Western Wall Jerusalem

Bnai Israel Wilmington – October 2018

   

Trip Overview
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THE TOUR WILL INCLUDE:

  • Jerusalem the heart & soul of the Jewish People
  • Join thousands of Jews from around the globe in joyous celebration at the Kotel
  • Visit the City of Tel Aviv
  • The Mystical City of Tzfat
  • Stories of courage in the Golan Heights
  • Explore the Galilee off-road by jeep
  • Encountering the modern, unsung heroes of Israel
  • Luxury air-conditioned vehicle with expert driver
  • 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

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11THARRIVAL- TRANSFER TO HOTEL ON OWN

  • Welcome to Israel!!!
  • 6:00pm- Meet to go to dinner (not included) – with Israel Maven Rep
    Overnight: Royal Beach Hotel, Tel Aviv

DAY ONE – FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12TH - ARRIVAL- TEL AVIV

  • Welcome to Israel!!! Arrival at Ben Gurion airport on flight?? where you will be met by Israel Maven representatives
  • Opening ceremony with wine and snacks as we overlook the city of Tel Aviv from the old port of Jaffa the "Gateway to the Holy Land". Goals for the trip
  • Short tour of the alleyways and art galleries of Jaffa
  • Check into Hotel - rest and relax- prepare for Shabbat
  • Israeli Shabbat”- Kabbalat Shabbat with live music at the Tel Aviv port!
  • Shabbat dinner at the hotel

Overnight: David Intercontinental Hotel, Tel Aviv

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Day 2

DAY TWO – SHABBAT, OCTOBER 13TH – SHABBAT IN TEL AVIV

  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel
  • Join a local Masorti community in Tel Aviv for Shabbat Services
  • Optional study with Rabbi Kozlow – parshat Shavua
  • Lunch at the hotel
  • Meet with Rachel Korazim to discuss Israeli society today and the challenges it faces
  • Shabbat Menucha
  • Late afternoon walking tour of Nve Tzedek Neighborhood
  • Havdallah by the Hotel pool
  • Dinner on own in Tel Aviv
  • Go to a cultural event in Tel Aviv- Mayumana or the Bat Sheva Dance Theater

Overnight: David Intercontinental Hotel, Tel Aviv

 

 

 

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Day 3

DAY THREE – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14TH –NORTHERN NEGEV AND GAZA AREA

  • Full Israeli breakfast at the hotel
  • Visit Nativ Haasara – including the “Peace Wall” together with Tzameret Zamir
  • Meet with former residence of Gush Katif and hear their look on the disengagement from Gaza in 2005
  • Lunch and tour and visit of an active Kibbutz – including meeting the local residents of Kibbutz Alumim
  • Overlook into Gaza from the Black Arrow lookout
  • Encounter the incredible Israeli innovations in the field of agriculture and bio tech that help feed millions around the globe at the “Salad Trail”
  • Return to Tel Aviv
  • Dinner on own in Tel Aviv

Overnight: David Intercontinental Hotel, Tel Aviv

 

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Day 4

DAY FOUR – MONDAY, OCTOBER 15TH – COASTAL PLAIN

  • Full Israeli breakfast at the hotel- Check out
  • Explore the ruins of the amazing City of Caesarea – including the Theater, Hippodrome and the Palaces. Hear the stories of Herod, Rabbi Akiva and Chana Senesh
  • Meet with local Druze representative and enjoy an authentic Druze Lunch in the Carmel Mountain
  • Hear the story of the Detention Camp of Atlit- where Jews were sent by the British after being caught trying to make their way to the Land of Israel following the Holocaust.
  • Descend down by cable car to the beautiful grottos at Rosh Hanikra
  • Dinner at hotel

Overnight: Kibbutz Kfar Blum Hotel

Day 4
Day 5

DAY FIVE – TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16TH – UPPER GALILEE

  • Full Israeli breakfast at the hotel
  • Walk through the cobbled stoned streets in the picturesque town of Rosh Pina- hear the story of the first pioneer who established the first settlements in the land of Israel
  • Continue to the mystical City of Tzfat- Meet with a local Kabbalist to hear about of Jewish Mysticism (Avraham Leventhal or Sheva Chaya the Glass blower)
  • Lunch on a beautiful Tzfat rooftop overlooking Mount Meiron
  • Afternoon exploring the City from the times of the Crusaders and till the 1948 war – walk through the galleries and the small alleyways
  • Short learning session at the Ascent of Tzfat
  • Boat ride on the shores of the Kinneret and dinner on own

Overnight: Kibbutz Kfar Blum Hotel

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Day 6

DAY SIX – WEDNSDAY, OCTOBER 17TH– GOLAN – TO JERUSALEM

  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel- check out
  • Morning rafting down the Jordan River! Or stay and relax at the hotel and enjoy the facilities and spa
  • Ascend the Golan Heights to Mount Bental and get a security briefing about the Syrian- Israeli relationship
  • Lunch on own
  • Off road Jeep tour/ATV ride in the Golan Heights
  • Continue to Jerusalem
  • Welcome to Jerusalem! Overlook into the City from Mount of Olives
  • Dinner on own in Jerusalem

Overnight: Herbert Samuel Hotel - Jerusalem

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Day 7

DAY SEVEN – THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18TH – OLD CITY OF JERUSALEM/JERUSALEM HILLS

  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel
  • Introduction to the Old City at Jaffa Gate
  • Visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher- the holiest place for Christians in the World
  • Continue to the Jewish Quarter and visit its many sites- Cardo, Hurva Synagogue and the Herodian Mansions
  • Discover the secrets of the Temple as you walk through the Western Wall tunnels
  • Put a note in the Western Wall- the Kotel
  • Lunch in Jerusalem on own
  • 2 options:
  • 1) Pay tribute to the six million Jews at the Yad Vashem Memorial and Museum. Visit the Children’s Memorial and other monuments.
  • 2) Travel to the Jerusalem Hills (people can stay in Jerusalem and relax at the hotel) bike ride through the Burma road- marking one of the most important places during the Independence War and marking 70 years to the State of Israel
  • Dinner on own in Jerusalem

Overnight: Herbert Samuel Hotel - Jerusalem

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Day 8

DAY EIGHT – FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19TH –JUDEAN DESERT

  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel
  • Depart for Judean Desert
  • Ascend the fortress of Masada by cable car & relive the bitter confrontation between Zealots & Romans
  • Lunch at the footsteps of Masada
  • Nature walk in the beautiful "Nachal David" springs- where David fled from King Saul
  • Float on the Dead Sea at one of the beaches in the Judean Desert
  • Kabbalat Shabbat together with a local reform community of Kol Haneshama
  • Shabbat dinner at a private place in Jerusalem (Maybe Beit Shmuel)

Overnight: Herbert Samuel Hotel - Jerusalem

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Day 9

DAY NINE – SHABBAT, OCTOBER 20TH – SHABBAT IN JERUSALEM

  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel
  • Morning services at local Masorti Synagogue or relax in the hotel- time on own
  • Lunch at hotel
  • Afternoon lecture- Anat Hoffman (pending confirmation)- to hear about the status of the Egalitarian section of the Wall and about- “Women of Wall”
  • Late afternoon walk of the interesting neighborhood of Talbiyah- including the Prime Minister and the Presidents residences
  • Havdallah service on the roof
  • Dinner in Jerusalem on own
  • Graffiti tour of the Machane Yehuda Market

Overnight: Herbert Samuel Hotel - Jerusalem

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Day 10

DAY TEN – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21ST  – VOLUNTEER/THE CONFLICT THEN AND NOW

  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel
  • Sifting projects at Emeq Tzurim- join local archaeologist as you sift through the remains from the Temple Mount
  • Travel to Gush Etzion- Hear the story of the Etzion Bloc at the Kibbutz Kfar etzion sound and light show
  • Lunch on own
  • Meet with local settler Shaul Judelman and local Palestinian Sami Awad and their strive for peace in the area
  • Volunteer in Shalva Children’s Center- interact with special needs children and their staff
  • Late afternoon cocktails at the King David Hotel (not included)
  • Late check out of the hotel
  • Final dinner in Jerusalem- summary of the trip with Rabbi and Guide

Travel to Ben Gurion Airport

Depart for the US on Flight ELAL

 

 

NEXT YEAR IN JERUSALEM!!!

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Pricing

We are pleased to present to you the itinerary and tour package for your Israel trip. 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.

Accommodations

Enjoy your trip to it's fullest as you stay in luxury hotels and apartments in central locations

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Isrotel Royal Beach Hotel, Tel Aviv

The hotel’s attractive location in the heart of the promenade allows guests to enjoy the most popular sites in Tel-Aviv: Carmel market - one of the largest open markets in Israel, Neve Tzedek neighborhood,Tel-Aviv Port and more. This perfect location allows you to enjoy also nightlife and entertainment: restaurants, museums, art galleries, shopping malls and theaters.

Pastoral Hotel - Kibbutz Kfar Blum 

In the land of mountain streams, amidst the greenery, bounded by sky and water, there is one hotel that offers a unique experience.
 
Surrounded by the beauty of the Galilee, facing the Golan and Galilee mountains and just a few steps from the Jordan River, you will find Pastoral, a fountain of peace and tranquility. This is a place where the pioneers’ tradition of hospitality meets the sounds of classical music, where harmony emanates from the human soul and from the depths of the earth.
Lush greenery, endless lawns, charming shady spots and inviting sitting areas await you. Take a break from the busy city to visit northern Israel – the birds of the Hula Valley, the mountain streams, the peacefulness and green surroundings are all part of the relaxing atmosphere you will enjoy as a guest at Pastoral.

Inbal Hotel - Jerusalem

 

Cell Phone

We at Israel Maven work together with NES Mobile and recommend them for all cell phone and SIM card rentals during your trip to Israel.

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NES Mobile provides tourists visiting Israel cell phones and SIM card rentals, as well as NetSticks and other mobile solutions. We chose to work with NES Mobile since they provide our customers with a simple, honest service with no strings attached. There are no hidden costs, tricks or shticks. All information, including the website and bills, are in easy to understand English; and their customer service staff is made up of native English speakers.

A summary of the services and prices for daily rentals are as follows: (More information can be found on the NesMobile site)

  • $6/day UNLIMITED calls to US & Israel (includes FREE phone rental)
  • For those who are bringing their own smartphones and wish to also use Data, the cost is 9.50/day for UNLIMITED calls to US & Israel, UNLIMITED texts in Israel and  UNLIMITED Data. You would need to bring your own unlocked SIM free device with you.
  • You can also rent a NetStick or MiFi Device ($6/day or $7.5/day respectively) which work virtually everywhere in Israel.
  • Most tourists also take a Virtual US number which rings on the Israeli cellphone for just $1/day. This way their friends and family back home can reach them by dialing a local number.

Delivery is FREE and you will receive your phones upon your arrival at the airport.

*Prices do not include VAT.

If you have any questions or comments you can sign up on the link above, call NES Mobile at 1-201-464-2180, or email them at: service@nesmobile.com

FAQ

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

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Q: What will I gain out of joining this trip?

Our hope is that by the end of the trip, you 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 trip?

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 Zev Jacobson with any questions you may have. He can be reached by email zev@israelmaven.com or toll free on 1-866-317-9307.

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