Rabbi Mark Greenspan

Join Oceanside Jewish Center’s Exploring Israel

Family Trip Led by Rabbi Mark Greenspan

July 2 – 13, 2017


Sunday, 2 July

Depart USA on an overnight flight to Israel

Monday, 3 July

Going up into the Land

Arrive in Israel to be met and assisted by your ITC representative (today‛s program depends on arrival time) 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 Dan Panorama Hotel or Crowne Plaza Hotel on Tel Aviv’s Mediterranean Coast. Dinner at Café Kapish in Old Jaffa Port, served by deaf waiters who will teach you sign language during your meal followed by a unique play performed by deaf and blind actors at the adjacent Na Laga‛at Center.

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel or Crowne Plaza Hotel, Tel Aviv

Tuesday, 4 July

The Hebrew City and the Jewish State

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. 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 your own and free time to explore the Nahalat Binyamin crafts fair. Visit the Yitzhak Rabin Center Museum for a critical look at Israeli society. Free time to swim in the Mediterranean Sea and enjoy beachside promenade.

Free evening. Dinner on own. Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel or Crowne Plaza Hotel, Tel Aviv

Wednesday, 5 July

Cradles of Jewish Civilization in the Galilee

Depart for northern Israel. Explore ancient Tzippori and study a Jewish text in the ruins of the city where Rabbi Judah Hanasi sealed the Mishna. Discover its magnificent mosaics, including Mona Lisa of the Galilee and ponder why an ancient synagogue floor features a wheel of the zodiac. Lunch on own. Tour the old synagogues and picturesque alleyways of the mystical city of Tzfat and discover the origins of our Friday night service where Lecha Dodi was written. Visit the studio of a local glassblower and hear how Jewish spirituality influences her art. Check–in to the Nof Ginosar Hotel on Kibbutz Ginosar by the Sea of Galilee. Time permitting: Swim in the Sea of Galilee.

Dinner at hotel. Overnight: Kibbutz Ginosar.

Thursday, 6 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. Tour to the Golan Heights for a perspective on Israel’s complex geopolitics as we visit former Syrian bunkers overlooking Israel and strategic Mt. Bental. Guided tour of the boutique Bahat Winery including wine tasting. Barbeque dinner on an Israeli army base with young soldiers who are giving some of the best years of their lives to the defense of Israel.

Overnight:Kibbutz Ginosar.

Friday, 7 July

Across Israel: A Multicultural Jewish Society

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 in Jerusalem. Free time to relax and prepare for Shabbat. Friday/Shabbat evenings options: Attend the “Israeli Kabbalat Shabbat” service at the First Station Compound. Festive Shabbat Dinner at hotel

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Saturday, 8 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 Greenspan. 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, 9 July

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). 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 in Jewish Quarter. Tour of Jewish Quarter including the Cardo, Broad Wall and Rooftops followed by free time to shop and explore on own. Free evening. Dinner on own.

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Monday, 10 July

Masada and the Dead Sea: Freedom Fighters or Fanatics?

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. Dinner on own. Discover underground Jerusalem in the Western Wall Tunnels.

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Tuesday, 11 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. Lunch on own. 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. Engage in hands on tzedakah preparing food packages for distribution to some of Israel’s neediest people at Pantry Packers 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, 12 July

Wrapping Up and Departure

Visit Yad Lakashish, a unique employment project helping Jerusalem’s elderly, including a stop in its shop “where shopping is a mitzvah!” Geopolitical tour of Jerusalem – Opportunity to examine critical issues impacting on the city first hand beyond what you read in the newspapers. OR: 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. Remainder of afternoon free to explore on your 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!

Thursday, 13 July

Arrive in USA

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

Tour Rates

Land Only Package $3155 – Air and Land Package $4865 All prices are per person in a double room.

Single Room Supplement:$970

Reduction 3rd adults in room $320

Reduction 3rd in a room up to 12 years $460

Reduction Bar/Bat Mitzvah child as 3rd $535

Reduction for 3rd and 4th child sharing in Quad -160 per child Tour price is based on 20 travelers

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

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