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The Community Synagogue of Port Washington
Family Trip to Israel
Led By Rabbi Irwin Zeplowitz, Cantor Claire Franco and Shari Isserles

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Per person sharing a double room: $3,149

Per person in a single room: $4,249

Child (age 2-18) sharing as a 3rd in a room: $2,299

Special reduction for a family of 4 with 2 children up to 12 years of age sharing a quad: Total -$1,030 per family

  • 9 nights' accommodation at select hotels + late check-out on last day
  • 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
  • Youth counselor on Yad Vashem day
  • Meals: daily breakfast, 1 lunch and 5 dinners
  • Portage at the airport and hotels

Day One: Thursday, February 14, 2019

  • This trip doesn't include group flights. Here are two recommended flights to book on your own:
    • El Al flight #002 departing from JFK at 6 pm, arriving to Tel Aviv on February 15 at 11:35 am.
    • El Al flight #008 departing from JFK at 8:45 pm, arriving to Tel Aviv on February 15 at 2:20 pm.

Overnight: Flight

Day Two: Friday, February 15, 2019

  • Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Enter the city of 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.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services at the hotel led by Rabbi Zeplowitz, Cantor Franco and Shari Isserles.
  • Festive Shabbat dinner at the hotel, followed by Oneg Shabbat.

Overnight: Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv

Day Three: Saturday, February 16, 2019

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Services (TBA).
  • Visit the Old City of Jaffa and ascend from the old port through the renovated alleyways to the Jaffa Overlook for an introduction to Tel Aviv at the place where it all began.
  • Lunch on own en route.

Option 1:

  • 1:00 p.m. Depart for a Visit at the Ayalon Institute near Rehovot for an eye-opening tour of a clandestine munitions factory used during the British Mandate.

Option 2:

  • 1:00 p.m. Urban Culture Tours of Tel Aviv, Combining Street Art, Language & Graffiti: Join a local resident, to explore the urban culture of the city.


  • 6:05 p.m. Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah at the beach.
  • Free Evening in Tel Aviv and dinner on your own for an opportunity to:
    • Meander through the Old City of Jaffa.
    • Stroll down Rothschild Boulevard, with its many cafés and bars.
    • Experience Tel Aviv Port, with its restaurants and clubs.
    • Explore the gentrified Neve Zedek
    • Saunter down the Tel Aviv Beach Promenade.

Overnight: Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv

Day Four: Sunday, February 17, 2019

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel, depart Tel Aviv and drive north along the Trans-Israel Highway for a close-up view of the ‘Security Barrier' along the seam zone between Israel and the Palestinian Territories.
  • Visit the innovative Zippori National Park, site of Rabbi Yehuda Hanassi's codification of the Mishna and extraordinary ancient mosaics, with a special mosaic-making program for children and youth.

Option 1:

  • 12:00 p.m. Visit Kfar Kedem in the Galilee for a hands-on family experience, exploring Jewish life of 2,000 years ago, including donkey rides, costumes, pita baking and a special lunch.

Option 2:

  • 12:00 p.m. Visit Sindyanna of Galilee, a female-led, fair-trade NGO promoting the concept of “business for peace” in Israel by selling Arab producers' olive oil in the international marketplace and channeling all of the profits back into Arab women education while bridging cultural divides, encouraging sustainable agriculture, and supporting organic farming, including lunch.


  • Drive to the Upper Galilee and check into the kibbutz hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.


  • The Balance of Power on Israel's Northern Border: Dialogue with Col (Res.) Sarit Zehavi, who served for 15 years in the Israeli Defense Forces, specializing in Military Intelligence with the IDF Research & Analysis section and within the IDF Northern Command.

Children (accompanied by staff):

  • Shapes and Faces of Israel: Special tour of the kibbutz, with games and riddles.

Overnight: Pastoral Hotel, Kibbutz Kfar Blum, Upper Galilee

Day Five: Monday, February 18, 2019  

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 8:30 a.m. Depart for a visit at the Katzrin Talmudic Village and explore its archaeological remains, including the homes from a thriving ancient Jewish community, and concluding with a B'nai Mitzvah service at the ancient synagogue.
  • 11:15 a.m. Take a Jeep tour off-road up the Golan Heights in the footsteps of Israeli soldiers and their battles in the Six-Day War. Enjoy the beautiful natural scenery and gain an insight into the strategic complexity of the Golan.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • The panoramic views from 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.

Option 1:

  • 3:30 p.m. Enjoy the culinary delight of a chocolate workshop at the De Karina Chocolate Factory on Kibbutz Ein Zivan.

Option 2:

  • 3:30 p.m. Wine Tasting at a local winery on the Golan Heights.


  • Return to the hotel for dinner.
  • Thoughts and Experiences Thus Far: Opportunity for group conversation & reflection.

Overnight: Pastoral Hotel, Kibbutz Kfar Blum, Upper Galilee

Day Six: Tuesday, February 19, 2019

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 8:30 a.m. Check out of the hotel.

Option 1:

  • Explore Tsfat, a center of Jewish mysticism for hundreds of years and a contemporary artists' colony, including:
  • Guided visit to the Ari, Caro or Abuhav Synagogues, each with its great stories and mystical messages.
  • A stroll through the quaint Artists' Colony, shop in the galleries and crafts shops and engage in dialogues with local artisans inspired by the messages of Kabbalah.
  • Drive south past Tiberias, an ancient/modern city located on the shores of Lake Kinneret (Sea of Galilee). One of Israel's four holy Jewish cities, this is where the “Jerusalem” Talmud was codified and where Maimonides is buried.
  • Continue along the Jordan Valley, stopping for lunch on own en route.

Option 2:

  • 10:00 a.m. An Old-New Perspective of Minorities in Shefaram: Explore the city of Shefaram, located between the bottom of the Carmel Ridge and the entrance to the Galilee. Once a Jewish center during the Talmudic period, this ancient-modern Arab town later became one of the Crusades' posts and was eventually taken over by the Muslim Ottoman Empire. This heuristic tour with a local Arab guide will include visits to a:
    • Mosque and dialogue with the Muezzin (the Muslim clergy) about Islam and the life of a Muslim Arab in Israel.
    • Roman Catholic Church with its beautiful art, to learn about the unique story of the Eastern Christians living in Israel.
    • Old Synagogue of Shefaram abandoned in the 1900's to engage in a conversation about the minorities in the land throughout the ages.
  • Drive to Jerusalem; lunch on your own en route.


  • Welcome to Jerusalem: Enter the vibrant and colorful ancient city of Jerusalem and experience the convergence of the old and the new.
  • Optional Visit the renewed and wonderfully creative Israel Museum, with its wide-ranging and eclectic collection, 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 visit to the Youth Wing for the kids (the luggage will be taken to the hotel).
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Free evening and dinner on own, perhaps at the Old Train Station Plaza, with its fashionable restaurants featuring local and international cuisine. On certain evenings one can enjoy street musicians, Israeli dancing and other attractions.

Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem

Day Seven: Wednesday, February 20, 2019  

  • Breakfast at the hotel.

Option 1:  Into the Desert

  • Drive to the Dead Sea Basin.
  • 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 defense and its current significance in modern Israel.
  • Descend them mountain via cable car and lunch on own.
  • Experience the weightlessness of the Dead Sea as you float in its waters.

Option 2: The Geopolitics of the Land

  • Travel through the city of Jerusalem, exploring some of its political and diplomatic complexities - including the ‘Security Barrier' - to gain a behind-the-headlines insight into current developments.
  • The Identity of the Israeli Settlement -Where the First Temple Once Stood: Visit Shilo, the ancient home of Holy Tabernacle and today a Jewish settlement in the Northern Binyamin region on top of Mt. Efraim. Meet some residents of the town for a tour and discussion about their ideology and daily life.
  • Drive to Ramallah; lunch at your own expense in Ramallah.
  • Road Signs of Understanding the Middle East: Visit to Ramallah led by Rami Nazzal, a Jerusalem-based Palestinian reporter who writes for the New York Times, MSNBC and Time


  • Return to Jerusalem
  • 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: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem

Day Eight: Thursday, February 21, 2019

  • Boxed breakfast at the Old City.
  • 7:30 a.m. B'nai Mitzvah Service at Azrat Israel, the pluralistic section of the Western Wall.
  • Visit the Kotel (Western Wall) and experience the special atmosphere of this holy site.
  • Walking tour through the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem, for visits to 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
    • King Hezekiah's First Temple-period “Broad Wall”.
  • Hurva Square, the central square of the Jewish Quarter.
  • Lunch on your own in the Old City or Mamilla Mall.

Option 1:

  • Join the Temple Mount Sifting Operation. Sift through rubble that originated in the Second Temple period. Learn about the findings from archaeologists and expert guides at the site.

Option 2:

  • Challenges and Triumphs of Religious Pluralism and Social Justice in Israel: Dialogue with IRAC Rep.,  the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC), followed by a tour of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and dialogue with faculty and students.


  • Walk towards the new city on the seam line, by the Jerusalem Municipality, to visit an inspirational organization at the Yad Lakashish fabulous giftshop. This enterprise employs elderly, often impoverished, immigrates who are finding a sense of purpose and creating beautiful artwork at Yad Lakashish (Lifeline for the Elderly).   

Option 3:

  • Return to the hotel for afternoon at leisure.


  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem

Day Nine: Friday, February 22, 2019

  • Breakfast at the hotel.

Adults and older kids:

  • 9:15 a.m. 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

Younger kids with youth counsellor:

  • Visit the Biblical Zoo, a beautifully landscaped habitat with a special focus on preserving Biblical fauna, geared to children of all ages (2-80), OR spend time at the interactive Bloomfield Science Museum.


  • Experience the sights, smells, and tastes of Jerusalem while walking through the Machaneh Yehuda open-air market, with lunch on own.
  • Free time to relax prior to Shabbat.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services either with Kehillat Mevasseret in Mevasseret Zion.
  • Home Hospitality or communal Shabbat dinner with local congregants.

Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem

Day Ten: Saturday, February 23, 2019

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Attend Shabbat morning services at Hebrew Union College, (pending HUC's schedule).
  • Return to the Old City and lunch on own.

Option 1:

  • Guided visit to the Tower of David Museum of the History of Jerusalem for a walk through the city's history - with observation points, visual and audio-visual aids - from the time of Abraham to the end of the British Mandate over Palestine.
  • Walk along the Ramparts of the Old City.
  • Walk through Jerusalem's famous Old City Market (shuk).

Option 2:

  • Proceed to the Christian Quarter - the Via Dolorosa, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and other Christian Sites.
  • Walk through Jerusalem's famous Old City Market (Shuk).

Option 3:

  • Enjoy some free time.
  • 6:06 p.m. Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah overlooking the Old City.
  • Late check-out from the hotel.
  • 7:15 p.m. Private farewell dinner, possibly at Medita, a perfect combination of a modern bistro restaurant and a classic Mediterranean cuisine.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport to check in for the departure flight to the U.S.A.,

Overnight: Flight

Day Eleven: Sunday, February 24, 2019  

  • This trip doesn't include group flights. Here is a recommended flight to book on your own:

El Al #001 departing at 12:30 am, arriving to JFK at 5:55 am



Need to Know

  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 25 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.
  • Payment of a non-refundable deposit per person will be required to complete registration.
  • 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.
  • 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

  • Personal Expenses: All personal expenses such as: laundry, valet service, cables, telephone calls and postage are not included.
  • Credit card fees
  • Tips to the guide and driver (recommended guidelines vary based on number of participants)
    • For a group of 20 passengers and more:
      $8 per participant per day for the tour educator & $4 per participant per day for the driver
    • In the case where a hostess is included in the package:
      $2 per participant per day for the hostess or a minimum of $50 per touring day in total
  • 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.

Guidelines for Registering Children (under age 18):


  • The first two people in any double or triple room are charged full package rates as adults, even if the second person is a child under the age of 18.

    For this reason, the first two people you select for a double or triple room MUST be selected as adults in order for the registration process to succeed.

    To register the following room configurations:

    • For double room occupancy for:
      • 1 adult & 1 child - Please select 2 adults.
      • 2 children - Please select 2 adults.
    • For triple room occupancy for:
      • 2 adults & 1 child - Please select 2 adults & 1 child**
      • 1 adult & 2 children - Please select 2 adults & 1 child**
      • 3 children - Please select 2 adults & 1 child**

    (**Reduced rate for a child as a 3rd in a triple room will only be applied if the child is under the age of 18.)


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