Emanu-El Lights Up Israel!

DECEMBER 2022 HANUKKAH ISRAEL JOURNEY

Synagogue Emanu-El is headed for Israel on a community journey designed to inspire, illuminate, and delight! Together, we will spend ten special days traveling throughout the Land of Israel – discovering the richness of Jewish history, going on daily adventures, and enjoying the many cultural and culinary delights that Israel has to offer.

Our program is a classic tour of Israel, perfect for those who have never been or those looking to return for a new perspective. Our itinerary covers sites in the Galilee, Golan, Judean Desert, Mediterranean Coast, Tel Aviv, and Jerusalem. Along the way, we will celebrate a moving Shabbat at the Western Wall, browse colorful Middle Eastern markets, experience the uplifting power of Hannukah, and grapple with the challenges and opportunities that defining the future of Israel.

I look forward to traveling with you on what is sure to be a very memorable experience for the Emanu-El community and friends.

Rabbi Evan Ravski
Synagogue Emanu-El

The double occupancy land cost of our program is $3,350, and a $100 early registration discount is available when you register commitment-free by March 1, 2022. Sign up online to reserve your spot. For program questions, contact Authentic Israel at register@authenticisrael.com or 202-537-6056.


PROGRAM ITINERARY

The following is our projected itinerary, subject to reasonable change based on availability and local considerations

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18 – 2022

Board your self-booked overnight flight to Israel – a suggested community flight will be designated approximately 10 months prior to the program start date

MONDAY, DECEMBER 19 – 2022

  • Arrive at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport – a VIP airport greeting and transfer to our Tel Aviv hotel is provided to all travelers arriving on the designated community flight
    NOTE: Optional programming in the Tel Aviv area will be provided at no additional cost to travelers arriving on morning flights or for those who arrived to Israel on an earlier date
  • Check-in, staff introductions, and orientation at our hotel in Tel Aviv along the coast
  • Evening: Welcome dinner and Hanukkah candle lighting at Maganda Restaurant in Tel Aviv’s Yemenite Quarter (private room)

OVERNIGHT: LEONARDO ART HOTEL, TEL AVIV
Meals Included: Dinner

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20 – 2022

  • Morning: Explore the ancient port city of Jaffa and browse the Jaffa flea market
  • Learn how Israel became the “Startup Nation” at the Peres Center for Peace & Innovation in Jaffa
  • Machon Ayalon – Honor the bravery of the pioneers who helped establish modern Israel at this secret underground munitions facility
  • Return to Tel Aviv for a walking tour of Rothschild Boulevard, Israel’s Independence Hall (TBD if open), Nahalat Binyamin street festival, and the Carmel Market
  • Evening: Light Hanukkah candles at the hotel followed by a free night and dinner on own at the Tel Aviv Port or at the renovated Sarona Templer Colony pedestrian mall

OVERNIGHT: LEONARDO ART HOTEL, TEL AVIV
Meals Included: Breakfast

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21 – 2022

  • Depart Tel Aviv and travel up the Mediterranean Coast
  • Caesarea – Explore Herod’s Roman amphitheater and the ruins of his grand palace on the beach
  • Continue to the ancient seaport of Acco to explore the city’s Crusader-era history, including the Templar Tunnels, and break for lunch on own in the old city market
  • Rosh Hanikrah – Descend into the ocean-swept caves on Israel’s far northern border
  • Check-in, Hanukkah candle lighting, and dinner at our kibbutz accommodations

OVERNIGHT: GALILEE KIBBUTZ ACCOMMODATIONS
Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 22 – 2022

  • Morning walking tour of Tsfat, the historic center of Jewish mysticism in the Galilee highlands, including stops at the ancient Caro and Ha’ari synagogues,
  • Free time to browse the Tsfat artists’ colony, including a visit to the Tsfat Candle Factory, where we’ll create our own candles for tonight’s Hanukkah candle lighting
  • Afternoon: Explore the history and terrain of the Golan Heights on an off-road jeep tour ending on the summit of Mt. Ben Tal for a view of Israel’s border with Syria
  • Encounter with Druze culture and share a traditional meal in the Golan village of Ein Kinya
  • Evening: Return to our accommodations for a group candle lighting

OVERNIGHT: GALILEE KIBBUTZ ACCOMMODATIONS
Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 23 – 2022

  • Guided tour of the kibbutz – explore the history of the kibbutz idea and its evolution
  • Depart the Galilee and travel south along the Syrian-African Rift Valley towards Jerusalem
  • Ascend to Jerusalem, stopping for a shehecheyanu ceremony and panoramic introduction to the contours of Jerusalem at the Mt. Scopus overlook
  • Mahane Yehuda – Experience the iconic open-air marketplace as Jerusalem prepares for Shabbat
  • Check-in to central Jerusalem hotel. refreshed, and prepare for our Jerusalem Shabbat
  • Enter the Old City – Experience Kabbalat Shabbat at the Western Wall followed by a festive Shabbat dinner at the Sephardic Center (private room) in the Jewish Quarter

OVERNIGHT: PRIMA ROYALE, JERUSALEM
Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 24 – 2022\

ALL TOURING TODAY IS ON FOOT

  • Morning Options – Attend Shabbat services at a local synagogue or enjoy a relaxed morning on your own in Jerusalem
  • Following Shabbat lunch at our hotel, embark on a walking tour of Jerusalem neighborhoods, including Yemin Moshe & Montefiore WIndmill, the Christian Quarter, and Muslim Quarter – including plenty of time to browse the colorful Arab Shuk (bazaar)
  • Evening: Celebrate the start of a new week with havdalah and Hanukkah candle lighting
    Tonight is a free evening to explore Jerusalem nightlife at the First Station Market and/or Ben Yehuda Pedestrian mall on your own

OVERNIGHT: PRIMA ROYALE, JERUSALEM
Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 25 – 2022

  • City of David Excavations – Discover the foundations of Jerusalem dating back to King David’s time with the option to cool off walking through Hezekiah’s water tunnel deep under the city
  • Re-enter the Old City at Zion Gate and explore the ancient corridors of the Jewish Quarter, with time for shopping and lunch on own in the ancient Cardo
  • Explore layers of Jewish history at the Southern Wall Excavations and the Western Wall Tunnels
  • Evening: Celebrate the final day of the Festival of Lights with a special Hanukkiah walking tour in the Jewish Quarter followed by the Tower of David Night Spectacular at the Tower of David
  • Dinner on own and group night out at the Mamilla pedestrian mall

OVERNIGHT: PRIMA ROYALE, JERUSALEM
Meals Included: Breakfast 

MONDAY, DECEMBER 26 – 2022

  • Wake up early for our day trip to the Judean Desert (a packed breakfast is provided)
  • Take the cable cars up to the summit of Masada – Tour of Herod’s desert mountaintop fortress and the bastion of an ancient Jewish rebellion
  • Descend Masada and travel to the lowest place on the planet to experience effortless floating at the Dead Sea at Ein Bokek Beach
  • Afternoon: Take a short nature walk to the desert waterfalls at Ein Gedi National Park and view ibex in their native desert habitat
  • Evening: Camel riding and desert tent feast at Eretz Breisheit encampment in the Judean Desert

OVERNIGHT: PRIMA ROYALE, JERUSALEM
Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 27 – 2022

  • Tzurim Valley – Take part in an active excavation from the Temple Era in Jerusalem
  • Geopolitical tour of Jerusalem – the Seam, the Wall, and the future (including a visit to the Ammunition Hill)
  • Roots Tent – Travel to Gush Etzion to engage in a constructive dialogue of perspectives with a Jewish Settler and a Palestinian Arab who both call the land home
  • Return to Jerusalem and enjoy a relaxed evening on your own -or- visit the Israel Museum to view the Dead Sea Scrolls and other archeological treasures

OVERNIGHT: PRIMA ROYALE, JERUSALEM
Meals Included: Breakfast

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 28 – 2022

  • Morning: Docent-led tour of the Yad VaShem World Holocaust Remembrance Center
  • Volunteer project supporting IDF Lone Soldiers at the Michael Levin Center
  • Afternoon: Final “shopportunity” at Mahane Yehuda and Ben Yehuda Street
  • Guided tour of the Knesset – Explore Israel’s democratic system and its unique traditions at its parliament building
  • Travel to Neot Kedumim Biblical Park for a tree-planting ceremony, wrap-up conversation, and closing dinner banquet
  • Evening: Return to Ben Gurion Airport for your overnight return flight

Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 29 – 2022

Arrive back to Charleston in the morning on your self-booked flight

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WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • VIP greeting at Ben Gurion Airport and transfer to our arrival hotel
    Included for travelers arriving on the designated community flight
  • Return transfer to Ben Gurion Airport
    Included for travelers departing on the designated community flight
  • 10 days with a licensed Israeli guide and 9 days with a luxury touring bus
  • Accommodations per the itinerary (4* equivalent), including hotel porterage
  • Breakfast daily and additional meals per the itinerary
    Including taxes and tips for restaurant meals
  • Entrance fees and programming per the itinerary
  • All applicable taxes
    A 17% VAT (tax) applies for Israeli passport holders at hotels. Contact us to make arrangements

Not Included:


TRAVELING TO AND FROM ISRAEL
Travelers are responsible for booking their own travel to and from Israel. Airport transfers will be provided for anyone arriving to Ben Gurion Airport on the designated community flight (TBD). At the end of the program, travelers will be escorted back to Ben Gurion Airport for overnight flights home from Israel. Travelers wishing to arrive early or stay later will be accommodated at the group hotels by special request based on the group hotel rate. Contact Authentic Israel for additional details.
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WHAT IT COSTS

LAND PACKAGE: $3,350/Person

A $100 per traveler early registration discount is available when you register commitment-free by June 15, 2022

  • Based on double room hotel occupancy
  • Single room hotel supplement: $1,250/person
  • Triple room hotel occupancy is available on request

REGISTRATION

Sign up for the program by completing the online REGISTRATION FORM


PAYMENT & CANCELLATION TERMS

  • To reserve your place on the program, a $250/person refundable deposit is due with your registration. The deposit becomes non-refundable as of July 15, 2022
    NOTE: Refund deadlines may be extended depending on public health considerations closer to the date
  • The balance of payment is due by October 1, 2022, and is non-refundable
  • Cancelation must be made in writing to Authentic Israel. We encourage you to obtain a travel protection plan prior to making the final payment.
  • The program deposit may be paid for by check or credit card. However, if you wish to pay the balance by credit card, a 3.0% processing fee applies (credit card fees are not refundable in all scenarios).
  • This program is most suitable for travelers comfortable touring ~eight to ten hours a day
  • Pricing is subject to a minimum of 20 confirmed participants as of July 15, 2022, and we encourage you to avoid booking non-refundable flights until the program is fully confirmed.
  • If the 20-person minimum group size is not reached, the price of the program may increase, and you will have the option to receive a full refund. Provided that 30 travelers participate, a discount of $200/traveler will apply for all.

*Our travel protection plan must be issued before final payment is made. Some benefits are only available if the policy is purchased within 21 days of your initial registration.

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