Temple Shir Tikva
Family Trip to Israel

Led by Rabbi Danny Burkeman& Cantor Hollis Suzanne Schachner

Feb 16, 2023 - Feb 26, 2023

  • DESTINATION Israel
  • Who’s Going Families
  • Trip Type Congregational
  • Duration 11 DAYS
  • Group Size 30+
  • Price From $3,475
Program is tentative and subject to change. Connect with our Customer Care Team by calling: (888) 230-6008 Mon.-Thur. from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET).

YOUR journey

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Program Itinerary

DAY 1
ON THE WAY
Thu. Feb 16, 2023
  • Depart the USA.
DAY 2
THE START OF A SPECIAL JOURNEY
Fri. Feb 17, 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.
  • Welcome to Jerusalem: Drive to the vibrant and colorful ancient city of Jerusalem, and experience the convergence of the old and the new.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • The City of Shabbat: Join Jerusalemites 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: Lunch & Shabbat Dinner
DAY 3
LAYERS OF JERUSALEM
Sat. Feb 18, 2023
  • Breakfast at an Israeli hotel is an experience in itself. Start the day with a bounteous buffet before checking out of the hotel.
  • The Old City Ramparts: Stroll along the ancient outer walls for a bird’s-eye view of the remarkably diverse yet closely bound communities of Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • 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:
    • A walk along the rooftops that will provide an extraordinary scene of multi-faith Jerusalem. From this one spot, we will see the domes of three great religious landmarks: The Church of the Holy Sepulchre (marking where Jesus is believed to have been crucified the Jewish Quarter’s Hurva synagogue; and the (Dome of the Rock, one of Islam’s most sacred and beautiful sites.
    • A view of 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. 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.
  • 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.
  • Three Stars in the Jerusalem Sky: At nightfall, we will mark the end of a special Shabbat with a communal Havdallah ceremony.
  • 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 Jerusalem nightlife. A few suggestions include: 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
DAY 4
INTO THE DESERT | MASADA & DEAD SEA
Sun. Feb 19, 2023
  • Enjoy an early breakfast at the hotel before 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: Climb via the Snake Path OR 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.
  • Hike in Nahal David, part of the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve. This is a desert oasis with springs, waterfalls, and freshwater pools, so don’t forget your swimsuits. Nahal David is named after the biblical David, who fled here to escape from the murderous King Saul.
  • 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.
  • Return to the hotel.
Overnight: Jerusalem
DAY 5
DIGGIN’ FOR OUR ROOTS
Mon. Feb 20, 2023
  • Option 1:
    • 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:
      • 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.
      • 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.
  • Option 2:
    • The Bloomfield Science Museum in Jerusalem aims to make science and technology fun for the whole family. Their exhibits, workshops, and shows change frequently, but the focus is always on interaction, amazement, and education.
  • Everyone:
    • Experience the sights, smells, and tastes of Jerusalem while walking through the Mahane Yehuda open-air market.
    • 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 in this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    • Return to the hotel.
Overnight: Jerusalem
DAY 6
A MOSAIC OF HAIFA
Tue. Feb 21, 2023
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • As we drive north on the Trans-Israel Highway, there will be an opportunity to see the Security Barrier which runs along the seam zone between Israel and the Palestinian Territories, and to learn about the barrier’s effects on Israeli security and Palestinian communities.
  • From the top of Mount Carmel view the Baha’i Gardens and gold-domed Shrine of the Bab, one of the holiest Sites of the Baha’i religion.
  • Visit the Leo Baeck School in Haifa, the Israeli Reform Movement’s flagship school, which provides innovative educational opportunities and community center services and is home to the Ohel Avraham congregation. Special program with the Lokey Academy for Jewish Education at the Leo Baeck Campus.
  • Lunch with Friends.
  • Visit and have a hands op experience at the Madatech, National Museum of Science Technology and Space.
  • Drive to the hotel and check in.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
Overnight: Upper Galilee Meals: Dinner
DAY 7
SECURITY & SERENITY:THE GOLAN HEIGHTS
Wed. Feb 22, 2023
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Hit the ground racing as we go off-road for a jeep tour of the Golan Heights that will combine natural beauty with insights into one of Israel's most strategically important areas. We recommend that you talk with your jeep drivers about their personal experiences and feelings about the Golan.
  • Northern Borders: We’ll gaze across the Golan and into Syria from the top of Mount Bental and gain powerful insights into Israel’s geopolitical and security situation. Analyze the current challenges Israel faces on its northern border, examine the impact of the tragic civil war in Syria, and hunker down in bunkers from the battles that took place here during the 1973 Yom Kippur War.
  • Radical Then, Still Relevant Today? Find out why Israelis are still drawn to the Kibbutz as we take a tour of Merom Golan. We’ll explore how this Kibbutz, established in 1967 on Israel’s northern border, has changed, and we’ll hear from a young Kibbutz member who decided, after traveling the world, that the Kibbutz was the place to be.
  • Option 1:
    • From Little Things, Great Things Grow: The Golan Heights is wine country. Sample some of its best at the Pelter Winery. Nir and Tal Pelter used to run this winery out of the backyard of their family farm. The brothers have proven their expertise since then, but the winery remains a boutique family affair. We’re doing the driving, so you’re welcome to treat yourself to Pelter’s Israeli gin along with the grapes.
  • Option 2:
    • Comfort You Can Eat: Enjoy the culinary delights of a chocolate workshop at the De Karina Chocolate Factory on Kibbutz Ein Zivan. Chocolatier Karina Chepelinski continues her family’s tradition of creating handmade premium chocolate. During this tour and workshop, taste various chocolates and learn what makes it so delicious. Then, experiment with quality ingredients to create your own chocolate masterpiece.
  • Everyone:
    • Return to the hotel and enjoy dinner.
    • Israeli Society Through Dance – Rokdim Israel: Participate in an invigorating and fun dance session with Dance Israel, a unique initiative that offers exciting educational encounters and multi-faceted experiences through Jewish and Israeli folk dance.
Overnight: Upper Galilee Meals: Dinner
DAY 8
FROM TSFAT TO CAESAREA
Thu. Feb 23, 2023
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Perhaps it's the combination of mysticism and art, and maybe it's the mountain air in Israel's highest city: entering Tsfat, there is a sense of something uniquely Jewish but not quite of this world. Here, you'll:
  • Visit the Ari synagogue and share in the inspiration and innovation that moved Rabbi Isaac Luria (the Holy Ari) and his fellow mystics. In Tsfat they developed the Kabbalah, the esoteric insights of Judaism and created Kabbalat Shabbat, the prayers sung on Friday evenings to welcome the arrival of the Sabbath.
  • See the Caro synagogue, built originally, like the Ari,in the 16th century. It is where Rabbi Joseph Caro, one of the greatest of all Jewish legal authorities, taught and lived. Hear the story of how he was visited here by a maggid, an angelic messenger, who revealed secrets of the Torah.
  • Walk through the cobbled streets and alley ways to the Artists' Colony with its galleries, shops, and studios. -Cryptic Clues and Mystical Messages: Explore a cave of secrets, climb to the top of a bell tower, and discover how a rabbi saved his community from a deadly earthquake on this scavenger hunt through the mystical, magical city of Tsfat.
  • Drive along the coast and back in time to Caesarea, one of the Land of Israel's most important cities during the Roman Period. Explore life 2,000 years ago with its ancient amphitheaters, palaces, and bathhouses.
  • Enter 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.
  • The City at Night: Tel Aviv’s food scene is on fire with world-class chefs and a huge range of happening restaurants. See and taste for yourself during a free evening with dinner. Afterwards, those who love the nightlife can sample the city’s bar, club and café culture or stroll along the refurbished promenade and port.
Overnight: Tel Aviv
DAY 9
THE BEAT OF THE CITY
Fri. Feb 24, 2023
  • Breakfast at 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.
  • Ethnic Tasting Tour: Eat, drink, and learn at the Levinsky Market, where we’ll sample food and sweets from all over the Mediterranean and the Middle East and try to figure out what is Israeli about Israeli food. This multicultural tasting tour will double as a delicious lunch.
  • Browse your way through Nahalat Binyamin, Tel Aviv’s arts and crafts market.
  • Return to the hotel and time to prepare for Shabbat.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services: As the sun sets over Tel Aviv, join Israelis from diverse backgrounds in welcoming Shabbat through prayer, song, and community. This musical Shabbat service will be with Beit Tefilah Israeli.
  • Return to the hotel and enjoy a festive Shabbat dinner.
Overnight: Tel Aviv Meals: Lunch & Shabbat Dinner
DAY 10
SHABBAT IN TEL AVIV
Sat. Feb 25, 2023
  • Arming for Independence: Visit the Ayalon Inst itute 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.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Free time in Tel Aviv for an opportunity to:
    • Take in the grand art collection at the TelAviv Museum of Art.
    • Meander through the Old City of Jaffa.
    • Explore the newly gentrified Neve Zedek neighborhood.
    • Enjoy the Ganei Yehoshua Park on the Yarkon River.
    • Walk through the trendy Tel Aviv Port.
  • Late check out from the hotel.
  • Three Stars in the Israeli Sky: At nightfall, we will mark the end of a special Shabbat with a communal Havdallah ceremony.
  • Festive farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport and check in to your flight.
  • Departure flight to the U.S., arriving the next day.
Overnight: Dinner
DAY 11
UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN
Sun. Feb 26, 2023
  • Return to the U.S.A.

RATES & LODGING

participants
30+
Cost p/p in double room
$3,475
Cost p/p in single room
$5,355
Child As 3rd (Reduction)
- ($1,430)

Jerusalem: Dan Panorama

Upper Galilee: Hotel HaGoshrim nature

Tel Aviv: Crowne Plaza Beach

What to expect

  • 8 nights' accommodations. Late check out on the day of departure is included.
  • 9 days of touring with a tour educator (guide) in a luxury, air-conditioned bus.
  • 1 Group arrival transfer & assistance at the airport.
  • 1 Group departure transfer & assistance at the airport.
  • Daily breakfast, 2 lunches & 5 dinners.
  • 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.
  • Gratuities: Recommend guidelines for tipping are provided in the terms section.
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  • 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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  • 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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