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Temple Shalom of Newton
Family Trip to Israel Led By Rabbi Allison Berry and Rabbi Laura Abrasley

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  • Optional group 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).
  • 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, 1 lunch and 4 dinners
  • Portage at the airport and hotels

Package prices:

  • Airfare: $1,395.
  • $2,740 Per person sharing a double room
  • +$769 Single supplement
  • -$549 Child as 3rd reduction (ages 2-11)
  • -$359 Child as 3rd reduction (ages 12-18)
  • Children (ages 2-11) sharing in a Quad room at Dan Panorama Jerusalem and Crowne Plaza Tel-Aviv hotels: Special reduction of - $500 per child, total reduction of $1,000 (No quad room at Dan Panorama Haifa). If you are interested in a quad room please call our customer service center at 888-811-2812

Day One: Thursday, February 14, 2019
DEPARTURE 

  • 8:15 p.m. Depart Boston Logan International Airport on El Al Airlines flight #16.

Overnight: Flight


Day Two: Friday, February 15, 2019
ARRIVAL 

  • 1:40 p.m. Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Meet your tour educator at the airport and depart for Jerusalem.
  • Welcome to Jerusalem: Enter the vibrant and colourful ancient city of Jerusalem, and experience the convergence of the old and the new.
  • Stop at for an overlook of the Old and New City of Jerusalem and to recite the traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services at the hotel.
  • Festive Shabbat dinner at the hotel or at a local restaurant.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Three: Saturday, February 16, 2019
SHABBAT IN JERUSALEM'S OLD CITY  

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Optional Shabbat morning services at Hebrew Union College, followed by a dialogue with faculty and students (pending HUC's schedule).
  • Enter the Old City of Jerusalem via the Jaffa Gate.
  • Climb to the top of the Tower of David to overlook the Old City of Jerusalem and all of its quarters. 
  • Walk through Jerusalem's famous Old City Market (shuk), with time for lunch at your own expense.
  • 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.
  • 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
    • King Hezekiah's First Temple-period “Broad Wall”.
    • Hurva Square, the central square of the Jewish Quarter.
    • Stop the Kotel (Western Wall) and experience the special atmosphere of this holy site.
  • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah.
  • 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 Four: Sunday, February 17, 2019  
A MOSAIC OF JERUSALEM  

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit Yad LaKashish, a multifaceted sheltered workshop for senior citizens and people with disabilities. Meet the employees in their workshops, and take the opportunity to visit the shop that proudly presents their beautiful wares.

Adults:

  • 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 new Historical Museum
    • The Children's Memorial

Children under age 10:

  • Visit Ein Yael, an interactive, living museum, located on a 2,000-year-old archaeological site with the option of taking part in weaving, ceramics, painting and other 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, with lunch on own.
  • Return to the Old City and explore the Western Wall Tunnel, the underground continuation of the Temple Mount's Western Wall, exposed in recent years.
  • 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 Five: Monday, February 18, 2019
INTO THE DESERT, MASADA & THE DEAD SEA 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Descend to the Dead Sea Basin.
  • Visit Genesis Land, a Biblical-style encampment in the Judean Desert. Delve into the Bible, take a camel ride and experience Biblical hospitality.
  • 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.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Experience the weightlessness of the Dead Sea as you float in its waters.
  • Return to Jerusalem and dinner on own, perhaps on the vibrant Emek Refaim Street, in Jerusalem's German Colony.

Adults:

  • Date night (!) and dinner at your own expense.

Teens & Kids (with the tour educator):

  • Explore Ben-Yehuda St. and Nachalat Shiva pedestrian malls, joining the many Israelis out on the town, concluding with a pizza dinner.

Overnight: Jerusalem 


Day Six: Tuesday, February 19, 2019  
COMMUNITIES PAST AND PRESENT  

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel and depart Jerusalem for the Beit Guvrin Caves to take part in an archaeological dig; 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.
  • 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; stop for lunch on own.
  • Visit a Druze village in the Carmel Mountains for a window into the unique world of the Israeli Druze community, including a dialogue with a local resident.
  • Stop on the top of Mount Carmel for a panoramic view of Haifa Bay.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Home Hospitality dinner or communal dinner with local congregants of Kehillat Or Hadash in Haifa.

Overnight: Haifa


Day Seven: Wednesday, February 20, 2019
SERENITY AND SECURITY ON THE GOLAN 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Drive to the Upper Galilee.
  • Take a nature hike to the suspended trail above the spectacular canyon of the Banias Stream, at the foot of Mount Hermon.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Return to Haifa; dinner at your own expense and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Haifa


Day Eight: Thursday, February 21, 2019 
PASSAGES IN TIME  

  • Early breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • B'nai Mitzvah ceremony at Kehillat Or Hadash.
  • Depart Haifa
  • Guided visit to 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.
  • Lunch at your own expense in the picturesque port of Caesarea.
  • Visit the Ayalon Institute near Rehovot for an eye-opening tour of a clandestine munitions factory used during the British Mandate.

Adults:

  • Experience the state-of-the-art Levinson Visitors Center of the Weizmann Institute of Science offering a glimpse into the fascinating world of scientists who uncover the secrets of nature and decipher the codes of the universe.

Teens & Kids (with the tour educator):

  • Visit the Ayalon Institute near Rehovot for an eye-opening tour of a clandestine munitions factory used during the British Mandate.

All:

  • Continue to 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.
  • Free Evening 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 Nine: Friday, February 22, 2019
TEL AVIV: THE FIRST HEBREW CITY 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit Independence Hall, where David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the State of Israel on May 14th, 1948.
  • Visit 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.
  • LaDa'at Ethnic Tasting Tour: Eat, drink and be educated at the Levinsky Market, where you'll sample food and sweets from all over the Mediterranean and the Middle East and try to figure out what is Israeli about Israeli food; lunch on own if still hungry! OR
  • Return to the hotel; free time to prepare for Shabbat.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services with Kehillat Beit Daniel, Tel Aviv's flagship Reform congregation.
  • Shabbat dinner at the hotel or at a local restaurant.

Overnight: Tel Aviv


Day Ten: Saturday, February 23, 2019
THE WONDER OF INDEPENDENCE 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit the Old City of Jaffa 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.
  • Enjoy lunch at your own expesne at the Sarona Market. Through the smells, flavors and tastes of this renovated historical Templers town, explore the range of cuisine from local street food to fine dining by world renowned Israeli chefs.
  • Urban Culture Tours of Tel Aviv, Combining Street Art, Language & Graffiti: Join a local resident to explore the urban culture of the city.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Late check out of the hotel.
  • Havdallah overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Enjoy a festive farewell Middle-Eastern-style dinner at Maganda, in Tel Aviv's Yemenite Quarter, with a varied menu of traditional salads and grilled meats.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport and check in for the departure flight to the USA.

Overnight: Flight


Day Eleven: Sunday, February 24, 2019
RETURN 

  • 12:05 a.m. Depart on El Al Airlines flight #15.
  • 5:30 a.m. Arrive at Boston Logan 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 security guard and/or youth counselor is included in the package:
      $1 per participant per day per security guard, per youth counselor

  • 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 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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