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Temple Menorah - Discover Israel
Led by Rabbi Leah Lewis

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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).
  • 10 nights' accommodation at select hotels
  • 10 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 2 lunches and 5 dinners
  • Portage at the airport and hotels

Day One: Wednesday, July 3, 2019
DEPARTURE

  • 1:30 p.m. Depart LAX International Airport on El Al flight number 006.

Overnight: Flight


Day Two: Thursday, July 4, 2019
ARRIVAL 

  • 2:00 p.m. Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Meet your Tour Educator and depart the airport.
  • Transfer to 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.
  • Enjoy a Middle-Eastern-style dinner in Tel Aviv's Yemenite Quarter Maganda, with a varied menu of traditional salads and grilled meats.
  • Israel 101 - beginning our Journey - Orientation and opening words with Rabbi Lewis and your tour educator.
  • Return to the hotel.

Overnight: Tel Aviv


Day Three: Friday, July 5, 2019
TEL AVIV: THE FIRST HEBREW CITY  

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Old City of Jaffa: Stroll through the renovated artists' colony and the old port and 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.
  • Stroll down Rothschild Boulevard to view examples of the intriguing Bauhaus-style architecture from the 1930s. The local proliferation of the style won Tel Aviv recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage site and the nickname of ‘the White City'.
  • Against The Odds - Building a State: Visit Independence Hall, where David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the State of Israel on May 14th, 1948.
  • LaDa'at EthnicTasting Tour: walk through Tel Aviv's famous Levinsky Market, where you'll find a combination of foods and sweets from all over the Mediterranean and hear the unique stories of the individuals who sell them; lunch on own if still hungry!
  • 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 Beit Tefilah Yisraeli at Tel Aviv Port, including music, prayer, dance and poetry.
  • Festive Shabbat dinner at the hotel.             

Overnight: Tel Aviv


Day Four: Saturday, July 6, 2019
SHABBAT IN TEL AVIV 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Urban Culture Tours of Tel Aviv, Combining Street Art, Language & Graffiti: Join Niro Taub, a local resident, to explore the urban culture of the city.
  • Visit the Ayalon Institute near Rehovot for an eye-opening tour of a clandestine munitions factory used during the British Mandate.
  • Return to Tel Aviv and take a walking tour through colorful Neve Zedek, one of Tel Aviv's earliest neighborhoods. Today it's a cultural mecca, with many small boutiques and galleries, and the Suzanne Delal Dance, and Theater Center.
  • Lunch on own and chance for ice cream tasting (on own account) at the famous Anita Ice Cream Parlor, voted as the best Ice Cream in Tel Aviv.
  • Rest of the afternoon at leisure at the hotel pool or on the Tel Aviv beachfront.
  • Free Evening and 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 Five: Sunday, July 7, 2019
HISTORY AND NATURE ALONG THE COAST 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel, depart Tel Aviv and drive north along the coastal plain, stopping at Caesarea, one of the Land of Israel's most important cities in the Roman Period. Visit the Herodian Theater and excavations along the Mediterranean shore, concluding with the interactive audio-visual program, The Stars of Caesarea, located in the ruined 900-year-old Crusader town.
  • Visit a Druze village in the Carmel Mountains for a window into the unique world of the Israeli Druze community, with home-hospitality lunch.
  • Visit Akko (Acre), a UNESCO Heritage Site, for a multi-layered experience from the days of the Crusades through contemporary Israel, including guided visits to:
    • The restored Crusaders' Fortress.
    • The al-Jazzar Mosque, one of the largest and most interesting in Israel.
    • The Ottoman Fortifications around the city.
    • The Templar Tunnel to the port of Akko.
  • Drive to Rosh Hanikra, at the northern tip of Israel's Mediterranean coastline. Take a cable-car down to the beautiful sea grottoes, carved out of soft chalk cliffs by eons of wave action.
  • Continue to the Upper Galilee and check into the hotel.
  • Dinner at hotel.

Adults

  • Kibbutz Ideology and Israeli Reality in the 21st Century: Meet with a second-generation kibbutz member.

Kids

  • Israeli game night at the hotel with the tour educator.

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee


Day Six: Monday, July 8, 2019
NATURE, SECURITY AND TASTES OF THE GOLAN 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 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.
  • Take a Jeep tour off-road up the Golan Heights in the footsteps of Israeli soldiers and their battles in the Six-Day War. Enjoy the beautiful natural scenery and gain an insight into the strategic complexity of the Golan.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • The panoramic views from Bental (overlooking the abandoned Syrian town of Kuneitra) give sharp insights into Israel's security situation on the Golan Heights, and the enormous challenges it faced in the 1973 Yom Kippur War.

Adults

  • Visit the Pelter Winery, a young family boutique winery located on the Golan Heights, including wine tasting.

Kids

  • Enjoy the culinary delight of a chocolate workshop at the De Karina Chocolate Factory on Kibbutz Ein Zivan.
  • Enjoy rafting or kayaking down the Jordan River.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee


Day Seven: Tuesday, July 9, 2019
TRADITION & SPIRITUALITY  

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Explore Tsfat, a center of Jewish mysticism for hundreds of years and a contemporary artists' colony, including:
    • Guided visit to the Ari, Caro or Abuhav Synagogues, each with its great stories and mystical messages.
    • A stroll through the quaint Artists' Colony, shop in the galleries and crafts shops and engage in dialogues with local artisans inspired by the messages of Kabbalah.
    • A visit with a traditional Jewish scribe (“sofer stam”).
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • Drive south via Tiberias, an ancient/modern city located on the shores of Lake Kinneret (Sea of Galilee). One of Israel's four holy Jewish cities, this is where the “Jerusalem” Talmud was codified and where Maimonides is buried.
  • Visit Bio-Bee Biological Systems on Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu, leading experts in the mass production of beneficial insects and mites for agricultural purposes. There is regional cooperation in this field with Palestinians and Jordanians.
  • Drive southwards to Jerusalem along the Jordan Valley, part of the enormous Syrian-African Rift.
  • Welcome to Jerusalem: Enter the vibrant and colorful ancient city of Jerusalem, and experience the convergence of the old and the new.
  • Stop 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.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Eight: Wednesday, July 10, 2019
THE LAYERS OF JERUSALEM 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Depart the hotel for the Old City and begin with a walk along the Ramparts of the Old City for a look at the various communities in Jerusalem and how they live alongside each other.
  • Explore the excavations at the City of David, the very core of ancient Jerusalem. View the Gihon Spring and wade through the 2,700-year-old water tunnel of King Hezekiah (optional dry exit).
  • Visit the Kotel (Western Wall) and experience the special atmosphere of this holy site.
  • Walk through Jerusalem's famous Old City Market (shuk) with time for lunch on own.
  • Walking tour through the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem, for visits to archaeological treasures and other highlights, among them:
    • The Cardo, the main street of Jerusalem in the 6th century.
    • King Hezekiah's First Temple-period “Broad Wall”.
    • Hurva Square, the central square of the Jewish Quarter.

Option 1

  • Explore the Western Wall Tunnel, the underground continuation of the Temple Mount's Western Wall, exposed in recent years.
  • Return to the hotel.

Option 2

  • Return to the hotel and enjoy some down time and leisure at the swimming pool.

All

  • Educating for Peace & Coexistence: Dialogue with Kids4Peace Founded in Jerusalem in 2002, Kids4Peace is a global movement of Jewish, Christian and Muslim youth, dedicated to ending the conflict and inspiring hope in divided societies around the world. Tour the Jerusalem campus and gain insight into their successes and the challenges they face.
  • 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 Nine: Thursday, July 11, 2019
MEMORY & RENEWAL 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Depart the hotel and drive to the Ella Valley to 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, followed by a crawl through the Maresha Cave Labyrinth (crawling is optional). Beit Guvrin-Maresha National Park was recently recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Experience the sights, smells, and tastes of Jerusalem while walking through the Machaneh Yehuda open air market, with lunch on own.
  • Tree planting at the Jerusalem Bird Observatory, and an insight into the urban wildlife of Jerusalem.

Adults and kids over 10 years old

  • 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
    • A concluding Memorial Service

Kids under 10 years old with an adult

  • Visit the Biblical Zoo, a beautifully landscaped habitat with a special focus on preserving Biblical fauna, geared to children of all ages (2-80).
  • Return to the hotel.

Adults

  • Parent's night out! The Labyrinth of Israeli Politics: Dialogue with Reuven Hazan of the Political Science Department at Hebrew University.
  • Dine around Jerusalem - enjoy the various culinary choices Jerusalem has to offer (on own account; Da'at will make the reservations).

Kids

  • Kids' pizza party at the hotel with the youth counselor.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Ten: Friday, July 12, 2019
INTO THE DESERT, MASADA & THE DEAD SEA 

  • Early breakfast at the hotel.
  • Descend to the Dead Sea Basin, stopping for a chance for a photo-op on
  • Ascend by cable car 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.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Experience an astonishing sense of weightlessness as you float in the super-saline Dead Sea.
  • Join Jerusalemites in a musical Kabbalat Shabbat at the Old Train Station Plaza, a central neighborhood hub for food, entertainment, culture, and enrichment.
  • Private Shabbat dinner at the hotel with lone soldiers.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Eleven: Saturday, July 13, 209
PASSAGES 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Proceed to the Old City for the B'nai Mitzvah service at Azarat Israel, the pluralistic section of the Kotel.
  • Lunch on own and rest of the day at leisure to explore on own, relax, perhaps finish shopping and pack.
  • Farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
  • Late check out and transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport.

Overnight: Flight


Day Twelve: Sunday, July 14, 2019
DEPARTURE 

  • 12:30 a.m. Depart on El Al flight #005.
  • 7:00 a.m. Arrive at LAX 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.
  • 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 23, 2019 (based on availability), thereafter the tour will be available for land-only services. Cancellation of group air reservations after March 23, 2019 (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 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. 

 
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