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Temple Israel of Dayton | Israel Experience
Led by Rabbi Karen Bodney-Halasz

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    Main trip

    • Optional flights to and from Tel Aviv as listed in the air section of this program (Taxes and fuel charges are included and are subject to change by the Airline).
    • 10 nights' accommodation at select hotels
    • 8 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking tour educator (no guide or bus on February 2 and 9)
    • 1 group transfer and assistance from and to Ben Gurion International Airport
    • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
    • Meals: daily breakfast 3 lunches and 5 dinners
    • Water on the bus
    • Tips for tour educator and driver
    • Portage at the airport and hotels

    Extension to Petra

    • 1 night's accommodation at a select hotel
    • 2 days of private touring in Petra in a luxury, air-conditioned tourist midi-bus with licensed, English speaking guide
    • Round trip flight Tel-Aviv -Eilat-Tel-Aviv
    • Transfer to/from domestic airports and between all international borders
    • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
    • Lunch in Petra
    • Tips for Jordanian guide and driver
    • Jordanian visa and Israeli and Jordanian border taxes

    Day One: Wednesday, January 30, 2019


    • Depart the U.S.A.

    Overnight: Flight

    Day Two: Thursday, January 31, 2019

    • Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport.
    • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
    • Meet your Tour Educator and transfer to Tel Aviv, known as the “city that never sleeps,” with its centers of culture, recreation and national history, great beaches and fine stores.
    • Check into the hotel.
    • Drive to the Old City of Jaffa and ascend from the old port through the renovated alleyways to the Jaffa Overlook for an introduction to Tel Aviv at the place where it all began.
    • Enjoy a Middle-Eastern-style dinner in Tel Aviv’s Yemenite Quarter at Maganda, with a varied menu of traditional salads and grilled meats.
    • Israel 101 – Our Journey: Orientation and opening remarks by Rabbi Karen Bodney-Halasz and your tour educator.
    • Return to the hotel.

    Overnight: Tal Hotel, Tel Aviv

    Day Three: Friday, February 1, 2019

    • Breakfast at the hotel.
    • Israeli Society @ 2019: Dialogue with scholar Paul Liptz of Tel Aviv University and the Hebrew Union College.
    • Stroll down Rothschild Boulevard to view examples of the intriguing Bauhaus-style architecture from the 1930s; the local proliferation of the style won Tel Aviv recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage site and the nickname of ‘the White City'.
    • Against The Odds - Building a State: Visit Independence Hall, where David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the State of Israel on May 14th, 1948.
    • LaDa’at EthnicTasting Tour: walk through Tel Aviv’s famous Levinsky Market, where you'll find a combination of foods and sweets from all over the Mediterranean and hear the unique stories of the individuals who sell them; lunch on own, if still hungry!
    • Free time to wander along the Nachalat Binyamin pedestrian mall, with its bi-weekly crafts fair and eateries (alongside is the colorful Carmel open-air market and across the way Sheinkin Street, with its hip cafés and funky chic shopping); OR walk through the colorful Neve Zedek, one of Tel Aviv’s earliest neighborhoods. Today it is a cultural mecca, with many small boutiques and galleries, and the Suzanne Dellal Dance and Theater Center;
    • Drive to Modi’in for Kabbalat Shabbat services at Kehillat Yozma with Rabbi Nir Barkin.
    • Home Hospitality or communal Shabbat dinner with local congregants OR festive Shabbat dinner at the hotel.

    Overnight: Tal Hotel, Tel Aviv

    Day Four: Saturday, February 2, 2019
    SHABBAT IN TEL AVIV| no guide

    • Breakfast at the hotel.
    • Optional Shabbat services.
    • Free Shabbat in Tel Aviv with an opportunity to:
      • Take in the grand art collection at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.
      • Meander through the Old City of Jaffa.
      • Explore the colorful and historic Neve Zedek
      • Visit some of Tel Aviv’s legendary Art Galleries.
      • Visit the Ayalon Institute near Rehovot for an eye-opening tour of a clandestine munitions factory used during the British Mandate
      • Wander through the Tachana, Tel Aviv’s renovated old train station, now a center of boutiques and good food, and one of Tel Aviv’s blooming hot spots.
      • Walk through the newly renovated Templers town of Sarona, now a hip and vibrant fashion and culinary center, including free time to stroll through the indoor food and spice market.
      • Walk or bike the Blue Route in Tel Aviv, with its beautiful coastline and Mediterranean atmosphere, from the Jaffa Ridge in the south to Tel Aviv Port in the north.
      • Walk through the trendy Tel Aviv Port.
    • Dinner and evening at leisure.

    Overnight: Tal Hotel, Tel Aviv

    Day Five: Sunday, February 3, 2019

    • Breakfast at the hotel.
    • Check out of the hotel, depart Tel Aviv and drive north along the Mediterranean Sea stopping at the Ancient Roman Aqueduct, located on the pristine beaches of Caesarea. With the ruins of a past empire to your backs, enjoy the power of the sand, sea and the rush of the water as you celebrate your journey throughout Israel.
    • Tikkun Olam hands-on experience with Leket, a volunteer organization that provides food for the needy by collecting excess produce from farms and food distribution companies.
    • Visit a Druze village in the Carmel Mountains for a window into the unique world of the Israeli Druze community, with home-hospitality lunch.
    • Visit Akko (Acre), a UNESCO Heritage Site, for a multi-layered experience from the days of the Crusades through contemporary Israel, including guided visits to:
      • The restored Crusaders’ Fortress.
      • The al-Jazzar Mosque, one of the largest and most interesting in Israel.
      • The colorful Akko shuk (market).
    • Drive along the Lebanese Border for powerful overviews and further insight into the strategic realities facing Israel in that region, specifically in the aftermath of the 2006 Second Lebanon War.
    • Continue to the Upper Galilee and check into the hotel.
    • Dinner at the hotel.
    • Kibbutz Ideology and Israeli Reality in the 21st Century: Meet with a second-generation kibbutz member.

    Overnight: Hagoshrim Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee

    Day Six: Monday, February 4, 2019  

    • Breakfast at the hotel.
    • Walk through the Tel Dan Nature Reserve, located on the largest tributary of the Jordan River, and explore the ruins of the great Biblical city of Dan.
    • Take a Jeep tour off-road up the Golan Heights in the footsteps of Israeli soldiers and their battles in the Six-Day War. Enjoy the beautiful natural scenery and gain insight into the strategic complexity of the Golan.
    • Lunch on own en route.
    • The panoramic views from Bental (overlooking the abandoned Syrian town of Kuneitra) give sharp insights into Israel’s security situation on the Golan Heights, and the enormous challenges it faced in the 1973 Yom Kippur War, and the new threat from the north, ISIS.
    • Visit the Pelter Winery, a young family boutique winery on the Golan Heights, including wine tasting.
    • Return to the hotel.
    • Dinner at the hotel
    • Reflections on our journey led by the Rabbi and tour educator.

    Overnight: Hagoshrim Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee

    Day Seven: Tuesday, February 5, 2019

    • Breakfast at the hotel.
    • Check out of the hotel and drive to Tsfat, a center of Jewish mysticism for hundreds of years and a contemporary artists’ colony, including:
      • A guided visit to the Ari, Caro or Abuhav Synagogues, each with its great stories and mystical messages.
      • A stroll through the quaint Artists’ Colony, shop in the galleries and crafts shops and engage in dialogues with local artisans inspired by the messages of Kabbalah.
    • Lunch on own.
    • Drive south, passing by Tiberias, an ancient/modern city located on the shores of Lake Kinneret (Sea of Galilee). One of Israel’s four holy Jewish cities, this is where the “Jerusalem” Talmud was codified and where Maimonides is buried.
    • Visit the 1,500-year-old Beit Alfa Synagogue, with its beautiful mosaic floor, for an insight into Jewish spiritual life during the Byzantine period (located on Kibbutz Heftziba, at the foot of the Gilboa range).
    • Drive southwards along the Jordan Valley, part of the enormous Syrian-African Rift and upon entering Jerusalem, stop to recite the traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing.
    • Check into the hotel.
    • Dinner on own, perhaps at the Old Train Station Plaza, with its fashionable restaurants featuring local and international cuisine. On certain evenings one can enjoy street musicians, Israeli dancing and other attractions.

    Overnight: Dan Boutique, Jerusalem

    Day Eight: Wednesday, February 6, 2019

    • Early breakfast at the hotel.
    • Proceed to the Old City and join a representative from Women of the Wall for Rosh Chodesh
    • Guided visit to the Jerusalem Archaeological Park, including a visit to the Davidson Center and the Southern Wall Excavations.
    • Explore the Western Wall Tunnel, the underground continuation of the Temple Mount’s Western Wall, exposed in recent years.
    • Continue with a walking tour through the Jewish Quarter for visits to archaeological treasures and other highlights, among them:
      • A walk along 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.
      • The Cardo, the main street of Jerusalem in the 6th century King Hezekiah’s First Temple-period “Broad Wall”.
      • Hurva Square, the central square of the Jewish Quarter.
    • Lunch on own in the Jewish Quarter.
    • Visit the Christian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem, including the Via Dolorosa, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and other Christian sites.
    • Free time in the Arab bazaar.
    • Guided visit to Zion, including the traditional burial site of King David, the Room of the Last Supper.
    • Return to the hotel.
    • Free time to explore Downtown Jerusalem, including the Ben-Yehuda pedestrian mall and the Nachalat Shiva neighborhood, with dinner on own.

    Overnight: Dan Boutique, Jerusalem

    Day Nine: Thursday, February 7, 2019

    • Breakfast at the hotel.
    • The Memory of the Holocaust in Contemporary Israeli Society: Dialogue with Holocaust scholar, Rachel Korazim.
    • Visit the Yad Vashem complex, 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
      • A concluding Memorial Service
    • Take a multi-cultural tasting journey through the hustle and bustle of Jerusalem’s Machaneh Yehudah open-air market: Enjoy the sights, smells, tastes and sounds of this vibrant area where Jerusalemites shops; lunch on own if still hungry!
    • Visit the National Military Cemetery on Herzl to recall landmark events in modern Israeli history in which these soldiers gave their lives. Follow with a visit to the graves of Theodor Herzl, Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres in the adjacent section for Leaders of the Nation.
    • Free time in the Mamilla pedestrian arcade, a very contemporary shopping area with a whiff of the past, located outside the Jaffa Gate of the Old City; dinner on own.
    • The Night Spectacular at the Tower of David Museum: The walls of the Citadel serve as a stage for a night-time show – a celebration of sight and sound – that depicts the story of Jerusalem.

    Overnight: Dan Boutique, Jerusalem

    Day Ten: Friday, February 8, 2019

    • Breakfast at the hotel.
    • LaDa’at The Geopolitics of Jerusalem: Depart the city of Jerusalem towards the Judean Desert, passing by the Security barrier, exploring some of the capital's political and diplomatic complexities to gain a behind-the-headlines insight into current developments.
    • Descend to the Dead Sea Basin, driving by Qumran, the area where the Dead Sea Sect established a community and the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found.
    • 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.
    • Lunch on own at the base of Masada.
    • Experience an astonishing sense of weightlessness as you float in the super-saline Dead Sea.
    • Stop for a quick photo op on a camel.
    • Return to Jerusalem.
    • Kabbalat Shabbat services at Kehillat Kol Haneshema, led by Rabbi Yael Karrie (subject to confirmation).
    • Festive Shabbat dinner at the hotel.

    Overnight: Dan Boutique, Jerusalem

    Day Eleven: Saturday, February 9, 2019

    • Breakfast at the hotel.
    • Optional Shabbat Services.
    • Free Shabbat in Jerusalem for an opportunity to explore (on own):
      • The Old City Ramparts for a walk along the ancient walls of the city
      • The Tower of David Museum of the History of Jerusalem, for a walk through the city’s history – with observation points, an animated film and visual and audio-visual aids – from the time of Abraham to the end of the British Mandate over Palestine.
      • The renewed and wonderfully creative Israel Museum, with its wide-ranging and eclectic collection, 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.
    • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah overlooking the Old City.
    • Free Evening in Jerusalem on Ben-Yehuda pedestrian mall or on Emek Refaim Street in the German Colony, with dinner on own.

    Overnight: Dan Boutique, Jerusalem

    Day Twelve: Sunday, February 10, 2019

    • Breakfast at the hotel.
    • Check out of the hotel and transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport.
    • Departure flight to the U.S.A., arriving the same day.

    Need to Know

    • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 19 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.
    • Airport Taxes & Fuel Surcharges are estimated and subject to change at any time.
      Airport Taxes & Fuel Surcharges are not guaranteed unless the group air tickets have been issued. Group air tickets are issued approximately 35 days prior to departure. Group air tickets are only issued upon receipt of full payment from all of the trip participants.
    • Air and land packages are open for registration until Oct 15, 2018 (based on availability), thereafter the tour will be available for land-only services. Cancellation of group air reservations after Oct 15, 2018 (and before the group flight tickets are issued) will entail a penalty of $100 per ticket.
    • Airfare to the tour departure point and from the tour ending point is not included.
      Airfare may be purchased from us for travel originating in the United States. Please see Flights tab in the right-side toolbar.
    • Hotel Accommodations: The tour 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-bed rooms 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.
    • Expedition Director / 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 are included.
    • Baggage: All tour packages / group tours allow one piece of luggage per person and one carry-on bag. Excess luggage will be subject to charge of up to $100 per piece. The Travel Agent and/or Tour Operator, shall not be held responsible for any damage to or loss of luggage/personal items. All damage/loss must be reported at time of incident and documented in writing by local authorities for submission to the insurance company. With regard to airline baggage allowance, different carriers have different regulations for business and coach, please check with your individual carrier with regard to permitted number of pieces, weights and dimensions. The tour operator is not responsible for fees levied by any air carrier for the transport of personal belongings of any kind.

    Not Included

    • Personal Expenses: All personal expenses such as: laundry, valet service, cables, telephone calls and postage are not included.
    • Guests at meals.
    • Luggage: All tour packages allow one pieces per person and one carry-on bag. Excess luggage will be subject to a charge of up to $100 per piece. Da'at shall not be held responsible for any damage to or loss of luggage/personal items. All damage/loss must be reported at time of incident and documented in writing by local authorities for submission to the insurance company.
    • 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.

    Additional Information

    • Airline Security Measures: In the U.S., you must provide identification in the form of a passport at the time of airport check-in for travel to international destinations. Your passport name must match the name on your tour reservation and airline ticket or you may be denied boarding.
    • If you are traveling from an airport outside the jurisdiction of the U.S, you will need to determine what travel documentation and identification is required for that particular airport.
    • Due to heightened security regulations, certain items such as a metal nail file, pocketknife, cigarette lighter or tweezers, and some liquid, gel, or aerosol items may not be permitted in your carry-on luggage. Please call your airline prior to departure to obtain current information on non-permissible carry-on items and recommended airport check-in times. You may also wish to visit the Transportation Security Administration website at www.tsa.gov to obtain more information on acceptable identity documentation and prohibited luggage items.
    • Air Services: Once issued, tickets are non-refundable. Airline schedules and flights are subject to change without notice. We will not be responsible for penalties incurred for tickets, international or domestic, not issued by us due to schedule and/or flight changes. Airlines reserve the right to demand immediate issuance of tickets whenever they determine that specific flights are heavily booked even when normal ticketing rules do not require tickets to be issued until a later date. In this instance, we will require immediate and full payment of the airfare and airport taxes and fees as itemized on the invoice. This situation overrides invoice terms and conditions and payment due dates. If full payment is not received, seats will be cancelled by the airline and may not be available to be rebooked on the same flights or at the same airfare. Any replacement air arrangements and airfare will be the sole responsibility of the passenger. We suggest you contact your travel agent or the carrier several weeks prior to departure for seat assignments. Passengers are responsible to reconfirm their flights 72 hours prior to departure for all flights. Package is based on discount fares for group travel. Group members deviating from group dates will be charged a $75 deviation fee per person.
    • Holidays and Museum Closures - Museum visits and personal shopping time may be disrupted due to unforeseen circumstances or the many religious, state and local holidays locally observed in the destinations being visited.
    • Photography During Tours: We will occasionally use photographs taken by fellow guests or your trip director for promotional purposes. If you prefer that your photo not be used in any marketing activities, please notify us at the start of your tour.

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