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Congregation Beth Shalom of the Woodlands
Multigenerational Trip to Israel
Led by Rabbi Edwin Goldberg

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  • 10 nights' accommodations at select hotel.
  • 10 touring days with tour educator (guide). 
  • 10 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus. 
  • 1 group transfer and assistance from/to the airport. 
  • Meals: daily breakfast, 3 lunches & 5 dinners.
  • Portage at the airport. 
  • Water on the bus. 
  • Portage at the hotel.
   

Note: A group flight is not included in the package.

There are many options to fly from Houston to Tel Aviv; feel free to choose the most convenient for you.

United Airlines flies through Washington, DC and Newark; Delta Airlines through JFK; Air Canada through Toronto and Montreal. Also, many European carriers fly through Frankfurt, London, Amsterdam, Istanbul, Paris, etc.
We recommend landing in Israel before 4:30 p.m. on June 14, as your hotel in Tel Aviv is 12 miles away from the airport and the ride can take an hour.
As for the departure, we recommend booking around midnight on June 22/23 or late morning flights on June 23. One group transfer is included and will be offered to the largest group arriving/departing at the same time.

                    
DAY 1 ON THE WAY TO ISRAEL
Sunday, June 13, 2021 
  • Depart the US.

Overnight: Flight

  DAY 2 THE START OF A SPECIAL JOURNEY
Monday, June 14, 2021
  • Arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport. Our representative will be on hand to assist with all formalities and ensure your journey has the smoothest of starts.
  • Meet your tour educator, who will accompany you on this journey of education and inspiration.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Welcome dinner at Goshen, an upscale grill restaurant located on the historic Nahalat Binyamin Street.
  • Israel 101 - Our Thoughts, Our Journey: Enjoy a welcome dinner and orientation for your trip by Rabbi Edwin Goldberg and tour educator.
  • Return to the hotel.

Meals: Dinner
Overnight: Tel Aviv

  DAY 3 FOUNDATIONS OF A CITY & A STATE
Tuesday, June 15, 2021
  • Breakfast at an Israeli hotel is an experience in itself. Start the day with a bounteous buffet.
  • Founding Fighters: Walk in the footsteps of the young men and women who fought for the Palmach, Israel's elite pre-State military force. The Palmach Museum is an experiential museum that allows you to follow the lives and fates of extraordinary individuals from their enlistment to battle in the War of Independence.
  • Beginnings: Modern Tel Aviv grew out of ancient Jaffa. Gaze out over the Mediterranean Sea; learn why Jaffa, mentioned in the biblical story of Jonah and the Whale, is so historically important; and see how its Old City reflects the present as well as the past.
  • Walk through Jaffa's famous flea market - Shuk Hapishpeshim.
  • Neve Zedek was one of Tel Aviv's first neighborhoods as the city grew outside of Jaffa. Stroll through this stylish area with its boutiques, galleries, and the Suzanne Dellal Center, Israel's world-class home of contemporary dance. 
  • Time for Dessert! There's ice cream happiness at Anita's Ice Cream Parlor and a chance to sample some “only in Israel” flavors.
  • Calling Boutique-Loving Hipsters: Browse your way through Nahalat Binyamin, Tel Aviv's arts and crafts market, before we check out the hustle and bustle at the Carmel Market.
  • From Hebrew City to Hebrew State: Walk along the Independence Trail and embark on a remarkable journey that begins with the founding of Tel Aviv in 1909 and ends with the establishment of Israel in 1948.
  • The Israeli Spark: Get to know Israel's dominant high-tech companies and most promising startups through a guided exhibition tour at the Center for Israeli Innovation. Taglit, in partnership with the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, has designed this cutting-edge visitor's center to showcase Israel's tech landscape and what makes the country an incubator for innovation.
  • The City at Night: Tel Aviv's food scene is on fire with world-class chefs and a huge range of happening restaurants; see and taste for yourself during a free evening. Those who love the nightlife can sample the city's bar, club, and café culture or stroll along the refurbished promenade and port.

Meals: Breakfast
Overnight: Tel Aviv

  DAY 4 NATURE & HISTORY ON THE ROAD NORTH
Wednesday, June 16, 2021
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Head north and back in time to Caesarea, one of the Land of Israel's most important cities during the Roman Period. Explore life 2,000 years ago with its ancient amphitheaters, palaces, and bathhouses.
  • You Be the Chef: We'll be welcomed into the home of an Israeli Arab family to talk, over tea and coffee, about their lives and to join them for a GalilEat cooking workshop. The Arab villages of the Carmel and Galilee are famous for their food, including fish and olive dishes and delicious desserts like knafeh and baklawa. We'll find out the local culinary secrets and, mentored by our host family, whip up and eat a traditional lunch.
  • Continue into the Galilee.
  • Cool Off Down the Jordan River: With the hot weather, it's time to take to the water with rafting or kayaking down the Jordan River. This is the parched Middle East rather than the Rockies, so the current is mainly calm and suitable for ages five and up. Water shoes are recommended.
  • Check into the hotel and enjoy dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight: North

  DAY 5 SECURITY & SERENITY: THE GOLAN HEIGHTS
Thursday, June 17, 2021
  • Depart the hotel.
  • Paradise Springs is one of the places we'll visit at the Tel Dan Nature Reserve. We'll tour the remains of a 5,000-year-old city and find out why water is like gold in the parched Middle East.
  • Hit the ground racing as we go off-road for a jeep tour of the Golan Heights that will combine natural beauty with insights into one of Israel's most strategically important areas. Retrace the experiences of Israeli soldiers in their battles here during the Six Day War of 1967 and talk with your jeep drivers about their personal experiences and feelings about the Golan.
  • Northern Borders, Northern Battles: We'll gaze across the Golan and into Syria from the top of Mount Bental and gain powerful insights into Israel's geopolitical and security situation. Analyze the current challenges Israel faces on its northern border, examine the impact of the tragic civil war in Syria, and hunker down in bunkers from the vital battles that took place here during the 1973 Yom Kippur War.
  •  Lunch in Kibbutz Merom Golan.  

Option 1:

  • From Little Things, Great Things Grow: The Golan Heights is wine country. Sample some of its best at the Pelter Winery. Nir and Tal Pelter used to run this winery out of the backyard of their family farm. The brothers have proven their expertise since then, but the winery remains a boutique family affair. We're doing the driving, so you're welcome to treat yourself to Pelter's Israeli gin along with the grapes.

Option 2:

  • Comfort You Can Eat: Enjoy the culinary delights of a chocolate workshop at the De Karina Chocolate Factory on Kibbutz Ein Zivan. Chocolatier Karina Chepelinski continues her family's tradition of creating handmade premium chocolate. During this tour and workshop, taste various chocolates and learn what makes them so delicious. Then, experiment with quality ingredients to create your own chocolate masterpiece.

All:

  • Return to the hotel and enjoy the swimming pool.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
  • Israeli Society Through Dance - Rokdim Israel: Participate in an invigorating and fun dance session with Dance Israel, a unique initiative that offers exciting educational encounters and multi-faceted experiences through Jewish and Israeli folk dance.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight: North

  DAY 6 MYSTICS & DREAMERS IN THE GALILEE
Friday, June 18, 2021
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Perhaps it's the combination of mysticism and art, and maybe it's the mountain air in Israel's highest city; entering Tsfat,there is a sense of something uniquely Jewish but not quite of this world. Here, you'll:
    • Visit the Ari Synagogue and share in the inspiration and innovation that moved Rabbi Isaac Luria (the Holy Ari) and his fellow mystics. In Tsfat they developed the Kabbalah, the esoteric insights of Judaism and created Kabbalat Shabbat, the prayers sung on Friday evenings to welcome the arrival of the Sabbath.
    • Walk through the cobbled streets and alleyways to the Artists' Colony with its galleries, shops, and studios.
    • Tour the Tsfat Candle Factory visitor center.
    • Walk through the Tsfat Cemetery, including the grave of the mystical master, Rabbi Isaac Luria - “the Ari.”
    • Meet with artist Sheva Chaya in her studio for an interactive window into the world of Kabbalah, glass blowing, and questions of identity and Judaism.
  • Drive to Jerusalem.
  • A First Look at the Holy City: Over the centuries, many have been moved and awed by their first sight of Jerusalem. We'll stop at the Haas Promenade for a stunning overview of the city and celebrate our arrival with a special ceremony and the traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing of thanksgiving.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Gather in the hotel lobby for candle lighting.
  • Join Jerusalemites in a musical Kabbalat Shabbat at the Old Train Station Plaza, a central neighborhood hub for food, entertainment, culture, and enrichment, followed by dinner at Adom, which specializes in wines and international cuisine, combining local ingredients and flavors with French and Italian influences.

OR

  • Drive to Mevasseret Tzion and join the Kamatz community for a Kabbalat Shabbat service, followed by a home hospitality Shabbat dinner/communal Shabbat dinner with local congregants (pending confirmation).

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight: Jerusalem

  DAY 7 THE LAYERS OF JERUSALEM
Saturday, June 19, 2021
  • Depart the hotel for the Old City.
  • The Old City Ramparts: Stroll along the ancient outer walls for a bird's-eye view of the remarkably diverse yet closely bound communities of Jerusalem's Old City.
  • A Mountain Holy to Many: Experience the complexity of inter-religious relations on Mount Zion. We'll first visit the Upper Room. It is venerated by Christians as the location of Jesus' Last Supper but was, for a period, converted into a mosque. In a room directly below, Jews pray at the place believed to be King David's Tomb.
  • Take a walking tour through Jerusalem's Old City and the Jewish Quarter and experience the center of Jewish life, history, and holiness. Among the highlights will be:
    • The Cardo, the main street of Roman-controlled Jerusalem and its spectacular Byzantine-era columns.
    • King Hezekiah's Broad Wall, a massive wall built to protect Jerusalem from invasion 2,700 years ago.
    • Hurva Square, the center of modern-day life in the Jewish Quarter.
  • No visit to Israel is complete without experiencing the Kotel (Western Wall), widely considered Judaism's holiest site. Each year, over one million notes containing prayers and wishes are placed in the cracks of the wall. We'll discuss the wall's historical and contemporary importance and experience its unique atmosphere.
  • “The Best Falafel in the World! Right Here in the Old City.” The competition for the best street food in Jerusalem's Old City is tough. The Christian Quarter swears by the hummus at Lina and Abu Shakri.
  • The conclusion of the Via Dolorosa is the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the place where Jesus is believed to have been crucified. This church is one of Christianity's great pilgrimage sites and a testament to the remarkable diversity of the Christian world. It includes an empty tomb where it is said that Jesus was buried and resurrected.
  • There will also be time to see the bargains and the bargaining in the Old City Shuk (market) in the Christian Quarter.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Three Stars in the Jerusalem SkyAt nightfall, we will mark the end of a special Shabbat with a communal Havdallah ceremony overlooking the Old City.
  • Free time in the Mamilla Mall, an upscale shopping street and the only open-air mall in Jerusalem, located outside the Jaffa Gate of the Old City.
  • Lights! Action! Jerusalem! Watch the Night Spectacular at the Tower of David Museum. The walls of the Citadel serve as the stage for this cinematic celebration of sight and sound depicting the story of Jerusalem.

Meals: Breakfast
Overnight: Jerusalem

  DAY 8 HISTORY & SPIRITUALITY IN JERUSALEM 
Sunday, June 20, 2021
  • Navigate Your Way Through the Labyrinth of Israel Politics: Join Professor Reuven Hazan of the Political Science Department at Hebrew University for an introduction into Israel's turbulent political scene where coalition governments and powerful ideological divisions are a fact of life.
  • Return to the Old City.
  • At the Heart of It All: Explore the City of David,the core of ancient Jerusalem, and learn how the city was administered during the First Temple period. Our visit will include:
    • Archaeological discoveries illustrating how the wealthy and powerful lived in ancient Jerusalem.
    • The Gihon Spring, the source of Jerusalem's water, which was integral to its survival and religious ceremonies.
    • Wading through the 2,700-year-old water tunnels (there's an optional dry exit), an architectural wonder of King Hezekiah's.
    • Travelling through time as we walk in ancient drainage channels from the City of David to the Western Wall's massive foundation stones at the foot of the Temple Mount.
  • The Jerusalem Archaeological Park is a large-scale excavation that has uncovered vital parts of ancient Jerusalem. A particular highlight is to walk on the Southern Wall steps used by Jewish pilgrims to enter the Temple, 2,000 years ago. But there is much else to see, including Robinson's Arch, the remains of a major Second Temple-period street, and drainage tunnels used by Jewish fighters hiding from the Roman invaders.

Adults:

  • Explore the wonderfully creative Israel Museum, housing more than 5,000 years of cultural treasures. Highlights include the archaeology wing, with the most extensive collection of biblical artifacts in the world; the Jewish art and life wing; the fine arts wing; the sculpture garden; and the open-air model of Jerusalem during the Second Temple period. Don't miss the Shrine of the Book, which houses the Dead Sea Scrolls, considered the world's oldest existing biblical manuscripts.

Children:

  • A Windmill, a Rich Guy, and a New Jerusalem: Follow the clues, manage your missions, and discover the secrets behind Yemin Moshe. From a generous Baron to an iconic windmill, this scavenger hunt will introduce you to the story and sights of Jerusalem as it moved out of the Old City and into the new world.

All:

  • Return to the hotel.
  • High Times in the Holy City: Jerusalem at night provides a very different vision of the Holy City. Check out how the locals let their hair down during a free eveningand explore Jerusalem nightlife including:
    • The First Station. Jerusalem's rail link from the late 19th century has been transformed into a center of restaurants, shops, and culture.
    • Joining the crowds strolling through the Ben Yehuda and Nahalat Shiva Pedestrian Malls.

Meals: Breakfast
Overnight: Jerusalem

  DAY 9 JEWISH MEMORY, JEWISH RENEWAL
Monday, June 21, 2021
  • The Holocaust and Contemporary Israeli Society: Dr. Rachel Korazim will examine how Yad Vashem reflects the Israeli understanding of the Shoah. In particular, we'll explore the radically different ways in which secular Zionist and ultra-Orthodox leaders understood the causes and meaning of the Holocaust. Dr. Korazim is a renowned educator and expert on Israel and the Holocaust.
  • Depart the hotel.

Adults and children over 10:

  • Visit Yad Vashem,the national memorial to the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust, an essential emotional and educational experience. Your guided tour will include:
    • The Avenue of the Righteous, where trees symbolic of the renewal of life have been planted along with plaques honoring brave non-Jews who saved Jews during the Shoah (Holocaust).
    • The Historical Museum, a state-of-the-art interactive display reflecting decades of research and educational expertise. The story of the Holocaust, with an emphasis on individual victims, is told through survivor testimonies, original artifacts, and personal possessions saved from the ghettos and camps.
    • The Children's Memorial, commemorating the 1.5 million children lost during the Holocaust.
    • A memorial service where we will pay tribute to those who were lost.

Children under 10 accompanied by an adult:

  • Two by Two the Animals Went into the Ark: The Biblical Zoo is one of Jerusalem's loveliest places. It has a great collection of animals with a special focus on creatures mentioned in the Bible. It includes 62 acres of open areas where the animals live, a zoo train if you don't feel like walking, a petting zoo, and plenty of other activities to keep all ages enthralled.

All:

  • Take a multi-cultural tasting journey through the hustle and bustle of Jerusalem's Mahane Yehuda open-air market: Enjoy the sights, smells, tastes and sounds of this vibrant area where Jerusalemites shop.
  • 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 to fill bags of rice, beans, and other commodities.

OR

  • Plant a tree at the Jerusalem Bird Observatory and gain insight into the urban wildlife of Jerusalem through birdwatching and bird-banding.
  • Return to the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight: Jerusalem

  DAY 10 INTO THE DESERT: MASADA & THE DEAD SEA
Tuesday, June 22, 2021
  • Enjoy an early breakfast at the hotel before setting out to explore the Dead Sea region.
  • As Low as It Goes: We'll drive to the Dead Sea Basin, 1412 feet below sea level and the lowest place on earth. The desert, the landscape, and the views are breathtaking.
  • The Last Stand: Climb via the Snake Path OR take the cable car to the top of Masada with its extraordinary views and fascinating archaeological remains. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is where Jewish rebels are believed to have made their final attempt to resist Roman invaders (c 74 CE). We'll learn about Masada's importance as a symbol of Jewish defense and discuss its influence on modern Israel.
  • The Sea of Salt: Float into happiness at the Dead Sea. Not much can live or swim in what is the saltiest piece of water in the world, nine times saltier than the ocean, but the weightless feeling of floating is great fun.
  • How Fast Can This Thing Go? The patriarch Abraham will welcome us to Genesis Land for a taste of life and travel in biblical times as we take a camel for a test drive and ride into the heart of the desert.
  • Desert Delight: Experience how guests were treated like royalty in biblical times. We'll kick back in a spacious, cool desert tent and enjoy a traditional farewell “hafla” dinner.
  • Return to Jerusalem.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight: Jerusalem

  DAY 11 UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN
Wednesday, June 23, 2021
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport and check in for your return flight to the US.
 

Need to Know

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: 14 February 2021 

 

  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 20 full paying participants. 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.

 

PAYMENT POLICY

  • Da'at Educational Expeditions reserves the right to adjust its terms of payment, including cancelation policies and initial deposits. Notification of any changes will be made explicitly to the participants where relevant. 
  • Initial deposit of $500 per person, non-refundable, non-transferable is due at the time of reservation unless another amount is indicated for the particular trip.
  • Final payment is due 90 days before the scheduled trip begins, or as specified in your invoice.

CANCELATION POLICY 
All cancelations need to be made in writing. The cancelation fee depends on the date when we receive written notification of your request to cancel your booking. Please note that the deposit is non-refundable.

Cancelation fees:

  • Cancelations made 90 or more days prior to departure incur the loss of the deposit.
  • Cancelations made 89 to 46 days prior to departure incur the loss of 50% of the full trip cost.
  • Cancelations made 45 days or less prior to the departure incur the loss of 100% of the full trip cost.

Cancelation fees may also include:

  • Hotel or supplier cancelation fees.
  • The cost of the PEACE OF MIND TRAVEL PROTECTION PROGRAM (POM), if this was purchased.
  • Group airfare penalty fee.

 

Da'at Educational Expeditions reserves the right to adjust its terms of payment, including cancelation policies and initial deposits. Please refer to the small print tab on your trip's webpage or in your proposal for your cancelation policy and fees.

 

TRAVEL INSURANCE

We strongly recommend that you purchase your own travel insurance. Please discuss land, air and health insurance options with your insurance provider or contact Travel Insured at 1-800-344-6226, ext. 257. Some insurance programs provide more comprehensive coverage when the policy is purchased in close proximity to the initial trip deposit. We therefore recommend that you secure insurance within 14 days of your initial deposit payment date. 

 

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

  • The trip price includes hotel accommodations. 
  • Our standard is to provide the best available hotels while considering value. Although the level of accommodations may differ slightly from hotel to hotel, we are committed to your comfort.
  • We reserve the right to make substitutions with hotels of equal standard. No refunds will be issued for differences between hotel prices.
  • The standard hotel room in Israel is generally smaller than in the US, comfortably accommodating two people in either one queen-size bed or two single beds. Some hotels offer triple rooms consisting of standard twin beds plus a sofa/folding bed or cot for the third person.
  • Special requests such as room selections, bed types, and smoking preferences are subject to availability and are strictly at the discretion of the hotel's management on a run-of-house basis. 
  • All hotel rates are non-negotiable and are based on the agreements made between Da'at Educational Expeditions and its suppliers. 
  • Hotel check-in time is generally not before 3:00 p.m. and check-out time is prior to noon. If you are taking a late-night flight, make sure to organize adequate arrangements for accommodation until you are ready to leave for the airport. If a day room is included in the itinerary, check-out time will usually be at 6:00 p.m.

 

MEALS       
Are included as specified in the itinerary.

 

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 at group meals are included.

 

PRICE EXCLUDES 

  • Credit card fees.
  • 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.
  • Snacks on the bus.
  • US and foreign airport taxes, Q fuel surcharge and border taxes when applicable.
  • Gratuities for Tour Educator (Guide) and Driver. We recommend the following guidelines for tips (amounts indicated in US dollars):  
    Group of 20 participants and more:Tour Educator: $8 | Driver: $4 - per participant per day
    Group of 10-19 participants:Tour Educator: $10 | Driver: $5 - per participant per day

 

     


 
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