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Secular Humanistic Jewish Experience in Israel

A first or fresh look at an ancient land with the Birmingham Temple, a Secular Humanistic Jewish congregation!

Join the Birmingham Temple, a Secular Humanistic Jewish congregation, in this groundbreaking tour of Israel and the Palestinian Territories to explore their histories and communities through multiple perspectives.  Rabbi Jeffrey Falick, who has lived in Israel and led many tours there, will be joined alternately by two guides, one Jewish and one Muslim. They will accompany our group to the significant sites, the cosmopolitan cities, and the scenic landscapes of this diverse region with a special emphasis on understanding them through the eyes of its residents.

We will begin with the historical complexities of Jerusalem, continue into the villages of the West Bank, explore the beauty of the north and end our trip on the shores of the Mediterranean in secular Tel Aviv. Along the way we will have the opportunity to meet local activists, politicians, artists and leaders as we learn about contrasting national narratives and explore future prospects for co-existence in the region. And, of course, we will spend time with Israel’s Secular Humanistic Jewish leaders and learn about the role of our movement in Israeli life.

With a unique approach that accesses contemporary issues through personal storytelling, relationship-building, and facilitated discussions with conflict resolution professionals, the tour features a diverse array of speakers—Israeli and Palestinian, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and Druze, conservative, moderate and progressive. Discover how conflict affects environmental concerns in the Dead Sea Valley, enjoy home-cooked cuisine with local families, explore ancient archeological sites and enjoy bustling, colorful bazaars. With time for discussion, reflection, fun, and free time to enjoy local spots, this will be a unique tour!

Click here to view the itinerary! This is a preliminary itinerary with flexible details. To enhance the experience even more, there might be some revisions and surprises added, depending upon availability. So stay tuned…

There is an optional pre-trip Petra extension from June 10 – 13, 2016. Click here to view the Petra itinerary. To sign up for this extension please contact Ally Collender at [email protected] or 703-349-1554.

Register for the trip by clicking the “book now” button below. Space is limited! Early registration is advised.

Book Now $3,440 (land only) per person

Make A Deposit

To make a deposit and hold your spot on this trip, fill in your credit card details and billing address below. You will receive a receipt by email.

Tour Deposit: $300.00 per person (Special Offer: $99 for bookings through Dec. 31, 2021)

Trip Includes

  • 13 Nights lodging at the Harmony Hotel (Jerusalem), Emily's Hotel (Tiberias), and Cinema Hotel (Tel Aviv) or similar accommodations (double occupancy).
  • 1 Full-time MEJDI trained guide for 13 days
  • Private bus and driver for 13 days, including one group transfer from and one group transfer to Ben Gurion Airport (Tel Aviv)
  • Breakfast every day
  • 9 Additional meals, as indicated in itinerary, including some (non-alcoholic) beverages
  • Water bottles on the bus
  • All speakers, sites, and entrance fees
  • Dedicated customer service representatives in USA and Jerusalem
  • $50 credit towards purchase of travel insurance

Trip Does Not Include

  • Airfare
  • Travel Medical or Cancellation Insurance (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED)
  • Additional meals, snacks, or water bottles
  • Single Supplement ($946)
  • Optional Petra extension ($787); single supplement ($108)
  • Anything not explicitly mentioned in included section

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Initial Deposit: Due at time of registration.

Final Payment: Final payment is due 45 days prior to departure.

Prices: Prices are per person and are based upon shared twin room occupancy (unless otherwise noted). In case of human or computer error, MEJDI LLC/Birmingham Temple reserve the right to re-invoice for the correct price or service. A full refund will be made to passengers who choose not to pay an increase, provided MEJDI LLC/Birmingham Temple a written cancellation within five days of the price increase notification.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation in writing or email must be received by MEJDI LLC/Birmingham Temple for appropriate refund minus the following fees.
120+ Days Prior: 50% of per person deposit
120-46 Days Prior: $300 per person deposit
45-21 Days Prior: 80% of tour cost
20 Days Prior or Less: 100% of tour cost

Travel Insurance: Travel insurance is not included in the tour price. MEJDI LLC/Birmingham Temple strongly recommends the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance package, which covers health, lost luggage, trip cancellation and trip interruption. Please note that we cannot accept responsibility for any losses or expenses, which you or any member of your party may incur as a result of failing to secure adequate coverage. We can recommend travel insurance companies upon request.

Passport and Documentation: Your passport must be valid for at least six months following your entry date to your travel destination. MEJDI LLC/Birmingham Temple is not responsible to provide any travel documents to any of our destinations, including visas. It is the sole responsibility of the traveler to confirm with the consulate of each country visited, about any necessary travel documentation/visas required to enter these countries.

Tour Itinerary: MEJDI LLC/Birmingham Temple reserve the right to change the itinerary due to unforeseen circumstances. In all cases, MEJDI LLC/Birmingham Temple will do its best to maintain the content of the tour. If the tour services as indicated by the itinerary cannot be supplied or there are changes in the itinerary for reasons beyond the control of MEJDI LLC/Birmingham Temple we will arrange for provision of comparable services. MEJDI LLC/Birmingham Temple reserve the right to make changes in the itinerary whenever MEJDI LLC/Birmingham Temple deem it necessary to the comfort, convenience and safety of the participant at any time. No refund will be paid for unused services such as: transfers, sightseeing, meals, hotel accommodation, entrance fees, and others that are listed in the tour program.

Meals: Meals are based on the hotel's or restaurant's buffet or set menu. In general, beverages are not included, unless specifically stated.

Hotels Accommodation: Hotels will be provided in accordance with the itinerary or similar. We reserve the right to make substitutions with hotels of equal standard. There will be no refunds for any difference in the cost of those accommodations. All rooms are standard twin-bedded rooms with private facilities, unless you have specifically requested and paid for an upgraded room category. Special requests such as bed types, smoking preference and connecting rooms are subject to availability. Room selection in all cases, unless otherwise reserved, is strictly at the discretion of the hotel's management on a run-of-house basis. Triple rooms consist of standard twin beds plus a sofa/folding bed or cot for third person.

Not Included: Items of personal nature such as laundry, wines, mineral water, beverages, coffee, tea, meals other than described in the tour details, any other service not described as included, passport and visa fees, insurance.

Emergency Numbers:
1-703-349-1554 (USA) or 011-972-52-406-0582 (ISRAEL)

Documents: Your tour documents including tour confirmation voucher and all other related information will be sent approximately two to three weeks prior to departure provided full payments have been received.

Customer Service: All customer service issues and refund requests must be submitted in writing and received no later than 30 days after your return. Refunds are subject to a processing fee of $50 plus any hotel and/or supplier charges incurred. Airline flight cancellations and delays for any reason are not the responsibility of MEJDI LLC/Birmingham Temple. Submit your claim directly to the airline. MEJDI LLC/Birmingham Temple do not guarantee airline response.

MEJDI LLC/Birmingham Temple, Arlington, Virginia, and it's employees, act only as representatives of agents of the various air carriers, hotels, public transportation companies and tour operators upon the expressed condition that they shall not be liable for any injury, damage, loss, accident, delay, or irregularities which may be occasioned either by reason of defect in any vehicle, or through acts of default of an company or persons engaged in conveying the passenger, operating contracted tour arrangements or otherwise of any hotel proprietor or servant. MEJDI LLC/Birmingham Temple accepts no responsibility for loss, damage, monies, additional expenses due to common carrier cancellations, delays or changes, weather, sickness, injuries, strikes, war, quarantine, or other causes beyond their immediate and direct control.

In addition, MEJDI LLC/Birmingham Temple relinquishes all responsibility for travel by any tour participants if that travel is prior to, during or beyond MEJDI LLC/Birmingham Temple published tour dates. Enrollment in and payment for the tour, constitutes your acceptance of the Terms and Conditions and Statement of Responsibility. The terms and conditions and statement of responsibility become a binding contract when your enrollment and payment are received and accepted by MEJDI LLC/Birmingham Temple. This contract shall be governed by the laws of the state of Virginia.

You may make your own air arrangements, as no group flights have been reserved. Listed below are the flights/times for which complimentary group arrival and departure transfers will be provided. We can assist with arranging private transfers at additional cost if you are arriving or departing at different times.

If you need assistance booking flights, Connie Wolberg will be happy to help through Gateway Travel. Although Connie is volunteering her professional time as chairperson for this event, Gateway charges a transaction fee of of $50 for international tickets (a $10 group discount has been applied to the normal fee of $60). Other options she can help with include stopovers and upgrades to Premium Economy or Business Class at higher rates. She can be reached at: 248-398-4254 or 248-345-6030. Please be ready to provide your full name exactly as it appears on your passport, date of birth, address, phone number(s), email and credit card information.

For assistance with frequent flyer award tickets or upgrading using miles, please contact the airline directly. Generally, better results can be obtained through an airline phone agent vs. the website. If using credit card points for free tickets, please contact the issuer directly.

ALL FARES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE…THESE WERE THE LOWEST POSSIBLE FARES WHEN LAST CHECKED. THEY ARE NON-REFUNDABLE WITH FEE FOR CHANGES. 

NO FARE IS EVER GUARANTEED UNTIL ACTUALLY TICKETED.

 

CITY CODES: DTW: Detroit; TLV: Tel Aviv; FCO: Rome; CDG: Paris; AMM: Amman

ITINERARY (FOR MAIN GROUP)

AIRLINE       FLT NBR    DATE       FROM – TO        DEP           ARR                          DURATION

DELTA           236              12JUN      DTW  –  FCO       537P          855A # 13JUN       9h 18m

ALITALIA     808              13JUN      FCO   –   TLV       1130A        350P                           3h 20m

ALITALIA     809              26JUN      TLV   –   FCO       0555A       840A                           3h 45m

DELTA           237              26JUN      FCO   –   DTW     1055A        301P                         10h 06m

LOWEST CURRENT TOTAL FARE – USD 1569.16 (SUBJECT TO CHANGE)

 

ITINERARY (FOR PRE-TRIP PETRA GROUP)

AIRLINE           FLT NBR    DATE       FROM – TO         DEP           ARR                         DURATION

DELTA               8573            10JUN     DTW  –  CDG       935P          1130A # 11JUN      7h 55m (Op. by Air France)

AIR FRANCE    452            11JUN      CDG   –  AMM     245P         820P                             4h 35m

ALITALIA          809             26JUN     TLV   –   FCO       555A           840A                             3h 45m

DELTA               237              26JUN     FCO   –   DTW     1055A       301P                             10h 06m

LOWEST CURRENT TOTAL FARE – USD 1488.06 (SUBJECT TO CHANGE)