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Temple Beth El Charlotte Family Trip to Israel with Rabbi Jonathan Freirich

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  • Flights to and from Tel Aviv as listed in the air section of this program (taxes and fuel surcharges are included and subject to change by the airline)
  • 9 nights' accommodation + late check out using selected hotels
  • 9 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed English-speaking tour educator
  • 1 group transfer and assistance from/to  the airport
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Meals: daily breakfast & 4 dinners
  • Portage at the airport and hotels

Day One: Sunday, June 21, 2015

  • 10:07 a.m. Depart from Charlotte on United Airlines Flight #4471.
  • 11:45 a.m. Arrive to Newark.
  • 4:40 p.m. Depart Newark on United Airlines Flight # 84.

Overnight: Flight

Day Two: Monday, June 22, 2015

  • 10:15 a.m. Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Meet your Tour Educator and transfer to Tel Aviv, known as the “city that never sleeps,” with its centers of culture, recreation and national history, great beaches and fine stores.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Visit the newly restored Sarona neighborhood, the Tel Aviv German Colony, followed by a guided visit to the restored houses.
  • Bruchim Habaim! Welcome service on the shores of the Mediterranean.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Enjoy a Middle-Eastern-style welcome dinner at Maganda, in Tel Aviv's Yemenite Quarter, with a varied menu of traditional salads and grilled meats.]

Overnight: Dan Panorama, Tel Aviv

Day Three: Tuesday, June 23, 2015

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • depart hotel.
  • Visit the Jaffa Overlook for an introduction to Tel Aviv at the place where it all began and walk through the famous Jaffa Flea Market - “Shuk Hapishpishim”.
  • Stroll down Rothschild Boulevard to view examples of the intriguing Bauhaus-style architecture from the 1930s; the local proliferation of the style won Tel Aviv recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage site and the nickname of ‘the White City'.
  • Visit the Nachalat Binyamin pedestrian mall, with its bi-weekly crafts fair and eateries; alongside is the colorful Carmel open-air market and across the way Sheinkin Street, with its hip cafés and funky chic shopping; Lunch on own.
  • Visit the Ayalon Institute near Rehovot for an eye-opening tour of a clandestine munitions factory used during the British Mandate.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own in 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:  Dan Panorama, Tel Aviv

Day Four: Wednesday, June 24, 2015

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel and drive north along the coastal plain.
  • Visit Charlotte's Partnership2Gether (P2G) city, Hadera. (pending confirmation)
  • Lunch on 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. (time permitting)
  • Drive to the Upper Galilee and explore Tsfat, a center of Jewish mysticism for hundreds of years.
  • 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.
  • Strolling the quaint Artists' Colony and shop in the galleries and crafts shops.
  • Continue North to the hotel and check in.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: pastoral, Kibbutz Kfar Blum, Upper Galilee

Day Five: Thursday, June 25, 2015

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 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.
  • Embark on a Jeep tour off-road up the Golan Heights in the footsteps of Israeli soldiers and their battles in the Six-Day War; enjoy the beautiful natural scenery and gain an insight into the strategic complexity of the Golan.
  • Lunch on own en route.


  • Wine Tasting at a local, private, and off-the-beaten path winery on the Golan Heights.


  • Enjoy the culinary delight of a chocolate workshop at the De Karina Chocolate Factory at Kibbutz Ein Zivan.


  •  Enjoy rafting or kayaking down the Jordan River.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
  • Where Is My Kibbutz Going?  Dialogue with kibbutz members on the ever-changing nature of kibbutz life today.

Overnight: pastoral, Kibbutz Kfar Blum, Upper Galilee

Day Six: Friday, June 26, 2015

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel and drive south through the Hula lake.
  • 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.
  • Continue along the Jordan Valley, part of the enormous Syrian-African Rift and west through the Judean Desert to Jerusalem.
  • Welcome to Jerusalem - Enter the vibrant and colorful ancient city of Jerusalem, and experience the convergence of the old and the new.
  • Experience the sights, smells, and tastes of Jerusalem while walking through the Machaneh Yehuda open-air market; lunch on own.
  • Check into the hotel and time to prepare for Shabbat.
  • Depart the hotel for Kibbutz Gezer.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat service at the Birkat Shalom Synagogue at Kibbutz Gezer, led by Rabbi Miri Gold.
  • Home Hospitality Shabbat dinner with local congregants.
  • Return to Jerusalem.

Overnight: Mount Zion Hotel, Jerusalem

Day Seven: Saturday, June 27, 2015

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • B'nai Mitzvah service at the Kind David room of the hotel followed by Celebratory Kiddush lunch
  • Visit 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.
  • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah overlooking the Old City.
  • Free time to explore Downtown Jerusalem, including the Ben-Yehuda pedestrian mall and the Nachalat Shiva neighborhood, with dinner on own.

Overnight: Mount Zion Hotel, Jerusalem

Day Eight: Sunday, June 28, 2015

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • depart hotel.
  • Stop at the Kotel (Western Wall) and experience the special atmosphere of this holy site and then walk through the Western Wall Tunnel, the underground continuation of the Western Wall alongside the Temple Mount.
  • Lunch on own in the Jewish Quarter and continue with a walking tour 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 century.
    • King Hezekiah's First Temple-period “Broad Wall”.
    • Hurva Square, the central square of the Jewish Quarter.
  • Proceed to the Old City and begin with an exploration of the excavations at the City of David, the very core of ancient Jerusalem; view the Gihon Spring and wade through the 2,700-year-old water tunnel of King Hezekiah (optional dry exit).
  • Free time OR visit the Christian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem, including the Via Dolorosa, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and other Christian sites.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner on own, perhaps at the new Old Train Station Plaza, a central neighborhood hub for food, entertainment, culture, and enrichment.

Overnight: Mount Zion Hotel, Jerusalem

Day Nine: Monday, June 29, 2015

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • depart 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 new Historical Museum
    • The Children's Memorial
    • A concluding Memorial Service


  • Lunch on own at Yad Vashem.
  • Visit the National Military Cemetery on Mt. Herzl to recall landmark events in modern Israeli history in which these soldiers gave their lives; visit the graves of Theodor Herzl and Yitzhak Rabin in the adjacent section for Leaders of the Nation.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner on own 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.
  • 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: Mount Zion Hotel, Jerusalem

Day Ten: Tuesday, June 30, 2015

  • Light breakfast at the hotel.
  • Descend to the Dead Sea Basin and 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 defence and its current significance in modern Israel.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Short hike to Nahal David, the freshwater spring and waterfalls in the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, where David hid from King Saul.
  • Experience an astonishing sense of weightlessness as you float in the super-saline Dead Sea.
  • Visit Genesis Land, a Biblical-style encampment in the Judean Desert; delve into the Bible, take a camel ride and experience Biblical hospitality.
  • Return to Jerusalem and dinner on own.

Overnight: Mount Zion Hotel, Jerusalem

Day Eleven: Wednesday, July 1, 2015

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Depart hotel.
  • Take part in an archaeological dig at the Beit Guvrin Caves and prepare to get your hands dirty as you uncover pottery from the Hellenistic period, 2,300 years ago, followed by a crawl through the Maresha Cave Labyrinth (crawling is optional).
  • Lunch on own en route and return to Jerusalem.
  • David and Goliath - Where it all Began: Stop at the base of Tel Azeka, site of David's famous battle against Goliath, and use the Biblical text to gain a deeper understanding of the story.
  • Free time on own for last minute packing and shopping.
  • Wrap up with the Rabbi.
  • Late check-out from the hotel.
  • Enjoy an Italian Farewell dinner at Piccolino Restaurant, facing the newly opened Music Square and adjacent to the Nachalat Shiva pedestrian mall.
  • Return to the hotel.

Overnight: Mount Zion Hotel, Jerusalem

Day Twelve: Thursday, July 2, 2015

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out and transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for departure flight.
  • Depart on United Airlines flight #85
  • Arrive in the U.S.A.




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.
  • 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 March 6, 2015 (based on availability), thereafter the tour will be available for land-only services. Cancellation of group air reservations after March 6, 2015 (and before the group flight tickets are issued) will entail a penalty of $200 per ticket.       
  • 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.
  • Guide and Driver Gratuities:
    In keeping with normal standards in international tourism, we recommend the following for tipping:
    • For a group of 10 - 19 passengers:
      $10 per participant per day for the guide & $5 per participant per day for the driver
    • For a group of 20 passengers and more:
      $8 per participant per day for the guide & $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
    • In the case where a security guard and/or a youth counselor is included
      $1 per participant per day per security guard, per youth counselor

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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