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Temple Sholom of Chicago
A Family Journey to The Land And State Of Israel 2020
With Rabbi Shoshanah Conover

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* 10 nights' accommodation at select hotels

* 10 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, 1 lunch & 6 dinners

* Portage at the airport and hotels


  • Depart the US.

Note: A group flight is not included in the package.
There are many options to fly from Chicago to Tel Aviv; feel free to choose the most convenient for you.
El Al will offer direct flights twice a week starting Spring 2020.
United Airlines flies through Washington, DC and Newark; Delta Airlines through JFK; Air Canada through Toronto and Montreal. In addition, many European carriers fly through Frankfurt, London, Munich, Zurich, Vienna, Warsaw, Paris, etc.
We recommend landing in Israel before 3 p.m. on June 18th, as Jerusalem is 30 miles away from the airport and the ride can take over an hour. As for the departure, we recommend booking around midnight of June 27/28 or late morning flights on June 28th. One group transfer is included and will be offered to the largest group arriving/departing at the same time.

Overnight: Flight

DAY 2: THURSDAY, JUNE 18, 2020


  • Arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Meet your tour educator who will accompany you on this journey of education and inspiration.
  • 6 p.m. Meet in the hotel lobby and head to dinner.
  • 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 Yemin Moshe for a stunning overview of the city and celebrate our arrival with a special ceremony and the traditional shehechiyanu blessing of thanksgiving.
  • A Window to Israel & Our Journey: Orientation with the tour educator over a private dinner.

Overnight: Jerusalem

DAY 3: FRIDAY, JUNE 19, 2020


  • Breakfast at an Israeli hotel is an experience in itself. Start the day with a bounteous buffet.
  • Explore the excavations at the City of David, the very core of ancient Jerusalem.
  • Enter the Old City through the Dung Gate.
  • 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.


  • The Jerusalem Archaeological Park is a large-scale excavation that has uncovered vital parts of ancient Jerusalem. A particular highlight is to walk on the Southern Wall steps used by Jewish pilgrims to enter the Temple 2,000 years ago. But there is much else to see, including Robinson's Arch, the remains of a major Second Temple-period street, and drainage tunnels used by Jewish fighters hiding from the Roman invaders. A museum, including movies and a 3-D model of ancient Jerusalem, add to the experience.
  • 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.
  • Ascend to the Jewish Quarter.
  • 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:
    • Lunch (not included in package) at Hurva Square, the center of modern-day life in the Jewish Quarter.
    • 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 years ago.
  • Return to the hotel with time to prepare for Shabbat.
  • Friday night services with a local Reform Community.
  • Home Hospitality Shabbat dinner/communal Shabbat dinner with local congregants OR festive Shabbat dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Jerusalem

DAY 4: SATURDAY, JUNE 20, 2020


  • Early breakfast at the hotel.
  • Descend to the Dead Sea basin.
  • The Last StandClimb via the Snake Path OR 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). We'll learn about Masada's importance as a symbol of Jewish defense and discuss its influence on modern Israel.
  • Take a short hike to Nahal David, the freshwater spring and waterfalls in the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, a lush oasis in the Judean Desert overlooking the Dead Sea.
  • Lunch (not included in package).
  • Experience the weightlessness of the Dead Sea as you float in its waters.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah overlooking the Old City.
  • 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. This is a great place for dinner (not included in package).

Overnight: Jerusalem

DAY 5: SUNDAY, JUNE 21, 2020


  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Da'at Encounters The Holocaust and Contemporary Israeli Society: Rachel Korazim will examine how Yad Vashem reflects the Israeli understanding of the Shoah. In particular, we'll explore the radically different ways in which secular Zionist and ultra-Orthodox leaders understood the causes and meaning of the Holocaust. Dr. Korazim is a renowned educator and expert on Israel and the Holocaust.

Option 1 - Adults and youth:

  • 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.
    • A memorial service where we will pay tribute to those who were lost. It will include the opportunity to talk about family members and loved ones who died during the Shoah.

Option 2 - Children under the age of 10:

  • Visit the Biblical Zoo, a beautifully landscaped habitat with a special focus on preserving biblical fauna, geared to children of all ages (2-80).


  • Lunch (not included in package) in the picturesque neighborhood of Ein Kerem, beneath the Jerusalem Forest.
  • Drive through the Israeli “Capitol Hill”: along the Knesset - Israel's Parliament and its famous Menorah, the Supreme Court building, the Prime Minister's Office, the Israeli National Bank and the future site of the Israel National Library.
  • Tour the grounds of Israel's “Capitol Hill”: The Rose Garden, featuring more than 400 species of roses imported from all around the world; The Knesset - Israel's Parliament building and its famous Menorah - Israel's symbol monument built from bronze; The Supreme Court - designed to reflect Jewish and democratic values of justice.
  • Plant a tree at the Jerusalem Bird Observatory and gain insight into the urban wildlife of Jerusalem through birdwatching and bird-banding.
  • Educating for Peace & Coexistence: Dialogue with Kids4Peace


  • Tour the YMCA building and listen to Jerusalem's Youth Chorus rehearsal.
    The Jerusalem Youth Chorus is a choral and dialogue program for Israeli and Palestinian high school students in Jerusalem. Our mission is to provide a space for these young people from East and West Jerusalem to grow together in song and dialogue. Through the co-creation of music and the sharing of stories, the chorus seeks to empower youth in Jerusalem to become leaders in their communities and inspire singers and listeners around the world to work for peace (pending confirmation and chorus schedule).
  • Dinner (not included in package), perhaps at the Old Train Station Plaza, with its fashionable restaurants featuring local and international cuisine. On certain evenings you will enjoy street musicians, Israeli dancing, and other attractions.

Overnight: Jerusalem

DAY 6: MONDAY, JUNE 22, 2020


  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Travel through the Valley of Elah, the site of the famous biblical battle between David and Goliath.
  • Diggin' for Roots: Get in touch with the land and history of Israel. Take part in an archaeological dig at the Beit Guvrin Caves. Get your hands dirty uncovering pottery from the Hellenistic period, 2300 years ago, and then crawl through the Maresha Cave Labyrinth (non-crawling options are available) in this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Lunch (not included in package).
  • Identity Building, Heritage Strengthening: Drive to the town of Kiryat Gat, JUF of Metropolitan Chicago partner city, and meet with members of the Bet Israel Villagecommunity empowerment helping Ethiopian Israeli youth and families and visit their community farm.
    Beta Israel Village is a unique social-educational center which combines agriculture and educational activities in order to preserve Jewish-Ethiopian heritage and establish it as a sustainable national asset. The organization is supported by JUF.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Experience the sights, smells, and tastes of Jerusalem while walking through the Mahane Yehuda open-air market. Stay for dinner (not included in package) and see how the shops turn into bars and restaurant or return to the hotel.

Overnight: Jerusalem

DAY 7: TUESDAY, JUNE 23, 2020


  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel and depart Jerusalem heading to the Galilee.
  • As we drive north on the Trans-Israel Highway, there will be an opportunity to see the Security Barrier which runs along the seam zone between Israel and the Palestinian territories, and to learn about the barrier's effects on Israeli security and Palestinian communities.
  • Walk through the 2,000-year-old water tunnel at Park Alona, the water source for ancient Caesarea.
  • Da'at Encounter: The Druze of Israel: Visit a village on Mount Carmel for a glimpse into the lives of Israel's Druze We'll talk with a member of this minority group which, despite being famed for their contribution to the Israeli Defense Forces, remains largely unknown to many Israelis. We'll explore their background and beliefs, as we look at their complex but close relationship with the State of Israel. Then we'll enjoy the tastes of the Druze kitchen with a home hospitality lunch. After that, get in tune with the Levantine beat during a sing-along session with Darbuka musicians.
  • Da'at Encounters Minority Report: Shefaram is a fascinating but rarely visited the ancient town and modern city. An early Jewish rabbinical center operating under Roman rule, it was later a Crusader post and is now an Israeli Arab city with Muslim, Christian, and Druze communities. We'll meet with residents and hear of their determination to maintain close, respectful ties between the town's different populations. Highlights of our tour will include:
  • Visiting a local mosque and talking with a muezzin (Muslim clergy) about Islamic practice and life in Israel.
  • The town's beautiful Roman Catholic church where we'll hear about the variety of Christian denominations in the area and their relations with the Muslim majority.
  • Our visit to Shefaram will conclude at its now abandoned synagogue and a discussion on what, historically and today, it means to be a minority community in the Land of Israel.


  • Drive to Sindyanna of Galilee, a unique non-profit organization led by a team of Arab and Jewish women working to create social change from the ground up. While producing outstanding olive oil and other premium food products, the organization is enhancing Arab-Jewish cooperation, promoting fair trade, creating economic opportunities for Arab women, and assisting local growers and producers.
  • Continue to the Upper Galilee and check into your hotel.
  • Group dinner followed by group conversation.

Overnight: Upper Galilee



  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit the Hula Nature Reserve (Agamon HaHula) for bike-riding, golf-carting, nature walks, and birdwatching.
  • Higher Ground: Hit the ground racing as we go off-road for a jeep tour of the Golan Heights that will combine natural beauty with security insights into one of Israel's most strategically important areas. Retrace the experiences of Israeli soldiers in their battles during the Six Day War of 1967 and the 1973 Yom Kippur War and talk with your jeep drivers about their personal experiences and feelings about the Golan.
  • Lunch (not included in package).
  • 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.

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.
  • Enjoy rafting or kayaking down the Jordan River.
  • Return to the hotel and enjoy

Overnight: Upper Galilee

DAY 9: THURSDAY, JUNE 25, 2020


  • Breakfast at the hotel, followed by check-out.
  • 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 synagogue, in the 16th 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.
    • Meet with artist Sheva Chaya in her studio, for an interactive window into the world of Kabbalah, glass blowing, and questions of identity and Judaism.
    • Walk through the cobbled streets and alleyways to the Artists' Colony with its galleries, shops, and studios.
    • Lunch (not included in package).
  • Visit the Zippori National Park, known for its extraordinary ancient mosaics and its central role in Jewish life after the destruction of the Temple.


  • Continue to 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.
  • Continue to Tel Aviv, also known as “the city that never sleeps.” A place of sun and fun, its centers of culture and history are complimented by great beaches, stores, and entertainment.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner (not included in package) and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Tel Aviv m

DAY 10: FRIDAY, JUNE 26, 2020


  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit the Jaffa Overlook for an introduction to Tel Aviv at the place where it all began.
  • From Hebrew City to Hebrew State: Walk 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) in Nahalat Binyamin or the adjacent Carmel Market.

Option 1:

  • 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. 

Option 2:

  • Tel Avivians' Friday afternoon tradition: Afternoon beach time!


  • Freshen up for Shabbat.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services with Israelis by the beach or at the park.

Overnight: Tel Aviv

DAY 11: SATURDAY, JUNE 27, 2020


  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Boker Tov, Tel Aviv: Shabbat morning activity with Rabbi Covoner.
  • 11 a.m. Depart the hotel.
  • A Fallen Leader, A Fallen Soldier: The assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1995 was one of the great traumas of Israeli political history. Discuss his life and death at Rabin Square, the place where he was murdered, and take a quiet moment to reflect at the Rabin Memorial. We'll also see how Rabin Square has become one of the crucial public spaces in Israel and the location for political protests, state ceremonies, and spontaneous celebrations.
  • Lunch (not included in package) in the renovated Old Port of Tel Aviv, with its wonderful restaurants, cafés, and shops, right on the water's edge.
  • What's Going On in Bohemian Tel Aviv? Join a local artist 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.
  • Return to the hotel.

Option 1 - For those who are flying late that night:

  • Late check-out from the hotel.
  • Havdalah and wrap-up conversation over
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport and check in for your return flight to the US.

Option 2 - For those who are staying the night:

  • Havdalah and wrap-up conversation over
  • Evening at leisure.

Overnight: Tel Aviv / Flight

DAY 12: SUNDAY, JUNE 28, 2020


Option 1:

  • Welcome home to Chicago.

Option 2:

  • Check out of the hotel by noon.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport and check in for your return flight to the US.

Need to Know


  • 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.

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.


  • Credit card fees
  • 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
    A security guard and/or a youth counselor (when included):
    $1 per participant per day per security guard, per youth counselor


  • The first two people in any double or triple room are charged full package rates as adults, even if the second person is a child under the age of 18.

    For this reason, the first two people you select for a double or triple room MUST be selected as adults in order for the registration process to succeed.

    To register the following room configurations:

    • For double room occupancy for:
      • 1 adult & 1 child - Please select 2 adults.
      • 2 children - Please select 2 adults.
    • For triple room occupancy for:
      • 2 adults & 1 child - Please select 2 adults & 1 child**
      • 1 adult & 2 children - Please select 2 adults & 1 child**
      • 3 children - Please select 2 adults & 1 child**

    (**Reduced rate for a child as a 3rd in a triple room will only be applied if the child is under the age of 18)

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