international workshop
June 20-23, 1999
Kfar Giladi, Israel

Third Circular

In this circular we send you some final information concerning the  workshop. The administrative part of the onference is taken care of by Dan Knassim. If you have not registered yet, we urge you to do so as soon as possible so that we can assure the accommodation. If you sent the registration and did not receive appropriate confirmation, please send it again. We suspect that some registrations were lost. The registration form, scientific program and general information can be found at the workshop web site:

Dan Knassim can be reached by:

fax: +972-3-613 3341
Tel: +972-3-613 3340

Note for participants in the small-x workshop in Tel Aviv:

If you plan to attend also the Kfar Giladi workshop please send your registration form to Dan Knassim. Indicate if you want to join Tour A which leaves Tel Aviv on Saturday June 19 in the morning and reaches Kfar Giladi in the evening.

General Information


Kibbutz Hotel Kfar Giladi, Galilee, Israel. Tel. +972-6-6900000,
Fax. +972-6-6900069. e-mail:
The weather in the Galilee during June is warm during the day and cool at night. Temperatures range between 15 - 25 C (60 - 77 F). Do not forget to bring swimming suits, sunglasses, and hats!
Entry to Israel:
An entry visa to Israel is not necessary for citizens of most countries. Please check with your travel agent. Those who do need a visa are invited to apply to the conference secretariat for assistance.
Offices, Banks & Shop Hours:
Generally, offices  are open daily Sunday through Thursday from 9am to 5pm.  Most shops are open daily Sunday through Thursday from 9am to  7pm, although some close for a mid-day break between 1pm and 4pm.  On Friday shops are open in the morning and close early in the afternoon. Money can be changed at the airport upon arrival, at the reception of the Kfar Giladi Hotel and at any bank. All major credit cards are accepted in all shops, restaurants, etc.
There is no bus transportation during the "Shabbat" from Friday afternoon until Saturday evening. Taxis are available during the "Shabbat" at any time.
Car Rentals:
Special conference rates can be obtained from Europcar.
For further details please contact Dan Knassim Tourist Department.
Arrival at the Tel Aviv hotel:
Rooms at a special conference rate will be available at:
Grand Beach Hotel: 250 Hayarkon st. Tel Aviv.
Phone: ++972-3-5433333, Fax. ++972-3-5466589.

To reach the hotel, there is a shuttle bus no. 222 from the airport to Tel-Aviv hotels. The cost is $4. The cost of a taxi is $20. If you need assistance at the airport, after you exit from the customs hall turn to the right and approach the hostess at the "JC Seshire Service Counter".

Travel to Kfar Giladi:
We propose four ways of reaching the Kfar Giladi Hotel workshop venue: through an excursion, on your own, with an organized bus or by flight.

First option - excursion:
Tour A, listed in the optional tours, will depart from the Grand Beach Hotel in  Tel Aviv on Saturday June 19, 1999 at 8:30am and arrive at Kfar Giladi in the evening.

If you chose this option, you should mark on the registration form that you need a reservation in Tel Aviv (Grand Beach Hotel). You should then arrive not later than Friday, June 18, 1999,  and follow the instructions on "Arrival at the Tel Aviv hotel". Please do book the tour in advance if you choose this option.

Second option - arriving on your own:
Participants who arrive on Saturday, June 19, 1999,  can reach Kibbutz Kfar Giladi either by taking a bus or a taxi or by renting a car.
(a) Public transportation:
Bus no. 842 from the Central Bus Station in Tel-Aviv to Kiryat Shmona. From there take a taxi to Kfar Giladi (5 minutes` drive) or call the hotel.

The first bus on Saturday afternoon is at 4:45 PM. Subsequent buses leave at 5:45, 6:45, 7:45 and 8:45 PM. The fare is approximately $10.

(b) Taxi:
A taxi from the airport to Kfar Giladi costs approximately $160.

(c) Rented car:
Make sure to get a map at the car rental agency. The roads are quite good. Driving time from the airport is about 3 hours.

Third option - with an organized bus:
We plan to have a bus to Kfar Giladi that will leave the Grand Beach hotel in Tel Aviv on Saturday at 3pm. The fare is: $15. Please indicate on your form or send an e-mail to us if you wish to use
the bus. (Subject  to at least 10 people registration).

Fourth option - a flight:
Flights from Tel Aviv (Sde Dov) to Kiryat-Shmona:

Saturday, June 19, 1999 Depart  Arrive
                        8:25pm  9:00pm

Sunday,   June 20, 1999 Depart  Arrive
                        6:45am  7:20am
                        9:00am  9:50am
                       12:00am 12:50am
                        2:05pm  2:55pm
                        4:30pm  5:20pm
                        6:15pm  7:05pm

from Kiryat-Shmona to Kfar Giladi:  a shuttle van will transfer you to the hotel.

Fare: 159 NIS (approximately 40$)

A bus will also be available on Thursday June 24 for return to Tel Aviv.

Optional Tours:

All tours are based a on minimum of 15 participants.

Tour A: Caesarea, Nazareth, Yardenit
Saturday, June 19, 1999

Depart from the Grand Beach Hotel, Tel Aviv at 08.30 A.M.  Travel along the coastal road To Caesarea. Visit the Roman open-air theatre, the Crusader fort and the ancient harbor. Drive via Meggido to Nazareth , visit the Church of the Annunciation and Mary's Well. Walk through the oriental market allowing free time for lunch.  Drive via Tiberias to Yardenit, the traditional site of the Baptism. Proceed via the Upper Galilee to Kibbutz Kfar Giladi.

Rate: Per Person $ 45
Rate covers full day of sightseeing in a luxurious air-conditioned bus with an English speaking  guide, entrance fees as per program.

Tour B: Tel Dan Nature Reserve
Sunday, June 20, 1999

After lunch drive to Tel Dan nature reserve at the source of the Jordan river. Walk through the reserve to view the unique vegetation and the remains of the ancient city of Dan (Laish). Continue to the Banias river where you will find fountains, waterfalls, and forest bushes. This site also contains historical remnants, caves of the god Pan, Herod's palace and the Crusader city.  Return to Kfar Giladi.

Rate: Per person $ 35
Tour covers half day of sightseeing in luxurious air-conditioned bus with an English speaking guide, entrance fees as per program.

Tour C: Golan Heights and the Sea of Galilee
Monday, June 21, 1999

After lunch proceed to the northern shores of the Sea of Galilee, visit Tabgha where Jesus performed the Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes. View the mosaic floor. Drive to Capernaum and visit the remains of the ancient synagogue traditionally believed to be the site were Jesus went for his prayers. Ascend the Golan Heights, crossing the town of Katzrin to visit former Syrian fortifications and enjoy stupendous views. Cross the Benot Yaakov bridge and return to Kfar Giladi.

Rate: Per Person $ 40
Rate covers half day of sightseeing in luxurious air-conditioned bus with an English speaking guide, entrance fees as per program.

Tour D: Jeep Tour in the Galilee Mountains
Tuesday,  June 22, 1999

After lunch board your jeep for a special drive in the Galilee mountains. Ascend the Naftali mountains, continue along the Dishon valley river, overlook the Eagles Canyon. Climb the path to the village of Rechania, proceed to Biria Forest. Descend via Rosh Pina valley to Yesud Hamala. Return to Kfar Giladi.

Rate: per person $ 45
Rater covers 4 hour jeep ride with an English speaking guide and entrance fees as per program.

Tour E: Sefad, Mt. Meron, Baram
Wednesday,  June 23, 1999

After lunch drive to Sefad, the town that has been an important center for Jewish mysticism throughout history. Visit the Old City  and see its many ancient synagogues and the Artists' Quarter, with its individual galleries and the general exhibition of the work of local artists. Proceed  to Mt. Meron Nature Reserve. The  reserve is wild,  with wooded areas  and great views of the mountainous countryside. See the tomb of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, who took an active part in the Bar Kochva revolt against the Roman Army. Drive to Baram national park where there is an ancient Jewish village with the remains of a synagogue,one of the most impressive and beautiful in the country. Return to Kfar Giladi.

Rate: Per person $ 45
Rate covers half day of sightseeing in luxurious air-conditioned bus with an English speaking guide, entrance fees as per program.

Tour F: Acre, Haifa, Druze Village
Thursday & Friday June 24-25, 1999

Thursday,  24 June, 1999
After breakfast depart from Kfar Giladi and drive to Acre, the Crusader city. Walk through the subterranean city and the bazaars recalling the colorful middle ages. Continue to Haifa to visit the Bahai Shrine and beautiful Persian gardens. Drive to Daliat El Carmel Druze village in the Carmel Mountains. Proceed to Tel Aviv. Overnight at the Grand Beach Hotel.

Friday,  25 June, 1999
After breakfast departure for your homebound flights.

Rate: Per Person in Double room $ 125
      Per person in Single room $ 150

Tour covers full day of sightseeing in luxurious air-conditioned bus with an English speaking guide, entrance fees as per program 1, overnight accommodation  at the Grand Beach Hotel in Tel Aviv with breakfast.

Tour G: Jerusalem and Masada
Friday - Sunday, 25-27 June, 1999

Friday, 25 June, 1999
Drive from Tel Aviv  to Jerusalem. Enter the Old City from the Dung Gate, continue to the Western Wall, the only remaining portion of the Second Temple. Walk through the restored Jewish Quarter to the Cardo, once a main shopping street of Roman Jerusalem. Continue along the Via Dolorosa  to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Drive to Bethlehem to visit the Church of the Nativity. Return to Jerusalem. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Saturday,  June 26, 1999
Travel along  the Judean Hills to the shores of the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth, to Masada. Ascend by cable car  to this last stronghold of the Zealots in their struggle against the Romans. Visit the excavations, Herod's Palace, synagogue and bath houses. Then an opportunity to enjoy an "unsinkable" swim in the buoyant, salty waters of the Dead Sea. Drive via Qumran Caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found, to Jerusalem. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Sunday, June 27, 1999
After breakfast departure for your homebound flights
Rate: Per person in Double room $ 275
      Per Person in Single room $ 315

Rate covers 2 days of sightseeing in luxurious air-conditioned bus with an English speaking guide, 2 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast and dinner daily, entrance fees as per program.