Holy Land Journey

SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT IN THE HOLY LAND
Zen Peacemakers’ 2012 Journey to Israel & Palestine
With Zen Master Bernie Glassman and Rabbi Ohad Ezrahi

Registration for this Event will Close by the end of November 2011.

May 7 – 20, 2012

Fee: $4,750
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Non-Refundable Deposit: $500
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Single room supplement is an additional U.S. $1,500
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The full cost of the journey is due by February 1, 2012.

After you have paid your deposit, you will receive an e-mail requesting you to fill out registration information.

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Experience holy places and explore current practices of social engagement in Israel and Palestine.

Teachers

 
Zen Master Bernie Glassman
Rabbi Ohad Ezrahi

ITINERARY

Date Day of the week Visit Night’s stay
May 7 Monday Arrival by 4 pm at Ben Gurion Airport, Be driven to Grand Beach Hotel in Tel Aviv, Mediterranean Promonade, Dinner by Sea Grand Beach Hotel, Tel Aviv
May 8 Tueday Foreign Workers and Refugee Slums and Leaders, Beit HaShanti, Jaffa Grand Beach Hotel, Tel Aviv
May 9 Wednesday
Caesarea, Acre
Nof Hotel, Haifa
May 10 Thursday
Bahai Center, Forest of Good Neighbors, Muchraka
Nof Hotel, Haifa
May 11 Friday Ahmadis, Beit Oren, Nazareth Sufis Vered HaGalil, North
May 12 Saturday Safed, Capernaeum, Golan Heights, Golan Stone Circle, Vered HaGalil, North
May 13 Sunday Beit Shean, Eco-Me Center, Jericho, Dead Sea Ein Gedi, Dead Sea
May 14 Monday Masada, Sodom Mountain Ein Gedi, Dead Sea
May 15 Tuesday Hebron, Tent of Nations Individual option of Bethlehem hotel or local family.
May 16 Wednesday Neve Shalom, Bethlehem Separation Wall and Refugee Camp, Church of the Nativity, Meeting with Palestinian Non-Violence leaders Individual option of Bethlehem hotel or local family.
May 17 Thursday Yad Vashem, Rabbis for Human Rights, Mt. Olives, Old City, Western Wall, Meet with Peace leaders. Eldan Hotel, Jerusalem
May 18 Friday Temple Mount, Church of Holy Sepulchre, Ecce Homo, Via Dolorosa, more Old City Eldan Hotel, Jerusalem
May 19 Saturday Jerusalem Shopping Midnight Departure/Home

Itinerary Details

Arrival, Monday, May 7

Plan to arrive into Ben-Gurion Airport no later than 4pm Monday afternoon. We will meet you and bring you to Tel-Aviv, a 25 minutes drive.

Monday & Tuesday, May 7-8, Tel Aviv

Stay at Grand Beach Hotel, Tel-Aviv.

Monday: After rest, walk along busy promenade by Mediterranean and have dinner by sea.

Jaffa Lighthouse

Tuesday: After big Israeli breakfast, visit the old central bus station – the slums of foreign workers and refugees. Meet with leaders of this community or people who work with them. Visit Beit HaShanti (formerly dispossessed and alienated youth living on the streets of Tel Aviv. Uses art and music therapy to reach out to the teenagers.) Early rest, then on to old Arab-Jewish city of Jaffa in mid-afternoon for visit to galleries, coffee with Israeli Arab activist Ihab Balha, and dinner in old Jaffa overlooking sunset on Mediterranean.

Caesarea Roman Theater

Wednesday-Saturday, May 9-12, Northern Israel

Wednesday: Proceed Wednesday morning to Caesarea, old port built by Herod over 2,000 years ago. Drive to the Acre theater center (Arab-Jewish) and maybe do some clowning together. Arrive in Haifa, stay at Nof Hotel. Dinner on Carmel overlooking coastline below. .

Bahai Center Gardens

Thursday:

Visit Bahai Center and world-famous gardens. Then meet with religious leaders of Jews and Druze on the Carmel. Visit the Forest of Good Neighbors, planted by a multi-faith group of religions leaders, overlooking the Mediterranean. Visit Muchraka – the place where Eliyahu the prophet killed 400 prophets of the Ba’al.

Stay at Nof Hotel in Haifa.

Friday:

Visit Beit Oren (House of Pine), a center for Humans and Nature. Then spend time with the Ahmadis and experience a different form of Islam. Afterwards, visit Sufi’s in Nazareth.

Stay at Vered HaGalil.

Alley in Safed

Saturday:

Tour the mystical city of Safed; visit the Sea of Galilee and see the Christian site of Capernaeum near Beatitudes where Sermon of the Mount was given. Go to the Golan Heights and see Rugum el Hiri – a 6000 year old Stone Circle on the Golan.

Stay at Vered HaGalil.

Sunday-Tuesday, May 13-15, Dead Sea

Beit Shean

Sunday. Proceed on long drive south through Biblical site of Megiddo; Beit Shean Valley along border with Jordan; stop at magnificent archeological site of Beit Shean from Roman times. Visit the Eco-Me center (Palastinian-Israeli Ecological project of living together), a very new initiative in Jerico.

Proceed to Dead Sea, lowest point in the world; stop at overlook to admire the incredible view of Judean mountains, salt sea, and Jordan on other side; arrive at Kibbutz Ein Gedi which has mineral spa. Bathe at Dead Sea. Dinner and Breakfast at Ein Gedi.

Masada

Monday. Proceed to the top of Masada via cable car, where Jews held off Romans for 2 years 2000 years ago, visit Sodom Mountain and the Flower Cave.

Stay at Ein Gedi

Refugee Camp in Bethlehem

Tuesday-Wednesday, May 15-16, Hebron, Bethlehem and West Bank

Tuesday

Visit Hebron and then Then visit the Tent of Nations.

Individual option of staying in hotel in Bethlehem or with a local family.

Wednesday.

Visit Neve Shalom, a village, jointly established by Jewish and Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel, that is engaged in educational work for peace, equality and understanding between the two peoples. Then drive to Bethlehem; get guided tour of Separation Wall; visit with Sami Awad of Holy Land Trust; visit Church of the Nativity.

Individual option of staying in hotel in Bethlehem or with a local family.

Dome of the Rock

Thursday-Saturday, May 17-19, Jerusalem – El Kuds area

Thursday.

Visit Yad Hashem. Speak with Rabbis for Human Rights. Have Shabat Dinner – possible at Na’ava Tehila congregation, Rabbi Ruth Kagan

Stay at Eldan Hotel, Jerusalem

Friday

Visit Mt. Olives. Visit Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Ecce Homo and Via Dolorosa. Visit Temple Mount and Dome of the Rock (if possible). Tour of Old City, including Western Wall.

Final dinner together.

Saturday.

Day of shopping. Proceed to airport 1 hour away for departure.

Registration and Fees

Please fill out one Registration Form for each person attending the journey.

After you have paid your deposit, you will receive an e-mail requesting you to fill out registration information


Fee: $4,750
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Non-Refundable Deposit: $500
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Single room supplement is an additional U.S. $1,500
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The tour price includes: guide services, transportation inside Israel and Palestine, monument entrance fees, breakfast, bottled water and lodging arrangements for the duration of the journey. All registration fees are payable in U.S. dollars only.

Please note that the cost does not cover: International airfare to and from Tel Aviv, visas and other international arrangements, any extra days spent in Israel or Palestine beyond the dates of the journey, excess baggage fees on the flights, phone calls and faxes during the journey, laundry during the journey, or medical and other insurance coverage such as travel insurance. It may be advisable that participants purchase travel insurance.

The tour price includes: guide services, transportation inside Israel and Palestine, monument entrance fees, breakfast, five dinners (two in Ein Gedi, two in Bethlehem and our Shabat dinner in Jerusalem) bottled water and lodging arrangements for the duration of the journey. All registration fees are payable in U.S. dollars only.

CANCELLATION

For cancellations received up to six weeks before the commencement of the journey a cancellation fee of 10% of the total cost will be levied. Between six weeks and two weeks before the journey, the cancellation fee will be 50% of the total cost. The cancellation fee within two weeks of the beginning of the journey will be 100% of the total cost.

All refunds will be processed within 60 days of notification of cancellation.


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For more information, please contact Ari Pliskin: [email protected], or by phone: (413) 461-8770.

TO REGISTER

A non-refundable deposit of $500 U.S. per person is required at the time of booking. The remainder of the cost of the journey is due by February 1, 2012.

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After you have paid your deposit, you will receive an e-mail requesting you to fill out registration information, or call Ari Pliskin at (413) 461-8770 USA.  If registering by telephone, this form must still be completed and signed, and the required deposit received.

Travel Facts

ARRIVAL

Arrival and departure are to and from Tel Aviv, Israel. Participants are responsible for making their own round-trip flight arrangements from their point of origin to Tel Aviv, Israel and back. For international flights, tickets should be booked as early as possible. Flights to and from Israel are frequently full, and this trip takes place at the height of the tourist season. Most international flights arrive at night or early morning. You may check with us before you confirm your flight bookings. The journey will begin at 2pm on May 6, 2012.

DEPARTURE

The tour will end at 3p.m. on May 20, 2012 in Jerusalem. You should book your departure flight late evening of 20th May 2012.

EXTRA NIGHTS

For those wishing an extra day or two to recover from air travel before the journey begins, or who wish to stay longer after the journey ends, we would be happy to provide a list of hotels in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR THIS TRIP

You will need a valid passport. Israel has agreements for the abolition of visa requirements with 65 countries. Citizens of those countries may enter Israel with only a valid passport (no need for specific visa). List of countries which do not require Israeli visa:

Africa: Central African Republic, Losoto, Malawi, Mauritius, South Africa, Swaziland

Asia & Oceania: Australia, Fiji Islands, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Philippines, South Korea

Europe: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, Germany (date of birth after 1.1.28), Gibraltar,Great Britain (England, the UK), Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, The Netherlands (Holland), Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland

The Americas: Argentina, Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, St. Kitts & Nevis, Surinam, Trinidad & Tobago, The Bahamas, The Dominican Republic, Uruguay, U.S.A.

IMPORTANT DEADLINES

Each participant must provide the following details in order to reserve train, air and hotels: Name, gender, date of birth, passport number, date of issue of passport, date of expiry of passport, place of issue of passport, and emergency contact information.

CURRENCY EXCHANGE, ACCEPTANCE OF CREDIT CARDS & TIPPING

As stated above, hotels, breakfast, transportation within Israel and Palestine, and guide services are all covered by the journey fees. It is suggested that travelers use credit cards for other meals and carry cash for expenses like food, gifts or souvenirs at local small vendors. Credit cards such as VISA or American Express are accepted in most of the hotels and large shops in Israel, but not in some of the places we visit. There are ATM machines in some places where one can access cash, but their presence is not universal as it is in the U.S. As of January 12, 2011, one U.S. dollar approximates 3.5 Israel New Shekels. We recommend that you convert some cash at the airport when you arrive in Tel Aviv. There is no need to exchange it in the U.S. — it is best to do so in Israel. There are a couple of banks with a standard exchange rate at the airport both before and after you clear customs. ATM machines are also an easy method of exchanging currency into Shekels.

Travelers often have questions about tipping. We will do all the tipping/donations during the journey and keep a running tab of it. At the end, the amount will be divided among the journey participants and repaid to us (contributions to the teachers is optional).

If you arrive before the start of the journey or stay after it concludes, the general rule is as follows: tipping someone who has carried your luggage is common and we would suggest Rs.50. Depending on how heavy your luggage is and how many pieces there are, Rs.50 is a reasonable amount for three pieces of baggage. In restaurants, one normally leaves a tip of 10% of the entire bill, unless a service charge has already been levied. It is not necessary to tip taxi drivers; however if you have hired a car for the day and you are happy with the driver, a tip of Rs.100 is fine.

HOTELS/HOUSING

We choose accommodations based on shared, twin-bedded rooms with a private bath or shower and toilet. The accommodations are clean and comfortable, and in some cases rather luxurious. If you prefer a single room, there is a price supplement of U.S. $1,500 per person.

WEATHER & CLOTHING NEEDS

Given that there can be a high variation between the daytime and evening temperatures (the general range is from 4 degrees to 25 degrees Celsius (centigrade), layering is a practical approach. It’s important to be comfortable and modestly dressed. We recommend that you bring one thick sweater or jacket and one or two light sweaters for the day; perhaps a shawl if you want to meditate in the morning. Some thermal underwear and socks are also recommended. For the warmer part of the day, cotton shirts and T-shirts work well, and some pilgrims even bring cotton trousers. There is no need to bring formal clothing.

Generally, the weather is dry with a small possibility of light rain or fog in some places. It is handy to have an umbrella that can double as a sunshade if it gets too sunny or even be used as a walking stick. Please bring comfortable sneakers or sandals (which you can wear with socks if it gets cold). We do not go on treks, but one or two of the (optional) walks are long. We also visit a number of temples where you will need to remove your shoes, so it is helpful to bring a pair of socks (the airline slip-ons are very convenient). It is always useful to have a hat or cap to protect you from the sun. We are allowed 20 kilos (44 lbs.) check in baggage and 7 kgs as cabin baggage on Indian airplanes, so we recommend that you travel light. Laundry facilities are available at all the places we stay, and laundry is returned within 24 hours.

HEALTH CONCERNS

We stay in clean, safe places, and the food in the places we stay will be clean, fresh and prepared to suit a delicate digestive system. You will be provided bottled mineral water for drinking.

ADDITIONAL TRAVEL SERVICES (e.g. shuttle buses, taxis)

We provide all the transport services during the journey, including having you met on arrival in Tel Aviv. There is no extra charge for meeting people at the airport. For those who want to make your own arrangements, the Tel Aviv Airport has PRE-PAID cab counters. The booth/counter is located after the customs area. You just need to tell the person at the counter where you want to go and the pieces of luggage you have and he will ask you to pay a certain amount and give you a slip of paper. Outside the airport the cabs are lined up and you show your slip to them. After the cab driver has dropped you at your destination, then you give the slip of paper to him. You need not pay anything extra. Depending on the time you arrive the cab fare will be in the range of Rs.500-700. It is easy to get a cab at the hotel for the airport when one leaves for the same price.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

It may be advisable for registrants to purchase travel insurance. The range of coverage can vary significantly from policy to policy, and travelers are encouraged to speak with a travel agency to identify a policy that suits their needs. Things to consider are travel delays, trip cancellation or interruption, medical coverage, and baggage loss or delay. Before purchasing insurance, you may wish to check with your health insurance carrier to see if your policy includes medical care overseas. Please note that many insurance carriers require that insurance be purchased at the time a deposit or final payment is made; check with your carrier for details.

DISCLAIMER AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY

The Peacemaker Circle Foundation while undertaking tours, transportation, hotel accommodation and other services only act on the clear understanding that they shall not be in any way responsible or liable for any accident, damage, loss, delay or inconvenience caused in connection with travel and other facilities arranged by the company, their employees or agents. All bookings are accepted and executed with utmost care, yet no responsibility is taken for any change or deviation on account of factors beyond their control.

By making a deposit for the tour, participants acknowledge that they have read and understood this document in its entirety, and have consented to all conditions herein, including the Disclaimer and Release of Liability. For participants under age 18, their parent or legal guardian shall sign on their behalf and the same Disclaimer and Release shall apply.