Join Congregation Etz Chaim

Join Congregation Etz Chaim’s 

Israel Family Adventure

June 4 – 15, 2017

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Sunday, 4 June

Depart USA


Monday, 5 June

Going up into the Land

Arrive in Israel to be met and assisted by your ITC representative (today‛s program depends on arrival time) Tour the alleys of Old Jaffa, the ancient port city once known as the Gate of Zion. Shekhiyanu-Welcome ceremony on top of Tel Jaffa overlooking modern Tel Aviv. Check-in to the Metropolitan Hotel on Tel Aviv’s Mediterranean Coast. Free time to swim in the Mediterranean Sea and enjoy beach side Promenade. Welcome dinner at Goshen Restaurant.

Overnight: Metropolitan Hotel, Tel Aviv


Tuesday, 6 June

The Hebrew City and the Jewish State

Visit the Palmach Museum in Ramat Aviv for a multimedia presentation about the elite underground organization that played a critical role in founding the State of Israel. Relive David Ben Gurion declaring the new State of Israel at Independence Hall. Stroll down Rothschild Boulevard to view the Bauhaus architecture for which central Tel Aviv was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lunch on your own and free time to explore the Nachalat Binyamin crafts fair. While there checkout the nearby Carmel Market and bohemian Sheinkin Street – All Three of these Tel Aviv icons meet at the same junction. Magen David. Travel to Rehovot for a guided tour of the Ayalon Institute – an underground bullet factory used by Jewish forces before the founding of the State of Israel. Free time to swim in the Mediterranean Sea and enjoy beach side Promenade. Free evening. Dinner on own.

Overnight: Metropolitan Hotel, Tel Aviv


Wednesday, 7 June

Along the Mediteranean Coast

Depart for northern Israel. Visit the ruins of Caesarea, including its Roman Theater, Amphitheater, Hippodrome and Promontory Palace. Ponder a rabbinic debate over Jews attending gladiator games. Lunch on own. Travel to Rosh Hanikra in the northwest corner of Israel. Descend by cable car to explore the Grottos of Rosh Hanikra – Beautiful sea caves formed by the forces of wind and water. Check-in to the Kibbutz Maagan Hotel by the Sea of Galilee. Dinner at hotel.

Overnight: Kibbutz Maagan


Thursday, 8 June

Mystics, Geopolitics and Israel’s Finest

Tour the old synagogues and picturesque alleys of the mystical city of Tzfat – Discover the origins of our Friday night service where Lecha Dodi was written. Followed by free time for shopping. Lunch on own. Tour of the strategic Golan Heights to visit bunkers where the Syrian army used to look down at Israel below. Then look out from the peak of Mt. Bental to gain a special perspective on Israel’s complex geopolitics. Take a tour and taste the fruits of the region in the form of award-winning wines at the Golan Winery. Barbeque dinner on an Israeli army base with young soldiers who are giving some of the best years of their lives to the defense of Israel.

Overnight: Kibbutz Maagan


Friday, 9 June

Across Israel: A Multicultural Jewish Society

Discover Ethiopian Jewish culture at the Germachin Center in Beit Shean. Learn about Ethiopian Jewry’s modern day Exodus story and the challenges facing the Ethiopian Israeli community today. Lunch at Germachin Center. Visit the ancient synagogue of Beit Alfa and ponder why a wheel of the zodiac appears on its 1,500 year old mosaic floor. Travel south through the Jordan Valley and ascend to Jerusalem. Shehekhianu ceremony on Mt. Scopus overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem. Check in to Prima Kings Hotel in Jerusalem.

Free time to relax and prepare for Shabbat. Friday/Shabbat evenings options: Join hundreds of other Jews from around the world to Greet the Sabbath at the Western Wall. Option to pray together as a congregation at the “Masorati Kotel”, where men and women can stand together. (Bus available for return to hotel from Western Wall). Festive Shabbat Dinner at hotel.

Overnight: Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem


Shabbat/Saturday, 10 June

And on the Seventh Day… in Jerusalem

Shabbat morning services at a local synagogue of your choice. Shabbat Lunch at the Fuchsberg Center for Conservative Judaism. Shabbat afternoon options: Late afternoon walking tour to the historic Montefiore Windmill to discover the first neighbourhood built outside the walls of the Old City. AND/OR: Walking tour to First Temple period burial site at Ketef Hinnom – Where archaeologists discovered the oldest biblical text ever found. Havdalah with your rabbi. Free evening. Dinner on own. Recommendation: Visit the Ben Yehuda Street Pedestrian Mall.

Overnight: Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem


Sunday, 11 June

The Old City of Jerusalem – An Ancient Jewish Legacy

Explore the City of David using the Bible and archaeology to make Jerusalem’s stones tell the story of the city’s ancient past. Wade through Hezekiah’s Tunnel – A still flowing ancient water system that saved the city of Jerusalem 2,700 years ago (dry option available). Visit the Western Wall and connect with an ancient Jewish legacy. Walk through the Western Wall Tunnels to discover underground Jerusalem. Lunch on own in Jewish Quarter. Tour of the Jewish Quarter including the Cardo, Broad Wall and Rooftops followed by free time to shop and explore on own. Tasting tour of the raucous Machane Yehuda Market. Time permitting explore the nearby picturesque Nachalaot neighborhoods.

Dinner on own (if still hungry) Overnight: Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem


Monday, 12 June

Dead Sea Scrolls and Dead Sea Bathing

Visit the Israel Museum to see the Dead Sea Scrolls in the Shrine of the Book and the Model of Jerusalem in the first century. Free time to explore additional exhibitions on own – Recommendations: Modern Israeli art, Synagogue interiors in the Judaica section and the Archaeology Wing. Lunch on own. Travel across the Judean Desert to tour Qumran, where Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Check in to the Isrotel Dead Sea Resort Hotel. Swim in the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth. The resort also has a fresh water pool and spa facilities. Massage and spa treatments available by prior reservation at own expense. Dinner at hotel.

Overnight: Isrotel Dead Sea Resort, Ein Bokek, Dead Sea


Tuesday, 13 June

Masada: Freedom Fighters or Fanatics

Ascend Masada by cable car to tour the ruins of Herod’s palace and the last outpost of Jewish independence. Discussion: Which Jewish Legacy – Masada or Yavne? Descend Masada by cable car and travel to Kfar Hanokdim.
Enjoy camel riding, Bedouin hospitality and lunch at Kfar Hanokdim. Return to Jerusalem (approx. 2.5 hours by Route 6). Check in to Prima Kings Hotel in Jerusalem. Remainder of afternoon free to get in last minute shopping.

Dinner on own. Overnight: Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem


Wednesday, 14 June

Holocaust, Remembrance and Continuity

Visit Yad Lakashish, a unique employment project helping Jerusalem’s elderly, including a stop in its shop “where shopping is a mitzvah!” Tour of Yad Vashem – Israel’s national Holocaust memorial and museum, including the Holocaust History Museum and Children‛s Memorial. Lunch on own. Meaningful visit to the adjacent Mt Herzl Cemetery to discover chapters in the history of Israel while visiting the graves of Yitzhak Rabin, Golda Meir, Theordore Herzl and Hannah Senesch. Late check out. Farewell dinner at Olive and Fish Restaurant.

Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport – See you again soon!


Thursday, 15 June

Arrive in USA

Begin planning next Israel trip with Congregation Etz Chaim and ITC Tours!

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Tour Rates

Land and Air* Package $4995 – Land Only $3195 All prices are per person in a double room

Single Room Supplement: $755

Third adult in triple room: Reduction $110

Reduction for child up to 12 as third in a room -$200

Reduction for Bar or Bat Mitzvah Age child $420 as 3rd in a room Tips are included for Guide, Driver, Restaurants and Porterage ITC offers group travel and health insurance $385 for trip cost up to $5500

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