Jericho Jewish Center – Israel Trip – November 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 our vibrant and warm Jericho Jewish Center Mission to Israel. 

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THE TOUR WILL INCLUDE:

  • VIP Meet & Greet at Ben Gurion Airport upon arrival
  • Plant trees
  • Explore Jaffa
  • Learn about the Druze Culture
  • Descend to the Grottos of Rosh Hanikra
  • Meet a Kabbalist
  • Boat ride on the Sea of Galilee
  • Visit the ancient City of Hebron
  • Experience the Western Wall on Friday night
  • 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

DAY ONE – THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8TH - ARRIVAL- TEL AVIV

  • Welcome to Israel!!! Arrival at Ben Gurion airport flight # Where you will be met by Israel Mavenrepresentatives
  • Plant trees with JNF representative at Neot Kedumim - Goals for the trip and introductions
  • Opening ceremony with wine and snacks as we overlook the city of Tel Aviv from the old port of Jaffa
  • Introduction to Tel Aviv overlooking the City from the Old City of Jaffa the "Gateway to the Holy Land"Comparing the new and the Old- including galleries and more
  • Check into Hotel, rest & relax
  • Opening dinner at the hotel in Tel Aviv
    Overnight: David Intercontinental Hotel, Tel Aviv
Day 1
Day 2

DAY TWO – FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9TH- TEL AVIV- YESTERDAY AND TODAY

  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel
  • Graffiti tour of the hip neighborhood of Florentine- understanding Israeli society through Graffiti
  • Relive the declaration of the State of Israel at the Independence Hall
  • Lunch in Tel Aviv on own
  • Enjoy the beautiful arts and crafts fair of Nachalat Binyamin and the Carmel Market
  • Return to hotel, prepare for Shabbat
  • Kabbalat Shabbat together at the beach
  • Shabbat dinner at hotel (included)
    Overnight: David Intercontinental Hotel, Tel Aviv
Day 2
Day 3

DAY THREE – SHABBAT, NOVEMBER 10TH- SHABBAT IN TEL AVIV

  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel
  • Day at leisure:
    ❖ Shacharit at the local Masorti community at Kehillat Sinai/Nve Tzedek
    ❖ Rest and relax
    ❖ Walk along the beach on the Herbert Samuel Promenade
  • Lunch at hotel- followed by speaker Rachel Korazim to speak about Israeli society today and the challenges it faces in years to come
  • Walking tour of the trendy neighborhood of Nve Tzedek- the first neighborhood of Tel Aviv
  • Havdalah by the pool
  • Dinner on own in Tel Aviv
  • Options for a Cultural event in Tel Aviv (not included)
    Overnight: David Intercontinental Hotel, Tel Aviv
Day 3
Day 4

DAY FOUR – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11TH– COASTAL PLAIN & WESTERN GALILEE

  • Full Israeli breakfast at the hotel- check out
  • Depart and load bus
  • Stop at the Detention camp of Atlit!! In honor of Israel’s 70th birthday, learn about the years leading upwhen the Hagana smuggled in to Israel Jewish refugees.
  • Visit the Youth village of Yemin Orde and meet some of the kids from the Ethiopian Community and theirchallenges in Israel
  • Lunch and hospitality by a Druze Family in the Village of Usafiyah
  • Descend down by Cable car to the beautiful grottos of Rosh Hanikra
  • Short Nature walk in the amazing Rainbow cave
  • Dinner at hotel (included)
    Overnight: Kibbutz Kfar Blum Hotel
Day 4
Day 5

DAY FIVE – MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12TH– GOLAN HEIGHTS AND TZFAT

  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel
  • Meet with Army General -atop of Mount Bental to get a briefing on the relationship with Syria
  • Off road Jeep tour in the Golan Heights
  • Lunch en route on own
  • Explore the Mystical City of Tzfat- walk through the small alleyways and the artist colony.
  • Meet with local Kabbalist and hear how they connect between their art and Kabbalah!
  • Boat ride in the Sea of Galilee!
  • Dinner in Tiberias on own
    Overnight: Kibbutz Kfar Blum Hotel
Day 5
Day 6

DAY SIX – TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13TH – BEIT SHEAN VALLEY- TO JERUSALEM

  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel
  • Check out and depart
  • Ascend the Crusader fortress of Belvoire and hear about the history of the hill- from the Crusader battles until the Independence war in 1948
  • Explore the ancient City of Beit Shean and its amazing ruins including the Roman Theater
  • Lunch in Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu
  • Visit the fascinating ancient synagogue in Kibbutz Beit Alpha
  • Learn about the “Bio Bee” and the special agricultural techniques use in Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu
  • Continue to Jerusalem
  • Welcome to Jerusalem from Mount of Olives!!!!! Hear the recording of the attack on Jerusalem during the Six Day war
  • Explore the secrets of the Temple as you walk through the Western Wall tunnels
  • Time for personal prayers at the Western Wall
  • Dinner on own in Jerusalem – 1st station – make reservations
    Overnight: David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 6
Day 7

DAY SEVEN – WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14TH – OLD CITY OF JERUSALEM- FROM PAST TO PRESENT

  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel
  • Introduction to the Old City at Zion Gate- “From Past to Present” learning about the religions, Independence war and the Six-day war
  • Visit Mount Zion- including King David’s tomb and the Room of the Last Supper.
  • Explore the sites of the Jewish Quarter and its history- and hear about the battle for the Old city during the Independence war- including the 4 Sephardic synagogues and the Hurva synagogue
  • Lunch on own in Jewish Quarter
  • Ascend Temple Mount and learn about the Temple and the situation today on one of the most sensitive places in the world
  • Follow in the footsteps of the Paratroopers at Ammunition Hill during the battle for Jerusalem in the Six Day War
  • Dinner on own in Jerusalem
    Overnight: David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 7
Day 8

DAY EIGHT – THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15TH – HEBRON & THE JUDEAN HILLS

  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel
  • Travel to the Ancient City of Hebron!!! Visit the tomb of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs. Visit some of the local Jewish residents and hear the complicated situation in the City
  • Lunch in Gush Etzion
  • Hear the amazing story of the Etzion Bloc and the famous story from the Independence War in Kfar Etzion including the Audio Visual
  • Meet with Sami Awad and Shaul Judelman and discuss ways to bring peace to the region between Arabs and Jews
  • Dinner on own at the “vibey” Machane Yehuda Market in Jerusalem
    Overnight: David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 8
Day 9

DAY NINE – FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16TH – FROM HOLOCAUST TO REDEMPTION

  • Full Israeli breakfast at the hotel
  • Yad Vashem – 2 tracks:
    •  Classic Yad Vashem- Museum and Children’s Memorial
    • Monuments and stories at Yad Vashem
  • Lunch en route on own
  • Hear the amazing stories of Israel’s heroes and leaders
  • Preparation for Shabbat at the hotel
  • Join thousands as they bring in Shabbat at the Kotel- the Western Wall
  • Shabbat Dinner with Shabbat of a lifetime- hosted by a local family
    Overnight: David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 9
Day 10

DAY TEN – SHABBAT, NOVEMBER 17TH – SHABBAT IN JERUSALEM

  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel
  • Morning at leisure rest or - option to visit different synagogues in the vicinity or explore on own
  • Enjoy Shabbat lunch at the Fuchsberg Center 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
  • Optional- Sound and light show in the Tower of David Museum
    Overnight: David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 10
Day 11

DAY ELEVEN – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18TH – JERUSALEM CORRIDOR- THE ROUTE TO INDEPENDENCE- DEPARTURE

  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel and check out
  • Visit the Kennedy Memorial or the 9/11 memorial and discuss the unique relationship between Israel and the US
  • Ascend the Castel Fortress/Latrun and hear about one of the most important battles during the Independence War
  • Travel to Rehovot and visit the Weitzman Institute and hear about the innovating technology in Israel today
  • Lunch en route on own
  • Visit the Ayalon Institute Bullet Factory where the Jews manufactured weapons behind the backs of the British in 1948
  • Travel to airport
  • Continue to Tel Aviv for Summary of the trip with the guide and Rabbi at Rabin Square
  • Final dinner in Tel Aviv Depart on flight # to USA

    NEXT YEAR IN JERUSALEM!

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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

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

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David Intercontinental - Tel Aviv

Situated at the southern end of Tel Aviv’s beachfront promenade, InterContinental David Tel Aviv delivers experiences that transcend the touristy and the known and go beyond the obvious. The harmonious blend of luxurious interiors, seasonal cuisine, exceptional customer service, and picture-perfect views of the Mediterranean Sea, provide unparalleled memories and experiences of a lifetime

Kfar Blum - Golan Heights

In the beating heart of the Hula Valley in the Upper Galilee of Israel, there is one unique gem – The Pastoral Hotel. The Pastoral Hotel is a meeting point of fine hospitality, culture, music and nature. A short drive away, you can find the Hula Reserve known for its diversity of birds and wildlife, boutique wineries, museums, motor sport, parks and many other attractions. Our front desk staff will be glad to recommend and help you to plan your day. Within walking distance or a short drive from the hotel you can enjoy kayaking on the Jordan River at the Kfar Blum Kayaking site. Hotel guests will enjoy discount coupons. The Pastoral Hotel offers 189 luxurious rooms for families or couples, green lawns, fresh air, good food and tranquility. You can enjoy our quality Spa for pampering and relaxation of both body and mind, as well as our Olympic swimming pool (in season), a restaurant that offers superior culinary cuisine and a conference center. Our vision: “To create an experience of fine hospitality, a first-class setting for the music culture in Israel and a quality blend of natural surroundings, serenity, and revitalization and enrichment.” We will be happy to be at your service.

David Citadel - Jerusalem

Overlooking Jerusalem's old city walls, the David Citadel hotel
enjoys a stunning location in a city steeped in thousands of years of history, culture and tradition.
The timeless alleyways of the Old City, the Western Wall and Tower of David, the bustling Machne Yehuda market, the Mamilla Avenue and an abundance of New City attractions are all within easy walking distance from this landmark hotel.
The hotel boasts 385 impeccably designed suites and guestrooms, fine cuisine, a modernized gym and a luxurious spa, year-round heated pool and a private executive lounge.
Diplomats, prime ministers, celebrities and artists arrive regularly to the hotel and enjoy the luxury, elegance and comfort the hotel offers to all its guests.

The David Citadel hotel was recently renovated under the skillful hands of world renowned architect Piero Lissoni.
The renewal of the well-established hotel included the redesign of the public spaces, suites and guest rooms, as well as the lobby, the pool, the spa, the gym, the banqueting spaces, the dining room, and the executive lounge.

Cell Phones

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 site: www.nesmobile.com/israelmaven 

  • $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

Frequently Asked Questions:

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Q: What guidelines can you offer with regards to packing?

The winter in Israel can be unpredictable which means that the weather in the North as well as in Jerusalem can get quite cold especially in the evenings, the coastal region however does not get as cold. We do suggest bringing the following:

  • Layers – It can be cold during the day and get even colder at night. At the same time if you are in Tel Aviv you can stumble upon a pretty warm day even in the middle of the winter.
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Shabbat attire – If you choose to partake in activities for Shabbat, you may want to wear something slightly nicer than the day to day outfit as people dress up on Shabbat
  • Modest dress for both men and women is required for visits to holy sites – suggested skirts to the knee, shirts that cover the shoulders for women, and hat & shirt that covers the shoulders for men.
  • Bathing suit and water shoes for the Dead Sea
  • Day Pack – For day trips out and about, you might want to take a comfortable backpack for your hat, camera, water, wallet etc

 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: 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 it the tipping policy for tour guides and drivers? Is service included on my bill?

Service is not included on your bill.

The suggested tip for parties of less than 20 people is between USD $75- $125 per day.

For parties of 20 or more people, the suggested tipping policy is USD $5-$7 per day per person for the guide and USD $3-$5 per day per person for the driver.

 

Q: How do you ensure the safety and security of participants?

The safety of our participants is of paramount importance. We work according to the directives of the Police Department, Israel Defense Force (IDF) and the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI). These directives regulate the areas where travel is permitted, security precautions that need to be taken in various situations, activities that should be avoided and safety instructions. These directives are updated in real time and the itinerary is subject to change according to the security situation or extreme weather conditions, should the need arise.

Q: What recourse do we have if we need to cancel our participation due to unforeseen circumstances (such as illness or a deterioration of the security situation)?

While we will make every effort to be understanding, we are also bound by contractual obligations to our suppliers (hotels, guides, bus companies etc.). Therefore, we cannot obligate ourselves to refund participants who cancel their participation for whatever reason, subject of course, to our cancellation policy. For this reason, we highly recommend that participants purchase travel insurance so that they are covered under these circumstances.

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: Who do we contact with questions?

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your Israel Maven Tours representative by emailing dvorit@IsraelMaven.com or you may call us toll free on 1-866-317-9307 or + 972 -2 -5606676

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