Congregation Emanuel of the Hudson Valley – Experience Israel With All Your Senses

Trip Overview

Join Congregation Emanuel and Rabbi Romer on an incredible journey through Israel! This itinerary has been carefully crafted to provide an experience that is engaging, fun, uplifting, informative and inspirational for each and every one of you. All of our tours adhere to the highest standards of professionalism and you can be sure to expect the friendly, warm & dedicated service during your trip.

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HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:

  • Visit the ruins of the City of Caesarea
  • Visit the Ein Hod Artists’ Village and tour the Janco Dada Museum
  • Explore Derech Hatavlinim - an agricultural farm in Beth Lechem Haglilit
  • Wine Tasting at Tzora Winery
  • Visit Israel’s Capitol Hill: Tour the Knesset/Supreme Court
  • Meet Armenian artisans who have been creating their signature pottery for generations
  • Shabbat services with the revival community Kol Haneshama
  • Visit the new and one-of-a-kind Hebrew Music Museum
  • Enjoy the view of Mt Scopus and visit Betzsalel Art School
  • Visit the Historic Olive Mill & Press House in Sarona
  • Enjoy dining at chef owned restaurants Uri Buri in Akko and Eucalyptus in Jerusalem
  • Holon Design Museum
  • Walk through the trendy Rothschild Blvd- the “real Tel Aviv” and learn about Modern Israel as well as the unique Bauhaus architecture
  • And much more!
Day 1

Day 1- MONDAY, APRIL 23rd – ARRIVAL & TRAVEL NORTH

  • Arrive at Ben Gurion airport and continue north
  • Visit the ruins of the City of Caesarea built by Herod the great including the Theater and Hippodrome
  • Lunch at the ancient port
  • Check in at Carmel Forest Spa Hotel
  • Rest, relax, walk the grounds or trails in the Carmel grounds
  • Welcome dinner at Hotel
  • Opening orientation, trip goals

Overnight: Carmel Forest Spa Hotel, Haifa

Day 1
Day 2

Day 2 TUESDAY, APRIL 24th – THE CONTEMPORARY SIDE OF THE GALILEE

  • Meditation/Prayer Ma'amad with Rabbi Romer for those who choose
  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel
  • Visit the Ein Hod Artists’ Village and tour the Janco Dada Museum. The permanent display is dedicated to Janco's artistic creation; the Entrance Gallery is slated for young artists and special projects; the lower gallery exhibits contemporary art; and the Pit for video art projections. Explore the outdoor sculpture exhibit as well.
  • Overlook of the Baha'i Shrine & Gardens
  • Lunch at Kibbutz Gaataon
  • Visit Kibbutz Ga'aton to meet with the dancers of The Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company (KCDC) from Israel and around the world. Hear about the cultural renaissance that is taking place in the Galilee, participate in a dance seminar, take a brief tour of the kibbutz and view one of their rehearsals for insight into the “working world” of a dancer (pending schedule of dance troupe)
  • Nature walk to the magnificent Rainbow Cave, one of the most beautiful natural wonders in the land of Israel
  • Evening stroll in the alleyways and along the sea walls of Akko
  • Dinner at Uri Buri restaurant
  • Return to Carmel Forest Hotel

Overnight: Carmel Forest Spa Hotel, Haifa

Day 2
Day 3

Day 3 - WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25th – BIG DIFFERENCES IN LITTLE COMMUNITIES

  • Meditation/Prayer Ma'amad with Rabbi Romer for those who choose
  • Full Israeli breakfast and check out of hotel
  • Tour the Sachnin Arab Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Participate in Arab cooking lunch workshop in the home of a local family
  • Explore Derech Hatavlinim - an agricultural farm in Beth Lechem Haglilit, where the Zithershpieler family grows and manufactures medicinal plants and quality herbs. From plant propagation to harvest, tradition and originality lies in the heart of the fresh caliber yield produced every year
  • Continue to Jerusalem
  • Say the Shehecheyanu and introduction to Jerusalem at the Haas Promenade- with musical accompaniment
  • Dinner on your own in one of Jerusalem’s many fine restaurants

Overnight: Prima Royale Hotel (included) OR King David Hotel (additional cost), Jerusalem

Day 3
Day 4

Day 4 - THURSDAY, APRIL 26th – JERUSALEM OF GOLD

  • Meditation/Prayer Ma'amad with Rabbi Romer for those who choose
  • Full Israeli breakfast
  • 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
  • Visit Israel’s Capitol Hill: Tour the Knesset/Supreme Court – meet with a government representative (tentative)
  • Architecture tour in Ein Karem with lunch and free time to explore
  • Visit the famous Chagall Windows at Hadassah Hospital
  • Walking tour of the Yemin Moshe neighborhood, Montefiore Windmill and Teddy Park – time permitting
  • Dinner at Eucalyptus Restaurant, serves a modern interpretation of biblical cuisine and meet Chef Moshe Bassoon from Chefs for Peace
  • Check out the Machane Yehuda Market nightlife when vegetable stands make way for pubs, live music and dancing in the streets

Overnight: Prima Royale Hotel (included) OR King David Hotel (additional cost), Jerusalem

Day 4
Day 5

Day 5 - FRIDAY, APRIL 27th – ARCHETUCTURE & VALUES INFUSION

  • Meditation/Prayer Ma'amad with Rabbi Romer for those who choose
  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel
  • Meet Ari Avrahami, the preservation architect of the Tower of David Museum at the museum and hear about the unique architecture and the intricacies of carrying out the museum building project in view of the preservation and restoration constraints that were in place at the citadel.
  • Meet Armenian artisans who have been creating their signature pottery for generations
  • Visit the Karate Synagogue claimed to be the oldest in Jerusalem and museum telling the history and traditions of the ancient Jewish sect
  • Underneath street level lies Jerusalem of 2000 years ago. The Herodian Mansions tell the story of the people and the city in the Second Temple period
  • Jerusalem architecture at its best - Hurva Synagogue, Mamaluke Madrassa, Holy Sepulchre – each reveal a different page of Jerusalem’s history
  • The Kotel – services and personal prayer/ discussion at Ezrat Yisrael

OR

  • Shabbat services with the revival community Kol Haneshama
  • Friday evening community dinner in the “first station” or nearby hotel followed by evening walk with Rabbi Romer

Overnight: Prima Royale Hotel (included) OR King David Hotel (additional cost), Jerusalem

Day 5
Day 6

Day 6 - SATURDAY, APRIL 28th – SHABBAT IN JERUSALEM

  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel
  • Attend morning services with Rabbi Romer
  • Options for activities include: Israel Museum and Sculpture Garden, Biblical Zoo, Bike tour, Old City Christian Quarter, Armenian Quarter, Rampart walk
  • Dinner and concert (pending availability and cost)

Overnight: Prima Royale Hotel (included) OR King David Hotel (additional cost), Jerusalem

Day 6
Day 7

Day 7 - SUNDAY, APRIL 29th – HEBREW & ISRAELI CULTURE THROUGH THE AGES

  • Meditation/Prayer Ma'amad with Rabbi Romer for those who choose
  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel
  • Visit the new and one-of-a-kind Hebrew Music Museum to explore the incredible breadth of history and culture that has shaped Hebrew music through the ages and help us connect with our inner musical souls
  • Enjoy the view of Mt Scopus and visit Betzsalel Art School"What is Israeli art?"
  • Lunch on own during free time in Nahalat Shiva neighborhood
  • Visit the Anna Ticho House - the house serves as a museum dedicated to the works of Anna, whose sketches are iconic, and also contains other exhibitions
  • Wine tastings at Tzora winery
  • Travel to Tel Aviv, check in to hotel
  • Dinner on your own in Tel Aviv

Overnight: Royal Beach Hotel, Tel Aviv

Day 7
Day 8

Day 8 – MONDAY, APRIL 30th – MODERN ART & ARTISTS IN TEL AVIV

  • Meditation/Prayer Ma'amad with Rabbi Romer for those who choose
  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel
  • Guided visit to the permanent Israeli art collection at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art for an overarching look at Israeli art from the early 20th century to today. Gain an in depth understanding of the unique and fascinating connections between art and the history of Israel as well as the relationship to art in Europe and the US. The tour may include current exhibitions in addition to the permanent collection
  • Graffiti tour - walk through Florentine, the neighborhood of Tel Aviv best known for graffiti art and to view the different styles, learn how they were created and what story they tell in a dynamic, unique to Israel and inquisitive tour.
  • Visit Neve Schecter Community Center to hear about the Nachshon Project
  • Dinner on own in the renovated Old Port of Tel Aviv, with its wonderful restaurants, cafés and shops, right on the water's edge; OR at the Tachana, Jaffa's Old Railway Station, renovated and restored as a great pedestrian complex, with restaurants, shops and open spaces.

Overnight: Royal Beach Hotel, Tel Aviv

Day 8
Day 9

Day 9 – TUESDAY, MAY 1st – "GOOD DESIGN IS GOOD BUSINESS" 

  • Meditation/Prayer Ma'amad with Rabbi Romer for those who choose
  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel
  • Maskit - A women’s fashion house based in Jaffa, Maskit was founded by Ruth Dayan in 1954 as a way to give new immigrants opportunities to work. Ruth, now 96 years old, has partnered with talented designer Sharon Tal to revitalize the brand and bring it onto the international stage.  We will hear Ruth’s story and visit this small Israeli fashion house making international waves.
  • Holon Design Museum - We will get an in-depth look at the exhibits with a guided tour, and the opportunity to admire works of art from the point of view of the artist/collector rather than as exhibits in a sterile academic environment and then have time to explore on our own.
  • Visit the artist-house-museum of the late painter Reuven Rubin OR Enjoy the liveliness of the Nachalat Binyamin Arts and Crafts fair
  • Afternoon and evening at leisure/beach/shopping/free time

Overnight: Royal Beach Hotel, Tel Aviv

Day 9
Day 10

Day 10 – WEDNESDAY, MAY 2nd – "FROM THE TEMPLARS TO THE HIPSTERS"

  • Meditation/Prayer Ma'amad with Rabbi Romer for those who choose
  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel and check out
  • Guided tour to the newly renovated Templar town of Sarona, now a hip and vibrant fashion and culinary center, including a visit to the Historic Olive Mill and Press House for olive oil tasting and free time to stroll through the indoor food and spice market.
  • Walk through the trendy Rothschild Blvd- the “real Tel Aviv” and learn about Modern Israel as well as the unique Bauhaus architecture
  • Enjoy a visit to the Ilana Goor Museum where history and design come together
  • Dinner Event
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion airport
  • Departure to US on flight #

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.

Hotels

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Carmel Forest Spa

In a world filled with stress, tension, and an endless race against time, it is vital to escape every so often to truly relax and give yourself over to be pampered with an endless variety of spa treatments. Enjoy the indoor and outdoor pools, learn a little about leading a healthy lifestyle, eat healthy gourmet food, sleep well and enjoy absolute silence. The Carmel Forest Spa Resort is just the place.

The resort sits at the heart of the green vista of the Carmel Forest nature reserve. It’s a piece of paradise in paradise, offering one of the best spas in the north if not in Israel in general, in addition to the highest standards of exclusive, luxurious hospitality. In addition to our spa treatments, hotel and spa guests enjoy a range of health and wellness workshops conducted by leading experts.

Prima Royale, Jerusalem

Inspired by Jerusalem’s art and culture, Prima Royale invites you to experience creativity.
Hotel Prima Royale, inspired by the artists, writers, poets, and musicians of the Capital City, is a Jerusalem hotel designed to immerse guests within the city’s creativity. Located close to all significant Jerusalem sites and cultural attractions, but quietly tucked away between the residential streets of the city’s elegant Talbiya neighborhood.

King David, Jerusalem

The King David Jerusalem Hotel, one of the world’s legendary hotels, is a major landmark in a unique city. Blending the past and the refinement of the ancient world, the King David Hotel is unquestionably the most famous of all of Jerusalem's hotels.

For the high standards that have been maintained throughout the hotel's history and the quality of service that we offer on a regular basis, a prestigious trophy was presented to the Federmann family as a sign of appreciation for their contribution to Israel's travel and tourism industry.

The King David Jerusalem offers you all of the amenities and luxuries that you would expect from a state-of-the-art, five-star hotel. Reserve your stay at the King David Jerusalem today and experience the finest luxury that Jerusalem has to offer. With its strategic location, gorgeous views, and maximum comfort, it really is the very best place to stay in Jerusalem.

Royal Beach, Tel Aviv

Royal Beach Tel Aviv is a luxurious hotel, offering the guests a great hospitality experience in the big city.

Royal Beach Tel Aviv includes two hundred and thirty fancy rooms and suites, designed by German star interior architect Harald Klein, who specializes in urban hotel interior designs and worked on many hotels worldwide. The design places much emphasis on intertwining current and updated design while providing visitors a relaxed and laid-back atmosphere. Guests will admire the meticulous thought behind every single detail.

Royal Beach Tel Aviv stands out due to its wide array of rooms and suites enabling all our guests, whether they are business travelers, newlyweds or families arriving at Tel Aviv, to find the room and style that suit them best. Sizes of rooms and suites are diverse, from 25 sq. meters to 95 sq. meters; most of them have terraces overlooking either the beautiful coastline or Tel Aviv's fascinating urban skyline.

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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: Can I take money out of an Israeli ATM?

The currency in Israel is the shekel (officially called the “New Israel Shekel” or “NIS”).  ATMs in Israel dispense shekels from ATM cards from other countries. However, you may want to check with your home bank as there may be a limit to how much you can take out each day. Also, some banks in your home country may require you to notify them that you are leaving the country so that the card is activated for overseas transactions. ATMs can be found in the airport and throughout the bigger cities you visit. Credit cards are widely accepted in shops and restaurants. However, credit cards are not accepted by all vendors- especially those in outdoor markets- like Machane Yehuda in Jerusalem.

Q: What it the tipping policy at restaurants? Is service included on my bill?

In Israel, it is customary to give a 12% tip to a server at a restaurant. A 15-20% tip may be given for exemplary service.  In general it is requested that tips be paid in cash only, and not included on your credit card. In some cases, service may be included. This should be clearly written on the bottom of your bill.

Q: What are the voltage requirements for Israel?

In Israel, we operate on 220v. Most hotels have hairdryers in the bathrooms as well as an outlet (usually used for shavers) that can be used for 110v.

Electronic equipment that comes with its own converter (such as a laptop) can be used in Israel with no problem. However, the actual sockets in Israel are different from those in the USA and other regions, and an adapter is required. These are usually available at the front desk of the hotel.  They may also be purchased at your local electronics shop if you so choose.

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 representative Nahum Binder with any questions you may have. They can be reached by email at nb@israelmaven.com or JJ@israelmaven.com or by toll free phone 1-866-317-9307 ext 1

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