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The Many Faces of Israel
Temple Israel of Akron Trip to Israel
Led By Rabbi Josh Brown

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

Day One: Sunday, June 10, 2018

  • 6:10 p.m. Depart Cleveland Hopkins International Airport on board flight # DL 3989.
  • 8:03 p.m. Arrive at JFK International Airport.
  • 10:52 p.m. Depart on board flight # DL 468.

Overnight: Flight

Day Two: Monday, June 11, 2018

  • 4:15 p.m. Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Drive towards Tel Aviv-Jaffa and stop at the Jaffa Overlook for an introduction to Tel Aviv at the place where it all began.
  • Enter 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 and time to freshen up.
  • Enjoy a welcome Middle-Eastern-style dinner at Maganda, in Tel Aviv's Yemenite Quarter, with a varied menu of traditional salads and grilled meats.

Overnight: Tel Aviv

Day Three: Tuesday, June 12, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • The Complexity of Religion and State in Israel: Dialogue with Rabbi Seth Farber from ITIM and Micki Gitzin, Executive Director of Yisrael Hofshit.
  • Urban Culture Tours of Tel Aviv, Combining Street Art, Language & Graffiti: Join Guy Sharett, a local resident, to explore the urban culture of the city.
  • LaDa'at Ethnic Tasting 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!
  • Foundations of a City and a State, Ahad Ha'Am to Bialik: Zionist ideology and the revival of the Hebrew language come alive as you walk down Bialik Street and through the Trumpeldor Cemetery.

First timers:

  • Visit Independence Hall, where David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the State of Israel on May 14th, 1948.


  • Free time to stroll 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, OR take a guided tour to the newly renovated
  • Templer town of Sarona, now a hip and vibrant fashion and culinary center, including free time to stroll through the indoor food and spice market


  • Dinner on own at the renovated Old Port of Tel Aviv, with its wonderful restaurants, cafés and shops, right on the water's edge; OR at the Tachana, Jaffa's Old Railway Station, renovated and restored as a great pedestrian complex, with restaurants, shops and open spaces for people-watching.

Overnight: Tel Aviv

Day Four: Wednesday, June 13, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel and drive north along the coastal plain.
  • Participate in a seminar on Arab-Jewish coexistence at the Givat Haviva Seminar Center.
  • Israel a Mosaic of Communities: Meet with Amb. Reda Mansur, a senior Israeli career diplomat in Ussafiya, followed by home hospitality lunch.
  • Visit the Zippori National Park, known for its extraordinary ancient mosaics and its central role in Jewish life after the destruction of the Temple.
  • Continue to the Upper Galilee and check into the kibbutz hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
  • The “Other “ As Portrayed In Israeli Films: Evening program led by film expert Ayelet Kaufman-Goldin.

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee

Day Five: Thursday, June 14, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • The Balance of Power on Israel's Northern Border: Field seminar and dialogue with Maj. (Ret) Sarit Zehavi, former Senior Intelligence Officer at the IDF northern border at Mt. 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.
  • Visit Metzudat Koach Monument, which commemorates the 28 soldiers who were killed during Israel's War of Independence in the attempts to conquer this strategically important fort overlooking the Hula Valley; participate at the memorial service on site.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • Visit the remains of the Second Temple-period town of Gamla on the Golan Heights, site of one of the fiercest battles fought against the Romans during the Great Revolt; walk to the Bird Observatory and enjoy the sight of the vultures for which Gamla is famous, as they effortlessly catch the updrafts where they nest. Conclude your visit to the 150-foot high Gamla Waterfall.
  • Return to the hotel for a chance to enjoy the hotel facilities, followed by dinner.

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee

Day Six: Friday, June 15, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel and drive south, passing by 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.
  • LaDa'at Kinneret Cemetery: Enter the world of the early Zionist pioneers and learn about their hopes and dreams, their trials and tribulations and their ultimate success. Pause at the graves of legendary personalities such as Rachel the Poetess, Zionist philosopher Ber Borochov and songwriter Naomi Shemer.
  • Visit Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu for an interactive tour of the Bio-Bee fields and facilities. Gain hands on insight into a very local, world leader tackling the challenge of environmental improvement, using flies, bees, owls as well as having an opportunity to experience a very real, working and ideological kibbutz.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • Continue south along the Jordan Valley Rift to Jerusalem and upon entering the city stop atop of Mount Scopus for an overlook of the Old and New City and to recite the traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing.
  • Welcome to Jerusalem: Enter the vibrant and colorful ancient city of Jerusalem, and experience the convergence of the old and the new.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Depart Jerusalem for Tzur Hadassah to take part in Shabbat services with Kehillat Tzur Hadassah, led by Rabbi Stacy Blank.
  • Home Hospitality Shabbat dinner/communal Shabbat dinner with local congregants OR Shabbat dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Seven: Saturday, June 16, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel.

Option 1:

  • Optional Shabbat services.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Proceed to the Old City.
  • Explore Christian East Jerusalem through visits with Christian personalities and institutions with Hana Bendcowsky, Director of the Jerusalem Center for Jewish Christian Relations.

Option 2:

  • Depart for the Dead Sea Basin.
  • Pass by Qumran, the area where the Dead Sea Sect established a community, and the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found.
  • 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 en route.
  • Experience an astonishing sense of weightlessness as you float in the super-saline Dead Sea.
  • Return to Jerusalem.


  • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah overlooking the Old City.
  • 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.
  • 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 17, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Proceed to the Old City and begin with a walking tour through the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem, for visits to archaeological treasures and other highlights, among them:
    • A 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.
    • 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.
  • Stop at the Kotel (Western Wall) and experience the special atmosphere of this holy site.
  • Lunch on own in the Old City.
  • Building a Jewish Society in a Modern State: Special study program at the Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, with a leading scholar.
  • Dinner on own, perhaps at the Old Train Station Plaza, a central neighborhood hub for food, entertainment, culture, and enrichment.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Nine: Monday, June 18, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit the Yad Vashem complex, the Jewish National Memorial to the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust, including:
  • First-timers:
    • The Avenue of the Righteous
    • The Historical Museum
    • The Children's Memorial
    • The Holocaust Toy Exhibit
  • Returnees:
    • The Art Museum
    • The Learning Center OR the Holocaust Film Archive
    • The Exhibitions Pavilion
    • The Sculpture Garden
    • The Valley of the Communities
  • Lunch on own.
  • Depart Jerusalem with Felice and Michael Friedson, Co-founders of Media Line, a non-profit news organization established to enhance and balance media coverage in the Middle East, for a visit to the Palestinian cities of Ramalla and Rawabi
    Tour of Eli and meet with residents; visit the Yovel Neighbourhood and discuss its legal status.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Dinner on own, perhaps on vibrant Emek Refaim Street, in Jerusalem's German Colony.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Ten: Tuesday, June 19, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Challenges and Triumphs of Religious Pluralism and Social Justice in Israel: Dialogue with Anat Hoffman, Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC).
  • Giving Back with Pantry Packers: Participate in Tikkun Olam by packing commodity food staples for Israel's poorest families; after a brief orientation session, don gloves, aprons and caps in order to fill bags of rice, beans and other commodities.
  • Walk through the picturesque neighborhood of Ein Kerem, beneath the Jerusalem Forest, and explore its art galleries, coffee shops and hidden corners of beauty; lunch on own at one of the many cafés and restaurants.
  • Free time for last minute shopping and packing.
  • Late afternoon check-out from the hotel and visit the renewed and wonderfully creative Israel Museum, with its wide-ranging and eclectic collection, from Archaeology and the Dead Sea Scrolls, to Jewish Life and Art, European art, contemporary Israeli art and the open-air model of Jerusalem in the Second Temple period.
  • Festive farewell dinner at the Modern Restaurant at the Museum.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport and check in for the departure flight to the U.S.A.
  • 11:55 p.m. Depart Ben Gurion International Airport on board flight # DL467.

Overnight: Flight

Day Eleven: Wednesday, June 20, 2018

  • 5:11 a.m. Arrival at JFK International Airport.
  • 9:40 a.m. Depart on board flight # DL4055.
  • 11:38 a.m. Arrive at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.

Need to Know

  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 25 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 Feb 15, 2018 (based on availability), thereafter the tour will be available for land-only services. Cancellation of group air reservations after Feb 15, 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 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 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.

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