Join Temple Etz Chaim Israel Tour

Generation to Generation “L’Dor Va’Dor”

with Rabbi Richard and Linda Spiegel

July 17-28, 2016


Sunday, 17 July

Depart USA

Monday, 18 July

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. Check-in to the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Tel Aviv’s Mediterranean Coast. Free time to swim in the Mediterranean Sea and enjoy beach side Promenade. Welcome dinner at Goshen Restaurant.

Overnight: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Tel Aviv

Tuesday, 19 July

The Hebrew City and the Jewish State

Visit the Palmach Museum in Ramat Aviv for a multimedia presentation about the elite underground organization that played a critical role in founding the State of Israel.
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 then stroll down Rothschild Boulevard to view 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. 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: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Tel Aviv

Wednesday, 20 July

Along the Mediteranean Coast

Depart for northern Israel. Visit the ruins of Caesarea, including its Roman Theater, Amphitheater, Hippodrome and Promontory Palace. Ponder a rabbinic debate over Jews attending gladiator games. Tour of the Old City of Acco: Visit the Underground Prisoners Museum in Acco Prison, where the British held and even executed Jewish underground fighters. A daring escape from this prison is featured in the film Exodus. Then venture beneath the streets of present day Acco to explore the Crusader Knights Halls. Travel to Rosh Hanikra in the northwest corner of Israel. Descend by cable car to explore the Grottos of Rosh Hanikra – Beautiful sea caves formed by the forces of wind and water. Check-in to the Leonardo Plaza in Tiberias near the Sea of Galilee. Boat ride on the Sea of Galilee followed by dinner at Decks Restaurant.

Overnight: Leonardo Plaza, Tiberias

Thursday, 21 July

Mystics, Geopolitics and Israel’s Finest

Tour the old synagogues and picturesque alleys of the mystical city of Tzfat – Discover the origins of our Friday night service where Lecha Dodi was written.
Glassblowing demonstration in the studio of a local artist – Hear about the influence of Jewish spirituality on her art. Raft or Kayak down the Jordan River – Great way to cool off on a hot day. Time permitting: 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. Tour of the strategic Golan Heights to visit bunkers where the Syrian army used to look down at Israel below. Then look out from the peak of Mt. Bental to gain a special perspective on Israel’s complex geopolitics. 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: Leonardo Plaza, Tiberias

Friday, 22 July

Across Israel: A Multicultural Jewish Society

Tour the Roman ruins of Beit Shean – A splendid city of the Decapolis. Hear how the rabbis of the Mishna related to the Roman theater and bathhouse.
Discover Ethiopian Jewish culture at the Germachin Center in Beit Shean. Learn about Ethiopian Jewry’s modern day Exodus story and the challenges facing the Ethiopian Israeli community today. Lunch at Germachin Center. Visit the ancient synagogue of Beit Alfa and discuss why a wheel of the zodiac appears on the its 1,500 year old mosaic floor. Continue south through the Jordan Valley. Check in to Leonardo Plaza Hotel, Jerusalem. Free time to relax and prepare for Shabbat. Friday/Shabbat evenings options:
Join hundreds of other Jews from around the world to Greet the Sabbath at the Western Wall. Option to pray together as a congregation at the “Masorati Kotel”, where men and women can stand together. (Bus available for return to hotel from Western Wall). Festive Shabbat Dinner at hotel.

Overnight: Leonardo Plaza Hotel, Jerusalem

Shabbat/Saturday, 23 July

And on the Seventh Day… in Jerusalem

Shabbat morning services at a local synagogue of your choice. Shabbat Lunch at hotel. Afternoon walking tour to Jaffa Gate and the Christian Quarter, including the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, to appreciate Jerusalem’s multicultural character. Havdalah with Rabbi Spiegel. Free evening. Dinner on own. Recommendation: Visit the Ben Yehuda Street Pedestrian Mall.

Overnight: Leonardo Plaza Hotel, Jerusalem

Sunday, 24 July

Holocaust, Remembrance and Continuity

Visit Yad Lakashish – A unique employment program benefitting Jerusalem’s elderly citizens and stop by its gift shop where shopping is a Mitzvah! Discover the story of Zionism’s founding father Theodore Herzl at the multimedia Herzl Museum, followed by a meaningful visit to the adjacent Mt Herzl Cemetery to discover chapters in the history of Israel while visiting the graves of Yitzhak Rabin, Golda Meir, Theordore Herzl and Hannah Senesch. Lunch on own. 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). Dinner on own in Jerusalem’s Mamilla Quarter. Watch the Night Spectacular – Sound and light show at the Tower of David.

Overnight: Leonardo Plaza Hotel, Jerusalem

Monday, 25 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. Festive B’nai Mitzvah lunch at Between the Arches restaurant. Tour of the Western Wall Tunnels to discover underground Jerusalem. Tour of the Jewish Quarter including the Cardo, Broad Wall and Rooftops followed by free time to shop and explore on own. Venture into the near desert for a camel ride and a biblical dinner at Abrahams’s Tent.

Overnight: Leonardo Plaza Hotel, Jerusalem

Tuesday, 26 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 a local resort hotel. The resort also has a fresh water pool and spa facilities. Massage and spa treatments available at own expense by prior reservation. 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.

Overnight: Leonardo Plaza Hotel, Jerusalem

Wednesday, 27 July

Underground Adventure and Wrapping Up

Drive to Beit Guvrin in the Judean Lowlands, crossing enroute the biblical Elah Valley, where David and Goliath fought. Dig up Israel’s past by participating in a hands on archaeological excavation with Dig for a Day in Beit Guvrin National Park. Return to Jerusalem. Lunch on own. Visit to the Israel Museum to see the Dead Sea Scrolls in the Shrine of the Book and the Model of Jerusalem in the Second Temple Period (1st Century). Return to hotel to wash-up after dig. Remainder of afternoon free as time permits.

Late check-out. Farewell dinner at Medita Restaurant.

Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport – See you again soon!


Thursday, 28 July

Arrive in USA

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


Package Costs and Deductions:

Land Package: $3495

Land and Air Package: $5290 Per Person in a double room

Single Room Supplement $1059

Third Person over 18 in a triple room: subtract $200

Child, age 2-17 as third person in a triple room: subtract $650

Bar / Bat Mitzvah, age 12-13 as third person in a triple room: subrract $810

Children as third and fourth persons in a quad room: subtract $200 each

Pricing is based on 20 paying participants

Added to cost: tips for Guide, Driver, Restaurants and porterage $180 per person

Air pricing is subject to change until time of purchase i.e Fuel surcharge and taxes*


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