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Central Synagogue | Multi-Faith Journey
Led by Rabbi Angela Buchdahl

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  • 7 nights' accommodation + late check out at selected hotels
  • 8 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, 2 English speaking tour guide  + walking tour on Shabbat
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Gratuities for educators and bus driver
  • Water on the bus
  • Wine at group dinner
  • Wifi at hotels rooms
  • Meals: daily breakfast, 1 lunch & 7 dinners
  • Portage at the airport and hotels

~Program is subject to change~

Day One: Wednesday, November 9, 2016

  • Depart the U.S.A.

Overnight: Flight

Day Two: Thursday, November 10, 2016 

  • Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Transfer on own to Jerusalem.
  • Welcome to Jerusalem - Enter the vibrant and colorful ancient city of Jerusalem, and experience the convergence of the old and the new.
  • Stop at Mount Scopus for an overlook of the Old and New City of Jerusalem and to recite the traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • A Look Into Our Journey: Tour orientation with the tour educator over a private dinner at a restaurant in Yemin Moshe.

Overnight: Jerusalem 
Day Three: Friday, November 11, 2016 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • An Inside Look at Israel as a Multicultural and Multi-religious Society: Dialogue with Dr. Yisca Harani from Hebrew University.
  • Proceed towards the Old City of Jerusalem and begin with an exploration of the excavations at the City of David, the very core of ancient Jerusalem. Walk through the recently opened Second Temple-period tunnel under the walls of the Old City, emerging in the Jerusalem Archaeological Park; visit the Davidson Center, Robinson's Arch and the Southern Wall steps where Jewish pilgrims entered the Temple Mount 2,000 years ago.
  • Lunch on own in the Jewish Quarter.
  • Stop at the Kotel (Western Wall) and experience the special atmosphere of this holy site.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services at a local synagogue or at the Kotel (Western Wall).
  • Shabbat dinner with locals (pending confirmation).

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Four: Saturday, November 12, 2016

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Shabbat morning services led by Rabbi Angela Buchdahl. 
  • One Mountain, Three Religions: An interdenominational search at Mt. Zion - from the traditional burial site of King David to the room where the Last Supper was held, to a mosque, all located in one building - with Hana Bendcowsky, Director of the Jerusalem Center for Jewish Christian Relations and local community members. 
  • Continue to the Christian Quarter of the Old City, including the Via Dolorosa, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and other Christian sites, followed by lunch on own.
  • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah overlooking the Old City.
  • Inviting People to Our Community: Dialogue with Rabbi Tamar Elad-Apelbaum, Founder of Kehilat Zion and local congregants, over dinner in Jerusalem.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Five: Sunday, November 13, 2016

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Exclusion and Inclusion in Jewish Life: Special study program at the Hartman Institute with a leading scholar.
  • Legal Dilemmas of a Jewish State: Explore Jewish and Israeli judicial traditions at the Supreme Court building, including a meeting with a present or former Supreme Court justice.
  • 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; and lunch on own.
  • Challenges and Triumphs of Religious Pluralism and Social Justice in Israel: Dialogue with Anat Hoffman, Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC) and Yizhar Hess, Executive Director and CEO of the Masorti Movement in Israel.
  • Two Peoples in One Land - Arab Jewish Coexistence 24/7: Special program at Neve Shalom (Oasis of Peace), a mixed Arab-Jewish community outside of Jerusalem, including dinner with guests.
  • Return to Jerusalem and to the hotel.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Six: Monday, November 14, 2016

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • The Complexity of Religion and State in Israel: Dialogue with Rabbi Seth Farber from ITIM and Micki Gitzin, Executive Director of Yisrael Hofshit.

Option 1:

  • LaDa'at The Geopolitics of Jerusalem - Depart the city of Jerusalem towards the Judean Desert, passing by the Security barrier,  exploring some of the capitol's political and diplomatic complexities  to gain a behind-the-headlines insight into current developments.

Option 2:

  • A specialty journey following the secrets of Jerusalem, focused on Muslim, Christian and Jewish ethnic secrets throughout the city (based on the book: Secrets of Jerusalem).


  • Drive along the Trans-Israel Highway for a close-up view of the ‘Security Barrier' along the seam zone between Israel and the Palestinian Territories.
  • Home-style hospitality lunch with Fatiyah in the neighboring city of Tirah with Sheikh Kamal Rhian, Chairman of the Amman Center for the struggle against violence in Arab society.
  • Drive via the Sea of Galilee and visit Capernaum, on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, the base of Jesus' Galilean ministry, with its remains of an ancient synagogue.
  • Continue to Lake Kinneret and check into the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee.

Day Seven: Tuesday, November 15, 2016

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Drive to the Upper Galilee.
  • Explore Tsfat, a center of Jewish mysticism for hundreds of years and a contemporary artists' colony, including:
    • Guided visits to the Ari, Caro or Abuhav Synagogues with their great stories and mystical messages.
    • A dialogue with an Artist inspired by the messages of Kabbalah.
    • A stroll through the quaint Artists' Colony and shop in the galleries and crafts shops.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • The panoramic views from Mt. 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.
  • The Balance of Power on Israel's Northern Border: Field seminar and dialogue with Maj. (Ret) Sarit Zehavi, former Senior Intelligence Officer at the IDF northern border.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee.

Day Eight: Wednesday, November 16, 2016

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel and drive west.

Option 1:

  • Special interactive program at the Makom BaGalil Seminar Center, designed to further dialogue and understanding between Jews and Arabs in the Galilee; visit local communities and meet with some residents at Majdal Krom.

Option 2:

  • Water and Ritual: Visit Kibbutz Hanaton to meet with some founders and discuss some of the challenges and triumphs of modern Zionist pioneering. Visit and study with the founder of the community mikveh (ritual bath).  Sh'maya is unique in that it is the only mikveh in all of Israel that is open to all, without restriction based on gender, marital status, sexual orientation, or level of religious observance.  Sh'maya is a source of pride for Hannaton, particularly in light of the many lifecycle events.


  • Lunch on own en route.
  • Visit Nazareth and walk through the colorful marketplace to the Church of the Annunciation.
  • Communities Intertwined Past and Present: Visit the Zippori National Park, known for its extraordinary ancient mosaics and its central role in Jewish life after the destruction of the Temple.
  • Continue 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.
  • Dinner on own.

Overnight: Tel Aviv 

Day Nine: Thursday November 17, 2016

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Dialogue with Dr. Ruth Calderon, Founder of Bait Tefilla Yisraeli, and study session on cross-cultural relationships within the Jewish faith and within other religions.
  • Strangers in a Strange Land: Visit Bina, the Secular Yeshiva, which represents the Secular Jewish Renaissance and Yahadut Hevratit (Jewish Social Activism) in Israel and explore the reality of the foreign worker community in Tel Aviv as you walk through the streets of South Tel Aviv.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Visit the Old City of Jaffa and stroll through the renovated artists' colony and the old port.
  • Visit Ilana Goor's Art Gallery in Jaffa to see her own work as well as her famous eclectic collection of paintings and sculpture.

Option 1:

  • Late check-out from the hotel.
  • Festive farewell dinner.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport and check in for the departure flight to the U.S.A., arriving the following day (November 18th).

Option 2:

  • Festive farewell dinner.
  • Return to the hotel for overnight.

Overnight: Flight / Tel Aviv 

~Optional Extension Trip~

    Day Ten: Friday, November 18, 2016

    • Breakfast at the hotel.
    • Check out of the hotel and depart for Jerusalem.
    • 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
    • Lunch on your own, en route.
    • Experience the sights, smells, and tastes of Jerusalem while walking through the Machaneh Yehuda open-air market, with lunch on own.
    • Check into the hotel.
    • Afternoon at leisure.
    • Shabbat dinner at the hotel.

    Overnight: Jerusalem

    Day Eleven: Saturday, November 19, 2016

    • Breakfast at the hotel.
    • Descend towards the Dead Sea basin, stopping en route for a photo-op and short ride on a camel at the Almog Junction.
    • 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 defence and its current significance in modern Israel.
    • Experience the weightlessness of the Dead Sea as you float in its waters.
    • Short hike to Nahal David, the freshwater spring and waterfalls in the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, where David hid from King Saul.
    • Return to Jerusalem and to the hotel.
    • 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.

    Overnight: Jerusalem

    Day Twelve: Sunday November 20, 2016

    • Breakfast at the hotel.
    • Explore the Jerusalem Archaeological Park, including the Davidson Center, Robinson's Arch and the Southern Wall steps where Jewish pilgrims entered the Temple Mount 2,000 years ago.
    • Stop at the Kotel (Western Wall) and experience the special atmosphere of this holy site and then walk through the Western Wall Tunnel, the underground continuation of the Western Wall alongside the Temple Mount.
    • Lunch on own in the Jewish Quarter and continue with visits to more 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
      • Hurva Square, the central square of the Jewish Quarter
    • Dinner on own, perhaps on trendy Emek Refaim Street in the German Colony.

    Overnight: Jerusalem

    Day Thirteen: Monday November 21, 2016

    • Breakfast at the hotel.
    • Check out of the hotel and transfer to Ben Gurion 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 20 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.
    • 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


    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Water or 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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