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North Shore Congregation Israel
NSCI Women's Israel Trip
Led by Rabbi Wendi Geffen

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  • 7 nights' accommodation at select hotels
  • 7 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking tour educator
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Meals: daily breakfast, 1 lunch and 4 dinners
  • Portage at the airport and hotels

Day One: Saturday, June 23, 2018
DEPARTURE 

  • Depart the U.S.A.

Overnight: Flight


Day Two: Sunday, June 24, 2018
ARRIVAL  

  • Individual arrivals at Ben Gurion International Airport (allow enough time to check into hotel and meet in the lobby at 5:45 p.m.).
  • Take a taxi (on own account) to the hotel or, if you wish for a supplemental cost, contact  ARZA World to have their representatives organize a private welcome by our representative,  assistance with arrival formalities and transfer.
  • Arrive to Tel Aviv, known as the city that never sleeps and pass by centers of culture and recreation such as the Habima Theater, sprawling beaches, Dizengoff Street and Rabin Square.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • 5:45 p.m. Meet up with the rest of the group in the hotel lobby.
  • Dinner at Liliyot, which offers an attractive menu mixing Mediterranean and Californian cuisine. Liliyot works together with the ELEM/ Youth in Distress in Israel organization by employing youth with difficulties and donating part of their profits to ELEM.

Overnight: Tel Aviv


Day Three: Monday, June 25, 2018
INNOVATORS AND CHANGE  

  • Early morning yoga session at the hotel.
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Israeli Fashion: A special window into the world of Israeli fashion, meeting with accessory and clothes designers, as well as leading fashion expert Galit Reisman.
  • 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.
  • Walk down Bialik Street in Tel Aviv for a visual journey through Tel Aviv's past and present, including a view of the houses of artist Reuven Rubin and writer Chaim Nachman Bialik.
  • Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Dialogue Hamutal Gouri, Executive Director of the Dafna Fund, Israel's only women's foundation.
  • Visit to the Nalaga'at Theater to view a production of Lo Al HaLechem Levado - Not by Bread Alone OR Luna Park, performed by a deaf-blind theater group. (TBD.)
  • Dinner on your own.

Overnight: Tel Aviv


Day Four: Tuesday, June 26, 2018  
TO THE NORTH  

  • Inside and Out: Breakfast and dialogue with Ret. Miri Eisen, who acted as the Advisor on the Foreign Media to Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmart.
  • Check out of the hotel and drive north along the coastal plain.
  • Guided by a local resident, visit the famous Ein Hod artist colony south of Haifa, and explore some of the many galleries throughout the village.
  • Visit a Druze village in the Carmel Mountains for a window into the unique world of the Israeli Druze community, with home-hospitality lunch.
  • Doing Good with Great Wine: Visit Tulip, a boutique winery that combines wine production with contributing to the community. Located in Kfar Tikva, (“Village of Hope,”), this is a community settlement for people with special needs, which strives to allow the disabled community to develop and realize their potential.
  • Drive to the Upper Galilee and check into kibbutz guesthouse.
  • Late afternoon at leisure to relax and enjoy the spa's facilities (spa treatments can be scheduled for arrival time).
  • Dinner at the kibbutz.

Overnight: Pastoral Kfar Blum, Upper Galilee


Day Five: Wednesday, June 27, 2018
SPIRITUALITY IN THE NORTH 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Explore Tsfat, a center of Jewish mysticism for hundreds of years and a contemporary artists' colony, including:
    • Guided visits to the Ari, Caro or Abuhav Synagogues with their great stories and mystical messages.
    • A stroll through the colourful artists' quarter.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • 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.
  • Drive south along the Jordan Valley Rift.
  • Welcome to Jerusalem: Enter the vibrant and colorful ancient city of Jerusalem, and experience the convergence of the old and the new.
  • Stop at the Haas Promenade for an overlook of the Old and New City of Jerusalem and to recite the traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner on own, perhaps at the Old Train Station Plaza, a central neighborhood hub for food, entertainment, culture, and enrichment.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Six: Thursday, June 28, 2018
A CITY OF STRUGGLE  

  • 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).
  • Women Empowerment and Social Change through Martial Arts and Self-Defense: Session with El Halev, a Jerusalem-based, non-profit NGO.
  • Take a multi-cultural tasting journey through the hustle and bustle of Jerusalem's Machaneh Yehudah open-air market: Enjoy the sights, smells, tastes and sounds of this vibrant area where Jerusalemites shops; lunch on own if still hungry!
  • LaDa'at The Geopolitics of Jerusalem: Travel through the city of Jerusalem, exploring some of its political and diplomatic complexities - including the ‘Security Barrier' - to gain a behind-the-headlines insight into current developments.
  • Free time OR 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.
  • 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: Friday, June 29, 2018
JERUSALEM: THE MAINSTAY FOR ALL WESTERN FAITHS 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Proceed to the Old City.
  • One Mountain, Three Religions: An inter-denominational exploration of Zion, the traditional burial site of King David, the Room of the Last Supper and a mosque - all sharing a single building.
  • Explore Christian East Jerusalem through visits with Christian personalities and institutions with Hana Bendcowsky, Director of the Jerusalem Center for Jewish Christian Relations.
  • Lunch on own in the Old City.
  • Free time before Shabbat.

Option 1:

  • Depart for Rosh Ha'ayin for Kabbalat Shabbat service at Bavat Ayin followed by home hospitality dinner with local congregants, OR

Option 2:

  • Kabbalat Shabbat services in Jerusalem with Nava Tehila and festive Shabbat dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Eight: Saturday, June 30, 2018
SHABBAT IN JERUSALEM  

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Optional Shabbat morning services.
  • Shabbat lunch on own (cost not included)
  • Day at leisure.
  • Havdallah overlooking the Old City led by Rabbi Geffen.
  • Festive farewell dinner.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Nine: Sunday, July 1, 2018
DEPARTURE 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel and transfer on own to Ben Gurion International Airport either by taxi or arrange a transfer with ARZA World.
  • Departure flight to the U.S.A., arriving the same day.
 

Need to Know

  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 15 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.
  • 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 15 - 19 passengers:
      $10 per participant per day for the 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 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.

  
Three simple ways to book ARZA World tours!

1. ARZA World customer service center is open Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 5:30 pm EST. Call 888.811.2812.
2. Booking with us is easy! Register online by simply finding the right program for you and clicking 'Register now.'
3. We are proud to work with the Travel Agent community. Simply contact your favored travel agent and ask them to handle your booking; restrictions apply.

Important to Know
  • Land-only price does not include arrival/departure transfers unless otherwise indicated.
  • By paying a deposit upon registration, you are agreeing to ARZA World terms.
  • We highly recommend carefully reviewing those terms for full details about conditions and penalties.
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