv (individual transfers can be booked with ARZA world).
  • Check into the hotel.
  • 4:00 p.m. Meet in the hotel lobby for orientation session.  Please come prepared for Shabbat.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services at Kehilat Beit Daniel in, led by Rabbi Meir Azari, followed by communal Shabbat dinner with members of the community.

Overnight: Carlton, Tel Aviv

Day Three: Saturday, February 22, 2020

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Shabbat morning services in Tel Aviv.
  • Lunch (on own account), en route.
  • Have You Heard the One About…? Experience the diversity and dynamism of Jewish life at the renovated Beit Hatfutsot - The Museum of the Jewish People. Among the highlights are the new Synagogue Exhibition and the interactive and inspirational “Heroes: Trailblazers of the Jewish People” which appeal to younger visitors. Get ready to laugh and learn with “Inside Out and Outside In” - a celebration of Jewish humor from Sholem Aleichem to Seinfeld.
  • What's Going on in Bohemian Tel Aviv? Join Aaron Gertz, an expert on Tel Aviv's alternative scene, for an urban adventure and graffiti tour.  Explore the latest street art and find out what it reveals about life, ideas and ideology in Israel's cultural capital.
  • Three Starts in the Israel Sky: At nightfall, we will makr the end of a special Shabbat with a communal Havdallah ceremony.
  • Enjoy a festive dinner at Beit Kandinof.  It's a great example of the Jaffa food scene with its Mediterranean menu and location in a historic stone building.  In between dishes, check out the contemporary local art on the walls.
  • Modern Tel Aviv grew out of ancient Jaffa.  Gaze out over the Mediterranean Sea; learn why Jaffa, mentioned in the biblical story of Jonah and the Whale, is so historically important and see how its Old City reflects the present as well as the past.

Overnight: Carlton, Tel Aviv

Day Four: Sunday, February 23, 2020

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Morning yoga session with Rabbi Lisa Silverstein.
  • The Reform Jewish World: Delve into the Reform Movement in Israel with Rabbi Gilad Kariv, Executive Director of the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism.
  • Check out of the hotel and drive north to Haifa.
  • Visit and lunch at the Leo Baeck School in Haifa, the Israeli Reform Movemen't's flagship school, which provides innovative educational opportunities and community center services and is home to the Ohel Avraham Congregation.
  • Check into the hotel; a free afternoon with a chance to enjoy the hotel's spa facilities.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
  • Sing and Dance the Jewish Soul Way: Join Rabbi Lisa Silverstein for a musical workshop of fun and friendship as we sing classic Jewish prayers and melodies familiar from synagogue and summer camp experiences and learn some great new Israeli songs.

Overnight: Carmel Forest Spa, Carmel Mountain

Day Five: Monday, February 24, 2020

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Morning yoga session with Rabbi Lisa Silverstein.
  • Free time at the hotel to enjoy hotel facilities (additional programming options will be available for those who do not make spa bookings).
  • Lunch on own account.
  • There's Art in Them Thar Hills: Experience the Ein Hod artist's colony in the foothills of the Carmel Mountains.  Founded by a leading Dadaist painter, Ein Hod is now home to artists working in every cultural medium imaginable.  Sculptor and painter Dan Ben-Arye will be our guide as we explore the galleries and studios and talk with artists about their techniques and inspiration.
  • The Taste of Hope: Sample fine wine while experiencing inspiring social activism during a tasting tour at Kfar Tikva (the Village of Hope).  We'll visit Tulip Winery and hear about the winery's commitment to providing employment, dignity, and partnership to the town's large community of adults with special needs.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Carmel Forest Spa, Carmel Mountain

Day Six: Tuesday, February 25, 2020

  • Breakfast at the hotel, followed by check-0ut.
  • Drive along the Trans-Israel Highway for a close-up view of the Security Barrier along the seam zone between Israel and the Palestinian Territories.
  • Proceed to Yvel, a unique international jewelry company and workshop, with an inspiring story of social change and a wonderful example of awareness in business.
  • Lunch (on own account) en route.
  • Visit the Vertigo Dance Village on Kibbutz Netiv Halamed Heh and meet with the dancers of Vertigo Power of Balance which connects people with various physical abilities, disabled and non-disabled, through movement, contact, and improvisation.
  • Continue to Jerusalem and check in to the hotel.
  • Group Dinner at Valero, a colorful and happy restaurant, named after the original name of Mahane Yehuda Market.  Enjoy some of its classic dishes with a twist of Jerusalem's current trends, made of fresh raw materials bought every day at the market.

Overnight: Inbal, Jerusalem

Day Seven: Wednesday, February 26, 2020

  • Early breakfast at the hotel.
  • Join Women of The Wall for Rosh Hodesh prayers.
  • Stop by Hurva Square, the central square of the Jewish Quarter and the Hurva Synagogue and gain insight into this wonderful restoration project.
  • Hummus, Markets, and Crafts in the Old City: Tour and taste from the best hummus stpots in and around the Old City: drink Arabic Coffee or Mint Tea with Abu Mussa in the Cotton Market, visit the textiles trader specializing in original Syrian Damasks, take in the scent of sesame in a 130-year-old Tahina factory.  The doubles as a delicious lunch.
  • Challenges and Triumphs of Religious Pluralism and Social Justice in Israel: Meet with Anat Hoffman, Founder of Women of the Wall and Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC).
  • Free evening with dinner (not included in package).

Overnight: Inbal, Jerusalem

Day Eight: Thursday, February 27, 2020

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Women in Local Politics: A Key to Female Power? In Israel, and indeed in many parts of the world, politics at the local (municipal) level has been more open to women than politics at the national level.  Meet Laura Wharton, Jerusalem City Councilor and leader of protests against the city's gender-segregated bus lines, and Tehila Friedman-Nachalon, a leading activist and thinker involved in efforts to create a more tolerant, pluralistic Jerusalem.
  • Engage in a dynamic experience at the Kol Ha'Ot Art Gallery. Grapple with Jewish texts in a transformative, interactive program that will leave you with a long-lasting memory.
  • Lunch at Hebrew Union College with year-in-Israel students.

Option 1:

  • Explore 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.

Option 2:

  • Visit Yad 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 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, commemorating the 1.5 million children lost during the Holocaust.

Option 3:

  • Free afternoon in Jerusalem.


  • Return to the hotel with time to freshen up and pack.
  • Late check-out of the hotel.
  • Looking Forward: Closing session with President Bass and Rabbi Feldman over a private festive farewell dinner at Anna, a Mediterranean restaurant with an Italian influence, situated in the serene and historic Ticho House in Jerusalem's city center.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport for the departure flight.

Overnight: Flight

Day Nine: Friday, February 28, 2020

  • Arrive home.

Need to Know

  • Registration deadline: 23 Nov 2019
  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 20 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.
  • Payment Policy
    Da'at Educational Expeditions reserves the right to adjust its terms of payment, including cancellation 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.
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Cancellations need to be made in writing. Cancellation fees will be based on the date that the written cancellation is received.
    Cancellation 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
      Cancellation fees may also include:
      - Hotel or supplier cancellation 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.
  • Hotel Accommodations: 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. Two-bedrooms 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.
  • 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.


  • 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

  • Hostess (when included in the package):
    $2 per participant per day or a minimum of $50 per day total
  • Security guard and/or a youth counselor (when included):
    $1 per participant per day per security guard, per youth counselor
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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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