MUCH MORE THAN A TOUR
Our customized itinerary is filled with once in a lifetime experiences that will inspire your family to fall in love with being Jewish
The AISH Destiny Israel Family Experience will take you on a customized itinerary from North to South, Jerusalem, The Dead Sea, Masada, Golan Heights, and Tel Aviv. Both adults and children will have fun, learn and be inspired. Whether this is your first time or you are a frequent visitor this trip is unique. VIP access to the AISH World Center and our world renowned Jewish educators will empower your family to connect to Jewish values and engage with Israel.
FEES & DETAILS
$2875 per person double occupancy | $850 single supplement
One Child 12 and under sharing a room with 2 full priced adults save $400, 2 children 12 and under sharing their own room save $80 pp
All participants aged 13 and above are considered adults per the hotels. Adjoining rooms are guaranteed and connecting rooms based on availability at that particular hotel. Only one discount available per family . Three children in the same room are charged as two adults and one child
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Our Family Israel Experience is led by Simcha and Estie Tolwin from AISH Detroit as well as Jewish educators from AISH’s 35 branches with many years of experience in informal family education and have led numerous Israel trips. We will also be accompanied by a licensed Israeli tour guide, fluent in English who will share his knowledge and passion for Jewish history, culture, environment and landscapes of Israel. As an AISH Destiny trip we will also have access to the world renowned AISH educators based in Jerusalem. The entire itinerary is planned with our tour provider GoInspire- Israel trip innovators. For over 25 years, they have delivered powerful, transformational Israel experiences for many hundreds of groups.
In order to maximize our time in Israel the days are full and we walk a lot! Think 3-4 hours a day over all sorts of terrain- paths, nature trails, cobblestone walkways. Additionaly there may be numerous steps to access a location. This is your trip so participants who wish to take a break can opt-out as needed after coordinating with the guide. Travelers requiring walking support or with mobility constraints will not be well accommodated on this trip.
Traveling to Israel as a family is a very meaningful way to celebrate a childs Bnei Mitzvah. There will be a beautiful ceremony including singing and dancing down to the Western Wall Plaza led by our staff in Jerusalem to mark the occasion, followed by an inspirational family talk with our top teen educator at the AISH World Center. Any participant no matter what age 12-112 who have not yet celebrated their Bnei Mitzvah are invited to join the ceremony. No preparation is required before the tour and there is no extra cost. Local family are welcome to join and participate by advance notice
This trip is focused on parents and their children including college aged and young adults. Grandparents are welcome as well! Our leaders and guides are experienced in engaging the entire family and age spectrum. Because of the active nature of the program children traveling with their parents are typically aged 8 or older. Younger children are welcome as per the parents discretion. Evening babysitting can be arranged at additional cost by advance reservation
Travelers on the Israel Family Experience arrive with varying degrees of Jewish affiliation. Aish’s educational philosophy is that Judaism is not all or nothing; it is a journey where every step counts, to be pursued according to one’s own pace and interest. Mitzvot (commandments) are not rituals but opportunities for personal growth to be studied and understood. We learn the Torah’s wisdom to enrich our own lives and to share these ideas with all humanity. Aish HaTorah is a halachic organization so Shabbat will be observed in public and all meals are kosher.
Our goal is for your family to come home with new friends and have a richer travel experience by being in a group. Our leaders and guides will be aiming to create a sense of community amongst the participants. There are some free evenings and lunches with time for personal exploration. For those with many friends and relatives in Israel we suggest either coming early or extending your trip so you have ample time to visit with them. We can help with booking additional hotel nights and airport transfers.
You’re responsible for arranging your own flights to and from Israel and we take care of most everything else! The program covers breakfast each day, five dinners and five lunches. All touring, a fantastic staff, premium hotel accommodations and deluxe motor coach transportation. An airport transfer is offered at 4:00 pm on December 21. On the final evening of the program a transfer is available back to the airport for flights departing after midnight. You’ll be responsible for the other meals, specialty beverages at group meals, staff gratuities ($75 pp) and airport transfers not covered as per above.
Be sure to note any special dietary needs as part of your registration. We will coordinate with our hotel and restaurant meal providers to arrange special accommodations as necessary. We make a good faith effort to accommodate food allergy considerations however, we cannot make absolute guarantees on behalf of our meal providing partners.
We will be collecting $75 per person to be divided between the driver, guide and support staff.
All participants are expected to book their own flights to and from Israel. The only international airport in Israel is “Ben Gurion” (airport code: TLV). Our tour company Go Inspire can help you book your flights as well. Arrival in Israel: A group bus transfer to our Tel Aviv hotel are complimentary for anyone arriving at Ben Gurion Airport by flight as follows: Monday December 21st between 1 and 3 pm (bus departs at 4:00). Travelers arriving at Ben Gurion Airport after 3:00 pm on the first day of the program will likely miss the welcome dinner and programming this evening and will be responsible for their own transportation to the hotel. We do not recommend it! Participants booked on incoming flights outside of this window can be accommodated with an airport transfer by special arrangement and additional fees will apply TRAVEL FROM ISRAEL: At the end of the program on December 29th participants will be escorted back to Ben Gurion Airport in time for overnight flights departing between 11:30pm and 1:00 am the next day. No hotel is included this evening unless arranged separately. Participants booked on return flights outside of this window can be accommodated with an airport transfer by special arrangement and additional fees will apply
Families are highly encouraged to sign-up for travel insurance in order to protect their investment and plan for the unexpected. Our tour company GoInspire can assist with purchasing an insurance plan through a third party provider
Check to make sure that you know where your passport is and that it is not expired or about to expire. Your passport must be valid for at least six months from the date you depart from Israel. If your passport expires within this period please start the renewal process today. Many airlines will deny you boarding if your passport is not valid according to this policy. If you are traveling to Israel on a USA, Canadian or European Union member country passport a visa is not needed to enter Israel. If you are traveling on a passport from another country you may need a visa to enter Israel. If needed, our office is able to provide you with a program participation letter.
Our number one goal is your families safety. Our trip is registered with the Moked Teva-the central hotline and control centre to ensure the safety and security of hikers, tourist groups, school groups, and others while in the field, anywhere in Israel. Moked Teva is operational 24/7, making continual assessments, issuing up-to-the-minute advice and fielding calls on trip coordination and route safety, and monitoring status reports from the field. The hotline is in direct contact with search and rescue officials, security personnel and safety and wildlife authorities. All activities are subject to daily approval by Moked Teva. If a particular location is not signed off, the itinerary will be amended and groups will take up an alternative activity in an approved place.
To reserve your spot a $500 per person deposit is due at the time of registration (all program costs are listed in US Dollars). The deposit is fully refundable until May 15, 2020 after which it is non-refundable. The balance is due no later than September 25, 2020 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 the program costs may be made by check or a credit/debit card however, a 3% processing fee applies for credit/debit card payments and credit card fees are not refundable. All program dates are guaranteed however, participation is subject to limited availability. AISH Destiny reserves the right to deny acceptance on the tour according to their discretion.
Price valid for tourists who present B2 visas to the hotel. Price without the tourist visa will add an additional 17% VAT
Aish HaTorah’s mission is to ignite Jewish passion and empower every Jew to embrace their heritage, thereby ensuring the vibrant continuity of the Jewish People.
Aish Hatorah strives to show all Jews, regardless of background, that Judaism is meaningful. Our Jewish pride is based on a deep intellectual understanding of the Almighty’s continuous love, the Divine origin and purpose of the world, the appreciation of Torah as the ultimate source of timeless wisdom and experiencing first hand the joy, beauty and genuine sense of fulfillment in modern life with Jewish ideals. We strongly focus on innovation and leadership development to constantly be at the cutting edge of the changing landscape, doing whatever it takes to make Judaism come alive and sparking passion through intellectual and experiential learning.
At Aish we do not base Jewish values on defensiveness or on guilt. We believe in going much deeper to the core to reveal the innate beauty of our glorious heritage and highlight the depth of timeless Torah to inspire and make a long lasting impact.