Explore Israel Beth Israel – The West Temple

Join Beth Israel – The West Temple’s

Trip to Israel with Rabbi Enid Lader 

June 19 – 29, 2016


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Sunday, 19 June – Depart USA

Monday, 20 June – 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. Shehekianu Welcome ceremony on top of Tel Jaffa overlooking modern Tel Aviv.
  • Check-in at the Dan Panorama Hotel on Tel Aviv’s Mediterranean Coast.
  • Welcome dinner and orientation at Maganda Yemenite Restuarant.
  • Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv

Tuesday, 21 June – The Hebrew City and the Jewish State

  • 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.
  • Hear about the birth of Tel Aviv standing at the Founders Monument on Rothschild Boulevard. Then stroll down the Boulevard to see 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. While there checkout the nearby Carmel Market and bohemian Sheinkin Street – All three of these Tel Aviv icons meet at the “Magen David Junction”.
  • Guided tour of the new Israeli Art Wing at the Tel Aviv Art Museum led by a local Israeli artist.
  • Free evening
  • Dinner on own
  • Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv

Wednesday, 22 June –Diverse Israel: Jews, Druze, Arts and Technology

  • Travel north to Haifa along Israel’s Mediterranean Coastal Plain.
  • 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.
  • Visit the Technion, Israel’s leading institution of higher learning in science and technology to hear about Israel as the “Start Up Nation”.
  • Lunch and Druze hospitality at Nora’s Kitchen in the village of Dalyat El Carmel. – Hear about the Druze from a member of the community.
  • Time permitting: Explore ancient Tzippori – 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.
  • Check-in to Nof Ginosar Hotel on Kibbutz Ginosar by the Sea of Galilee.
  • Dinner at hotel.
  • Overnight: Ginosar

Thursday, 23 June – Ancient and Modern Geopolitics and Israel’s Finest

  • Tour of the Golan Heights to gain a special perspective on Israel’s complex geopolitics “looking down at Israel” from abandoned bunkers the way the Syrian army once did and standing on the peak of strategic Mt. Bental.

Please choose one of the following two “touring and tasting” options. Both located on nearby Kibbutz Ein Zivan (Possibility of splitting the group):

  • Chocolate making workshop at the De Karina Chocolate Factory.
  • OR: Guided tour of the boutique Bahat Winery including wine tasting.
  • 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: Ginosar

Friday, 24 June – Partnership and a Multicultural Jewish Society

  • Travel to Beit Shean for a meaningful encounter/mifgash with Cleveland’s P2K Partnership community (suggested 9:00-11:00 am).
  • Continue south through the Jordan Valley and ascend to Jerusalem.
  • Explore the raucous Machane Yehuda Market and take in a slice of local life as you see Jerusalemites prepare for Shabbat.
  • Check-in to the Prima Royale Hotel, Jerusalem.
  • Free time to relax and prepare for Shabbat.
  • Friday/Shabbat evenings options:
  • Join hundreds of other Jews from around the world Greeting the Sabbath at the Western Wall. Pray together as a congregation at the “Masorati Kotel”, where men and women can stand together.
  • Festive Shabbat Dinner at hotel
  • Overnight: Prima Royale Hotel, Jerusalem

Saturday, 25 June – And on the Seventh Day… in Jerusalem

  • Shabbat morning services at a local Reform synagogue, followed by an update on the Reform Movement in Israel or study session – To be determined with Rabbi Lader.
  • Traditional Shabbat lunch at hotel Shabbat afternoon walking tour 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.
  • OR: Walking tour to Jaffa Gate and the Christian Quarter, including the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and last segment of the Via Dolorosa.
  • Havdalah with Rabbi Lader.
  • 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: Prima Royale Hotel, Jerusalem

Sunday, 26 June – Exploring Jerusalem – The Old City and Beyond

  • 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.
  • Visit the Western Wall to connect to an ancient Jewish legacy.
  • Tour of Jewish Quarter including the Cardo, Broad Wall and Rooftops
  • Lunch on own and free time to shop and explore the Jewish Quarter.
  • Later after noon tour of Nachlaot, a cluster of quaint historical neighborhoods near downtown Jerusalem, to discover a world of Jewish life, folkolore and ethnicity in the heart of the city.
  • Free evening
  • Dinner on own
  • Recommendation for the evening: Check out the Ben Yehuda Street Pedestrian Mall in downtown Jerusalem not far from where the day’s touring ends.
  • Overnight: Prima Royale Hotel, Jerusalem


Monday, 27 June – 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 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.

Bath in waterfalls bath in waterfalls in the desert oasis where David hid from King Saul. Return to Jerusalem. Free evening. Dinner on own. Overnight: Prima Royale Hotel, Jerusalem

Tuesday, 28 June

Holocaust, Remembrance and Continuity

Guided 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). Alternate program for younger children: Visit Jerusalem’s Biblical Zoo, where you’ll see animals which lived in Israel during biblical times. (Children must be accompanied by an adult). 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. Farewell dinner at Olive and Fish Restaurant. Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport – See you again soon!

Wednesday, 29 June

Arrive in USA

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

Trip costs:

Land and Air Package $4555 – Land Only Per person in a double room, Single Room Supplement: $885 Reduction 3rd adult in a room – $175 Reduction for child up to 12 years as 3rd in parents room – $280 Reduction Bar/Bat Mitzvah child as 3rd sharing with parents – $340 Reduction for 3rd and 4th child up 16 years sharing in Quad – $100

Please Note: Rates are based on attached itinerary and are valid only for the dates specified in this itinerary.

Flights (NB: Rates are estimates and depend on when booked and contract received from the airline; fuel surcharges are subject to fluctuation; ITC can only hold group space up until 90 days before departure, after which air prices are subject to change; tour companies have only very limited control over group seating on flights.)

  • Estimated roundtrip airfare Cleveland-Tel Aviv $1800

Please book flights directly with Mark in ITC’s NJ office: 800-2-ISRAEL or 973-535-2575.   Terms & Conditions

  • The above rates are per person based on double occupancy.
  • Prices are per bus and are based on number of full-paying travelers.
  • The tour selling price is based on a minimum number of passengers, as per above chart, and the above itinerary. If the total number of participants falls below the minimum number used for the selling price, the selling price can be recalculated to accommodate a smaller number of tour participants. If the total number of participants should be fewer than 15, group rates may not be available through hotels, airlines, and tourist sites, resulting in additional expenses.
  • Offer is for indicated or similar hotels, depending on availability; prices subject to dollar fluctuation.
  • ITC pricing reflects a 4% discount for cash and checks. For credit card usage please add 4%.
  • Single supplement applies only when a passenger is allocated a single occupancy room.
  • ITC offers 1 free “Land+Air” packages for Rabbi in a double room with a minimum of 15 full paying tour participants; 2 free “Land+Air” packages starting from 30 full paying participants; 3 free “Land+Air” packages starting from 45 full paying participants. Maximum 4 frees. (Tour leaders in a single room are responsible for the single supplement).
  • Airline utilization & deposit requirements will be advised at time of confirmation.
  • Price for airline seats are not guaranteed until airline receives seat deposits.
  • To confirm your land and air arrangements, please forward a deposit of $1000.00 with the attached signed contract to ITC Tours. This deposit is refundable less $500.00 handling fee up to 90 days prior to departure if trip is cancelled.
  • For itineraries offering choices, the numbers of travelers choosing each alternative must be submitted by the tour leader to the ITC office at least three months before departure.

  All of this is Included in Your Tour

  • Deluxe accommodation, as per your itinerary
  • Touring and entrance fees, as per your itinerary
  • Meeting & assistance by your ITC representative within the arrivals terminal at Ben Gurion Airport
  • One of Israel’s finest English-speaking licensed tour educators (guides), to be with you for the duration of the tour and give insight into this beautiful, spiritual land
  • Deluxe air-conditioned, comfortable modern motor coach, featuring large panoramic windows, reclining seats, and foot rests
  • Professional, safety conscious bus driver
  • Professional ITC education director, to ensure an extraordinary Israel experience
  • Professional ITC tour manager
  • Snack and 1 small bottle of mineral water upon arrival in Israel
  • Hostess at Jerusalem hotel, based on a minimum of 25 travelers
  • Informative Israel sourcebook
  • Porterage at airport and hotels
  • Daily buffet breakfasts, five weekday dinners (welcome, kibbutz hotel in north, BBQ with soldiers, Ora’s Yard, farewell), Druze lunch, Shabbat dinner and Shabbat lunch, as per itinerary.

  Not Included in Package

  • Visa & border fees (Not required for US citizens entering Israel).
  • Items of a purely personal nature
  • Private rooms for group meetings/meals at the hotel, unless specified in this offer.
  • Any meals or beverages not mentioned in this offer.
  • Bus service on Shabbat
  • Tips ($185 per person)*
  • Insurance

* Please note that this amount covers a basic recommended minimum tip for the guide, bus driver, and meal service staff at restaurants for the number of days the group will be in Israel. Travelers should feel free to add to this amount when in Israel, if they are so moved.   Important Information For All Travelers: Please be aware that you may not fly to a foreign country if your passport has fewer than 6 months remaining.  Be sure that your passport, and those of all members of your traveling group, has an expiration date that is at least six months later than your day of departure.  If this is not the case, please take immediate steps to renew your passport!   Your Friends at ITC

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