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Temple B'nai Shalom's Family Israel Tour with Rabbi Eric Milgrim
  December 22, 2009 - January 3, 2010

Temple B'nai Shalom Israel Tour :: Rabbi Milgrim Itinerary is Subject to Change
Tuesday, December 22 - USA Departure
Depart for Newark Airport for overnight flight to Israel  
Wednesday, December 23 - When You Come Into the Land
Morning arrival (9:15 am) in Israel, to be met and assisted by your ITC representative at Ben Gurion Airport (today's programming depends on arrival time) Put down roots immediately as you plant a tree as a family in Israeli soil in honor or in memory of a loved one At the Latrun IDF Armored Corps center, review (or climb on) the tanks and learn about battles fought there for the road to Jerusalem. Ascent to Jerusalem Take in a breathtaking view of the Old City of Jerusalem from the Tayelet. Hotel check-in. Welcome dinner at the hotel

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel Jerusalem
Thursday, December 24 - Jerusalem of Old
Stop to visit the Western Wall - In the Kotel Tunnels, walk alongside the Western Wall's massive foundation stones. Explore the Southern Wall Excavations and take a virtual, computerized "walk" through the Jerusalem Temple at the Davidson Center. Take in a rooftop view of the Old City's four colorful quarters and then travel though many centuries as you tour the Jewish Quarter Free time for shopping in the Cardo - Free evening in Jerusalem

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel Jerusalem
Friday, December 25 - Those Who Made a Difference
Visit the newly-opened state-of-the art Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Children's Memorial at Yad Vashem. Alternative for younger children: At the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo, enjoy meeting the animals that roamed this land during Bible times (latter accompanied by adult/s and not included in tour price) Enjoy the multi-media Herzl Exhibit, where the Father of Modern Zionism and his untiring quest are "brought to life" before your eyes (if available) Visit the colorful, bustling Machaneh Yehuda open-air market, as Jerusalem prepares for Shabbat (time permitting) Kabbalat Shabbat at Kol Haneshama Shabbat dinner at the hotel with a speaker (private room; honorarium, if any, not included in tour price)

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel Jerusalem
Shabbat, December 26 - Shabbat in Jerusalem
Shabbat services at HUC Synagogue, followed by a kiddush Shabbat lunch at Beit Shmuel - Shabbat walking tour of fascinating Jerusalem neighborhoods near the hotel. Havdala with Rabbi Milgrim evening out on Ben Yehuda, Emek Refaim, or the new Mamilla Mall (on one's own)

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel Jerusalem
Sunday, December 27 - Tikkun Olam
At the Israel Museum, tour the new Shrine of the Book and the recently reopened Second Temple Model of Jerusalem; children's wing also available. Spend some time this morning preparing packages for Israeli soldiers, including a meeting with soldiers who come to pick them up (based on availability) Visit some interesting Jerusalem neighborhoods and meet the people who live in them with Rabbis for Human Rights. Meet with Ethiopian immigrants at an absorption center. Free evening in Jerusalem

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel Jerusalem
Monday, December 28 - Freedom Fighters or Fanatics?
Depart for the Dead Sea region Ascend Masada by cable car and take part in a moving Bar/Bat Mitzvah service there; tour this impressive excavation and discuss the terrible dilemma faced by its Jewish population during Roman times; descend Masada by the Roman Ramp Take a camel trek through the desert and enjoy a delicious lunch and Bedouin hospitality in a Bedouin tent. Stop for a dip in the amazing Dead Sea. Travel north along Israel's border with Jordan for hotel check-in. Dinner at the hotel Evening option: Tour the kibbutz and meet with one of its members

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Tiberias
Tuesday, December 29 - Layers of Galilee History
Explore the magnificently excavated ancient city of Tzippori, home to Rabbi Judah the Prince; discover ancient beauty and evidence of a community in which Jews and Romans coexisted peacefully Tour the synagogues, courtyards, and shops of the mystical city of Tzefat. In Tiberias, visit Dona Gracia House to become acquainted with the fascinating life of this 16th century Jewish heroine and Tiberias financial leader via dramatic story-telling, short film, dress-up in period clothing. Free evening on the Tiberias Promenade

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Tiberias
Wednesday, December 30 - The Golan Heights
Travel to the Golan Heights, and stop to gaze down over the Galilee as the Syrians once did. "Take a nature walk through the scenic Saluki Springs and see ruins of both a Hasmonean village and a Syrian army encampment. Group may split: Enjoy a tour and winetasting at the Golan Winery OR Ascend to the peak of Har Bental, where you can enter army bunkers and take in a panoramic view at the crossroads of three countries. Visit the charming new artist village at Moshav Aniam on the Golan Heights, followed by dinner there at the lovely Suzanne Bistro

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Tiberias
Thursday, December 31 - Varieties of Northern Communities
Visit the town of Kfar Kama, home to Israel's Circassian community; learn about their unique customs and traditions and taste some of their special snacks. Travel to the Mediterranean coast and take a bus tour of the sparkling port city of Haifa. Visit Or Hadash, Haifa's unique Reform synagogue. Meet there with Rabbi Dr. Edgar Nof to tour the building and hear about the large array of programs that the synagogue offers to the Haifa community. Meet members of Israel's Druze community in Ossafiya; hear about their fierce patriotism, and enjoy their warm hospitality. Continue to Tel Aviv At Independence Hall, relive Ben Gurion's moving declaration of the State. Free evening in Tel Aviv -

Overnight: Tel Aviv
Friday, January 1 - Foundations of the Modern State
Enjoy an impressive presentation of the amazing achievements of the Palmach at the multi-media Palmach Museum (if available) Climb down into the amazing underground, pre-State bullet factory built by the Haganah under the noses of the British at the Ayalon Institute. Browse through unique craft items in Nachalat Binyamin's colorful, open-air market, and see modern Tel Aviv in action Welcome Shabbat on the beach or at the hotel with Rabbi Milgrim Delicious Shabbat dinner at the hotel

Overnight: Tel Aviv
Shabbat, January 2 - Shabbat in Tel Aviv
Day at leisure to relax, walk on the beach, join in or watch free Israeli dancing on the boardwalk, or browse through the shops and galleries of Old Jaffa. Havdalah with Rabbi Milgrim followed by a delicious farewell dinner at a Yemenite Restaurant

Overnight: Tel Aviv
Sunday, January 3 - A Temporary Departure
Depart for the airport for flight to USA (CO 085; 11:15 am) Arrival in USA (4:40 pm) Begin planning your next Israel trip with Rabbi Milgrim and ITC Tours! 
Temple B'nai Shalom Israel Tour :: Rabbi Milgrim
Temple B'nai Shalom's
Family Tour
December 22, 2009 - January 3, 2010
Rabbi Eric Milgrim
Tour Package Includes
  • included services
  • Non stop round trip Air EWR to Tel Aviv and return
  • Dan Panorama Hotel Jerusalem and Dan Panorama Hotel Tel Aviv
  • All Breakfasts, Week-Day Dinners, Shabbat Dinners and Lunch as per itinerary
  • Touring with one of Israel's Top Tour Guide Educators in Deluxe Motor Coach
  • Welcome Orientation, Plant a tree in Israeli soil, Latrun IDF Armored Corps center,
  • Western Wall, Kotel Tunnels, Southern Wall Excavations, Davidson Center, Old City Jerusalem, Cardo,
  • State-of-the art Holocaust Memorial Museum, Biblical Zoo, Herzl Exhibit, Machaneh Yehuda,
  • Shabbat in Jerusalem Kabbalat Shabbat at Kol Haneshama, Shabbat services at HUC Synagogue,
  • Havdala with Rabbi Milgrim, Israel Museum, Rabbis for Human Rights, Meet Ethiopian immigrants,
  • Dead Sea Swim, Masada, Camel trek, Bedouin hospitality, Kibbutz Tour,
  • Tzippori, Mystical city of Tzefat, Dona Gracia House, Golan Heights,
  • Saluki Springs, Golan Winery, Har Bental, Artist village, Israel's Circassian community,
  • Or Hadash, Haifa's unique Reform synagogue. Israel's Druze community in Ossafiya,
  • Independence Hall, Palmach Museum, Ayalon Institute, Nachalat Binyamin's
  • Welcome Shabbat Rabbi Milgrim in Tel Aviv, Israeli dancing, Old Jaffa
  • ITC full color source book, A fantastic tour filled with meaningful experiences and fun !
  • (check or cash payment) Land Only $2595 Single Supplement: $890
  • Third person over 18 in triple room: subtract $325
  • Child, age 2-12 as third person in a triple room: subtract $845
  • Bar/Bat Mitzvah, age 12-13 as third person in a triple room: subtract $930
  • Child, 14-18 as third person in a triple room: subtract $805
  • Prices are based on 20 full paying participants
  • Round Trip air Groups price $1525* - Buy it Now air Price $1425* subject to purchase
  • Plus Guide Driver and Restaurants $150 - * Fuel surcharge is subject to change
*Prices are based on a minimum of 20 participants
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