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Temple Judea of Tarzana | Trip to Israel | Led by Rabbi Joshua Aaronson

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  • 9 nights' accommodation at select hotels + late check-out as shown below
  • 10 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 1 lunch and 7 dinners
  • Water on the bus on touring days
  • Portage at the airport and hotels

Day One: Wednesday, June 27, 2018

DEPARTURE

  • Depart the USA.

Overnight: Flight

 

Day Two: Thursday, June 28, 2018
ARRIVAL

  • Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Transfer on own to Tel Aviv, the “city that never sleeps” with its sprawling beaches and centers of culture and recreation such as the Habima Theater, Dizengoff Street, and Rabin Square.
  • Check into the hotel; time to freshen up.
  • 4:30 p.m. Meet your tour educator Uri Goldflam and Rabbi Aaronson in the hotel lobby for an orientation session.
  • 6:00 p.m. Depart for dinner.
  • Enjoy a Middle-Eastern-style welcome dinner at Maganda, serving a varied menu of traditional salads and grilled meats in Tel Aviv's Yemenite Quarter.


Overnight: Dan Panorama, Tel Aviv

 

Day Three: Friday, June 29, 2018
FOUNDATIONS OF A CITY AND A STATE    

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 10:15 a.m. Depart Tel Aviv and drive to the Ayalon Institute near Rehovot for an eye-opening tour of a clandestine munitions factory used during the British Mandate.
  • Return to Tel Aviv-Jaffa and visit the Old City of Jaffa; ascend from the old port through the renovated alleyways to 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 Hapishpeshim”.
  • Lunch on own, en route.
  • 1:00 p.m. Tour Independence Hall, where David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the State of Israel on May 14th, 1948.
  • Free time OR walk along the Nachalat Binyamin pedestrian mall, with its bi-weekly craft fair and eateries; alongside is the colorful Carmel open-air market.
  • 6:30 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat services with Beit Tefilah Yisraeli at Tel Aviv Port, including music, prayer, dance, and
  • Festive Shabbat dinner at the hotel.


Overnight: Dan Panorama, Tel Aviv

 

Day Four: Saturday, June 30, 2018
CHALLENGES IN THE SOUTH

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Late morning departure from the hotel.
  • 11:00 a.m. Living on the Edge: Drive south to Moshav Netiv Ha'asarah, located on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip, and delve into the security complexities of Israel's withdrawal from Gaza and the challenge of maintaining a thriving home, including a meeting with a resident.
  • Lunch on own, en route.
  • 2:00 p.m. The Salad Trail - Zionism in the 21st Century: Meet with Uri Alon, a local agronomist, for a unique family program on his farm, located in the Northern Negev, combining agriculture, care for the environment and fun.
  • 5:00 p.m. Visit the Sfinat Hamidbar encampment in the Negev Desert for Bedouin-style hospitality, a camel ride, and a “Hafladinner.
  • Return to Tel Aviv.


Overnight: Dan Panorama, Tel Aviv

 

Day Five: Sunday, July 1, 2018
ABOVE, BELOW AND HIGH IN THE SKY

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel and depart Tel Aviv, driving northwards along the coastal plain, stopping 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, sea and the rush of the water as you celebrate your journey throughout Israel.
  • Walk through the 2,000-year-old water tunnel at Park Alona, the water source for ancient Caesarea.
  • 1:30 p.m. Visit a Druze village in the Carmel Mountains for a window into the unique world of the Israeli Druze community, with home-hospitality lunch.
  • 4:00 p.m. Continue north via the Hula Valley and tour the Hula Lake (Agamon HaHula) for bike-riding, golf-carting, nature walks and bird-watching.
  • Proceed to the kibbutz hotel and check in.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
  • 8:00 p.m. Kibbutz Ideology and Israeli Reality in the 21st Century: Meet with a second-generation kibbutz member.


Overnight: Pastoral Hotel, Kibbutz Kfar Blum, Upper Galilee

Day Six: Monday, July 2, 2018
SERENITY AND SECURITY IN THE GOLAN

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 9:00 a.m. Take a jeep tour off-road up the Golan Heights, following the footsteps of Israeli soldiers and their battles in the Six-Day War.
  • Lunch on own, en route.
  • Observe the border between Israel and Syria and learn about crucial events in the last 50 years from the peak of Bental.

Option 1

  • 3:00 p.m. Wine Tasting at a local winery on the Golan Heights.

Option 2

  • 3:00 p.m. Enjoy the culinary delight of a chocolate workshop at the De Karina Chocolate Factory on Kibbutz Ein Zivan.

All

  • 4:00 p.m. Enjoy rafting or kayaking down the Jordan River.
  • Return to the kibbutz hotel for dinner.


Overnight: Pastoral Hotel, Kibbutz Kfar Blum, Upper Galilee

 

Day Seven: Tuesday, July 3, 2018
THE BEAUTY OF NATURE IN THE VALLEY

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel and drive to Tsfat, a center of Jewish mysticism for hundreds of years and a contemporary artists' colony, including the Ari, Caro or Abuhav Synagogues, each with its great stories and mystical messages, and the quaint Artists' Colony, its craft shops and galleries; meet with local artisans inspired by the messages of Kabbalah.
  • Lunch on own, en route.
  • Explore the Yigal Alon Museum, including the famous 2,000-year-old Galilee Boat.

OR

  • 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.
  • Swim in the freshwater pools and natural springs at the Gan Hashlosha Nature Reserve (Sachne), situated at the foot of Mt. Gilboa.
  • Continue south along the Jordan Valley and west through the Judean Desert towards Jerusalem.
  • Welcome to Jerusalem: Upon entering the vibrant and colorful city of Jerusalem, stop at Mount Scopus for an overlook of the Old and New City and to recite the traditional “Shehechiyanu” blessing.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Free time to explore Downtown Jerusalem, including the Ben-Yehuda pedestrian mall and the Nachalat Shiva neighborhood, with dinner on own.


Overnight: Dan Panorama, Jerusalem

 

Day Eight: Wednesday, July 4, 2018
THE LAYERS OF JERUSALEM

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit Yad Vashem, the Jewish National Memorial of the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust, including the Avenue of the Righteous, the Historical Museum, the Children's Memorial and a concluding Memorial Service
  • Enter the Old City via the Zion Gate.
  • Lunch on own, en route.
  • Walk through the archaeological treasures and other highlights of the Jewish Quarter:
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • Stop at the Kotel (Western Wall) and experience the special atmosphere of this holy site.
  • 1:40 p.m. Explore the Western Wall Tunnel, the underground continuation of the Temple Mount's Western Wall, exposed in recent years.
  • Tour the Jerusalem Archaeological Park, including a visit to the Davidson Center and the Southern Wall Excavations.
  • Dinner on own, perhaps on trendy Emek Refaim Street in the German Colony.


Overnight: Dan Panorama, Jerusalem

 

Day Nine: Thursday, July 5, 2018
PASSAGES IN TIME

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 10:30 a.m. B'nei Mitzvah service at the Dan Panorama Penthouse, overlooking the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem, followed by a festive B'nei Mitzvah lunch.
  • Depart Jerusalem for Beit Guvrin.
  • 1:30 p.m. Take part in an archaeological dig at the Beit Guvrin Caves: prepare to get your hands dirty uncovering pottery from the Hellenistic period, 2,300 years ago, and optionally crawl through the Maresha Cave Labyrinth. Beit Guvrin-Maresha National Park was recently recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Dinner on own.
  • 9:30 p.m. 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: Dan Panorama, Jerusalem


Day Ten: Friday, July 6, 2018
INTO THE DESERT, MASADA & THE DEAD SEA

  • Early breakfast at the hotel.
  • Depart the hotel and descend to the Dead Sea Basin.
  • Ascend the cable car to Masada, Herod's mountain palace and site of the Jewish Zealots' last stand against the Roman Legionnaire; discuss Masada's role as a symbol of Jewish defense and its current significance in modern Israel.
  • Lunch on own, en route.
  • Take a short hike to Nahal David, the freshwater spring at the

Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, a lush oasis in the Judean Desert overlooking the Dead Sea.

  • Experience the weightlessness of the Dead Sea as you float in its waters.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat at the new Old Train Station Plaza, a central neighborhood hub for food, entertainment, culture, and enrichment.
  • 8:45 p.m. Dinner at Satya.


Overnight: Dan Panorama, Jerusalem

 

Day Eleven: Saturday, July 7, 2018
SHABBAT IN JERUSALEM

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Optional Shabbat services at your choice of Jerusalem synagogues.
  • Free Shabbat in Jerusalem for an opportunity to explore (on own):
    • The Old City Ramparts for a walk along the ancient walls of the city.
    • 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.
    • The Biblical Zoo, a beautifully landscaped habitat with a special focus on preserving Biblical fauna, geared to children of all ages (2-80).
    • The Arab bazaar.
  • Wrap-up session, followed by late check-out from the hotel.
  • Farewell dinner at Lavan, a well-known bistro located within the Jerusalem Cinematheque.
  • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah overlooking the Old City.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport to check in for the departure flight to the USA.(On Own)


Overnight: Flight

 

Day Twelve: Sunday, July 8, 2018

ARRIVAL HOME

  • Arrive in the USA.
 

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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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