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Shir Tikvah Spirituality Adventure in Israel Led by: Rabbi Michael Adam Latz Michael Simon, Noa and Liat

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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
  • 10 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking tour educator (no bus on Saturday, June 20th )
  • 1 group transfer and assistance to and from the airport
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Meals: daily breakfast, 3 lunches, and 5 dinners
  • Portage at the airport and hotels

Day One: Monday, June 15, 2020

  • 10:10 a.m. Depart Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport on Delta flight #1310.
  • 1:58 p.m. Arrive JFK International Airport.
  • 3:35 p.m. Depart on Delta flight #466.

Overnight: Flight

Day Two: Tuesday, June 16, 2020

  • 9:45 a.m. Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Meet your tour educator and depart for the city of 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.
  • Welcome dinner, followed by a stand-up comedy show by the Israeli-American comedian Benji Lovitt. Afterward, join in a group conversation and reflection session led by Rabbi Latz and your tour educator.

Overnight: Tel Aviv

Day Three: Wednesday, June 17, 2020

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Challenge, Question, Engage and Enlighten: Visit Bina, the Secular Yeshiva, which represents the Secular Jewish Renaissance and Yahadut Hevratit (Jewish Social Activism) in Israel. Make a site visit to the asylum seekers and refugees of south Tel Aviv.
  • Against The Odds - Building a State: Visit Independence Hall, where David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the State of Israel on May 14th, 1948.
  • Lunch on own at the Rothschild-Allenby Food Market.
  • 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.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Free Evening with dinner on own in Tel Aviv, for an opportunity to:
    • Meander through the Old City of Jaffa.
    • Stroll down Rothschild Boulevard, with its many cafés and bars.
    • Experience Tel Aviv Port, with its restaurants and clubs.
    • Explore the gentrified Neve Zedek
    • Saunter down the Tel Aviv Beach Promenade.
    • Wander through the Tachana, Tel Aviv's renovated old train station, now a center of boutiques and good food, and one of Tel Aviv's blooming hot spots.

Overnight: Tel Aviv

Day Four: Thursday, June 18, 2020

  • Early breakfast at the hotel.
  • Drive along the Trans-Israel Highway for a close-up view of the ‘Security Barrier' along the seam zone between Israel and the Palestinian Territories.
  • Tikkun Olam hands-on experience with Leket, a volunteer organization that provides food for the needy by collecting excess produce from farms and food distribution companies.
  • “Pioneer for a day”: Visit Kibbutz Harduf for a first-hand kibbutz experience, including feeding the farm animals, vegetable picking, and an outdoor cooking workshop. Enjoy lunch of your own making.
  • Continue to the Upper Galilee and enjoy rafting or kayaking down sources of the Sea of Galilee.
  • Return to Tel Aviv.
  • Dinner and show on own account at Café Kapish, offering a variety of appetizing dishes and an out-of-the-ordinary communication experience. The deaf and hearing-impaired waiters of Café Kapish will engage in a dialogue with you in sign language, followed by Lo Al HaLechem Levado - Not by Bread Alone OR Luna Park, performed by the Nalaga'at deaf and blind theater group. (time permitting)

Overnight: Tel Aviv

Day Five: Friday, June 19, 2020

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel, depart Tel Aviv and drive to Ramle to participate, together with the Yozma community or with T'ruah, in a program on co-existence.
  • Lunch on own in the Ramle Market.
  • Drive to Jerusalem and upon entering the city stop at the Haas Promenade for an overlook of the Old and New City of Jerusalem and to recite the traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing.
  • Check into the hotel with time to prepare for Shabbat.
  • Gather in the hotel lobby for candle lighting.
  • Depart the hotel and Jerusalem for Tzur Hadassah.
  • Experience the joy of Kabbalat Shabbat services in Jerusalem.
  • Home Hospitality or communal Shabbat dinner with local congregants OR festive Shabbat dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Six: Saturday, June 20, 2020

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Optional Shabbat services at Shira Hadasha, a feminist-Orthodox congregation situated on Emek Refaim Street in the German Colony.
  • Shabbat lunch on own.
  • Join a walking tour of the Old City to explore the Christian Quarter, including the Via Dolorosa, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and other Christian sites and enjoy the view from the Austrian Hospice.


  • Afternoon at leisure to relax and explore more on your own.
  • A Special Celebration. A Special Location: Celebrate with pride and togetherness a Bat Mitzvah ceremony in a beautiful, Jerusalem location.
  • Early evening meeting with the YMCA Jerusalem Youth Chorus, a choral dialogue program of Israeli and Palestinian high school students, for a “mini-concert”, followed by a dialogue with the participants (pending confirmation).
  • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah overlooking the Old City from Yemin Moshe.
  • Free time in the Mamilla pedestrian arcade, a very contemporary shopping area with a whiff of the past, located outside the Jaffa Gate of theOld City; dinner on own.
  • Optional: 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 Seven: Sunday, June 21, 2020

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit the Yad BeYad (Hand in Hand) Bilingual School, dedicated to bringing together Jewish and Arab children in a positive and natural learning environment.
  • Join the Temple Mount Sifting Operation. Sift through rubble that originated in the Second Temple period. Learn about the findings from archaeologists and expert guides at the site.
  • Free time in the Old City's Jewish Quarter, including time for lunch on own and then continue with visits to archaeological treasures and other highlights, among them:
    • 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.
  • Stop at the Kotel (Western Wall) to experience the special atmosphere of this holy site and then walk through the Western Wall Tunnel, the underground continuation of the Western Wall alongside the Temple Mount.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Stroll along the Ben-Yehuda Street and Nachalat Shiva pedestrian malls, joining the many Israelis out on the town, with dinner on own.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Eight: Monday, June 22, 2020

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit the Yad Vashem complex, the Jewish National Memorial to the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust, including:
    • The Avenue of the Righteous
    • The Historical Museum
    • The Children's Memorial
  • Participate in a special B'nai Mitzvah service in the Synagogue.
  • Festive celebratory lunch at Derech Hagefen, located on Moshav Beit Zait (not included in budget).
  • Engage in a dynamic family experience at the Kol Ha'Ot Art Gallery. Through the magical power of the arts and the special atmosphere of the location, grapple with Jewish texts in a transformative, interactive program that will leave you with a long-lasting family memory.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Enjoy a night out with dinner on own at the Old Train Station Plaza, with its fashionable restaurants featuring local and international cuisine.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Nine: Tuesday, June 23, 2020

  • Early breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel and descend 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 defense and its current significance in modern Israel.
  • Experience an astonishing sense of weightlessness as you float in the super-saline Dead Sea.
  • Lunch on own, en route.
  • Drive into the Negev Desert to Mitzpeh Ramon, located on the rim of the Ramon Crater.
  • Check into the hotel, followed by free time to enjoy the hotel's facilities (spa treatments should be pre-booked and are on own account).
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Beresheet, Mitzpeh Ramon

Day Ten: Wednesday, June 24, 2020

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit the enchanting Bedouin village of Aricha and engage in a dialogue with local residents and learn about their achievements and challenges.
  • Picnic lunch and camel ride in the desert.
  • Explore the geological wonders of the Ramon Crater while walking to the unique natural phenomenon known as the Carpentry Shop.
  • Return to the hotel for some leisure time and use of hotel facilities.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
  • Bonfire And Singing on the cliff of the Ramon Crater (weather permitting).

Overnight: Beresheet, Mitzpe Ramon

Day Eleven: Thursday, June 25, 2020

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Morning at leisure to enjoy the hotel facilities (spa treatments should be pre-booked and are on own account).
  • Late morning check-out from the hotel and begin the drive north, stopping for lunch on own, en route.
  • Out of East Africa: Meet African women seeking refuge in Tel Aviv and see how they are working toward a brighter future by creating beautiful crocheted products. Kuchinate (meaning crochet in Tigrinya) is a collective that celebrates African art and culture while empowering women asylum-seekers, many of whom suffered great hardships while fleeing to Israel. Here we'll:
    • Join women from East Africa for a traditional coffee-making ceremony and talk with them about their lives in Israel and the struggles they are seeking to overcome through creativity and collective action.
  • Continue to Tel Aviv for some free time and last-minute exploring and shopping.
  • Festive farewell dinner at Liliyot, which offers an attractive menu mixing Mediterranean and Californian cuisine. Liliyot works together with the Elem Association, employing youth with difficulties and donating part of their profits to the association.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport and check in for your flight to the U.S.A.
  • 11:55 p.m. Depart on Delta flight #469.

Overnight: Flight

Day Twelve: Friday, June 26, 2020

  • 5:00 a.m. Arrive JFK International Airport.
  • 7:55 a.m. Depart on Delta flight #807.
  • 10:12 a.m. Arrive Minneapolis/St. Paul 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 March 04, 2020 (based on availability), thereafter the tour will be available for land-only services. Cancellation of group air reservations after March 04, 2020 (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.
  • 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 driver
    • In the case where a hostess is included in the package:
      $2 per participant per day for the hostess or a minimum of $50 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 $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. 

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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