Rabbi Neil Schuman

Join Rabbi Neil Schuman on

Manetto Hill Jewish Center‛s Exploring Israel Tour

July 9 – 19, 2017

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Sunday, 9 July

Depart USA on an overnight flight to Israel


Monday, 10 July

Going up into the Land

Afternoon arrival 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 ceremony on top of Tel Jaffa overlooking modern Tel Aviv. Check-in to the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Tel Aviv’s Mediterranean Coast. Welcome dinner and orientation at a local restuarant.

Overnight: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Tel Aviv


Tuesday, 11 July

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. 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”. Lunch on own. 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: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Tel Aviv


Wednesday, 12 July

Roman Caesarea and Mystical Tzfat

Depart for northern Israel. Tour 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. Tour mystical Tzfat’s old synagogues and picturesque alleys and discover the origins of our Friday night service where Lecha Dodi was written. Visit the studio of a Kabbalistic artist and hear how Jewish spirituality influences his work. Boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, followed by dinner at Decks lakeside restaurant. Check–in to the Kibbutz Lavi Hotel on Kibbutz Lavi in the Galilee.

Overnight: Kibbutz Lavi


Thursday, 13 July

Ancient and Modern Geopolitics and Israel’s Finest

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. Lunch on own. Raft or Kayak down the Jordan River – Great way to cool off on a hot day. 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. Please choose one of the following two “touring and tasting” options. Both located on nearby Kibbutz Ein Zivan (Possibility of splitting the group): Chocolate making workshop at the De Karina Chocolate Factory. OR: Guided tour of the boutique Bahat Winery including wine tasting. Barbeque dinner with Israeli soldiers. First hand encounter with young people who are giving some of the best years of their lives to the defense of Israel.

Overnight: Kibbutz Lavi


Friday, 14 July

Across Israel: A Multicultural Jewish Society

Tour of Lavi led by a local kibbutznik to hear first hand about kibbutz life. Discover Ethiopian Jewish culture at the Germachin Center in Beit Shean. Hear a personal account of this community’s modern day Exodus story and about the challenges facing the Ethiopian Israeli community today. Lunch on own. Continue south through the Jordan Valley and ascend to Jerusalem. Shekhiyanu/ Welcome ceremony overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem. Explore the raucous Machane Yehuda Market and take in a slice of local life as you see Jerusalemites prepare for Shabbat. On the way, see the nearby picturesque Nachalaot neighborhoods. Check-in to the Dan Panorama Hotel or 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. OR: Attend Friday night services at a local Jerusalem synagogue. Festive Shabbat Dinner at hotel.

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem


Saturday, 15 July

And on the Seventh Day… in Jerusalem

Shabbat morning services at a local Conservative/Masorati synagogue, followed by Kiddush and an update about the Conservative/Masorati movement in Israel. 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 Rabbi Schuman. 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, 16 July

The Old City of Jerusalem – An Ancient Jewish Legacy

Please choose one of the following ancient Jerusalem touring options for the entire 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). 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. Discover underground Jerusalem in the Western Wall Tunnels. Lunch on own. 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. Free evening. Dinner on own.

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel or Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem


Monday, 17 July

Holocaust, Remembrance and Continuity

Tour of Yad Vashem – Israel’s national Holocaust memorial and museum, including the Holocaist History 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. Zoo visit not included in the tour price). Lunch on own. See the world renown Chagall Windows at Hadassah Hospital. 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. Plant a tree in the soil of the land of Israel to help renew woodland near 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


Tuesday, 18 July

Modern Israel’s Realities and Wrapping Up

Visit Yad Lakashish, a unique employment project helping Jerusalem’s elderly, including a stop in its shop “where shopping is a mitzvah!”
Visit a joint, bilingual Jewish-Arab Summer Camp run by Hand in Hand to help foster coexistence and better understanding between Jews ansd Arabs. Lunch on own in Jewish Quarter. 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 explore on own and get in last minute shopping. Late check out. Farewell Dinner at Olive and Fish Restaurant.

Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport – See you again soon!


Wednesday, 19 July

Arrive in USA

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Tour Rates

Land and Air* Package $4695 – Land Only $3095 All prices are per person in a double room.

Single Room Supplement:$890
Reduction 3rd adults in room $255

Child, ages 2-12, as 3rd person in room: subtract $320 Bar/Bat Mitzvah child as 3 rd in room: subtract $450 Third and Fourth in a quad with parents: subtract $150

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

Tour price is based on 15 travelers: Price reduction at 20 and 25 travelers *Fuel surcharge and airport taxes are subject to change

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