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   The Park Synagogue Women’s Israel Tour led by Rabbi Sharon Marcus
    27 October – 7 November 2013
Sunday, 27 October
USA Departure


Overnight flight to Israel

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Monday, 28 October
When You Come Into the Land (Deut. 26:1)
• Afternoon arrival (2:05 pm) in Israel, to be met and assisted at Ben Gurion Airport by your ITC representative (today’s program depends on arrival time)

• Visit a colorful center for Ethiopian Jewry in Ramla; hear their immigration stories first-hand and learn about the challenges they face and the unique contributions of this community to the Israeli fabric; take part in a traditional coffee ceremony

• Enjoy a delicious welcome dinner at Lilliot, a gourmet teaching restaurant for young people at risk

• Overnight: Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv

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Tuesday, 29 October
Foundations of the Jewish StateHeritage.
• Visit the Ilana Goor Museum in Old Jaffa to view the stirring collection of this signature Israeli artist

• At Sarah Ahronson House in Zichron Yaakov, learn about the valiant underground work and personal sacrifice of this freedom fighter and her compatriots

• Enjoy a tour and wine and chocolate tasting over lunch at the lovely Tishbi Winery

• Take part in a women’s study session at the mikveh of Masorti Kibbutz Hannaton with Rabbi Haviva Ner-David

• Hotel check-in and dinner
• Overnight: Kibbutz Hagoshrim Hotel, Galilee (boutique wing)


Overnight: Clarion City Center Hotel, Prague

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Wednesday, 30 October
In the Footsteps of Mystics, Financiers, and Defenders
• Tour the mystical city of Tzefat, including cheese-tasting at the gourmet Meiri Cheese Company, housed in a Tzefat heritage building

• Take in a glass blowing demonstration with a Tzefat artist in her studio; hear how she connects the spiritual to the physical through her art

• Visit the quaint town of Rosh Pina, one of the earliest settlements in modern Israel, including its lovely artists’ colony

• In Tiberias, visit Dona Gracia House to become acquainted with the fascinating life of this 16th century Jewish heroine and Tiberias financial leader via dramatic story-telling and an opportunity to pose for photos in period clothing

• Enjoy dinner at a Galilee steak restaurant to be joined by Israeli soldiers (females requested) who will be sitting at our tables and sharing with us their view of army life

• Overnight: Kibbutz Hagoshrim Hotel, Galilee (boutique wing)

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Thursday, 31 October
The Jordan River Valley and Ascent to Jerusalem
• At the picturesque Kinneret Cemetery, read the moving poetry of the pioneer, Rachel the Poetess, and sing the songs of Naomi Shemer, first lady of Israeli music

• Enjoy programming with our peers and lunch in our Partnership community of Beit Shean (arranged/hosted by P2K; not included in tour price)

• Continue south for the ascent to Jerusalem

• Enter the Old City of Jerusalem and tour the Jewish Quarter, with a special focus on War of Independence nurse and war heroine Esther Calingold

• Take part in a fascinating tour of the recently rebuilt Hurva Synagogue, once the Great Synagogue of Jerusalem

• Enjoy a special dinner at Eucalyptus

• Evening: Travel back to ancient Jerusalem as you explore some of the newer finds at David’s City

• Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem

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Friday, 1 November
Jerusalem – Her Hills Surround Her (Ps. 125:2)
• Enjoy some shopping time at the Jerusalem House of Quality

• Visit the ancient fortress of Herodian, built by Herod and used by Jewish fighting forces throughout the ages; also the site of an ancient synagogue and King Herod’s recently discovered tomb

• Enjoy a tour of the special community of Tekoa and a text study session about the Wise Woman of Tekoa over a home hospitality lunch

• Return to our hotel to prepare for Shabbat

• Kabbalat Shabbat at a choice of neighborhood synagogues (suggestions, walking instructions to be provided)

• Shabbat Dinner at the hotel

• Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem

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Shabbat, 2 November
Shabbat in Jerusalem
• Shabbat morning services at Masorti congregation, Moreshet Yisrael

• Shabbat lunch at the hotel

• Enjoy a Shabbat walking tour with our guide through a choice of fascinating neighborhoods near our hotel

• Take part in a Women of the Wall dinner OR Enjoy home hospitality and a delicious home-cooked Yemenite dinner accompanied by your hostess’s enchanting performance of traditional Yemenite men’s songs and women’s songs with folklore commentary

• Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem

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Sunday, 3 November
Jerusalem Cooks
• Take a special cooks’ tour of Machaneh Yehuda open-air market followed by a cooking workshop where we prepare our delicious lunch

• Free afternoon for shopping, relaxing

• Evening: Join the Women of the Wall Mission for their opening dinner (not part of ITC tour program)

• Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem

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Monday – Wednesday, 4 – 6 November
• Take part in the Women of the Wall 25th Anniversary Mission (not part of ITC tour program)

• Overnights and late check-out on 6 November at Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem

• Delicious farewell dinner at Anna Ticho House, once home to this famous artist

• Depart Jerusalem for Ben Gurion Airport

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Thursday, 7 November
USA Departure
Arrive in USA

Begin planning your next Israel trip with Rabbi Marcus and ITC Tours!

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Itinerary Subject to Change

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For Information, Itinerary and Application

Please call Rabbi Marcus at 216.371.2244 ext 161
or e-mail at symarcus@parksyn.org

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