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Mount Zion Temple | Family Trip to Israel
Led By Rabbi Esther Adler

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  • 10 nights' accommodation at select hotels
  • 10 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking tour educator
  • Youth counselor on guiding days.
  • 1 group transfer and assistance to and from the airport
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Meals: daily breakfast 1 lunch and 5 dinners
  • Tips for tour educator, driver and youth counselor.
  • Portage at the airport and hotels

Day One: Wednesday, June 19, 2019
DEPARTURE

  • 5:30 P.M. Depart Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport on United flight #6344.
  • 8:54 p.m. Arrive at Dulles International Airport.
  • 10:30 p.m. Depart on United flight #72.

Overnight: Flight


Day Two: Thursday, June 20, 2019
ARRIVAL 

  • 4:30 p.m. Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Meet your tour educator, and transfer to the city of 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.
  • Enjoy a Middle-Eastern-style dinner at Maganda, serving a varied menu of traditional salads and grilled meats in Tel Aviv's Yemenite Quarter.

Overnight: Tel Aviv


Day Three: Friday, June 21, 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.
  • Stroll down Rothschild Boulevard to view examples of Tel Aviv's eclectic architectural history, including Bauhaus buildings from the 1930s that have earned the city recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage site and the reputation of “the White City.”
  • Lunch on own on Rothchild Boulevard.
  • 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.
  • Stroll down the Nachalat Binyamin pedestrian mall, with its bi-weekly craft fair and eateries. Alongside is the colorful Carmel open-air market.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Depart Tel Aviv and celebrate Kabbalat Shabbat with Kehilat Bavat Ayin in Rosh Ha'ayin, followed by Shabbat home hospitality dinner with local congregants.

Overnight: Tel Aviv


Day Four: Saturday, June 22, 2019
SHABBAT IN TEL AVIV  

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Optional Shabbat services or Torah study on the beach.
  • Visit the Jaffa Overlook for an introduction to Tel Aviv at the place where it all began, continue to the Old City and stroll through the renovated artists' colony and the ancient port,
  • Lunch on own, en route.
  • Depart Tel Aviv for the Ayalon Institute near Rehovot for an eye-opening tour of a clandestine munitions factory used during the British Mandate.
  • Return to Tel Aviv.
  • Stop at Rabin Square, a center of Tel Aviv's cultural and political life, named for Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin who was assassinated Take a quiet moment at the Rabin Memorial.
  • Time Permitting: Walk down BialikStreet for a visual journey through Tel Aviv's past and present, including a view of the houses of artist Reuven Rubin and writer Chaim Nachman Bialik.
  • Dinner on own.

Overnight: Tel Aviv


Day Five: Sunday, June 23, 2019
ANCIENT AND NEW  

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Israeli Society @ 2019: Dialogue with scholar Paul Liptz of Tel Aviv University and Hebrew Union College OR social scientist Raviv Schwartz.
  • Check out of the hotel and depart Tel Aviv.
  • Visit Neot Kedumim, a large interactive nature reserve dedicated to the flora and fauna of the Bible, with tree planting.
  • Lunch on own, en route.
  • 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 and continue to the Upper Galilee.
  • Continue 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.
  • Check into the kibbutz hotel on the shores of Lake Kinneret.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Kibbutz hotel, Sea of Galilee


Day Six: Monday, June 24, 2019
NATURE AND SECURITY IN THE NORTH 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Drive to the Upper Galilee and 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.
  • Explore Israel's security situation on the Golan Heights. Overlooking the Hula Valley from former Syrian fortifications, discuss the circumstances leading up to the Six-Day War.
  • 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.
  • Lunch on own at Mt. Bental.

Option 1

  • Wine Tasting at a local winery on the Golan Heights.

Option 2

  • Enjoy the culinary delight of a chocolateworkshop at the De Karina Chocolate Factory on Kibbutz Ein Zivan.

All

  • Enjoy rafting or kayaking on the Jordan River.
  • Home hospitality dinner with the P2K community in Tiberias (cost not included).
  • Return to the hotel.

Overnight: Kibbutz hotel, Sea of Galilee


Day Seven: Tuesday, June 25, 2019
A MOSAIC OF ISRAELI SOCIETY  

  • Breakfast at the hotel, followed by check-out.
  • Drive to the Western Galilee.
  • Stop on the top of Mount Carmel for a panoramic view of Haifa Bay.
  • Visit the Yemin Orde youth village, one of Israel's most innovative educational institutions, specializing in integrating new immigrant youth into Israeli society. Meet and enjoy lunch with faculty and students.
  • Drive south along the coast 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.
  • Depart for Jerusalem.
  • Welcome to Jerusalem: Upon entering the vibrant and colorful city of Jerusalem, experience the convergence of the old and the new and stop to recite the traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner on own.
  • Optional: 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 Eight: Wednesday, June 26, 2019
THE LAYERS OF JERUSALEM 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Proceed to the Old City and begin with a walk through the Western Wall Tunnel, the underground continuation of the Western Wall alongside the Temple Mount.
  • Stop at the Kotel (Western Wall) and experience the special atmosphere of this holy site.
  • 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.
  • Lunch on own in the Old City.
  • 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.
  • Drive to Gush Etzion and meet with Shani Abrams Simkovitz from the Gush Etzion Foundation.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • A Window into a Two-State Solution: Hear Israeli and Palestinian perspectives from the Parents Circle - Families Forum.
  • Dinner on own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Nine: Thursday, June 27, 2019
INTO THE DESERT, MASADA & THE DEAD SEA 

  • Early breakfast at the hotel.
  • Descend to the Dead Sea Basin, passing by Qumran, the area where the Dead Sea Sect established a community, and the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found.
  • Ascend the cable car to Masada, Herod's mountain palace and 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.
  • Lunch on own, en route.
  • Experience the weightlessness of the Dead Sea as you float in its waters.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Dinner on own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Ten: Friday, June 28, 2019
MEMORY AND RENEWAL 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Meet with Holocaust Survivor or a Holocaust
  • 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
  • Experience the sights, smells, and tastes of Jerusalem while walking through the Machaneh Yehuda open-air market, with lunch on own.
  • Time to prepare for Shabbat.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services at Kehilat Kol Haneshema.
  • Festive Shabbat dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Eleven: Saturday, June 29, 2019
SHABBAT IN JERUSALEM | No Guide 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Optional Shabbat services at Shira Hadasha and HUC-JIR.

Optional Touring

  • Shabbat walk to Zion, the Temple Mount Overlook, King David's Tomb and hidden alleyways.
  • Lunch on own, en route.
  • Continue to the Christian Quarter, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer and other Christian sites.
  • Free time to walk through Jerusalem's famous Old City Market (shuk).

All

  • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah with other Reform synagogues on the campus of HUC.
  • 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.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Twelve: Sunday, June 30, 2019
JERUSALEM - EARTHLY AND HEAVENLY  

  • Breakfast at the hotel, followed by check-out.
  • 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.
  • Explore the wonderfully creative Israel Museum, with its eclectic collection, ranging 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.
  • Festive farewell lunch at Anna.
  • Afternoon at leisure and dinner on own.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport and check in for the flight to the USA.
  • 11:10 p.m. Depart on United flight #91.

Overnight: Flight


Day Thirteen: Monday, July 1, 2019
RETURNING HOME

  • 4:10 a.m. Arrive at Newark International Airport.
  • 8:30 a.m. Depart on United Airlines flight #3423.
  • 10:45 a.m. Arrive in Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport.
 

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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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