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Central Synagogue
Teen Trip to Israel led by Rabbi Dan Ross and Amanda Philips

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  • 7 nights' accommodation at selected 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.
  • 1 security guard / medic throughout.
  • Meals: Breakfast daily, 7 lunches, 8 dinners.
  • Airport portage is included.
  • Tips for tour Educator, driver and security guard.
  • Water on the bus during touring days.
  • Medical Insurance while in Israel.
  • Our customer service team works in your time zone and is a toll-free phone call away. They can provide information, answer your questions, and ensure a seamless journey.

Day One: Wednesday

  • Depart the US.

Overnight: Flight

Day Two: Thursday

  • 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.
  • A First Look at the Holy City: Over the centuries, many have been moved and awed by their first sight of Jerusalem. We'll stop at Mount Scopus for a stunning overview of the city and celebrate our arrival with a special ceremony and the traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing of thanksgiving.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Israel 101 - Our Thoughts, Our Journey: Enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel and orientation for your trip by your group leader and tour educator.

Meals: Dinner
Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Three: Friday

  • Breakfast at an Israeli hotel is an experience in itself. Start the day with a bounteous buffet.
  • 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 years ago.
    • Hurva Square, the center of modern-day life in the Jewish Quarter.
    • Pizur lunch in the Jewish Quarter.
  • No visit to Israel is complete without experiencing the Kotel (Western Wall), 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.
  • 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Four: Saturday

  • A Mountain Holy to Many: Experience the complexity of inter-religious relations on Mount Zion. We'll first visit the Upper Room. It is venerated by Christians as the location of Jesus's Last Supper but was, for a period, converted into a mosque. In a room directly below, Jews pray at the place believed to be King David's Tomb.
  • 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, including a special children's visit to the Youth Wing.
  • Lunch at the Israel Museum.
  • Tour the grounds of Israel's “Capitol Hill”: The Rose Garden, featuring more than 400 species of roses imported from all around the world; The Knesset - Israel's Parliament building and its famous Menorah - Israel's symbol monument built from bronze; The Supreme Court - designed to reflect Jewish and democratic values of justice.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Three Stars in the Jerusalem Sky: At nightfall, we will mark the end of a special Shabbat with a communal Havdallah ceremony overlooking the Old City.
  • dinner in downtown Jerusalem.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Five: Sunday

  • 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.
    • 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.
  • 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. This doubles as a delicious lunch.
  • Extending Our Hands: Take part in a Tikkun Olam project together with Keren BeKavod (Fund for Dignity), part of the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism in Israel. The organization works to assist populations in distress from all sectors of Israeli society, regardless of religion, ethnicity, race, place of origin, or political affiliation. Our group will lend a hand by packing boxes of food to be sent to residents in need. We will be joined by youth from the Telem Reform Youth Movement.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Six: Monday

  • Check out of the hotel.
  • A Primer into the Arab-Israel Conflict: Get an introduction to one of the most intractable and complex of conflicts. Zeev Ben-Shachar, educator, media commentator and speaker, will use current events, media excerpts, and short films to provide the historical and geopolitical context and to explain Israel's moral and security dilemmas.
  • One City or Two? Go beyond the headlines as we explore the geopolitics of Jerusalem with site visits and discussions on key issues. Learn more about the complex relationship between predominantly Arab East Jerusalem and the city's mostly Jewish western part. We'll encounter the Security Barrier and discuss its effects.
  • Is Religion the Way Forward or an Obstacle to Peace? We'll go beyond the Green Line to meet with Ali Abu Awwad and Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger or Rabbi Shaul Judelman from Shorashim (Roots), a program bringing West Bank Palestinians and their Jewish neighbors together despite their fears and suspicions.
  • Cooking and Cosmetics the Bedouin Way: Meet Sohila and hear her compelling story of continuity and change in the life of a Bedouin woman. We'll be hosted in Sohila's tent in the Negev encampment of Tel Sheva (Tel as-Sabi), eat a traditional Bedouin lunch she has prepared, and learn how her new catering business is providing a pathway toward empowerment. An option is also available to meet her sister Mariam and sample the cosmetics and creams that she creates based on ancient Bedouin techniques.
  • Visit the Chan Hashayarot encampment in the Negev Desert for Bedouin-style hospitality, a camel ride, and a Hafla' dinner.
  • A Night in the Wilderness: Feel the silence and darkness of the desert as we spend the night in a Sukkah, a tent woven from goats' hair.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight: Chan Hashayarot

Day Seven: Tuesday

  • Check out of the camp site.
  • The Old Man and the Desert: Visit the grave and the house of Israel's founding father, David Ben-Gurion, at Kibbutz Sde Boker. We'll discuss why Ben-Gurion, the “grand old man” of Israel's public life and the country's first Prime Minister, abandoned the political scene for life in an isolated Kibbutz in the Negev Desert, overlooking the Wilderness of Zinn, followed by a short hike in the Ein Avdat Nature Reserve.
  • The Exodus and After - The Jews of Ethiopia: In 1980, Naftali Aklum and his family were amongst the first Ethiopian Jews who set out for Israel, making their way initially to refugee camps in Sudan. He will talk about the traditions and history of the Jews of Ethiopia, the heroism and hardship of their modern-day Exodus, and their lives and challenges in Israel today. We'll also visit an Ethiopian synagogue in Be'er Sheva, the first established in Israel, and enjoy some traditional Ethiopian refreshments.
  • Lunch, en route.
  • Growing in the Desert: Experience how the Desert Shanti Youth Village is using love, education, and the desert to transform the lives of troubled young people. Runaway and neglected youth, many of whom have suffered physical, emotional, and/or sexual abuse and are in danger of falling into crime, participate in innovative therapeutic programs at the village's horse farm and other environmental and agricultural facilities. We'll talk with staff about how this village and the ongoing support it provides is making a world of difference.
  • 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 and enjoy dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight: Tel Aviv

Day Eight: Wednesday

  • 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.
  • Dialogue with members of the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism's (IMRPJ) pre-Army academy (mechina) in Jaffa.
  • Visit Dialogue in the Dark at the Israel Children's Museum, Holon, an innovative, experiential project designed to open up the hidden world of the blind.
  • Ethnic Tasting Tour: Eat, drink, and learn at the Levinsky Market, where we'll sample food and sweets from all over the Mediterranean and the Middle East and try to figure out what is Israeli about Israeli food. This multi-cultural tasting tour will double as a delicious lunch.
  • A State Against the Odds: Learn about the establishment of the State of Israel and consider whether David Ben-Gurion's proclamation of a Jewish state based on equality and justice was a miracle, madness, or both. Stand outside Independence Hall (the interior is currently being refurbished) before moving to their nearby temporary exhibition, and discuss the events leading up to the creation of Israel's Declaration of Independence, and sing, as they did on May 14, 1948, Hatikva (The Hope), Israel's national anthem.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight: Tel Aviv

Day Nine: Thursday

  • Check out of the hotel.
  • A Fallen Leader, A Fallen Soldier: The assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1995 was one of the great traumas of Israeli political history, shocking Israel similarly to the way that President Kennedy's death affected America. The Rabin Center Museum examines the life of one of Israel's most storied soldiers and politicians and illustrates how his death was linked to the wider conflicts and dilemmas that continue to shape Israel.
  • LGBTQ Israelis: Between Civil and Jewish Law: Enter the Gan Meir Gay Center of Tel Aviv for a tour and possible panel discussion regarding the progress and challenges of the LGBTQ rights movement, with activists and members of various LGBTQ organizations. Meet with volunteers of IGY, a youth movement for LGBTQ youth in Israel.
  • Lunch, en route.
  • 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.
  • Farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport and check in for your flight.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight: Flight

Day Ten: Friday

  • Arrival home.

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 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.

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.



  • Credit card fees.
  • 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.
  • Snacks on the bus (unless indicated otherwise)
  • US and foreign airport taxes, Q fuel surcharge and border taxes when applicable.

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