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IHC & TBE Trip to Israel

Dec 23, 2018 - Jan 2, 2019
Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation and Temple Beth El Trip to Israel
Led by Rabbis Brett Krichiver and Mark Miller
Sunday, December 23, 2018
Depart USA
Overnight: In Flight
Day 1
Monday, December 24, 2018
Bruchim HaBaim-Welcome!

Note: The first day’s itinerary will be determined by flight arrival time 

  • Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport, with assistance by a Makor Educational Journeys representative
  • Meal en route TBA
  • Check in to the hotel
  • Dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Kibbutz HaGoshrim Guesthouse
Day 2
Tuesday, December 25, 2018
Of Mysticism and Mother Nature
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Travel to the restored Agamon Hula Nature Reserve and ride golf carts or bicycles through the Hula Wetlands, an important resting place for migrating birds, which fly over Israel on their way to/from Europe and Africa
  • Drive to Tzfat to explore the synagogues of the mystics, set along the alleyways with shops selling Judaica and art galleries
  • Glassblowing demonstration with Sheva Chaya, an artist inspired by Kabbalah
  • Visit the Safed Candle Factory and make Shabbat or Havdallah candles
  • Street lunch on own in the Old City of Tzfat
  • Activity with Livnot u’Lehibanot, one of the veteran Israeli programs established to strengthen Jewish identity
  • Dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Kibbutz HaGoshrim Guesthouse
Day 3
Wednesday, December 26, 2018
Northern Exposures
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Option: Proceed to the Western Galilee Partnership Together region and participate in a service project
  • Board Jeeps and travel on the Golan Heights to discover first-hand the strategic importance of the area, including an overview from the top of Mount Bental to look across the border onto the Syrian Golan
  • Lunch on own at Café Anan
  • Taste Bud Tantalizers – Wine and chocolate:
    • Adults: Wine tasting at a boutique winery
    • Youth: Chocolate workshop at De Karina
  • Tour Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu to understand how its cutting edge ecological business in biologically-based integrated pest management and natural pollination uses nature to engage with nature, which fosters good relations and spreads ecological awareness in helping Palestinian and Jordanian farmers
  • Proceed to Jerusalem
  • Stop at Scopus for an opportunity to recite the traditional Shehecheyanu blessing upon arrival
  • Check in to the hotel
  • Dinner on own
Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 4
Thursday, December 27, 2018
Jerusalem Through the Ages
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Guided visit at the City of David through the origins of Jerusalem, with Bible in hand
  • Lunch on own and guided tour plus leisure time in the Jewish Quarter/Cardo of Jerusalem’s Old City
  • Tour the Knesset, Israel’s Parliament
  • Visit the Israel Museum including the Shrine of the Book, where the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed
  • Dinner and evening on own at the First Station
Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 5
Friday, December 28, 2018
Preparing for Shabbat
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Visit the nursery school/kindergarten at HUC for Kabbalat Shabbat
  • Join Jerusalemites from all walks of life as they prepare for Shabbat at Machane Yehudah Open Air Market, with lunch on your own
  • Rest of the afternoon at leisure
  • Candle lighting at 4:03 pm
  • Walk to the Kotel for reflection and meditation
  • Kabbalat Shabbat at the Southern Steps or Ezrat Yisrael
  • Shabbat dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 6
Saturday, December 29, 2018
A Jerusalem Shabbat
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Optional: Shabbat morning services at a local Jerusalem synagogue
  • Lunch on own in the Old City
  • Guided walk along the Ramparts of Jerusalem’s 16th walls to Mount Zion, the Hill of Three Religions, with poetry and Midrash
  • And/or
  • Guided walk into the Christian Quarter of the Old City, including the Church of the Holy Sepulcher
  • Havdallah in the Old City
  • Dinner on own in the Mamilla Pedestrian Mall
  • View the Night Spectacular at David’s Tower, which tells the story of Jerusalem with light and music
Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 7
Sunday, December 30, 2018
The Dead Sea Basin
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Ascend Masada via cable car or by climbing the Snake Path for a guided visit through the site and an exploration of the symbolism and questions that arise from the Masada story and their implications for Jewish life today
  • Descend Masada by way of the Roman Ramp
  • Proceed to the Kfar HaNokdim Bedouin Encampment in the Southern Judean Desert with Bedouin hospitality, followed by a camel ride and a traditional Hafla lunch
  • Proceed to the Dead Sea Basin
  • “Float”, relax and refresh at the Dead Sea
  • Return to Jerusalem
  • Dinner on own
Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 8
Monday, December 31, 2018
From Destruction to Construction
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Guided visit to Yad Vashem, the national Jewish Memorial to the victims of the Holocaust, including the Avenue of the Righteous, the Historical Museum and the Children’s Memorial
  • Parallel tour for children to inform youth about the Holocaust in a manner that is suited to their age and understanding
  • Concluding ceremony in the Valley of the Communities
  • Lunch on own
  • Plant a tree at the Tzora Forest Tree Planting Center
  • To really dig deep into the past, head towards Beit Guvrin, and become an archaeologist for a day in the ongoing digs at the caves that served as storerooms, burial crypts and safe havens
  • Proceed to Tel Aviv
  • Check in to the hotel
  • Walking tour along the Tel Aviv Promenade to Jaffa, followed by a guided tour through the Old City of Jaffa, tracing its story from the days of the Bible through the newly developed Jaffa Port
  • Dinner on own in Old Jaffa
Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv
Day 9
Tuesday, January 1, 2019
The Big Orange Vibe
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • The Race for Independence, an interactive game to get to know the history of the first Hebrew city and the story of Israel’s Declaration of Independence, concluding with a guided visit at Independence House, the site of the establishment of the State of Israel
  • The Taglit-Birthright Innovation Center encapsulates the reasons why Israel is known as the Startup Nation and illustrates the new advancements Israeli Startups are making in different fields, such as science, medicine, security, space and more
  • The open-air Nachalat Binyamin has become synonymous with quality Israeli crafts and folk art
  • Lunch and afternoon on own
  • Farewell Dinner in Tel Aviv TBA
  • Proceed to Ben Gurion International Airport for your return flight to the USA
Overnight: In Flight
$3,455
Per person in double-occupancy
$2,605
Price for Child as a 3rd sharing parents room
$1,025
Single Supplement

* Prices do not include flights

Hotels:
2 nights, Kibbutz HaGoshrim, Upper Galilee
5 nights, Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem
1 night, Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv

Land Price Includes:

  • Airport Arrival and Departure Assistance at Ben Gurion International Airport for group flight
  • One Group Transfer from and to Ben Gurion International Airport
  • All group Transportation in Israel on private luxury bus – 9 days
  • Licensed Israeli Government Tour Educator – Trained by Makor
  • Hotel Accommodations per above **or similar pending availability
  • All Site Admissions and programs as per the itinerary
  • Meals
    • Breakfast daily
    • 1 lunch
    • Bedouin Lunch at Kfar Hanokdim
    • 4 dinners
    • 2 Kibbutz guesthouse dinners
    • Shabbat Dinner (Hotel or Home Hospitality)
    • Farewell dinner at a Jerusalem restaurant
  • Source Materials, Hat, Map
  • Water on bus daily – 3 bottles per person per day
  • Porterage at hotels
  • Credit Card fee

 

Not Included:

  • Tips for Guide, Hostess and Driver
  • Recommended: $8 a day per person for the guide and $4 per person for the driver
  • Meals on Own and out of pocket expenses
  • Travel and Medical Insurance
  • Flights
  • Additional Transportation to Partnership Regions

 

Payment and Refund Schedule

Payment Schedule

Upon Registration — Deposit of $500 per participant

September 23, 2018 — 50% of Total Payment

November 11, 2018 — Full Payment

 

Refund Schedule

Cancel before September 23, 2018 — Full Refund

Cancel between September 23 and November 11, 2018 — 50% Refund

Cancel between November 11 and December 9, 2018 — 25% Refund

Cancel after December 9, 2018 — No Refund

 

For more information, please contact Keren at keren@igt.co.il

 

Travel Insurance:
We urge you to purchase cancellation insurance & supplemental medical coverage (which covers pre-existing conditions). This is a smart way to safeguard against life’s surprises.
We have made arrangements with SMS-Travel Insurance Center (Israel) of Omaha, Nebraska. SMS has over 25 years of experience as worldwide insurance brokers and can help you choose the policy that best meets your needs. Yonah Engel is our contact person.

Please note:

  • most insurance policies require purchase within 21 days of your first payment in order to receive maximum coverage (pre-existing conditions, bankruptcy insurance, etc).
  • even if you do not yet know the final trip cost (e.g. flights), write down the amount you do know – and then at a later date we can amend the insurance premium.
  • trip dates are for the entire period away from home
  • trip costs are all pre-paid expenses (e.g. airfare + land costs)
Phone number: 1-402-404-5205
Mention promo code: IGT-MAKOR

Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation Group Flights

Flight to Israel
Flight to USA

Depart Indianapolis Airport on 23rd December at 4:00 pm on flight UA 3443 to Newark.

Arrive in Newark at 6:10 pm on 23rd December.

 

Depart Newark on 23rd December at 11:00 pm on flight UA 90 to Ben Gurion Airport.

Arrive in Ben Gurion Airport on 24th December at 4:20 pm.

Depart Ben Gurion Airport on 1st January at 11:10 pm on flight UA 91 to Newark.

Arrive in Newark on 2nd January at 4:35 am. ​​

 

Depart Newark on 2nd January at 8:30 am on flight UA 4458 to Indianapolis Airport.

Arrive in Indianapolis Airport on 2nd January at 10:32am.

$2,321 per person

* Price may fluctuate minimally due to change in taxes. ​ Cancellation between September 14th and November 9th will incur a $300 cancellation fee. Cancellation after November 9th will not be refunded

Flight to USA

Depart Ben Gurion Airport on 1st January at 11:10 pm on flight UA 91 to Newark.

Arrive in Newark on 2nd January at 4:35 am. ​​

 

Depart Newark on 2nd January at 8:30 am on flight UA 4458 to Indianapolis Airport.

Arrive in Indianapolis Airport on 2nd January at 10:32am.

$2,321 per person

* Price may fluctuate minimally due to change in taxes. ​ Cancellation between September 14th and November 9th will incur a $300 cancellation fee. Cancellation after November 9th will not be refunded

Temple Beth El Group Flights

Flight to Israel
Flight to USA

Depart Detroit Airport on 23rd December at 5:48 pm on flight UA 3748 to Newark.

Arrive in Newark at 7:38 pm on 23rd December.

Depart Newark on 23rd December at 11:00 pm on flight UA 90 to Ben Gurion Airport. Arrive in Ben Gurion Airport on 24th December at 4:20 pm.

Depart Ben Gurion Airport on 1st January at 11:10 pm on flight UA 91 to Newark.

Arrive in Newark on 2nd January at 4:35 am. ​​

Depart Newark on 2nd January at 8:30 am on flight UA 3419 to Detroit Airport.

Arrive in Detroit Airport on 2nd January at 10:29am.

$2,171 per person

* Price may fluctuate minimally due to change in taxes. ​ Cancellation between September 14th and November 9th will incur a $300 cancellation fee. Cancellation after November 9th will not be refunded

Flight to USA

Depart Ben Gurion Airport on 1st January at 11:10 pm on flight UA 91 to Newark.

Arrive in Newark on 2nd January at 4:35 am. ​​

Depart Newark on 2nd January at 8:30 am on flight UA 3419 to Detroit Airport.

Arrive in Detroit Airport on 2nd January at 10:29am.

$2,171 per person

* Price may fluctuate minimally due to change in taxes. ​ Cancellation between September 14th and November 9th will incur a $300 cancellation fee. Cancellation after November 9th will not be refunded