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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

  • Depart the USA on Delta Airlines flight #468.


Overnight: Flight


Day Two: Monday, June 11, 2018

  • 4:50 p.m. Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities & meet your tour educator, Shari Robins.
  • Transfer to Tel Aviv, also known as “the city that never sleeps”, with its centers of culture, recreation and national history, great beaches and fine stores.
  • 7:15 p.m. Depart for dinner.
  • 7:30 p.m. Enjoy a welcome Middle-Eastern-style dinner with a varied menu of traditional salads and grilled meats, at Maganda, in Tel Aviv's Yemenite Quarter.


Overnight: Dan Panorama, Tel Aviv


Day Three: Tuesday, June 12, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 8:30 a.m. The Complexity of Religion and State in Israel: Dialogue with scholar Paul Liptz of Tel Aviv University and Hebrew Union College, at the hotel.
  • 10:00 a.m. Urban Culture Tours of Tel Aviv, Combining Street Art, Language & Graffiti: Join Aaron & Noy Gretz, a local resident, to explore the urban culture of the city. ( split into 2 groups)
  • 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!
  • 2:00 p.m. Visit Independence Hall, where David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the State of Israel on May 14th, 1948.
  • Visit the Jaffa Overlook for an introduction to Tel Aviv at the place where it all began.
  • Free time to stroll along the Nachalat Binyamin pedestrian mall, with its bi-weekly craft fair and eateries. Alongside is the colorful open-air Carmel market.
  • Dinner on your own 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: Dan Panorama, Tel Aviv


Day Four: Wednesday, June 13, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 8:30 a.m. Check out of the hotel and drive to Kiriat Ekron
  • 9:00 a.m. Visit the sister city of Kiryat Ekron including a meeting at the Community Center.
  • 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.
  • 12:00 p.m. Israel - a Mosaic of Communities: Meet with Reda Mansur, a senior Israeli career diplomat in Ussafiya, followed by home hospitality lunch at Nora ‘s kitchen.
  • 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, check into the kibbutz hotel and enjoy its facilities.
  • Optional walk along the Jordan River.
  • Dinner at the hotel.


Overnight: Pastoral, Kibbutz Kfar Blum, Upper Galilee


Day Five: Thursday, June 14, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 8:30 a.m. Depart hotel.
  • 9:00 a.m. The Balance of Power on Israel's Northern Border: Field seminar and discussion with Lt Col. (Ret) Sarit Zehavi, former Senior Intelligence Officer at the IDF northern border, at Bental (overlooking the abandoned Syrian town of Kuneitra). Gain sharp insight into Israel's security situation on the Golan Heights, and the enormous challenges it faced in the 1973 Yom Kippur War.
  • 11:30 p.m. Visit a Winery, on the Golan Heights followed by wine tasting
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Return to the hotel for a chance to enjoy the hotel facilities.
  • 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.
  • Dinner at the hotel.


Overnight: Pastoral, Kibbutz Kfar Blum, Upper Galilee


Day Six: Friday, June 15, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 8:30 a.m. Check out of the hotel.
  • 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.
  • 1:00 p.m. Visit Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu for an interactive family tour of the Bio-Bee fields and facilities. Gain insight into a local, world leader tackling the challenge of environmental improvement using flies, bees, and owls and experience a real, working and ideological kibbutz, followed by lunch.
  • Continue south along the Jordan Valley Rift to 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.
  • 5:15 p.m. Depart Jerusalem for Tzur Hadassah to take part in Shabbat services with Kehillat Tzur Hadassah, led by Rabbi Stacy Blank.
  • 7:15 p.m. Home Hospitality Shabbat dinner with local
  • 10:00 p.m. Drive back to the hotel.


Overnight: Dan Panorama, Jerusalem

Day Seven: Saturday, June 16, 2018

  • Early breakfast at the hotel.
  • 7:00 a.m. Descend to the Dead Sea Basin, passing 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 defense and its current significance in modern Israel.
  • Lunch on own, en route at the bottom of Masada.
  • Experience an astonishing sense of weightlessness as you float in the super-saline Dead Sea, at Kalya beach.
  • 3:30 p.m. Return to Jerusalem; time to relax.
  • 6:00 p.m. Dinner on own at a recommended restaurant near the hotel.
  • 8:00 p.m. Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah overlooking the Old City.
  • 9:00 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 Seven: Sunday, June 17, 2018


  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 8:00 a.m. Drive to the Old City and walk through the archaeological treasures and other highlights of the Jewish Quarter:
  • Along the Ramparts of the Old City.
  • 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 Azarat Israel, the Pluralistic section of the Kotel (Western Wall).
  • Lunch on own, en route.
  • 2:30 p.m. 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 and the Children's Memorial.
  • 5:30 p.m. Special study program at the Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, with a Rabbi Dr. Shraga Bar-On, director of the David Hartman Center for Intellectual Excellence, and responsible for the Israeli Rabbinical Beit Midrash.
  • Free time in the Mamilla pedestrian arcade, a contemporary shopping area with a whiff of the past, located outside the Jaffa Gate of the Old City; dinner on own.


Overnight: Dan Panorama, Jerusalem

Day Nine: Monday, June 18, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 8:45 a.m. Visit the Yad BeYad (Hand in Hand) Bilingual School, bringing Jewish and Arab children together, in a positive and natural learning environment.
  • 10:00 a.m. Meet with Rami Nafez Nazzal, a reporter for The New York Times, Time Magazine, and founder of Beyond Borders Tours, and drive to the Palestinian cities of Ramallah and Rawabi.
  • Walk through Downtown Ramallah, including lunch.
  • Drive to Psagot.
  • 4:00 p.m. Visit the Psagot settlement, meet with residents, hear about their daily life and discuss its legal status.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Dinner on own, perhaps on vibrant Emek Refaim Street, in Jerusalem's German Colony.

Overnight: Dan Panorama, Jerusalem

Day Ten: Tuesday, June 19, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 8:15 a.m. Challenges and Triumphs of Religious Pluralism and Social Justice in Israel: Meet with Anat Hoffman, Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC) at HUC.
  • 10:00 a.m. Giving Back with Pantry Packers: Participate in a Tikkun Olam activity by packing commodity food staples for Israel's poorest families; after a brief orientation session, don gloves, aprons, and caps in order and fill bags of rice, beans, and other commodities.
  • Lunch on own and free time for last minute shopping and packing.
  • 4:00 p.m. Late afternoon check-out from the hotel.
  • 4:30 p.m. Explore the renewed and wonderfully creative Israel Museum, with its eclectic collection, ranging 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.
  • 6:30 p.m. Festive farewell dinner at the Modern Restaurant at the Israel Museum.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • 11:55 p.m. Depart to the USA on Delta Airlines flight #467.


Overnight: Flight


Day Eleven: Wednesday, June 20, 2018

  • Arrival in the USA.



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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