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Israel Tour / Rabbi Doug Sagal and Cantor Martha Novick

Rabbi Doug Sagal and Cantor Martha Novick

per person

December 21 – 31, 2017

Temple Emanu-El ‘s family tour will cover many of Israel’s marvels: Old Jaffa, Mediterranean Coast, Independence Hall, Carmel Market, Ayalon Institute, Tzippori Tzfat, Jordan River, Mt. Bental, De Karina Chocolate Factory


Thursday, 21 December

  • Depart USA on an overnight flight to Tel Aviv

Friday, 22 December

  • Going up into the Land
  • The Hebrew City and the Jewish State – Early morning arrival in Israel to be met and assisted by your ITC representative. Guided tour of the Ayalon Institute – An underground bullet factory in Rehovot used by Jewish forces before the founding of the State of Israel. Travel to 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. Relive David Ben Gurion declaring the new State of Israel at Independence Hall, then hear about the establishment of Tel Aviv standing at the Founders’ Monument on Rothschild Boulevard and see 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 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”. Check-in to the Dan Panorama Hotel on Tel Aviv’s Mediterranean Coast. Free time to get ready for Shabbat. Welcoming Shabbat – Friday evening options to be determined with Rabbi Sagal. Festive Shabbat Dinner at hotel. Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv

Shabbat/Saturday, 23 December

  • And on the Seventh Day…in Tel Aviv
  • Optional Shabbat morning services at a local synagogue or morning at leisure. 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. Traditional Shabbat Lunch at Hotel. Walking tour of the quaint Neve Tzeddek neighborhood that gave birth to the “first Hebrew city in 2,000 years”. Havdallah with Rabbi Sagal. Free evening. Dinner on own Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv

Sunday, 24 December

  • Cradles of Jewish Civilization in the Galilee.
  • Depart for northern Israel. Explore 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 ponder why an ancient synagogue’s floor features a wheel of the zodiac. Lunch on own. Tour the old synagogues and picturesque alleys of Tzfat, cradle of Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism) in the 16th century. Discover the origins of our Friday night service where Lecha Dodi was written. Visit a local glassblower and hear how Jewish spirituality influences her art. Check–in to the Lavi Hotel on Kibbutz Lavi in the Galilee. Dinner at hotel. Overnight: Kibbutz Lavi

Monday, 25 December

  • Ancient and Modern Geopolitics and Israel’s Finest
  • 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. Lunch on own. Jeep tour of the Golan Heights for a special perspective on Israel’s complex geopolitics as we visit former Syrian bunkers overlooking Israel and then look out from the peak of strategic Mt. Bental. Chocolate making workshop at the De Karina Chocolate Factory on nearby Kibbutz Ein Zivan.
  • BBQ dinner with young Israeli soldiers who are giving some of the best years of their lives in defense of Israel. Overnight: Kibbutz Lavi

Tuesday, 26 December

  • Across Israel: A Multicultural Jewish Society
  • Hear about kibbutz life on walking tour of Lavi led by a local resident. 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. Lunch on own. Continue south through the Jordan Valley and ascend to Jerusalem. Enter the Old City of Jerusalem through the Zion Gate. Tour of the Jewish Quarter including the Cardo, Broad Wall and Rooftops followed by free time to shop and explore on your own. Check-in to the Inbal Hotel in Jerusalem. Dinner on own. Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem

Wednesday, 27 December

  • Masada and the Dead Sea: Freedom Fighters or 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. Discussion: Which Jewish Legacy – Masada or Yavne? Visit Arad – One of Metrowest Federations P2K Partnership communities (Program to be determined with P2K staff). Lunch on own (Lunch may be included in Partnership visit to Arad, depending on program offered by Metrowest Federation Partnership staff). Swim in the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth, at a local resort. Return to Jerusalem. Free evening. Dinner on own. Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem

Thursday, 28 December

  • The Old City of Jerusalem: An Ancient Jewish Legacy
  • B’nai Mitzvah Ceremony at the Egalitarian Kotel (near Robinson’s Arch) to connect a Jewish past with a Jewish future. 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. Discover underground Jerusalem in the Western Wall Tunnels. Lunch 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. 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

Friday, 29 December

  • Holocaust, Remembrance and Continuity. 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). Lunch on own and free time to explore the raucous Machane Yehuda Market – Take in a slice of local life as you see Jerusalemites getting ready for Shabbat. Free time to relax and prepare for Shabbat. Shabbat candle lighting together as a community. 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 “Egalitarian Kotel”, where men and women can pray together. OR:Attend Friday night services at a local synagogue. Festive Shabbat Dinner at hotel. Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem

Shabbat/Saturday, 30 December

  • And on the Seventh Day… in Jerusalem
  • Optional Shabbat morning services at a local Reform synagogue. 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. AND/OR: Walking tour to the First Temple period Jewish burial site at Ketef Hinnom – Where archaeologists found the oldest biblical text ever discovered. Havdalah with Rabbi Sagal. Late Check out. Farewell Dinner at Medita Restaurant. Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport – See you again soon!

Sunday, 31 December

  • Arrive in USA
  • Begin planning your next Israel trip with Rabbi Sagal and ITC Tours!

Tour Rates

Full Cost (credit Card payment

Land only $3385 Single room supplement $137

Discounted cost (check payment)

$3255 per person in double room


Third person in a triple room: subtract $600

Child up to 12 as third in a triple room subtract $650

Bar or Bat Mitzvah Child as 3rd in a room Subtract $760

Reduction for 3rd and 4th child sharing in a quad room $215

Added to the above costs are tips for guide, driver resturants and portage $190

Round trip ELAL Group Flights from Newark NJ $1850

We are joining - Temple Emanu-El of Westfield's Exploring Israel Tour Led by Rabbi Doug Sagal and Cantor Martha Novick December 21 - 31, 2017

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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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