Rabbi Steven Bayar
Join Congretional B’nai Israel’s Exploring Israel Tour
with Rabbi Steven Bayar
February 14 – 25, 2018
Full Land Only Package: $3385 (Credit Card Payment)
Single Room supplement: $858
DISCOUNTED COST (check payment)
$3255 per person in a double room
Single Room supplement $825
Third person in triple room: subtract $250
Reduction 3rd or 4th child sharing in QUAD room – $200
Added to cost: tips for Guide, Driver, Restaurants and porterage $180 per person
*Air price is estimated we will have exact price Aug 15, 2016
Optional travel – health insurance is available please call for completive quote
For information and applications call Rabbi Steven Bayar at 973-379-3811 or email Rabbi at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, 14 February – Depart USA on an overnight flight to Tel Aviv
Thursday, 15 February – Entering 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. Shehekhiyanu/Welcome ceremony on Tel Jaffa overlooking modern Tel Aviv. Hear about the vision for founding the first Hebrew city in 2,000 years. Lunch on own. Visit the Israeli Museum at the Yitzhak Rabin Center for a critical look at Israeli society and see the special exhibit on Operation Jonathan – Israel’s daring Entebbe raid. Check-in at the Dan Panorama Hotel on Tel Aviv’s Mediterranean Coast. Welcome dinner and orientation at Liliyot Restaurant – A leading Tel Aviv eating establishment run by the Elem organization which helps youth at risk. Elem usues Liliyot to train at-risk youth for restaurant careers.
Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv
Friday, 16 February – The Hebrew City and the Jewish State – Visit the Palmach Museum for a multimedia presentation about the elite underground organization that played a critical role in founding the State of Israel. (Children under 6 are not allowed in the Palmach Museum). At Independence Hall relive David Ben Gurion declaring the new State of Israel. Hear about the establishment of Tel Aviv standing at the Founders’ Monument on Rothschild Boulevard and see the Bauhaus architecture for which central Tel Aviv was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. OR: Good People’s Fund Projects: Spend the morning visiting projects funded by the Good People’s Fund to help asylum seekers from Somalia and other African countries in southern Tel Aviv, including a day care center and food collection/distribution center. 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 “Magen David Junction”. Free time to get ready for Shabbat. Shabbat evening services – To be determined with Rabbi Bayar. Festive Shabbat Dinner at hotel
Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv
Saturday, 17 February – Shabbat in Tel Aviv – Shabbat morning services at Neve Schecter, a Masorati (Conservative) congregation in Tel Aviv’s historic Neve Tzeddek neighborhood. Walking tour of the picturesque historical Neve Tzeddek neighborhood that would give birth 25 years later to the new city of Tel Aviv. Traditional Shabbat lunch at hotel. Visit the “Aliyah Bet” Memorial in London Square to hear the story of the illegal immigration operations which rescued Jewish refugees before the founding of the State of Israel. Free time to walk along the beach side Promenade and see the people of Tel Aviv enjoying Shabbat afternoon, including Israeli folkdancing. Havdallah with Rabbi Bayar. Free evening. Dinner on own.
Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv
Sunday, 18 February – Cradles of Jewish Civilization in the Galilee – Good People’s Fund Project: INTRA in Bnei Zion is a therapeutic horseback riding center for persons with a wide variety of disabilities. Lunch on own and stroll along the colorful pedestrian mall in Zicron Yaakov, an early Zionist pioneering community. Explore ancient Tzippori and study a Jewish text in the ruins of the city where Rabbi Judah Hanasi sealed the Mishna. See its magnificent mosaics, including Mona Lisa of the Galilee and ponder why an ancient synagogue floor features a wheel of the zodiac. Check–in to the Kibbutz Lavi Hotel on Kibbutz Lavi. Dinner at hotel. Overnight: Kibbutz Lavi
Monday, 19 February – Ancient and Modern Geopolitics and Israel’s Finest – Learn about kibbutz life on a walking tour of Lavi led by a local kibbutznik. Tour the Golan Heights to see former Syrian bunkers overlooking Israel and then look out at the border from the peak of strategic Mt. Bental for a special perspective on Israel’s complex geopolitics. Lunch on own. Tour and tasting at the boutique Ben David Winery on Kibbutz Shamir at the foot of the Golan Heights. Walk in the lush Tel Dan Nature Reserve, one of the sources of the Jordan River, where you’ll discover biblical intrigue and one of the oldest arches in the world. Boat ride on the Sea of Galilee followed by dinner at Decks lakeside restautant. Overnight: Kibbutz Lavi
Tuesday, 20 February – Across Israel: A Multicultural Jewish Society – Discover Ethiopian Jewish culture at the Germachin Center in Beit Shean. Learn about this community’s modern day Exodus story from Chava Almo, who made aliyah through Operation Moses via Sudan as a young girl and hear about the challenges facing the Ethiopian Israeli community today. Lunch on own. Travel south through the Jordan Valley and ascend to Jerusalem Shehekhiyanu ceremony on Mt. Scopus overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem. Good People’s Fund Project: Site visit to be determined by Rabbi Bayar. Check in to the Dan Panorama Hotel in Jerusalem. Free evening. Dinner on own Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem
Wednesday, 21 February – Masada and the Dead Sea: Freedom Fighters or Fanatics? Tour the ruins of Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered and hear about the ascetic Jewish sect that lived there 2,000 years ago. Set out early 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. 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.
Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem
Thursday, 22 February – The Old City of Jerusalem: An Ancient Jewish Legacy – B’nai Mitzvah Ceremony at the egalitarian Masorati Kotel near Robinson’s Arch to connect a Jewish past with a Jewish future. Discover the archaeological story of the Western Wall and episodes of Jewish life 2,000 years ago at Robinson’s Arch and the Southern Wall Excavations. Hear about a new archaeological discovery connected to the Chanukah story. Visit the traditional prayer area of the Western Wall. Walk through the Western Wall Tunnels to discover underground Jerusalem. Festive B’nai Mitzvah lunch at Between the Arches restaurant. Use the Bible and archaeology to explore the City of David, including its ancient water ssystems (without getting wet!) and “listen as Jerusalem’s ruins tell the city’s story”. Good People’s Fund Project: Site visit to be determined by Rabbi Determined. Watch the Night Spectacular – Sound and light show at the Tower of David. Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem
Friday, 23 February – Holocaust, Remembrance and Continuity – 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 must be accompanied by an adult). Meaningful visit to Mt Herzl Cemetery to discover chapters in the history of Israel while vidsiting the graves of Yitzhak Rabin, Golda Meir, Theordore Herzl and Hannah Senesch. 2nd Timers Option – Visit to 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. Explore the raucous Machane Yehuda Market (Shuk) and take in a slice of local life as you see Jerusalemites prepare for Shabbat. Free time to relax and prepare for Shabbat. Light Shabbat candles at hotel. Friday/ Shabbat evening 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 egalitarian “Masorati Kotel”, where men and women can stand together. OR: Attend Friday night services at a local Jerusalem synagogue. Festive Shabbat Dinner at hotel. Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem
Saturday, 24 February – And on the Seventh Day… in Jerusalem – Shabbat morning services at the synagogue of your choice (recommendations and directions will be provided). Shabbat Lunch at hotel. Shabbat afternoon options: Walking tour to the historic Montefiore Windmill to discover the first neighbourhood built outside the walls of the Old City. Then continue to Ketef Hinnom, a First Temple period burial site where archaeologists discovered the oldest biblical text ever found. OR: Walking tour along the “Urban Line” the former Israeli-Jordanian ceasefire lines to hear about Jerusalem as a divided city between 1948-1967. Havdallah with Rabbi Bayar. 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: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem
Sunday, 25 February – Departure: Visit Yad Lakashish, a unique employment project helping Jerusalem’s elderly, including a stop in its shop “where shopping is a mitzvah!” Tour of Jewish Quarter including the Herodian Quarter, Broad Wall, rooftops and Cardo followed by free time to shop and explore on own. Lunch on own. Afternoon free to explore on your own and get in last minute shopping. Late check out Farewell dinner at Medita Restaurant Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport – See you again soon! Monday, 26 February – Arrive in U.S.A.