Israel Trip update

Registration is now rolling, through mid-March.  Pictures are in the previous post; details are HERE. Hope you’ll join us July 8-20 or 8-22! Most of what you need to know is below; more, including detailed itinerary, is at http://www.adatshalom.net; register soon at http://www.keshetisrael.co.il/forms/keshet-groups-registration…

Please join Rabbi Fred, the wonderful folks of Keshet Israel Tours,
and each other, for Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation’s
2012 Israel Trip –
for Adults & for Families
including family & friends of Adat Shalomers;
including members of other JRF & area shuls!

July 8th-22nd (or 8th-20th), 2012

Why THIS Israel Trip?
• A tour guide and a youth counsellor ensures a rich experience for adults and kids alike
• Tour guide, youth counsellor, and Rabbi will ensure multiple perspectives and insights
• We’ll cover a lot of the land, rural to urban, desert to forest, while keeping costs down
• A great trip for first-timers, covering many highlights, without sacrificing depth
• Great for Israel returnees as well, with many new angles, locales, and experiences
• Insights on key social and political issues, along with deep Jewish history and text
• We know and trust Keshet Tours, and it will be great
• No time like the present!

Where Will We Go?
• Two nights in Ein Gedi, exploring the Dead Sea, oases, Masada, desert hikes, and more
• One night in Beersheva, seeing that vibrant metropolis as well as Sde Boker, Bedouin communities, etc
• Three nights in Tel Aviv, seeing the wonder of modern Israel, including fabulous new experiences
• Two nights up north, by the Galilee, exploring Tzfat, the Golan, Israel-Arab issues, meeting pioneers, and more
• Two nights in Jerusalem, covering some less obvious and newly-opened sites, plus old favorites
• Optional final two more nights in Yerushalayim, exploring the New & Old cities with Rabbi Fred

How Much Will the Trip Itself Cost?
• Basic Land Package for July 8th-20th, per-person with double-occupancy, is $2159
• Add about $300 per-person for additional meals, gratuities, incidentals
• We need 40 paying participants to keep that price; it goes up with fewer, to cover fixed costs
• Adults & teens are priced the same; 3rd adult or teen in a room is $130 off
• A child age 2-12 accompanying two adults is $375 off
• Families of four have options, depending on kids’ ages, usually ~$400 off
• Limited single supplements are available for those interested, for $600 more
• Final 48 hours in Jerusalem, at the lovely Mt Zion Hotel, $280 per person* including shabbat dinner
• (*Single supplement $160; 3rd child discount $140; 3rd adult discount $60; Quad discount for 2 children ages 2-12 $140 per family)

What About Airfare?
• Group airfare, on El Al from JFK to TLV (and American for DCA-JFK), is $1830 per person
(Well-timed flights, landing at Ben Gurion at 12:25pm on July 9th, and leaving at 1:00am (just after shabbat) July 20th or 22nd)
• If you have frequent flyer miles and can use them, do! Many folks have done so successfully
• Feel free to find your own itinerary – individuals and families can often find less expensive flights
(just land by 12:30 on the 9th – cheaper itineraries available if you’re flexible, especially on Turkish Air, or flying from JFK…)

What are the Next Steps?
• Ask any questions you have of Rabbi Fred, or the Israel Connection Committee
• REGISTER ONLINE at http://www.keshetisrael.co.il/forms/keshet-groups-registration
• Registration is rolling, through mid-March; until then, all but $100 of deposit remains refundable
• Reconstructionist folks, local shul members, and family and friends of Adat Shalomers, are welcome too!
• Register soonest to reserve your place; don’t wait for March 16th, or after the bus fills, when registration closes…
• Plan now! Next year in Israel!

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