- 6 nights' accommodations at select hotel.
- 7 touring days with tour educator (guide).
- 7 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus.
- 1 group departure transfer to the airport.
- Meals: daily breakfast, 4 lunches & 5 dinners.
- Water on the bus.
- Gratuities to the tour educator & bus driver
- Guaranteed late check-out on day of departure.
- Portage at the airport & at the hotels
DAY 1 ON THE WAY TO ISRAEL
Saturday, October 10, 2020
DAY 2 MEDITERRANEAN FLAVORS
Sunday, October 11, 2020
- Arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport. Individual transfers to your hotel in Tel Aviv (not included in cost).
- Meet at the hotel lobby and start our special journey.
- Opening dinner will be at Deca, a gourmet restaurant blending elite French cuisine with Mediterranean flavors. Established by chef (and television personality) Haim Cohen, this kosher dairy restaurant is especially renowned for its fish and cheese creations.
Overnight: Tel Aviv
DAY 3 INNOVATION & ENTREPRENEURSHIP: THE TEL AVIV STORY
Monday, October 12, 2020
- Breakfast at an Israeli hotel is an experience in itself. Start the day with a bounteous buffet.
- Founding Fighters: Walk in the footsteps of the young men and women who fought for the Palmach, Israel's elite pre-State military force. The Palmach Museum is an experiential museum that allows you to follow the lives and fates of extraordinary individuals from their enlistment to battle in the War of Independence.
- The Innovation Nation: The newly opened Israeli Innovation Center celebrates the people and companies that are making Israel the “innovation nation.” Located at the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation, it includes continually updated, high-tech exhibits on everything from artificial intelligence to the latest developments in water use.
- From Shuk to Chic: Take a tasting tour through a local favorite: Shuk Hapishpishim - the Jaffa flea market. Combining traditional dishes from the Bulgarian, Bukharan, Middle Eastern, Persian, North African, and Eastern European kitchens with offerings from hip new cafés and restaurants, the market is a delicious illustration of the diversity of the Israeli culinary scene.
- Jaffa Stories and Coffee: You're warmly invited into the home of Doris Hiffawi to hear about her life as a Christian Arab in Jaffa. Over coffee brewed by her family and Arabic sweets, she'll talk about whether the area's Jewish, Muslim, and Christian population mix or merely make do. We'll also find out how female entrepreneurs like Doris are bringing change to this socio-economically deprived neighborhood.
- An Israeli Scotch?! Take a tasting tour of the Milk & Honey Whisky Distillery, Israel's first whisky distillery. Learn how Israel got into the Scotch game, see the stages of making spirits - from grain to glass - and then raise your own glass in celebration of your journey. L'chaim! Cheers!
- The City at Night: Israel's food scene is on fire with world-class chefs and a huge range of happening restaurants. See and taste for yourself . We'll be happy to make reservations and recommendations so that you can enjoy a night out at the ideal Israeli restaurant for you.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight: Tel Aviv
DAY 4 ART IN THE HEART OF TEL AVIV
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
- 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.
- An Avenue for Art: Walk down Bialik Street, home to many of Tel Aviv's finest early artists and authors. We'll see where cultural leaders, including Israel's National Poet Haim Bialik, lived and created, and examine the street's outstanding, eclectic architecture including Beit Ha'ir (the old municipal center), before taking a guided tour of Rubin House, the home and studio of the painter Reuven Rubin.
- Out of East Africa: Meet African women seeking refuge in Tel Aviv and see how they are working toward a brighter future by creating beautiful crocheted products. Kuchinate(meaning crochet in Tigrinya) is a collective that celebrates African art and culture while empowering women asylum-seekers, many of whom suffered great hardships while fleeing to Israel. Here we'll:
- Try our hand at creating East African baskets (or bracelets) during a craft workshop led by the women of Kuchinate.
- The Tastes of Africa: Enjoy an authentic, delicious Eritrean lunch, vegan and kosher-friendly, in south Tel Aviv.
- Between Local and Global - Tel Aviv Art: Join a local art expert for a Tel Aviv gallery hop that will explore the best and boldest art in town. We'll explore the themes and influences inspiring contemporary culture in Israel and meet the artists, curators, and gallery owners that have made Tel Aviv an important part of the international art scene.
- Going Beyond “Say Cheese” and Clicking: Learn how to take quality shots with your smartphone on a photography tour of the Tel Aviv beach at sunset. Photographer Gabi Berger will be our guide, teaching everything from lighting and composition to how your photos can tell a story as we profile the people, the scenes, and the beauty of the beach.
- Return to the hotel.
- Dinner will be at Claro in the Sarona complex. Sarona, once a colony of the Templars, German Christian pilgrims to the Holy Land, has been transformed into a center of top-class restaurants. Chef Ran Shmueli's farm-to-table restaurant is renowned for its creative cuisine and welcoming atmosphere.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight: Tel Aviv
DAY 5 NORTHERN EXPOSURE OF THE ARTS & CUISINE
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
- Check out of the hotel and head north.
- There's Art in Them Thar Hills: Experience the Ein Hod artists' 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. We will join Lea Ben-Aryeh for an art workshop as we prepare our own individual designs and use silk screen printing to create a funky t-shirt or bag.
- A Taste of the Galilee: We'll be welcomed into the home of an Israeli Arab family to hear about their lives and to enjoy a mini workshop on the culinary traditions of the Galilee. Our GalilEat host family will prepare some delicious local delicacies and provide expert advice as we whip up a classic local dish for lunch.
- Pioneers and Martyrs: Encounter the successes, struggles, and sacrifices of the Zionist pioneers during a tour of Zichron Ya'acov, one of the first settlements created by the modern Zionist movement. Here, we'll experience the changing face of Zionism as we walk through the cobblestone boulevards and explore how a place that was initially a malaria- and poverty-stricken village is today a picturesque center of wineries, eateries, and art.
- In the Beginning There Was Wine: Zichron Ya'acov, one of the earliest villages established by the Zionist movement, has always been a place of wine. And right from the settlement's start in 1882, the Dahan family has been here, working in the vineyards. On this tasting tour of the boutique Somek Winery, we'll meet fifth-generation vintner Barak Dahan, and savor the results of his family's long-term love affair with the land and grapes of Zichron Ya'acov.
- As we drive south 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.
- 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 the Haas Promenade 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.
- Evening and dinner at leisure, perhaps on the vibrant Emek Refaim Street, in Jerusalem's German Colony.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 6 CULTURE & CREATIVITY IN JERUSALEM
Thursday, October 15, 2020
- The Process for Progress: Discuss the way forward in the struggle for religious pluralism and gender equality in Israel with Rabbi Noa Sattath, the Director of the Israel Religious Action Center.
- One City or Two? Go beyond the headlines as we explore the geopolitics of Jerusalem with site visits and discussions on key issues. Learn more about the complex relationship between predominantly Arab East Jerusalem and the city's mostly Jewish western part. We'll encounter the Security Barrier and discuss its effects.
- Chickpea Heaven: Get to the bottom of Israel's love affair with hummus during lunch and a tasting tour of the Mahane Yehuda Shuk (market). We'll check out the Shuk's best hummus joints and a tehina factory, taste chickpea candies, and decide what's tastier: old-fashioned or modern hummus. Along the way, you'll find out everything you ever wanted to know about hummus but were afraid to ask. And just to make sure that the taste of Israel remains with you when you return home, the tour will conclude with some classic hummus recipes and a hummus-making kit.
- Cinema as a Window into Israeli Life: Examine Israeli society through its cinema at the Ma'aleh School of Film and Television, with special screenings and discussion. Ma'aleh is producing many of the country's most talented directors and scriptwriters while using film to inquire into questions of Jewish and Israel identity. It has also created a groundbreaking program using video therapy for youth at risk, Ethiopian immigrants, terror victims, and adults with special needs.
- Machneyuda is a regular on Jerusalem's best restaurant lists. Its menu is inspired by the nearby Mahane Yehuda shuk (market) and by the Jerusalem kitchen. Polenta, grounded kebab with tahini, vegan burgers, chicken livers with “the best mashed potatoes ever,” and the semolina cake of Chef Uri Navon's mother are some of the offerings.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 7 MULTICULTURALISM IN JERUSALEM
Friday, October 16, 2020
- A class on campus with Rabbi Michael Marmur PH.D - Associate Professor of Jewish Theology at HUC-JIR in Jerusalem. Until July 2018 Rabbi Marmur served as the Provost at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, having previously been Dean of the Jerusalem campus.
- Jerusalem and the Cross: Hana Bendcowsky, Director of the Jerusalem Center for Jewish-Christian Relations, will take us on a behind-the-scenes tour of the communities and holy sites of the Old City's Christian quarter. We'll experience the long history and astonishing variety of Christian groups in Jerusalem, meet local personalities and clergy, and contemplate the complex situation facing Christian minority groups living in Israel and the modern-day Middle East.
- Nahlaot Walking Tour: Experience the feeling of Jerusalem on Shabbat with a journey through the courtyards of Nahlaot, where dozens of synagogues and Jewish traditions from around the world are maintained within a radius of just a few blocks.
- Kabbalat Shabbat services at Kehillat Mevasseret in Mevasseret Zion, led by Rabbi Alona Nir-Keren.
- Home Hospitality Shabbat dinner/communal Shabbat dinner with local congregants OR festive Shabbat dinner at the hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 8 JERUSALEM AND ITS WRITERS, JERUSALEM AND ITS ART
Saturday, October 17, 2020
- Optional Shabbat services at Azarat Israel, the pluralistic section of the Kotel (Western Wall).
- Explore the wonderfully creative Israel Museum and take a guided tour with a local docent of the 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.
- Jerusalem and its Writers: Explore the streets of Jerusalem through the eyes and words of its poets and authors, including Yehuda Amichai and S.Y. Agnon.
- Return to the hotel.
- Our Thoughts, Our Journey: Reflect on your trip with your group leader and tour educator.
- Farewell dinner celebration at Chakra, where food made with love and a good atmosphere make for a delightful experience.
- Late check-out from the hotel.
- Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport and check in for your flight.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 9 UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN
Sunday, October 18, 2020
Need to Know
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: 11 August 2020
Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 30 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.
- 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 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.
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.
All gratuities for the guide, driver and for restaurant staff at group meals are included.
- Individual assistance and transfer from the airport upon arrival.
- Transportation in 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.
- US and foreign airport taxes, Q fuel surcharge and border taxes when applicable.
|Temple Sinai of Atlanta | Cuisine, Culture and Art in Israel | Led by Rabbi Ron Segal|
|2020||Land Only||Status|| |
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