Temple Beth El of Huntington
Trip To Israel

Led by Rabbi Jeffrey Clopper

Feb 15, 2023 - Feb 26, 2023

  • DESTINATION Israel
  • Who’s Going Multi-Generational
  • Trip Type Congregational
  • Duration 12 DAYS
  • Group Size 30+
  • Price From $4,325
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YOUR journey

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  •   Heritage
  •   Food & Wine
  •   Innovation
  •   Nature Walks
  •   Local Specialists
  •   Street Food
  •   Active

Program Itinerary

DAY 1
ON THE WAY TO ISRAEL
Wed. Feb 15, 2023
  • Depart the U.S.A.
DAY 2
THE START OF A SPECIAL JOURNEY
Thu. Feb 16, 2023
  • Arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport. Our representative will be on hand to assist with all formalities and ensure your journey has the smoothest of starts.
  • Meet your tour educator who will accompany you on this journey of education and inspiration.
  • Transfer to Tel Aviv, also known as “the city that never sleeps.” A place of sun and fun, its centers of culture and history are complimented by great beaches, stores, and entertainment.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • From Hebrew City to Hebrew State: Walk along the Independence Trail and embark on a remarkable journey that begins with the founding of Tel Aviv in 1909 and ends with the establishment of Israel in 1948.
  • Enjoy a festive welcome dinner at a local restaurant, followed by orientation with your group leader and tour educator.
Overnight: Tel Aviv Meals: Dinner
DAY 3
FOUNDATION OF THE CITY & STATE
Fri. Feb 17, 2023
  • Breakfast at an Israeli hotel is an experience in itself. Start the day with a bounteous buffet.
  • Beginnings: Modern Tel Aviv grew out of ancient Jaffa. Gaze out over the Mediterranean Sea; learn why Jaffa, mentioned in the biblical story of Jonah and the Whale, is so historically important; and see how its Old City reflects the present as well as the past.
  • Walk through Jaffa’s famous flea market – Shuk Hapishpeshim.
  • Peace AND Prosperity? The Peres Peace Center was created by the late Shimon Peres, former Prime Minister and President of Israel, to develop peacebuilding programs based on innovation and optimism. Our visit will include a tour of the Israeli Innovation Center, which celebrates the people and companies that are making Israel the “innovation nation.” The center includes continually updated, high-tech exhibits on everything from artificial intelligence to the latest developments in water use.
  • Understanding the City Through Its Stomach: There’s no better way to experience the energy of Tel Aviv than to join locals lunching at the Carmel Market, which sizzles with food options from all over the Mediterranean and the Middle East.
  • Calling Boutique-Loving Hipsters: Browse your way through Nahalat Binyamin, Tel Aviv’s arts and crafts market.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services at Kehilat Halev, an inclusive Reform congregation in the heart of Tel Aviv, led by Rabbi Naomi Efrat, followed by a communal dinner with local congregants.
Overnight: Tel Aviv Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Shabbat dinner
DAY 4
SHABBAT IN TEL AVIV
Sat. Feb 18, 2023
  • What’s Going on in Bohemian Tel Aviv? Join an expert on Tel Aviv’s alternative scene for an urban adventure and graffiti tour. Explore the latest street art and find out what it reveals about life, ideas, and ideology in Israel’s cultural capital.
  • Visit ANU – Museum of the Jewish People, the largest Jewish Museum in the world, and join a fascinating journey that portrays the story of the Jewish people through the generations and up to the present time. The Museum represents all parts of the Jewish people and highlights the creative works and cultural riches of a variety of communities in different periods of history.
  • Enjoy lunch at the Sarona Market. Through the smells, flavors, and tastes of this renovated historical Templars town, explore the range of cuisine – from local street food to fine dining by world-renowned Israeli chefs.
  • Arming for Independence: Visit the Ayalon Institute near Rehovot and uncover its role in the establishment of the state of Israel. This secret ammunition factory produced millions of bullets for Jewish forces fighting for a Jewish state and the end of British rule over Palestine.
  • A Fallen Leader, A Fallen Soldier: The assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1995 was one of the great traumas of Israeli political history. Discuss his life and death at Rabin Square, the place where he was murdered, and take a quiet moment to reflect at the Rabin Memorial. We’ll also see how Rabin Square has become one of the crucial public spaces in Israel and the location for political protests, state ceremonies and spontaneous celebrations.
  • Three Stars in the Israeli Sky: At nightfall, we will mark the end of a special Shabbat with a communal Havdallah ceremony.
  • The City at Night: Israel’s food scene is on fire with world-class chefs and a huge range of happening restaurants. See and taste for yourself with dinner. We’ll be happy to make reservations and recommendations so that you can enjoy a night out at the Israeli restaurant ideal for you.
Overnight: Tel Aviv Meals: Breakfast
DAY 5
LIVING ON THE EDGE
Sun. Feb 19, 2023
  • Check out.
  • Keeping up the Spirit While Living on the Edge: Visit Moshav Netiv Ha’asarah, located on Israel’s border with the Gaza Strip, for an insight into the security complexities in this region. Speak with a resident about how they balance their struggles with the complex security issues in this region while trying to create a thriving home.
  • Getting to the Roots of Jewish Cooking: Nashim Mevashlot, the Women Cooking Initiative, brings together women from various Jewish traditions to preserve and share the Jewish culinary culture that has developed in Israel. Established and managed by Smadar Kaplinsky, this socio-economic initiative is creating a source of income and empowerment for women in some of Israel’s disadvantaged communities. Enjoy a home hospitality lunch created for you by cooks from this special organization.
  • The Old Man and the Desert: Visit the grave of Israel's “founding father”, David Ben-Gurion at Kibbutz Sde Boker. We’ll discuss why Ben-Gurion, the “grand old man” of Israel’s public life and the country’s first Prime Minister, abandoned the political scene for life in an isolated kibbutz in the Negev Desert, overlooking the Wilderness of Zinn.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
Overnight: Sde Boker (Negev Desert) Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
DAY 6
ADVENTURES IN THE NEGEV
Mon. Feb 20, 2023
  • The Heart of the Negev: Makhtesh Ramon (Ramon Crater) is the world’s largest erosion crater, nearly 25 miles long and between 1-6 miles wide, shaped like an elongated heart. Marvel at the striking red and yellow layers and unique geologic formations.
  • Explore this geomorphic wonder with:
    • A two-hour Jeep tour, where we’ll start at the edge of the crater for an overview before descending to Wadi Ramon. Learn about the Maktesh and its formation before continuing our trek to the summit of Mount Gvanim for a stunning view of the entire Maktesh. Our journey will continue along Wadi Gvanim, stopping in the shade of an acacia tree to point out the flora and fauna of the region before we return to Mitzpe Ramon.
    • A drive through the massive crater to see the many rock formations in and around it. Feel the power of the desert as we view the Maktesh from all angles. The spectacular scenery looks like it came out of a sci-fi movie. Drive to Ein Avdat.>/li>
  • Hike through the wonderful canyon of Ein Avdat, a source of water in the dry Negev Desert, with its rare pools and greenery where ibex (wild goats) come down to drink.
  • Visit the Chan Hashayarot encampment in the Negev Desert for Bedouin-style hospitality, a camel ride, and a ‘Hafla’ dinner.
  • Return to hotel.
Overnight: Sde Boker (Negev Desert) Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
DAY 7
MASADA & THE DEAD SEA
Tue. Feb 21, 2023
  • Enjoy an early breakfast at the hotel before checking out and setting out to explore the Dead Sea region.
  • As Low as It Goes: We'll drive to the Dead Sea Basin, 1412 feet below sea level and the lowest place on earth. The desert, the landscape, and the views are breathtaking.
  • The Last Stand: Take the cable car to the top of Masada with its extraordinary views and fascinating archaeological remains. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is where Jewish rebels are believed to have made their final attempt to resist Roman invaders (c 74 CE). We'll learn about Masada's importance as a symbol of Jewish defense and discuss its influence on modern Israel.
  • The Sea of Salt: Float into happiness at the Dead Sea. Not much can live or swim in what is the saltiest piece of water in the world, nine times saltier than the ocean, but the weightless feeling of floating is great fun.
  • Drive to Jerusalem.
  • A First Look at the Holy City: Over the centuries, many have been moved and awed by their first sight of Jerusalem. We'll stop at Mount Scopus for a stunning overview of the city and celebrate our arrival with a special ceremony and the traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing of thanksgiving.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • High Times in the Holy City: Jerusalem at night provides a very different vision of the Holy City. Check out how the locals let their hair down during a free evening and explore some of Jerusalem’s nightlife:
    • The Mamilla Mall, an upscale, open-air food and shopping area located outside the Old City’s Jaffa Gate.
    • The First Station. Jerusalem’s rail link from the late 19th century has been transformed into a center of restaurants, shops, and culture.
    • Joining the crowds strolling through the Ben Yehuda and Nahalat Shiva Pedestrian Malls.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast
DAY 8
THE LAYERS OF JERUSALEM
Wed. Feb 22, 2023
  • Drive to the Old City.
  • Looking Out, Taking In: We’ll climb to the top of the Tower of David, one of the best places to see Jerusalem in all its beauty. Take a walking tour through Jerusalem’s Old City and the Jewish Quarter and experience the center of Jewish life, history, and holiness. Among the highlights will be:
    • The Cardo, the main street of Roman-controlled Jerusalem and its spectacular Byzantine-era columns.
    • King Hezekiah’s “Broad Wall”, a massive wall built to protect Jerusalem from invasion 2,700 years ago.
    • Hurva Square, the center of modern-day life in the Jewish Quarter.
  • The Jerusalem Archaeological Park is a large-scale excavation that has uncovered vital parts of ancient Jerusalem. A particular highlight is to walk on the Southern Wall steps used by Jewish pilgrims to enter the Temple, 2,000 years ago. But there is much else to see, including Robinson’s Arch, the remains of a major Second Temple-period street, and drainage tunnels used by Jewish fighters hiding from the Roman invaders. A museum, including movies and a 3-D model of ancient Jerusalem, add to the experience.
  • No visit to Israel is complete without experiencing the Kotel (Western Wall), widely considered Judaism's holiest site. Each year, over one million notes containing prayers and wishes are placed in the cracks of the wall. We'll discuss the wall's historical and contemporary importance and experience its unique atmosphere.
  • Going Under, Going Deeper: Explore the Western Wall Tunnel, the underground continuation of the Kotel, and examine important archaeological discoveries that are revising our understanding of daily life in ancient Jerusalem.
  • There will also be time to see the bargains and the bargaining in the Old City Shuk (market) in the Christian Quarter.
  • Return to the hotel.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast
DAY 9
MEMORY & RENEWAL
Thu. Feb 23, 2023
  • Visit Yad Vashem, the national memorial to the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust, an essential emotional and educational experience. Your guided tour will include:
    First-Timers
    • The Avenue of the Righteous, where trees symbolic of the renewal of life have been planted along with plaques honoring brave non-Jews who saved Jews during the Shoah.
    • The Historical Museum, a state-of-the-art interactive display reflecting decades of research and educational expertise. The story of the Holocaust, with an emphasis on individual victims, is told through survivor testimonies, original artifacts, and personal possessions saved from the ghettos and camps.
    • The Children’s Memorial, commemorating the 1.5 million children lost during the Holocaust.

    Returnees:
    • The Museum of Holocaust Art. The world’s largest collection of Holocaust art reveals the lives and heroism of artists engulfed by the Shoah. These artists risked their lives to create, often under the most harrowing conditions, an artistic record of the catastrophe.
    • The Valley of the Communities, a 2.5-acre monument dug out of bedrock. Engraved on its stone walls are the names of 5,000 Jewish communities that were swallowed up by the Shoah.
    • The Sculpture Garden with its powerful and poignant artworks.
    • The Yad Vashem Synagogue which includes Torah Arks and other sacred items rescued from synagogues destroyed by the Nazis.

    All: A memorial service where we will pay tribute to those who were lost. It will include the opportunity to talk about family members and loved ones who died during the Shoah.
  • Experience the sights, smells, and tastes of Jerusalem while walking through the Mahane Yehuda open-air market.
  • Making Our Mark: Feel the land and help it flourish with a tree planting ceremony. After the ceremony, explore the Gazelle Valley Park, a 250-acre haven of nature in urban Jerusalem with wildlife, including 30 gazelles, roaming through the park.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Lights! Action! Jerusalem! Watch the Night Spectacular at the Tower of David Museum. The walls of the Citadel serve as the stage for this cinematic celebration of sight and sound depicting the story of Jerusalem.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
DAY 10
I’M DIGGIN’ ISRAEL
Fri. Feb 24, 2023
  • Little Guy versus Big Guy: As we drive by Tel Azeka, the site of David’s biblical battle against Goliath, we’ll read the old story through new eyes.
  • Diggin' for Roots: Get in touch with the land and history of Israel. Take part in an archaeological dig at the Beit Guvrin Caves. Get your hands dirty uncovering pottery from the Hellenistic period, 2300 years ago, and then crawl through the Maresha Cave Labyrinth (non-crawling options are available) in this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • The City of Shabbat: Join Jerusalem in welcoming the Sabbath, the high point of the Jewish week, with Kabbalat Shabbat services. You can celebrate Shabbat alongside people from countless different traditions and countries at Judaism’s holiest site, the Kotel (Western Wall) or sample some of the city’s dizzying variety of synagogues. We'll be happy to supply maps and suggestions of which synagogue might work best for you.
  • Shabbat dinner at the hotel.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast & Shabbat dinner
DAY 11
THE MOSAIC OF JERUSALEM
Sat. Feb 25, 2023
  • One City or Two? Go beyond the headlines as we explore the geopolitics of Jerusalem with site visits and discussions on key issues. Learn more about the complex relationship between predominantly Arab East Jerusalem and the city’s mostly Jewish western part. We’ll encounter the Security Barrier and discuss its effects.
  • At the end of the Via Dolorosa is the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where Jesus is believed to have been crucified. This is one of Christianity’s great pilgrimage sites and a testament to the remarkable diversity of the Christian world. It includes an empty tomb where it is said that Jesus was buried and resurrected.
  • Pay a visit to the Austrian Hospice, a European enclave in the heart of the Old City, known for its breath-taking views from the rooftop terrace.
  • Three Stars in the Jerusalem Sky: At nightfall, we will mark the end of a special Shabbat with a communal Havdallah ceremony overlooking the Old City.
  • Festive farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
DAY 12
UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN
Sun. Feb 26, 2023
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport and check in for your flight to the U.S.A.
Overnight: Flight Meals: Breakfast

RATES & LODGING

participants
30+
Cost p/p in double room
$4,325
Cost p/p in single room
$5,765
Child As 3rd (Reduction)
- ($884)
Child as 3rd reduction valid for a child age 2-12

Cost of accommodations for pre & post nights including breakfast and all taxes:
-Tel Aviv: Crown Plaza $320,- per night per double occupancy room, $299,- per night per single occupancy room, $355,- per night per double occupancy room with child as third
-Jerusalem: Leonardo Plaza $292,- per night per double occupancy room, $275,- per night per single occupancy room, $325,- per night per double occupancy room with child as third

*All rates are subject to availability.
Once you have registered for the trip, you can also register for the extension. Click here for details.
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Tel Aviv: Crowne Plaza Beach

Negev Desert: Kedma hotel

Jerusalem: Leonardo Plaza Hotel

What to expect

  • 10 nights' accommodations.
  • 10 days of touring with a tour educator (guide), in a luxury, air-conditioned bus.
  • Group arrival transfer & assistance at the airport.
  • Group departure transfer & assistance at the airport.
  • Daily breakfast, 3 lunches & 6 dinners.
  • Gratuities for the tour educator and driver.
  • Water on the bus.
  • Porterage at the airport & hotels.
  • All site entrance fees & program fees as per your final program.
  • Credit card fees.
  • Flights to & from Israel.
  • COVID related expenses, including tests.
  • Evening transportation when dinner is not included.
  • Amendments to the program: In the event that any sites, programs or meals etc. are added to the program, an additional fee may be required.
  • Personal extras: Items of personal nature such as laundry, wines, mineral water, beverages, coffee, tea, food other than the table d’hotel menu, passport and visa fees, insurance, and foreign port taxes, unless otherwise specified.
  • US and foreign airport taxes, Q fuel surcharge and border taxes when applicable.
  • Value Added Tax is currently not applicable to tourists visiting Israel. Should the law change, you will be notified accordingly, and VAT will be added to your final invoice.
  • Please review our terms & conditions (T&C’s) or request that we send you our full T&C’s. Until you do that, here is the small print, and other stuff you may want to know:
  • Validity | All prices quoted are based on exchange rates as of the proposal date and are subject to change without notice. Rates are per person and are based on shared twin room occupancy.
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  • Payments | The balance of your payment is due 90 days before your trip begins, or as specified in your invoice. You will receive an email reminder 2 weeks before this date. Various payment options are available as follows:
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  • Cancelation fees | Cancelations made 90 or more days prior to departure incur the loss of the deposit. Cancelations made 89 to 46 days prior to departure incur the loss of 50% of the full trip cost. Cancelations made 45 days or less prior to the departure incur the loss of 100% of the full trip cost.
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