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B'nei Mitzvah Trip to Israel

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  • 7 nights' accommodations at select hotels.
  • 8 touring days with tour educator (guide). 
  • 8 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus.
  • 1 group transfer and assistance from/to the airport.
  • Guaranteed late check-out on day of departure by 6:00 p.m.
  • Meals: daily breakfast, 5 lunches & 4 dinners.
  • Portage at the hotel.
  • Mineral water and snacks on the bus 
  • Portage at the airport.
DAY 1 ON THE WAY TO ISRAEL
Wednesday, December 23, 2020
  • Depart the US.

Overnight: Flight

DAY 2 THE START OF A SPECIAL JOURNEY
Thursday, December 24, 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.
  • The Landscape and Lifestyles of the Bible: Neot Kedumimis a 625-acre biblical landscape reserve hidden in the Judean foothills. Here, you'll find the plants, vineyards, threshing floors, cooking techniques, and water cisterns of biblical times and will re-create the daily life of our ancestors. Our visit will include:
    • Making Our Mark: Celebrate your journey and get in touch with the Land of Israel with a tree-planting ceremony. We'll plant indigenous saplings mentioned in the Bible and help make Israel bloom.
    • Writing the Holy Book, Letter by Letter: Talk with a Torah scribe (sofer) about the ancient, intricate technique of writing a Bible on parchment and see how it's done.
    • Lunch at Abraham's Tent.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Israel 101 - Our Thoughts, Our Journey: Enjoy a welcome dinner and orientation for your trip by your group leader and tour educator.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Overnight: Jerusalem

DAY 3 JERUSALEM OF GOLD, OF COPPER, & OF LIGHT | Asara B'Tevet
Friday, December 25, 2020
  • Breakfast at an Israeli hotel is an experience in itself. Start the day with a bounteous buffet.
  • A Very 21st-Century Way to Experience Ancient Holiness: Strap on your virtual reality goggles and find yourself transported back to biblical Jerusalem and its holy Temple. The latest in Israeli innovation and technology will allow us, without even leaving the comfort of our hotel, to join the pilgrims on their way to Judaism's holiest site. Experience old Jerusalem in all its glory as the Levites sing and the Priests bless the people.
  • 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.
  • Hummus - Both Basic and Rich: Tour and taste from hummus places in and around the Old City, joined by a local hummus expert.
  • Stop at the Kotel (Western Wall) and then take a tour of the Western Wall Tunnel, the underground continuation of the Western Wall along the Temple Mount.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services at Kehillat YOZMA in Modi'in, led by Rabbi Nir Barkin.
  • Home Hospitality Shabbat dinner/communal Shabbat dinner with local congregants OR festive Shabbat dinner at the hotel with the teen group.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight: Jerusalem

DAY 4 INTO THE DESERT: MASADA & THE DEAD SEA
Saturday, December 26, 2020
  • Enjoy an early breakfast at the hotel before setting out to explore the Dead Sea region.
  • 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 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). We'll learn about Masada's importance as a symbol of Jewish defense and discuss its influence on modern Israel.
  • Lunch and a “Swim” in the Sea of Salt: Float into happiness at a hotel beach on the Dead Sea. Not much can live or swim in what is the saltiest piece of water in the world, nine times saltier than the ocean, but the weightless feeling of floating is great fun. We'll also enjoy a buffet lunch at the hotel.
  •  (Time permitting) Hike in Nahal David, part of the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve. This is a desert oasis with springs, waterfalls, and freshwater pools, so don't forget your swimsuits. Featured are the ibex, hyraxes, and other desert mammals that live in this area. Nahal David is named after the biblical David, who fled here to escape from the murderous King Saul.
  • We'll drive by 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 the hotel.
  • Three Stars in the Jerusalem SkyAt nightfall, we will mark the end of a special Shabbat with a communal Havdallah ceremony overlooking the Old City with the teen group.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight: Jerusalem

DAY 5 MEMORIES FOR THE FUTURE
Sunday, December 27, 2020

Adults:

  • Visit Yad Vashem, the national memorial to the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust, 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, commemorating the 1.5 million children lost during the Holocaust.

 B'nai Mitzvah: 

  • Visit Yad Vashem, the national memorial to the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust, 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 Children's Memorial, commemorating the 1.5 million children lost during the Holocaust.
    • 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.

 Children under 13 with an Adult:

  • Plant a tree at the Jerusalem Bird Observatory and gain insight into the urban wildlife of Jerusalem through birdwatching and bird-banding and activities related to preserving urban wildlife.

All:

  • Take a multi-cultural tasting journey through the hustle and bustle of Jerusalem's Mahane Yehuda open-air market: Enjoy the sights, smells, tastes and sounds of this vibrant area where Jerusalemites shop.
  • Explore Israel through cames with the Puzzle Time Israel team.
  • Free time in the Mamilla Mall, an upscale shopping street and the only open-air mall in Jerusalem, located outside the Jaffa Gate of the Old City.
  • 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight: Jerusalem

DAY 6 PASSAGES IN TIME
Monday, December 28, 2020
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • B'nai Mitzvah ceremony services at Azarat Israel, the pluralistic section of the Kotel (Western Wall) OR at the Begin Museum, devoted to the life and achievements of the late Israeli Prime Minister, Menachem Begin.
  • Celebratory lunch in the Judean Hills. 
  • Arming for Independence: Visit the Ayalon Institute near Rehovot and uncover its role in the establishment of the State of Israel. This secret ammunition factory produced millions of bullets for Jewish forces fighting for a Jewish State and the end of British rule over Palestine.
  • Drive to Tel Aviv, also known as “the city that never sleeps.” A place of sun and fun, its centers of culture and history are complemented by great beaches, stores, and entertainment.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • The City at Night: Israel's food scene is on fire with world-class chefs and a huge range of happening restaurants; see and taste for yourself. We'll be happy to make reservations and recommendations so that you can enjoy a night out at the ideal Israeli restaurant for you.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight: Tel Aviv

DAY 7 THE BEAT OF THE CITY
Tuesday, December 29, 2020
  • Beginnings: Modern Tel Aviv grew out of ancient Jaffa. Gaze out over the Mediterranean Sea; learn why Jaffa, mentioned in the biblical story of Jonah and the Whale, is so historically important; and see how its Old City reflects the present as well as the past.
  • Walk through Jaffa's famous flea market - Shuk Hapishpeshim.
  • Peace AND Prosperity? The Peres Peace Center was created by the late Shimon Peres, former Prime Minister and President of Israel, to develop peacebuilding programs based on innovation and optimism. Our visit will include a tour of the Israeli Innovation Center, which celebrates the people and companies that are making Israel the “innovation nation.” The center includes continually updated, high-tech exhibits on everything from artificial intelligence to the latest developments in water use.
  •  What's Going on in Bohemian Tel Aviv? Join an expert on Tel Aviv's alternative scene for an urban adventure and graffiti tour. Explore the latest street art and find out what it reveals about life, ideas, and ideology in Israel's cultural capital. 
  • Let's Get Cooking: Want to know how to cook the great dishes you've been eating during this journey through Israel? If the answer is yes, join the chefs at Tel Aviv's Cooking Studio for a Middle Eastern cooking workshop. Start by snacking on focaccia and chips accompanied by hot drinks and wine before settling down to the serious business at hand - whipping up and then devouring a delicious Israeli dinner.
  • Return to the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight: Tel Aviv

DAY 8 I'M DIGGIN' ISRAEL
Wednesday, December 30, 2020
  • Visit Dialogue in the Dark at the Israel Children's Museum in Holon, an innovative, experiential project designed to open up the hidden world of the blind.
  • Diggin' for Roots: Get in touch with the land and history of Israel. Take part in an archaeological dig at the Beit Guvrin Caves. Get your hands dirty uncovering pottery from the Hellenistic period, 2300 years ago, and then crawl through the Maresha Cave Labyrinth (non-crawling options are available) in this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Explore the wondrous stalactites and stalagmites in the Sorek Cave, part of the Avshalom Nature Reserve located in the Judean Hills.
  • Return to the hotel for some free time.

Meals: Breakfast
Overnight: Tel Aviv

DAY 9 TEL AVIV: THE FIRST HEBREW CITY | New Year's Eve
Thursday, December 31, 2020
  • Hallelujah! A People and Their Prayers: Experience the diversity and dynamism of Jewish life at the rejuvenated Beit Hatfutsot: The Museum of the Jewish People. A highlight is their new Synagogue Exhibitionwhich combines the museum's famed collection of synagogue models with thrilling video art exploring the places where Jews pray, around the world and through the ages. The tour will include:
    • Our Heroes: Younger (and not so young) visitors will be inspired and entertained by Heroes: Trailblazers of the Jewish People, an interactive exhibition about Jews who have changed the world.
    • Have You Heard the One About…? Get ready to laugh and learn with Let There Be Laughter, a celebration of Jewish humor from Sholem Aleichem to Seinfeld.
  • From Hebrew City to Hebrew State: Walk along 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.
  • Going Beyond “Say Cheese” and Clicking: Learn how to take quality shots with your smartphone on a photography tour of the Tel Aviv beach at sunset. Photographer Gabi Berger will be our guide, teaching everything from lighting and composition to how your photos can tell a story as we profile the people, the scenes, and the beauty of the beach.  
  • Late check out of the hotel.
  • Festive farewell dinner.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport and check in for your return flight to the US.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight: Flight

DAY 10 UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN
Friday, January 01, 2021
  • Arrive Home
 

Need to Know

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: 24 August 2020

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 hotel accommodations.
Our standard is to provide the best available hotels while considering value. Although the level of accommodations may differ slightly from hotel to hotel, we are committed to your comfort.
We reserve the right to make substitutions with hotels of equal standard. No refunds will be issued for differences between hotel prices.
The standard hotel room in Israel is generally smaller than in the US, comfortably accommodating two people in either one queen-size bed or two single beds. Some hotels offer triple rooms consisting of standard twin beds plus a sofa/folding bed or cot for the third person.
Special requests such as room selections, bed types, and smoking preferences are subject to availability and are strictly at the discretion of the hotel's management on a run-of-house basis.
All hotel rates are non-negotiable and are based on the agreements made between Da'at Educational Expeditions and its suppliers.
Hotel check-in time is generally not before 3:00 p.m. and check-out time is prior to noon. If you are taking a late-night flight, make sure to organize adequate arrangements for accommodation until you are ready to leave for the airport. If a day room is included in the itinerary, check-out time will usually be at 6:00 p.m.


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 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.
  •  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):
    Tour Educator: $8 | Driver: $4 - per participant per day
  
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