Durham Interfaith Mission to Israel

Trip Overview

Whether you are a veteran traveler or a first-time visitor to the Holyland, you are invited to join the Durham Interfaith mission to Israel. Come together with the Rabbi Daniel Greyber and the Beth El Synagaogue together with Reverend Katie and the Trinity Ave Presbyterian Church for a once in a lifetime experience to Israel!!

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HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:

  • Welcoming and tree planting ceremony at Neot Kedumim
  • Nature walk in the beautiful streams of Banyas River
  • Ascend the Golan Heights
  • Wine tasting at a local boutique winery
  • Explore the Ancient City of Capernaum
  • Visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and part of the Via Dolorosa
  • Overlook Temple Mount from rooftop of Aish- discuss Islam in Jerusalem
  • Theatrical tour of the picturesque neighborhoods of Nachlaot
  • Overlook into Wadi Kelt near St. George Monastery for worship and prayer in the Judean Desert
  • Ascend Masada by cable car
  • Travel to Bethlehem!
  • Volunteer project at Jaffa Institute- for Arab and Jewish Children in Jaffa
  • Introduction to Tel Aviv at the Old City of Jaffa
  • And much more!
Day 1

DAY ONE – MONDAY, OCTOBER 29TH - ARRIVAL- NORTH

  • Welcome to Israel!!! Arrival at Ben Gurion airport on flight # where you will be met by Israel Maven representatives.
  • Welcoming and tree planting ceremony at Neot Kedumim
  • Explore the amazing ruins of the City of Caesarea- discuss the dilemmas of the Jew between living a Jewish life surrounded by the appealing Hellenistic culture and learn about the Mediterranean progression of early Christianity
  • Continue North
  • Hula Valley – Time pending- group wants to do this
  • Dinner at the Hotel (included)

Overnight: Ramot Resort

Day 1
Day 2

DAY TWO – TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30TH - UPPER GALILEE

  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel
  • 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 and named Caesarea Philippi by the Gospels
  • 11:00am ATV rides on the slopes of the Golan Heights
  • Falafel/picnic Lunch (included)
  • Discover the Mystical City of Tzfat including beautiful synagogues, picturesque alleyways and artists’ colony.
  • 4:00pm Meet with Sheva Chaya- who expresses kabbala through glass blowing.
  • Arrive in Tiberias and have introduction to the Galilean ministry of Jesus of Nazareth.
     Dinner on own in Tiberias on the banks for the Sea of Galilee

Overnight: Ramot Resort

Day 2
Day 3

DAY THREE – WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31ST  – GOLAN 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 Mount Bental as we receive a security briefing on the relationship between Israel and Syria
  • Wine tasting at a local boutique winery
  • Lunch in the Golan (on own)
  • Overlook the Sea of Galilee in prayer at the Mount of the Beatitudes where the “Sermon on the Mount” occurred
  • Explore the Ancient City of Capernaum where Jesus lived and the birthplace of Peter, including the Synagogue and unique house found on site.
  • Continue to Jerusalem
  • Welcome Ceremony as we enter Jerusalem from Yemin Moshe
  • Dinner on own in Jerusalem

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Day 3
Day 4

DAY FOUR – THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1ST – OLD CITY OF JERUSALEM- CITY OF 3 RELIGIONS

  • Full Israeli breakfast at the hotel
  • Introduction to Jerusalem of 3 religions atop of Mount of Olives!
  • Stroll through the Christian Quarter and Learn about the birth of Christianity from the 2 nd Temple Period. Visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and part of the Via Dolorosa
  • Hear the story of the Jewish Quarter- Synagogues, Cardo and small alleyways
  • Lunch in the Jewish Quarter (on own)
  • Meet with local Jewish Quarter Family to discuss life today
  • Overlook Temple Mount from rooftop of Aish- discuss Islam in Jerusalem
  • Time for reflection the Western Wall - The Kotel
  • Hear the secrets of the Jewish Temple as you walk through the Western Wall tunnels
  • Dinner on own in Jerusalem

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Day 4
Day 5

DAY FIVE – FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2ND – YAD VASHEM AND EIN KAREM- PREP FOR SHABBAT

  • Full Israeli breakfast at the 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
  • Theatrical tour of the picturesque neighborhoods of Nachlaot as they prepare for Shabbat
  • Prepare for Shabbat
  • Join thousands as they bring in the Shabbat in song at the Kotel
  • "Shabbat of a Lifetime" - Shabbat dinner hosted by a local Jerusalem Family.

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Day 5
Day 6

DAY SIX – SHABBAT, NOVEMBER 3RD – SHABBAT IN JERUSALEM

  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel
  • Options:
    - Morning at leisure - option to visit different synagogues in the vicinity
    - Rest at the hotel
  • Lunch at the hotel
  • Meet with reporter to hear the latest update of the local politics and the Arab Israeli conflict
  • OPTION 1: Theatrical tour in the local neighborhoods of Yemin Moshe and Mishkanot Shaananim
  • OPTION 2: Tour of the Cenacle – the room of the Last Supper and Mount Zion
  • Musical Havdalah!!
  • Shopping time on Ben Yehuda Street and dinner (not included)

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Day 6
Day 7

DAY SEVEN – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4 TH – JUDEAN DESERT

  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel
  • Depart for the Judean Desert
  • Ascend Masada by cable car and relive the bitter confrontation between Zealots and Romans
  • Lunch and spa (included) at one of the hotels in the Dead Sea area.
  • Float on the Dead Sea!!!
  • Nature walk in the beautiful springs of Nachal David- where David hid from King Saul
  • Overlook into Wadi Kelt near St. George Monastery for worship and prayer in the Judean Desert
  • Dinner, Camel riding and desert hospitality at 'Genesis Land'

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Day 7
Day 8

DAY EIGHT – MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5TH – EIN KAREM AND BETHLEHEM

  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel
  • Visit the Israel Museum including the Shrine of the book and the model of the 2 nd Temple
  • Stroll through the picturesque neighborhood of Ein Karen- home to John the Baptist
  • Lunch on own and stroll in the Machane Yehuda Market
  • Travel to Bethlehem! (through the Palestinian Authority)
  • Visit the birthplace of Jesus including the Church of Nativity, the Manger and Shepard’s Field
  • Stop at Rachel’s tomb
  • Dinner on own in Jerusalem- Machane Yehuda Market

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Day 8
Day 9

DAY NINE – TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6TH – TO TEL AVIV

  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel- check out
  • Visit the Village of Abu Gosh – meeting with and IMAM in the mosque and the priest on the Church of resurrection
  • Stop at the Armored Corp Museum of Latrun and see some of the most advanced tanks in the world.
  • Continue to Tel Aviv
  • Volunteer project at Jaffa Institute- for Arab and Jewish Children in Jaffa
  • Settle into hotel- relax
  • Dinner on own in Tel Aviv

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv

Day 9
Day 10

DAY TEN – WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7TH – TEL AVIV

  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel- check out
  • Introduction to Tel Aviv at the Old City of Jaffa- the “Gateway to the Holy Land” and visit St. Peter’s Church in Jaffa
  • 11:00am Relive the exciting moment of the declaration of the State of Israel at the Independence Hall
  • Lunch on own and stroll through the Nachalat Binyamin
  • Afternoon at leisure for shopping, walking along the beach and more
  • Late check out from Hotel
  • Final Banquet at “Alternative” restaurant in Tel Aviv- Summary of the trip (included)
  • Travel to Ben Gurion Airport
  • Depart for the US on Flight

NEXT YEAR IN JERUSALEM!!!

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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.

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

 

Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

The Dan Panorama Hotel Jerusalem with its dignified architecture and honey-colored Jerusalem stone exterior resonates with the spirit of this legendary city.
One of Jerusalem’s favorite hotels, the Dan Panorama Hotel, boasts an exceptional location that enables you to explore Jerusalem’s multifaceted attractions simply by stepping outside.

 

Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv

The Dan Panorama Hotel offers easy access to everywhere you want to be. Across the street is the Mediterranean sea and within minutes you find yourself on an inviting sandy beach with warm and clear waters. For a truly Mediterranean experience, explore the Carmel market - one of the largest open markets in Israel that has a wide variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables as well as meats, fish and baked goods. Also nearby is the Neve Tzedek neighborhood which was the first Jewish neighborhood built outside of the walls of Jaffa. Neve Tzedek has a village feel to it, filled with small alleyways and boutique stores to peruse. A leisurely stroll along the waterfront promenade to the north will lead you to the Tel-Aviv Port. The Port is the city’s newest entrainment hub and has outstanding restaurants, shops and nightclubs. The promenade to the south will take you to Jaffa which is famous for its association with the biblical stories of Jonah, Solomon, and Saint Peter as well as the mythological story of Andromeda and Perseus. Its ancient port has been in use since the Bronze Age and you can still watch the fishermen going out to sea.

Cell Phones

We at Israel Maven work together with Phone Away From Home and recommend them for all cell phone and SIM card rentals during your trip to Israel.

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Rent a cell phone or a SIM while traveling through Israel and stay connected as though you never left. All of their plans offer unlimited calls and texting within Israel, unlimited calls to the US and Canada, unlimited incoming calls and texts, and up to 3GB of browsing data. Simple, inexpensive, and straightforward.  To view the great products, services available to you and prices, please click here.

If you have any questions or comments you can send an email to  info@phoneawayfromhome.com or call us toll free at 213-973-6747.

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 representatives Tsiona David or JJ Jonah with any questions you may have. They can be reached by email at tsiona@israelmaven.com or JJ@israelmaven.com or by toll free phone 1-866-317-9307 ext 1

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