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Shaarei-Beth El Discovering Israel
Led by Rabbi Stephen Wise

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  • 8 nights' accommodation at select hotels +late check-out on last day
  • 9 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking tour educator
  • 1 group transfer and assistance to and from the airport
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Meals: daily breakfast and 5 dinners
  • Portage at the airport and hotels

*Transportation from and to Ben Gurion Airport will be available for travelers on the following recommended flights:

El Al LY30 Departing YYZ at 4:55pm on March 7, arriving at TLV Ben Gurion airport at 10:15 am on March 8

El Al LY29 Departing TLV at 12:35am on March 17 arriving YYZ at 7:25am on March 17.

Day One: Thursday, March 7, 2019
ON THE WAY TO ISRAEL

  • Depart from Canada.

Overnight: Flight


Day Two: Friday, March 8, 2019
THE JOURNEY BEGINS 

  • Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Meet your tour educator and make the short drive to Tel Aviv, also known as “the city that never sleeps.” A place of sun and fun, its centers of culture and history are complimented by great beaches, stores, and entertainment.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Celebrate your arrival in Israel, Tel Aviv-style, with Kabbalat Shabbat services led by Rabbi Wise overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Festive Shabbat dinner at the hotel with the opportunity to discuss your expectations and ambitions for the journey ahead.

Overnight: Tel Aviv


Day Three: Saturday, March 9, 2029
TEL AVIV: THE FIRST HEBREW CITY 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • The Old City of Jaffa is the oldest, the original part of Tel Aviv. We'll learn about Jaffa's historical importance and contemporary situation as a mixed Jewish-Arab city and make our way up from its ancient port, where fishing boats dock next to modern cultural centers and restaurants to its renovated alleyways.
  • A walking tour will take us through Neve Zedek, one of Tel Aviv's earliest neighborhoods and now a stylish area of culture including the Suzanne Dellal Dance and Theater Center, Israel's world-class home of contemporary dance.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • Explore the diversity and dynamism of Jewish life at the renovated Beit Hatfutsot - the Museum of the Jewish People. Attractions include the new Synagogue Exhibition which reveals the variety of synagogues and temples around the world and through the ages while “Inside Out and Outside In” celebrates Jewish humor from ancient times to Jerry Seinfeld.
  • Return to the hotel with time to relax.
  • A free evening and dinner on own will be a great opportunity to sample Tel Aviv's renowned nightlife including:
  • The renovated Port with its restaurants and clubs right on the water's edge.
  • Rothschild Boulevard, home of cafés and bars.
  • The Tachana: Jaffa's old train station is now a center of boutiques and good food, and one of the city's hot spots.
  • The fashionable Florentin
  • Jaffa is heaven for hipsters with lots of chic places to eat, drink and enjoy.

Overnight: Tel Aviv


Day Four: Sunday, March 10, 2019
LAND OF DREAMS 

  • Breakfast at the hotel before checking out.
  • A State Against the Odds: Visit the place where the State of Israel was born, Independence Hall, and consider whether David Ben-Gurion's proclamation of a Jewish, democratic state on May 14, 1948, was a miracle, madness or both.
  • We'll drive north along the Mediterranean Coast, stopping at the Ancient Roman Aqueduct at Caesarea to enjoy the power of the sea and trace the influence of the Roman Empire.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • Perhaps it's the combination of mysticism and art or maybe it's the mountain air in Israel's highest city. But as we enter Tsfat, there is a sense of something uniquely Jewish but not quite of this world.
  • Share in the inspiration and innovation that moved Rabbi Isaac Luria and his fellow In Tsfat, they developed ancient secrets previously known only to a tiny elite into a Kabbalah for a new age. Visit the synagogues where they prayed and the graves where they are buried.
  • We'll guide you through the cobbled streets and alleyways to the Artists' Colony with its galleries, shops, and studios.
  • Meet artists inspired by the Kabbalah and by their Jewish identities.
  • Continue north to the hotel in the Upper Galilee and check-in.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Adults:

  • Kibbutz Ideology and Israeli Reality in the 21st Century: Talk with a second-generation kibbutz member about the changes and challenges facing the kibbutz movement and hear how these once-pioneering, collective communities are adapting to the modern world.

Children:

  • The Names and Faces of Israel: An Israeli games night with your tour educator.

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee


Day Five: Monday, March 11, 2019
SERENITY AND SECURITY ON THE GOLAN 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Our day in the Golan will start with a beautiful hike through the Tel Dan Nature Reserve, located on the largest tributary of the Jordan River, and exploring the ruins of the Biblical city of Dan.
  • We'll tour the Golan Heights to enjoy the beautiful nature, follow in the footsteps of the soldiers that fought in the Six-Day War of 1967 and the 1973 Yom Kippur War, and gain insight into the ongoing strategic importance of the Golan.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • The panoramic views from Bental (overlooking the Syrian town of Kuneitra) give sharp insights into Israel's security situation on the Golan Heights and the enormous challenges it faced in the past. We'll also get updates on the fast-changing situation caused by the ongoing, devastating war in Syria, and discuss how the influence of Iran and Russia in Syria is impacting upon Israel's northern border.
  • Stroll along the swamp trail on the Hula Nature Reserve and see water buffalo, pelicans and beautiful fauna and flora at one of the world's most famous places for bird-watching. There's also bike-riding and golf-carting.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee


Day Six: Tuesday, March 12, 2019
CELEBRATING COMMUNITY  

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel and depart the Upper Galilee.
  • Driving along the scenic Gilboa will provide powerful vistas of the Biblical landscape and the chance to revisit this mountain's role in the story of King Saul and David.
  • Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu is the site for an interactive family tour of the Bio-Bee fields, where environmentally-friendly ways to protect crops, using flies, bee, and owl rather than pesticides, are developed. We'll also see how this collective community is thriving in the international marketplace.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • Welcome to Jerusalem We'll stop at the top of Mount Scopus to enjoy gorgeous views of Jerusalem and celebrate our arrival in the holy city with the traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing of thanksgiving.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner on own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Seven: Wednesday, March 13, 2019
THE LAYERS OF JERUSALEM 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Explore the City of David to see how Jerusalem was administered during the First Temple Period and how its wealthy lived. Visit the Gihon Spring, the source of the city's water and integral to its survival and religious ceremonies. Then have fun wading through the 2,700-year-old water tunnels (there's an optional dry exit), an architectural wonder of King Hezekiah's.

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  • Walk under the walls of the Old City and through the recently opened Second Temple-period tunnel, emerging in the Jerusalem Archaeological Park to explore the Davidson Center, Robinson's Arch and the Southern Wall steps where Jewish pilgrims entered the Temple Mount 2,000 years ago.
  • A visit to the Kotel (the Western Wall), widely considered Judaism's holiest site, is one of the great highlights of any tour to Israel. Each year, over one million notes containing prayers and wishes are placed in the cracks of the wall. We'll discuss its historical and contemporary importance and experience its unique atmosphere.
  • “Come eat! We have the Best Falafel in the world! Right here.” The competition for the best street food in the Jewish Quarter is tough. Many locals claim the falafel at the “Rova Courtyard” can't be beaten. You be the judge with lunch on own.
  • Continue our tour of the heart of Jewish life, history, and holiness: the Old City's Jewish Quarter. Among the highlights will be:
  • Climbing to the rooftops for a bird's-eye view of the diverse yet closely bound communities of the Old City.
  • A visit to the Cardo, the main street of Jerusalem in the 6th
  • Seeing King Hezekiah's “Broad Wall,” a massive wall built to protect Jerusalem from invasion 2,700 year ago.
  • Hanging out in Hurva Square, the center of modern-day life in the Jewish Quarter.
  • Return to the hotel with time to relax.
  • Free time to enjoy the city, including the Mamilla pedestrian arcade, a contemporary shopping area with a touch of the past; dinner on own.
  • The Night Spectacular at the Tower of David Museum: The walls of the Citadel serve as the stage for this cinematic celebration of sight and sound that tells the extraordinary story of Jerusalem.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Eight: Thursday, March 14, 2019
B'NAI MITZVAH ON TOP OF THE WORLD

  • We'll breakfast early at the hotel before setting out to explore and celebrate in the Dead Sea region. Get ready for some amazing experiences in this unique natural environment.
  • As Low as it Goes: Drive to the Dead Sea Basin, 1412 meters below sea level and the lowest place on earth, to examine the amazing natural environment and the ancient and modern communities that called the Judean desert home.
  • Venturing to the top of Masada is one of the must-do's of Israel. We'll climb to the top of this mountain via the Snake Path (about 45 minutes) or, if temperatures are too high, take the cable car to the peaks. The views at the UNESCO World Heritage Site are spectacular and the history and archeology fascinating. King Herod built fortified palaces (c. 37 BCE) at the top of Masada and this was where Jewish rebels are believed to have made their last stand against Roman invaders (c 74 CE) before committing mass suicide. We'll learn about Masada's importance as a symbol of Jewish defense and discuss its influence on modern Israel.
  • Sacred Time, Sacred Space: A B'nai Mitzvah ceremony in the ancient synagogue atop of Masada. Mazal tov to all those celebrating their B'nai Mitzvah, to their families and to all the Shaarei-Beth El community.
  • Descend from Masada with lunch on own.
  • The desert oasis of Nahal David in the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve provides a lovely, short hike alongside springs and waterfalls so bring your swimming costume and enjoy the freshwater pools. We'll also come across ibex, hyrax and other desert mammals that live in this area. The springs are named after the biblical David, who fled here to escape from the murderous King Saul.
  • Go floating, rather than swimming in the Dead Sea. The saltiest piece of water in the world, nine times saltier than the ocean, not much can live here but it sure makes for great fun and floating.
  • Return to Jerusalem and dinner on own.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Nine: Friday, March 15, 2019
REMEMBERING OUR PAST, BUILDING OUR FUTURE 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.

Adults & Older Youth:

  • The Holocaust in Contemporary Israeli Society: Dialogue with Holocaust scholar and expert on Israel society, Rachel Korazim, about how the memory of the Shoah continues to affect the country, its politics, and its culture.
  • Visiting Yad Vashem, the national memorial to the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust is an essential emotional and educational experience. Our 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 4,200 square meter, 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 artefacts and personal possessions saved from the ghettos and camps.
    • The Children's Memorial where candles shine like stars in the sky to commemorate the 1.5 million children lost during the Holocaust. This poignant tribute includes a recording evoking the name of every child known to have been killed.

Children under age 10:

  • “Wow! Hebrew can be fun”: Learn new Hebrew words through music and dance.
  • Experience Ein Yael, an interactive, living museum, located on a 2,000-year-old archaeological site. Weave, paint and try your hand at crafts typical of life in ancient times.

All:

  • Experience the sights, smells and tastes of Jerusalem while walking through the Machaneh Yehuda open-air market. Witness the hustle and bustle of Jerusalem get ready for Shabbat and enjoy lunch on own in the shuk.
  • Get in touch with the land and leave the mark of the Shaarei Beth-El community on the country with a tree planting Afterwards, explore the Gazelle Valley Park, a 250-acre haven of nature in urban Tel Aviv with wildlife, including 30 wild gazelles, roaming through the park.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services at Kehillat Tzur Hadassah, a dynamic Reform community in the Judean Hills, 10 miles south of Jerusalem. Afterward, meet the local community with Home Hospitality or a communal Shabbat dinner.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Ten: Saturday, March 16, 2019
SHABBAT IN JERUSALEM  

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Late morning, we'll return to the Old City and visit the Tower of David Museum where the story of Jerusalem, from the time of Abraham to the end of the British Mandate over Palestine, is told with exciting exhibitions and in an amazing location.
  • Wander through the Old City Market (shuk) in the Christian Arab quarter and see the bargains and the bargaining.
  • Lunch on own account in the Christian Quarter. The hummus at “Lina” and ‘Abu Shakri” is always good.
  • The Ramparts: Walk upon the Old City's ancient walls for a view from on high of the astonishing sights.
  • Take a Shabbat walk of serenity and surprise as we follow unexpected paths in the Old City, including great sights at the Temple Mount Overlook and a visit to Mount Zion where sites holy to three religions are crowded together in one building. The upper area is venerated by Christians as the location of Jesus's Last Supper but was once a mosque while, in a room directly below, Jews pray at the place where King David is believed to have been buried.
  • Our Trip, Our Journey: Share, as individuals and as a community, the memories, experiences, and connections you'll bring home from our journey together.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Ben Kodesh Lechol: A Havdallah ceremony overlooking the Old City will be a beautiful way to farewell a special Shabbat in Jerusalem.
  • Late check-out of the hotel.
  • Farewell dinner.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport to check in for the departure flight to Canada.
  • It has been our privilege to be with the Shaare-Beth El community on this journey of inspiration and education.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Eleven: Sunday, March 17, 2019  
HOMEWARD-BOUND 

  • Return to Canada.
 

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 CAD. 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 CAD $131 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:
      CAD $12 per participant per day for the tour educator & CAD $6 per participant per day for the driver 
    • In the case where a hostess is included in the package:
      CAD $3 per participant per day for the hostess or a minimum of CAD $65 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 CAD $131 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 CAD $98 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.  Anchor

 

  
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