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Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York
Israel Adventure 2018
Led By Rabbi Joshua Davidson & Saul Kaiserman

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  • Optional group flights to and from Tel Aviv as listed in the air section of this program (Taxes and fuel charges are included and are subject to change by the Airline).
  • 9 nights' accommodation at select hotels
  • 9 days of touring in a luxury, bus with licensed, English speaking tour guide
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Youth counselor on each bus
  • Meals: daily breakfast, 3 lunches and 5 dinners
  • Portage at the hotels

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We are going to Israel to celebrate Israel's 70th Birthday! Join with Rabbi Josh Davidson, Saul Kaiserman, and our families for an unforgettable 10 days in the land of the Bible.

As you would expect, we'll be swimming in the Dead Sea, hiking up Masada, eating a falafel in Tel Aviv and praying at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. But on an Emanu-El family trip, you'll do so much more, including:

  • Celebrate Shabbat dinner in the homes of Israeli Reform Jewish families like our own!
  • Meet with active duty IDF soldiers serving near the Egyptian border
  • Pick oranges left by the farmers on the trees, to be distributed to needy Israelis!
  • Go jeep riding and rappelling in the Ramon Crater

There are special activities for family members of every age: For teens, highlights are a tour of Tel Aviv graffiti art and cycling on Jerusalem's answer to the High Line; for adults, wine tasting and a date-night in Jerusalem; and for kids (and everyone who is young at heart), a crawl through the Meresha Cave labyrinth and a trip to the world-class Jerusalem Biblical Zoo.

Israel is also the ideal place for a child to become a bar or bat mitzvah, in a worship service led by Rabbi Davidson.

For more information, contact Saul Kaiserman at skaiserman@emanuelnyc.org.

We look forward traveling with you!

Rabbi Josh Davidson and Saul Kaiserman


  • Private transfers to and from Ben Gurion Airport can be arranged upon request. Please contact our customer service center at 888-811-2812. Group shuttles may be available at no extra charge.
  • You can register for this trip online or by calling our customer service center at 888-811-2812. Our center is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5:30pm EST.
  • Package prices:
    • Per person sharing a double room: $4,629
    • Single supplement: +$1,795.
    • Reduction for child sharing as a 3rd: -$1,530

DRAFT ITINERARY (subject to change):

Day One: Saturday, December 22, 2018

  • Group flights: Depart from Newark on United flight #90 at 11pm, arriving to Tel Aviv at 4:20pm.
  • Recommended direct outbound flights to book on your own:
    • Out of Newark: United #84 departing at 4:15pm, arriving to Tel Aviv at 9:35am.
    • Out of Newark: El Al flight #26 departing at 10:30pm, arriving to Tel Aviv at 3:40pm.
    • Out of JFK: Delta flight #468 departing at 11pm, arriving to Tel Aviv at 5pm.
    • Out of JFK: El Al flight #008 departing at 11:50pm, arriving to Tel Aviv at 5:25pm.

Overnight: Flight

Day Two: Sunday, December 23, 2018

  • Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport.

For participants arriving to Israel in the morning or before December 23:

  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Meet your tour educator at the airport and drive to 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.
  • From the Templers to the Hipsters: Guided tour to the newly renovated Templers town of Sarona, now a hip and vibrant fashion and culinary center, including free time to stroll through the indoor food and spice market Including a visit to the Historic Olive Mill and Press House for olive oil tasting and free time to stroll through the indoor food and spice market.

    Adults and younger kids:

    • On Our Streets: Participate in an urban, multi-participants game, requiring skills for navigation in the streets of Tel Aviv, while talking to local Israelis and getting acquainted with locations and stories from the past and the present of the city.


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


    • Check into the hotel.
    • 7:30 pm Meet in the hotel lobby and depart for dinner.
    • Welcome to Israel: Private dinner at a local restaurant.

    Overnight: Tel Aviv

    Day Three: Monday, December 24, 2018

    • Breakfast at the hotel.
    • Stop at the Jaffa Overlook for an introduction to Tel Aviv - and to our journey in Israel; visit the Old City of Jaffa and stroll through the renovated artists' colony and the old port.
    • Against The Odds - Building a State: Visit Independence Hall, where David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the State of Israel on May 14th, 1948.
    • Stroll down Rothschild Boulevard to view examples of the intriguing Bauhaus-style architecture from the 1930s. The local proliferation of the style won Tel Aviv recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage site and the nickname of ‘the White City'.
    • Lunch on your own.
    • Visit the Ayalon Institute near Rehovot for an eye-opening tour of a clandestine munitions factory used during the British Mandate.


    • Return to the hotel.
    • Free Evening in Tel Aviv for an opportunity to:
      • Experience Tel Aviv Port, with its restaurants and clubs.
      • Explore the gentrified Neve Zedek
      • Saunter down the Tel Aviv Beach Promenade.
      • Wander through the Tachana, Tel Aviv's renovated old train station, now a center of boutiques and good food, and one of Tel Aviv's blooming hot spots.

    Overnight: Tel Aviv

    Day Four: Tuesday, December 25, 2018

    • Early breakfast at the hotel.
    • Depart Tel Aviv and drive to the Negev.
    • Visit the gravesite of Israel's first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion, located at Sde Boker in the Negev Desert, overlooking the Wilderness of Zinn.
    • Visit an IDF base in the Negev, including dialogues with officers and soldiers (this visit will need to be coordinated through FIDF).
    • Picnic lunch.
    • Explore the vast Ramon Crater on the back of a Jeep, meandering through canyons and unique geological phenomenon (a 2-hour tour in the Ramon Crater).

    Option 1:

    • Rappel down the cliffs of the Ramon Crater.

    Option 2:

    • Visit the Alpaca Farm in Mitzpeh Ramon.

    Option 3:

    • Bike along the rim of the Ramon Crater.

    Option 4:

    • View the multi-faceted nature of the Ramon Crater at the Mitzpeh Ramon Visitors' Center.


    • Early dinner at the Desert Shade Eco Lodge, located on the rim of the breath-taking Ramon Crater, including wine tasting from Rujum Winery, their own boutique wine produced from grapes grown in the desert, and a dialogue with Ziv Spektor, the owner and desert entrepreneur. Instead of the Rabbinate's Kosher monopoly, this tiny winery received kashrut supervision from the Masorti Movement (Conservative Movement in Israel).
    • Return to Tel Aviv.

    Overnight: Tel Aviv

    Day Five: Wednesday, December 26, 2018

    • Breakfast at the hotel.
    • Check out.
    • Take part in an archaeological dig at the Beit Guvrin Caves and prepare to get your hands dirty as uncovering pottery from the Hellenistic period, 2,300 years ago, followed by a crawl through the Maresha Cave Labyrinth (crawling is optional). Beit Guvrin-Maresha National Park was recently recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    • Lunch in the pastoral Arab village of Abu Ghosh, outside of Jerusalem. Abu Gosh is synonymous with hummus and the village has turned into Israel's “hummus center”.
    • What a Holy Land: Visit the Crusader Churchin Abu Ghosh, one of the best preserved in the country, including a dialogue with local clergy.
    • Welcome to Jerusalem: Enter the vibrant and colorful ancient city of Jerusalem, and experience the convergence of the old and the new.
    • Stop at the Western Wall to recite the “shehechiyanu” blessing, traditionally recited upon entering Jerusalem.
    • Explore the Western Wall Tunnel, the underground continuation of the Temple Mount's Western Wall, exposed in recent years.
    • Check into the hotel.
    • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

    Overnight: Jerusalem 

    Day Six: Thursday, December 27, 2018

    • Breakfast at the hotel.
    • Possible B'nai Mitzvah Service at Azrat Israel, the pluralistic section of the Western Wall.
    • 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.
      • The 2,000-year-old Herodian Mansions.
      • 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.
      • Extending Our Hands: Shop for products for those in need with The Good Neighbour Association. The “Good Neighbor Association,” a non- profit organization based solely on volunteers. Established in 1999, the organization is now one of the main forces in providing food and social activities to the poor around the country.
    • Return to the hotel.
    • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

    Overnight: Jerusalem 

    Day Seven: Friday, December 28, 2018

    • Breakfast at the hotel.

    Option 1 (for adults and children age 14 and older):

    • 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 new Historical Museum
      • The Children's Memorial

    Option 2 (for children ages 11 to 13):

    • LaDa'at Yad Vashem for Kids - Special children program at the Yad Vashem complex, the National Memorial to the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust. Guided visits to the “No Child's Play” exhibit, the Children's Memorial and the Sculpture Garden use interactive programming, arts & crafts, and children's stories and diaries from the time of the Holocaust.

    Option 3:

    • Visit the Biblical Zoo, a beautifully landscaped habitat with a special focus on preserving Biblical fauna, geared to children of all ages (2-80).


    • Concluding Memorial Service at Yad Vashem.
    • Free time on Emek Refaim Street to enjoy its special atmosphere as Jerusalemites hurriedly prepare for Shabbat; lunch on your own.
    • Return to the hotel and prepare for Shabbat.
    • Kabbalat Shabbat services at Kehillat Mevasseret Zion, led by Rabbi Shlomo Fox, followed by home hospitality Shabbat dinner with local congregants.

    Overnight: Jerusalem

    Day Eight: Saturday, December 29, 2018
    SHABBAT IN JERUSALEM | walking tour 

    • Breakfast at the hotel.
    • Possible B'nai Mitzvah Service overlooking the Old City, followed by a festive lunch.


    • Adults:
    • The Labyrinth of Israeli Politics: Dialogue with Reuven Hazan of the Political Science Department at Hebrew University.


    • Bike along Jerusalem's new Railway Park. Jerusalem's new park turns old train tracks into an urban oasis, the local version of New York's High Line.


    • Yemin Moshe Scavenger Hunt- discover the fabulous story of the expansion of Jerusalem beyond the Old City. Wandering from the Montefiore Windmill through the winding alleys of Yemin Moshe with an Israel ScaVentures picture pack, you will learn the story of a frontier neighborhood that became one of Jerusalem's most beautiful neighborhood.


    • Return to the Old City; walk through Jerusalem's famous Old City Market (shuk), with time for lunch on your own.

    Option 1:

    • Guided walk along the Ramparts of the Old City from the Jaffa Gate to the Zion Gate.
    • One Mountain, Three Religions: guided visit to Zion, the traditional burial site of King David, the Room of the Last Supper and a mosque - all sharing a single building.

    Option 2:

    • Guided visit to the Austrian Hospice, a European enclave in the heart of the Old City, known for its breath-taking views from the rooftop terrace and the Austrian apple strudel served at the Hospice café.
    • Explore the fascinating medieval Church of the Holy Sepulchre, venerated by many as the site of the crucifixion, burial and resurrection of Jesus.


    • Return to the hotel.
    • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah.
    • 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 Nine: Sunday, December 30, 2018

    • Breakfast at the hotel.
    • Descend 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 defence and its current significance in modern Israel.
    • Experience the weightlessness of the Dead Sea as you float in its waters.
    • Float in the Dead Sea, use the spa facilities of one of the Dead Sea hotels (age 16 and older) and enjoy a buffet lunch.
    • Return to Jerusalem.


    • Date night (!) and dinner at your own expense.

    Teens & Kids:

    • Scavenger Hunt in Jerusalem - Explore Ben-Yehuda St. and Nachalat Shiva pedestrian malls, joining the many Israelis out on the town, concluding with a pizza dinner & ice cream.

    Overnight: Jerusalem

    Day Ten: Monday, December 31, 2018

    • Breakfast at the hotel.
    • Possible B'nai Mitzvah Service at Azrat Israel, the pluralistic section of the Western Wall.
    • 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 special children's visit to the Youth Wing.
    • Lunch on your own.
    • Hands-on Tikkun Olam Project (to be decided, partnering with the IMPJ or with an organization supported by the UJA-Federation of New York).
    • Return to the hotel.
    • Looking Forward: Summary session, followed by a late check-out from the hotel.
    • Farewell dinner at a local restaurant or at the hotel.
    • Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport and check in for your departure flight.
    • Group flights: Depart Tel Aviv on United flight #91 departing at 11:10pm, arriving to Newark at 4:35am.
    • Recommended outbound flights to book on your own:
      • To JFK: Delta flight #467 departing at 11:30pm arriving to JFK at 5:12am.

    Day Eleven: Tuesday, January 1, 2019

    • Recommended direct outbound flights to book on your own:
      • To JFK: El Al flight #001 departing at 12:30am, arriving to JFK at 5:10am.
      • To Newark: El Al flight #27 departing at 1am, arriving to Newark at 6:15am.
      • To JFK: El Al flight #007 departing at 9:30am, arriving to JFK at 2:55pm.
      • To Newark: United #85 departing at 11:35am, arriving to Newark at 5pm.
      • To Newark: El Al flight #25 departing 1:50pm, arriving to Newark at 7:05pm.

    Need to Know

    • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 50 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.
    • 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.
    • Airport Taxes & Fuel Surcharges are estimated and subject to change at any time.
      Airport Taxes & Fuel Surcharges are not guaranteed unless the group air tickets have been issued. Group air tickets are issued approximately 35 days prior to departure. Group air tickets are only issued upon receipt of full payment from all of the trip participants.
    • Air and land packages are open for registration until Sep 12, 2018 (based on availability), thereafter the tour will be available for land-only services. Cancellation of group air reservations after Sep 12, 2018 (and before the group flight tickets are issued) will entail a penalty of $100 per ticket.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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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