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Women of Reform Judaism
Journey to Israel
Led by Rosanne M. Selfon, Past President of WRJ

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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.


  • 9 nights' accommodations at select hotels
  • 9 days of touring with a guide & minibus/Bus, October 29, 2 guides and 2 busses
  • Meals: breakfast daily, 5 dinners & 2 lunches
  • 1 group transfer & assistance from/to the airport

Day One: Thursday, October 24, 2019

  • Depart for Israel. 

Overnight: Flight

Day Two: Friday, October 25, 2019

  • 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
  • 5:30 p.m. Meet in the hotel lobby.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services at a local synagogue or at the Kotel (Western Wall).
  • Festive opening dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Three: Saturday, October
26, 2019

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Attend Shabbat morning services at a local reform community.
  • Lunch (on own account), en route.
  • Guided by Director of the Jerusalem Center for Jewish Christian Relations Hana Bendcowsky, explore Christian East Jerusalem, meet with Christian personalities and visit Christian institutions.
  • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah overlooking the Old City.
  • Dinner at a local restaurant (on own account; Da'at will make the reservations).

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Four: Sunday, October 27, 2019

  • Breakfast at 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).
  • Discover 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, King Hezekiah's First Temple-period “Broad Wall” and Hurva Square - the central square of the Jewish Quarter.
  • Lunch (on own account), en route.
  • Proceed to the Western Wall Tunnel, the underground continuation of the Temple Mount's
  • One Mountain, Three Religions: An inter-denominational exploration of Zion, the traditional burial site of King David, the Room of the Last Supper and a mosque - all sharing a single building.
  • Free time to explore Downtown Jerusalem, including the Ben-Yehuda pedestrian mall and the Nachalat Shiva neighborhood, with dinner on own account.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Five: Monday, October 28, 2019

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Telling Our Stories - The Memory of the Holocaust: Dialogue with a Holocaust scholar.
  • 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
  • The Children's Memorial


  • The Sculpture Garden
  • The Valley of the Communities


  • A concluding Memorial Service
  • Experience the sights, smells, and tastes of Jerusalem while walking through the Machaneh Yehuda open-air market, with lunch on own
  • Evening Program: Women in Israeli Film and a Window In: Meet with students and teachers from the Ma'aleh Film School for screening and discussion, exploring the intersection of Judaism and modern life. Ma'aleh's unique, cutting-edge films attempt to foster a deeper understanding of the relationship between religious and secular Jews. While the school's graduates are shaping the future of Israeli film and television, they also provide a first-of-its-kind video-therapy for youth-at-risk, Ethiopian immigrants, terror victims and adults with special needs.
  • Enjoy a night out at the Old Train Station Plaza, with its fashionable restaurants featuring local and international cuisine. On certain evenings one can enjoy street music, Israeli dancing, and other attractions.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Six: Tuesday, October 29, 2019

  • Breakfast at the hotel.

Option 1

  • Descend to the Dead Sea Basin
  • 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.
  • Group lunch.
  • Experience the weightlessness of the Dead Sea as you float in its waters.

Option 2

  • LaDa'at The Geopolitics of Jerusalem: Depart the city of Jerusalem towards the Judean Desert, pass by the Security barrier, and explore some of the capital's political and diplomatic complexities to gain a behind-the-headlines insight into current developments.
  • Visit Qumran, the area where the Dead Sea Sect established a community and the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found.


  • My Home in Ma'ale Adumim: Meet with Shelley Brin and tour the area.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • 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 account.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Seven: Wednesday, October 30, 2019

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Join Women of The Wall for Rosh Hodesh prayers.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Depart Jerusalem and meet Sohila to hear her compelling story of continuity and change in the life of a Bedouin woman in Tel Sheva (Tel as-Sabi). Eat traditional Bedouin food Sohila has prepared; learn how her new catering business is providing a pathway towards empowerment, and meet her sister Mariam and sample the cosmetics and creams she creates based on ancient Bedouin techniques.
  • Stop at the gravesite of Israel's first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion, located at Sde Boker in the Negev Desert, overlooking the Wilderness of Zinn.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Mitzpeh Ramon

Day Eight: Thursday, October 31, 2019

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • View the multi-faceted nature of the Ramon Crater at the Mitzpeh Ramon Visitors' Center.
  • Participate in a meditation session in the wilderness of the Ramon Crater before driving through the crater.
  • Lunch (on own account), en route.
  • Drive to the Reform Kibbutz Lotan and explore creative Jewish approaches to community life.
  • Visit Kibbutz Yahel, a unique community in the Arava Valley near Eilat, affiliated with the Reform Movement, and have dinner with locals.
  • Return to the hotel.

Overnight: Mitzpeh Ramon

Day Nine: Friday, November 1, 2019

  • Breakfast at the hotel, followed by check-out.
  • Living on the Edge: Drive to Sderot, located on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip, for an insight into the security complexities of Israel's withdrawal from Gaza; meet and talk with a local.
  • Lunch (on own account), en route.
  • Drive to Tel Aviv, also known as “the city that never sleeps,” with its centers of culture, recreation and national history, great beaches and fine stores.
  • Ascend from the old port of the Old City of Jaffa and through the renovated alleyways to the Jaffa Overlook for an introduction to Tel Aviv at the place where it all began and walk through the famous Jaffa Flea Market - “Shuk Hapishpeshim.”
  • Stroll down the Nachalat Binyamin pedestrian mall, with its bi-weekly craft fair and eateries. Alongside is the colorful Carmel open-air market.
  • Check into the hotel and acclimate.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services and Shabbat dinner at Kehilat Halev, led By Rabbi Naomi Efrat.

Overnight: Tel Aviv

Day Ten: Saturday, November 2, 2019

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Walk down Bialik Street and visit the Rubin House, the former residence and studio of Reuven Rubin; delve into the special world of this pioneering Israeli artist.
  • Lunch (on own account), en route.
  • Have You Heard the One About…? Experience the diversity and dynamism of Jewish life at 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.
  • An evening at leisure; late check-out from the hotel.
  • Festive farewell dinner.
  • Transfer (on own) to Ben Gurion International Airport and check in for your flight. 

Overnight: Tel Aviv

Day Eleven: Sunday, November 3, 2019

  • Arrive home.

Need to Know

  • Registration deadline: 26 Jul 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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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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