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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
DEPARTURE 

  • Depart for Israel.

Overnight: Flight


Day Two: Friday, February 21, 2020
ARRIVAL 

  • 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.
  • 5:00 p.m. Meet in the hotel lobby.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services at Kehilat Beit Daniel in, led by Rabbi Meir Azari.
  • Festive dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Tel Aviv


Day Three: Saturday, February 22, 2020
A TALE OF A CITY  

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Attend Shabbat morning services at local Reform community.
  • Art in Tel Aviv: Guided by a leading art critic, explore some of the fascinating art galleries in the city and meet with artists and gallery owners.
  • 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.
  • Gourmet food in pita? Enjoy dinner at The Miznon, founded by world-renowned Chef Eyal Shani.
  • Optional Evening Cultural Event (dance, theater, music - TBA)

Overnight: Tel Aviv


Day Four: Sunday, February 23, 2020
ARTS & ARTISTS  

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Morning yoga session with Rabbi Lisa Tzur.
  • 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.
  • Guided by a resident, visit the famous Ein Hod artist colony south of Haifa, and explore some of the many galleries throughout the village.
  • Lunch (on own account), en route.
  • Check into the hotel; a free afternoon with a chance to enjoy the hotel's spa facilities.
  • Group dinner.
  • Sing and Dance the Jewish Soul Way: Join Rabbi Lisa Tzur 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 Mountain


Day Five: Monday, February 24, 2020
MOVE IT ALL AROUND  

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Morning yoga session with Rabbi Lisa Tzur.
  • Visit Kibbutz Ga'aton to meet with the dancers of The Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company (KCDC) from Israel and around the world. Hear about the cultural renaissance that is taking place in the Galilee, participate in a dance seminar, take a brief tour of the kibbutz and view one of their rehearsals for insight into the “working world” of a dancer.
  • Lunch (on own account) en route.
  • Free time to enjoy the hotel's spa facilities.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Carmel Mountain


Day Six: Tuesday, February 25, 2020
THE JUDEAN HILLS  

  • 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 Heller High School program in Kibbutz Tzuba.
  • Wine tasting at the Tzuba Winery.
  • Dinner at Rama's Kitchen - a thriving culinary landmark consistently ranked one of Israel's leading restaurants, located in the Jerusalem Hills.
  • Check into to the hotel.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Seven: Wednesday, February 26, 2020
THE TAPESTRY OF JERUSALEM  

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Join Women of The Wall for Rosh Hodesh prayers.
  • 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 with 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.
  • Experience the sights, smells, and tastes of Jerusalem while walking through the Machaneh Yehuda open-air market, with lunch on own account.
  • Meet with representatives of the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC).
  • 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;

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  • 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.
  • 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 and time to meet friends at the Machaneh Yehuda open-air market, with dinner on own account.

Overnight Jerusalem


Day Eight: Thursday, February 27, 2020
A TALE OF A CITY  

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Stop by the 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 spots 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 and taste unique cheese pastries at Zalatimo's.
  • 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.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport for the departure flight.

Overnight: Flight


Day Nine: Friday, February 28, 2020
ARRIVAL  

  • 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.

 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.
  • 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):

TRIPS TO ISRAEL:

  • 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
 
Women of Reform Judaism Leadership Mission | Spirituality, Arts, Food & Wine
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