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Congregation Shir Hadash: The Many Faces of Judaism
A Trip to Spain and Israel

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~~~Pre-Trip~~~

  • 3 nights' accommodation at select hotels
  • The land package for Spain also includes the 1-way ticket Madrid-Tel Aviv
  • 3 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking local tour guides
  • ARZA World tour educator accompanying the group from arrival to departure
  • 1 group transfer from/to the Madrid Airport
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Meals: daily breakfast and 1 dinner
  • Portage at the hotel


~~~Main-Trip~~~

  • 6 nights' accommodation at select hotels
  • 6 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking tour educator + 1 day walking tour on Shabbat
  • 1 group transfer from/to Ben Gurion Airport
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Meals: daily breakfast, 1 lunch and 4 dinners
  • Portage at the hotels


~~~Post-Trip~~~

  • 3 nights' accommodation at select hotels + late check-out on last day
  • 2 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking tour educator
  • 1 group transfer to Ben Gurion Airport
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Meals: daily breakfast
  • Portage at the hotels

Day One: Sunday, June 10, 2018
DEPARTURE

  • Depart the U.S.A. on various flights arriving the next day.

Overnight: Flight

 

Day Two: Monday, June 11, 2018
ARRIVAL IN MADRID

  • 9:30 a.m. Group transfer to the hotel for participants arriving on United Airlines flight #051.
  • Check into the hotel. (Official hotel check-in is from 3:00 p.m., if your room isn't ready upon arrival you can leave your luggage with the concierge.)
  • 1:30 p.m. Gather in the hotel lobby to meet your guide and fellow travelers and begin the program.
  • Welcome yourselves to the beauty of Madrid with a panoramic tour of the city, including:
    • A view of Puerta Del Sol, the center of the city.
    • 2:35 p.m. The Palacio Real (Royal Palace), widely considered as one of the most emblematic and beautiful buildings in Madrid, not only for its location overlooking the river valley but also for its architecture and the artistic treasures to be found in its rooms.
    • Plaza de España,which features a monument to Spanish novelist, poet and playwright Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra.
    • Plaza Mayor, site of multiple ‘acts of faith'- the infamous ‘auto-da-fé' of the Spanish inquisition.
    • The San Miguel Market, famous for its sumptuous tapas dishes.
  • Return to the hotel.
    • 8:00 p.m. Welcome dinner and orientation dialogue at a restaurant.

    Overnight: Melia Princesa, Madrid
     

     

    Day Three: Tuesday, June 12, 2018
    TOLEDO AND TWO THOUSAND YEARS OF CONQUEST AND CULTURE   

    • Breakfast at the hotel.
    • Depart for Toledo which remains much as it was in the 16th century, and begin with a panoramic tour of the city.
    • Tour the city, including the Jewish Quarter, the Samuel Halevi Abulafia Synagogue, which was turned into a church known as Nuestra Señora del Tránisito, the Sephardic Museum and the Santa Maria La Blanca Church (formerly the Grand Synagogue).
    • Lunch on own en route.
      • Return to Madrid.
        • 5:15 p.m. Visit the Prado, one of the world's most renowned art museums and the best collection of classical art in Madrid.
          • Optional dinner on own with leaders of the local Reform community OR free evening. (Contact Rabbi Aron for more details.)

          Overnight: Melia Princesa, Madrid

           

          Day Four: Wednesday, June 13, 2018
          SEGOVIA - ALCAZAR, AQUEDUCTS AND ANCIENT LEGENDS

          • Breakfast at the hotel.
          • Jews and Spain, One and the Same: Visit Segovia, a microcosm of the story of Jews in Iberia, from Roman times until the Expulsion.
          • Lunch on own en route.
          • Visit the Jewish cemetery on the slopes opposite Segovia.
          • Continue to Avila, which was once a center of Jewish mysticism. Walk around the town and its former Jewish quarter, with little tangible remains.
          • 6:30 p.m. LaDa'at Focus Contemporary Jewish Life in Madrid Dialogue with a leader of Congregation Bet El, the Masorti congregation in Madrid.
          • Return to the hotel.
          • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

          Overnight: Melia Princesa, Madrid

           

          Day Five: Thursday, June 14, 2018
          FROM MADRID TO JERUSALEM

          • Breakfast at the hotel.
            • 8:15 a.m. Check out of the hotel and transfer to the Madrid International Airport.
              • 11:45 a.m. Depart Madrid on El Al flight #396.
              • 4:25 p.m. Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport.
              • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
              • Ascend to Jerusalem.
              • Welcome to Jerusalem: Enter the vibrant and colorful ancient city of Jerusalem, an experience the convergence of the old and the new.
              • Check into the hotel.
              • 8:00 p.m. The Sephardi Community in Israel - Challenges and Achievements: Dinner and dialogue at Piccolino restaurant with Drori Yehoshua, a Talmud educator at Hartman Institute.

              Overnight: TRYP Hotel, Jerusalem

               

              Day Six: Friday, June 15, 2018
              HISTORY AND SPIRITUALITY IN JERUSALEM

              • Breakfast at the hotel.
              • Proceed to the Old City and begin with a visit in the Jewish Quarter to the four Sephardi Synagogues, which reflect the richness and diversity of Diaspora Jewish traditions.
              • Stop at the Kotel (Western Wall) and experience the special atmosphere of this holy site followed by a visit to Azarat Israel, the pluralistic section of the Kotel.
              • From the Diaspora to Jerusalem- Take a walking tour through the colourful neighbourhood of Nachlaot. Visit the various synagogues and walk through the alleys and learn about the different communities who habitat the neighbourhood.
              • Experience the sights, smells, and tastes of Jerusalem while walking through the Machaneh Yehuda open-air market, with lunch on own.
              • Return to the hotel with free time to prepare for Shabbat.
                • 6:00 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat services at Kehilat Degel Yehuda, a Sephardic community following old traditions of north African Jews.
                  • Shabbat dinner at the hotel.

                  Overnight: TRYP Hotel, Jerusalem

                   

                  Day Seven: Saturday, June 16, 2018
                  SHABBAT IN JERUSALEM | no guide


                  • Breakfast at the hotel.
                  • Shabbat services at one of the local Sephardi synagogues (please note: these will most likely not be pluralistic), at Kehillat Har-El (Reform) or at Hebrew Union College (Reform).
                  • 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. (A voucher will be provided.)
                    • 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 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.
                  • Enjoy a night out with dinner on own, perhaps at the Old Train Station Plaza, with its' fashionable restaurants featuring local and international cuisine.
                  • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah.
                  • 9:30 p.m. Cinema as a Window into Multi-Culturalism in Israel: A Glimpse into Israeli Society through film with the Ma'aleh Film School.

                  Overnight: TRYP Hotel, Jerusalem

                   

                   

                  Day Eight: Sunday, June 17, 2018
                  AGENTS OF CHANGE

                  • Breakfast at the hotel.
                  • Check out of the hotel, depart Jerusalem and drive north along the Trans-Israel Highway.
                  • 11:00 a.m. Minorities and Majorities - The Diversity of the North: Shefaram is a fascinating but rarely-visited ancient town and modern city. An early Jewish rabbinical center operating under Roman rule, it was later a Crusader post and is now an Israeli Arab city with Muslim, Christian and Druze communities. Meet with leaders and residents and hear of their efforts to maintain close, respectful ties between the town's different faiths and with Israel's Jewish population. Highlights of the tour include:
                    • A muezzin (Muslim clergy) will welcome us to a local mosque and discuss Islamic practice and life in Israel.
                    • A visit to the town's beautiful Roman Catholic church will be both a visual highlight and an opportunity to talk with locals about the variety of Christian denominations in town
                    • We'll conclude our tour by visiting Shefaram's now abandoned synagogue and discussing what, historically and today, it means to be a minority community in the Land of Israel.
                  • Lunch on your own, en route.
                    • Visit the Zippori National Park, known for its extraordinary ancient mosaics and its central role in Jewish life after the destruction of the Temple.
                      • Drive to the Upper Galilee and check into the hotel.
                        • Dinner at the hotel.

                        Overnight: Pastoral Hotel, Kibbutz Kfar Blum

                         

                        Day Nine: Monday, June 18, 2018
                        NATURE AND SECURITY IN THE GOLAN

                        • Breakfast at the hotel.
                        • 9:30 a.m. The Balance of Power on Israel's Northern Border: Field seminar and dialogue with (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.
                        • Drive to Tsfat and visit the Ari, Caro or Abuhav Synagogue, each with its particular Sephardi atmosphere indicative of the refugees of the Spanish Expulsion.
                        • Lunch on own en route.
                        • Walk through the quaint streets and restored buildings of old Rosh Pina, one of the first communities established at the dawn of the Zionist era and visit the Reform community.
                        • Dinner on own together with leaders of Kehilat Rosh Pina in Rosh Pina.

                        Overnight: Pastoral Hotel, Kibbutz Kfar Blum
                         

                         

                        Day Ten: Tuesday, June 19, 2018
                        MINORITIES AND CO-EXISTENCE IN ISRAEL

                        •  Breakfast at the hotel.
                        • Check out of the hotel and drive to Haifa.
                        • 10:30 a.m. Visit the Yad BeYad (Hand in Hand) Bilingual School, dedicated to bringing together Jewish and Arab children in a positive and natural learning environment.
                        • Pay a special visit to the Ahmadyyia community, including a visit to the mosque and a dialogue with Muad Oudeh, a member of clergy, at Kababir.
                        • 1:45 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.
                          • 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.
                              • 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: 65 Hotel, Tel Aviv

                               

                              Day Eleven: Wednesday, June 20, 2018
                              ISRAEL'S CHALLENGES AND INNOVATIONS

                              • Breakfast at the hotel and check out. (Store luggage in the hotel luggage room. Participants registered for the extension do not need to check out this morning.)
                              • 9:00 a.m. Strangers in a Strange Land: Explore the reality of the foreign worker in Tel Aviv as you walk through the streets of South Tel Aviv with a representative of Bina, the Secular Yeshiva, which represents the Secular Jewish Renaissance and Yahadut Hevratit (Jewish Social Activism) in Israel.
                              • Foundations of a City and 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.
                              • Lunch on own en route.
                              • From Sefarad to Tel Aviv: Explore two thousand years of rich Jewish culture and community at Beit Hatefutsot, the Museum of the Jewish People, located on the Tel Aviv University campus.
                                • Festive farewell dinner at Goshen, an upscale grill restaurant located on the historic Nachalat Binyamin Street.
                                  • Return to the hotel for the extension.

                                    OR

                                    • 9:30 p.m. Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport and check in for the return flight to the U.S.A., departing at 12:55 a.m. the next day.

                                    Overnight: Flight / 65 Hotel, Tel Aviv

                                     

                                    Day Twelve: Thursday, June 21, 2018
                                    RETURN HOME/EXTENSION - LAYERS OF JERUSALEM

                                    • Arrive In the USA.
                                    • Breakfast at the hotel.
                                    • Check out of the hotel and drive to Jerusalem.
                                    • Return to the Old City and take a more extensive 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
                                      • King Hezekiah's First Temple-period “Broad Wall”.
                                        • Hurva Square, the central square of the Jewish Quarter.
                                        • Early lunch on own in the Old City.
                                          • 12:50 p.m. Walk through the Western Wall Tunnel, the underground continuation of the Western Wall alongside the Temple Mount.
                                            • Visit the Christian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem, including the Via Dolorosa, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and other Christian sites.
                                            • Explore the Jerusalem Archaeological Park, including the Davidson Center, Robinson's Arch and the Southern Wall steps where Jewish pilgrims entered the Temple Mount 2,000 years ago.
                                              • 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.

                                              Overnight: TRYP Hotel, Jerusalem

                                               

                                              Day Thirteen: Friday, June 22, 2018
                                              MEMORIES FOR THE FUTURE

                                              • Breakfast at the hotel.
                                              • 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
                                              • Visit the 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.
                                              • Lunch on your own, en route.
                                                • Rest of the day at leisure.
                                                  • Optional Shabbat dinner at the hotel.

                                                  Overnight: TRYP Hotel, Jerusalem

                                                   

                                                  Day Fourteen: Saturday, June 23, 2018
                                                  SHABBAT IN JERUSALEM | no guide

                                                  • Breakfast at the hotel.
                                                  • Optional Shabbat Services.
                                                  • 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.
                                                  • Dinner on own.
                                                    • 9:15 p.m. Late check out from the hotel and transfer to Ben Gurion Airport to check in for the departure flight to the U.S.A., departing at 12:55 a.m. the next day.

                                                    Overnight: Flight

                                                     

                                                    Day Fifteen: Sunday, June 24, 2018
                                                    RETURN 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.
                                                    • The initial deposit for this tour is $400 per person. This deposit is non-refundable.
                                                    • Final payment for this tour is due March 27, 2018.
                                                    • Cancellation policy for this tour:
                                                      • Cancellations received up to 75 days prior to departure (i.e. until March 27, 2018): entail a cancellation fee of $400 per person (the initial deposit)
                                                      • Cancellations received between 74 and 45 days prior to departure (i.e. from March 28, 2018 to April 26, 2018): entail a cancellation fee of 50% of the tour cost.
                                                      • Cancellations received between 44 and zero days prior to departure or no-shows (i.e. as of April 27, 2018): entail a cancellation fee of 100% of the tour cost.
                                                    • 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.
                                                    • Credit card fees
                                                    • Tips to the guide and driver (recommended guidelines vary based on number of participants
                                                      • Spain
                                                        • For a group of 10-19 passengers:
                                                          $10 per participant per day for the ARZA World tour educator, $6 per participant per day for the local guide & $3 per participant per day for the driver
                                                        • For a group of 20 passengers and more:
                                                          $8 per participant per day for the ARZA World tour educator, $5 per participant per day for the local guide & $3 per participant per day for the driver
                                                      • Israel
                                                        • For a group of 10-20 passengers:
                                                          $10 per participant per day for the ARZA World tour educator, $5 per participant per day for the driver
                                                        • For a group of 20 passengers and more:
                                                          $8 per participant per day for the ARZA World tour educator, $4 per participant per day for the driver
                                                    • 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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