Cantor Cohen

Join Woodbury Jewish Center‛s Family

Led by Cantor Cohen

December 20 – 31, 2017

Wednesday, 20 December

Depart USA on an overnight flight to Israel.


Thursday, 21 December

When you come into the Land

Noon arrival in Israel to be met and assisted by your ITC representative. Plant a tree in the soil of Israel in honor or in memory of a loved one and learn about nature in the Bible at Neot Kedumim, Israel’s biblical botanical garden. Visit the Armored Corps Memorial at Latrun – See and enter real tanks and hear about the fierce battles fought here in Israel’s War of Independence and how the Burma Road saved Jerusalem. Travel to Jerusalem via Shaar Hagai in the Judean Hills and hear more about the struggle for the road to Jerusalem during the War of Independence. Shekhiyanu- Welcome ceremony with Cantor Cohen on Mt. of Olives overlooking the Temple Mount and Old City – Jerusalem’s most iconic view. Check-in to the luxurious David Citadel Hotel in Jerusalem. Welcome dinner at Medita, a leading chef’s restaurant in southern Jerusalem.

Overnight: David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem


Friday, 22 December

Jerusalem: An Ancient Jewish Legacy

Tour of Jewish Quarter including the Burnt House to experience a moving presentation about the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans in the year 70 CE, Broad Wall built by King Hezekiah 2,700 years ago, panoramic view from the Rooftops of the market places and the Byzantine Cardo, an ancient still functioning market street, followed by free time to shop and explore on own. Discover the story of Zionism’s founding father Theodore Herzl at the multimedia Herzl Museum, followed by a meaningful visit to the Mt. Herzl Cemetery to discover chapters in the history of Israel at the graves of Yitzhak Rabin, Golda Meir, Theordore Herzl and Hannah Senesch. Lunch on own. Free time to prepare for Shabbat and write notes for the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest site. Shabbat candle lighting together. Greet the Sabbath/Kabbalat Shabbat at the egalitarian Masorati Kotel together as a congregation. (Bus to Kotel) Time for personal reflection on our first visit to the Western Wall. Walk back tour with Cantor Cohen to hotel through the Old City enjoying the sites and each other’s company. Festive Shabbat Dinner at hotel.

Overnight: David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem


Shabbat/Saturday, 23 December

And on the Seventh Day… in Jerusalem

Shabbat morning services with Cantor Cohen at a local synagogue.
Sumptuous traditional Shabbat Lunch at hotel. Afternoon walking tour to the historic Montefiore Windmill to discover fascinating story of the first neighbourhood built outside the walls of the Old City. AND/OR: Walking tour to the First Temple period Jewish burial site at Ketef Hinnom – Where archaeologists found the oldest biblical text ever discovered. See the “top secret” cable car used to supply Israeli troops on Mt. Zion during the War of Independence. Havdallah with Cantor Cohen at scenic overlook. Watch the Night Spectacular – A wonderful sound and light show covering over 3,000 years of Jerusalem history at the Tower of David. Dinner on own and free evening to explore Ben Yehuda Street, Mamilla Mall and Jerusalem’s nightlife.

Overnight: David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem


Sunday, 24 December

Holocaust, Remembrance and Continuity

Visit the world renown Chagall Windows at Hadassah Hospital. Tour of Yad Vashem – Israel’s national Holocaust memorial and museum, including the Holocaust History 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 – Israel Museum, instead of Yad Vashem. Visit to the Israel Museum to see the Dead Sea Scrolls in the Shrine of the Book and the Model of Jerusalem in the first century. Free time to explore additional exhibitions on own – Recommendations: Modern Israeli art, Synagogue interiors in the Judaica section and the Archaeology Wing. Rejoin the rest of group. Lunch on own. Chocolate making workshop at the delicious Galita Chocolate Factory on Kibbutz Tzuba. Tour and wine tasting at the boutique Tzuba Winery. Time/daylight permitting: Visit the Scrolls of Fire, an extraordinary bronze sculpture by Nathan Rapaport dedicated to the Holocaust and rebirth of Israel. Return to Jerusalem. Dinner on own.

Overnight: David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem


Monday, 25 December

Jerusalem of Old

Take part in a moving B’nai Mitzvah Ceremony led by Cantor Cohen at the egalitarian Masorati Kotel (at Robinson’s Arch) to connect a Jewish past with a Jewish future, including an opportunity to renew wedding vows under chuppa or celebrate milestones (Please arrange in advance with Cantor Cohen). Discover the archaeological story of the Western Wall and episodes of Jewish life 2,000 years ago at Robinson’s Arch and the Southern Wall Excavations. Hear about a new archaeological discovery connected to the Chanukah story. Festive celebratory B’nai Mitzvah/personal milestone lunch at Between the Arches restaurant. Walk through the Western Wall Tunnels to discover underground Jerusalem. Explore the City of David using the Bible and archaeology to make Jerusalem’s stones tell the story of the city’s ancient past. Fun tasting tour of the colorful bustling Machane Yehuda Market to sample the many flavors and ethnicities of Jerusalem. Dinner on own, if still hungry.

Overnight: David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem


Tuesday, 26 December

Masada and the Dead Sea: Freedom Fighters of Fanatics

Set out early 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. Option to hike up Masada for adventurous early risers (Box breakfast; Additonal charge to cover guide and transportation). Delicious Lunch at Dead Sea resort. Swim in the amazing 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. Travel to Negev Highlands. Visit David Ben Gurion’s Gravesite in Sde Boker to hear about his vison for developing the Negev and look out at the magnificent Zin Valley. Check in to the exquisite Beresheet Hotel in Mitzpe Ramon uniquely perched on the rim of Mahktesh Ramon (“Ramon Crater”).  Gourmet dinner at the magnificent hotel. Evening free to relax and enjoy hotel facilities.

Overnight: Beresheet Hotel, Mitzpe Ramon


Wednesday, 27 December

The Negev Highlands: Into the Desert

Look out at stunning Mahktesh Ramon (Ramon Crater) from your hotel. Learn about the natural history of the region at the multimedia Makhtesh Ramon Visitors Center dedicated to fallen Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon. Explore Makhtesh Ramon (Ramon Crater) on foot and by jeep to discover magnificant desert landscapes and a fascinating window into the earth’s past. Enjoy camel rides and hospitaity lunch in a Bedouin tent at Khan Hashayarot. Nature walk in Ein Avdat a beautiful white canyon with hidden springs in the Zin Valley. Another great dinner at hotel. See more stars than you ever have before on a Stargazing expedition. Return to enjoy hotel facilities.

Overnight: Beresheet Hotel, Mitzpe Ramon


Thursday, 28 December

People, Pioneering and Geopolitics in the Western Negev

Travel to the western Negev. Follow the Salad Trail at Moshav Talmei Yosef touring and tasting your way through hi-tech agriculture in the desert. 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. Lunch at Kibbutz Alumim. Encounter with a local kibbutznik on Kibbutz Alumim to hear first-hand about living on the Gaza border, pioneering in the Negev and kibbutz life. Gourmet dinner at Ora‛s Yard on Moshav Kfar Maimon. Taste their home-made liqueurs and jams. Hear your hosts’ moving immigration stories. Travel to Tel Aviv – The city that never sleeps. Check in to the Carlton Hotel on Tel Aviv’s Mediterranean Coast.

Overnight: Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv


Friday, 29 December

The Hebrew City and the Jewish State

Guided tour of the Ayalon Institute in Rehovot – an underground bullet factory used by Jewish forces before the founding of the State of Israel. At Independence Hall relive David Ben Gurion declaring the new State of Israel. 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 own and free time to explore the lively Nachalat 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”. Free time to get ready for Shabbat. Kabbalat Shabbat with Cantor Cohen overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Delicious festive Shabbat Dinner at hotel to be joined by Lone Soldiers (Subject to army approval and availability; Lone soldier dinners).

Overnight: Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv


Shabbat/Saturday, 30 December

Shabbat in Tel Aviv

Shabbat morning services with Cantor Cohen.Sumptuous Shabbat lunch buffet at hotel.
Tel Aviv walking tours: Visit the “Aliyah Bet” Memorial in London Square to hear the story of the illegal immigration operations which rescued Jewish refugees before the founding of the State of Israel. Guided tour of David Ben Gurion’s house in Tel Aviv. 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”. Havdalah with Cantor Cohen. Free evening to explore Tel Aviv’s exciting nightlife. Dinner on own.

Overnight: Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv


Sunday, 31 December

A Temporary Departure

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. Tour the alleys of Old Jaffa, the ancient port city once known as the Gate of Zion and look out at modern Tel Aviv from the top of ancient Tel Jaffa. Remainder of afternoon free to explore on own and get in last minute shopping.

Farewell dinner at Goshen Restaurant. Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport


Monday, January 1, 2018

Arrive in USA – Early morning arrival in U.S.A.  

Begin planning your next Israel trip with Cantor Cohen and ITC Tours!

Tour Rates

Costs and Discounts:

Full Cost (credit Card)  Land only $4529 – Single supplement $1965

Discounted cost (check payment)

$4355 per person in doubler oom $1890

Third person in triple room over 18: subtract $650
Child, ages 2-12, as third person in parents’ room: subtract $715 Bar/ Bat Mitzvah child as third person in parents’ room: subtract $915 Third and Fourth child sharing room in quad with parents: subtract $200

Suggested group air on ELAL *air line $2250 or buy it now price $2150

Price is based on 30 tour participants a reduction at 35 or increase at less than 30

*Air Pricing is subject to comfirmaton – Fuel Surcharge and airport taxes are subject to change. 
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