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Israel Tour / Rabbi Geoffrey & Karen Spector & Leah Beker Dir, Ed

Rabbi Geoffrey & Karen Spector & Leah Beker Dir, Ed

per person

Adult and Young Adult Israel Adventure

Led by Rabbi Geoffrey & Karen Spector & Leah Beker Dir, Ed

February 15 – 25, 2018


Thursday, 15 February

Depart USA– Overnight Flight to Tel Aviv


Friday, 16 February

The Hebrew City and the Jewish State

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.

Tour the Israeli Museum at the Yitzhak Rabin Center for a critical look at Israeli society. Mark Israel’s 70th birthday at Independence Hall by reliving David Ben Gurion’s emotional declaration of the new State of Israel. 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. While there checkout the nearby Carmel Market and bohemian Sheinkin Street. Rainy day alternatives: Explore 2,000 years of Jewish history at Beit Hatfutzot – The renovated Museum of the Diaspora. OR: Guided tour of Ben Gurion House in Tel Aviv – The personal home, and sometime headquarters, of Israel’s first prime minister David Ben Gurion and his wife Paula. Check in to the David Intercontinental Hotel on Tel Aviv’s Mediterranean Coast. Free time to get ready for Shabbat. Friday/Shabbat evening service options: To be determined with Rabbi Spector.

Festive Shabbat/Welcome Dinner at hotel. Overnight: David Intercontinental Hotel, Tel Aviv


Saturday, 17 February

Shabbat in Tel Aviv

Shabbat morning services at the Neve Schecter Masorati Synagogue in the nearby near Neve Teddek neighborhood. Visit the “Aliyah Bet” Memorial in London Square to hear the story of the heroic illegal immigration operations which rescued Jewish refugees before the founding of the State of Israel. Traditional Shabbat Lunch at hotel. Walking tour of “Little Tel Aviv” – Discover the quaint Neve Tzeddek neighborhood that gave birth to the “first Hebrew city in 2,000 years”. Havdallah with Rabbi Spector. Free evening.

Dinner on own Overnight: David Intercontinental, Tel Aviv


Sunday, 18 February

Southern Exposure – Meeting the Peoples of the Negev

8:00 departure to travel to the Negev. Visit Soda Stream’s new production facility in the northern Negev and hear about its diverse workforce. 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. Lunch at Kibbutz Hatzerim ( kosher catering). Tour of Kibbutz Hatzerim – Producers of Israel’s famous drip irrigation systems to hear about kibbutz society and the changes it is facing in the 21st century. Travel to southern Dead Sea region. Check-in to Herods Dead Sea Hotel. Swim in the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth, at the hotel’s private beach. The hotel also has a fresh water pool and spa facilities. Massage and spa treatments available by prior reservation at own expense. Dinner at hotel. Overnight: Herods Dead Sea Hotel, Dead Sea


Monday, 19 February

Masada and Jewish Peoplehood

Ascend Masada by cable car to tour the ruins of Herod’s palace and the last outpost of Jewish independence 2,000 years ago: Discussion: Which Jewish Legacy – Masada or Yavne? Lunch on own. Drive north through Jordan Valley to Beit Shean. Discover Ethiopian Jewish culture and hear a moving modern day Exodus story at the Gemarchin Center in Beit Shean. Travel to Tiberias Check-in to Galei Kinneret Hotel, Tiberias. Boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, followed by lakeside dinner at Decks Restaurant.

Overnight: The Setai, Sea of Galilee


Tuesday, 20 February

The Mystical City of Tzfat and the Strategic Golan Heights

Ascend the Golan Heights for a perspective on Israel’s complex geopolitics as we “look down at Israel “from former Syrian positions.Visit the ancient synagogue of Um ElK an atirin the Golan Heights, which is being restored usings ophisticated digital technology. Look out at Gamla, Masada of the north, to appreciate its topography, as we hear Josephus’ description of a 1st century battle between Romans and Jewish rebels and learn about the corresponding archaeological finds.While there , hopefully, see rare griffon vultures soaring over head. Lunch on own. Tour the old synagogues and picturesque alley ways of the mystical city of Tzfat and discover where Lecha Dodi was written. BBQ dinner with young Israeli soldiers who are giving some of their best years to the defense of Israel. Return to Tiberias. Overnight: The Setai, Sea of Galilee


Wednesday, 21 February

Renewers of Jewish Life in Ancient and Modern Times

Explore ancient Tzippori and study a Jewish text in the ruins of the city where Rabbi Judah Hanasi sealed the Mishna. Discover its magnificent mosaics, including Mona Lisa of the Galilee and the Nile Flood Festival. Then ponder why Tzippori’s ancient synagogue has a wheel of the zodiac on its floor. Travel to Zichron Yaakov, an early Zionist pioneering community. Lunch and wine tasting at the Tishbi Winery. Lunch speaker: Rabbi Elisha Wolfin, spiritual leader of the Zichron Yaakov Masorati Congregation. Visit the Atlit detention camp where the British held Holocaust refugees caught trying to enter Eretz Yisrael “illegally”. Experience a high-tech laser presentation about the heroic pre-State immigration aboard an “illegal immigration ship”. Travel to Jerusalem. Check-in to the Inbal Hotel in Jerusalem. Free evening. Dinner on own. Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem


Thursday, 22 February

Going up to Jerusalem – An Ancient Jewish Legacy

Explore the City of David using the Bible and archaeology to make Jerusalem’s stones tell the story of the city’s ancient past. Walk through the Western Wall Tunnels to discover underground Jerusalem. Lunch on own in Jewish Quarter. Guided tour of Jewish Quarter including the Herodian Quarter, Hurva Synagogue, Cardo and Rooftop lookout followed by free time to shop and explore on own. Tour Ammunition Hill – Site of the fiercest battle in the Six Day War and see the multimedia presentation at the new Six Day War Heritage Museum. Dinner on own in Mamilla Quarter. Watch the Night Spectacular – Sound and light show at the Tower of David.

Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem


Friday, 23 February

Holocaust, Remembrance and Continuity

Guided tour of Yad Vashem Israel’s national Holocaust memorial and museum, including the Children’s Memorial. 2nd Timers Option Multimedia tour of the Menachem Begin Museum to see its presentation on the history of Israel as seen through the life of Menachem Begin. Visit Ketef Hinom – A First Temple Period Jewish burial site on the grounds of the Begin Center where archaeologists discovered the oldest biblical text ever found. Lunch on own. Explore the bustling Machane Yehuda Market and take in a slice of local life as you see Jerusalemites prepare for Shabbat. See the picturesque Nachalaot neighborhoods along the way. Free time to relax and prepare for Shabbat. Friday/Shabbat evening services at Shira Hadasha Synagogue. Shira Hadasha is a dynamic Orthodox syngogue where women play asignificant role in leading services. Festive Shabbat Dinner at hotel.

Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem


Saturday, 24 February

And on the Seventh Day… in Jerusalem

Shabbat morning services at a choice of local synagogues (Suggestions and walking directions will be provided). Traditional Shabbat Lunch at hotel. 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. Havdallah with Rabbi Spector. Farewell Dinner at Medita Restaurant. Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport – See you again soon!


Sunday, 25 February

Arrive in USA

Begin planning next Israel trip with Rabbi Spector and ITC Tours!

Tour Rates

Payment in Full by Credit Card

Land Only: $3,615/person (double room)

Single Room Supplement: $1,195

Payment in Full by Check

Land Only: $3475 /person (double room)

Single Room Supplement: $1,150

Tips (guide, driver, restaurants, portage) are included in the above fees in the amount of $190.


Third Person in a Triple Room: Subtract $150

Round trip air on ELAL $1295

    Please check your choice(s): Prices are per person in a double room. * Included are airport tax and fuel surcharge and are subject to change until purchased Not included in price: Trip cancellation insurance * Tips for guide, driver, restaurants, porterage* Optional travel insurance is available including coverage of pre-existing conditions: Please let us know if there are any accessibility requirements, physical limitations or dietary restrictions Please call our office for quote @ 800-247-7235 **Return this application with a deposit of $250 per passenger
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    TERMS AND CONDITIONS ROOMS: Prices are based on double occupancy. Single rooms are available at a supplementary cost of $955 check payment $994 credit card payment. TAXES: Airport tax and fuel surcharge are included in the ticket price when ticketed . TIPPING: Tips for guides and drivers are not included in tour price: $180. per person INSURANCE: Insurance is not included in the tour price. We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance. Please note that we cannot accept responsibility for any losses or expenses, which you or any member of your party may incur as a result of failing to secure adequate coverage. MEDICAL CONDITION: ITC is not responsible for any medical conditions that may occur during or prior to the tour. We offer Group travel/health insurance including coverage of preexisting conditions Please check our website for coverage details CANCELLATION: All cancellations must be in writing to us and must be signed by the person who made the original reservation. Cancellations are only effective from the day they are received by us. No refunds are issued for cancellations received after the date the tour departs. Penalties will apply. If you cancel your tour, cancellation fees and penalties will be deducted from your refund or deposit. Cancellation fees will apply to all deposit checks. (Airline penalties could be equal to the total cost of the ticket.) Cancellation fees apply to each person. MINIMUM FEE OF $ 100.00 PER.PERSON. FOR ANY CANCELLATION PRIOR TO DEPARTURE PRIOR TO DEPARTURE CANCELLATION FEE $300 per person $400 per person No Refund 90 - 80 Days 79 – 69 Days 68 Days or less *Plus any penalties applied by airlines, hotels and tour operators. BAGGAGE: Luggage is the responsibility of the passenger and that of the airlines. For lost luggage claims, the passenger is responsible for notifying the airline directly. SEAT ASSIGNMENTS: There is no advanced seat selection for tour departures; however, we will try to meet individual requests upon availability. Three hours advance arrival to the airport is necessary to ensure adequate time for check in. RESPONSIBILITY FOR FLIGHT AND PASSENGER ACCOMMODATIONS AND SERVICES: ITC is responsible for making all arrangements for tour services offered in the itinerary. The airlines, hotels, land operators and other suppliers providing services are independent contractors and not agents, employees or associates of ITC. Acceptance and confirmation of your reservation is at the discretion of the airlines even after full payment has been made. ITC, Cantor Elena Zarkh and Old York Rd. Temple-Beth Am assume no responsibility or liability in connection with the service of an aircraft, motor coach, taxi, or other conveyances, which may be used in the performance of its duty to the passengers. All vouchers and other documents for services issued by the company are subject to the terms and conditions specified by the suppliers and to the laws of the country where services are supplied. If the tour services as indicated by the itinerary cannot be supplied or there are changes in the itinerary for reasons beyond the control of ITC, we will arrange for provision of comparable services. ITC reserves the right to make changes in the itinerary whenever ITC deems it necessary to the comfort, convenience and safety of the participant at any time. The participant agrees that ITC shall not be liable for any changes in flight schedules, delays, weather conditions, damages, losses (including personal injuries, death and property losses) or expenses occasioned by acts or omissions of any person, including suppliers providing services, or for any acts of war, insurrection, revolts, or other civil uprisings, military actions, strikes, or acts of G-d occurring either in the country of origin, through passage or destination. No person other than an authorized representative of ITC by written consent is authorized to vary, add or waive any term or condition in this agreement. The right is reserved to decline to accept or retain any tour passenger should such person’s health or general deportment impede the operation of the tour to the detriment of the other tour passengers. PASSPORTS AND VISAS: Each passenger participant must have a valid passport. Please make sure the expiration date is at least 6 months past your date of return. IMMUNIZATIONS: No immunization shots or vaccinations are required at present, unless otherwise noted. NOTE: The sequence of activities in the itinerary may change or be reversed some may be omitted due to circumstances beyond our control. Pricing is subject to change until the trip is paid in full.

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