Jewish Federation of Reading Family Mission - December 2018 - Via Sabra

Jewish Federation of Reading Family Mission - December 2018

December 26, 2018 - January 2, 2019

To complete registration please fill out the registration form pay a deposit of $500 per person.  Use the "Book Now" button below to pay your deposit. 

You will receive an invoice for the remaining balance which will be due one month before the trip.



Day 1: Wednesday, December 26

Welcome to Israel!



Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport where you’ll be met by your guide and a representative from Via Sabra.


On your way to Jerusalem, stop for Shehechiyanu to bless the beginning of your journey together in Israel.


Proceed to Jerusalem and check into your hotel.


Orientation at the hotel


Opening dinner at a restaurant


Overnight: Jerusalem- Eldan Hotel



Day 2: Thursday, December 27

Jerusalem- Holy to All



Breakfast at the hotel


Encompass the Old City of Jerusalem by following the Ramparts Walk. Walking on the top of the walls built by the Ottoman ruler, Sultan Suliman the Magnificent in 1536 is a great opportunity to observe the picturesque views of both the Old City with its alleys and shrines, and the New City spreading on the surrounding mountains outside the Walls.


Throughout the day, have Tastes of Jerusalem. At different points in the tour, enjoy delicacies such as a “Jerusalem bagel” with zatar; etrog juice; chumus at a well-known “chumusia” and, of course, a taste of local desserts such as knaffae.


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.


For a different perspective on the history of Jerusalem, head underneath the Old City’s chaotic maze of buildings to the Western Wall Tunnels. The extension of the retaining wall was built 2,000 years ago by Herod the Great to support the massive compound where the Temple stood.


We take the time to reflect and meditate at the Kotel (Western Wall).  Over generations, Jews came to pray here, as it was the closest they could come to the Holy of Holies on the Temple Mount.


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.  If you haven’t had enough to eat, you’ll have some free time to eat an early dinner.


The walls of David's Citadel serve as a stage for The Night Spectacular which is a celebration of sight and sound.  Amidst the archaeological remains in the Citadel's courtyard the story of Jerusalem unfolds through giant breathtaking images.


Overnight: Jerusalem-Eldan Hotel



Day 3: Friday, December 28


Breakfast at the hotel


Meet Helen Gottstein who will present her program “Four Faces of Israel


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.


Lunch on your own on Ben Yehuda Street


Kabbalat Shabbat as a group or at a local synagogue


Shabbat dinner with lone soldiers


Overnight: Jerusalem-Eldan


Day 4: Saturday, December 29

Masada and the Dead Sea



Early breakfast


The Overland will be your ride for today!


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 is a source of 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 50 years after the establishment of the State of Israel, what does Masada mean to the Jewish people?


Make lunch in the overland’s fold-out kitchen at Havarey Masada


At 1,300 feet below sea level, the Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth. You can make this visit a high point by venturing into the waters for a “float”, swimming suspended by the high concentrations of salts and minerals.


Return to Jerusalem


As the sun sets over the Jerusalem hills and Shabbat draws slowly to a close, come together with your group for Havdalah. 


Dinner at HaChatzer Restaurant


Overnight: Jerusalem-Eldan Hotel



Day 5: Sunday, December 30

Making a Difference in Israel


Breakfast at the hotel


Yemin Orde Youth Village is home, school, and haven to 440 at-risk and immigrant youth from around the world.  Our Federation is proud to support this important educational facility.  Learn about the village, meet the youth, and eat lunch


Drum circle


Travel to Rosh Hanikra with the stunning chalk-white cliffs at Israel’s northernmost coastal border. Enjoy the view of the Mediterranean coastline stretched out before you, then take the cable car down beneath the cliffs to the grottos below and tour the system of underground caves eroded by pounding waves over thousands of years. 
Druze Dinner in the home of a family in a Druze village.  You’ll have a chance to make a Druze dish and to eat it with the rest of your meal.


Overnight: North- Nofei Gonen



Day 6: Monday, December 31

Spiritual and Physical Heights


Breakfast at the hotel

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.

Continue to the Golan Heights and start with a jeep tour and picnic lunch.


Meet Miri Eisin or another expert on the Political situation involving Syria and Lebanon at Mount Bental, a dormant volcano overlooking the Valley of Tears (scene of a decisive battle during the Yom Kippur War) and the ruins of the Syrian city of Kuneitra. From here we can observe the Israeli/Syrian border, under a mile away.


Visit an IDF base and meet lone soldiers. (pending availability)


Chocolate workshop for kids at DeKarina.  Learn about the world of chocolate and enjoy a tour of tastes.


Overnight:  Nofei Gonen



Day 7: Tuesday, January 1

Expressions of Israeli-ness


Breakfast at the hotel


Drive to Tel Aviv


Stop at the overlook in Old Jaffa and take in your surroundings while hearing the history of the city.


Visit the Bialik-Rogozin School, an educational campus that serves 750+ at-risk children in grades K-12. The school educates children from twenty-eight countries. They are new immigrants, children of foreign workers, refugees from Darfur and Israeli Arabs. Bialik Rogozin is a caring and nurturing center that provides a safe and welcoming environment.


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.

Dinner on your own- we can recommend restaurants and make reservations.


Overnight: Tel Aviv- Dan Panorama Hotel




Day 8: Wednesday, January 2

Israel and You


Hardly a day goes by that Israel, a country with a small land mass and population isn't mentioned in the international media.  What is really happening here?  Meet with a leading journalist who will brief you on Israel Today - the issues that concern the Israelis from an Israeli viewpoint.  Separate program will be created for youth.


Visit the Ayalon Institute, a clandestine ammunition factory, built in 1945, by the Haganah. In just three weeks, preparations for the factory were completed and it was code named the Ayalon Institute. Above ground, it appeared to be no more than a kibbutz but below ground this was a large bullet factory. The factory played a crucial role in the success of the War of Independence.


Lunch on your own in the Carmel Market or other


Now is your opportunity to reflect on the time you’ve spent in Israel and to share the experiences, sites, and people you’ll want to remember most after you’ve returned home. With the "Kol HaOt" team, we will explore the personal meaning of Israel using colors and symbols to give ourselves and our fellow participants a visual picture of what this journey meant to us.


Final Dinner





The Jewish Federation of Reading will subsidize $500 per participant.

The costs (after the subsidy) are:

• Price per person (in a double room) $2,150

• Single supplement (in a room alone) $900

• 3rd adult price (in a triple room) $1,300

• Per child $1,100

Family Plans:

• Price per person (in a single room) $3,050

• Family of 3 (2 adults + 1 child) $5,400

• Family of 4 (2 adults + 2 children) $6,500

• Family of 5 (3 adults + 2 children) $8,650

• Plus airline tickets


• Group transfers upon arrival and departure
• Transportation throughout the trip for all programmed activities
• Services of a licensed Tour Guide throughout the trip
• Hotels throughout the trip including breakfast
• 4 lunches, 6 dinners, 2 tasting tours
• All site entry fees and activities in the itinerary


Not included:
• Airfare
• Travel insurance (recommended)
• Tips for tour guide and drivers

Payment details:
• Deposit of $500 per person due on September 1
• Balance due one month prior to the trip


To complete registration please fill out the registration form pay a deposit of $500 per person.  Use the "Book Now" button below to pay your deposit.

You will receive an invoice for the remaining balance which will be due one month before the trip.

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Deposit per person due September 1, 2018  - $500

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• 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