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Temple Isaiah of Los Angeles
Family Trip to Israel
Led by Cantor Tifani Coyot

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  • 9 nights' accommodations at select hotels.
  • 10 touring days with tour educator (guide), 2 tour educator on July 5 when 2 options. 
  • 10 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus
  • 1 group transfer and assistance from/to the airport.
  • Guaranteed late check-out on day of departure.
  • Meals: daily breakfast, 2 lunches & 6 dinners.
  • Portage at the hotel.
  • Portage at the airport.
  • Water on the bus.
DAY 1 ON THE WAY TO ISRAEL
Wednesday, June 30, 2021
  • Depart the US.

Overnight: Flight

DAY 2 THE START OF A SPECIAL JOURNEY
Thursday, July 01, 2021
  • 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 will be at Olive and Fish. This meat and fish restaurant specializing in contemporary Israeli cuisine is a long-time favorite of Jerusalem foodies and families.

  • Israel 101 – Our Thoughts, Our Journey: Opening remarks and orientation for your trip, led by Cantor Coyot and your tour educator.
  • Return to the hotel.

Meals: Dinner
Overnight: Jerusalem

DAY 3 HISTORY AND SPIRITUALITY IN JERUSALEM 
Friday, July 02, 2021
  • Breakfast at an Israeli hotel is an experience in itself. Start the day with a bounteous buffet.
  • 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 (optional) 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.
  • 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 Shabbat candle lighting.
  • Join Jerusalemites in a musical Kabbalat Shabbat at the Old Train Station Plaza, a central neighborhood hub for food, entertainment, culture, and enrichment.
  • Shabbat dinner at the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight: Jerusalem

DAY 4 SHABBAT IN JERUSALEM
Saturday, July 03, 2021
  • B’nai Mitzvah services at Azarat Israel, the pluralistic section of the Kotel (Western Wall).
  • Festive celebratory lunch in the Old City.
  • A Windmill, a Rich Guy, and a New Jerusalem: Follow the clues, manage your missions, and discover the secrets behind Yemin Moshe. From a generous Baron to an iconic windmill, this scavenger hunt will introduce you to the story and sights of Jerusalem as it moved out of the Old City and into the new world.
  • 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.
  • Watch the Night Spectacular at the Tower of David Museum. The walls of the Citadel serve as the stage for this nighttime show – a celebration of sight and sound depicting the story of Jerusalem.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight: Jerusalem

DAY 5 INTO THE DESERT: MASADA & THE DEAD SEA | Happy 4th of July
Sunday, July 04, 2021
  • Enjoy an early breakfast at the hotel before setting out to explore the Dead Sea region.
  • As Low as It Goes: We’ll drive to the Dead Sea Basin, 1412 feet below sea level and the lowest place on earth. The desert, the landscape, and the views are breathtaking.
  • The Last Stand: Take the cable car to the top of Masada with its extraordinary views and fascinating archaeological remains. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is where Jewish rebels are believed to have made their final attempt to resist Roman invaders (c 74 CE). We’ll learn about Masada’s importance as a symbol of Jewish defense and discuss its influence on modern Israel.
  • The Sea of Salt: Float into happiness at the Dead Sea. Not much can live or swim in what is the saltiest piece of water in the world, nine times saltier than the ocean, but the weightless feeling of floating is great fun.
  •  (Time permitting) Hike in Nahal David, part of the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve. This is a desert oasis with springs, waterfalls, and freshwater pools, so don’t forget your swimsuits. Featured are the ibex, hyraxes, and other desert mammals that live in this area. Nahal David is named after the biblical David, who fled here to escape from the murderous King Saul.
  • We’ll drive by Qumran, where a separatist Jewish sect from the Second Temple period created an isolated community and where the Dead Sea Scrolls, some of the most ancient and important religious manuscripts in existence, were discovered.
  • Return to Jerusalem.

Meals: Breakfast
Overnight: Jerusalem

DAY 6 THE POWER OF MEMORY
Monday, July 05, 2021
  • The Art of Tikkun Olam for the Whole Family: Meet elderly, often impoverished, immigrants who are finding a sense of purpose and making beautiful artwork at Yad LaKashish (Lifeline for the Elderly). We’ll take a tour of this inspirational organization. Then, guided by professional artists, get creative as a family and make your own Judaica or handicraft.
  • 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 personal educational “twinning” program at Yad Vashem will be a powerful part of the B’nai Mitzvah experience. Learn about and establish a special connection with B’nai Mitzvah-age children who perished during the Holocaust.
  • Experience the sights, smells, and tastes of Jerusalem while walking through the Mahane Yehuda open-air market.

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:

  • 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.

All:

  • Return to the hotel.
  • Our Thoughts, Our Journey: Reflection session led by Cantor Coyot and your tour educator.

Meals: Breakfast
Overnight: Jerusalem

DAY 7 HISTORY AND NATURE ON THE WAY NORTH
Tuesday, July 06, 2021
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Drive north 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 Riverbank, the borderline between Israel and Jordan.
  • Lunch at Kibbutz Gesher.
  • Continue 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 Mount 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.

All:

  • Drive to Korazim, an ancient Roman-Byzantine city, and participate in an archaeological dig led by a local archaeologist.
  • Continue to the hotel, check in, and enjoy dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee

DAY 8 NATURE AND SECURITY IN THE GOLAN
Wednesday, July 07, 2021
  • 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.
  • Take in the panoramic views from Mount 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:

  • Leisure time at the hotel.

All:

  • Dinner at the Kibbutz hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee

DAY 9 MYSTICISM IN THE GALILEE
Thursday, July 08, 2021
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Perhaps it’s the combination of mysticism and art, and maybe it’s the mountain air in Israel’s highest city; entering Tsfat,there is a sense of something uniquely Jewish but not quite of this world. Here, you’ll:
    • Visit the Ari Synagogue and share in the inspiration and innovation that moved Rabbi Isaac Luria (the Holy Ari) and his fellow mystics. In Tsfat they developed the Kabbalah, the esoteric insights of Judaism and created Kabbalat Shabbat, the prayers sung on Friday evenings to welcome the arrival of the Sabbath.
    • See the Caro Synagogue, built originally, like the Ari Synagogue, in the 16th century. It is where Rabbi Joseph Caro, one of the greatest of all Jewish legal authorities, taught and lived. Hear the story of how he was visited here by a maggid, an angelic messenger, who revealed secrets of the Torah.
    • Walk through the cobbled streets and alleyways to the Artists’ Colony with its galleries, shops, and studios.
    • 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.
  • Head west and back in time to Caesarea, one of the Land of Israel’s most important cities during the Roman Period. Explore life 2,000 years ago with its ancient amphitheaters, palaces, and bathhouses.
  • 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, the sea, and the rush of the water as you celebrate your journey throughout Israel.
  • Underwater Wonders: Take a guided snorkeling tour of the underwater archeological park in Caesarea. Two thousand years ago, King Herod the Great built the city of Caesarea, a major city in his kingdom, together with the magnificent harbor of Sebastos, the largest and most sophisticated harbor in the known world at the time. See the ruins of this magnificent harbor and sunken archeological artifacts amidst the Mediterranean marine life.
  • Enter 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.

Meals: Breakfast
Overnight: Tel Aviv

DAY 10 TEL AVIV: THE FIRST HEBREW CITY
Friday, July 09, 2021
  • Founding Fighters: Walk in the footsteps of the young men and women who fought for the Palmach, Israel’s elite pre-State military force. The Palmach Museum is an experiential museum that allows you to follow the lives and fates of extraordinary individuals from their enlistment to battle in the War of Independence.
  • From Hebrew City to Hebrew State: Walk along the newly opened Independence Trail and embark on a remarkable journey that begins with the founding of Tel Aviv in 1909 and ends with the establishment of Israel in 1948.
  • Start-Up Nation: Delve into the world of renowned Israeli inventions and creations at the State of Mind Innovation Center and meet with an up-and-coming start-up entrepreneur.
  • Calling Boutique-Loving Hipsters: Browse your way through Nahalat Binyamin, Tel Aviv’s arts and crafts market, before we check out the hustle and bustle at the Carmel Market.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services with Beit Tefilah Israeli at the Tel Aviv Port. As the sun sets over the Mediterranean Sea, join Israelis from diverse backgrounds welcoming Shabbat through prayer, song, and joy.
  • Shabbat dinner at the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight: Tel Aviv

DAY 11 ALTNEULAND: DREAMS & REALITIES IN TEL AVIV
Saturday, July 10, 2021

Option 1: 

  • Hallelujah! A People and Their Prayers: Experience the diversity and dynamism of Jewish life at the rejuvenated Beit Hatfutsot: The Museum of the Jewish People. A highlight is their new Synagogue Exhibitionwhich combines the museum’s famed collection of synagogue models with thrilling video art exploring the places where Jews pray, around the world and through the ages. The tour will include:
    • Our Heroes: Younger (and not so young) visitors will be inspired and entertained by Heroes: Trailblazers of the Jewish People, an interactive exhibition about Jews who have changed the world.
    • Have You Heard the One About…? Get ready to laugh and learn with Let There Be Laughter, a celebration of Jewish humor from Sholem Aleichem to Seinfeld.

Option 2: 

  • Free time to enjoy Tel Aviv.

All: 

  • 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.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Three Stars in the Israel SkyAt nightfall, we will mark the end of a special Shabbat with a communal Havdallah ceremony.
  • Festive farewell dinner.
  • Late check-out from the hotel.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport and check in for your return flight to the US.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight: Flight

DAY 12 UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN 
Sunday, July 11, 2021
  • Arrive home.
 

Need to Know

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: 1 March 2021

Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 25 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.

PAYMENT POLICY

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.

CANCELATION POLICY
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.

 

TRAVEL INSURANCE

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.

 

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

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.

 

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

  • 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.
  • 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



 
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