Rabbi Paul Kurland

Join Nanuet Hebrew Center’s Exploring Israel Trip

Led by Rabbi Paul Kurland

February 18 – March 1, 2017


Saturday, 18 February

Depart USA on an overnight flight to Israel

Sunday, 19 February

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. Proceed to check-in at the Dan Panorama Hotel on Tel Aviv’s Mediterranean Coast. Welcome dinner and orientation at Maganda Yemenite Restaurant.

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv

Monday, 20 February

Pioneers and Geopolitics in the Western Negev

Travel to the western Negev. Visit the memorial site and museum at Yad Mordechai and hear about this border kibbutz’s valiant stand against the Egyptian army during the War of Independence. Visit Kibbutz Alumim to meet with a local kibbutz member and hear first-hand about living on the Gaza border, pioneering in the Negev and kibbutz as a community. Lunch in Kibbutz Alumim’s communal dining room. Visit the Netzach Yisrael Masorati congregation in Ashkelon to make our first personal acquaintance with Masorati/Conservative Judaism in Israel. Ashkelon was the target of numerous Kassam rocket attacks during the last Gaza war (Operation Protective Edge) in the summer of 2014. Return to Tel Aviv. Dinner at Kapish Restaurant in the Na Laga’at Center, where deaf and hearing-impaired waiters engage you in a dialogue using sign language. Please note: The Na Laga’at Theater holds performances only 4-5 times per month. The schedule of February performances will only be available in December.

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv

Tuesday, 21 February

Coexistence and Diversity in the North

Depart for north along Israel’s Mediterranean Coastal Plan. Visit Givat Haviva – A center for Arab-Jewish coestistence to hear about the complicated identity issues facing Israeli Arabs, followed by a visit to Barta, an Arab village divided by the former Israeli-Jordanian ceasefire lines. Lunch on own. Tour the Grottos of Rosh Hanikra – Beautiful sea caves formed by the forces of wind and water. Visit with members of the Masorati congregation in Carmiel in the central Galilee. Drive to Kibbutz Lavi in Lower Galilee. Check–in to the Kibbutz Lavi Hotel in the Galilee.

Dinner at hotel. Overnight: Kabbutz Lavi

Wednesday, 22 February

Ancient and Modern Geopolitics and Israel’s Finest

Tour the old synagogues and picturesque alleyways of the mystical city of Tzfat and discover where Lecha Dodi was written. Visit the studio of a Kabbalistic artist (Noah Greenberg, if available). Lunch on own. 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. Time permitting: Brief shopping stop at the Naot Factory. Meet young Israeli soldiers defending Israel’s northern border near Kibbutz Malkiya, where you’ll plant a tree to help renew its orchard.

Dinner at hotel. Overnight: Kibbutz Lavi

Thursday, 23 February

Across Israel: A Multicultural Jewish Society

Discover Ethiopian Jewish culture at the Germachin Center in Beit Shean. Hear a modern day exodus story first-hand and learn about the challenges facing the Ethiopian Israeli community today. Lunch on own. Continue south through the Jordan Valley and ascend to Jerusalem. Tour of the Jewish Quarter including the Hurva Synagogue, Broad Wall, Rooftops, Burnt House and Herodian Mansions. followed by free time to shop and explore on own. Check-in to Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem. Free evening.

Dinner on own. Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Friday, 24 February

Exploring the Past and Preparing for Shabbat

Explore the City of David using the Bible and archaeology to make Jerusalem’s stones tell the story of the city’s ancient past, including its ancient water systems, where Bible stories mingle with Iron Age ingenuity. Lunch on own in the Machane Yehuda Market. 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. Free time to relax and prepare for Shabbat. Friday/Shabbat evening: Greet the Sabbath at the the “Masorati Kotel”, a section. of the Western Wall where men and women can pray together.

Festive Shabbat Dinner at hotel. Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Saturday, 25 February

And on the Seventh Day… in Jerusalem

Shabbat morning services at your choice of local synagogues (directions and recommendations will be provided), opportunity to explore Jerusalem’s mosaic of Jewish peoplehood. 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. 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 Kurland. 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, 26 February

Holocaust, Remembrance and Continuity

Tour of Yad Vashem Israel’s national Holocaust memorial and museum, including the Historical Museum and Children‛s Memorial. (Children under age 10 are not permitted in Yad Vashem’s historical museum). Lunch on own. Meaningful walk through the Mt Herzl Military Cemetery to discover chapters in modern Jewish ansd Israeli history. The tour will include a visit to the grave of fallen American born “lone soldier” Mike Levin. Continue to the Menachem Begin Museum to experience a multimedia presentation on the history of Israel as seen through the life of late Prime Minister Menachem Begin. Visit Ketef Hinom – An antiquities site on the grounds of the Begin Museum where archaeologists discovered the oldest biblical text ever found.

Dinner on own. Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Monday, 27 February

Masada and the Dead Sea: Freedom Fighters or Fanatics?

Set out across the Judean Desert to the Dead Sea region – Possibility of spliting group between Ein Gedi and Masada. Nature walk in the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve opportunity to bath in waterfalls, hear how David hid there from King Saul and hopefully see wild ibex. Visit the ancient synagogue of Ein Gedi – Hear about the secret of the community. OR: Ascend Masada by cable car to tour the ruins of Herod’s palace and the last outpost of Jewish independence. Swim in the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth, at Isrotel Ganim Hotel. The resort also has a fresh water pool and spa facilities. Massage and spa treatments available by prior reservation at own expense. Lunch at Isrotel Ganim Hotel. Time permitting: Tour the ruins of Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered and home of an ascetic Jewish sect in the late Second Temple Period. Return to Jerusalem. Free evening.

Dinner on own. Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Tuesday, 28 February

Modern Israel’s Realities and Wrapping Up – Geopolitical tour of Jerusalem

Opportunity to examine critical issues impacting on the city first hand beyond what you read in the newspapers. Visit Yad Lakashish, a unique employment project helping Jerusalem’s elderly, including a stop in its shop “where shopping is a mitzvah!” Afternoon free to explore on your, relax, pack and last minute shopping. Late check out. Farewell dinner at Dinner at Olive and Fish Restaurant.

Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport 

See you again soon!

Tour Rates

Tour Costs:

Land Only Package $2895 – Land and Air Package $3880 All prices are per person in a double room.

Single Room Supplement:$795

Reduction 3rd adults in room $220

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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