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Temple Israel of West Bloomfield
Women’s Mission - Amsterdam, Berlin & Prague

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  • 8 nights' accommodations at select hotels.
  • 7.5 touring days with licensed English-speaking local tour guides.
  • 5 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus.
  • 1 group transfer and assistance from/to the airport.
  • Meals: daily breakfast, 1 lunch & 5 dinners.
  • Whisper system throughout the trip.
  • Water on the bus throughout.
  • Portage at the hotels.
  • Da'at tour educator accompanying the group throughout.
  • Tips for tour educator, local guides and drivers.



    Recommended flights
    Detroit to Amsterdam - October 13, 2020 (Arriving the next day):
    Option 1: Delta flight #134, Depart Detroit 6:10 p.m. arriving the next morning at 8:00 a.m.
    Option 2: Delta Flight #136, Depart Detroit 8:39 p.m. arriving the next morning 10:25 a.m.
    Please arrive at the hotel by 1 p.m.
    Prague to Detroit - October 22, 2020
    Option 1 - Prague to Detroit via Amsterdam:
    Flight 1 - Prague to Amsterdam: KLM Flight #1352, Depart 8:50 a.m. arriving in Amsterdam 10:25 a.m.
    Flight 2 - Amsterdam to Detroit: Delta Flight #137, Depart 12:50 p.m. arriving in Detroit 3:33 p.m.
    Option 2 - Prague to Detroit via Paris:
    Flight 1 - Prague to Paris: Air France #1383, Depart Prague 9:35 a.m., arriving in Paris 11:25 a.m.
    Flight 2- Paris to Detroit: Air France #378. Depart Paris 3:40 p.m. arriving in Detroit 6:15 p.m.
    *All times are local and are subject to change.


    DAY 1 DEPARTURE 
    Tuesday, October 13, 2020
    • Depart the US.

    Overnight: Flight

    DAY 2 LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL | walking tour
    Wednesday, October 14, 2020
    • Arrival at Amsterdam International Airport.
    • 1 p.m. Meet your tour educator, who will accompany you on this journey of education and inspiration.
    • Transfer to the city center.
    • Enjoy an introductory walking tour through Amsterdam's alleys and canals and pass by the Royal Palace, situated on the west side of Dam Square, and the famous National Monument, a 72-foot concrete conical pillar covered by white travertine stone, that honors World War II casualties.
    • Along the Water: Enjoy a boat canal cruise and the relaxing atmosphere of Amsterdam while wandering through its canals.
    • Visit the Van Gogh Museum, which houses the world's largest collection of artworks by Vincent van Gogh, including Sunflowers, Almond Blossom, and The Potato Eaters.
    • Check into the hotel.
    • Our Journey Together: Welcome dinner and introduction session with your tour educator. We'll look forward to the days ahead, preview some of the highlights and themes of our trip, and share personal expectations of what we will experience in Europe.

    Meals: Dinner

    Overnight: Amsterdam

    DAY 3 JUDAISM AND ART IN AMSTERDAM
    Thursday, October 15, 2020
    • Visit the Anne Frank House, where you'll hear the story and tour the offices and “secret annex” where Anne Frank, her family, and others spent 23 months hiding from the Nazis.
    • Walk through the Jewish Quarter (Jodenbuurt), which in the 16th century was the home to the largest Western European Jewish community, including the Jewish Historical Museum. Explore the creativity and strength of Amsterdam's Jewish community during its heyday, and witness the devastation caused by the Nazi occupation.
    • Tour the still-active Portuguese Synagogue, once one of the largest synagogues in Europe and a symbol of the glory of the Sephardi Jewish community in Holland.
    • Explore the Rijksmuseum, displaying Rembrandt's masterpiece The Night Watch and Vermeer's famous The Milkmaid.
    • Return to the hotel.
    • Participate in a cooking workshop to learn some classic Dutch recipes and enjoy a great meal of your own making.

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Overnight: Amsterdam

    DAY 4 FROM AMSTERDAM TO BERLIN
    Friday, October 16, 2020
    • Check out of the hotel and transfer to Amsterdam Airport.
    • 10:15 a.m. Depart Amsterdam on KLM flight #1823 to Berlin.
    • 11:30 a.m. Arrive in Berlin International Airport, meet your local guide and transfer to the city center.
    • LaDa'at Focus The Enigma That Is Berlin: Orientation dialogue with your tour educator.
    • A Walk Through History:Experience Berlin's extraordinary heritage and transformations on a tour of some it most famed landmarks including:
      • The Brandenburg Gate: This neo-classical gate is architecturally impressive, but its real importance lies in what it reveals about Berlin and its changes. Built in the 1790s when Berlin was rising to power and locked behind the Communist side of the Berlin Wall during the Cold War, it is now Germany's most famous symbol of reunification and freedom.
      • The Holocaust Memorial is designed to provoke questions rather than provide obvious answers. For some visitors, its 2711 gray, slightly askew concrete slabs symbolize that the Holocaust is beyond understanding. Many other interpretations are possible. There's also a nearby information center and exhibition.
      • View of the Reichstag: Explore Germany's traumatic political past and prosperous present as we stop at the Bundestag, the German Federal Parliament. The building, set in the reconstructed Reichstag, is rich with history.
    • Check into the hotel and enjoy free time to prepare for Shabbat.
    • Kabbalat Shabbat services at a local synagogue.
    • Shabbat dinner with members of the local Jewish community.

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Overnight: Berlin

    DAY 5 ART & MEMORY IN BERLIN
    Saturday, October 17, 2020
    • The Berlin Wall Memorial is an ideal place to examine the Cold War that divided both Berlin and the world. Situated on a one-mile strip of the original wall, it includes a guard watchtower, memorials to East Berliners killed attempting to cross into West Berlin, and exhibits explaining why this was once one of the tensest places on earth.
    • Shopping for Victory in the Cold War: History can be felt everywhere in Berlin, even when shopping. We'll visit the commercial area in West Berlin named after its main feature, the One of Europe's largest department stores, it was seized from its Jewish owners in the 1930s, bombed during World War II, and flourished after being rebuilt in the 1950s. This rich center of consumerism became a symbol of the West German “economic miracle” and will provide a vivid contrast with the situation on the “other side of the Wall,” in the formerly communist East Berlin.
    • Painting Freedom on the Wall: The years 1989-1990 were miraculous as the Berlin Wall came down, the Cold War ended, and West and East German reunified. See how artists reacted to those remarkable days at the East Side Gallery. The “gallery” is actually the longest stretch of the Berlin Wall still in existence and was covered with murals by German and international artists immediately after reunification. Look out for the famous graffiti painting of the Soviet and East German leaders, Brezhnev and Honecker, locked in a “socialist fraternal kiss” and a Trabant - the iconic, awful automobile of Communist Germany - seemingly bursting through the Wall.
    • Counterculture: Take a walk on the wild side as we check out the graffiti and street culture of Kreuzberg. The heart of Bohemian Berlin, this has been an area of artists, squatters, and alternative types since David Bowie and Lou Reed lived here in the 1970s.
    • The Shock of the New: Visit the Boros Collection and experience Berlin's transformation and willingness to embrace the avant-garde. Much of this collection of contemporary international art is literally and figuratively off-the-wall. The location is also out of the ordinary. Before becoming an unlikely art gallery, this “awesomely ugly” bunker was successively an air raid shelter during World War II, a Red Army prison, an East German warehouse for fruit from Cuba, and a techno and fetish club.
    • Return to the hotel.
    • Three Stars in the Israel SkyAt nightfall, we will mark the end of a special Shabbat with a communal Havdallah ceremony.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Overnight: Berlin

    DAY 6 JEWISH LIFE IN BERLIN
    Sunday, October 18, 2020
    • What Was Built, What Was Lost: Our tour of the Jewish Quarter will explore the achievements and vitality of Berlin's Jewish community. The tour will include:
      • Hackescher Market: In 1671, two hundred Jews fleeing persecution elsewhere in Europe were allowed to move to an area just outside Berlin's Old City walls. We'll see this area - which is now a hotbed of entertainment and nightlife - and discuss the development of Jewish life in Berlin.
      • View of the New Synagogue and Centrum Judaicum: This richly ornamented synagogue, which once seated 3,000 people, is an impressive example of the size, prosperity, and confidence of Berlin's Liberal Jewish community in the 19th We'll learn how the synagogue was saved from destruction during the Kristallnacht pogrom and today is once again a center of German Jewish culture.
      • The Jewish Cemetery: From the late 17th century, this was where many of Berlin's Jews were buried. It was bulldozed by the Gestapo in 1943. We'll view the recently restored tombstone of Moses Mendelssohn, the great philosopher, and discuss his influence on German and Jewish life and thought.
      • We'll stop outside the home of Rabbi Regina Jonas, the first woman to have been ordained as a rabbi, and discuss her pioneering life, her death in Auschwitz, and the role Berlin played in reforming Judaism for a modern age.
      • We'll also visit two important reminders of German resistance to the Holocaust. The Museum of Otto Weidt's Workshop for the Blind honors the man who risked his life during World War Two to hide and protect Jewish workers in his broom and brush workshop.
      • The Rosenstrasse Sculpture commemorates the successful 1943 protests against Nazi plans to deport the last remaining Jews from Berlin. The protest was led by non-Jewish women seeking to protect their Jewish spouses from persecution.
    • Enjoy the bustling vibe of Berlin while strolling through a local flea market.
    • Between the Lines: Take an architectural tour of the Jewish Museum Berlin and see how architect Daniel Libeskind's design - with its zigzagging lines, inclined walls, and concrete “voids” - retells German-Jewish history. We'll explore this prize-winning post-modernist building and discuss what feelings it evokes for us.
    • Return to the hotel.
    • Dine-Around in Berlin: Taste what Berlin has to offer while exploring Berlin by night, in Mitte and Prenzlauer Berg. Our journey will take you on a fun walking tour of Berlin's diverse culinary scene. Learn more about the neighborhood's history as you taste the local delicacies.

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Overnight: Berlin

    DAY 7 FROM BERLIN TO PRAGUE
    Monday, October 19, 2020
    • Check out of the hotel.
    • Meet your tour educator in the hotel lobby and begin your journey from one great European capital to another as we drive from Berlin to Prague. (Approximate driving time is five hours.) 
    • We'll make stop at Terezin (Theresienstadt), the town that was part of humanity's ugliest process. We'll visit the ghetto-camp established here during World War II where over 100,000 Jews were worked to death or sent to extermination camps in the East.
    • Lunch at a local restaurant.
    • Our visit to Terezinwill include:
      • Part of a Terrible Process: Explore the Historical Exhibition which explains the history of the camp and its role in Hitler's Final Solution.
      • Truth and Lies: We'll also see the chilling propaganda movies made by the Nazis which were designed to convince the world that Terezin was a spa town and retirement center for elderly Jews rather than a death-ridden way station to the extermination camps.
      • Day-to-Day Devastation: Glimpse the brutal realities of daily life in Terezin with a reconstruction of the overcrowded dormitory and other parts of the camp complex. Here, we'll understand how so many Jews died in this place of malnutrition and disease.
      • Resistance Through Culture: Many prominent cultural figures were imprisoned in Terezin and they helped create in the camp, despite the constant threat of deportation and death, a remarkable cultural life. Children were educated, including in art, and we will see remarkable pictures they created. Professors gave lectures, a lending library of 60,000 books was maintained, and concerts and performances were given. We'll visit exhibitions on art, music, literature, and theater in the camp, each of which provides insights into the determination of Jews in Terezin to maintain their humanity and creativity.
      • “Despite All This, We Have Not Forgotten YOUR Name”: Despite the brutalities in Terezin, somehow faith was not destroyed. Visit the Hidden Synagogue that an inmate, Artur Berlanger, created out of a tiny storage space. A skilled artist, we'll see the Jewish prayers and symbols that he and others painted on the walls, as they built a secret sanctuary of holiness.
      • Paying Tribute: Around 140,000 Jews were transferred to Terezin. Over 33,000 died in the camp itself. We'll reflect on this loss at the cemetery where they were buried and at the crematorium. Our visit to Terezin will conclude with a memorial service, where we'll remember those who died here as well as the more than 80,000 Jews who were sent to be killed in Auschwitz and elsewhere in the east.
    • Depart from Terezin and continue to drive to Prague. (The drive is approximately 1 hour.)
    • Check into the hotel.
    • Prague's a city of culture and music. Check out the options at the National Theatre, the State Opera House, or the Rudolfinum (home of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra) and keep an eye and ear out for the many concerts held in local churches (cost not included in package).

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    Overnight: Prague

    DAY 8 THE CITY OF 100 SPIRES | walking tour
    Tuesday, October 20, 2020
    • The Golden CityExperience Prague's historic center on a tour of the Castle District. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a haven of beauty, culture, and history. Highlights include:
      • A Place of Power: Prague Castle is the world's largest castle and has since the 9th century been the glorious home for rulers from kings of Bohemia to the current Czech president.
      • The City of 100 Spires: Many of these rulers were buried at St. Vitus Cathedral. Visit this great Gothic structure and ask why one of Europe's least religious countries has so many remarkable churches.
      • Golden Lane: Ordinary families also lived in the Castle District. Visit Golden Lane with its homes where palace guards, goldsmiths, and, or so the story goes, alchemists once lived.
      • A Glimpse of Mr. Kafka: Culture is everywhere in Prague. We'll stop by 22 Golden Lane, the home of Franz Kafka.
      • Don't Judge a Town by Its Name: It may be called the Lesser Town but it's hard to imagine a more charming area with its Baroque architecture and the famous Charles Bridge.
    • Visit the Bohemian Garnet Museum, where we'll learn about history of garnet mining in Czech lands and jewelry-craft.
    • The Old Town Square is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful public spaces of Europe. It's been Prague's main marketplace since the 10th century and many of its glorious buildings date from the 14th We'll see its Astronomical Clock, a symbol of the city, and explore Prague's Art Nouveau architecture. We'll find out, at the huge monument honoring Jan Hus, why this 14th century “heretic” who was burned at the stake is still considered a Czech hero.
    • Return to the hotel.
    • Free evening, with the opportunity to have dinner at Lokal restaurant (cost not included).

    Meals: Breakfast

    Overnight: Prague

    DAY 9 THE GLORY OF JEWISH PRAGUE | walking tour
    Wednesday, October 21, 2020
    • LaDa'at Focus What's Going on With the Golem? One of Prague's most famous “Jews” was not even human. Our tour educator will introduce us to the Golem, the monster that supposedly protected the city's Jews from persecutors. Find out why the Golem ran amok and was buried in the Altneushul's attic and ponder why this tale inspired so many storytellers, from the creator of Frankenstein's monster to Elie Wiesel.
    • In the Ghetto: Explore the sometimes glorious, sometimes tragic, past of Prague's Jews with a visit to the Jewish Ghetto. From the 13th century, Jews could live only within the ghetto's walls. In the 18thcentury, the ghetto was abolished and much of the area was destroyed. Nonetheless, important sites were safeguarded, making this perhaps the best area in Europe to experience how Jews once lived. Our visit will include:
      • The Maisel Synagogue: The early 16th century was a golden age for Prague's Jews and the ghetto became famed for its intellectual and economic achievements. This synagogue was built to serve the growing Jewish population.
      • The Pinkas Synagogue: Built in 1535, this synagogue is more evidence of the community's prosperity. It serves as a poignant memorial to a darker period for Czech Jews with tributes to victims of the Holocaust and an exhibition of art produced by children in Terezin.
      • The Old Jewish Cemetery: For 300 years, the ghetto's Jews were buried here. This is a place to mourn but also to celebrate the diversity and achievements of Prague's Jews. The Talmudic scholar and mystic Rabbi Judah Loew (known as the Maharal) is buried here along with the 16th-century scientist David Gans and the Gershom family, pioneers of printing.
      • The Spanish Synagogue: This golden synagogue provides a glimpse into Jewish life after the ghetto walls came down. This stunning synagogue was built in 1868 in the former ghetto area by Prague Jews seeking a more reformed style of prayer.
      • The Altneushul: Europe's oldest synagogue is a treasure trove of stories of golems and great rabbis. Find out why a synagogue built in 1250 was originally named the New Synagogue and is now known as the Old-New Synagogue.
    • Discover the best Bohemian craft beers during a beer tasting
    • Return to the hotel.
    • Looking Forward: Summary session with the rabbi and tour educator over a private festive farewell dinner.

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Overnight: Prague

    DAY 10 UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN
    Thursday, October 22, 2020
    • Check out of the hotel.
    • Transfer to Prague International Airport for your return flight to the US.

    Meals: Breakfast

     

    Need to Know

    REGISTRATION DEADLINE: May 31, 2020

     

    • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 25 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 cancelation policies and initial deposits. Notification of any changes will be made explicitly to the participants where relevant. 
    • Initial deposit of $600 per person, non-refundable, non-transferable is due at the time of reservation unless another amount is indicated for the particular trip.
    • Final payment is due June 25, 2020.

    CANCELATION POLICY 
    All cancelations need to be made in writing. The cancelation fee depends on the date when we receive written notification of your request to cancel your booking. Please note that the deposit is non-refundable.

    Cancelation fees:

    • Cancelations made 110 or more days prior to departure incur the loss of the deposit.
    • Cancelations made 109 to 46 days prior to departure incur the loss of 50% of the full trip cost.
    • Cancelations made 45 days or less prior to the departure incur the loss of 100% of the full trip cost.

    Cancelation fees may also include:

    • Hotel or supplier cancelation fees.
    • Group airfare penalty fee.

     

    Da'at Educational Expeditions reserves the right to adjust its terms of payment, including cancelation policies and initial deposits. Please refer to the small print tab on your trip's webpage or in your proposal for your cancelation policy and fees.

     

    TRAVEL INSURANCE

    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. 

     

    HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

    • 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.

     

    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 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.


       
        

     

     


      
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