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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: Monday, March 2, 2020

    • Depart USA.

    Overnight: Flight

    Day Two: Tuesday, March 3, 2020

    • 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.
    • Meet your tour educator who will accompany you on this journey of education and inspiration.
    • Depart for Jerusalem, ascending through the Judean Hills.
    • Stop at the Haas Promenade for an overlook of the New and Old Cities of Jerusalem and to recite the traditional shehechiyanu
    • Check into the hotel.
    • Enjoy a festive welcome dinner at the hotel followed by orientation with your clergy and tour educator.

    Overnight: Jerusalem

    Day Three: Wednesday, March 4, 2020

    • Breakfast at an Israeli hotel is an experience in itself. Start the day with a bounteous buffet.
    • Start the day with a drive to the crest of Mount of Olives for a breathtaking panorama of the Holy City.
    • A Mountain Holy to Many: Experience the overlapping religions and the complexity of inter-religious relations at Mount Zion. The site is venerated by Christians as the location of Jesus' Last Supper but was once a mosque while, in a room directly below, Jews pray at the place where King David is believed to have been buried.
    • Led by Hana Bendcowsky, Director of the Jerusalem Center for Jewish Christian Relations, tour Christian East Jerusalem: meet with Christian personalities and visit Christian institutions.
    • “The Best Falafel in the World! Right here in the Old City.” The competition for the best street food in the Old City is tough. The Christian quarter swears by the hummus at “Lina” and “Abu Shakri.” Locals in the Jewish Quarter claim the falafel at the “Rova Courtyard” can't be beaten. You be the judge with lunch (not included in package).
    • Take a walking tour through Jerusalem's Old City and the Jewish Quarter and experience the center of Jewish life, history, and holiness. Among the highlights will be:
      • A walk along the rooftops that will provide an extraordinary scene of multi-faith Jerusalem. From this one spot, we will see the domes of three great religious landmarks: The Church of the Holy Sepulchre (marking where Jesus is believed to have been crucified); the Jewish Quarter's Hurva synagogue; and the Dome of the Rock, one of Islam's most sacred and beautiful sites.
      • The Cardo, the main street of Roman-controlled Jerusalem and its spectacular 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.
    • No visit to Israel is complete without experiencing the Western Wall, (the Kotel), widely considered Judaism's holiest site. Each year, over one million notes containing prayers and wishes are placed in the cracks of the wall. We'll discuss the wall's historical and contemporary importance and experience its unique atmosphere.
    • Going Under, Going Deeper: Explore the Western Wall Tunnel, the underground continuation of the Kotel, and examine important archaeological discoveries that are revising our understanding of daily life in ancient Jerusalem.
    • Return to the hotel for group processing and dinner.
    • Lights! Action! Jerusalem! Watch 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: Jerusalem

    Day Four: Thursday, March 5, 2020

    • Enjoy an early breakfast at the hotel before setting out to explore the Dead Sea
    • As Low as It GoesWe'll drive to the Dead Sea Basin, 1412 feet below sea level and the lowest place on earth. The desert, the landscape, and the views are breathtaking.
    • 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) before committing mass suicide. We'll learn about Masada's importance as a symbol of Jewish defense and discuss its influence on modern Israel.
    • Kicking Back at the Dead Sea: A blissful afternoon will include floating at a private beach in the Dead Sea. Not much can live (or swim) in the “Sea of Salt,” which is nine times saltier than the ocean, but the weightless feeling of floating is great fun. We'll also enjoy a buffet lunch at a local hotel and feel the relaxation seep into our bodies as we check out their spa facilities. 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.
    • Visit Qumran, where a separatist Jewish sect from the Second Temple period created an isolated community and where the Dead Sea Scrolls, some of the most ancient and important religious manuscripts in existence, were discovered.
    • Return to Jerusalem for dinner at the hotel.
    • New Voices and New Challenges in the Middle East: Meet Elhanan Miller, a journalist specializing in the Arab world and a fellow at the Forum for Regional Thinking, to discuss the latest developments in the Middle East and understand how they impact upon Israel.

    Overnight: Jerusalem

    Day Five: Friday, March 6, 2020

    • Breakfast at the hotel.
    • Visiting Yad Vashem, the national memorial to the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust is an essential emotional and educational experience. 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, a state-of-the-art interactive display 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.
      • A Memorial Service where we will pay tribute to those who were lost. It will include the opportunity to talk about family members and loved ones who died during the Shoah.
      • Personal Reflections: At the end of our visit, we'll come together to share feelings and thoughts, and discuss what we have experienced and learned at Yad Vashem.
    • Experience the sights, smells, and tastes of Jerusalem while walking through the Machane 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 highpoint 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 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.
    • Experience a traditional family Shabbat dinner with members of Shabbat of a Lifetime.

    Overnight: Jerusalem

    Day Six: Saturday, March 7, 2020

    • Breakfast at the hotel.
    • Enter the Old City through Stephen's Gate (aka Lions' Gate). Explore St. Anne's Church and the Pool of Bethesda, where Jesus cured the lame man. Continue along the Via Dolorosa.
    • The final station of the Via Dolorosa is 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 (not included in package).
    • 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 group processing 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: Jerusalem

    Day Seven: Sunday, March 8, 2020

    • Breakfast at the hotel.
    • Sunday morning services.
    • The Identity of the Israeli Settlement: Visit Gush Etzion and meet with Shani Abrams Simkovitz from the Gush Etzion Foundation.
    • Visit the Kibbutz Kfar Etzion Visitors' Center for an explanation and audio-visual program about the heroic defense of the Etzion Bloc in the War of Independence.
    • Lunch (not included in package), en route.
    • Creating a Joint Future for Palestinians And Israelis: Meet with Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger/ Shaul Judelman and Ali Abu Awwad who all 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. Without building trust, the suspicions between the two communities will suffocate the peace process.
    • 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: Jerusalem

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

    • Breakfast at the hotel, followed by check-out.
    • Drive to the Good Samaritan archaeological museum that was opened, focusing on ancient mosaics collected from excavations across the West Bank and Gaza and discuss interfaith relations through the ages.
    • 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:
      • 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 and see the many pilgrims who flock to the area.
      • Explore interfaith relations past and present at Magdala, a major port and a center of both Jewish and early Christian life in the 1st century CE. This is believed to have been the birthplace of Mary Magdalene (Mary of Magdala), who traveled with Jesus and witnessed his crucifixion. Important recent archaeological discoveries here include a 1st-century synagogue, one of the earliest synagogues uncovered anywhere.
      • 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.
      • Possible visit to Megilla Reading at a local synagogue.
    • Dinner at the hotel.

    Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee

    Day Nine: Tuesday, March 10, 2020 | Purim

    • 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 follows the footsteps of Israeli soldiers who fought there in the 1967 Six Day War. The view offers an invaluable insight into the challenges of the war and its rapid and unexpected conclusion.
    • Visit the Katzrin Talmudic Village and explore its archaeological remains, including the partially reconstructed synagogue and homes from a thriving ancient Jewish community.
    • Lunch (not included in package) in Katzrin, the “capital of the Golan.”
    • Perhaps it's the combination of mysticism and art, and maybe it's the mountain air in Israel's highest city; entering Tsfat, there is a sense of something uniquely Jewish but not quite of this world. Here, you'll:
      • Visit the Ari synagogue and share in the inspiration and innovation that moved Rabbi Isaac Luria (the Holy Ari) and his fellow mystics. In Tsfat they developed the Kabbalah, the esoteric insights of Judaism and created Kabbalat Shabbat, the prayers sung on Friday evenings to welcome the arrival of the Sabbath.
      • See the Caro synagogue, built originally, like the Ari, in the 16th century. It is where Rabbi Joseph Caro, one of the greatest of all Jewish legal authorities, taught and lived. Hear the story of how he was visited here by a maggid, an angelic messenger, who revealed secrets of the Torah.
      • Walk through the cobbled streets and alleyways to the Artists' Colony with its galleries, shops, and studios.
      • 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:  Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee

    Day Ten: Wednesday, March 11, 2020 | Shushan Purim

    • Breakfast at the hotel, followed by check-out.
    • Visit a Druze village in the Carmel Mountains for a window into the unique world of the Israeli Druze community, including a dialogue with a local resident.
    • Drive along the coast to Caesarea, one of the Lands of Israel's most important cities during the Roman Period. Explore life 2,000 years ago with its ancient amphitheaters, palaces, and bathhouses.
    • 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 along the newly-opened 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.
    • 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.
    • Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for your return flight to the US.
    • Depart to USA..

    Overnight: Flight

    Day Eleven: Thursday, March 12, 2020

    • Arrive USA.

    Need to Know


    • 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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    Are included as specified in the itinerary.


    All trips are conducted by our tour educators or local guides who remain with the group throughout the tour.


    All gratuities for restaurant staff at group meals are included.


    • 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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    Led by Rabbi Neal Katz & Pastor Stewart Baskin
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