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Bet Shalom Congregation Family Israel Tour

Save the Date!
June 10 – 19, 2022

city of david (2)
ben gurion tomb
dead sea (2)
graffiti tour Tel Aviv
mahane yehuda Market JLM
masada cable car
old city jerusalem
old_jaffa_port_from_sea
Ramon Crater hike
Light Show - JLM
ramparts walk 1
reppaling machtesh ramon (2)
salad trail tomatoes
star gazing
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We are so excited to share that we will be partnering with Levin Travel to offer a family Israel tour for June 2022. Though it is still a year and a half away, we have already started mapping out an incredible itinerary for our time together.

The trip will have something for people of all ages and is an amazing opportunity for an intergenerational experience, where grandparents can encounter the beauty and complexity of Israel together with their grandchildren. It is also a great opportunity for children approaching b’nai mitzvah who want to mark the occasion in Israel, or celebrate as a family afterwards.

All Bet Shalomians and their extended families are welcome to join us!

Ready to commit? Click here to sign up!

Questions? Email rabbi.crimmings@betshalom.org

Itinerary

The people that are in Israel already will meet in one of the hotels in TLV and drive to the airport to meet the people that are arriving on this day. 

  • Ein Avdat – canyon in the Negev Desert of Israel.  Archaeological evidence shows that Ein Avdat was inhabited by Nabateans and Catholic monks. Numerous springs at the southern opening of the canyon empty into deep pools in a series of waterfalls. The water emerges from the rock layers with salt-tolerant plants like Poplar trees and Atriplexes growing nearby.
  • Drive to Mitzpe Ramon and preparation for Shabbat 
  • Shabbat Dinner together at the hotel 

 

Overnight: Mitzpe Ramon

  • Tfila (Services) – overlooking the crater 
  • ODT – Outdoor Training in the beautiful setting of the Ramon CraterThere will be fun activities and many team building games, this will be exhilarating and a lot of fun!
  • Lunch at hotel
  • Rappelling at Mitzpe Ramon, cliff of the Ramon Crater – Descend the cliffs of the Ramon Crater, the world’s largest makhtesh (crater) in a new fun, exhilarating, and safe way, abseiling down the cliffs of the crater from the town of Mitzpe Ramon, you’ll not only experience something new, but will also have incredible views across the desert landscape and feel the thrill first-hand
  • Relax at the hotel
  • Dinner at hotel
  • Star Gazing – At night, we’ll have a mesmerizing experience – watching the stars at the desert with a telescope, with an astronomy expert, while we sit around a bonfire and drink coffee and tea.

 

Overnight: Mitzpe Ramon

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Jeep Ride @ Ramon Crater – We will have an unforgettable 2 hours Jeep ride in the crater, allowing us to explore the crater from a different angle.
  • Ben Gurion’s Tomb – The graves of David and Paula Ben-Gurion overlook a breath-taking view of the Tsin canyon and the Avdat highlands in the heart of the Negev. The path from the parking lot to the tranquil grave site goes through a garden of carefully nurtured local flora that can thrive in the arid climate and saline conditions of the local soil.
  • Lunch on your own in the Midrasha 
  • Salad Trail – we’ll walk through “The Salad Trail”, Shvil Hasalat, a working farm and interactive museum designed to teach visitors what it takes to farm and grow crops in the desert (a window to the Israeli world famous Hi-tech agriculture).
  • Dinner on your own in Tel Aviv 

 

Overnight: Tel Aviv

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Navon School, Rehovot – We will visit our partner school, located in Tel Aviv
  • Lunch on your own
  • Take part in an Archeological dig at the Beit Guvrin Caves and prepare to get your hands dirty as you uncover pottery from the Hellenistic period, 2,300 years ago, followed by a crawl through the Maresha Cave Labyrinth (crawling is optional)
  • Emek Ha’ela – where the most famous biblical battle took place between David and Goliath at Emek Ha’ela
  • Dinner on your own in Tel Aviv
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Old Jaffa, rambling through the streets where Napoleon once strolled, learning of its early history, visiting art galleries and finish on top of the Jaffa hill at Jaffa Overlook for an introduction to Tel Aviv at the place where it all began. 
  • Visit the colorful Shuk Hapishpeshim, or Flea Market, where you never know what kind of great bargain you might find. Here we will play “speed scavenger hunt” (divide the bus by families – each get a list of missions and need to come back with as many as possible done in 20min).
  • Lunch on your own at the flea market area / Abulafia / Dr. Shakshuka / new trendy restaurants
  • View from outside the Independence Hall, where David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the State of Israel on May 14th, 1948.
  • The Art Experience-Street Art & Graffiti Tour – Tel Aviv is a melting pot of different people and cultures, diverse forms of expressions and character that makes the urban scene what it is today – a magnificent variety of contemporary art, street art, graffiti and much more.
  • After the Graffiti Tour we will have free time or an optional high-end Gallery Tour: the contemporary art scene of Tel Aviv is an ever-changing world reflecting the hottest world trends with a local unique point of view. On this tour, we’ll visit between 4 and 6 galleries, exploring the contemporary art scene as a whole as well as the specific exhibitions and artists, to give you an insider’s view of this fascinating art world.
  • Dinner on your own in Tel Aviv

 

Overnight: Tel Aviv

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Leave the hotel 
  • The Israel Children’s Museum- Dialogue with Time –In our everyday n hustle and bustle of life, this tour offers an opportunity for a moving journey bringing young people, just for a moment to leave their personal world and to think with curiosity about their Grandparents and unique story of family roots. This tour bridges so many generations together leaving everyone transformed.
  • Lunch: Israeli style lunch
  • Sorek Cave – Sorek Cave, in the Avshalom Nature Reserve, located on the west slopes of the Judean Mountains. This is a small but impressive cave with a wide array of stalactites and stalagmites. This cave is unique among caves of the earth as it has all the known formations of stalactites and stalagmites in the world.

 

On arrival in Jerusalem:

  • Traditional “Shehechyanu” blessing, on Mount of Olives or Haas Promenade. A communal ceremony with huge challahs and wine, start to feel the amazing vibe that is special to Jerusalem. 
  • Dinner on your own in Jerusalem

Overnight: Jerusalem

  • Early Breakfast. (100 minute drive to Masada)
  • Masada – Herod’s mountain palace and the site of the Jewish Zealots’ last stand against the Roman legionnaires. Discuss Masada’s role as a symbol of Jewish defence and its current significance in modern Israel.
    • Split into two groups:
      • First group will walk up the Snake Path (around an hour’s walk)
      • Second group will take Cable Car Up
    • At the top we will split into three groups – each group will pass between different actors who will act out different stories of Masada. You will meet characters of the past and learn of their history.
  • Lunch at the Crown Plaza Hotel
  • Dead Sea Spa at the Crown Plaza Hotel – float at the Dead Sea, use the famous mud or just enjoy an outdoor pool, optional to have spa treatments. 
  • Return to Jerusalem and Dinner on your own in Jerusalem
  • The Night Spectacular at the Tower of David Museum: The walls of the Citadel serve as a stage for a nighttime show – a celebration of light and sound – that depicts the story of Jerusalem

 

Overnight: Jerusalem

  • Breakfast at the Hotel
  • Explore the excavations at the City of David, the very core of ancient Jerusalem.  The place where the Jewish Nation began their special relationship with the magical city of Jerusalem. Here we will walk in King David’s palace and enter the Biblical version of a “water ride” through the pitch black Hezekiah Tunnels, armed with our flashlights. Explore the Jerusalem Archaeological Park, including the Davidson Center, Robinson’s Arch and the Southern Wall steps where Jewish pilgrims entered the Temple Mount 2,000 years ago
  • Walking tour through the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem, for visits to:
    • The Cardo, the main street of Jerusalem in the 6th century.
    • King Hezekiah’s First Temple-period “Broad Wall
    • Hurva Square, the central square of the Jewish Quarter
  • Time at the Kotel (Western Wall)
  • Shabbat Services – We will join together in worship with a Reform Community in Israel
  • Shabbat Meal 

 

Overnight: Jerusalem

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Shabbat Morning services as a group (option for celebrating B’nai Mitzvah on our trip)
  • Lunch at the hotel or in walking distance 
  • Walk along the Ramparts of the Old City.
  • Walk along the Rooftops of the Old City for a behind the scenes look at the various communities in Jerusalem and how they live together.
  • Havdallah overlooking the Old City followed by dinner 

 

Overnight: Jerusalem

  • Breakfast at the Hotel
  • Pantry Packers – We will volunteer to pack food for the needy
  • Visit the Yad Vashem complex, the Jewish National Memorial to the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust, including: 

Adult First Timers 

  • The Avenue of the Righteous
  • The new Historical Museum
  • The Children’s Memorial

Adult Returnees

  • The Holocaust Toy Exhibit
  • The Art Museum
  • The Valley of the Communities

Older Youth

  • Special children/youth program at the Yad Vashem complex the Jewish National Memorial to the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust, including guided visits to the Holocaust Toy Exhibit, the Children’s Memorial and the Sculpture Garden, using interactive programming, arts & crafts and children’s stories and diaries from the time of the Holocaust.

Younger Children 

  • Visit the Biblical Zoo, a beautifully landscaped habitat with a special focus on preserving Biblical fauna, geared to children of all ages (2-80).
  • Culinary Tour – At Israel’s most famous outdoor market, Mahane Yehudah, where we’ll have a chance to taste delicacies of Jewish communities from the entire globe!-it will be the coolest way to have lunch

 

DEPARTURE – TO THE AIRPORT

Costs, Terms, and Conditions

Israel 2022 program land costs

*Child 2-12 years of age sharing a room as a 3rd only

*Should the number of full paying participants drop below 20, Levin Travel reserves the right to amend costs to reflect the new cost of operating the trip

* Prices are dependent on the USD, therefore they may vary slightly.

Payment Conditions:

250 USD per person deposit needs to be paid upon registration. The balance must be paid by March 31, 2022

Cancellation Conditions:

Up to 90 days before departure – Free cancelation. The deposit will not be returned but kept as credit for an unlimited time  

 90 – 0 days before departure – 250 USD of the deposit plus any and all penalties requested by suppliers.

Services Included:

  • Meals as detailed below
  • 9 * nights at 4-5 star hotels. Accommodations are based on double occupancy.
  • 1 * Professionally licensed guide educator with group on 24/7 basis (all accommodation and tour expenses included)
  • 1 * Deluxe motor coach with air conditioning daily and a refrigerator with cold water for the group on the house (all accommodation and tour expenses included)
  • Entrance fees and activity costs according to sample itinerary
  • Gratuities for guide/driver/social guide 

 

Services Not Included:

  • International flights (connection to travel agent will be available but not required)
  • Local health insurance 
  • Hotel incidentals 
  • Payment Fees (2% added to below rates if paying by credit card or 50 USD if paying by wire transfer)
  • Evening transportation when evenings are on your own or there is no programming (can be added as an overtime fee for the drivers you will have).
  • Personal extras: wines, room service, passport/visa fees, etc.
  • VAT – Value added tax is not applicable for tourists. Should that change, tax will be added