Soul Sisters Israel Journey

Program Dates
February 23 – March 4, 2020

An Adath Jeshurun Women’s Israel Pilgrimage

Travel with Hazzan Joanna Dulkin to experience a new side of Israel and encounter a diverse group of amazing women shaping the Jewish State’s future.

The Soul Sisters will take you on an off-the-beaten-path journey to the Carmel Mountains, the Galilee, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and the Negev Desert. Throughout our journeys, we’ll meet with women leaders engaged in positively impacting education, culture, equal rights, immigrant and refugee rights, government, religion and much more — including the opportunity to celebrate Rosh Chodesh at the Kotel with Women of the Wall. Along the way, we’ll sample local delicacies, explore natural wonders and enjoy the modern comforts of Israel’s world-class spa hotels.

Soul Sisters is led by Hazzan Joanna Dulkin along with a female Israeli tour guide and is organized by Authentic Israel. Experience this unique travel opportunity while strengthening your bonds with other women in your community.


PROGRAM ITINERARY

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

Sunday, February 23, 2020

  • Depart from the US on your self-booked flight to Israel

Monday, February 24, 2020

  • VIP greeting at Ben Gurion Airport and private transfer to your Zichron Yaakov hotel
  • Meet your Israeli guide and the journey begins
  • Zichron Yaakov – Walking tour of an original village founded by Jewish immigrants in the 1880’s
  • Learn about Sara Aharonson and her family at the NILI Museum in Zichron Yaakov (time permitting)
  • Tasting and tour at the Tishbi Winery in Zichron Yaakov
  • Opening dinner at Tishbi in Zichron Yaakov
  • Welcome session with Sara Brandes, Or HaLev

OVERNIGHT: Elma Arts Hotel, Zichron Yaakov
Meals Included: Dinner

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

  • Tour of a spice farm in Bethlehem of the Galilee and explore this restored Templar Colony village
  • Visit the Dona Gracia home and museum in Tiberias on the Sea of Galilee
  • Learn the stories of early Zionist pioneers and the poetess, Rachel, at the Kinneret Cemetery
  • Learn about Hannah Senesh’s life story and poetry at Kibbutz Sdot Yam where she called home
  • Ascend to Jerusalem and check-in to your hotel
  • Enjoy dinner on your own at the First Station – Marketplace and cultural center on the site of Jerusalem’s original train station

OVERNIGHT: Mount Zion Hotel, Jerusalem
Meals Included: Breakfast 

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

  • Rosh Hodesh services at the Kotel with Women of the Wall
  • Brunch at Between the Arches restaurant in the Old City
  • Free time for shopping in the historic Cardo area of the Jewish Quarter
  • Explore the achievements of women in the arts at Ma’aleh School of Film
  • Experience models for Arab-Israeli co-existence at Ein Rafa village
  • Tour Mahane Yehuda marketplace with a local female chef followed by a private market-fresh cooking class and gourmet dinner 

OVERNIGHT: Mount Zion Hotel, Jerusalem
Meals Included: Brunch & Dinner

Thursday, February 27, 2020

  • Early departure for day trip in Tel Aviv
  • Port-to-port bicycle tour of Tel Aviv from the modern Tel Aviv Port to the ancient Jaffa Seaport
  • Explore the ancient port city of Jaffa, and browse the Jaffa flea market and art galleries (lunch on own)
  • Visit the Peres Center for Peace Innovation Center
  • Discover the complexity and beauty of Hebrew graffiti art in Florentine
  • Walking tour of Tel Aviv’s historic Neve Tzedek and trendy Rothschild Boulevard neighborhoods
  • Dinner on your own in the area
  • Evening: Cultural performance at the Suzanne Dallal Center in Neve Tzedek (pending availability)
  • Late return to Jerusalem

OVERNIGHT: Mount Zion Hotel, Jerusalem
Meals Included: Breakfast 

Friday, February 28, 2020 

  • Breakfast meeting with Rachel Korazim, a Hartman Institute educator
  • Docent-led tour of the new Museum of Tolerance
  • Pre-Shabbat challah baking workshop
  • Kabbalat Shabbat at Nava Tehilla or option to experience Kabbalat Shabbat at the Kotel
  • Shabbat dinner is included at the hotel joined by a female IDF lone soldier
  • Enjoy an evening text study with Melila Hellner-Eshed

OVERNIGHT: Mount Zion Hotel, Jerusalem
Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Saturday, February 29, 2020

No bus transportation is provided today

  • Shabbat services at Tziyon Minyan
  • Study session with Rabbi Tamar Elad Appelbaum
  • Shabbat lunch is included at your accommodations
  • Optional: Old City walking tour: Ramparts Walls walk, tour of Jewish, Christian and Muslim Quarters
  • Havdalah at the hotel with Hazzan Saralee Shrell-Fox 
  • Free time and dinner at Jerusalem’s Ben Yehuda Street

OVERNIGHT: Mount Zion Hotel, Jerusalem
Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch

Sunday, March 1, 2020

  • Early morning departure to the Negev Desert
  • Visit Sderot and Netiv HaAsara on the frontier with Gaza, and learn how these communities have adapted their surroundings; Visit with artist Tsameret Zamir
  • Salad Trail – Experience the wonders of Israel’s desert agriculture revolution
  • Experience the thrill of sandboarding down natural dunes in the Negev Desert with Dror BaMidbar
  • Check-in to our hotel at Mitzpe Ramon; Dinner is included in your accommodations
  • Evening: Night walk along the crater’s edge

OVERNIGHT: Breisheit Resort Hotel, Ramon Crater
Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Monday, March 2, 2020

  • Learn about the world’s largest erosion crater at the Ramon Crater Visitor Center
  • Hike to the hidden desert pools at Ein Avdat
  • Sde Boker – Discover the story of Ben Gurion, Israel’s first Prime Minister and Negev Desert visionary
  • Off-road desert canyon jeep tour in the Ramon Crater
  • Traditional “Poike Pot” dinner in the desert
  • Evening: Desert star-gazing experience with Astronomy Israel

OVERNIGHT: Breisheit Resort Hotel, Ramon Crater
Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

  • Depart from the Negev Desert and return to Tel Aviv
  • Meet with an Israeli fashion designer and learn about the local fashion scene
  • Traditional Eritrean lunch and coffee ceremony at Kuchinate – the African Refugee Women’s Collective; meet co-director, Sister Aziza
  • Celebrate the spirit of Tel Aviv at the Nahalat Binyamin street festival and Carmel Market 
  • Final farewell dinner at Goshen Restaurant
  • Return to Ben Gurion Airport for overnight flights back to America

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • VIP greeting at Ben Gurion Airport and transfer to our hotel on February 24, 2020
    Based on one designated flight
  • Return transfer to Ben Gurion Airport on the evening of March 3, 2020
  • 9 days with a licensed Israeli guide
  • 8 days with a luxury motorcoach and private driver
  • Accommodations per the itinerary – including hotel porterage
  • Breakfast daily and additional meals according to the itinerary
    Including taxes and tips for restaurant meals
  • Entrance fees and programming costs per the itinerary
  • All applicable taxes
    A 17% VAT (tax) applies for Israeli passport holders at hotels. Contact us to make arrangements

Not Included:

  • International flights
  • Guide gratuities (suggested at $100-$125/person)
  • Hotel incidentals and beverages at group meals
  • Travel insurance (available during registration)

TRAVELING TO AND FROM ISRAEL
Travelers are responsible for booking their own travel to and from Israel. A recommended flight will be designated approximately 10 months in advance of the program start date, and we recommend contacting Atlas Travel (Tiffany.atlas@comcast.net | 651-225-8488) for assistance booking your travel. A meeting plan will be arranged for travelers already in Israel or who are arriving on other flights — additional details to follow.
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WHAT IT COSTS

Sign up by May 1, 2019 to lock-in a $100 early registration discount ($2,840/person based on double room occupancy)

Land Package: $2,940/person
Double room hotel occupancy rate
Single Room Supplement: $1,110/person


REGISTRATION
Sign up for the program by completing the online registration form

ENROLLMENT TERMS

  • To reserve your spot, a $250/person deposit is due at the time of your registration, and a $100 early registration discount is available through May 1, 2019
  • The deposit is fully refundable through May 1, 2019, after which it is non-refundable
  • The balance is due no later than three months in advance of the program start date, after which it is non-refundable
  • Cancellations must be made in writing, and we encourage you to obtain travel insurance
  • Payment for the deposit may be made by check or credit card, and no credit card fees apply
  • Payment for the balance of program costs may be made by check or credit/debit card, however, a 3% processing fee applies for credit/debit card payments, and credit card fees are not refundable
  • The program is based on a minimum participation of 25 travelers; must be age 21+ to participate.
  • Travelers are encouraged not to book non-refundable flights until after May 1, 2019 and if the minimum has been reached
  • Authentic Israel reserves the right to deny acceptance on the tour according to their discretion

*Our travel insurance policy 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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