Frequently Asked Questions

How large are the groups?

My group tours are limited to 28 people. Adult Tours are limited to 18.

Do you book flights?

Yes we do but, if you prefer, you may book your own.

What is the difference between a private tour and a group tour?

A private tour is designed to suit your dates, your budget and your interests.  The cost will vary  depending on the level of hotels, the type of rooms and number of touring days.

Does the Bat/Bat Mitzvah Child travel FREE?

A child under 18, who shares the room with 2 adults, gets a discounted rate. The “Bar Mitzvah child free” is a method of pricing that I don’t use.  When you factor in the quality of a Tova Gilead tour and the total price for your family, you will realize that the value is exceptional and the price competitive.  I limit the size of my tours to 28 people and my tours are guaranteed to stay at the King David Hotel.

Can our child have a Bar or Bat Mitzvah if one of the parents is not Jewish?

Yes. Many of my clients are interfaith families and the Rabbi and the guide make everyone feel comfortable.

We are interested in a family tour but do not have a Bar/Bat Mitzvah child.

While all of my tours offer a Bar/Bat Mitzvah service, it is not a requirement. The service takes about one hour and adds to your Israel experience.

Where does the Bar/Bat Mitzvah take place?

The Bar/Bat Mitzvah is held on Masada or in Jerusalem at Robinson’s Arch in the Archeological Garden of the Old City. The service takes place either on Monday or Thursday.

How does my child prepare for the Bar/Bat Mitzvah?

You will receive a copy of the Torah portion and the service booklet. Each child is responsible for reading 3 to 5 verses of the Torah portion. The Rabbi divides additional parts of the service among the Bar/Bat Mitzvah children.  It is a “no pressure” ceremony and the Rabbi will accept whatever the child is capable of preparing.

What happens when we arrive at Ben Gurion Airport?

Upon arrival at Ben Gurion Airport, you will be provided with VIP service. A quick and easy way to get through the airport. A representative, holding a sign with your name will meet and escort your family through passport control and baggage claim to your guide.

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