NORTH SHORE JEWISH CENTER COMMUNITY TRIP TO ISRAEL – FEBRUARY 2019

Trip Overview

Join North Shore Jewish Center for an incredible journey through Israel! Make memories that will last a lifetime as you connect to your Jewish heritage, community and form a bond with a country that will become your second home!

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THE TOUR WILL INCLUDE:

    • VIP Meet & Greet at Ben Gurion Airport upon arrival
    • 2 nights' at the Beresheet hotel
    • Full buffet breakfast every day at the hotel
    • Old City of Jaffa
    • Kabbalat Shabbat on the Beach
    • Air Force Base
    • Off road jeeping in the Machtesh
    • David Ben Gurion’s grave
    • Kibbutz Ketura
    • Eilat
    • Petra
    • Ascend the fortress of Masada
    • Float in the Dead Sea
    • Jewish Quarter in Jerusalem
    • Culinary tour of Machaneh Yehuda Market
    • Final Banquet
    • and more!
Day 1

DAY ONE – FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15TH-  ARRIVAL- TRANSFER TO TEL AVIV

  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel
  • Welcome to Israel!!! Arrival at Ben Gurion airport flight # Where you will be met by Israel Maven representatives
  • Opening ceremony with wine and refreshments 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
  • 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: Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv

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Day 2

DAY TWO – SHABBAT, FEBRUARY 16TH- 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 (included)
  • 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: Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv

Day 2
Day 3

DAY THREE – SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17TH– NEGEV- MITZPE RAMON

  • Full Israeli breakfast at the hotel- check out
  • Travel to the Western Negev
  • Visit the exciting Air Force Museum and learn about one of the best Air Force units in the World- including seeing the plane used to save the Jews in Entebbe
  • Continue to the Town of Sderot and receive a tour of the region that suffered the most from rockets from Gaza. Meet with locals.
  • Lunch on own in Sderot
  • Learn about agricultural technology at the “Salad Trail”
  • Dinner, camel riding and hospitality at the Bedouin tent of Shayarot (included)
  • Continue to Mitzpe Ramon – check into hotel

Overnight: Beresheet Hotel, Mitzpe Ramon

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Day 4

DAY FOUR – MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18THRAMON CRATER AND AREA

  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel
  • Visit the Ilan Ramon Center and hear about one of Israel’s heroes and the formation of the “Machtesh”
  • Off road Jeep tour in the heart of the Machtesh and see the unique Geological formations in the Negev Desert
  • Lunch in the area (included)
  • Nature walk in the beautiful gorges of Ein Ovdat
  • Visit Israel’s 1st Prime Ministers- David Ben Gurion’s Grave and discuss his vision of the Desert and how he was able to fulfill his dreams
  • Dinner at hotel (included)

Overnight: Beresheet Hotel, Mitzpe Ramon

Day 4
Day 5

DAY FIVE – TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19TH – KIBBUTZ KETURA- TO EILAT

  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel
  • Morning relaxing at hotel and enjoying the hotel facilities
  • Check out of Hotel
  • Travel to Kibbutz Ketura for lunch and meet with Kibbutznikim and get a tour of the amazing developments that the Kibbutz has achieved (included)
  • Continue to Eilat
  • Dinner on own in Eilat

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Eilat

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Day 6

DAY SIX – WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20TH – FUN IN EILAT/PETRA

  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel
  • For those who would like- sunrise hike on Mount Tzfachot
    • Option 1: Fun in Eilat- including swimming, water sports, swimming with dolphins, underwater observatory, snorkeling
    • Options 2: Day tour of Petra- including crossing the border, travel to Petra, full day in the hidden City of Petra
  • Dinner on own in Eilat

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Eilat

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Day 7

DAY SEVEN – THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21ST – EILAT- DEAD SEA- JERUSALEM

  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel
  • Check out and depart
  • Travel to the Judean Desert
  • Ascend the fortress of Masada and hear the amazing story of the Zealots and their battle against the Roman Army
  • Lunch on own at the footsteps of Masada
  • Nature walk in the beautiful springs of Ein Gedi- where David fled from Saul.
  • Float in the Dead Sea- the lowest place in the world!
  • Continue to Jerusalem
  • Welcome to Jerusalem!!! Overlook and intro to the City from the Mount Scopus lookout
  • Check in and settle into hotel
  • Dinner in Jerusalem on own

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Day 7
Day 8

DAY EIGHT – FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22ND – OLD CITY OF JERUSALEM

  • Full Israeli breakfast at the hotel
  • Explore the original City of Jerusalem conquered by King David as we walk through the amazing sites of the City of David
  • Wade through Hezekayah’s tunnel- bring water shoes and flashlights!
  • Witness first hand the destruction of the Temple at the Southern Wall excavations
  • Walk through the Jewish Quarter and its many sites- Cardo and rooftops
  • 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 (included)

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

 

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Day 9

DAY NINE – SHABBAT, FEBRUARY 23RD – 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- The Center for Conservative Judaism 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
  • Sound and light show in the Tower of David Museum

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Day 9
Day 10

DAY TEN – SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24TH – NEW JERUSALEM- OPTIONS PROVIDED

  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel
  • Morning options:
  • Pay tribute to the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial and Museum
  • Contemporary Jerusalem- Morning tour of Jerusalem and the political/religious challenges. Including seeing the new Embassy, overlook from the Goldman lookout, visiting East Jerusalem and understanding the complicated issues of the City
  • Culinary tour – including tastings at the Machane Yehuda Market
  • Hear the stories of Israel’s heroes, leaders and soldiers as we stroll through Mount Herzl National Cemetery – one of the most significant places in Israel
  • Afternoon at leisure
  • Late check out from hotel
  • Final banquet at a Eucalyptus restaurant in Jerusalem
  • Travel to airport

Depart on flight # to USA

 

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

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Dan Panorama, Tel Aviv

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.

Beresheet, Mitzpe Ramon

The combination of breath-taking desert scenery together with the unique architecture and top quality service makes Beresheet one of the most extraordinary hotels in Israel. Beresheet is one of the most successful hotels in Israel and it enjoys a large number of returning guests, both Israelis in tourists come back to this amazing hotel every year. Beresheet guarantees an unforgettable hospitality experience - great service, a gourmet restaurant, a luxury spa, elegant and comfortable rooms and of course, the second to none desert view.

Beresheet Hotel covers approximately 12.5 acres and consists of one hundred and eleven private villas of one or two stories, situated throughout the grounds at altering distances from each other. Thirty-nine of the ground rooms open to private pools, the top floor rooms open to balconies with desert views (some with crater views).

Dan Panorama, Eilat

A premium Eilat hotel with contemporary style guest rooms and suites - all with private balconies - where everything is planned for your enjoyment and every modern comfort is featured. World class chefs prepare tempting culinary delights that include pampering breakfasts and dinners, an abundance of barbequed meats, and a varied and refreshing salad buffet.  Guests of the Dan Panorama Eilat Hotel enjoy a state-of-the-art gym and fitness club equipped with a sauna and a Jacuzzi bath, as well as a children’s pool and a heated pool in winter. The Hotel has a private beach with chaise lounges and parasols for the perfect day on the beach.  The Dan Panorama Eilat Hotel is renowned as a heaven for families with children.  It runs the “DaniLand Club” for young kids – an adult supervised program that offers children fun activities such as dance, sports, art workshops and games.  For youths, the Hotel has set up the “Dani Club” which is stocked with the latest computer games, Sony PlayStation stands, a rich DVD library and more. With its excellent facilities, warm hospitality and entertainment to captivate all ages, the Dan Panorama Eilat Hotel is ideal for a fabulous vacation as well as a professional gathering.

Dan Panorama, 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.

Modern Jerusalem is also on the doorstep with stores, business centers, theaters and museums all within easy access. Offering a special combination of attentive caring hospitality with warm Israeli undertones, the Dan Panorama Hotel Jerusalem features guestrooms fitted with every thoughtful amenity, a rooftop pool and elegant public areas. Whether it’s for family holidays, a romantic break or a business meeting, the Dan Panorama Hotel Jerusalem welcomes visitors with the warmth and attention to detail that spells true hospitality - offering much more than one of Jerusalem’s best addresses.

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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: 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 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: 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 JJ Jonah with any questions you may have. He can be reached by email jj@israelmaven.com or toll free on 1-866-317-9307.

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