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Sunday, 26 June

Depart USA on an overnight flight to Israel


Monday, 27 June

Going up into the Land

Arrive in Israel to be met and assisted by your ITC representative. 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. Welcome dinner and orientation at Maganda Yemenite Restaurant. Overnight: Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv


Tuesday, 28 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. Stroll down Rothschild Boulevard to view the Bauhaus architecture which made central Tel Aviv a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Travel to Rehovot for a guided tour of the Ayalon Institute – a clandestine bullet factory used by the Jewish underground before the founding of the State of Israel. Return to Tel Aviv. Free time to swim in the Mediterranean Sea and enjoy beach side Promenade. Free evening. Dinner on own. Overnight: Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv


Wednesday, 29 July

North to the Galilee

A Journey Across Jewish Time – Travel north along Israel’s Mediterranean Coastal Plain. Visit the ruins of Caesarea, including its Roman Theater, Amphitheater, Hippodrome and Promontory Palace. Ponder a rabbinic debate over Jews attending gladiator games. Lunch on own. Visit Kfar Veradim, a community in the Western Galilee for an encounter with Israeli society, possibility of meeting local mayor. Drive east across the Galilee to Tzfat. 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. Check–in to Kfar Blum Hotel on Kibbutz Kfar Blum in the Galilee Panhandle. Dinner at hotel. Overnight: Kfar Blum.


Thursday, 30 June

Ancient and Modern Geopolitics and Israel’s Finest

Tour the Golan Heights for a special perspective on Israel’s complex geopolitics by visiting former Syrian bunkers overlooking Israel and 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: Kibbutz Kfar Blum


Friday, 1 July

Across Israel: A Multicultural Jewish Society

Discover Ethiopian Jewish culture at the Gemarchin Center in Beit Shean. Lunch at Germarchin Center. 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. On the way, see the nearby picturesque Nachalaot neighborhoods. Check-in to the Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem. Free time to relax and prepare for Shabbat. Join hundreds of other Jews from around the world to Greet the Sabbath at the Western Wall. Festive Shabbat Dinner at hotel. Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem


Saturday, 2 July

And on the Seventh Day… in Jerusalem

Shabbat morning services at the World Center for Conservative Judaism, followed by Kiddush and an update on the Conservative/Masorati movement in Israel. 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 Taff. 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: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem


Sunday, 3 July

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). Option for those who have previously visited the new Yad Vashem: Docent tour of the Shrine of the Book (Dead Sea Scrolls) and Model of Jerusalem in the late Second Temple period at the Israel Museum. (Pre trip registration by May 15, 2016 requested). Lunch on own. Meaningful visit to Mt. Herzl Military Cemetery to discover chapters in the history of Israel. Engage in hands on tzedakah preparing food packages for distribution to some of Israel’s neediest people at Pantry Packers in southern Jerusalem. Dinner on own in Jerusalem’s Mamilla Quarter. Watch the Night Spectacular – Sound and light show at the Tower of David. Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem


Monday, 4 July

The Old City of Jerusalem – An Ancient Jewish Legacy

B’nai Mitzvah Ceremony at the Masorati Kotel to connect a Jewish past with a Jewish future. 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. – Hear about several remarkable new discoveries immediately below Robinson’s Arch. Festive B’nai Mitzvah lunch at Between the Arches restaurant located in a medieval cistern. 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). Free evening Dinner on own. Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem


Tuesday, 5 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? Walk in Ein Gedi Nature Reserve – Opportunity to bath in waterfalls and hear how David hid there from King Saul. Swim in the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth, at the Ein Gedi Spa. The Ein Gedi Spa also has a fresh water pool and spa facilities. Massage and spa treatments available by prior reservation at own expense. Lunch at Ein Gedi Spa. (Time permitting) Tour the ruins of Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Free evening. Dinner on own. Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem


Wednesday, 6 July

Partnership and Peoplehood

Visit the Tank Memorial in Latrun and hear about the struggle for the road to Jerusalem during Israel’s War of Independence. Travel to Hof Ashkelon – Sacramento’s partnership region. Visit a community in the Hof Ashkelon region (TBA) and Mifgash (Encounter) with residents of the region. Hear first hand about this reselient region, which was the target of numerous rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip in summer 2014. Visit the Israeli Air Force Museum at Hatzerim to see exhibition of historic Israeli Air Force planes and hear the story of this elite branch of the Israel Defense Forces. Tour of exotic orchard, followed by 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 Jerusalem. Dinner on own. Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem


Thursday, 7 July

Wrapping Up

Visit Yad Lakashish, a unique employment project helping Jerusalem’s elderly, including a stop in its shop “where shopping is a mitzvah!” Guided tour of the Jewish Quarter including the Cardo, Broad Wall and Rooftops followed by free time to shop and explore on own. Lunch on own. Remainder of afternoon free to explore on your own, relax and get in last minute shopping. Farewell Dinner. Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport – See you again soon! For those extending: Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem


Friday, 8 July

Arrive in USA

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

Tour Rates

Tour costs and reductions: Payable by check: To pay via Credit Card add 3%

Land Package $3755 (Per person in a double room)

Air* and Land Package $5775

Single room Supplement $1698 Third person over 18 in triple room: subtract $380 Child, age 2-12 as 3rd in a triple room: subtract  $910 Bar/Bat Mitzvah, age 12-13 as 3rd in a triple: subtract $1190 Child, 14-18 as third person in a triple room: $490 -Added to the above are tips for guide, driver, restaurants and porterage $180

ITC offers Health and Travel insurance for up to $6000 cost is $258 per person

Air pricing is subject to confirmation – Fuel surcharge and airport taxes are subject to change.
Price is based on 25 paying tour participants, with 30 or more, price will be reduced.  With 25 price will be increased.

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