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Rabbi Micah Caplan


per person

July 16 – 27, 2017

Or Tzion’s family Israel tour will cover Israel‛s many wonders – Jerusalem, Cesarea, Lake Kinneret and the Galilee, Golan Heights, Masada, the Dead Sea, Tel Aviv, and the Mediterranean Coast.

Or Tzion’s family Israel tour will cover Israel‛s many wonders – Jerusalem, Cesarea, Lake Kinneret and the Galilee, Golan Heights, Masada, the Dead Sea, Tel Aviv, and the Mediterranean Coast.

Join Congregation Or Tzion Scottsdale, AZ Family Israel Experience

Led by Rabbi Micah Caplan

July 16 – 27, 2017


Sunday, July 16

Depart USA on overnight flight to Israel


Monday, July 17

Arrive in Israel to be met and assisted by your ITC representative at Ben Gurion Airport. Travel to the modern Hebrew city of Tel Aviv. 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. Welcome dinner at hotel Overnight: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Tel Aviv [D]

Tuesday, July 18

At Independence Hall, relive Ben Gurion‛s moving declaration of the State. 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. 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. All three of these Tel Aviv’s icons meet at the “Magen David” junction. At Rabin Square discuss this great Israeli leader and some of the pressing issues facing Israel today. 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. Free time to swim in the Mediterranean Sea and enjoy beachside Promenade. Free evening in Tel Aviv. Overnight: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Tel Aviv [B]

Wednesday, July 19

Visit the ruins of Caesarea, including its Roman Theater, Amphitheater, Hippodrome and Promontory Palace. Ponder a rabbinic debate over Jews attending gladiator games. In Atlit walk through the detention camp that held Holocaust refugees denied entry into Eretz Yisrael by the British; see the incredible, new “illegal immigration” boat with its wonderful high-tech laser presentation about heroic pre-State immigration. Visit the grave of the Rambam, one of Judaism‛s greatest leaders and teachers in Tiberias. Check-in to the Nof Ginosar Hotel by the Sea of Galilee. Enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee followed by dinner at Decks lakeside restaurant. Overnight: Kibbutz Nof Ginosar Hotel[B, D]

Thursday, July 20

Mystics, Geopolitics and Israel’s Finest

Explore 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. Raft or kayak down the Jordan River – Great way to cool off on a hot day. 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: Kibbutz Nof Ginosar Hotel [B, D]

Friday, July 21

Discover Ethiopian Jewish culture at the Germachin Center in Beit Shean. Learn about this community’s modern day Exodus story and the challenges facing the Ethiopian Israeli community today. Continue south through the Jordan Valley and ascend to Jerusalem. Travel south to Jerusalem Explore the colorful, bustling Machaneh Yehuda open-air market – Am Yisrael chai! Hotel check- in in Jerusalem. Shabbat candle lighting. Kabbalat Shabbat at Robinson’s Arch at the “Kotel Masorti” (Bus to Old City, walk back; Need siddurim) Return to the hotel on foot, taking in the Shabbat Shalom of Jerusalem. Festive Shabbat dinner at the hotel. Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem [B, D]

Shabbat, July 22

And on the Seventh Day… in Jerusalem

Shabbat morning services at a choice of neighborhood synagogues (directions and recommendations will be provided). Walking tour to the historic Montefiore Windmill to discover the first neighborhood built outside the walls of the Old City. AND/OR: Walking tour to First Temple period burial site at Ketef Hinnom – Where archaeologists discovered the oldest biblical text ever found. Shabbat Lunch at hotel. Havdalah with Rabbi Caplan. Free evening, Dinner on own. Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem [B, L]

Sunday, July 23

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). 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. 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. Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem [B]

Monday, July 24

Moving Bnai Mitzvah Service at Robinson’s Arch, the “Kotel Masorti”. Walk alongside the Western Wall‛s massive foundation stones in the Kotel Tunnels. Tour the Jewish Quarter including time for lunch (on one’s own) and shopping in the Cardo and Jewish Quarter. Remainder of afternoon at leisure. Free evening dinner on own. Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem [B]

Tuesday, July 25

We visit Masada. Will ascend the cliffs by cable car to tour the ruins of Herod‛s desert palace that became the last outpost of Jewish independence 2,000 years ago. Spend time at our Dead Sea resort hotel, enjoying its spa facilities, lunch, pool, and the amazing Dead Sea Genesis Land – camels, Abraham’s Tent, Dinner. Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem [B, D]

Wednesday, July 26

Mitzvah Project at Yad Lakashish, a unique employment program helping Jerusalem’s elderly. 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. At the “Dig for a Day” program at Beit Guvrin, have a hands-on experience of archeology as you uncover actual artifacts while taking part in an ongoing archeological dig; “cave crawl” also available for the adventurous. Return to Jerusalem. Late check out from the hotel. Enjoy our farewell dinner at Olive and Fish. Depart for the airport [B, D]

Thursday, July 27

Arrive in USA

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Tour Rates

  • Land and Air* Package $5195 – Land Only $3295
  • Single Room Supplement: $950
  • Third person over 18 as 3rd room: – $220
  • Child, age 2-18 as third person in a triple room: – $440 Bar/Bat Mitzvah child as third person in a triple room: – $510 Children as third and fourth persons in a quad room:-$150 each Added to the above pricing are tips for Guide, Driver, Restaurants and Porterage $165 per person.
  • Pricing is based on 25 paying Participants
  • ITC offers group travel and health insurance $358 for trip cost up to $5500

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