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  • 7 nights' accommodation at selected hotels
  • 7 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking tour guide
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Meals: daily breakfast and 6 dinners
  • Portage at the hotels

Day One: Saturday, January 14, 2017

  • Depart the U.S.A.

Overnight: Flight

Day Two: Sunday, January 15, 2017

  • Individual arrivals at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Transfer on own to Tel Aviv and check into the hotel.
  • 6:00 p.m. Meet in the lobby for introduction and orientation.
  • The Reform Movement is Cutting Edge: Depart the hotel and join Rabbi Gilad Kariv for a dialogue with members of the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism's (IMPJ) pre-army academy (mechina), a special social justice project in Jaffa, including an in-depth look at the innovative power and transformative potential of the Reform Movement in Israel.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Festive welcome dinner at the hotel. Maram members will join the group for dinner.

Overnight: Tel Aviv

Day Three: Monday, January 16, 2017

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit the Old City of Jaffa, ascend from the old port through the renovated alleyways to the Jaffa Overlook for an introduction to Tel Aviv at the place where it all began.
  • Visit the Taglit-Birthright Israel State of Mind Innovation Center (pending confirmation).
  • Visit Independence Hall, where David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the State of Israel on May 14th, 1948.
  • LaDa'at Ethnic Tasting Tour 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.
  • Meet with Imri Kallman, Executive Director of The Aguda, The Israeli National LGBT Task Force, at Gan Meir.
  • Dinner on own.

Overnight: Tel Aviv

Day Four: Tuesday, January 17, 2017

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 8:00 a.m. Dialogue with Naomi Zeveloff, Middle East correspondent for the Forward, covering Israel, the Palestinian Territories and beyond.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Program with Avivit Hai, Program Director of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Israeli Arab Issues.
  • Visit a Druze village in the Carmel Mountains for a window into the unique world of the Israeli Druze community, with home-hospitality lunch and special speaker.
  • 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 kibbutz hotel for check-in.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
  • 1, 2, 3 here we go, let's plan a trip - the Da'at way: Engage in a presentation of the basics of how to get started with planning your community journey to Israel.

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee

Day Five: Wednesday, January 18, 2017

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of 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.
  • LaDa'at Northern Israel Wine Route - ?? ??? ???? ??? ????: Take part in a Vintner's Journey along the Golan and Galilean wine route, wine tasting, are included.
  • Drive south along the Jordan Valley, part of the enormous Syrian-African Rift and west through the Judean Desert to Jerusalem.
  • Stop at the Mount of Olives for an overlook of the Old and New City of Jerusalem and to recite the traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing.
  • 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.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • 4:45 p.m. The Labyrinth of Israeli Politics: Dialogue with Prof. Reuven Hazan of the Political Science Department at Hebrew University.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Six: Thursday, January 19, 2017

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 8:00 a.m. Dialogue with Noa Sattath, Director of the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC).
  • Depart Jerusalem for the South.
  • Living on the Edge: Visit Moshav Netiv Ha'asarah, located on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip, for an insight into the security complexities of Israel's withdrawal from Gaza while trying to create a thriving home, including a dialogue with a resident.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Living on the Edge: Meet with Rabbi Yael Karrie at Kehilat Sha'ar Hanegev, and with Alon Schuster, Head of the regional council.
  • Stop at Kibbutz Gezer for a special ice-cream workshop with David Leichman.
  • Return to Jerusalem and to the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Seven: Friday, January 20, 2017

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 8:00 a.m. Challenges and Triumphs of Religious Pluralism and Social Justice in Israel: Dialogue with Anat Hoffman, Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC).
  • Explore the excavations at the City of David, the very core of ancient Jerusalem. .
  • Old City, New Tricks: Walk through the recently-opened Second Temple-period tunnel under the walls of the Old City, emerging in the Jerusalem Archaeological Park at the foot of the Temple Mount under Robinson's Arch.
  • Stop at the Azarat Israel, the pluralistic section of the Kotel (Western Wall).
  • Visit the Kotel (Western Wall) and experience the special atmosphere of this holy site.
  • Continue on a walking tour through the Jewish Quarter for visits to more archaeologicl 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.
  • Afternoon at leisure or stop at Machaneh Yehudah open-air market for the opposite of leisure (but a lot of fun).
  • Return to the hotel with time to relax and prepare for Shabbat.
  • Depart in small groups to various Reform Synagogues in and around Jerusalem for a Kabbalat Shabbat service.
  • Home hospitality Shabbat dinner/communal Shabbat dinner in small groups with local congregants/leadership at various communities.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Eight: Saturday, January 21, 2017

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Shabbat morning service at a local congregation, followed by lunch and Shabbat conversation with Rabbi Michael Marmur and Rabbi Naama Kelman.
  • National Museum, Outward and Inward View: Visit the renewed Israel Museum, one of the most creative and innovative museums in the world, for a look at the changes, expansion and streamlined vision incorporated since the museum's re-opening and for a close look at contemporary Israeli art for further insight into the way we see ourselves and the way we share ourselves with the world.


  • LaDa'at Hebrew Writers - Old Voices and New Perspectives: Guided walk through the streets of Jerusalem, using the writings of Jerusalem's poets and authors, such as Yehuda Amichai, S.Y. Agnon and others.
  • Talking Shop: Havdallah overlooking the Old City with Maram Colleagues, followed by conversation and cocktails.
  • Late check-out from the hotel.
  • Festive farewell dinner.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for departure flights.

Overnight: Flight

Day Nine: Sunday, January 22, 2017

  • Arrival in the U.S.A.

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.
  • 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

  • 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.
  • 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.

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  • 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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