Rabbi Dan Levin

Temple Beth El of Boca Raton’s Exploring Israel Trip

Led by Rabbi Dan Levin

June 12 – 25, 2017

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Monday, 12 June

Depart USA

Depart on overnight flight to Israel


Tuesday, 13 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. Shekhiyanu-Welcome ceremony on top of Tel Jaffa overlooking modern Tel Aviv. Proceed to check-in at the Carlton Hotel on Tel Aviv’s Mediterranean Coast. Free time to swim in the Mediterranean Sea and enjoy beach side Promenade. Welcome dinner and orientation at Sky Blue Restaurant in the Carlton Hotel.

Overnight: Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv


Wednesday, 14 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”. At Independence Hall relive David Ben Gurion declaring the new State of Israel. Hear about the establishment of Tel Aviv at the Founders Monument on Rothschild Boulevard, then see the Bauhaus architecture for which central Tel Aviv was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lunch on own. 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. Free time to swim in the Mediterranean Sea and enjoy beach side Promenade. Free evening. Dinner on own.

Overnight: Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv


Thursday, 15 June

Cradles of Jewish Civilization in the Galilee

Depart for northern Israel.. Meaningful visit to Beit Elazraki Children’s Home in Netanya. Lunch on own. 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. Check–in to the Kfar Blum Hotel on Kibbutz Kfar Blum in Galilee Panhandle. Dinner at hotel.

Overnight: Kibbutz Kfar Blum.


Friday, 16 June

Ancient and Modern Geopolitics and Israel’s Finest

Tour mystical Tzfat’s old synagogues and picturesque alleyways and discover the origins of our Friday night service where Lecha Dodi was written. 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. Return to Kfar Blum. Shabbat Candle Lighting Welcoming Shabbat – To be determined with Rabbi Levin. Festive Shabbat Dinner at hotel.

Overnight: Kibbutz Kfar Blum


Shabbat/Saturday, 17 June

The Strategic Golan Heights and the Sources of the Jordan

Bnai Mitzvah ceremony inthe ancient synagogue of Katzrin (shade tarp). Jeep tour of the Golan Heights for a special perspective on Israel’s complex geopolitics as we visit former Syrian bunkers overlooking Israel and strategic Mt. Bental. Lunch spread in the field (Pecan Orchard with Gadi) Kayak down the Jordan River – Great way to cool off on a hot day. Return to hotel. Free time to relax and enjoy hotel pool. Havdalah with Rabbi Levin. Dinner at hotel.

Overnight: Kibbutz Kfar Blum


Sunday, 18 June

Across Israel: A Multicultural Jewish Society

Discover Ethiopian Jewish culture at the Gemarchin Center in Beit Shean.
Lunch at Germarchin Center. Visit Bio-Bee on Kibbutz Sde Eliahu, world leaders in organic agriculture to hear how they are using very effectively biological pest control, rather than toxic pesticides to protect their crops. Continue south through the Jordan Valley and ascend to Jerusalem. Shekhiyanu/Welcome ceremony overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem. Check in to the David Citadel Hotel or Mamilla 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: David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem


Monday, 19 June

The Old City of Jerusalem

An Ancient Jewish Legacy – B`nai Mitzvah ceremony at Robinson‛s Arch. Discover the archaeological story of the Western Wall and episodes of Jewish life in Jerusalem 2,000 years ago at Robinson’s Arch, the Southern Wall Excavations and Davidson Center. Visit the traditonal prayer area of the Western Wall. Discover underground Jerusalem in the Western WallTunnels.
Lunch on own in Jewish Quarter. Tour of Jewish Quarter including the Cardo, Broad Wall, Burnt House and Rooftops followed by free time to shop and explore on own. Free evening. Dinner on own

Overnight: David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem


Tuesday, 20 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 opportunity to bath in waterfalls and hear how David hid there from King Saul. Stop off at “Abraham’s Tent” for a Camel ride and biblical dinner before returning to Jerusalem. Free evening.

Overnight: David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem


Wednesday, 21 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. Zoo visit not included in the tour price). Lunch on own. Meaningful visit to Mt. Herzl Cemetery to discover chapters in the history of Israel while vidsiting the graves of Israel’s fallen soldiers, among them Yoni Netanyahu, Mike Levin and Hannah Senesh. Plant a tree to help renew landscape the landscape of the Land of Israel. Dinner on own in Jerusalem’s Mamilla Quarter. Watch the Night Spectacular – Sound and light show at the Tower of David.

Overnight: David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem


Thursday, 22 June

The City of David and Digging Up the Past

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). Lunch on own. Drive to the Judean Lowlands, crossing the Elah Valley where David and Goliath fought. Participate in a hands on archaeological work unearthing Israel’s past at Dig for a Day in Beit GuvrinNational Park. Remainder of afternoon free to shop and explore on own.

Overnight: David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem


Friday, 23 June

Jerusalem Prepares for Shabbat

Visit the IDF Armored Corps Memorial and Tank Museum at Latrun. Return to 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. Free time to relax and prepare for Shabbat. Friday night services/Kabbalat Shabbat at Kehilat Yozma Reform Congregation in Modi’in, followed by a home hospitality with members of the local community.

Overnight: David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem


Shabbat/Staturday, 24 June

And on the Seventh Day… in Jerusalem

Shabbat morning services at your choice of local synagogues (directions and recommendations will be provided). Walking tour to Jaffa Gate and the Christian Quarter, including the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, to appreciate Jerusalem’s multicultural character. Lunch on own. Free time to relax, enjoy hotel pool or explore on your own. Late check out. Farewell Dinner at Dolphin Yam Restaurant. Havdallah with Rabbi Levin.

Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport – See you again soon!


Sunday, 25 June

Arrive in USA

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

Tour Rates

Land and Air* Package $6185 – Land Only $4345 All prices are per person in a double room

Single Room Supplement: $1850

Reduction 3rd in a room adult $625

Reduction 3rd child up to 12 years in parent‛s room -$925 Reduction 3rd B’nai Mitzvah child parent‛s room – $1075 Reduction 3rd or 4th with Parent‛s in QUAD – $550

Main tour is based on 30 paying participants

Added to the above pricing are tips for Guide, Driver, Restaurants and Porterage $195 per person
*Fuel surcharge and airport taxes are subject to change

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