Rabbis Michael Jay

Jewish Community Center of Long Beach Island’s

Israel: “The Start-Up Nation from Antiquity until Tomorrow”

Led by Rabbi Michael Jay 


Wednesday, 8 February

Depart USA on an overnight flight to Israel

Thursday, 9 February

Going up to Jerusalem

An Ancient Jewish Legacy – Morning arrival in Israel to be met and assisted by your ITC representative. Drive to Jerusalem. Shehekhiyanu-Welcome ceremony overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem. Discover the archaeological story of the Western Wall and episodes from rabbinic texts while standing where Jewish pilgrims walked 2,000 years ago. Egalitarian Minha service at Robinson’s Arch and tour of the Southern Wall Excavations. 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. Check-in to the Prima Kings Hotel or Dan Jerusalem Hotel, Jerusalem. Welcome dinner and orientation at Olive and Fish Restaurant.

Overnight: Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem

Friday, 10 February

Holocaust, Remembrance and Continuity

Tour of Yad Vashem Israel’s national Holocaust memorial and museum, including the Holocaust History Museum, Children’s Memorial, Avenue of the Righteous and Valley of the Destroyed Communities. Explore the raucous Machane Yehuda Market and take in a slice of local life as you see Jerusalemites prepare for Shabbat. See the picturesque Nachalaot neighborhoods along the way. 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. OR: Friday services overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem. Festive Shabbat Dinner at hotel

Overnight: Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem

Saturday, 11 February

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 hotel. Afternoon walking tour to be determined with Rabbi Hammerman. Seder Tu B’Shvat – What is New Years for trees? Havdalah with Rabbi Hammerman. Dinner on own. Watch the Night Spectacular – Sound and light show at the Tower of David.

Overnight: Dan Jerusalem Hotel, Jerusalem

Sunday, 12 February

Masada and the Dead Sea

Set out 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? Rebellion or Reconstruction? 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: Visit the ruins of Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Travel north through Jordan Valley. Check in to the Kibbutz Lavi Hotel on Kibbutz Lavi in the Galilee. Dinner at hotel.

Overnight: Kibbutz Lavi

Monday, 13 February

Mystical Tzfat and the Strategic Golan Heights

Explore mystical Tzfat’s old synagogues and picturesque alleys – Discover the origins of our Friday night service where Lecha Dodi was written. Lunch on own and free time for shopping bustling market and artist colony. Tour the strategic Golan Heights and “look down at Israel below”, the way the Syrian army once did. Then look out from the peak of Mt. Bental to gain a special perspective on Israel’s complex geo-politics. Meet Tova Hadad, a local resident and Rabbi Hammerman’s niece, on Moshav Avnei Eitan, to hear about leaving the Gaza Strip and living and pioneering in the Golan Heights. Dinner at Zigel Restaurant in the Golan Heights. Return to Kibbutz Lavi.

Overnight: Kibbutz Lavi

Tuesday, 14 February

From the Cradle of the Mishna to Modern Tel Aviv

Tour of Lavi led by a local kibbutznik to hear first hand about kibbutz life. Explore ancient Tzippori and study Jewish texts in the ruins of the city where Rabbi Judah Hanasi edited the Mishna. Discover its magnificent mosaics, including Mona Lisa of the Galilee and ponder why an ancient synagogue has a wheel of the zodiac on its floor. Lunch and learn with Rabbi Yoav Ende on Kibbutz Hanaton, Israel’s only Masorati kibbutz. Travel to Tel Aviv. Check-in at the Metropolitan Hotel, Tel Aviv Hotel on Tel Aviv’s Mediterranean Coast. Visit the “Aliyah Bet” Memorial in London Square (two blocks from hotel) to hear the story of the daring illegal immigration operations which rescued Jewish refugees before the founding of the State of Israel. Free evening to walk along the boardwalk ovelooking the Mediterranean Sea.

Dinner on own. Overnight: Metropolitan Hotel, Tel Aviv

Wednesday, 15 February

Immigration and Innovation: The Story of Modern Israel

Discover Ethiopian Jewish culture at the Tobaje Community Center in Ramle. Hear about this community’s modern day Exodus story and the challenges facing the Ethiopian Israeli community today. 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. Lunch on own. Visit Shafdan A cutting-edge water treatment and recycling plant which hhas made Israel the world leader in recycling waste water for agriculture. 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”. Dinner at hotel.

Free evening. Overnight: Metropolitan Hotel, Tel Aviv

Thursday, 16 February

The Hebrew City and the Jewish State

Visit the Palmach Museum in Ramat Aviv for a multimedia presentation about the elite underground organization that played a critical role in founding the State of Israel. Visit Video Therapy, a cutting edge Physicak Therapy Multimedia Start-Up. 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. Tour the alleys of Old Jaffa, the ancient port city once known as the Gate of Zion. Lookout over modern Tel Aviv from the top of Tel Jaffa and hear about the vision of founding the first Hebrew city in 2,000 years. Remainder of afternoon free to relax, pack and get in last minute shopping. Late Check out.

Farewell Dinner at Maganda Yemenite Restaurant

Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport – See you again soon!

Friday, 17 February

Arrive in USA

Begin planning next Israel trip with Rabbi Hammerman and ITC Tours!

Tour Rates

Cost: Land package $2455. Land and air package $3395 Per person in a double room;

Single room supplement $625.

Third person over 18 in triple room, subtract $120.

Flights: Round trip EL AL Air from Newark NJ to Tel Aviv

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