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Temple Beth Am of Seattle
Family Trip to Israel 2020

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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 (No bus on Saturday, February 22)
  • 1 group transfer and assistance from and to the airport
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • 1 day of Youth counselor (February 24)
  • Meals: daily breakfast & 5 dinners
  • Portage at the airport and hotels

Day One: Saturday, February 15, 2020
ON THE WAY TO ISRAEL 

  • Depart the USA. 

Overnight: Flight

 

Day Two: Sunday, February 16, 2020
LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL

  • Arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport. Our representative will be on hand to assist with all formalities and ensure your journey has the smoothest of starts.
  • 5:00 p.m. Meet your tour educator, Koren Eisner, who will accompany you on this journey of education and inspiration.
  • Israel 101 - Our Thoughts, Our Journey: Opening remarks and orientation of your trip with Rabbi Ruth and your tour educator.
  • 6:30 p.m. Dinner at Goshen, an upscale grill restaurant located on the historic Nahalat Binyamin Street.

Overnight: Dan Panorama, Tel Aviv

 

Day Three: Monday, February 17, 2020
ALTNEULAND: DREAMS & REALITIES IN TEL AVIV

  • Breakfast at an Israeli hotel is an experience in itself. Start the day with a bounteous buffet.

Adults:

  • 8:30 a.m. The State of the State of Israel: Talk with Paul Liptz of Tel Aviv University and Hebrew Union College about key issues shaping Israeli society today. Find out whether the country is stronger than ever or splitting into separate tribes.

Children (with the tour educator):

  • Visit a local playground.

All:

  • Ascend from the old port through the alleyways of Old Jaffa to the Jaffa Overlook for an introduction to Tel Aviv where it began.
  • Walk through the Jaffa Flea Market - Shuk Hapishpeshim.
  • 1:00 p.m. p.m. Combining Street Art, Language, & Graffiti: Join a local artist and resident of the Florentin neighborhood to explore the urban culture of the city.
  • Understanding the City Through Its Stomach: There's no better way to experience the energy of Tel Aviv than to join locals lunching at the Carmel Market, which sizzles with food options from all over the Mediterranean and the Middle East. (lunch not included in package).
  • From Hebrew City to Hebrew State: Stroll along the Independence Trail and embark on a journey that begins with the founding of Tel Aviv in 1909 and ends with the establishment of Israel in 1948.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Free evening (dinner not included in package) to:
    • Discover Rothschild Boulevard, with its many cafés and bars.
    • Explore Tel Aviv Port or the colorful Neve Zedek
    • Saunter down the Tel Aviv Beach Promenade.
    • Enjoy the Templers town of Sarona, with a range of cuisine, from street food to fine dining by world-renowned chefs.

Overnight: Dan Panorama, Tel Aviv

 

Day Four: Tuesday, February 18, 2020
A MOSAIC OF THE GALILEE 

  • Breakfast at the hotel, followed by check-out.
  • Drive to Akko (Acre), a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a look at one of the oldest towns in the world. Once a stronghold of the Christian crusaders in the Holy Land, Akko was also an important center of Muslim Ottoman rule and today is an example of the multi-culturalism of northern Israel.
  • 11:00 a.m. Young Communities Making a Mark: Meet with members of the Dror Israel Young Community in Akko and dialogue with passionate young "modern day pioneers" who have moved from Central Israel to Israel's socio-geographical periphery to improve the quality of life for themselves and for others.  
  • Lunch (not included in package) in the Akko shuk (market). Snack on the best of Galilean cuisine from its famous fish and olives to desserts such as knafeh and baklawa.
  • Visit the Crusaders' Fortress, where we'll look into the lives of the Hospitaller knights, the Christian warrior-monks based here from the 12th century who fought to control the Holy Land.
  • From Jabotinsky to Paul Newman: The British held hundreds of Zionist leaders and fighters in Akko's Underground Prison, including the Revisionist leader Ze'ev Jabotinsky. We'll visit the prison museum, learn about a bloody prison break in 1947 (depicted in the movie Exodus starring Paul Newman) and the hangings that followed, and discuss what was more important in the history of Zionism: the events themselves or the Hollywood blockbuster?
  • Check into the Kibbutz hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Nof Ginosar Hotel, Sea of Galilee


Day Five: Wednesday, February 19, 2020
SPIRITUALITY IN TSFAT AND SECURITY ON THE GOLAN 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Drive to Tsfat, a center of Jewish mysticism for hundreds of years and a contemporary artists' colony:
    • Explore the Ari, Caro, or Abuhav Synagogue, each with its great story and mystical messages.
    • Walk through the Artists' Colony, its galleries and craft shops; meet with local artisans inspired by the messages of Kabbalah.
    • Tour the Tsfat Candle Factory.
  • 12:00 p.m. You Be the Chef: We'll be welcomed into the home of an Israeli Arab family to hear about their lives and for a GalilEat cooking workshop. Galilean cuisine is famous for its fish and olive dishes and for delicious desserts, including knafeh and baklawa. Our host family will be our expert mentors as we whip up and eat a classic Galilee lunch.
  • Take a jeep tour off-road on the Golan Heights. Enjoy the beautiful natural scenery and learn about the strategic complexity of the Golan.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Nof Ginosar Hotel, Sea of Galilee


Day Six: Thursday, February 20, 2020
THROUGH THE JORDAN VALLEY

  • Breakfast at the hotel, followed by check-out.
  • Kinneret Cemetery: The area around the Kinneret was a stronghold for early Zionist experiments in communal living and collective agriculture. We'll visit the graves of some of the iconic figures in pioneering Zionist culture buried at the Kinneret Cemetery including Rachel the Poetess, the Zionist Marxist philosopher Ber Borochov, and Naomi Shemer, the “first lady of Israeli song,” and discuss communal life in Israel then and now.
  • 10:00 a.m. A Sweet Day: Indulge your sweet tooth and check out the culinary and therapeutic delights of chocolate with a chocolate workshop at the Galita Chocolate Factory on Kibbutz Degania Bet.
  • Visit the Beit She'an National Park, one of Israel's largest archaeological sites, with its biblical-period archaeological mound and excavated Roman-Byzantine city.
  • Lunch (not included in package), en route.
  • Drive along the Jordan Valley.
  • Welcome to Jerusalem: Upon entering the vibrant and colorful ancient city of Jerusalem, experience the convergence of the old and the new. Stop at the Haas Promenade for an overlook of the city and to recite the traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Free time in the Mamilla pedestrian arcade, a contemporary shopping area with a touch of the past, located outside the Jaffa Gate of the Old City. This is a great place for dinner (not included in package).
  • 7:30 p.m. Lights! Action! Jerusalem! View the Night Spectacular at the Tower of David Museum. The walls of the Citadel serve as the stage for this cinematic celebration of sight and sound depicting the story of Jerusalem.

Overnight: Dan Panorama, Jerusalem


Day Seven: Friday, February 21, 2020
HISTORY AND SPIRITUALITY IN JERUSALEM

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Today's tour will take you to the heart of Jewish life, history, and holiness: Jerusalem's Old City and the Jewish Quarter. Among the highlights will be:
    • The Cardo, the heart of Roman-controlled Jerusalem and its Byzantine-era columns.
    • King Hezekiah's Broad Wall, a massive wall built to protect Jerusalem from invasion 2,700 year ago.
    • Hurva Square, the center of modern-day life in the Jewish Quarter.
  • 11:00 a.m. Head to the Western Wall Tunnel, the underground continuation of the Kotel, and examine important archaeological discoveries that are revising our understanding of daily life in Jerusalem after the Roman conquest.
  • Lunch (not included in package) in the Old City.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services at Kehilat Mevasseret in Mevasseret Zion, led by Rabbi Alona Nir-Keren, followed by a home hospitality dinner with local congregants.
  • Return to the hotel in Jerusalem.

Overnight: Dan Panorama, Jerusalem


Day Eight: Saturday, February 22, 2020
SHABBAT IN JERUSALEM

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Shabbat morning t'filah service together at the hotel.
  • Optional activities:
    • Walking tour of the Old City including: the rooftops, where you'll have a bird's-eye view of the remarkably diverse yet closely bound communities of the Old City; the ramparts, which offer a view of sites holy to Jews, Muslims, and Christians; and a view of the Temple Mount and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
    • Walk through Jerusalem's famous Old City Shuk (market).

OR

  • The renewed and wonderfully creative Israel 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 (cost not included in package).
  • Lunch (not included in package), en route.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • 6:00 p.m. Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah overlooking the Old City.
  • Stroll along the Ben-Yehuda Street and Nahalat Shiva pedestrian malls, joining the many Israelis out on the town; dinner (not included in package).

Overnight: Dan Panorama, Jerusalem

 

Day Nine: Sunday, February 23, 2020
MEMORY & RENEWAL               

  • Breakfast at the hotel.

Adults:

  • 9:00 a.m. Visit Yad Vashem, 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.

Children under the age of 10 (with a youth counselor):

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

All:

  • Experience the hustle and bustle of Jerusalem's Mahane Yehuda open-air market: Enjoy the sights, smells, tastes, and sounds of this vibrant area. Lunch (not included in package).
  • Hike to the Sataf Spring outside of Jerusalem, where ancient methods of terrace farming are being revived (time and weather permitting).
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Evening at leisure and dinner (not included in package) at the Old Train Station Plaza, a central neighborhood hub for food, entertainment, culture, and enrichment.

Overnight: Dan Panorama, Jerusalem

 

Day Ten: Monday, February 24, 2020
INTO THE DESERT: MASADA & THE DEAD SEA

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Descend to the Dead Sea Basin.
  • 9:00 a.m. 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 (not included in package), en route.
  • Experience the weightlessness of the Dead Sea as you float in its water.
  • Take a short hike to Nahal David, the freshwater spring and waterfalls in the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, where David hid from King Saul (time permitting).
  • 4:30 p.m. Continue to the Genesis Land encampment in the Judean Desert for a camel ride and biblical hospitality.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Evening at leisure and dinner (not included in package).

Overnight: Dan Panorama, Jerusalem

 

Day Eleven: Tuesday, February 25, 2020
DIGGING FOR ROOTS 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 8:30 a.m. Plant a tree at the Jerusalem Bird Observatory.

Adults:

  • 10:30 a.m. Creating A Joint Future for Palestinians And Israelis: Meet with Shaul Judelman and Ali Awad who live in the Bethlehem/Gush Etzion Area and founded the Roots coexistence project. The project draws Israelis and Palestinians who, despite living next to each other, are separated by walls of fear - not just of each other, but also of the price of peace.

Children:

  • 10:30 a.m. Ride the longest zipline in Israel at Eretz Ha'Ayalim (Deer Land) in the Etzion Bloc.

All:

  • Lunch (not included in package), en route.
  • 1:30 p.m. Diggin' for Roots: Take part in an archaeological dig at the Beit Guvrin Caves. Get your hands dirty uncovering pottery from the Hellenistic period, 2300 years ago, then crawl through the Maresha Cave Labyrinth (non-crawling options are available).
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Dinner will be at Touro. Located in the Jerusalem Hills and with spectacular views of the Old City and Mount Zion, this chef restaurant fuses Mediterranean cuisine with Asian flavors including meat, vegetarian, and vegan dishes.

Overnight: Dan Panorama, Jerusalem

 

Day Twelve: Wednesday, February 26, 2020
UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN 

  • Breakfast at the hotel, followed by check-out.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport and check in for your return flight to the USA, arriving the same day.

 

 

Need to Know

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: 15 Nov 2019

  • 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 $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.

CANCELATION POLICY

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.

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 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):
    Group of 20 participants and more:
    Tour Educator: $8 | Driver: $4 - per participant per day
    A youth counselor (when included):
    $1 per participant per day per youth counselor

GUIDELINES FOR REGISTERING CHILDREN (UNDER AGE 18)

  • 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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