Join Congregation Kol Ami's Family Trip to Israel

Join Congregation Kol Ami’s

Family Trip to Israel

Led by Rabbi Elliot J. Holin

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Sunday, 21 August

Depart USA

Monday, 22 August

B’ruchim ha’bah’im – Blessed are you who have arrived in Israel

Early morning arrival in Israel to be met and assisted by your ITC representative
Guided tour of Neot Kedumim – Israel’s Biblical Landscape Preserve to explore the connection between Torah, the Jewish people and the Land of Israel. Light brunch at Neot Kedumim. Visit the Palmach Museum in Ramat Aviv to learn about the underground organization which played a critical role in the establishment of the State of Israel. Tour Old Jaffa, the ancient port city once known as the Gate of Zion. Visit the Peres Peace Center in Jaffa to hear about this institution’s work to foster better relations between Israelis and Palestinians. Check-in to the Dan Panorama Hotel on Tel Aviv’s Mediterranean coast. Free time to relax and swim in the Mediterranean Sea. Welcome dinner at hotel.

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv

Tuesday, 23 August

The Birth of the Jewish State 1948

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 which made central Tel Aviv a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lunch on your own and free time to explore the Nahalat Binyamin crafts fair. Travel to Rehovot for a guided tour of the Ayalon Institute – a clandestine bullet factory used by the Jewish underground before the founding of the State of Israel. Dinner at the Kapiche Restaurant in Old Jaffa Port, where the waiters are blind and you eat dinner in Blackout Restaurant to experience sensory deprivation., and then the blessing of our ‘renewed sight’ when we attend the remarkable performance of ‘Not By Bread Alone’ by blind and deaf actors at the adjacent Nalagaat Theatre.”

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv

Wednesday, 24 August

A Land Where Even the Stones Speak

Travel north along Israel’s Mediterranean coastal plain. Tour the Roman ruins of Caesarea, including its theater, amphitheater, promontory palace and ancient port – Learn how the rabbis of the Mishna related to gladiator games. Visit the Atlit detention camp where the British held Holocaust refugees caught trying to enter Eretz Yisrael. Experience a high-tech laser presentation about the heroic pre-State immigration aboard an “immigration ship”. Lunch on own. Drive across the Galilee to Tzfat. Tour the historic Ari synagogue and picturesque alleyways of the mystical city of Tzfat and discover where Lecha Dodi was written. Visit the studio of a Kabbalistic artist. Check–in to the Kibbutz Lavi Hotel on Kibbutz Lavi in the Galilee. Dinner at hotel.

Overnight: Kibbutz Lavi

Thursday, 25 August

Geography and Geopolitics

Jeep tour on the Golan Heights to visit former Syrian bunkers overlooking Israel. Continue to strategic Mt. Bental for a perspective on Israel’s complex geopolitics. Chocolate making workshop at the De Karina Chocolate Factory on Kibbutz Ein Zivan. Lunch on own. Kayak down the Jordan River – Great way to cool off on a hot day. 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. Dinner on Israeli army base with young solders to hear about their lives, challenges and thoughts about Israel’s future.”

Overnight: Kibbutz Lavi

Friday, 26 August

Shabbat Arrives with a Story about Courage, and the Sights and Sounds of Jerusalem Preparing for Rest.

Discover Ethiopian Jewish culture at the Gemarchin Center in Beit Shean, hear your host’s moving Aliyah story and learn about the challenges facing the Ethiopian Israeli community today. Lunch at Germarchin Center. Continue south through the Jordan Valley and ascend to Jerusalem. Sheh’hehchiyanu/Welcome ceremony overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem. Explore the outdoor, boisterous Machane Yehuda Market and take in a slice of local life as you see Jerusalemites prepare for Shabbat. On the way see the picturesque Nachalaot neighborhoods. Check-in to Dan Panorama Hotel, 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 Shabbat at the Western Wall. OR Attend Friday night services at a local Jerusalem synagogue.
Festive Shabbat Dinner at hotel.

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Saturday, 27 August

And on the Seventh Day… in Jerusalem

Option of attending Shabbat morning services at a variety of local synagogues. 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. 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. OR: Walking tour to the Christian Quarter, including Via Dolorosa, Church of the Holy Sepulcher and Arab Market. Havdalah with Rabbi Holin. 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, 28 August

The Old City of Jerusalem

An Ancient Jewish Legacy – Ancient Jerusalem touring options for the group: 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). Lunch at Between the Arches Restaurant. Discover underground Jerusalem in the Western Wall Tunnels to see its magnificence from a different vantage point. Uncover 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. Free evening. Dinner on own.

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Monday, 29 August

Masada and the Dead Sea: Freedom Fighters or Fanatics?

Each participant must select one of the following two Masada options: these options require pre-trip registration by June 15, 2016.
Early morning departure to hike up Masada or separate later departure to ascend Masada by cable car. Torah reading on top of Masada. Tour the ruins of Herod’s palace and the last outpost of Jewish independence. Discussion: Which Jewish Legacy – Masada or Yavne? Float on 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 hospitality before returning to Jerusalem. Free evening. Dinner on own.

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Tuesday, 30 August

Holocaust, Remembrance and Continuity

Guided tour of Yad Vashem Israel’s national Holocaust memorial and museum, including the Historical Museum and Children‛s Memorial. Visit the Valley of the Communities to commemorate a world of Jewish life that was destroyed. (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. Lunch on own. 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. Hands on Tzedakah preparing food packages for distribution to some of Israel’s neediest people at Pantry Packers logistical center in southern Jerusalem. Dinner on own in Jerusalem’s Mamilla Quarter. Watch the Night Spectacular – Sound and light show at the Tower of David.

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Wednesday, 31 August

Israel: Past, Present and Future

Briefing on social justice issues in Israel by guest lecturer. Check-out from the hotel. Tour of Ammunition Hill – site of a crucial and heroic Six Day War battle site that played a major role in determining the fate of Jerusalem. Guided tour of Jewish Quarter including the Cardo, Broad Wall and Rooftops followed by free time to shop and explore on own. Remainder of afternoon free to relax, pack and get in last minute shopping. Farewell Dinner at Olive and Fish Restaurant. Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport

l’hiht’raot – may we see each other soon again!

Thursday, 1 September

Arrive in USA

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

Tour Rates

Land and Air* Package $5139

Land Only $3495 Per person in a double room
Single Room Supplement: $1025
Third adult in triple room: – $215

Child, age 2-12 as third in a triple room: – $410
Child, age 12-18 as third in a triple room: – $250

B’nai Mitzvah, age as third person in a triple room: – $480 Children as third and fourth persons in a quad room: subtract $200 each
(Except Dan Panorama Tel Aviv in 2 rooms).

Price is based on 15 travelers, for every additional five people there is a decreases in the cost per person. Non-members are welcome to join us!’

Added to the above pricing are tips for Guide, Driver, Restaurants and Porterage $180 per person

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