Beth Meyer Synagogue & Judea Reform Congregation Israel Experience – June 2018

Trip Overview

Come join Beth Meyer Synagogue & Judea Reform Congregation on an incredible journey through Israel!

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YOU WILL HAVE AN INCREDIBLE TIME WHEN YOU:

  • Ascend the Golan Heights
  • Travel to the Druze Village of Majdel Shams
  • Wade through Hezekiah’s Tunnels
  • Participate in an active archaeological dig
  • Live Kabbalat Shabbat at the first station
  • Ascend Temple Mount
  • Boat ride in the Dead Sea
  • Yad Vashem memorial Museum
  • Hall of Independence
  • and so much more!
Day 1

DAY ONE – MONDAY, JUNE 25TH - ARRIVAL- NORTH

  • Welcome to Israel!!! Arrival at Ben Gurion airport on UA flight #84  where you will be met by Israel Maven representatives and your guide
  • Welcome ceremony at the amazing Aqueducts of Caesarea – introduction to the trip by the guide and the Rabbis
  • Lunch on own en route
  • Visit the Illegal immigrant detention camp of Atlit, where Jews attempting to reach the shores of the Land of Israel were arrested and imprisoned.
  • Continue to Ramot Resort- Check into hotel
  • Dinner at the Hotel (included)
  • Opening session with Rabbi Eric Solomon and Rabbi Larry Bach

Overnight: Ramot Resort

Day 1
Day 2

DAY TWO – TUESDAY, JUNE 26TH – GALILEE

  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel- check out
  • Discover the Mystical City of Tzfat including beautiful synagogues, picturesque alleyways and artists’ colony.
  • Meet with Noah Greenberg- who will share his connection to the City of Tzfat and art
  • Lunch and wine tasting at the Adir Winery
  • Explore the amazing City of Akko- including the Al Jazzar Mosque, Crusader Halls and the infamous Prison
  • Visit the Tunisian Synagogue and see the amazing mosaics the depict the history of the Jewish People
  • Dinner en-route at Karmiel mall (on own)

Overnight: Ramot Resort

Day 2
Day 3

DAY THREE – WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27TH – GOLAN AND SEA OF GALILEE AREA- TO JERUSALEM

  • Full Israeli breakfast at the hotel- check out
  • Ascend the Golan Heights and visit the Old Israeli outpost of Tel Saki as we receive a security briefing on the relationship between Israel and Syria
  • Travel to the Druze Village of Majdel Shams- Meet with local Druze and hear about the Druze community and their complex political status
  • Lunch in the Majdel Shams (on own)
  • Nature walk in the beautiful streams of Banyas River, one of the main sources to the Jordan River.
    Visit the beautiful waterfall, the ancient flower mill
  • Rafting down the streams of the Jordan River- prepared to get wet!
  • Dinner in Livnim- Roberg Restaurant (included)

Overnight: Ramot Resort

Day 3
Day 4

DAY FOUR – THURSDAY, JUNE 28TH – TO JERUSALEM

  • Full Israeli breakfast at the hotel
  • Check out and depart
  • Cool down at the natural pools of the Sachne/Belvoire Crusader Castle
  • Continue to Jerusalem
  • Welcome and introduction to Jerusalem atop of Mount of Olives!
  • Lunch on own in Jerusalem
  • Walk in the footsteps of Prophets & Kings in the City of David
  • Wade through Hezekiah’s Tunnels dug more than 2700 years ago (prepare to get wet, bring water-shoes)
  • Dinner on own in Jerusalem

Overnight: Leonardo Plaza Hotel, Jerusalem

Day 4
Day 5

DAY FIVE – FRIDAY, JUNE  29TH – ARCHAEOLOGICAL DIG - PREP FOR SHABBAT

  • Full Israeli breakfast at the hotel
  • Travel to the Ella Valley and see the place where David slew Goliath
  • Participate in an active archaeological dig at Tel Maresha
  • Spelunk in ancient caves of the time
  • OR GEOPOLITICAL TOUR OF JERUSALEM- GUSH ETZION
  • Lunch at Machane Yehuda Market on own
  • Theatrical tour of the picturesque neighborhoods of Nachlaot as they prepare for Shabbat
  • Prepare for Shabbat
  • 5:00pm- OPTION: Live Kabbalat Shabbat at the first station
  • Join thousands as they bring in the Shabbat in song at the Kotel or Kol Haneshama synagogue
  • Shabbat dinner at hotel (included)

Overnight: Leonardo Plaza Hotel, Jerusalem

Day 5
Day 6

DAY SIX – SHABBAT, JUNE 30TH – SHABBAT IN JERUSALEM- DAY AT LEISURE

  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel
  • Options:
    • Morning at leisure - option to visit different synagogues in the vicinity
    • Rest at the hotel
    • Tours on own- Israel Museum, Islamic Art Museum and more
  • Lunch on own
  • Shabbat afternoon rest
  • OPTIONAL Walking tour in the local neighborhoods of Rehevia and Talbiyah- including the presidents and prime minister’s residents. Or walking tour with David “Gingi” Wilfond- Reform Rabbi- through the Old City
  • Musical Havdalah!! With Rabbi Larry Bach
  • Shopping time on Ben Yehuda Street & dinner (not included)

Overnight: Leonardo Plaza Hotel, Jerusalem

Day 6
Day 7

DAY SEVEN – SUNDAY, JULY 1TH –JERUSALEM THEN AND NOW- 17th OF TAMMUZ

  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel
  • Tfilla at Robinson’s Arch at the “Ezrat Yisrael”
  • Ascend Temple Mount and hear about the monuments that are there and that were once there
  • Discover the secrets of the Temple as you walk through the Western Wall tunnels
  • Lunch on own at the Jewish Quarter
  • Visit some of the sites if the Jewish Quarter- 4 Sefardic Synagogues, Cardo and Burnt House
  • Follow in the footsteps of the Paratroopers during their battle for Jerusalem at Ammunition Hill- discus the implications from both sides about the Six Day War
  • Dinner on own in Jerusalem

Overnight: Leonardo Plaza Hotel, Jerusalem

Day 7
Day 8

DAY EIGHT – MONDAY, JULY 2TH – JUDEAN DESERT

  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel
  • Depart for the Judean Desert
  • Ascend Masada by cable car & relive the bitter confrontation between Zealots & Romans
  • Lunch at the footsteps of Masada on own
  • Boat ride in the Dead Sea to see some of the amazing salt formations and to understand the challenges of the receding of the Dead Sea
  • OTHER OPTIONS- Nature walk in the beautiful springs of Ein Gedi OR Lunch and swim at one of the Dead Sea Hotels
  • Float on the Dead Sea!!!
  • Dinner, Camel riding and desert hospitality Genesis Land- cancel
  • Return to Jerusalem

Overnight: Leonardo Plaza Hotel, Jerusalem

Day 8
Day 9

DAY NINE – TUESDAY, JULY 3RD – JERUSALEM- TEL AVIV

  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel
  • Pay tribute to the Six Million Jews who perished in the Holocaust at Yad Vashem memorial Museum. Hear stories about leadership and heroism during the most difficult times for the Jewish people.
  • Lunch on own at the Cafeteria
  • Continue to Tel Aviv
  • Settle into hotel- relax
  • Stroll through the arts and crafts fair of Nachalat Binyamin/Time for relaxation and beach/pool
  • Evening walking tour of Jaffa- the City of Jafeth, Jonah, Simon, Napoleon and many others (movie)
  • Dinner on own in Tel Aviv

Overnight: Renaissance Hotel, Tel Aviv

Day 9
Day 10

DAY TEN – WEDNESDAY, JULY 4TH – TEL AVIV- DEPARTURE

  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel
  • Relive the declaration of the State of Israel 70 years to at the Hall of Independence
  • Meet with up and coming startup company and hear the Israel achievements in the world in the last 70 years
  • Final lunch as a group at a local restaurant in Tel Aviv
  • Final summary at Rabin Square- discuss Israeli society today
  • Late afternoon at leisure
  • Dinner on own
  • DEPARTURE TO AIRPORT
  • Return Flight to US

NEXT YEAR IN JERUSALEM!!!

Day 10
Day 11

ISRAEL EXTENSION- CONTEMPORARY ISRAEL

DAY ELEVEN – THURSDAY, JULY 5TH – HEBRON THROUGH DIFFERENT EYES

  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel
  • Travel to Hebron (armored bus)- the City of Patriarch and Matriarch! Visit “Mearat Hamechpela” and learn about the biblical story of Abraham purchasing the plot
  • Meet with Arab Hebron Residents and hear about the life in the Palestinian side
  • Lunch en route
  • Tour of the Israeli side of Hebron- including Avraham Avinu Synagogue and the Ancient City of Tel Rumeida. Meet with local Jewish Resident and security update complexity
  • Travel to Kibbutz Kfar Etzion and hear the story of the Gush from the 1948 war
  • Recap of the day at Park “Oz V’gaon” in memory of the 3 youth who were kidnapped and murdered in the vicinity
  • Return to Tel Aviv
  • Dinner on own

Overnight: Renaissance Hotel, Tel Aviv

Day 11
Day 12

ISRAEL EXTENSION- CONTEMPORARY ISRAEL

DAY TWELVE– FRIDAY, JULY 6TH – ARABS AND JEWS IN ISRAEL- CAN IT WORK?

  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel
  • Travel to the mixed town of Neve shalom- Meet with the residents, youth and hear first-hand about the community and how both Jews and Arabs live in an friendly environment.
  • Travel to the village of Abu Gosh- Meet local Imam and hear from them about their political and religious views from the standpoint of the Israeli Arab (with woman that we met last time)
  • Lunch in Abu Gosh at Hummus Abu Shukri!!!
  • Return to Tel Aviv - afternoon at leisure and preparation for Shabbat
  • Kabbalat Shabbat at the Namal with Beit Tfilla
  • Shabbat dinner at hotel

Overnight: Renaissance Hotel, Tel Aviv

 

Day 12
Day 13

ISRAEL EXTENSION- CONTEMPORARY ISRAEL

DAY THIRTEEN –SHABBAT, JULY 7TH – SHABBAT IN TEL AVIV- DEPARTURE

  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel
  • Morning options:
    • Enjoy the hotel facilities
    • Walk along the Herbert Samuel promenade
    • Beach
    • Join a Masorti Kehilla for Shacharit Services
  • Lunch on own in Tel Aviv
  • Walking tour of Neve Tzedek- the first neighborhood outside the Old City of Jaffa
  • Late check out!!!
  • Dinner in Tel Aviv

Travel to Ben Gurion Airport

11:10pm- Depart for the US on UA Flight #91

 

להיתראות!!!!

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Pricing

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Hotels

Enjoy your trip to it's fullest at these comfortable hotels!

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Ramot Resort

At the foot of the Golan, overlooking the magnificent view of the Sea of Galilee, Indulging guest rooms for couples and families, surrounded by open lawns, breathtaking views, a swimming pool (in season), spa treatments, adventure trails and above all – first class luxurious service.

The Resort features 123 beautifully decorated deluxe rooms, Nature Cabins and Chalets set among the lush landscaping of the Golan Heights and the Sea of Galilee

 

Leonardo Plaza Hotel, Jerusalem

The 5-star hotel, Leonardo Plaza Hotel Jerusalem welcomes you in a very central location in the heart of Jerusalem. The hotel is located in the city center, close to the old and new city, the Great Synagogue and a huge variety of shopping facilities and commercial districts. The Old Town with the Western Wall is only a 15-minute walk away.
 
The hotel offers 269 beautifully decorated rooms and suites with a breathtaking view of Jerusalem’s Old and New City. The exquisite restaurant assures you an exclusive culinary experience with delicious Italian cuisine which is strictly kosher. a seasonal pool as well as luxury spa complex which includes fitness room, Jacuzzi and sauna will guarantee a few relaxed hours. The hotel has 4 meeting and conference rooms which can accommodate any event or conference. The hotel's children's club offers a variety of fun activities for children and a little peace and quiet for parents.
 
Whether you are on a family holiday or on a business trip, the Leonardo Plaza Hotel Jerusalem will meet all your requirements. The hotel's experienced staff, the hotel's leisure and business facilities and the city of Jerusalem will ensure you a luxurious and pampering experience.
Renaissance Hotel, Tel Aviv

Renaissance Tel Aviv is a 16-story hotel in the business district at a close proximity to Old Jaffa, Tel Aviv Museum of Art and Old Tel Aviv Port Area offering en-suite rooms with a magnificent view of Hayarkon Park and the Mediterranean Sea. The comfortable hotel was built in 1975 and refurbished in 2012.

Renaissance Tel Aviv Hotel is located right on the beautiful white beach. The distance between Tel Aviv city center and the property is 3 km.

The hotel is surrounded by brasseries, an amusement park and bars.

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FAQ

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Q: What are the security issues facing Israel today- should we be concerned?

The security in Israel is always a concern on travelers to Israel. As of today, there are no security warnings or alerts for travelers coming to Israel. Israel Maven is daily contact with the "security room" which is the office of the Ministry of Defense dealing with travelling in Israel. We receive daily updates, and get updated on a regular basis through SMS and phone on any irregularity in the daily routine of Israel. Note, that although what is seen around the world on the media about what goes on in Israel is usually conflict, the reality is different. Millions of visitors come to Israel annually and some of them even feel safer here than in their own country. Changes in itinerary that need to be made due to safety or security concerns are done without hesitation. We are also in close contact with Israeli Police & SPNI (Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel) to ensure that all safety & security guidelines are updated in real-time based on changing circumstances. Both participants & staff receive detailed guidelines aimed at ensuring that the no one is hurt or harmed in any way. These guidelines range from appropriate footwear on hikes to keeping hydrated, to avoiding certain areas if necessary. Public transportation on busses and/or trains is not utilized at any time during the program. We do not approach or enter the Gaza Strip or any areas under the control of the Palestinian Authority.

Q: Do you offer travel insurance?

Please note that most insurance policies require purchase within 14-21 days of your date of registration for the trip. Israel Maven Tours has made arrangements with SMS Travel Insurance Center (Israel) of Omaha, Nebraska. SMS has over 25 years of experience as insurance brokers and can help you choose the policy that best meets your needs. Our contact person is Yonah Engel. Please mention this promo code when making your purchase: ISRAELMAVEN. For more information, please send an email to yonah@travelinsuranceisrael.com. You may also contact Yonah by phone in the USA at (402) 404-5205 or in Israel at 0522-873-665. Please note that Israel Maven Tours cannot accept responsibility for any losses or expenses which you or any member of your party may incur as a result of failure to secure adequate coverage.

Q: What is policy for those arriving/ departing early/late?

Participants who are not travelling together with the group are asked to coordinate their plans in advance with the group leader and the tour operator. Participants who are not arriving or departing together with the group are responsible for joining/ leaving the group at their own expense. We are happy to assist in arranging additional services such as VIP “meet & greet”, hotel accommodation, transportation, meals and touring as required. These will be billed separately to the participant.

Q: This trip sounds amazing! I am coming, but I want to stay longer to tour on my own. Is it possible to extend my trip?

YES! Please indicate this on your registration form. The team at Israel Maven will work with you to provide a customized experience that will include assistance with choosing hotels, activities, and transportation.

Q: Who do we contact with questions?

Please feel free to contact your Israel Maven Tours representatives Tsiona David with any questions you may have. They can be reached by email at tsiona@israelmaven.com or by toll free phone 1-866-317-9307 ext 1

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