Family in beautiful Caesarea, Israel

BETH SHOLOM CHANUKAH ISRAEL TRIP – DECEMBER 2019

Trip Overview

Whether you are a veteran traveler or a first-time visitor to the Holyland, you are invited to discover your personal connection with the Jewish homeland, and join our vibrant and warm Beth Sholom trip to Israel. 

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THE TOUR WILL INCLUDE:

  • Welcoming Ceremony - L'chayim!
  • The Western Wall
  • Emek Tsurim Sifting Project
  • Float is the Dead Sea, the lowers place on earth!
  • Masada Fortress
  • Visit in Memphis's sister city - Shoham
  • Late night bakery tour
  • Yad Vashem Memorial Musuem
  • Druze Lunch
  • Chocolate Workshop
  • Palmach Musuem
  • Innovation Center
  • Services of top-level guide for all outings
  • Entrance fee into all sites and attractions
  • Full backing Israel Maven support staff to ensure smooth running of the trip
  • Unforgettable, Amazing, Memories for Life
  • and much more!
Day 1

DAY ONE – MONDAY, DECEMBER 23rd – ARRIVAL- JERUSALEM (GUIDE & BUS)

  • The journey begins! Pick up from Jerusalem and airport and travel to Neot Kedumim
  • Discover the landscape at the Neot Kedumim Reserve located in the heart of the land of the Maccabees, where nature, agriculture & Chanukah come together, and participate in group binding activities, sheep-herding & tree planting
  • Welcoming Ceremony and Le'chayim by the windmill in Mishkenot Sha'ananim – overlooking the Old City!
  • Check into hotel- rest and relax, Chanukah candle lighting at hotel
  • Dinner at hotel

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Day 1
Day 2

DAY TWO – TUESDAY, DECEMBER 24th – OLD CITY OF JERUSALEM - AYIN LETZION TZOFIA (GUIDE & BUS)

  • Full Israeli breakfast at the hotel
  • Participate in the unique Emek Zurim Sifting Project searching for treasure & artifacts from the Temple Mount
  • Explore the sites of the Old City - including the 4 sefardic synagogues and rooftop overview
  • Lunch on own in Jewish Quarter
  • Visit the Western Wall (Kotel) and Ezrat Yisrael, discuss the complexities of religion in the State of Israel
  • Discover the secrets of the Temple during a special behind the scenes walk through the Western Wall tunnels and witnessing valuable discoveries in the form of rare artifacts and underground complexes
  • As sun sets, walk through the Jewish Quarter and admire the beautiful lit chanukiyot which can be seen in the windows and doorways
  • Join the Hanukkah celebration and live music performance at Mamila Mall
  • Dinner on own in Mamila

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Day 2
Day 3

DAY THREE – WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 25th – JUDEAN DESERT (GUIDE & BUS)

  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel
  • Ascend the desert fortress of Masada via cable-car (or foot) where the Zealots held out against the Romans after the Destruction of the Second Temple
  • Float in the Dead Sea – the lowest place on earth
  • Time permitting - Nature walk in the beautiful springs of Ein Gedi where David fled from King Saul
  • Camel riding, Chanukah candle lighting and dinner at Genesis Land- Abraham’s Tent (included)

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Day 3
Day 4

DAY FOUR – THURSDAY, DECEMBER 26th – INNOVATION & PARTNERSHIP

  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel
  • Visit the Spectacular audio-visual encounter with the Visionary of the Jewish State at the Herzl Center
  • Travel to Shoham – Memphis's partner city. Tour the area, greetings from the Head of the Regional Council, visit school and see special teen robotics programs.
  • Joint lunch together with local residents
  • Visit the Yvel Jewelers and the Megimeria School of Jewelry and art where Ethiopian immigrants learn the art of jewelry making while using their own artisan traditions
  • Return to Jerusalem
  • Find the best sufganiyah and dinner on own in the Machaneh Yehuda Market
  • Optional late evening activity - Late-night bakery tour in Jerusalem’s ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Day 4
Day 5

DAY FIVE – FRIDAY, DECEMBER 27th – "MEMORIES FOR THE FUTURE" (GUIDE & BUS)

  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel
  • Adults - 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. Kids – Visit the famous Biblical Zoo & the Gottesman Family Israel Aquarium
  • Preparation for Shabbat at hotel
  • Light Chanukah & Shabbat candles at hotel
  • Join ZION, an Eretz Israeli Congregation in Jerusalem for Kabalat Shabbat and Arvit
  • Shabbat Dinner with Rabbi Tamar Elad-Appelbaum, founder of ZION and hear what challenges she sees are facing Israeli Identity
  • Oneg and tisch with Rabbi Sarit

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Day 5
Day 6

DAY SIX - SHABBAT, DECEMBER 28th - SHABBAT IN JERUSALEM (NO GUIDE OR TRANSPORTATION)

  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel
  • Morning at leisure - option to visit different synagogues in the vicinity
  • Study session about the portion of the week with students from the Conservative Yeshiva
  • Enjoy Shabbat lunch at the Fuchsberg Center together with Lone Soldiers from the IDF
  • Jerusalem Stroll with Rabbi Sarit - walk through the beautiful neighborhoods of Rechavia & Talbieh, including a view from the outside of the Prime Minister's house and the Presidents House
  • Musical Havdalah at Yemin Moshe overlooking the Old City
  • Shopping time on Ben Yehuda Street & dinner on own
  • Enjoy the magnificent Sound & light show at the Tower of David

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Day 6
Day 7

DAY SEVEN – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29TH – COASTAL PLAIN (GUIDE & BUS)

  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel and check out
  • Check out and depart
  • Visit the ruins of the City of Caesarea built by Herod the great including the Theater and Hippodrome
  • Enjoy authentic Druze Lunch and meet with Druze family and hear about their religion (included)
  • Meat students and hear the success stories of Yemin Orde - a home, school and safe haven to 440 at-risk and immigrant youth from around the world
  • Travel to hotel
  • Final night lighting Chanukah candles
  • Dinner at hotel (included)

Overnight: Ramot Hotel, North

Day 7
Day 8

DAY EIGHT – MONDAY, DECEMBER 30th - GOLAN HEIGHTS (GUIDE & BUS)

  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel
  • Ascend the Golan Heights and visit the Old Israeli outpost of Mount Bental and receive a security briefing on the relationship between Israel and Syria
  • Explore the Golan Heights off-road in a fun and exciting jeep ride
  • Lunch on own in Katzrin
  • Meet Ari and Aviva Levine and hear their unique story while visiting their organic farm
  • Chocolate workshop at the De Karina Chocolate factory
  • Dinner in Teveria (not included)

Overnight: Ramot Hotel, North

Day 8
Day 9

DAY NINE – TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31st – GALILEE (GUIDE & BUS)

  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel
  • Nature walk in the beautiful streams of Tel Dan- including the ancient City of Dan and the Lebanon overlook
  • Overlook the Hula valley through the eyes of a Syrian Soldier at Tel Facher outpost -Hear the amazing stories of Eli Cohen and the Golani Brigade soldier's battle on the site
  • Lunch in Tzfat on own
  • Explore the small alleyways of the Mystical City of Tzfat including the synagogues, artist colony and candle factory
  • Meet with Kabbalistic glass-blower at Sheva Chaya studios and watch a live demonstration
  • Dinner at hotel

Overnight: Ramot Hotel, North

Day 9
Day 10

DAY TEN – WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 1st WESTERN GALILEE (GUIDE & BUS)

  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel and check out
  • Descend down by cable car to the beautiful grottos of Rosh Hanikra
  • Visit the City of Akko- including the infamous prison
  • Travel to Tel Aviv
  • Visit the State-of-Art Palmach Museum- and hear about the first steps of the IDF
  • Check in to hotel
  • Dinner on own in Tel Aviv

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv

Day 10
Day 11

DAY ELEVEN – THURSDAY, JANUARY 2nd – TEL AVIV & DEPARTURE

  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel and check out
  • Introduction to Tel Aviv at the Old City of Jaffa- the "Gateway to the Holy Land"
  • Stroll through the famous Flea Market of Jaffa
  • Visit the “State of Mind” Innovation Center. The exciting and cutting-edge Innovation Center allows you to learn about the new advancements Israeli Start-Ups are making in science, medicine, security, space and more
  • Guided tour to the newly renovated Templar town of Sarona, now a hip and vibrant fashion and culinary and free time to stroll through the indoor food and spice market
  • Final banquet dinner at Maganda Restaurant in Yemenite Quarter
  • Travel to Airport/drop off in Tel Aviv & Jerusalem

 

WE HOPE YOU HAVE AN INCREDIBLE TIME!

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Pricing

We are pleased to present to you the itinerary and tour package for your Israel Mission. These have been carefully crafted to provide an experience that is engaging, fun, uplifting, informative and inspirational for both first-timers and repeat visitors. All of our tours adhere to the highest standards of professionalism and you can be sure to expect the friendly, warm & dedicated service that have endeared us to thousands of satisfied clients.

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Hotels

Enjoy your trip to Israel to it's fullest at these luxurious and centrally located hotels!

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Ramot Hotel, Golan Heights

The Dan Panorama Jerusalem Hotel is centrally located in the new part of the city, within easy reach of modern Jerusalem’s lively center, theaters, shops and businesses, whilst still within walking distance of Jerusalem’s major historic sites and the fascinating Old City.

In keeping with Dan Hotels tradition of excellent service and warm hospitality it’s the perfect base for a family holiday or business guest.

Kibbutz Hagoshrim Resort, North

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.

Our 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.

Dan Panorama, Tel Aviv

Whether for business or pleasure, the Dan Panorama Hotel boasts an outstanding mix of facilities. It is directly linked to the Dan Panorama Convention Center - the city’s largest, most comprehensive convention and exhibition center. Simply stroll across the lobby and you’re there, on time, with no hassle, no traveling. Furnished with contemporary flair and highlighted by splendid views, the Dan Panorama Hotel features elegantly appointed guestrooms that blend luxury with the efficacy of advanced technology. With a huge pool - the largest of any Tel Aviv hotel - and sundeck, premium leisure-time facilities and dining options, as well as all the dynamic and sophisticated attractions of Tel Aviv on its doorstep, the Dan Panorama Tel Aviv is perfect for a family vacation, business trip or international event.

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FAQ

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your Israel Maven Tours representative by emailing Info@IsraelMaven.com or you may call us toll free on 1-866-317-9307.

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Q: What are the goals of the program?

Our hope is that by the end of the trip, the participants will have a stronger connection to the Jewish homeland. It is the job of our terrific guides to make that connection happen through their eyes and their love to the land and its people. The Itinerary has many elements to it including different aspects of Israel: History, religion, Zionism, challenges facing the Israeli society, security and many others. The combination of these elements, make Israel such a unique place to visit- especially for a Synagogue mission.

Q: Will there be free time on the program?

Yes, we try to balance touring and programming with unstructured free time in different locations around the country so that you are free to shop, explore the local culture, meet with friends and family, sit by the pool or simply relax. Should you wish to “opt out” of any of the activities of the program, you are requested to coordinate this with the group leader and tour operator so that we can plan accordingly.

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) 403-1053 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 representative J.J. Jonah with any questions you may have. He can be reached by email jj@israelmaven.com or toll free on 1-866-317-9307.

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