Ramat Shalom's Israel Adventure
December 25, 2016 - January 6, 2017
Led by Rabbis Andrew and Cheryl and our wonderful tour company, Keshet
To learn more about Keshet, please click HERE
Trips highlights include but are not limited to:
Celebrating Chanukah and welcoming 2017 in Israel!
Visiting the modern, exciting city of Tel Aviv
Traveling up the Mediterranean Coast to the ancient city of Caesarea
Spending time with IDF soldiers on the Israel-Lebanon Border
Walking the mystical city of Tzefat and maybe seeing some snow!
Learning from a Kabbalistic artist in his studio and Israeli farmers on their kibbutz
Visiting with an Ethiopian family that made aliyah and is now building a new life in Israel
Experiencing the incredible spiritual power of Jerusalem and the Kotel (The Western Wall)
Welcoming Shabbat together in the Holy Land!
Remembering the 6,000,000 at Yad VaShem (Israel's Holocaust Museum and Memorial)
Walking in the footsteps of the Maccabees as we explore the ancient Temple and surrounding area
Discussing the current status of the peace process with experts as we visit the Knesset
Attending an Israeli Basketball League game
Working on an archaeological dig and unearthing ancient treasures
Traveling to and meeting with resident of Sderot, a town directly affected by the rockets from Gaza
Hiking the amazing Negev (the desert region) and, of course, riding a camel!
Floating in the Dead Sea and climbing Masada
Sharing a meal with a Bedouin family
Discovering the miracles of Israeli innovation and technology
Staying in superior Israeli hotels and enjoying some of the country's great restaurants
Soaking the wisdom of our incredible tour guides
Traveling to Israel is expensive! This being said, the costs associated with the trip will include beautiful rooms at top Israeli hotels, professional guides, a luxury tour bus, admission to all sites and events and most meals. You will be able to use frequent flyer miles to book your airfare and you may be able to secure less expensive flights on your own - however, it does make it easier to travel together. The costs listed above are per person and are only approximate costs. In previous years, children were less expensive and there were family and bar/bat mitzvah discounts. We will know much more by the end of January.
Our trip will coincide with Broward County Public School's 2016-2017 Winter Vacation.
Our Israel Adventure will be open to all members, adults and children. We invite Ramat Shalom families to bring family and friends who are not members along with us! It is our plan to have a guide for adults and a guide for children. While we will always be traveling together, allowing the kids to explore the sights of Israel with their own guide makes it more rewarding for them and gives the adults more time to learn from their guide. We do anticipate that some of those joining us will be doing so without children! There will be lots of incredible opportunities for adults to learn together on this trip while the kids are busy with their guide.
We do plan to incorporate a Bar/Bat Mitzvah Celebration into our trip! In order for a child to participate in this celebration, they will have to fulfill the same requirements that a child needs to fulfill here at Ramat Shalom. For children who are not yet 13, we will also be incorporating into our trip a special blessing for our children at the Kotel (The Western Wall).
Our trip will include visits to many of the most famous and important places in Israel, including: Jerusalem, the Kotel, Tel Aviv, Tzefat, the Negev, Masada and the Dead Sea. We will also have opportunities to explore and experience aspects of Israel that are not included in most tours. We will visit with Israeli soldiers at a military base. We will visit with Israelis in their homes and learn from them. We will celebrate Shabbat together in the Holy Land. We will learn, firsthand about the peace process and related issues. Our trip promises to be a spiritual experience for those who have never been to Israel and to those who are returning for another incredible visit.
Security is of the utmost importance to us and our tour company. Keshet, our tour company, will be in regular communication with the Israeli government to ensure that every location we visit is safe and secure. This means that there is a chance our itinerary, once created, might change. We will not travel to any area that is unsafe. Rabbis Andrew and Cheryl are traveling on this trip with Abigail and Jonah. They would not bring their children or you and your children into a dangerous area!
It is imperative that you secure travel insurance once you make your reservation to travel to Israel with us. While we do not expect that there will be any issues, if the situation in Israel changes and we feel it is not safe to travel, you will need travel insurance! Again, we don't expect any problems, but we want you to be prepared.
Please note: The average daytime temps in December-January at in the 60's-70's with nighttime temps in the 50's-60's. The desert regions are much warmer in the north, we might see snow. As we get closer, we will talk more about what to pack!
Once our tour group is set, we will meet together here in South Florida and discuss our upcoming trip!
If you have any other questions, please contact Rabbi Andrew at firstname.lastname@example.org.