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First Presbyterian Church & Congregation Beth El Tyler
Tx Interfaith Journey 2020
Led by Rabbi Neal Katz & Pastor Stewart Baskin

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    • 8 nights' accommodation (including breakfast) + day use rooms on March 10
    • 9 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking tour educator
    • 1 Group transfer and assistance from/to the airport
    • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
    • Meals: Daily breakfast & dinner
    • Portage at the airport and hotels

    Day One: Tuesday, March 3, 2020

    THE START OF A SPECIAL JOURNEY

    • Check into the hotel.
    • 5:00 p.m. Gather at the hotel and meet your tour educator, Uri Feinberg, who will accompany you on this journey of education and inspiration.
    • A First Look at the Holy City: Over the centuries, many have been moved and awed by their first sight of Jerusalem. We’ll walk to Yemin Moshe for a stunning overview of the city and celebrate our arrival and the beginning of our journey with a special ceremony and the traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing of thanksgiving.
    • 7:00 p.m. Enjoy a festive welcome dinner at the hotel followed by orientation with your clergy and tour educator.

    Overnight: Leonardo Plaza, Jerusalem

     

    Day Two: Wednesday, March 4, 2020

    FOUNDATIONS OF THE PAST, VISIONS OF THE FUTURE

    • Breakfast at an Israeli hotel is an experience in itself. Enjoy!
    • Drive to the crest of Mount of Olives for a breathtaking panorama of the Holy City.
    • Walk from the overview down the slopes of the mount using the Palm Sunday Road (Matt. 21), pausing to remember the welcome Jesus received as he rode on this path. At the Garden of Gethsemane are some of the oldest olive trees known to science and the Church of All Nations, located on the “rock of agony” where Jesus is said to have prayed before his crucifixion. Cross the Kidron Valley and ascend up into the Old City.
    • We’ll enter the Old City through Jaffa Gate.
    • 11:00 a.m. Led by Hana Bendcowsky, Director of the Jerusalem Center for Jewish Christian Relations, tour Christian East Jerusalem. Meet with residents and visit Christian institutions.
    • Explore Anne’s Church and the Pool of Bethesda, where Jesus cured the lame man.
    • Our exploration of the Christian Quarter will include stations of the Via Dolorosa, the path Jesus is believed to have taken when he walked, holding a cross, to the crucifixion.
    • Another highlight will be seeing the Church of the Redeemer, one of the major Protestant churches of Jerusalem. In 1898, Kaiser Wilhelm came to Jerusalem from Germany to personally dedicate this church. Today, congregations worship here in four different languages (Arabic, English, German, and Danish).
    • Free time to roam the Jewish Quarter with lunch (on own).
    • Take a walking tour through Jerusalem's Old Cityand the Jewish Quarter. Among the highlights will be:
    • A walk along the rooftops that will provide an extraordinary scene of multi-faith Jerusalem. From one spot, we will see The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Hurva Synagogue, and the Dome of the Rock.
    • The Cardo, the main street of Roman and Byzantine Jerusalem.
    • King Hezekiah's Broad Wall.
    • Hurva Square, the center of the Jewish Quarter.
    • No visit to Israel is complete without experiencing the Kotel (Western Wall), Judaism's holiest site.
    • 4:40 p.m. Going Under, Going Deeper: Explore the Western Wall Tunnel, the underground continuation of the Kotel.
    • 7:00 p.m. Return to the hotel for group processing and dinner.
    • 8:00 p.m. Israel in a Shifting Middle East: Discuss Israel's strategic security environment with Major (Res.) Dan Feferman, a fellow at the Jewish People Policy Institute, a leading think-tank focusing on issues of importance to Israel and the Jewish people, and a former foreign policy and national security analyst, strategist and adviser in the IDF.

    Overnight: Leonardo Plaza, Jerusalem


    Day Three: Thursday, March 5, 2020

    INTO THE DESERT: MASADA & THE DEAD SEA

    • Enjoy an early breakfast at the hotel before setting out to explore the Dead Sea
    • As Low as It Goes: We'll drive to the Dead Sea Basin, 1412 feet below sea level and the lowest place on earth.
    • The Last Stand: Take the cable car to the top of Masada with its extraordinary views and fascinating archaeological remains. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is where Jewish rebels are believed to have made their final attempt to resist Roman invaders (c 74 CE). We'll learn about Masada's importance as a symbol of Jewish defense and discuss its influence on modern Israel.
    • 1:00 p.m. Kicking Back at the Dead Sea: A blissful afternoon will include floating at a private beach in the Dead Sea. Not much can live in the “Sea of Salt,” which is nine times saltier than the ocean, but the weightless feeling of floating is great fun. And there’ll be the opportunity for some “muddy good fun” getting covered in the famous Dead Sea mud. For thousands of years, people of all ages have enjoyed this tradition and believed that the Dead Sea mud and minerals have special healing and beauty qualities. See and feel for yourself.
    • Lunch at the Dead Sea (not included in the package).
    • 7:00 p.m. Return to Jerusalem for dinner at the hotel.
    • 8:30 p.m. Lights! Action! Jerusalem! Watch the Night Spectacular at the Tower of David Museum.

    Overnight: Leonardo Plaza, Jerusalem

     

    Day Four: Friday, March 6, 2020

    MEMORY & RENEWAL

    • Breakfast at the hotel.
    • 9:00 a.m. Visit Yad Vashem, the national memorial to the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust. Your guided tour will include:
    • The Avenue of the Righteous, where trees symbolic of the renewal of life have been planted along with plaques honoring brave non-Jews who saved Jews during the Shoah.
    • The Historical Museum, reflecting decades of research and educational expertise. The story of the Holocaust, with an emphasis on individual victims, is told through survivor testimonies, original artifacts, and personal possessions saved from the ghettos and camps.
    • The Children's Memorial, where candles shine like stars in the sky to commemorate the 1.5 million children lost during the Holocaust.
    • Experience the sights, smells, and tastes of Jerusalem while walking through the Mahane Yehuda open-air market, with lunch (not included in package).
    • Return to your hotel.
    • Jerusalem, the City of Shabbat: Join Jerusalem in welcoming the Sabbath, the high point of the Jewish week, with Kabbalat Shabbat services at Kehilat Shira Hadasha.
    • Experience a traditional family Shabbat dinner with local hosts through Shabbat of a Lifetime.

    Overnight: Leonardo Plaza, Jerusalem

     

    Day Five: Saturday, March 7, 2020

    HEAVENLY & EARTHLY JERUSALEM

    • Breakfast at the hotel.
    • A Mountain Holy to Many: Experience overlapping religions at Mount Zion. Venerated by Christians as the location of Jesus’ Last Supper, the site once held a mosque. In a room below, Jews pray where King David is believed to have been buried.
    • We will return to final station of the Via Dolorosa, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the place where Jesus is believed to have been crucified. This church is one of Christianity's great pilgrimage sites and a testament to the remarkable diversity of the Christian world. It includes an empty tomb where it is said that Jesus was buried and resurrected.
    • Enjoy lunch in the Christian Quarter (not included in package).
    • 12:30 p.m. Visit the Garden Tomb, traditional Protestant site of Calvary.
    • Explore the 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.
    • Return to the hotel for briefing with Uri on the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict and dinner.
    • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah overlooking the Old City.
    • Free time to explore downtown Jerusalem, including the Ben Yehuda pedestrian mall and the Nahalat Shiva neighborhood.

    Overnight: Leonardo Plaza, Jerusalem

     

    Day Six: Sunday, March 8, 2020

    PEOPLE OF THE LAND: PAST AND PRESENT

    • Breakfast at the hotel.
    • 8:00 a.m. Sunday morning services.
    • 10:00 a.m. The Identity of the Israeli Settlement: Visit Gush Etzion and meet with Josh Hasten from the Gush Etzion Foundation.
    • 11:30 a.m. Visit the Kibbutz Kfar Etzion Visitors’ Center for an explanation and audio-visual program about the heroic defence of the Etzion Bloc in the War of Independence.
    • Lunch (not included in package), en route.
    • 1:30 p.m. Creating a Joint Future for Palestinians and Israelis: Meet with Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger and Noor Awwad, who live in the Bethlehem/Gush Etzion Area and lead 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. Without building trust, the suspicions between the two communities will suffocate the peace process.
    • 3:30 p.m. Visit the city of Bethlehem, the traditional birthplace of Jesus. Walk to the Milk Grotto, the hiding place of Jesus’s family, and through the Old City to the Church of the Nativity.
    • Return to the hotel for group processing and dinner.

    Overnight: Leonardo Plaza, Jerusalem

     

    Day Seven: Monday, March 9, 2020 | Erev Purim

    THE POWER OF THE LAND & SEA

    • Breakfast at the hotel, followed by check-out.
    • Borders, Water, and Traditions: Visit Kasser Al Yahud, the traditional spot where Christians believe the baptism of Jesus took place. According to Jewish tradition, it is also the place where the Israelites crossed over the Jordan River and Elijah the Prophet ascended to heaven.
    • Drive along the Jordan Valley.
    • The beautiful area around the Sea of Galilee is rich with history and holy sites. A center of early Christianity, this is where Jesus is said to have walked on water. We’ll visit:
    • 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.
    • Often called the “town of Jesus,” this ancient fishing village was a mixed Christian-Jewish area where Jesus and his disciple Peter were based. Explore the churches and synagogues that have been discovered here.
    • The Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus is believed to have delivered one of his most influential sermons: the “Sermon on the Mount.”
    • Travel north and check into the Kibbutz Hotel.
    • Book of Esther learning led by Rabbi Neal.
    • Dinner at the hotel.

    Overnight: Hagoshrim Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee

     

    Day Eight: Tuesday, March 10, 2020 | Purim

    SERENITY, SECURITY, AND SPIRITUALITY IN THE NORTH

    • Breakfast at the hotel.
    • Visit Caesarea Philippi (Banias), the site where Jesus revealed his mission to Peter and the other disciples.
    • Stop by Tel Faher, an abandoned Syrian outpost that once threatened the northern towns of Israel, and follow the footsteps of Israeli soldiers who fought there in the 1967 Six Day War.
    • Explore Israel’s security situation on the Golan Heights. Overlooking the Hula Valley from former Syrian fortifications, discuss the challenges Israel faced leading up to the 1967 Six-Day War. Cross the Golan plateau to the border with Syria and view the abandoned city of Kuneitra and the nearby United Nations outpost, for an insight into the experiences in the 1973 Yom Kippur war and Syria’s ongoing civil war.
    • Lunch (not included in package) in a Druze Village in the Golan.
    • 1:00 p.m. Peace and Tranquillity, Straight form the Vine: The family-run Bell Ofri Farm and Ein Nashut Winery is constructed from recycled materials, with everything connected to Jewish and Israeli tradition. For ten years, they have been producing boutique wines and hosting visitors. Enjoy a wine tasting from the family cellar, which was once a Syrian army bunker.
    • Entering Tsfat, there is a sense of something uniquely Jewish but not quite of this world. Here, you'll:
      • Visit the AriSynagogueand share in the inspiration that moved Rabbi Isaac Luria (the Holy Ari) and his fellow mystics. 
      • See the Caro Synagogue, built originally, like the Ari, in the 16th It is where Rabbi Joseph Caro, one of the greatest of all Jewish legal authorities, taught and lived.
      • Walk through the cobbled streets and alleyways to the Artists' Colonywith its galleries, shops, and studios.
      • 5:00 p.m. Meet with artist Sheva Chaya in her studio, for an interactive window into the world of Kabbalah, glass blowing, and questions of identity and Judaism.
    • Return to the Kibbutz for dinner.

    Overnight:  Hagoshrim Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee

     

    Day Nine: Wednesday, March 11, 2020

    Shushan Purim

    ON THE ROAD TO INDEPENDENCE

    • Breakfast at the hotel, followed by check-out.
    • Drive along the coast to Caesarea, one of the Land of Israel's most important cities during the Roman Period. Explore life 2,000 years ago with its ancient theater, palace, and bathhouse.
    • Lunch (not included in package), en route.
    • Ascend from the port of Old Jaffa through the renovated alleyways to the Jaffa Overlook for an introduction to Tel Aviv at the place where it all began.
    • From Hebrew City to Hebrew State: Walk the 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.
    • Check into the hotel for day use to freshen up.
    • 6:30 p.m. Enjoy a festive Middle Eastern-style farewell dinner at Maganda, serving a varied menu of traditional salads and grilled meats in Tel Aviv’s Yemenite Quarter.

    Overnight: Herods, Tel Aviv

     

    Day Ten: Thursday, March 12, 2020

    UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN

    • 3:50 a.m. Transfer to the airport.
    • 6:20 a.m. Depart Tel Aviv on British Airways flight #BA162

     

     

     

    Need to Know

    REGISTRATION DEADLINE: 03 Dec 2019

    • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 15 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

    • 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
      Group of 10-19 participants:
      Tour Educator: $10 | Driver: $5 - per participant per day
      Hostess (when included in the package):
      $2 per participant per day or a minimum of $50 per day total
      A security guard and/or a youth counselor (when included):
      $1 per participant per day per security guard, per youth counselor
      
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