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Congregation Agudath Shalom 

Family Israel Tour

Led by Rabbi Daniel and Diane Cohen

June 19 – 30, 2023

Don’t miss out! Space is still available.

“Arise, Walk Throughout the Land” (Ber. 13:17)

Monday, 19 June – Departure USA (Rosh Hodesh Tammuz)

Tuesday, 20 June When You Come Into the Land (Deut. 26:1) (Rosh Hodesh Tammuz)

  • Arrive in Israel to be met and assisted by your ITC representative at Ben Gurion Airport (today’s program depends on arrival time)
  • Visit the ruins of Caesarea, including its Roman Theater, Amphitheater, Hippodrome and Promontory Palace, and ponder a rabbinic debate over Jews attending gladiator games.
  • Lunch on own
  • Guided tour of the former Atlit Illegal Immigrant Detention Camp where the British held Holocaust refugees, who tried to enter the country “illegally”. Then board an “illegal immigration ship” to watch a multimedia presentation about the heroic pre-State immigration.
  • Check-in to the Kibbutz Lavi Hotel in the Galilee.
  • Dinner at hotel
  • Overnight: Lavi

Wednesday, 21 June Mystical Tzfat and the Sources of the Jordan

  • Walking tour mystical Tzfat’s old synagogues and picturesque alleyways. Tzfat was the cradle of Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism) in the 16th century.  Judaism’s Friday night service, Kabbalat Shabbat, and the hymn Lecha Dodi originated in Tzfat a that time.
  • Visit the neighboring Tzfat Candles Factory to see how havdallah candles are made.
  • ITC Touch:  Visit the studio of Kabbalistic artist Avraham Loewenthal to hear how Jewish spirituality influences his work.
  • Free time to explore marketplace and browse in galleries on own.
  • Lunch on own in Tzfat
  • Enjoy Donkey rides, try ancient crafts and send a message by carrier pigeon at Kfar Kedem.
  • Boat ride on the Sea of Galilee followed by a lakeside dinner at Decks Restaurant.
  • Overnight: Lavi

Thursday, 22 June – Sources of the Jordan and the Strategic Golan Heights

  • Walk in the lush Tel Dan Nature Reserve, one of the sources of the Jordan River, where you’ll discover biblical intrigue, enjoy refreshing wading pools and see one of the oldest arches in the world.  
  • Kayak down the Jordan River – Great way to cool off on a hot day.
  • Packed lunch from Lavi
  • Tour to the Golan Heights for a special perspective on Israel’s complex geopolitics as we visit former Syrian bunkers overlooking Israel and strategic Mt. Bental.

Please choose one of the following two “touring and tasting” options.  Both located on nearby Kibbutz Ein Zivan (Possibility of splitting the group):

  • Chocolate making workshop at the De Karina Chocolate Factory.
  • OR:  Wine tasting at the boutique Bahat Winery on Kibbutz Ein Zivan.
  • Dinner at hotel
  • Overnight:  Lavi

Friday, 23 June Jordan River Valley

  • Learn about kibbutz life on a walking tour of Lavi led by a local kibbutznik.
  • Travel south through the Jordan Valley to Jerusalem.
  • Look out over the Old City of Jerusalem and Temple Mount.
  • Visit the bustling Machane Yehuda Market to take in the frenetic atmosphere as Jerusalemites prepare for Shabbat.
  • Lunch on own in Machane Yehuda Market.
  • Check-in to the Orient Hotel in Jerusalem.
  • Free time to relax and prepare for Shabbat.
  • 6:30 PM Special early candlelighting.  This is the ‘latest’ Shabbat of the year, so we will bring in Shabbat early in consideration of families with younger children.
  • Festive Shabbat Dinner at hotel
  • Overnight:  Orient Hotel, Jerusalem

Shabbat, 24 June (Parshat Hukat)And on the Seventh Day…in Jerusalem

  • Shabbat morning services at a local synagogue.
  • Pre-Lunch L’chaim with Rabbi Cohen – BYOB.
  • Traditional Shabbat Lunch at hotel.
  • Free time to relax and enjoy nearby Liberty Bell Park.
  • Late afternoon walking tour to the historic Montefiore Windmill to discover the first neighborhood built outside the walls of the Old City.  Then continue to nearby Ketef Hinnom, a First Temple period burial site where archaeologists discovered the oldest biblical text (Birkat Kohanim) ever found.
  • Seudah Shlishit at hotel
  • Havdalah with Rabbi Cohen.
  • Free evening
  • Overnight: Orient Hotel, Jerusalem

Sunday, 25 June The Old City of Jerusalem:  An Ancient Jewish Legacy

  • 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.
  • Walk through the Western Wall Tunnels to discover underground Jerusalem, as you walk alongside the Kotel’s massive foundation stones and possibly stand opposite Kodesh Hakodeshim.
  • Lunch on own in Jewish Quarter.
  • Tour of Jewish Quarter including the Broad Wall, Rooftops and Cardo, followed by free time to shop and explore on own.

Monday, 26 June – Masada and the Dead Sea 

  • 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? Which decision did our ancesters make?
  • Swim in the 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.
  • Lunch at Dead Sea resort
  • Walk in Ein Gedi Nature Reserve opportunity to bathe in waterfalls and hear how David hid there from King Saul.
  • Stop off at “Abraham’s Tent” for a Camel ride and biblical dinner before returning to Jerusalem.
  • Overnight:  Orient Hotel, Jerusalem

Tuesday, 27 June – 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
  • Discover the story of Theodore Herzl, Zionism’s founding father, at the dynamic Herzl Museum, followed by a meaningful visit to Mt Herzl Cemetery to discover chapters in the history of Israel while visiting the graves of Yitzhak Rabin, Golda Meir, Theodore Herzl and Hannah Senesh.
  • Engage in hands-on tzedakah at Yad Ezra Veshulamith or Pantry Packers preparing food packages for distribution to some of Israel’s neediest people.
  • Free evening
  • Dinner on own
  • Overnight: Orient Hotel, Jerusalem

Wednesday, 28 June – Digging Up the Past and Dedicating the Future

  • Travel 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.
  • Packed lunch
  • Visit Yad Leshirion Tank Memorial in Latrun to learn about the Armored Corp, climb on tanks and hear about the struggle for the road to Jerusalem during Israel’s War of Independence.
  • Dedication of a Torah scroll donated by Congregation Agudath Shalom to the IDF at an army base.  Please note:  The schedule for the Torah dedication may change this day’s itinerary.
  • Free evening
  • Dinner on own
  • Overnight: Orient Hotel, Jeruslaem

Thursday, 29 June – Wrapping Up

  • Visit Yad Lakashish, a unique employment project helping Jerusalem’s elderly, including a stop in its shop “where shopping is a mitzvah!”
  • Kid friendly tour at the Israel Museum to see Model of ancient Jerusalem and the Dead Sea Scrolls.  Free time to explore additional exhibits on own.  Recommendations:  Modern Israeli art, Synagogue interiors in the Judaica Section, the Archaeology Wing and the Youth Wing for families with young children.
  • Lunch on own
  • Remainder of afternoon free to explore on own and get in last minute shopping.
  • Late check out
  • Farewell Dinner at Medita Restaurant
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport – See you again soon!

Friday, 30 June – Arrive in USA:  A Temporary Departure

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

Tour Package Includes:

  • Hotels: Kibbutz Nof Ginosar, Galilee and Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem

  • All Breakfasts, Friday night “Shabbat” Dinner and Shabbat Lunch, 6 weekday dinners and lunches as per itinerary

  • Touring with Rabbi Daniel and Diane Cohen and one of Israel’s Top Tour Guide educators in a WiFi enabled deluxe touring Motor Coach

    A Few Tour Highlights:

  • Visit the ruins of Caesarea, including its Roman Theater, Amphitheater, Hippodrome and Promontory Palace, and ponder a rabbinic debate over Jews attending gladiator games.

  • Visit the former Atlit Illegal Immigrant Detention Camp where the British held Holocaust refugees.

  • Tour mystical Tzfat’s old synagogues and picturesque alleyways. Tzfat was the cradle of Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism).

  • Boat ride on the Sea of Galilee followed by a lakeside dinner at Decks Restaurant.

  • Tour to the Golan Heights for a special perspective on Israel’s complex geopolitics as we visit former Syrian bunkers overlooking

    Israel and strategic Mt. Bental.

  • Learn about kibbutz life on a walking tour of Nof Ginosar led by a local kibbutznik.

  • Discover the archaeological story of the Western Wall and episodes of Jewish life 2,000 years ago.

  • Walk through the Western Wall Tunnels to discover underground Jerusalem, as you walk alongside the Kotel’s massive foundation

    stones and possibly stand opposite Kodesh Hakodeshim.

  • Greet Shabbat at the Western Wall together with hundreds of other Jews from around the world.

  • Traditional Shabbat Lunch and Havdalah with Rabbi Cohen.

  • 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.

  • Swim in the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth. Stop off at “Abraham’s Tent” for a Camel ride and biblical dinner before returning

    to Jerusalem.

  • Tour of Yad Vashem – Israel’s national Holocaust memorial and museum, including the Historical Museum and Children’s Memorial.

  • Hands-on tzedakah at Yad Ezra Veshulamith preparing food packages for distribution to some of Israel’s neediest people.

  • Yad Leshirion Tank Memorial in Latrun to learn about the Armored Corp, climb on tanks and hear about the struggle for the road to

    Jerusalem during Israel’s War of Independence.

  • Travel 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 handson archaeological excavation with Dig for a Day in Beit Guvrin National Park.

  • Visit Yad Lakashish, a unique employment project helping Jerusalem’s elderly, a stop in its shop “where shopping is a mitzvah!”

  • And much, much more!

Print Application for Submission

Discounted price for check payment

Land Only Package – $5295

Land and Air Package – $6745

Single Room Supplement – $2130

Trip Costs and Reductions

Full price for credit card payment

Land Only Package – $5506

Land and Air Package – $7015

Single Room Supplement – $2215

Reductions

Bar/Bat Mitzvah as 3rd in room – $1095

Child up to 12 years old 3rd in room – $995

3rd and 4th Child sharing in Quad room –

$320 Adult 3rd in a room – $640