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Temple Beth Torah Trip to Israel
Led by Rabbi Avi Schulman

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  • 10 nights' accommodation + late check-out at selected hotels
  • 9  days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking tour guide
  • 1 group transfer and assistance from/to the airport
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Meals: Breakfast daily, 2 lunches & 6 dinners
  • Portage at the airport and hotels

Day One: Tuesday, June 16, 2015 
DEPARTURE

  • Depart the U.S.A.

Overnight: Flight

Day Two: Wednesday, June 17, 2015  
ARRIVAL

  • Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Visit Neot Kedumim, a large interactive “Biblical landscape reserve” dedicated to the flora and lifestyle of ancient times - with tree planting.
  • Welcome to Jerusalem: Enter the vibrant and colorful ancient city of Jerusalem, and experience the convergence of the old and the new.
  • Stop to recite the traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Welcome dinner at a local Jerusalem restaurant.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Three: Thursday, June 18, 2015 
THE LAYERS OF JERUSALEM

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Proceed to the Old City and begin with an exploration of the excavations at the City of David, the very core of ancient Jerusalem.
  • 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.
  • Stop at the Kotel (Western Wall) and experience the special atmosphere of this holy site.
  • Lunch on own in the Jewish Quarter and then continue with a walking tour and visit archaeological treasures and other highlights, among them:
    • 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.
    • Burnt House, a dramatic scorched witness to the Roman destruction of Jerusalem in 70 C.E.
  • Dinner on own, perhaps on trendy Emek Refaim Street in the German Colony.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Four: Friday, June 19, 2015 
MEMORY & RENEWAL

  • 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 new Historical Museum
    • The Children's Memorial
  • Lunch at Yad Vashem.
  • Experience the sights, smells, and tastes of Jerusalem while walking through the Machaneh Yehuda open-air market.
  • Free time to relax and prepare for Shabbat.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat service at Kehillat Mevasseret Zion.
  • Home Hospitality Shabbat dinner/communal Shabbat dinner with local congregants OR Shabbat dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Five: Saturday, June 20, 2015
SHABBAT IN JERUSALEM

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Optional Shabbat morning services at Hebrew Union College, followed by a dialogue with faculty and students (pending on  HUC's schedule).
  • Free afternoon In Jerusalem with optional visits to :
    • Walk along the Ramparts of the Old City.
    • Guided visit to the Tower of David Museum of the History of Jerusalem for a walk through the city's history - with observation points, visual and audio-visual aids - from the time of Abraham to the end of the British Mandate over Palestine.
    • 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 at the First Tachana (Old Train Station Plaza), a central neighborhood hub for food, entertainment, culture, and enrichment, followed by dinner on own.
  • Optional evening cultural event. (TBA - Not included in the cot)

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Six: Sunday, June 21, 2015
INTO THE DESERT, MASADA AND THE DEAD SEA

  • Early 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.
  • Float in the Dead Sea, use the spa facilities of a Dead Sea resort and enjoy a sumptuous buffet lunch. 
  • Short hike to Nahal David, the freshwater spring and waterfalls in the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, where David hid from King Saul.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Free time to explore Downtown Jerusalem, including the Ben-Yehuda pedestrian mall and the Nachalat Shiva neighborhood, with dinner on own.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Seven: Monday, June 22, 2015
NATURE AND DREAMERS ON THE ROAD NORTH

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel, depart Jerusalem and drive north along the Jordan Valley Rift.
  • Visit Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu for an interactive family tour of the Bio-Bee fields and facilities; gain a hands-on insight into a very local, world leader tackling the challenge of environmental improvement, using flies, bees, owls as well as having an opportunity to experience a very real, working and ideological kibbutz.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • Visit the 1,500-year-old Beit Alfa Synagogue, with its beautiful mosaic floor, for an insight into Jewish spiritual life during the Byzantine period (located on Kibbutz Heftziba, at the foot of the Gilboa range).
  • Swim in the fresh water pools and natural springs at the Gan Hashlosha Nature Reserve (Sachne), situated at the foot of Mt. Gilboa.
  • Drive to the Upper Galilee and check into the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee

Day Eight: Tuesday, June 23, 2015
NATURE AND SECURITY IN THE GOLAN

  • 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.
  • Take 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.
  • The panoramic views from 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.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Visit the award-winning Golan Heights Winery, located in Katzrin, which launched its first wines in 1984 and has since become world renowned; wine tasting.
  • Enjoy rafting or kayaking down the Jordan River.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
  • Optional: Torchlight visit to the nearby Kala'at Nimrod Fortress.

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee

Day Nine: Wednesday, June 24, 2015
FROM MYSTICS TO DREAMERS IN THE GALILEE

  • 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:
    • A guided visit to the Ari, Caro or Abuhav Synagogues, each with its  great stories and mystical messages.
    • A dialogue with an Artist inspired by the messages of Kabbalah.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • Guided visit of the village of Peki'in in the Upper Galilee, home to Muslims, Christians, Druze and - until recently - the remnants of an ancient Jewish community; tradition identifies a small local cave as the refuge of the 2nd-century Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, supposed author of the Zohar, the book of Jewish mysticism.
  • From the top of Mount Carmel view the Baha'i Gardens and gold-domed Shrine of the Bab, one of the holiest sites of the Baha'i religion.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner on own.

Overnight: Haifa

Day Ten: Thursday, June 25, 2015
ALONG THE COAST

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Living In Haifa: Meeting with the Rabbi's niece, Chelsea Levron.
  • Drive south along the coastal plain to Caesarea, one of the Land of Israel's most important cities in the Roman Period; visit the Herodian theater and the new excavations along the Mediterranean shore, concluding with a visit to the ruined 900-year-old Crusader town.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • Entrepreneurship From Day One: Special seminar at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya and meet with students, alumni and mentors from the Sam Zell Entrepreneurship Program.
  • 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, perhaps 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: Tel Aviv

Day Eleven: Friday, June 26, 2015
FOUNDATIONS OF A CITY AND A STATE

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Start with a stop at Rabin Square, a center of Tel Aviv's cultural and political life, named for Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin who was assassinated here. Take a quiet moment at the Rabin Memorial.
  • Drive to the Ayalon Institute near Rehovot for an eye-opening tour of a clandestine munitions factory used during the British Mandate.
  • 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 and walk through the famous Jaffa Flea Market - “Shuk Hapishpishim”.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Return to Tel Aviv and visit Independence Hall, where David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the State of Israel on May 14th, 1948.
  • Free time OR 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'.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat service with Beit Tefilah Yisraeli at Tel Aviv Port, including music, prayer, dance and poetry.
  • Festive Shabbat dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Tel Aviv

Day Twelve: Saturday, June 27, 2015 
SHABBAT IN TEL AVIV
| no guide

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Optional Shabbat services.
  • Free Shabbat in Tel Aviv on own with an opportunity to:
    • Take in the grand art collection at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art
    • Explore the colorful and historic Neve Zedek neighborhood
    • Visit some of Tel Aviv's legendary Art Galleries.
    • Enjoy the Ganei Yehoshua Park on the Yarkon River
    • Crash the waves of the Mediterranean Sea
    • Wander through the Tachana, Tel Aviv's newly renovated old train station, now a center of boutiques and good food, and one of Tel Aviv's blooming hot spots.
    • Walk or bike the Blue Route in Tel Aviv, with its beautiful coastline and  Mediterranean atmosphere, from the Jaffa Ridge in the south to Tel Aviv Port in the north, OR take the Green Route, passing through Ganei Yehoshua along the Yarkon River.
    • Walk through the trendy Tel Aviv Port.
  • Dinner on own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Tel Aviv 

Day Thirteen: Sunday, June 28, 2015 
FREE DAY IN TEL AVIV
| no guide

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Free day on own in Tel Aviv.
  • Late check-out from the hotel.
  • Farewell dinner at Kimmel, offering an eclectic taster's menu in a restored building (once the property of the Turkish Sultan).
  • Transfer to the airport and check in for the departure flight to the USA.

Overnight: Flight

Day Fourteen: Monday, June 29, 2015 
ARRIVAL

  • Arrival in the U.S
 

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

 

  • 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
      or a minimum of $50 per touring day in total
    • 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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