Rabbi Steve Moss

Join B’nai Israel Reform Temple’s Multi-Generational Israel Family Tour

with Rabbi Steve Moss

July, 17 – 31, 2017

Monday, 17 July

Depart USA on overnight flight to Israel

Tuesday, 18 July

Going up into the Land: The Hebrew City and the Jewish State

Early morning arrival in Israel to be met and assisted by your ITC representative. Begin your visit to Israel at Neot Kedumim, a biblical botanical garden, to discover the agrarian landscape of ancient Israel. Walking tour of “Little Tel Aviv” to discover the quaint, historic Neve Tzeddek neighborhood 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. Hear about the establishment of Tel Aviv standing at the Founders’ Monument. Stroll down Rothschild Boulevard to view the Bauhaus architecture for which central Tel Aviv was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. View the new exhibit on Operation Jonathan – Israel’s daring Entebbe raid at the Yitzhak Rabin Center. Tour the alleys of Old Jaffa, the ancient port city once known as the Gate of Zion. Look out from the top of ancient Tel Jaffa at modern Tel Aviv. Check-in to the Dan Panorama Hotel on Tel Aviv’s Mediterranean Coast. Welcome dinner and orientation at Goshen Restuarant.

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv

Wednesday, 19 July

People, Pioneers and Geopolitics in the Western Negev

Travel to the western Negev. 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. Discover the heroic story of Israel’s southern front in the War of Independence and release a homing pigeon carrying a message, just as Jewish fighters in the Negev did to warn the people of Tel Aviv of the Egyptian army’s advance. Follow the Salad Trail at Moshav Talmei Yosef touring and tasting your way through hi-tech agriculture in the desert. Meet your homing pigeon and retrieve your message. Tour of an exotic orchard, followed by a gourmet Yemenite dinner at Ora‛s Yard on Moshav Kfar Maimon. Taste their home-made liqueurs and jams. Hear your hosts’ moving immigration stories. Dinner: Ora’s Yard. Return to Tel Aviv.

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv

Thursday, 20 July

Jews, Romans, Pioneers and Immigrants

Depart for northern Israel. Visit with Lotem in Emek Hashalom near Yokneam. Lotem is an organization that works to make nature and outings accessible to persons with diabilities and has created a number of trails in Emek Hashaom for special needs populations. Lunch on own. Travel to Atlit for a guided tour of the former Atlit detention camp where the British held Holocaust refugees caught trying to enter the country “illegally”. Board an “illegal immigration ship” to watch a multimedia presentation about the heroic pre-State immigration. Guided tour of the Ein Hod Artists Colony led by a local artist. Drive to Haifa. Panoramic view of the greater Haifa region from the top of the ornate Bahai Gardens on Mt. Carmel. Check-in to Dan Panorama Hotel in Haifa. Dinner on own. Evening program with Rabbi Dudu Hayoun about Arab-Jewish coexistence in Haifa.

Overnight: Dan Panorama, Haifa

Friday, 21 July

Multi-layered Acco and the Grottos of Rosh Hanikra

Visit the Tunisian Synagogue in Acco to see its remarkable mosaic covered interior. Tour the Underground Prisoners Museum in Acco’s former prison where British Authoriries held and even executed some Jewish underground fighters. A daring escape from this prison is featured in the film “ Exodus.” Explore the Old City of Acco by heading underground to tour of the cavernous Crusader Knights Halls. Wander through the bustling markets of the Ottoman Old City to reach Acco port. Travel to Rosh Hanikra in the northwest corner of Israel. Descend by cablecar to tour the Grottos of Rosh Hanikra – Beautiful sea caves formed by the forces of wind and water. Return to Haifa. Kabbalat Shabbat/Friday night services together with the Leo Baeck Reform Congregation in Haifa. Festive Shabbat Dinner at hotel.

Overnight: Dan Panorama, Haifa

Saturday/Shabbat, 22 July

From Multicultural Haifa to a Cradle of Jewish Civilization

Walk through Wadi Nisnas to see art work that has been installed on the walls and streets of this picturesque Arab neighborhood which embodies multicultralism and coexistence in the heart of Haifa. Panoramic view over a large swath of northern Israel from the Carmelite Mukhraka Monastery, where Elijah challenged the priests of Baal. Enjoy Druze hospitality in the village of Dalyat El Carmel on Mt. Carmel – Hear about the Druze sect from a member of the community. Druze hospitality lunch at Nora’s Kitchen in Dalyat El Carmel. Explore ancient Tzippori and study Jewish texts 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. Return to Haifa. Dinner on own.

Overnight: Dan Panorama, Haifa

Sunday, 23 July

The Strategic Golan Heights – Jeep tour to the Golan Heights

Look down at the Israeli communities below the way the Syrian army once did. Ascend to the peak of strategic Mt. Bental to look out at the border and gain a special perspective on Israel’s complex geopolitics. Lunch on your own in Katzrin. Guided tour and wine tasting at the Golan Heights Winery in Katzrin. Visit the ancient synagogue in Capernaum (Kfar Nahum) on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, now a Christian holy site. Boat ride on the Sea of Galilee followed by dinner at Decks Restaurant. Check–in to the Ruth Rimmonim Hotel in Tzfat.

Overnight: Ruth Rimmonim Hotel, Tzfat

Monday, 24 July

Mystical Tzfat and the Sources of the Jordan

Tour mystical Tzfat’s old synagogues and picturesque alleyways – Discover the origins of our Firday night service where Lecha Dodi was written. Visit the studio of a Kabbalistic artist. Lunch on own. Raft or Kayak down the Jordan River – Great way to cool off on a hot day. 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. 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: Ruth Rimmonim Hotel, Tzfat

Tuesday, 25 July

Across Israel: A Multicultural Jewish Society

Discover Ethiopian Jewish culture at the Germachin Center in Beit Shean. Learn about this community’s modern day Exodus story and the challenges facing the Ethiopian Israeli community today. Lunch at Germachin Center. Continue south through the Jordan Valley and ascend to Jerusalem. Shekhiyanu/Welcome ceremony overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem. Plant a tree in the soil of the Land of Israel at Gazaelle Valley an environmental conservation project in Jerusalem.. Check in to Dan Panorama Hotel in Jerusalem. 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

Wednesday, 26 July

The Old City of Jerusalem – An Ancient Jewish Legacy

Choose one of the following Ancient Jerusalem touring options:
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. Lunch on own. Tour of the Jewish Quarter, including the Cardo, Broad Wall and visits inside the Hurva Synagogue and Four Sephardic Synaguoges, followed by free time to shop and explore on your own. Visit to Western Wall prayer area. Walk through the Western Wall Tunnels to discover underground 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

Thursday, 27 July

Masada and the Dead Sea: Freedom Fighters or Fanatics?

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? Swim in the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth, at the Hod Hotel at the Dead Sea. The resort also has a fresh water pool and spa facilities. Massage and spa treatments available by prior reservation at own expense. Lunch at the Hod Hotel. Time permitting: Walk in the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve opportunity to bath in waterfalls and hear how David hid there from King Saul. Free evening. Dinner on own.

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Friday, 28 July

Holocaust, Remembrance and Continuity – Tour of Yad Vashem

Israel’s national Holocaust memorial and museum, including the Historical Museum and Children‛s Memorial. Meaningful visit to the 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. Lunch on own and free time to 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 theSabbath at the Western Wall. Option to pray together as a congregation at the “Egalitarian Kotel”, where men and women can stand together.OR: Attend Friday night services at a local Reform synagogue. Festive Shabbat Dinner at hotel

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem.

Saturday, 29 July

And on the Seventh Day…in Jerusalem

Option to attend Shabbat morning services at a local synagogue of your choice. Lunch on own
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 the First Temple period burial site at Ketef Hinnom – Where archaeologists discovered the oldest biblical text ever found. Havdalah with Rabbi Moss. Free evening. Dinner on own.

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Sunday, 30 July

History We Remember and Wrapping Up – Visit Yad Lakashish

A unique employment project helping Jerusalem’s elderly residents – Visit its gift shop, “where shopping is a mitzvah”. Drive along the former ceasefire lines which divided Jerusalem between 1948 – 1967 to Ammunition Hill, where we will see former Jordanian trenches and hear about the toughest battle of the Six Day War. Lunch on own. Afternoon free to explore on your, relax and get in last minute shopping. Late check-out Farewell Dinner at Medita Restaurant.

Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport – See you again soon!

Monday 31 July

Arrive in USA

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

Tour Rates

Land and Air* Package $5295 – Land Only $3795

All prices are per person in a double room

Single Room Supplement: $1150

Third person adult in triple room: subtract $180

Child, age 2-12 as third person in parents’ room: subtract $390 Bar/Bat Mitzvah, age 12-13 as third in a room: subtract $590 Third and

Fourth child sharing room in quad subtract $200

Tour price is based on 20 paying participants Added to the above pricing are tips for Guide, Driver, Restaurants and Porterage $195 per person

ITC offers group travel and health insurance

*Fuel surcharge and airport taxes are subject to change

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