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Temple Isaiah - Family Trip to Israel

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  • Optional 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 + late check-out on last day
  • 10 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking tour educator
  • 1 group transfer and assistance from and to the airport
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Meals: daily breakfast 3 lunches and 6 dinners
  • Portage at the airport and hotels

*Registration deadline for this trip is January 15, 2019

Day One: Wednesday, June 19, 2019
DEPARTURE

  • 1:00 p.m. Depart LAX International Airport on El Al Airlines flight #6.

Overnight: Flight


Day Two: Thursday, June 20, 2019
ARRIVAL 

  • 12:50 p.m. Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Meet your tour educator and depart for Jerusalem.
  • Welcome to Jerusalem: Upon entering the vibrant and colorful ancient city of Jerusalem, experience the convergence of the old and the new, stop at the Haas Promenade for an overlook of the city and to recite the traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner at Olive & Fish, a meat and fish restaurant located across from the Liberty Bell Gardens.
  • Israel 101 - Our Thoughts, Our Journey: Opening remarks and orientation of your trip, led by Rabbi Nickerson and your tour educator.
  • Return to the hotel.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Three: Friday, June 21, 2019
THE LAYERS OF JERUSALEM             

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Depart for the Old City.
  • Walk along the Ramparts of the Old City.
  • Explore the excavations at the City of David, the very core of ancient Jerusalem, view the Gihon Spring and optionally wade through the 2,700-year-old water tunnel of King Hezekiah.
  • Walk through the recently opened Second Temple-period tunnel under the walls of the Old City, emerging in the Jerusalem Archaeological Park.
  • Explore the Jerusalem Archaeological Park, including the Davidson Center, Robinson's Arch and the Southern Wall steps where Jewish pilgrims entered the Temple Mount 2,000 years ago.
  • Lunch on own, in the Jewish Quarter.
  • Explore the archaeological treasures and other highlights of the Jewish Quarter:
    • Ascend to 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.
    • Walk through the Cardo - the main street of Jerusalem in the 6th century, King Hezekiah's First Temple-period “Broad Wall,” and Hurva Square - the central square of the Jewish Quarter.
    • Go back in time, dress up as your favorite biblical figure, from Samson to Judah the Maccabi, and take a photo to remember at Live the Bible.
  • Return to the hotel and prepare for Shabbat.
  • Gather in the hotel lobby for the lighting of the Shabbat candles.
  • Join Jerusalemites in a musical Kabbalat Shabbat at the Old Train Station Plaza, a central neighborhood hub for food, entertainment, culture, and
  • Shabbat Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Four: Saturday, June 22, 2019
INTO THE DESERT, MASADA & THE DEAD SEA 

  • Early Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Descend to the Dead Sea basin, stopping for a quick photo op on a camel.
  • Ascend Masada by cable car to Herod's mountain palace and site of the Jewish Zealots' last stand against the Roman Legionnaires. Explore the rich archaeological remains from the Roman period.
  • Experience an astonishing sense of weightlessness as you float in the super-saline Dead Sea.
  • Use the spa facilities of one of the Dead Sea hotels and enjoy a buffet lunch.
  • 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.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah overlooking the Old City.
  • Free time in the Mamilla pedestrian arcade, a contemporary shopping area with a touch of the past, located outside the Jaffa Gate of the Old City; dinner on own.
  • Watch 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 depicting the story of Jerusalem.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Five: Sunday, June 23, 2019
MEMORY & RENEWAL 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Participate in a Tikkun Olam activity in Yad LaKashish, a multifaceted sheltered workshop for senior and disabled citizens; meet the employees in their workshops and the shop that proudly presents their beautiful wares;

    OR

  • Giving Back with Pantry Packers: Pack commodity food staples for Israel's poorest families; after a brief orientation session, don gloves, aprons, and caps in order and fill bags of rice, beans, and other commodities.
  • Visit Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, commemorating the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust, including:
    • The Avenue of the Righteous
    • The Historical Museum
    • The Children's Memorial
  • Twinning ceremony: Participate in the special Twining Program, commemorating children who did not survive the Holocaust and have not reached the age of Mitzvah.
  • A concluding Memorial Service
  • Lunch on own, en route.

Option 1

  • Proceed to Ammunition Hill, site of a Jordanian Police Academy until 1967, and one of the most crucial battle sites for the unification of Jerusalem in the Six-Day War.

Option 2

  • LaDa'at The Geopolitics of Jerusalem: Travel through the city of Jerusalem and explore some of its political and diplomatic complexities - including the Security Barrier - to gain a behind-the-headlines insight into current developments.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Our Thoughts, Our Journey: Reflection session led by Rabbi Nickerson and your tour educator.
  • Dinner on own.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Six: Monday, June 24, 2019
B'NAI MITZVAH DAY IN JERUSALEM 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Return to the Old City.
  • Attend the B'nai Mitzvah service at Azarat Israel, the pluralistic section of the Kotel (Western Wall).
  • Celebratory lunch at Touro in Yemin Moshe.
  • Yemin Moshe Scavenger Hunt- discover the fabulous story of Jerusalem's expansion 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 community that became one of Jerusalem's most beautiful neighborhoods.
  • Experience the sights, smells, and tastes of Jerusalem while walking through the Machaneh Yehuda open-air market,
  • Return to the hotel, or continue on own and explore Jerusalem's nightlife.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Seven: Tuesday, June 25, 2019
HISTORY AND NATURE ON THE WAY NORTH 

  • Breakfast at the hotel, followed by check-out.
  • Drive northwards along the Jordan Valley, part of the enormous Syrian-African Rift.
  • Visit Kibbutz Gesher on the Jordanian border and view the model of the pre-State Naharayim Power Station and the museum depicting the challenges faced during the War of Independence. Descend to the Jordan River bank, the borderline between Israel and Jordan.
  • Lunch at Gesher.
  • Drive to the Sea of Galilee.

Option 1

  • Swim in the freshwater pools and natural springs at the Gan Hashlosha Nature Reserve (Sachne), situated at the foot of Mt. Gilboa.

Option 2

  • Proceed to the 1,500-year-old Beit Alfa Synagogue in Kibbutz Heftziba, at the foot of the Gilboa range, with its beautiful mosaic floor, and delve into Jewish spiritual life during the Byzantine period.
  • Drive to Korazim, an ancient Roman-Byzantine city, and participate in an archeological dig led by a local archeologist.
  • Continue to the hotel and check-in.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
  • Our Thoughts, Our Journey: Reflection led by Rabbi Nickerson and your tour educator.

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee


Day Eight: Wednesday, June 26, 2019
NATURE AND SECURITY IN THE GOLAN 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Walk through the Tel Dan Nature Reserve, located on the largest tributary of the Jordan River, and explore the ruins of the great biblical city of Dan.
  • Take a jeep tour off-road on the Golan Heights. Enjoy the beautiful natural scenery and gain insight into the strategic complexity of the Golan.
  • Continue to a Druze village for a window into the world of the Israeli Druze community; lunch on own.
  • Watch the panoramic views from Bental (overlooking the abandoned Syrian town of Kuneitra) and gain 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

  • Visit the Pelter Winery, a young family boutique winery; wine tasting is included.

Option 2

  • Enjoy a chocolate workshop at the De Karina Chocolate Factory on Kibbutz Ein Zivan.

All

  • Return to the hotel.

Option 1

  • Enjoy rafting or kayaking down the Jordan River.

Option 2

  • Enjoy leisure time at the hotel.

All

  • A Festive Kibbutz Evening: Dinner and bonfire with music, S'mores, and a family sing-along.

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee


Day Nine: Thursday, June 27, 2019
FROM SEA TO SEA 

  • Breakfast at the hotel, followed by check-out.
  • Drive to Tsfat, a center of Jewish mysticism for hundreds of years and a contemporary artists' colony:
    • Explore the Ari, Caro or Abuhav Synagogues, each with its great stories and mystical messages.
    • Walk through the quaint Artists' Colony, its galleries and craft shops; meet with local artisans inspired by the messages of Kabbalah.
    • 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, en route.
  • Drive west and continue to Caesarea, one of the Land of Israel's most important landmarks, built during the Roman Period. Explore the Herodian Theater and the excavations along the Mediterranean shore, concluding with the ruined 900-year-old Crusader town.
  • Enter Tel Aviv, also 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.
  • Dinner on own.

Overnight: Tel Aviv


Day Ten: Friday, June 28, 2019
TEL AVIV: THE FIRST HEBREW CITY 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Follow the story of Israel's pre-state elite fighting force, the Palmach, while walking through a state of the art multimedia experience that allows a glimpse into the lives of extraordinary people at Beit Hapalmach (pending confirmation).
  • Start-Up Nation: Delve into the world of renowned Israeli inventions and creations at the State of Mind Innovation Center.
  • 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 then discuss the events leading up to the Declaration of Independence, and sing, as they did on May 14, 1948, Hatikva (The Hope), Israel's national anthem. 
  • Stroll down the Nachalat Binyamin pedestrian mall, with its bi-weekly craft fair and eateries. Alongside is the colorful Carmel open-air market.
  • Lunch on own, en route.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services with Beit Tefilah Yisraeli at Tel Aviv Port, including music, prayer, dance, and
  • Shabbat dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Tel Aviv


Day Eleven: Saturday, June 29, 2019
FOUNDATIONS OF A CITY AND A STATE 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.

Option 1

  • Have You Heard the One About…? Experience the diversity and dynamism of Jewish life at the renovated Beit Hatfutsot - The Museum of the Jewish People. Among the highlights are the new Synagogue Exhibition and the interactive and inspirational “Heroes: Trailblazers of the Jewish People” which appeal to younger visitors. Get ready to laugh and learn with “Inside Out and Outside In” - a celebration of Jewish humor from Sholem Aleichem to Seinfeld.

Option 2

  • Enjoy a morning at leisure.

All

  • Lunch on own, en route.
  • Drive to the Ayalon Institute near Rehovot for an eye-opening tour of a clandestine munitions factory used during the British Mandate.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah.
  • Late check-out from the hotel.
  • Festive farewell dinner.
  • Our Thoughts, Our Journey: Closing remarks by Rabbi Nickerson and your tour educator.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport and check in for your flight.
  • Departure flight to the USA.

Overnight: Flight


Day Twelve: Sunday, June 30, 2019
RETURN HOME 

  • 1:05 a.m. Depart on El Al Airlines flight #005.
  • 6:00 a.m. Arrive LAX International Airport.

 

 

Need to Know

  • Registration deadline: January 15, 2019
  • 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.
  • 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 cancellation 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.
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Cancellations need to be made in writing. Cancellation fees will be based on the date that the written cancellation is received.
    Cancellation 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
      Cancellation fees may also include:
      - Hotel or supplier cancellation 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.
  • 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 March 4, 2019 (based on availability), thereafter the tour will be available for land-only services. Cancellation of group air reservations after March 4, 2019 (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 trip 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-bedrooms 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.
  • 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 the 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 (unless indicated otherwise)
  • 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):

TRIPS TO ISRAEL:

  • Group of 20 participants and more: 
    Tour Educator: $8 | Driver: $4 - per participant per day

  • Hostess (when included in the package):
    $2 per participant per day or a minimum of $50 per day total
  • Security guard and/or a youth counselor (when included):
    $1 per participant per day per security guard, per youth counselor


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, please follow these instructions:

  • 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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