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  • 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, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking tour educator
  • 1 group transfer and assistance from/to the airport
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Meals: daily breakfast, 4 lunches and 7 dinners
  • Portage at the airport and hotels

Option 2 - Petra:
based on a minimum of 10 pax

  • Day trip with roundtrip transfers from Kibbutz Yahel,
  • private tour to Petra (not VIP),
  • lunch in Petra, etc. 

Day One: Wednesday, February 13, 2019

  • 6:30 p.m.Depart JFK International Airport on El Al Airlines flight #002.

Overnight: Flight

Day Two: Thursday, February 14, 2019

  • 11:50 a.m. Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Stop at the Jaffa Overlook for an introduction to Tel Aviv at the place where it all began and walk through the famous Jaffa Flea Market - “Shuk Hapishpishim”.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Enter Tel Aviv, 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 and time to relax and freshen up.
  • Welcome dinner and orientation in Tel Aviv's Yemenite Quarter at Maganda, including a varied menu of traditional salads and grilled meats.

Overnight: Tel Aviv

Day Three: Friday, February 15, 2019

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Walk through the museum at 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.
  • 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 startup entrepreneur.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Urban Culture Tours of Tel Aviv, Combining Street Art, Language & Graffiti: Join a local resident to explore the urban culture of the city.
  • Time permitting, wander along the Nachalat Binyamin pedestrian mall, with its bi-weekly crafts fair and eateries. Alongside is the colorful Carmel open-air market and across the way Sheinkin Street, with its hip cafés and funky chic shopping.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services with Kehilat Halev followed by a communal dinner with congregants.

Overnight: Tel Aviv

Day Four: Saturday, April 16, 2019

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Shabbat Services led by the Rabbis Shalhevet.
  • Check out of the hotel, depart Tel Aviv and drive south.
  • Keeping up the Spirit While Living on the Edge: Visit Sha'ar Hanegev, located on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip, for an insight into the complex security implications of Israel's withdrawal from Gaza while trying to create a thriving home. Join in Shabbat services followed by a dialogue with members of this local Reform community.
  • Visit one of the Lone Farms in the region, including lunch. Many lone farms have been developed across Southern Israel by individuals or small families for agricultural, tourism and other purposes.
  • 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, followed by a short hike in the Ein Avdat Nature Reserve.
  • Drive to Mitzpeh Ramon and check into the hotel.
  • Havdalah overlooking the crater.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Mitzpeh Ramon 

Day Five: Sunday, February 17, 2019

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • View the multi-faceted nature of the Ramon Crater at the Mitzpeh Ramon Visitors' Center.
  • Jeep Tour to explore the geological wonders of the Ramon Crater, with a stop for a walk to the unique natural phenomenon known as the Carpentry Shop.
  • Visit the Bedouin town of Wadi Aricha for an insight into contemporary Bedouin life, including dialogues with residents and artisans and an authentic Bedouin meal.
  • Drive via the Arava (Wilderness) and arrive at Kibbutz Yahel, a unique community in the Arava Valley near Eilat, affiliated with the Reform Movement.
  • Dinner at the kibbutz.

Overnight: Kibbutz Yahel, Arava


Day Six: Monday, February 18, 2019

  • Breakfast at the hotel.         

Option 1:

  • Visit the Reform Kibbutz Lotan and explore creative Jewish approaches to community life and the environment.
  • Stop at Kibbutz Yotvata for some great choco or ice cream at their visitors' center.
  • Continue to the impressive Timna Park with its audio-visual program, ancient copper mines, modern man-made pool and many unique geological formations.
  • Ascend Mount Yo'ash on the outskirts of Eilat for a four-country overview: Israel, Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.
  • Free time in Eilat to relax, visit the Underwater Observatory or perhaps snorkel in the Red Sea (activities on own account).

Option 2 - (supplemental cost):

  • Early departure for the Arava Border Crossing just north of Eilat and upon completion of passport procedures, cross into Jordan.
  • 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.
  • Lunch at a local hotel or restaurant.
  • Late afternoon return to the Arava Border Crossing and transfer back to the hotel.


  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Kibbutz Yahel, Arava


Day Seven: Tuesday, February 19, 2019

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel and drive north 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.
  • Descend via cable car and lunch on own at the base of Masada.
  • Float in the Dead Sea, use the spa facilities of one of the Dead Sea hotels and enjoy a buffet lunch.
  • Drive to Jerusalem, and time permitting stop to visit Qumran and explore the area where the Dead Sea Sect established a community, view the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found.
  • Upon entering Jerusalem, stop to recite the traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing at Mount Scopus for an overlook of the Old and New City of Jerusalem and to recite the traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • 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: Jerusalem


Day Eight: Wednesday, February 20, 2019

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 1 City, 2 States, 3 Religions, and 4 Quarters: Take a ride on Jerusalem's light rail, starting at the Pisgat Ze'ev neighborhood and continuing through the Arab villages of Shuafat and Beit Hanina and ultra-Orthodox area of Ramot Eshkol, ending at the Market. Get a chance to see first-hand the mosaic and diversity of the Jerusalem population. Discuss the difference between East and West Jerusalem and the ongoing struggles between the city's different communities.
  • 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; lunch on own if still hungry!
  • Visit the Yad Vashem complex, the Jewish National Memorial to the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust, including:

First Timers:

  • The Avenue of the Righteous
  • The Historical Museum
  • The Children's Memorial


  • The Holocaust Toy Exhibit
  • The Art Museum
  • The Learning Center
  • Dinner on own, perhaps on vibrant Emek Refaim Street, in Jerusalem's German Colony.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Nine: Thursday, February 21, 2019

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 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. Continue the geopolitical tour en route to Gush Etzion, passing by Rachel's Tomb and the city of Bethlehem.
  • My Home in Gush Etzion: Dialogue with Eve Harrow, a local resident of Gush Etzion.
  • Religion & Co-Existence: Meet with Noor Awwad and Rabbi Shaul Judelman from Shorashim, a program bringing West Bank Palestinians and their Israeli neighbours together despite the walls of fear that separate them.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Tree planting at the Jerusalem Bird Observatory, including bird-watching, bird-banding and an insight into the urban wildlife of Jerusalem.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Ten: Friday, February 22, 2019

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Proceed to the Old City.
  • One Mountain, Three Religions: An inter-denominational exploration of Zion, the traditional burial site of King David, the Room of the Last Supper and a mosque - all sharing a single building.
  • 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 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.
  • Visit the Kotel (Western Wall) and experience the special atmosphere of this holy site.
  • Stop at Azarat Israel, the pluralistic section of the Kotel (Western Wall).
  • Depart the Old City and free time to prepare for Shabbat.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services at Kehillat Kol Haneshema (pending confirmation) OR at another Reform congregation.
  • Home Hospitality or communal Shabbat dinner with local congregants OR festive Shabbat dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Eleven: Saturday, February 23, 2019 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Optional Shabbat services.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Free Shabbat in Jerusalem for an opportunity to explore (on own):
  • The Tower of David Museum of the History of Jerusalem, for a walk through the city's history - with observation points, an animated film and visual and audio-visual aids - from the time of Abraham to the end of the British Mandate over Palestine.
  • Visit the 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.
  • LaDa'at Hebrew Writers: Guided walk through the streets of Jerusalem, using the writings of Jerusalem's poets and authors, such as Yehuda Amichai, Y. Agnon and others.
  • Looking Forward to the Future: Summary session at the hotel with the Rabbis.
  • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah overlooking the Old City.
  • Festive farewell dinner.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport to check in for the departure flight to the USA.

Overnight: Flight


Day Twelve: Sunday, February 24, 2019

  • 12:30 a.m. Depart on El Al Airlines flight #001.
  • 5:25 a.m. Arrival in JFK International Airport.

Need to Know

  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 30 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.
  • A $300 deposit (unless otherwise indicated) per person is due at the time of reservation. The deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable. Online payment of the deposit can be made by credit card only (AMEX, VISA or Mastercard). To pay by check or wire transfer, please call our customer service center. Completion of the payment can be made by credit card, check or wire transfer. After the deposit is paid, you will receive an invoice which includes full details on how to complete payment.
  • 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 OCT 26, 2018 (based on availability), thereafter the tour will be available for land-only services. Cancellation of group air reservations after OCT 26, 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.
  • Credit card fees.
  • 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 drive
  • 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 for Promotional Purposes: We may use for promotional purposes photographs, images or videos taken by tour participants or by anyone associated with the tour operator. No payment or compensation will be made for use of this material. If you do not want images of yourself or your tour party to be included in our marketing activities, you are required to notify us by the start of your tour. 

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