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Temple Beth Tikvah - Faces of Israel
Explore the Diversity of the Land
Led by Rabbi Nico Socolovsky

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  • 9 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 from and to the airport.
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary.
  • Meals: daily breakfast, 7 lunches & 4 dinners.
  • Portage at the airport and hotels.

Day One: Wednesday, February 19, 2020
ON THE WAY TO ISRAEL

  • Depart the US.

Overnight: Flight

 

Day Two: Thursday, February 20, 2020
THE START OF A SPECIAL JOURNEY

  • Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Meet your tour educator and depart for Jerusalem.
  • Welcome to Jerusalem: Enter the vibrant and colorful ancient city of Jerusalem and experience the convergence of the old and the new.
  • Stop at the Haas Promenade for an overlook of the Old and New City of Jerusalem and to recite the traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Doing Jewish - Reflections on Jewish Identity: Dialogue with Avraham Infeld, a leading Jewish educator, over a private dinner.

Meals: Dinner

Overnight: Jerusalem

 

Day Three: Friday, February 21, 2020
IN YOUR STREETS, JERUSALEM...

  • Breakfast at an Israeli hotel is an experience in itself. Start the day with a bounteous buffet.
  • The Relationship Between “Shul and State” - An Israeli Dilemma: What influence should religion and the Ultra-Orthodox Chief Rabbinate have on Israeli law and society? Leading Orthodox feminist, activist, and politician Rachel Azaria will discuss why this question causes so much controversy.
  • Challenges and Triumphs of Religious Pluralism and Social Justice in Israel: Dialogue with Rabbi Noa Sattath, Director of the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC) and formerly the chairman of the Jerusalem Open House for Pride and Tolerance.
  • Nahlaot Walking Tour: Experience the diverse communities in Israel 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.
  • Jerusalem, the City of Shabbat: Join Jerusalem in welcoming the Sabbath, the high point of the Jewish week, with Kabbalat Shabbat services.You can celebrate Shabbat alongside people from countless different traditions and countries at Judaism's holiest site, the Kotel (Western Wall) or sample some of the city's dizzying variety of synagogues. We'll be happy to supply maps and suggestions of which synagogue might work best for you.
  • Shabbat dinner at the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight: Jerusalem

 

Day Four: Saturday, February 22, 2020
4 QUARTERS - THE ANCIENT ETHNICITIES AND RELIGIONS

  • Drive to the settlement of Efrat in the Etzion Block.
  • Join Saturday morning services at a Modern Orthodox synagogue founded by a group of locals including Aviva, the daughter of Rabbi Haim Asa, z”l.
  • Enjoy a home hospitality lunch with members of the local community.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Take a tour of the Old City, guided by Hana Bendcowsky, Director of the Jerusalem Center for Jewish-Christian Relations. Explore Christian East Jerusalem, visit institutions, and meet with Christian personalities. Tour the Christian Quarter of the Old City, including the Via Dolorosa, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and other Christian sites. On the way, stop by the Sisters of Zion Monastery for a meeting with clergy.
  • Free time in the Old City.
  • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah, music, and stories with Rabbi Shlomo Fuchs.
  • Stroll along the Ben Yehuda Street and Nahalat Shiva pedestrian malls, joining the many Israelis out on the town.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight: Jerusalem

 

Day Five: Sunday, February 23, 2020
ALONG THE SEAM LINE - THE NEW JERUSALEMITES

  • A Place of Contemplation and Conflagration: Visit one of the most religiously powerful but contentious places in the world, the Temple Mount. The original site of the Jewish Temples, the Temple Mount is also holy to Islam as the place where the prophet Muhammad is believed to have started his “night journey” to heaven. You will see the al-Aqsa Mosque, one of Islam's most sacred sites and the stunning, golden Dome of the Rock.
  • 1 City, 2 States, 3 Religions, and 4 Quarters: Take a ride on Jerusalem's light rail, starting at the Pisgat Ze'ev neighborhood, continuing through the Arab villages of Shuafat and Beit Hanina and the ultra-Orthodox areas of Ramot Eshkol and Mea Shearim, ending at the Old City. Experience the mosaic and diversity of the Jerusalem population, meet local activists, and discuss the difference between East and West Jerusalem and the ongoing struggles between the city's different communities.
  • The Stories Behind the Market: Experience the sights, smells, and tastes of Jerusalem while walking through the Mahane Yehuda open-air market. Hear stories about different people and families who shaped Jerusalem as we know it today.
  • Black Panthers, the Israeli Version: Take a tour of the Musrara neighborhood and visit the birthplace of the Israeli Black Panther movement that fought for equality for immigrants from Sephardi and North African countries.
  • Mizrahi Nation: Israel's enemies, and many of Israel's friends, see Israel as a Western implant in the Middle East, disconnected from its surroundings. In fact, one-half of Israel's Jewish population comes from the Middle East. These Israelis are shaping the country's politics, society, and culture. Who are they, and why are they important to developing an understanding of Israel and of the Middle East? Dialogue with journalist and author Matti Friedman, who spent years on the Israel beat for the New York Times and the foreign press corps.
  • Israeli Ethnic Communities Through Dance - Rokdim Israel: Participate in an invigorating and fun dance session with Dance Israel, a unique initiative that offers exciting educational encounters and multi-faceted experiences through Jewish and Israeli folk dance.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight: Jerusalem

 

Day Six: Monday, February 24, 2020
BEYOND BORDERS AND WALLS

  • Building a Jewish Society in a Modern State: What does Jewish law and thought have to teach us about the needs of a modern state? Is a “Jewish democratic” state a contradiction in terms? Explore the issues and ideas during a special study program at the Hartman Institute in Jerusalem.
  • Beyond the Green Line: Experience life on a Jewish settlement in the disputed area known by some as the West Bank and by others as Judea and Samaria. We'll learn about the establishment of these communities during a tour of the Binyamin Region before talking with local residents about why they live in settlements that many consider dangerous and disruptive to peace. Our visit will include:
    • A lookout that will provide a broader view of the situation in the region. Examine the patchwork of Palestinian towns and villages and Jewish settlements in the area, discuss demographic and security issues, and come to grips with the complex issues of who governs these territories.
    • Wine Time: Take a tasting tour of the Psagot Winery, enjoy its stunning pastoral location despite its proximity to Jerusalem and the Palestinian city of Ramallah, and learn why this winery is inspired by winemakers of 3,000 years ago and by a story about a coin and cave.
  • Get to Know the People Behind the “Settler” Label:  A home-hospitality lunch and discussion with a Jewish family living in the West Bank/Judea and Samaria region.
  • Return to Jerusalem and the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight: Jerusalem

 

Day Seven: Tuesday, February 25, 2020
THE COMMUNITIES IN THE NORTH

  • Check out of the hotel, depart Jerusalem, and drive north.
  • Beyond the Black Hat: The ultra-Orthodox world is vibrant and growing but remains unknown, even alien to many of us. Encounters Outside the Box aims to increase our understanding of this world through tours of the Haredi neighborhoods of Geula and Mea Shearim. Guides from these communities will discuss their lifestyles, belief systems, dress codes, and more.
  • 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.
  • A Taste of the Galilee: We'll be welcomed into the home of an Israeli Druze 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. Use our visit to discuss the tradition and realities of the Druze community.
  • Visit the Yemin Orde Youth Village, one of Israel's most innovative educational institutions, specializing in integrating new immigrant youth into Israeli society. Meet faculty and students, including Racheli Yaso-Ngatuo, whose journey from Ethiopia to Israel and from survival to leadership is an inspiration to the entire Yemin Orde community.
  • Which Way Toward Coexistence? It is often argued that Haifa is Israel's strongest area for Arab-Jewish cooperation. Explore what has been achieved and what remains to be done at Beit HaGefen, an Arab-Jewish cultural center. We'll talk with Israeli Arab activists and wander through the multicultural Wadi Nisnas neighborhood and market.
  • Check into the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight: Haifa

 

Day Eight: Wednesday, February 26, 2020
ANCIENT AND MODERN COMMUNITIES

  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Minority Report: Shefaram is a fascinating but rarely visited 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 residents and hear of their determination to maintain close, respectful ties between the town's different populations. Highlights of our tour will include:
    • The Food! Show off your Middle Eastern cooking skills as you whip up some knafeh, the iconic dessert of the Western Galilee, followed by a home hospitality lunch.
    • 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 abandoned synagogue and a discussion on what, historically and today, it means to be a minority community in the Land of Israel.
  • Farmers, Fighters, and Flyers: Visit Nahalal, Israel's first Moshav, and encounter the Israeli experiment of communal living, then and now. We'll discuss why its members played such a prominent role in the Israeli military while visiting the village's secret weapons hideaway used during the 1948 War of Independence.

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  • Radical Then, Still Relevant Now? The pioneering, socialist Kibbutz movement played a vital role in the establishment of the State of Israel, and the Kibbutz was one of the early state's most influential and distinctive communities. Meet with a second-generation Kibbutz member and hear how life has changed on the Kibbutz in today's more individualistic era led by the Givat Haviva Seminar Center.
  • Enter Tel Aviv, also known as “the city that never sleeps.” A place of sun and fun, its centers of culture and history are complemented by great beaches, stores, and entertainment.
  • Check into the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight: Tel Aviv

 

Day Nine: Thursday, February 27, 2020
CHALLENGES OF MODERN STATE

  • 30 Years after Madrid, 25 Years After the Rabin Assassination, and 20 Years After Camp David: Discussion with your rabbi and tour educator.
  • Israeli Democracy in Peril: The assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1995 was one of the great traumas of Israeli political history, shocking Israel similarly to the way that President Kennedy's death affected America. The Rabin Center Museum examines the life of one of Israel's most storied soldiers and politicians and illustrates how his death was linked to the wider conflicts and dilemmas that continue to shape Israel.
  • Ethnic Tasting Tour: Eat, drink, and learn at the Levinsky Market, where we'll sample food and sweets from all over the Mediterranean and the Middle East and try to figure out what is Israeli about Israeli food. This multi-cultural tasting tour will double as a delicious lunch.
  • The Jaffa Vibe: Take a musical tour through Jaffa with Neta Weiner, a musician, rapper, and social activist, and House of System Ali, an organization which uses music, texts, and art to create new partnerships in Israel. We'll learn about Jaffa's historical importance (mentioned in the biblical story of Jonah and the Whale), its contemporary status as a mixed Jewish-Arab city, and more as we explore the multicultural identities, histories, and sounds of Jaffa.
  • When Does Immigration End? Dialogue with members of Generation 1.5, a grassroots organization made up of Russian-speaking young men and women, most of whom immigrated with their families during the large Aliyah wave of the 1990s.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight: Tel Aviv

 

Day Ten: Friday, February 28, 2020
THE MELTING POT

  • 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:
    • Join women from East Africa for a traditional coffee-making ceremony and talk with them about their lives in Israel and the struggles they are seeking to overcome through creativity and collective action.
    • Try your 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.
  • Stroll down the Nahalat Binyamin pedestrian mall, with its bi-weekly craft fair and eateries. Alongside is the colorful Carmel open-air market.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services at Kehillat Ra'anan in Ra'anan, led by Rabbi Chen Ben-Or Tsfoni.
  • Home Hospitality Shabbat dinner/communal Shabbat dinner with local congregants.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Tel Aviv

 

Day Eleven: Saturday, February 29, 2020
TEL AVIV: THE FIRST HEBREW CITY

  • Urban Culture Tours of Tel Aviv, Combining Street Art, Language, & Graffiti: Join a local artist and educator to explore the urban culture of the city.
  • From Templars to Hipsters: Tour the newly renovated Templars town of Sarona, now a hip and vibrant fashion and culinary center; stroll through the indoor food and spice market.
  • From Bialik To Firuze: Join musicians from different backgrounds as they come together and share beautiful Israeli music that reflects Israeli society.
  • Return to the hotel to relax and finish packing.
  • Late check-out from the hotel.
  • Festive farewell dinner.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport and check in for your departure flight to the US.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight: Flight

 

Day Twelve: Sunday, March 1, 2020
UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN

  • Arrival in the US.
 

Need to Know

  • Registration deadline: 19 November 2019
  • 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.
  • 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. 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.
  • 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

  • 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):

TRIPS TO ISRAEL:

  • Group of 20 participants and more: 
    Tour Educator: $8 | Driver: $4 - per participant per day
 
Temple Beth Tikvah - Faces of Israel
Explore the Diversity of the Land
Led by Rabbi Nico Socolovsky
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