Congregation Beth Israel – Chabad of Forsyth – Israel Mission 2019

Trip Overview

Whether you are a veteran traveler or a first-time visitor to Israel, you are invited to join the Congregation Beth Israel for an incredible trip. Join us as we explore Israel on this incredible journey.

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  • Visit the magnificent city of Caesarea
  • Re-enact the dramatic declaration of the State of Israel
  • Tour the Underground Bullet Factory
  • Reflect at the Western Wall
  • Ascend the desert fortress of Masada
  • Enjoy a culinary tour at the bustling Machane Yehudah
  • Lunch at the hotel with lone IDF soldiers
  • Israeli innovation & Bio-technology
  • Experience the Mystical City of Tzfat
  • Explore the Southern Golan heights “off road” by jeep
  • And more!
Day 1


  • Welcome to Israel!!! Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport where you will be greeted by our representatives and escorted through passport control, baggage claim and customs
  • Opening of the program at the magnificent city of Caesarea including the Roman Theater, Hippodrome, Palace of King Herod & more
  • Check-in to hotel - unpack rest & relax
  • Dinner at the hotel - includedOvernight: Dan Panorama Hotel - Tel Aviv
Day 1
Day 2


  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel
  • Re-enact the dramatic declaration of the State of Israel at Independence Hall
  • Explore the “White City” as you walk along Rothschild Boulevard with its stunning Bauhaus architecture
  • Experience the Nachalat Binyamin Promenade & bustling Carmel Market
  • Lunch on own - not included
  • Tour the Underground Bullet Factory at Machon Ayalon where the Haganah secretly produced ammunition under the noses of the British prior to Independence
  • Meet with inspirational, wounded IDF veterans from Achim LeChaim
  • Watch the sunset from the Old Port of Jaffa with its artists’ galleries, charming alleyways & views over Tel Aviv
  • Evening at leisure & dinner on own in Tel Aviv - not includedOvernight: Dan Panorama Hotel - Tel Aviv
Day 2
Day 3


  • Full Israeli breakfast at the hotel
  • Checkout & departure
  • Enjoy a spectacular lookout over the city from the Haas Promenade with musical accompaniment
  • Explore the Southern Excavations & Davidson Center with renowned archeologist Gabi Barkai
  • Lunch on own in the Jewish Quarter - not included
  • Time for reflection at the Western Wall
  • Discover the splendor of the Second Temple as you navigate the fascinating Western Wall Tunnels
  • Relive the dramatic battle at Ammunition Hill that led to the reunification of Jerusalem in 1967
  • Dinner at Joy Restaurant with Gil Hoffmann, Senior Political Correspondent at the Jerusalem Post - includedOvernight: Prima Kings Hotel - Jerusalem
Day 3
Day 4


  • Full Israeli breakfast at the hotel
  • Departure for the Judean Desert (take protection against the sun, bathing suit & water shoes)
  • Ascend the desert fortress of Masada where the Zealots contested the might of the Roman Empire following the destruction of the Second Temple
  • Float in the Dead Sea at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Ein Bokek - including lunch
  • Discover the Ein Gedi Oasis where David fled from King Saul & cool off under a waterfall
  • Transport yourselves back in time as you visit Abraham’s Tent in Genesis Land including camel rides & traditional desert hospitality - included
  • Return to Jerusalem

    Overnight: Prima Kings Hotel - Jerusalem*Clocks move forward tonight by one hour to Daylight Savings Time
Day 4
Day 5


  • Full Israeli breakfast at the hotel
  • Pay tribute the memory of the Six Million at Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum & Children’s Memorial
  • Lunch on own - not included
  • Enjoy a culinary tour at the bustling Machane Yehudah Outdoor Market
  • Return to the hotel & prepare for Shabbat
  • Join thousands of people from around the globe in joyous celebration of Shabbat at the Western Wall
  • Friday night dinner at the hotel or with Shabbat of a LifetimeOvernight: Prima Kings Hotel - Jerusalem
Day 5
Day 6


  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Optional services at local synagogue or morning at leisure
  • Lunch at the hotel with lone IDF soldiers - included
  • Walking tour of the picturesque Yemin Moshe Neighborhood & Montefiore’s Windmill
  • Musical havdalla
  • Watch the Sound-and-Light Spectacular at the Tower of David
  • Evening at leisure & dinner on own - not includedOvernight: Prima Kings Hotel - Jerusalem
Day 6
Day 7


  • Full Israeli breakfast at the hotel
  • Checkout & departure for the North
  • Find out how Israeli innovation & Bio-technology are helping to feed millions around the globe at Bio Bee in Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu
  • Lunch en-route - included
  • Experience the Mystical City of Tzfat with its beautiful synagogues, candle factory & more
  • Meet with local residents on the border with Lebanon at Kibbutz Malkiya
  • Return to the hotel
  • Dinner at the hotel - included

    Overnight: Kibbutz Lavi Hotel - North

Day 7
Day 8


  • Full Israeli breakfast at the hotel
  • Checkout & departure
  • Explore the Southern Golan heights “off road” by jeep
  • Lookout over the border with Syria from Tel Saki & hear the story of the Yom Kippur War with former IDF commander Yaakov Selavan
  • Lunch on own in Kazrin - not included
  • Sample the local fare at the award-winning Golan Heights Winery
  • Tour the Ancient Talmudic Synagogue of Kazrin
  • Farewell dinner in Tiberias - included
  • Depart for Ben Gurion Airport & fly back to USA
Day 8

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 it's fullest at these comfortable hotels!

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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.


Experience Jerusalem at our vibrant 213-room hotel as we transport you through time to the days of Kings Saul, David and Solomon.
At Prima Kings you will get a sense of the mosaic of Jerusalem’s diverse cultures, history and religions, and enjoy a unique Jerusalem experience.
Prima Kings Hotel Jerusalem is centrally located along one of the City’s most famous intersections – where the modern suburb of Jerusalem’s prestigious Rehavia neighborhood meets the historical past of the Old City with the Great Synagogue just meters away.


In Kibbutz Lavi we preserve the ancient tradition of hospitality. From the Middle Ages the site was called Lubia. The Jerusalem Talmud mentions an inn by the name of Pundeka Delavi. Remains of the Khan Lubia inn, which may have been built alongside the Roman Acre-Tiberias-Gedera road, were found in the area. Our hotel hosts tourists from Israel and abroad with excellence, thereby renewing the tradition of hospitality which dates back to Pundeka Delavi of the Talmud. The Lavi Hotel is located at the hub of the Kibbutz and is an integral part of it. Kibbutz Lavi was founded in 1949 by members of Bnei Akiva of England. Kibbutz Lavi was established on the land allocated to the tribe of Naphtali in the eastern Galilee near the escarpment leading to the Kinneret Valley, a ten minute drive from Tiberias. The Kibbutz is 313 meters above sea level. The Lavi Hotel was started in 1962 with a small group of kibbutz houses, but it soon became a proper hotel, although a small one. Today the Lavi Hotel boasts 184 rooms, including suites, deluxe rooms, garden rooms, an elegant restaurant, a spacious lobby, and halls of different sizes equipped with audio-visual equipment. The Lavi Hotel is manned and maintained by kibbutz members. You will find here a combination of high level hotel facilities and a kibbutz ambience with personal service. You are invited to stroll through the kibbutz and enjoy the special atmosphere of a religious rural community and the refreshing country air.

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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: 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 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 or or by toll free phone 1-866-317-9307 ext 1

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