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Congregation Shaarey Zedek of Winnipeg

 

Tour Highlights

  • As per itinerary


Tour Includes

 

  • 10 nights accommodations
  • 2 meals daily (breakfast and additional meal)
  • 8 days of bus touring in luxury motorcoach with panoramic windows and headrests
  • Group transfer from airport upon arrival in Israel and upon departure from Israel
  • All entrance fees and programs as per the Melton program


 

Day 1, Monday -  13 January (12 Shevat)
Introductions

Arrival at around noon

  • Meet at airport; proceed to Jerusalem with one stop overlooking the city from The Hebrew University, Mount Scopus: Between Dreams and Reality"
  • Proceed to hotel to check in and freshen up

Evening

  • Opening Dinner
  • Who Are We and Why Are We in Israel?
    Introductions and Reflections

Overnight - Jerusalem


Day 2, Tuesday -  14 January (13 Shevat)
Fateful Decisions During the First and Second Temple Periods

Morning 

  • Why Jerusalem? Study session overlooking The City of David
    Field trip to the Jewish Quarter
  • Group lunch in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City
  • Free time

Afternoon

  • Days of Glory; Days of Destruction
    Exploration of the Herodian Mansion in the Old City
  • Summary Session: Why Was The Temple Destroyed?

Evening 

  • Tour of the Western Wall Tunnels (optional) 
    OR
  • A visit to the Israel Museum and The Shrine of the Book (optional)
  • Dinner at leisure

Overnight - Jerusalem


Day 3, Wednesday -  15 January (14 Shevat)
In Apocalyptic Times

Morning

  • Early departure for Dead Sea region
  • The Dead Sea Sect: Rejecting the Center in the Struggle for Light
    Field trip to Qumran

Afternoon

  • Masada: Fighters for the Future of the Jewish People?
    Field trip to Masada |
  • Swim in the Dead Sea  OR
  • Study Session: Bar Kochba: True or False Messiah?

Evening

  • Group dinner in Jerusalem

Overnight - Jerusalem


Day 4, Thursday -  16 January (Tu BiShevat)
New Cities From Old - Jewish Culture Redefined in a Changed Reality

Morning

  • A City Rises From the Dunes
    Explore earliest neighborhoods beyond the walls of Jaff
  • "We Hereby Declare the Establishment of a Jewish State…"
    Visit Independence Hall, site of the signing of Israel's Declaration of Independence
  • Lunch on own

Afternoon

  • Can We Build Anew by Learning from Our Past? 
    Bialik in Tel Aviv- Then and Now
    Study session In Bialik's house in central Tel Aviv
  • "Captain, My Captain..." (Whitman)
    A visit to Kikar Rabin
  • Reflections

Evening

  • Group dinner in the Yemenite Quarter of Tel Aviv

Overnight - Jerusalem



Day 5, Friday - 17 January (16 Shevat)
Fateful Decisions - the Citizens' Perspectives

Morning

  • Symbols and Signs - Mapping Jerusalem's Multi-faceted Population
    Study session, followed by field trip to Jerusalem neighbourhoods and Tzedakah social action project

Afternoon

  • Free time; Preparations for Shabbat

Evening

  • Lekha Dodi Likrat Kallah
    Candle-lighting at King David's Tomb on Mt. Zion
  • Evening service at the Kotel
  • Traditional dinner: Se'udat Shabbat
    Group discussion and reflections
  • The Late Late Show (optional): The Rebbe's Tisch (Walk to Me'ah Shearim)

Overnight - Jerusalem


Day 6, Saturday - 18 January
SHABBAT

Morning Services at Synagogue(s) of choice

  • Study session: Parshat Hashavua: A Look at the Weekly Torah Portion
  • Group lunch

Afternoon

Choice of Walking Tours:

  1. The Poetry of Yehuda Amichai  OR
  2. Along King David Street: Three Buildings, Three Faiths, Three Agendas
  • Se'udah Shlisheet  - late afternoon snack and schmooze
  • Havdalah

Evening

  • Dinner and evening at leisure

Overnight - Jerusalem


Day 7, Sunday -  19 January (18 Shevat)
Fateful Decisions in the Wake of the Destruction of the Second Temple

Morning

  • Travel north to Caesarea
  • Between Caesarea and Jerusalem - Two World Views
    Field trip and study session at Caesarea
  • Lunch at leisure

Afternoon

  • The Period of the Mishna: Responding to New Jewish Realities
    Field trip and study session at Beit Shearim OR Tsippori
  • Drive further north to Tsfat

Evening

  • Group dinner
    Study session: The Fable of the Goat

Overnight in Tsfat


Day 8, Monday -  20 January (19 Shevat)
From Old to New (Zionist) Jews: Two Visions of Redemption

Morning

  • Building Community in Anticipation of Redemption
    Exploration of story and synagogues of Tsfat
  • Lunch at leisure

Afternoon

  • Of Farmers and Poets: What Motivated the New Jew?
    Field trip to Kinneret Farm and Kinneret Cemetery

Evening

  • Group dinner in Tiberias

Overnight at the Kinneret


Day 9, Tuesday -21 January (20 Shevat)
From 67 to '67... and Beyond: Fateful Decisions - Then and Now

Morning

  • Options on the Syrian Front
    Study session
  • "From Here you Look Seven-Fold Larger..." Overview into Galilee Panhandle from Golan Heights and examination of the period leading to the 1967 War
  • Yom HaDin: What Went Wrong?
    Stop at sites connected to the Yom Kippur War and examination of outbreak of Yom Kippur War in 1973.
  • Lunch in Katzrin, “Capital” of the Golan
  • My Past; My Future/Our Past, Our Future
    Meeting in Katzrin with resident of the Golan
  • What Do We Learn From the Story of Gamla?
    Visit the Golan Archaeological Museum in Katzrin 
  • Summary session

Afternoon

  • Make our way back to Jerusalem

Evening

  • Group dinner en route or in Jerusalem

Overnight - Jerusalem


Day 10, Wednesday - 22 January (21 Shevat)
Difficult Freedom: Dilemmas of Sovereignty

Morning

  • Israel and the Holocaust: What Meaning Has Been Given to the Holocaust in Israeli Collective Memory?
    Site visit and study session at Yad VaShem
  • Lunch at leisure

Afternoon

  • Symbols of Sovereignty
    A visit to Mt. Herzl
  • Where Have We Been and Where Are We Going To?
    Activity evaluating the seminar

Evening

  • Festive farewell dinner

Overnight - Jerusalem


Day 11, Thursday -  23 January (22 Shevat)

(For those departing this morning)

  • Breakfast  and  loading of  bus by  8:00 a.m.
  • Final activity in Liberty Bell Park, alongside the hotel
  • Depart for airport by 8:45 a.m.

(For those remaining on until lunchtime an optional program will be offered at a small supplement):

Morning

  • "And the Children Will Return to Their Borders..."
    Kibbutz Ramat Rachel
  • S.Y. Agnon as Symbol
    A visit and study session in the home of the Nobel Laureate
  • Zion in Zion: What Does the Future Hold?
     A Last Look from Abu Tor
  • Lunch in Ein Kerem

Afternoon

  • Farewells
 

Need to Know

  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 15 full paying participants per bus. Should the number of participants drop below the minimum listed above, we will adjust the cost of the trip to reflect the additional expense of operating the program.
  • Tour prices are per person in U.S. dollars. All hotel accommodations, motor coach transportation, special dinners, sightseeing, admissions, luggage handling and the services of local guides, drivers, and the tour guide/educator are included.
  • Hotel Accommodations: The tour price includes all hotel accommodations, in hotel rooms with private baths. Our standard is to provide the best available hotels while considering value. Although the level of the accommodations may differ slightly from hotel to hotel, we are committed to your comfort. Two-bed rooms are reserved in most hotels. Triples are two-bed rooms with a rollaway cot where available and are not recommended when considering the comfort of those in the room. King-size beds are not available in most hotels; what is considered king-size usually consists of two single beds pushed together and made up separately, but with one headboard. Some two-bed rooms may have two twin - not full- or queen-size - beds.
  • Meals are included as specified in the itinerary.
  • Expedition Director / Tour Educator or Guide: All trips are conducted by our tour educators or local guides who remain with the group throughout the tour.
  • Gratuities Included: All gratuities for restaurant staff are included.
  • Baggage: The Travel Agent and/or Tour Operator, shall not be held responsible for any damage to or loss of luggage/personal items. All damage/loss must be reported at time of incident and documented in writing by local authorities for submission to the insurance company. With regard to airline baggage allowance, different carriers have different regulations for business and coach, please check with your individual carrier with regard to permitted number of pieces, weights and dimensions. The tour operator is not responsible for fees levied by any air carrier for the transport of personal belongings of any kind.


Not Included

 

  • Airfare to the tour departure point and from the tour ending point is not included.
  • Airfare may be purchased from us for travel originating in the United States. Please see Flights tab in the right-side toolbar.
  • Personal Expenses: All personal expenses such as: laundry, valet service, cables, telephone calls and postage are not included.
  • Guide and Driver Gratuities.

Additional Information

 

  • Airline Security Measures: In the U.S., you must provide identification in the form of a passport at the time of airport check-in for travel to international destinations. Your passport name must match the name on your tour reservation and airline ticket or you may be denied boarding.
  • If you are traveling from an airport outside the jurisdiction of the U.S, you will need to determine what travel documentation and identification is required for that particular airport.
  • Due to heightened security regulations, certain items such as a metal nail file, pocketknife, cigarette lighter or tweezers, and some liquid, gel, or aerosol items may not be permitted in your carry-on luggage. Please call your airline prior to departure to obtain current information on non-permissible carry-on items and recommended airport check-in times. You may also wish to visit the Transportation Security Administration website at www.tsa.gov to obtain more information on acceptable identity documentation and prohibited luggage items.
  • Air Services: Once issued, tickets are non-refundable. Airline schedules and flights are subject to change without notice. We will not be responsible for penalties incurred for tickets, international or domestic, not issued by us due to schedule and/or flight changes. Airlines reserve the right to demand immediate issuance of tickets whenever they determine that specific flights are heavily booked even when normal ticketing rules do not require tickets to be issued until a later date. In this instance, we will require immediate and full payment of the airfare and airport taxes and fees as itemized on the invoice. This situation overrides invoice terms and conditions and payment due dates. If full payment is not received, seats will be cancelled by the airline and may not be available to be rebooked on the same flights or at the same airfare. Any replacement air arrangements and airfare will be the sole responsibility of the passenger. We suggest you contact your travel agent or the carrier several weeks prior to departure for seat assignments. Passengers are responsible to reconfirm their flights 72 hours prior to departure for all flights. Package is based on discount fares for group travel. Group members deviating from group dates will be charged a $75 deviation fee per person.
  • Holidays and Museum Closures - Museum visits and personal shopping time may be disrupted due to unforeseen circumstances or the many religious, state and local holidays locally observed in the destinations being visited.
  • Photography During Tours: We will occasionally use photographs taken by fellow guests or your trip director for promotional purposes. If you prefer that your photo not be used in any marketing activities, please notify us at the start of your tour.

 

  
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