Chizuk Amuno Congregation and Schools Family Trip to Israel- December 2018

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 the vibrant and warm Chizuk Amuno Congregation and Schools Family Trip to Israel

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  • Caesarea - Jewel of the Mediterranean
  • The Mystical City of Tzfat
  • Stories of courage in the Golan Heights
  • Float is the Dead Sea, the lowers place on earth!
  • Jerusalem the heart & soul of the Jewish People
  • Kabbalat Shabbat at the Western Wall
  • 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


  • Welcome to Israel!!! Arrival at Ben Gurion airport where you will be met by our representatives & escorted through passport control, baggage claim & customs
  • Plant trees with at Neot Kedumim. Welcome ceremony, Goals for the trip and introductions, leaving something for future generations
  • Continue to Jerusalem
  • Welcoming Ceremony at the Haas Promenade – overlooking the Old City!
  • Check into hotel- rest and prepare for Shabbat
  • Kabalat Shabbat in Yemin Moshe, overlooking the old city walls
  • Shabbat dinner at hotel with Baltimore kids who have made Aliyah!

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Day 1
Day 2


  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel
  • Morning at leisure - option to visit different synagogues in the vicinity
  • Enjoy Shabbat lunch at the hotel together with Lone Soldiers from the IDF
  • Optional walking tour: Jerusalem outside the Old City wall- walk through the beautiful neighborhoods of Yemin Moshe & Talbieh
  • Shopping time on Ben Yehuda Street & dinner on own
  • Graffiti tour of the shuk garage doors, led by the artist Solomon Souza

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Day 2
Day 3


  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel
  • Explore the City of David and the first steps of Jerusalem at the Capital of Israel
  • Wade through the water tunnel erected by King Hezekayah as he prepared for the siege by the Assyrians – bring water shoes and flashlights (option for dry tunnel depending on weather)
  • Time for reflection at the Kotel
  • Lunch in Jewish Quarter
  • Walk through the small alleyways of the Jewish Quarter- including the Cardo and the Synagogues
  • Camel riding, hospitality and dinner at Genesis Land- Abraham’s Tent (included)

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Day 3
Day 4


  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel (depending on time of departure)
  • Ascend Masada for sunrise via the Roman Ramp and Tfilla at the ancient synagogue and hear the amazing story of the Jewish rebels and their battle against the Roman army – including bar/bat mitzvah ceremony
  • Breakfast on own at the footsteps of Masada
  • Nature walk in the springs of Nachal David where David fled from King Saul
  • Float on the Dead Sea and cover yourself with mud at Neve Midbar beach
  • Return to Jerusalem
  • Dinner in Jerusalem (on own)

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Day 4
Day 5


  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel
  • 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)
  • Descend down by cable car to the beautiful grottos of Rosh Hanikra
  • Travel to hotel
  • Dinner at hotel (included)

Overnight: Maagan Hotel, North


Day 5
Day 6


  • 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
  • Chocolate workshop at the De Karina Chocolate factory
  • Dinner in Teveria (not included)

Overnight: Maagan Hotel, North

Day 6
Day 7


  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel – check out
  • Nature walk in the beautiful streams of Tel Dan- including the ancient City of Dan and the Lebanon overlook
  • 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
  • Travel to Tel Aviv
  • Culinary tour and tasting of the Levinsky Market in Tel Aviv

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv


Day 7
Day 8


  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel
  • Discover the historic Old Port of Jaffa, the ancient gateway to the Holy Land
  • Visit Independence Hall, the site where the State of Israel was declared or Learn about the early steps of the IDF at the Palmach Museum
  • Travel to Jerusalem
  • Check in to hotel, prepare for Shabbat
  • Join thousands as they bring in Shabbat at the Kotel- the Western Wall!
  • Shabbat dinner hosted by family with Shabbat of a lifetime

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Day 8
Day 9


  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel
  • Morning at leisure - option to visit different synagogues in the vicinity
  • Shabbat lunch at hotel
  • Shabbat afternoon rest and fun at Gan Ha'apamon park (weather pending)
  • Musical Havdalah at Yemin Moshe overlooking the Old City
  • Shopping time on Ben Yehuda Street & dinner (on own)
  • Enjoy the spectacular sound and lights show at the Tower of David Museum

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem


Day 9
Day 10



  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel
  • Visit the Kastel – where one of the significant battles in the establishment of the State
  • Nature walk through the beautiful springs of Sataf
  • Visit the Spectacular audio-visual encounter with the Visionary of the Jewish State at the Herzl Center
  • Walk through the emotional Mount Herzl and hear the stories of the brave people who changed the face of the State of Israel
  • Final Banquet dinner with Shul and school Alumni and families who now live in Israel
  • Hapoel Jerusalem basketball game at the new basketball Arena– schedule pending

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Day 10
Day 11


  • 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. Children will go to Ein Yael for activity or to Biblical Zoo
  • Volunteer project packing food boxes for the needy at "Pantry Packers" OR "Mapping our Journey" - special hands-on art project for families together with Kol Haot
  • Travel to Ben Gurion Airport
  • Depart for the US on Flight



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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.


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

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Dan Panorama Jerusalem

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.

Maagan Hotel

Maagan Eden is characterized by beautiful scenery and unique architectural design, with a “club” style. It is a well-designed holiday complex featuring plenty of grassy areas, pools and gardens, all of which blend harmoniously, providing guests with the perfect holiday vibe.

Maagan Eden is located on the southern shore of the Sea of Galilee, the most popular area in Israel for family and group vacations.


Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv

The Dan Panorama Hotel offers easy access to everywhere you want to be. Cross the road fronting this Tel Aviv hotel and you’re on the Mediterranean where great beaches and soft sands greet you. A stroll along the coastal promenade takes you to the flea market and scenic harbor of ancient Jaffa, or to the outdoor cafés of Tel Aviv. A fascinating walk through the adjoining historic neighborhood leads to Israel’s major corporate and financial headquarters.

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If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your Israel Maven Tours representative by emailing 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 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 Nahum Binder with any questions you may have. He can be reached by email or toll free on 1-866-317-9307 or Rabbi Moshe Schwartz at

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