Seattle's Kol HaNeshamah Mission

July 3-13, 2019

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Day 1: Wednesday, July 3

 

Welcome to Israel!

 

Arrive at Ben Gurion

 

Transfer to Jerusalem and check into your hotel.

 

Orientation at the hotel with Shehechiyanu to bless the beginning of your journey together in Israel.

 

Opening Dinner at a restaurant near the hotel

 

Overnight: Jerusalem- Mt. Zion Hotel

 

 

Day 2: Thursday, July 4

 

Jerusalem- Holy to All

 

Breakfast at the hotel

 

Begin at the Haas Promenade with its panoramic view of Jerusalem.  Consider the complexity of Jerusalem’s borders and populations.

Encompass the Old City of Jerusalem by following the Ramparts Walk. Walk on the top of the walls built by the Ottoman ruler, Sultan Suliman the Magnificent in 1536, and observe the views of both the Old City as well as the New City.

 

Tour the Jewish Quarter of the Old City and uncover the layers of Jewish history from the time of the First Temple until the present day. Reflect at the Kotel, tour the Davidson Center and head underneath the Old City’s chaotic maze of buildings to the Western Wall Tunnels.  You be given time to buy lunch on your own.

 

 

 

Continue to the Christian Quarter to visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and to the Muslim Quarter to walk through the market and have some tastes of the Old City.

 

Machane Yehuda Tasting Tour- explore the biggest and most famous Shuk in Israel!  Meet shop owners, hear how the market has transformed, and taste its unique treats.

 

Dinner on your own (if you’re still hungry) and evening in the Shuk area

 

Overnight: Jerusalem-Mt. Zion Hotel

 

 

Day 3: Friday,July 5

 

Breakfast at the hotel

 

Meet Anat Hoffman or Leslie Sachs, of Women of the Wall

 

Visit Yad Vashem, Israel’s national Holocaust museum, presents a profoundly Jewish memorial of the Shoah. From its dramatic structure to its powerful exhibits, such as the labyrinthine Valley of the Communities and the underground Children’s Memorial, Yad Vashem is an unforgettable place of tribute and remembrance.

 

 

 

 

Continue to Mt. Mount (Har) Herzl, the burial place of Israel's founders, the country's leaders, and military cemetery. Pay tribute to those whose vision helped build Israel and those who gave their lives to keep it safe.

 

Drive by the Knesset and the Supreme Court.

 

Kabbalat Shabbat at the Kotel

 

Shabbat dinner at the hotel

 

Overnight: Jerusalem-Mt. Zion Hotel

 

 

Day 4: Saturday, July 6

 

Shabbat Shalom

 

Shabbat Tefilot or visit the Israel Museum

 

Shabbat lunch at the hotel

 

As Shabbat draws slowly to a close, come together with your group for Havdalah.

 

Overnight: Jerusalem-Mt. Zion Hotel

 

 

Day 5: Sunday, July 7

 

Good Fences Make Good Neighbors?

 

Tour the greater Jerusalem area with Colonel Danny Tirza, Security Expert and architect of the Security Barrier.  View the city from many angles and engage in a conversation about the complexity of the barrier.

 

Drive to Bethlehem and visit the Holy Land Trust. Through a commitment to the principles of nonviolence, Holy Land Trust aspires to strengthen and empower the peoples of the Holy Land to engage in spiritual, pragmatic and strategic paths that will end all forms of oppression. Learn about the project and its programs. Meet with founder Sami Awad (pending availability.)

 

Visit the Roots Tent. Located in Gush Etzion, near Bethlehem, Roots offers a paradigm shift to transform relationships between Jews and Palestinians.  Their mission is to build a grassroots model for co-existence through non-violent means.

 

Drive North

 

Overnight: North-Nof Ginosar Hotel

 

 

Day 6: Monday, July 8

 

Spiritual and Physical Heights

 

Breakfast at the hotel

 

Board jeeps and travel on the Golan Heights, one of Israel’s most beautiful and controversial regions. Discover first-hand the strategic importance of the area as you climb the Heights and explore a former Syrian bunker.

 

Wine and cheese tasting at the Assaf family Winery.

 

 

Tour the city of Tzfat which sits at a higher altitude than any other city in Israel and has been known since the 16th century as a major center of Kabbalah, Jewish mysticism. The old synagogues, narrow alleyways and artists’ studios add to the hilltop city’s unmistakable charm.

 

In a Druze home, help cook and eat a meal- hands-on, true to life cultural immersion that’s not just about good eating but, rather, about exploring foreign cultures through taste smell and experience.

 

Overnight: North- Nof Ginosar Hotel

 

 

Day 7: Tuesday, July 9

 

Pioneers and Poets

 

Breakfast at the hotel

 

Stop at the beautiful and significant Kinneret Cemetery where you can learn the story of the early pioneers, their hopes, and their dreams.

 

Visit to Tamar B’Kfar to sample dates, figs, spices, teas and many local delicacies.

 

Visit the Bio-Bee enterprise at Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu, the pioneers of commercial organic farming and biological pest control in Israel.  Tour the center and learn about the special way of life kibbutz members have chosen, and about the importance of preserving nature and the environment in the quest to feed ourselves.

 

Lunch at Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu

 

Drive to the Dead Sea area

 

At 1,300 feet below sea level, the Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth.

 

Swimming in the Dead Sea- an unbelievable way to see and learn about this spectacular body of water and salt.

 

Dinner at the hotel

 

Overnight:  Dead Sea- Kibbutz Ein Gedi Hotel

 

 

Day 8: Wednesday, July 10

 

Masada and Other Desert Miracles

 

Breakfast at the hotel

 

Ascend Masada and tour King Herod’s historic hilltop fortress, where a small band of Jewish zealots took refuge after the Roman destruction of the Second Temple in 70 BCE, resisting a prolonged siege by the Roman army. Today, Masada arouses self-reflection for Israelis and Jews around the world: Is there any price too high for religious freedom? Is martyrdom a Jewish value? Now, over 70 years after the establishment of the State of Israel, what does Masada mean to the Jewish people?

 

Drive to Beer Sheva

 

Ethiopian vegetarian lunch and Cultural tour including the first synagogue of Ethiopian Jews in Israel, the Ethiopian neighborhood and the Fereda Aklum Square and Garden, named for the pioneer of the Ethiopian Jewish immigration.

 

Striving for Peace- drive to Netiv Haasarah, a moshav on the western border of Israel with the Gaza Strip.  Visit the Peace Wall on the border. Meet Tsamaret Zamir, an artist and the creator of the project who will talk about life in the moshav in the shadow of the ongoing security situation – and about the hope of a good and peaceful future.

 

Drive to Tel Aviv

 

Dinner on your own in Tel Aviv

 

Overnight: Tel Aviv- Dan Panorama Hotel

 

 

Day 9: Thursday, July 11

 

Tel Aviv- Dreams and Realities

 

Tel Aviv is the true Israeli City.  Learn its history and experience its complex vigor.

 

Independence Hall is housed in what was one of the first homes in Tel Aviv and the private home of Meir Dizengoff, first mayor of Tel Aviv. On the 5th of 'Iyar, (May 14, 1948), the People's Council gathered to hear David Ben Gurion proclaim the establishment of the State of Israel.

 

Next, travel to colorful Kuchinate: African Refugee Women’s Cooperative, for a coffee ceremony and to hear the story of this incredible social start-up. Meet founders Diddy Mymin Kahn and Sister Aziza, who have turned the lives of refugee women around by empowering them to find their voices and regain their dignity after very difficult life circumstances.  See the beautiful cloth baskets that the women design and create by hand.

 

Lunch on your own in the Jaffa Flea Market area

 

Stop at the overlook in Old Jaffa and take in your surroundings while hearing the history of the city. Continue touring the ancient city and see how modern and historical blend together in the alleyways and port.

 

Meet with Ihab Balha, the manager of the “The Orchard of Abraham’s children” Foundation, a peace activist and an educator, with experience in the area of Coexistence. For more the 18 years, he has been an Islamic Cleric and a researcher of the Sufi Movement - the mythical Islamic movement.  Meet Jaffa through his eyes.

 

Dinner at the home of Alia, an Arab family in Jaffa

 

Overnight: Tel Aviv- Dan Panorama Hotel

 

 

Day 10: Friday, July 12

 

Hidden and Revealed

 

See an Israel that you might not know through the Street Art Graffiti Tour found in Tel Aviv’s Florentine neighborhood.  This interactive tour with a talented artist and actress gives you the inside track of Israel’s culture.

 

Explore the very special Shuk Levinsky with time on your own for lunch in one of the area’s many hip restaurants.

 

Visit Rabin Square where, on November 4th, 1995, Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated by a Jewish extremist at a peace rally. Pay tribute to Rabin at the memorial erected on the exact location where he was shot.

 

Enjoy the Nahalat Binyamin Craft Fair where artists show their works twice a week.

 

Kabbalat Shabbat at the Tel Aviv Port with Beit Tefilah Israeli, an independent, egalitarian, and inclusive congregation, committed to Jewish spirit, culture, and social action, striving to redefine the Jewish-Israeli identity of the secular Israeli public.

 

Shabbat Dinner at the hotel

 

Overnight: Tel Aviv-Dan Panorama Hotel

 

 

Day 11: Saturday, July 13

 

A Tel Aviv Shabbat

 

Shabbat morning options:

  • Shabbat Tefilot at a local synagogue
  • Bike or Segway tour of the Tel Aviv Promenade
  • Visit the Tel Aviv Art Museum
  • Folk dancing on the promenade

 

Lunch of traditional ethnic Shabbat foods

 

Free afternoon- beach time

 

Closing dinner

 

Depart for airport

 

*Please note that itinerary is subject to change given the variables of weather, availability, and of working with a variety of suppliers.

 

Costing

 

Price per person in a double room - $3200

 

Single supplement - $800

 

Included:

 

  • Transfer from the airport to the hotel in Jerusalem, grouped according to arrival times
  • Transportation throughout the trip for all programmed activities
  • 1 group transfer to Ben Gurion Airport at the culmination of the program
  • Services of a licensed Tour Guide throughout the trip
  • Hotels in standard rooms throughout the trip including breakfast (upgrades available)
  • Jerusalem- Eldan Hotel-Standard rooms
  • North- Nof Ginosar- Grand Deluxe rooms
  • Dead Sea- Ein Gedi Guesthouse- Standard rooms
  • Tel Aviv- Tal Hotel- Classic rooms
  • lunches/tasting tour, dinners as per itinerary
  • All site entry fees and activities in the itinerary

 

Not included:

 

  • Airfare
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Tips for tour guide and drivers
  • Meals not indicated in itinerary

 

Terms of Payment:

 

  • The above rate is valid for payment made by credit card, wire transfer, check, or cash.
  • Wire transfer
  • IBAN: IL31-0204-6100-0000-0497-766
  • SWIFT: MIZBILIT
  • Mizrach Tefahot (20) bank, branch 461, account #497766
  • Via Sabra LTD
  • 2% service fee will be added to credit card payments.

 

Cancellation Policy:

 

  • For cancellations up to 90 days prior, the penalty will be $500.00 US per person (the deposit)
  • For 89 to 60 days prior to departure the penalty will be 20% of the total tour cost per person
  • For 59 to 30 days prior to departure the penalty will be 50% of the total tour cost per person
  • For 29 to 8 days prior to departure the penalty will be 75% of the total tour cost per person
  • For 7 to 0 days prior to departure the penalty will be 100% of the total tour cost per person

 

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Cancellation Policy:

• For cancellations up to 90 days prior, the penalty will be $500.00 US per person (the deposit)

• For 89 to 60 days prior to departure the penalty will be 20% of the total tour cost per person

• For 59 to 30 days prior to departure the penalty will be 50% of the total tour cost per person

• For 29 to 8 days prior to departure the penalty will be 75% of the total tour cost per person

• For 7 to 0 days prior to departure the penalty will be 100% of the total tour cost per person