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Temple Emanu-El of Westfield
Journey through Contemporary Israel

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  • Flights to and from Tel Aviv (Taxes and fuel charges are included and subject to change by the airline).
  • 8 nights' accommodation + late check out at selected hotels
  • 7 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking tour guide + a walking tour on Shabbat
  • 1 group transfer and assistance from/to the airport
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Meals: daily breakfast & 6 dinners
  • Portage at the airport and hotels

Day One: Saturday, February 6, 2016
DEPARTURE

  • Depart USA.

Overnight: Flight

Day Two: Sunday, February 7, 2016
ARRIVAL

  • 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.
  • Welcome to Israel: Stop at the Jaffa Overlook for an introduction to Tel Aviv - and to our journey in Israel.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Welcome dinner at Tel Aviv's Old Port, now a center of coffee shops and good food, and one of Tel Aviv's blooming hot spots.

Overnight: Tel Aviv

Day Three: Monday, February 8, 2016
ISSUES IN CONTEMPORARY TEL AVIV

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Our first stop is Rabin Square, a center of Tel Aviv's cultural and political life, named after the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin who was assassinated here in 1995. Take a quiet moment at the Rabin Memorial.
  • Walk down Bialik Street in Tel Aviv, with a visit to the Rubin House, the former residence and studio of Reuven Rubin. Delve into the special world of this pioneering Israeli artist.
  • Strangers in a Strange Land: Explore the reality of the foreign worker in Tel Aviv as you walk through the streets of South Tel Aviv.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • Urban Culture Tours of Tel Aviv, Combining Street Art, Language & Graffiti: Join Guy Sharett, a local resident, to explore the urban culture of the city.
  • Israeli Society @ 2016: Dialogue with scholar Paul Liptz of Tel Aviv University and the Hebrew Union College.
  • Dinner on own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Tel Aviv

Day Four: Tuesday, February 9, 2016
COMMUNITIES PAST AND PRESENT

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel and depart Tel Aviv.
  • Tikkun Olam hands-on experience with Leket, a volunteer organization that provides food for the needy by collecting excess produce from farms and food distribution companies.
  • Continue to Nahalal in the Jezreel Valley for an in-depth look at communal living then and now in Israel's first moshav, farming village, and the cemetery where Moshe Dayan, Ilan Ramon (Israel's first astronaut) and his pilot son, Asaf Ramon, are buried, with lunch at the home of Atzilit and Ofer Aviram or Racheli Avidov, and a visit to the secret weapons hideaway from the War of Independence.
  • 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 Upper Galilee and check into the kibbutz hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
  • Kibbutz Ideology and Israeli Reality in the 21st Century: Meet with a second-generation kibbutz member.

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee

Day Five: Wednesday, February 10, 2016
SERENITY AND SECURITY IN THE NORTH

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Explore Israel's security situation on the Golan Heights from Mt. Bental, overlooking the abandoned Syrian town of Kuneitra, for a first-hand view of Israel's security position along the Syrian Border; visit a former Israeli bunker and gain further insight into the challenges Israel faced during the 1973 Yom Kippur War with Maj. (Ret.) Sarit Zehavi, former officer of the IDF intelligence Corps and proud resident of the Northern Galilee.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • Walk along Nahal Amud, the highest of the flowing streams in Israel, as it meanders through the hills of the Upper Galilee - a great place to wander by the pools and orchards. Its 26 flour mills once served the residents of Tsfat and the nearby villages (weather permitting).
  • Return to the kibbutz.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee

Day Six: Thursday, February 11, 2016
VISIONS AND REALITY

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel and drive south via the ancient/modern city of Tiberias on Lake Kinneret.
  • Modern Day Zionism: Visit Moshav Menahemia, south of the Sea of Galilee, to meet members of the local Ayalim Association which encourages students to live on Moshavim around Israel.
  • Visit Bio-Bee Biological Systems on Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu, leading experts in the mass production of beneficial insects and mites for agricultural purposes. There is regional cooperation in this field with Palestinians and Jordanians.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • Continue south via the Jordan Valley Rift to Jerusalem and upon entering the city, stop to recite the traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing.
  • Welcome to Jerusalem - Enter the vibrant and colorful ancient city of Jerusalem, and experience the convergence of the old and the new.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • The Labyrinth of Israeli Politics: Dialogue over dinner at a local restaurant with Prof. Reuven Hazan of Hebrew University's Political Science Department.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Seven: Friday, February 12, 2016
THE LAYERS OF JERUSALEM

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Challenges and Triumphs of Religious Pluralism and Social Justice in Israel: Dialogue with Yizhar Hess, Executive Director of the Masorti Movement  and with Anat Hoffman, Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC).
  • Proceed to the Old City and begin with a walking tour through the Jewish Quarter for visits to archaeological treasures and other highlights, among them:
    • 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 Karaite Synagogue and meet with representatives of the Karaite community; the Karaites recognize the Tanakh alone as its supreme legal authority in Jewish religious law and theology.
    • The Cardo, the main street of Jerusalem in the 6th century.
    • King Hezekiah's First Temple-period “Broad Wall”.
  • Lunch on own in the Jewish Quarter.
  • Stop at the Kotel (Western Wall) and experience the special atmosphere of this site.
  • Return to the hotel with free time to prepare for Shabbat.
  • Drive to the city of Modi'in for Kabbalat Shabbat services at Kehillat Yozma, followed by Shabbat dinner with congregants.
  • Return to Jerusalem.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Eight: Saturday, February 13, 2016
SHABBAT IN JERUSALEM

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Optional Shabbat services.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Explore Christian East Jerusalem through visits with Christian personalities and institutions with Hana Bendcowsky, Director of the Jerusalem Center for Jewish Christian Relations.
  • Return to the hotel
  • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah overlooking the Old City.
  • Proceed to the Old City for a special night tour of theWestern Wall Tunnel, the underground continuation of the Temple Mount's Western Wall, exposed in recent years.
  • Free time to explore downtown Jerusalem, including the Ben-Yehuda pedestrian mall and the Nachalat Shiva neighbourhood with dinner on own.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Nine: Sunday, February 14, 2016
CULTURE IN JERUSALEM

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Tales of an Un-Urban Village: visit with Ein Kerem resident and historian Ruth Zfati, who will take us to meet different characters and artists living in this special place.
  • Lunch on own in Ein Kerem.
  • Using the Bible in the Modern State of Israel: Text study at the rich archaeological dig at Khirbet Qeiyafa, overlooking the Elah Valley. The possible identification of the site with the 10th-century BCE Biblical city of Sha'arayim has added fuel to the heated debate on the essence and extent of David's kingdom (access to the site is by 4x 4 vehicle).
  • Dinner on own, perhaps at the Old Train Station Plaza, a central neighborhood hub for food, entertainment, culture, and enrichment.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Ten: Monday, February 15, 2016
BEYOND CONFLICTS

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 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. Our tour will include dialogues with residents and local activists in various neighborhoods, and a special visit to one of the checkpoints between Israeli and Palestinian area (subject to confirmation).
  • Experience the sights, smells, and tastes of Jerusalem while walking through the Machaneh Yehuda open-air market.
  • Lunch in the market.
  • 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.
  • Rest of the afternoon at leisure to relax and finish packing.
  • Late check-out from the hotel.
  • Festive farewell dinner.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport and check in for the departure flight to the U.S.A.

Overnight: Flight

Day Eleven: Tuesday, February 16, 2016
ARRIVAL

  • Arrival USA.


 

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 Nov 02, 2015 (based on availability), thereafter the tour will be available for land-only services. Cancellation of group air reservations after Nov 02, 2015 (and before the group flight tickets are issued) will entail a penalty of $100 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:
    • 10-19 passengers: Guide $10, driver $5 - per participant per day
    • 20 passengers and more: Guide $8, driver $4 - per participant per day

 

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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