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Spring is definitely in the air – blue skies, flowers blooming and beautiful warm and longer days. All fourteen Dan hotels are looking forward to welcoming many guests from overseas who will be arriving within the next few weeks for the Passover and Easter holidays. 

News from around the Dan Chain

Renovations and Facelifts:

Renovations have taken place in Dan Panorama Jerusalem with the introduction of a new category of “Deluxe Rooms” providing guests with an additional dimension of style and comfort. In the south of the country, the lobby of Dan Panorama Eilat has undergone a dramatic transformation with new furniture, carpets, curtains and wallpaper resulting in a delightful spacious area where guests can relax.

The swimming pools are all opened now for the season, many of which have been renovated and improved with the most noticeable changes in Dan Caesarea. Here the pool has been divided up into three different areas – one suitable for small children, one half Olympic size and another section for guests to enjoy sitting on deckchairs while dangling their feet in the water. The ultimate chill out area! There is also a new Pool Bar, again split into two sections offering meat and or milky meals and snacks. Special children size seating is situated nearby too as well as a sundeck for sun worshipers.

Social Media:

Having now included free wi-fi in all our hotels we continue to listen to our guests and keep communication channels open. In the past year, the group has actively been engaging on major social media channels and encourages its guests to share their experiences online with other travelers via Tripadvisor, Facebook, and Twitter as we believe that online engagement positively enhances a guests experience even from before they arrive. 


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Israel App, a virtual tour guide, travel companion & digital guide book for iOS and Android devices 

Israel App offers a smarter Israel experience, bringing ancient Israel into the 21st century with thousands of audio & visual GPS-based resources for discovering Israel. 

Tel Aviv, Israel, November 2013 – Millions of tourists to Israel now have a complete mobile audio tour guide & travel companion at their fingertips. With a variety of GPS-based guided tours, in-app city guides, and instant trip services all on your mobile device & tablet, Israel App redefines the Israel travel experience for the 21st century traveler.
Israel App provides so much more than traditional guidebooks yet for so much less. Complete with stunning visuals, crisp informative audio content, and hundreds of GPS-based guided tours, Israel App delivers a complete travel experience in the palm of their hands. Convenient mapping, search, and navigation functions allow travelers to discover sites around their location instantly. For the frequent visitor to Israel, Israel App identifies dozens of lesser-known sites across Israel for tourist’s to discover on the fly.
“Israel App is a game changer, allowing everyone in Israel to have a world-class tour guide, local insider, and virtual concierge in their pocket” says Joel Padowitz, CEO of JewIQ, the app’s producer. “And even if you already have a guidebook or a human guide, Israel App is still an invaluable tool for discovering Israel.”
The app’s initial release covers all of greater Jerusalem including the Old City, City of David, and even an in-depth walk through of the Jerusalem Zoo. Future releases will include Masada, Caesarea, Tel Aviv, and other popular sites.
Israel App is available free for download from the Apple App Store & Google Play store. Please visit to view our demo video and direct app download.



Exclusive Autumn Savings and New Benefits Offered to El AL Matmid Frequent Flyers

$949 Roundtrip Fare Plus Points from New York (JFK/Newark) to Tel Aviv
Must Purchase By October 14th

NEW YORK – September 24, 2013 – EL AL Israel Airlines is offering savings to Matmid Frequent Flyer Club members for travel to Israel this October. The special roundtrip fare is $949 plus 50 Matmid points and is available on nonstop flights departing October 13-31 from New York (JFK/Newark) to Israel. All taxes and the fuel surcharge are included and must be purchased by October 14th.

EL AL Matmid members can also take advantage of new services and benefits. As of October 7th, the process for members to obtain a bonus ticket via the EL AL website is improved as points will be automatically deducted from their Matmid account and the ticket will be issued on-the-spot. Additionally, there will be no rush fee for all bonus tickets issued any time via

Lifetime Gold Matmid status, which provides special benefits, is offered to anyone over the age of 67 who has held Gold or Platinum membership for the past 10 consecutive years.

The Matmid GlobaLY Frequent Flyer Club allows members to earn bonus tickets and upgrades to premium classes as well as learn about exclusive offers. In addition, EL AL donates Matmid/GlobaLY points to charitable organizations in Israel. Enroll now for free.

To reserve the Autumn Savings by October 14th, click here, call EL AL at (800) 223-6700, or contact any travel agent.

Learn more about EL AL Economy Class Plus, special promotions, special events in Israel and useful travel tips by joining the airline on Facebook (ELALIsraelAirlinesUSA) and Twitter (@ELALUSA).

About EL AL

Celebrating close to 65 years of service, EL AL, Israel's national airline, offers the most nonstop flights between New York (JFK/Newark) and Israel as well as the only nonstop service from Los Angeles.

EL AL. It's not just an airline. It's Israel.

2nd Annual DISCOVER Tel Aviv University

Campus and Beyond Mission 2012 Helicopter

Campus and Beyond Sunday,
October 20 – Friday, October 25, 2013

Join us for a spectacular mission with entree to the people and places on your wish list!
See the full itinerary here

Tel Aviv University (TAU) is everywhere in Israel, so our select group of seasoned travellers will enjoy unique access across the country.  We’ll travel by luxury coach, helicopter, bicycle, plane — even a Segway!
At every stop, we’ll be learning from superstar professors, Israeli business legends, and top government officials.
Authentic, behind-the-scenes locations.  Rare access.  An opportunity to learn from the best.

Don’t miss this dazzling trip!Campus and beyond mission 2012 Western Wall Tunnels

  • Explore the City of David excavation — one of history’s most thrilling landmarks — with internationally renowned archaeologist       Prof. Israel Finkelstein.
  • Helicopter over the Golan Heights and get a strategic understanding of Israel’s shared border with Syria.
  • Have an intimate breakfast with America’s Ambassador to Israel, the Hon. Daniel B. Shapiro.
  • Go behind the security curtain with an exclusive briefing and a backstage tour of the IDF’s Hatzerim Air Force Base.
  • Share the boardroom with top Israeli high-tech execs, including the CEO of Google Tel Aviv and the founder of WAZE.
  • Visit Israel’s Supreme Court and have a discussion with Justice Dafna Barak Erez, former Dean of TAU’s Faculty of Law.
  • Try something new — propel a self-balancing Segway along the beach.
  • Gain a different perspective on the exploding challenge of “cyber warfare” from experts.
  • Visit Yad Vashem and hear a special briefing from Prof. Dina Porat, the Historian this World Center for Holocaust Research.
  • Enjoy the fun of being a student again — but no homework!
    Savor a day on campus, learning about the latest breakthroughs in   research and scholarship from TAU’s academic all-stars.

$4,500 per person includes accommodation at the David Intercontinental Hotel, all meals, and local touring and transportation.  International air fare is not included. Reserve with a deposit now.

For more information, please contact Gail Reiss, President & CEO, 212.742.9058
Mission Chairs:
Jon Gurkoff and Richard Sincere
Let’s discover TAU’s Israel together!

Itinerary subject to change.
Photo captions:
Top photo:

Jon Gurkoff, National Chairman of American Friends of Tel Aviv University, and Gail White on the Golan Heights
Left: Particpants from the 2012 mission exploring the Western Wall tunnels 

JNF Announces First Golf Mission to Israel

Can’t make it to the PGA but dreamed of playing on a professional-style golf tournament? Join Jewish National Fund’s (JNF) first-ever International Golf Mission to Israel October 10-15, 2013.

It will feature the exciting finale of The Herzl Tour -- a cross-country tournament taking place now -- where the winning teams from four cities across the United States will compete in the EL AL Cup to determine the JNF Champions at the Caesarea Golf Club.  All other Golf Mission participants will have the opportunity to play in their own
tournament, alongside those competing for the EL AL Cup.

Everyone, including all Herzl Tour members, are invited to participate in the mission. In addition to two days of golf at the Caesarea Golf Club, the mission will tour the popular sights of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, as well as enjoy a hot air balloon ride and winery trip in the Negev. Participants will witness the transformation of the Negev Desert under JNF’s Blueprint Negev campaign, and see the difference that the Sderot Indoor Recreation Center has made in a community that is often besiegedwith rocket attacks.

“I am honored to be chairing the first-ever JNF golf mission to Israel,” said Aaron Tucker, Golf Mission Chair and Central New Jersey Board member. “For those of us competing for the El Al Cup, it’s as though we are playing to win a golf ‘major’. Golfers don’t have many chances like this, and to couple it with helping Israel, makes it even more special.”

The land only  ice based on double occupancy is $3,325. There is a single supplementof $742, as well as an optional day trip to Masada and the Dead Sea for $135.

For more information, please contact Michael Feinman at or 212.879.9305 x503.


NEW YORK –  With over 75 percent of Americans taking a summer vacation this year,* EL AL Israel Airlines is keeping this group top of mind by offering a variety of kid-friendly services and amenities on all 32 weekly nonstop flights from the USA: New York (JFK/Newark) and Los Angeles to Israel.

Some of the highlights available are:

Discounted Fares:

EL AL offers special family fares with savings up to 50 percent for children between the ages of two and 12 when accompanied by at least two adults.

Matmid Kids Frequent Flyer Club:
Children between the ages of two and 12 years old can earn the same number of frequent flyer points as an adult, even though their airfare costs less. Points can be exchanged for bonus tickets. For club membership, visit or EL AL USA Facebook.

Express Check-In:
Save time by using the EL AL online check-in service by visiting within 24 hours of departure. Your waiting time at the airport will be shorter.

In-Flight Activities:
On all EL AL flights, children are entertained with activity and coloring books filled with word games, trivia questions and coloring pages. They can also keep busy while watching a selection of kid-friendly shows and programs (available in English and Hebrew) via personal TV’s on all 777 and 747-400 aircraft, which are utilized on the USA/Israel route.

Kosher Kids’ Meals:
EL AL provides kid-friendly kosher meals, which need to be ordered at least 48 hours prior to departure.  Young passengers can munch on delectable favorites such as apple-stuffed pancakes, chicken tenders and mini potato pancakes. On flights from New York (JFK/Newark) special Glatt Regal Kosher meals are also offered.

Infants and Babies:
EL AL accommodates families with babies by offering special seating. Bassinets are for infants up to 9 months old, are based on availability and need to be ordered prior to departure. In-flight, mom and dad can enjoy a hassle-free experience as flight attendants can assist with heating and rinsing baby bottles. In addition, diaper changing tables are also available. It is recommended that an adult passenger have a stroller or a baby carrier, which can be utilized until reaching the aircraft entrance where it will be checked. The carriage or baby carrier will be waiting upon arrival at the destination.

EL AL Vacations:
For a family-friendly escape, EL AL passengers can plan and customize their getaway with EL AL Vacations, which combines roundtrip flights with accommodations, rental cars and/or excursions for extremely attractive prices. Visit, or call EL AL at 800-EL AL SUN (352-5786) or any travel agent.

For more information about EL AL or to book a flight, visit or call EL AL at (800) 223-6700
or any travel agent.

*According to Orbitz’ 2013 summer travel forecast