Join Adath Emanu-El’s – Exploring Israel with Rabbi Benjamin David

June 25 – July 7, 2016

Join Adath Emanu-El’s – Exploring Israel

with Rabbi Benjamin David June 25 – July 7, 2016

Optional Jordan – Petra Extension available – July 6 – 10, 2016

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Saturday, 25 June

Depart USA

Sunday, 26 June

Going up into the Land

Arrive in Israel to be met and assisted by your ITC representative. Tour the alleys of Old Jaffa, the ancient port city once known as the Gate of Zion. Shekhiyanu/Welcome cere- mony on top of Tel Jaffa overlooking modern Tel Aviv. Proceed to check-in at Herods Hotel on Tel Aviv’s Mediterranean Sea. Welcome dinner and orienta- tion at Maganda restuarant. O/N: Herods Hotel, Tel Aviv

Monday, 27 June

The Hebrew City and the Jewish State

Walking tour of historic “Little Tel Aviv” – Discover the quaint Neve Tzeddek neighbourhood that gave birth to the “first Hebrew city in 2,000 years”. 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 own. Travel to Rehovot for a guided tour of the Ayalon Institute – a clandestine bullet fac- tory used by the Jewish underground before the founding of the State of Israel. Free time to swim in the Mediterranean Sea and enjoy beach side Promenade. Dinner at the Kapiche Restaurant in Old Jaffa Port, where the waiters are deaf and you must communicate with sign language. Continue to the adjacent Nalagaat Theater for a performance of “Not by Bread Alone” performed by blind and deaf actors to discover a world that is not cut off. Overnight: Herods Hotel, Tel Aviv

 Tuesday, 28 June

Cradles of Jewish Civilization in the Galilee.

Depart for northern Israel. Visit the Atlit Detention Camp where the British intered Jewish refugees caught trying to enter Palestine “illegally” in the 1940’s. Lunch on own. Explore ancient Tzippori and study Jewish texts in the ruins of the city where Rabbi Judah Hanasi sealed the Mishna. Discover its magnifi- cent mosaics, including Mona Lisa of the Galilee and ponder why an ancient synagogue has a wheel of the zodiac. Tour the old synagogues and picturesque alleyways of the mystical city of Tzfat and discover where Lecha Dodi was written. Visit the studio of a Kabbalistic artist. Proceed to check-in at Kibbutz Ginosar Hotel. Dinner at hotel. Overnight: Kibbutz Ginosar Hotel.

 Wednesday, 29 June

Geopolitics and Nature in the Strategic Golan Heights.

Fun Jeep ride up into the Golan Heights. Tour the Golan Heights for a per- spective on Israel’s complex geopolitics as we visit former Syrian bunkers overlooking Israel and strategic Mt. Bental. Please choose one of the following two “touring and tasting” options. Both located on nearby Kibbutz Ein Zivan Chocolate making workshop at the De Karina Chocolate Factory. OR: Guided tour of the boutique Bahat Winery including wine tasting. Lunch on own. Drive south across the Golan Heights to Gamla to hear the story of its dramatic siege by the Romans and hopefully see magnificant griffon vultures soaring above. Return to Ginosar. Dinner at hotel. Overnight: Kibbutz Ginosar Hotel

Thursday, 30 June

Across Israel:

A Multicultural Jewish Society. Discover Ethiopian Jewish culture at the Gemarchin Center in Beit Shean. Lunch at Germarchin Center. Continue south through the Jordan Valley and ascend to Jerusalem. Guided tour of Jewish Quarter including the Cardo, Broad Wall and Rooftops followed by free time to shop and explore on own. Check-in to Jerusalem hotel (either Prima Kings Hotel or Mt. Zion Hotel). Overnight: Prima Kings, Jerusalem

Friday, 1 July

Holocaust, Remembrance and Continuity

Guided tour of Yad Vashem Israel’s national Holocaust memorial and museum, including the Historical Museum and Children’s Memorial. (Children under age 10 are not permitted in Yad Vashem’s historical museum). Alternate program for younger children: Visit Jerusalem’s Biblical Zoo, where you’ll see animals which lived in Israel during biblical times. (Children accompanied by an adult Zoo). Explore the raucous Machane Yehuda Market and take in a slice of local life as you see Jerusalemites prepare for Shabbat. On the way, tour the nearby pictur- esque Nachalaot neighborhoods. Free time to relax and prepare for Shabbat. Friday evening: Greet the Sabbath at the Ezrat Yisrael section of the Western Wall in front of Robinson’s Arch, where men and women can stand together. Festive Shabbat Dinner at hotel. Overnight: Prima Kings, JLM

Saturday, 2 July

And on the Seventh Day… in Jerusalem

Shabbat morning services at a Hebrew Union College.
Late morning visit to the Tower of David Museum to explore its exhibits, medieval courtyard and enjoy a stunning panoramic view from its roof. Traditional Shabbat Lunch at hotel. Late afternoon walking tour to the his- toric 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. Discussion of weekly Torah portion with Rabbi David. Free evening. Dinner on own. Recommendation for the evening: Visit the First Station Compound, Jerusalem’s restored Ottoman railway station turned restaurant – cafe area. Overnight: Prima Kings, Jerusalem

Sunday, 3 July

The Old City of Jerusalem

An Ancient Jewish Legacy. Lookout over Old City of Jerusalem from the Haas Promenade in Armon Hanatziv. Please choose one of the following ancient Jerusalem touring options for the group: Explore the City of David using the Bible and archaeol- ogy to make Jerusalem’s stones tell the story of the city’s ancient past. Wade through Hezekiah’s Tunnel – An ancient water system that saved the city of Jerusalem 2,700 years ago (dry option available). AND/OR: Discover the archaeological story of the Western Wall and episodes from rabbinic texts while standing where Jewish pilgrims walked 2,000 years ago at Robinson’s Arch and the Southern Wall Excavations. Lunch on own. Engage in a hands on tzedakah project preparing food packages for some of Israel’s neediest people at Pantry Packers logistical center. Discover the story of Zionism’s founding father Theodore Herzl at the multimedia Herzl Museum, followed by a meaningful visit to the adjacent Mt Herzl Cemetery. Dinner on own in Jerusalem’s Mamilla Quarter. Watch the Night Spectacular – Sound and light show at the Tower of David. Overnight: Prima Kings, Jerusalem

Monday, 4 July

Masada and the Dead Sea:

Freedom Fighters or Fanatics? Set out across the Judean Desert and ascend Masada by cable car to tour the ruins of Herod’s palace and the last outpost of Jewish independence 2,000 years ago. Discussion: Which Jewish Legacy – Masada or Yavne? Swim in the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth, at a local resort. The resort also has a fresh water pool and spa facilities. Massage and spa treatments available by prior reservation at own expense. Lunch at Dead Sea resort. Time permitting: Walk in Ein Gedi Nature Reserve – Opportunity to bath in waterfalls and hear how David hid there from King Saul. Stop off at “Abraham’s Tent” for a Camel ride and biblical dinner before returning to Jerusalem. Free evening. Overnight: Jerusalem

Tuesday, 5 July

Modern Israel’s Realities and Wrapping Up

Travel to Beit Guvrin in the Judean Lowlands to participate in a hands on archaeological excavation with Dig for a Day. Lunch on own. Continue to Rehovot for a guided tour of the Ayalon Institute – a clandestine bullet fac- tory used by the Jewish underground before the founding of the State of Israel. Late afternoon visit to the Israel Museum to see the Dead Sea Scrolls in the Shrine of the Book and model of Second Temple period Jerusalem. Free time to explore other exhibits on own.
Free evening. Dinner on own. Overnight: Prima Kings, Jerusalem

Wednesday, 6 July

Modern Israel’s Realities and Wrapping Up

Briefing on Israeli Politics and Religious Freedom by Anat Hoffman, executive director of the Israel Religious Action Center. Check-out from the hotel. Geopolitical tour of Jerusalem – Opportunity to examine critical issues impact- ing on the city first hand beyond what you read in the newspapers. Visit Yad Lakashish, a unique employment project helping Jerusalem’s elderly, including a stop in its shop “where shopping is a mitzvah!” Afternoon free to explore on your, relax, pack and last minute shopping. Farewell Dinner. Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport – See you again soon!

Thursday, 7 July

Arrive in USA

Begin planning next trip with Rabbi Benjamin David and ITC Tours!

Itinerary Subject to Change

Tour Rates

Land Only Package: $3195 –

Land and Air Package $4895 per person in a double room Single Room supplement: $740 –

Third person over 18 in triple room: subtract $300 Reduction 3rd in room up to 12 years – $600
Reduction 3rd in room up to 18 years – $560

Reduction 3rd pax Bar Mitzvah child as 3rd in room – $620 Reduction 3rd or 4th child sharing in QUAD – $190

Added to cost: tips for Guide, Driver, Restaurants and porterage $165 per person

*Air price is estimated we will have exact price Aug 15, 2015

Optional travel – health insurance is available please call for completive quote

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