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Congregation Or Ami Adult Trip to Israel and Petra
with Rabbi Paul Kipnes and Cantor Doug Cotler

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  • 8 nights' accommodation at select hotels
  • 8 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking tour guide + 1 full day private overland tour to Petra
  • 1 group transfer and assistance to Ben Gurion and between all domestic airports and borders
  • Israeli and Jordanian border taxes and Jordanian visa
  • Tips to the Jordanian staff
  • Water on the bus on touring days
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Meals: daily breakfast, 1 lunch and 4 dinners
  • Portage at the airport and hotels

~~~Optional Pre-trip to Tel Aviv~~~

  • 3 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking tour educator
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary

*** Each participant is required to make a $1000 mandatory donation to Or Ami.

~~~Optional Pre-trip to Tel Aviv~~~

Day One: Saturday, April 21, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 10:00 a.m. Meet at the lobby of the Shalom Hotel & Relax.
  • 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.
  • Walking tour through colorful Neve Zedek, one of Tel Aviv's earliest neighborhoods. Today it is a cultural mecca, with many small boutiques and galleries, and the Suzanne Delal Dance and Theater Center.
  • Lunch at your own expense in Neve Zedek.
  • Take in the world class art collection at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.
  • Return to your Tel Aviv hotels.

Overnight: Tel Aviv (on own account)

Day Two: Sunday, April 22, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Depart with your tour educator for the Ayalon Institute near Rehovot for an eye-opening tour of a clandestine munitions factory used during the British Mandate.
  • Experience the state-of-the-art Levinson Visitors Center of the Weizmann Institute of Science offering a glimpse into the fascinating world of scientists who uncover the secrets of nature and decipher the codes of the universe.
  • Return to Tel Aviv.
  • From the Templers to the Hipsters: Guided tour to the 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.
  • Lunch at your own expense in Sarona.
  • Return to your Tel Aviv hotels.

Overnight: Tel Aviv (on own account)

Day Three: Monday, April 23, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Depart with your educator to visit the Rabin Center, dedicated to the history of society and democracy in Israel. The life of the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin serves as a time-thread connecting the faces and events of modern Israeli history.
  • 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'.
  • Visit Independence Hall, where David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the State of Israel on May 14th, 1948.
  • Lunch at your own expense at the colorful Carmel open-air market.
  • Return to your Tel Aviv hotels.

Overnight: Tel Aviv (on own account)

**This trip is for Or Ami members. If you are not a member please be in touch with Rabbi Kipnes.

Day One: Tuesday, April 24, 2018

  • 9:00 a.m. Pick-up at the Sheraton Hotel in Tel Aviv.

  • 9:15 a.m. Pick-up at the Shalom Hotel & Relax in Tel Aviv.

  • Depart Tel Aviv with your tour educator, Lana Zilberman, and begin your journey.

  • Welcome to Israel: Stop at the Ancient Roman Aqueduct, located on the pristine beaches of Caesarea. With the ruins of a past empire to your backs, enjoy the power of the sand, sea and the rush of the water as you celebrate the beginning of your journey throughout Israel. Opening remarks by Rabbi Kipnes; sing together the song Eli Eli, written by Hannah Senesh, which was written inspired by her walk on the shores of Caesarea, led by Cantor Doug Cotler.

  • Guided visit to Zichron Ya’acov, one of the first communities established by the early Zionist pioneers, with lunch on your own.

  • A walk through the glorious Ramat Hanadiv Gardens, dedicated to Baron de Rothschild (the “Nadiv” or “Benefactor”), located on the outskirts of Zichron Ya’acov.

  • Drive to the shores of Atlit, site of a British internment camp for thousands of Jewish refugees who were caught attempting to immigrate to Israel during the British Mandatory period.

  • Check into the hotel.

  • Dinner at the hotel.

  • Our Journey: Opening remarks and orientation with Rabbi Kipnes, Cantor Cotler and your tour educator.

Overnight: Dan Hotel, Caesarea


Day Two: Wednesday, April 25, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Depart the hotel and drive to Nahalal.

  • Tikkun Olam hands-on experience with Leket, a volunteer organization that provides food for the needy by collecting excess produce from farms and food distribution companies.

  • Drive into the Upper Galilee, through the beautiful scenic “Tuscany of the Galilee” to Tsfat.

  • 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.

  • Recite the Lecha Dodi at the exact spot of where it was composed, at the Ari Synagogue, with Cantor Doug Cotler.

  • A special limmud (study session) overlooking Mt. Meron.

  • Meet with artist, Sheva Chaya in her studio, for an interactive window into the world of Kabbalah, glass blowing and questions of identity and Judaism.

  • Lunch on own in Tsfat.

  • Wine tasting at the Tulip Boutique Winery. The Tulip winery is a part of ‘Park Tikvah’ (Park of Hope), where they employ adults with difficulties and donate a percentage of their profits to the association.

  • Return to the hotel.

  • Group dinner at the Caesarea Port.

Overnight: Dan Hotel, Caesarea


Day Three: Thursday, April 26, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Check out of the hotel and depart.

  • Drive to the Givat Haviva Seminar Center to participate in a seminar on Arab-Jewish coexistence. Gain a deeper understanding of the security situation and politics involved in the border lands between the Palestinian Authority and Israel, and meet with local Israelis and Palestinians.

The Center for a Shared Society at Givat Haviva, named after the famous WWII paratrooper, aims to build an inclusive, socially cohesive society in Israel by engaging divided communities in collective action towards the advancement of a sustainable, thriving Israeli democracy based on mutual responsibility, civic equality and a shared vision of the future.

  • Lunch on own en route.

  • 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.

  • 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 Haas Promenade for an overlook of the Old and New City of Jerusalem and to recite the traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing.

  • Walk along the Ramparts of the Old City.

  • Check into the hotel.

  • Enjoy a night out with 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: Orient Hotel, Jerusalem

Day Four: Friday, April 27, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Depart the hotel for the day.

  • LaDa’at The Geopolitics of Jerusalem - ???????: ?????? ????: 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.

  • Enter the Old City via Jaffa Gate and enter the Tower of David Museum and climb up to the rooftop for a breath-taking view of the Old City. Proceed to the the Kishle – Herod’s Palace in Jerusalem. The site known as the “Kishle” is adjacent to the Citadel and Tower of David Museum complex. The structure was erected in 1834 by Ibrahim Pasha who governed the Land of Israel (Palestine) from Egypt. When the Ottoman Turks regained the area in 1841, the “Kishle” continued to serve as a military compound. During the period of the British mandate, it was used as a police station and prison where some members of the Jewish underground were also incarcerated. Today, the prison is separated from the police station and is an integral part of the Museum complex.

  • Continue to the Jewish Quarter for visits to archaeological treasures and other highlights, among them:

  • The four Sephardi synagogues, which reflect the richness and diversity of Diaspora Jewish traditions.

  • 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 own in the Jewish Quarter.

  • Stop by Ezrat Yisrael, the pluralistic section of the Kotel (Western Wall), for a text study and reflection.

  • Stop at the Kotel (Western Wall) and experience the special atmosphere of this holy site.

  • Return to the hotel and prepare for Shabbat.

  • Kabbalat Shabbat services at Kehillat Mevasseret in Mevasseret Zion, led by Rabbi Alona Nir-Keren.

  • Home Hospitality Shabbat dinner with local congregants.

  • Return to Jerusalem.

Overnight: Orient Hotel, Jerusalem


Day Five: Saturday, April 28, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Descend to the Dead Sea Basin and ascend by cable-car 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.

  • Torah reading atop Masada.

  • Lunch on own en route.

  • Take a short hike to Nahal David, the freshwater spring and waterfalls in the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, a lush oasis in the Judean Desert overlooking the Dead Sea.

  • Experience an astonishing sense of weightlessness as you float in the super-saline Dead Sea.

  • Return to Jerusalem.

  • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah overlooking the Old City, led by Rabbi Paul Kipnes and Cantor Doug Cotler.

  • The Night Spectacular at the Tower of David Museum: The walls of the Citadel serve as a stage for a night-time show – a celebration of sight and sound – that depicts the story of Jerusalem.

  • Dinner on own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Orient Hotel, Jerusalem


Day Six: Sunday, April 29, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Challenges and Triumphs of Religious Pluralism and Social Justice in Israel: Dialogue with Orly Erez-Likhovski, Director of the Legal Department for Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC).

  • Visit the Yad Vashem complex, the Jewish National Memorial to the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust, including (choose between First timers OR Returnees tracks):

First timers:

  • The Avenue of the Righteous

  • The Historical Museum

  • The Children’s Memorial


  • The Art Museum

  • The Holocaust Film Archive

  • The Exhibitions Pavilion

  • The Sculpture Garden

  • The Valley of the Communities


  • A concluding Memorial Service

  • Depart Yad Vashem for the Machaneh Yehuda open-air market and experience the sights, smells, and tastes of Jerusalem, with a chance for lunch on own.

  • Return to the Old City and explore the Western Wall Tunnel, the underground continuation of the Temple Mount’s Western Wall, exposed in recent years.

  • Return to the hotel.

  • Dinner at your own expense and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Orient Hotel, Jerusalem


Day Seven: Monday, April 30, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Check out of the hotel.

  • Luggage will be sent on a bus directly to Eilat on this morning. The group is asked to only bring things with them for the day which will pass through airport security. Your luggage will be waiting for you upon your arrival to Eilat in the evening.

  • Depart Jerusalem and drive to Tel Aviv, known as the “city that never sleeps,” with its centers of culture, recreation and national history, great beaches and fine stores.

  • Visit the Jaffa Overlook for an introduction to Tel Aviv at the place where it all began.

  • Israeli Activism: Dialogue with members of the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism’s (IMPJ) pre-Army academy (mechina) in Jaffa.

  • Lunch on own.

  • Start Up Nation: Explore the world of renowned Israeli inventions and creations at the State of Mind Innovation Center, followed by a dialogue with an up and coming start-up entrepreneur.

  • Transfer to the Sde Dov Domestic Airport and check in for the flight to Eilat.

  • Depart on Arkia domestic flight #827 to Eilat.

  • Upon arrival in Eilat transfer to the hotel and check in.

  • Dinner on own.

  • Enjoy an evening out at the Eilat boardwalk, with live music and local vendors.

Overnight: Dan Hotel, Eilat


Day Eight: Tuesday, May 1, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Early departure for the Arava Border Crossing.

  • Upon completion of passport procedures, cross into Jordan and travel through the Araba to the ancient Nabatean City of Petra, situated between the Red Sea and the Dead Sea which was an important crossroad between Arabia, Egypt and Syria-Phoenicia. Petra, half-built, half-carved into the rock, is surrounded by mountains riddled with passages and gorges, and is one of the world's most famous archaeological sites where ancient Eastern traditions blend with Hellenistic architecture.

  • Lunch at a local hotel or restaurant.

  • Late afternoon return to the Arava Border Crossing and transfer back to the hotel.

  • Dinner on own and evening at leisure in Eilat.

Overnight: Dan Hotel, Eilat


Day Nine: Wednesday, May 2, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Check out of the hotel and depart Eilat, driving north through the Israeli

  • Stop for a visit at the Reform Kibbutz Lotan and explore creative Jewish approaches to community life and the environment; meet with local kibbutz members and hear their personal stories.

  • Depart Lotan and drive to the Ramon Crater where you’ll explore the crater’s geological wonders with a stop for a walk to the unique natural phenomenon known as the Carpentry Shop.

  • Spirituality in the Desert: View the multi-faceted nature of the Ramon Crater and enjoy a moment of reflection, led by Rabbi Paul Kipnes and Cantor Doug Cotler.

  • Lunch at your own expense en route.

  • Continue north through the Negev Desert and visit the gravesite of Israel's first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion, located at Sde Boker, overlooking the Wilderness of Zinn; learn about Ben Gurion’s vision of making the desert bloom.

  • Festive farewell dinner  Tel Aviv, with final words and comments by Rabbi Paul Kipnes and Cantor Doug Cotler.

  • Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport and check in for your departure flight to the U.S.A.

Overnight: Flight


Day Ten: Thursday, May 3, 2018

  • Arrive in the USA.


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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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