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Congregational B’nai Israel

CBI 100TH Anniversary Israel Tour

Led by Rabbi Doug Sagal

June 26 – July 7, 2022

Availability: Still open positions

Sunday, 26 June – Depart U.S.A.

Monday, 27 June – Going up into the Land

  • Arrive in Israel on to be met and assisted by your ITC representative (today’s program depends on arrival time).
  • Tour Old Jaffa, the ancient port city once known as Zion Gate from which Jonah tried to flee and where Solomon brought the Cedars of Lebanon on the way to Jerusalem.  Today paintings and sculptures have been installed in its ancient alleys.
  • ShehehiyanuWelcome ceremony on top of Tel Jaffa overlooking modern Tel Aviv.
  • Check-in to the Carlton Hotel on Tel Aviv‘s Mediterranean Coast.
  • Welcome dinner at Maganda Restaurant in Tel Aviv’s Yemenite Quarter.
  • Overnight: Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv

 

Tuesday, 28 June – The Hebrew City and the Jewish State

  • Walking tour of historic “Little Tel Aviv” – Discover the quaint Neve Tzedek neighbourhood that gave birth to the “first Hebrew city in 2,000 years”, once home to Zionist cultural pioneers Eliezer Ben Yehuda, S. Y. Agnon and Rabbi Kook.
  • ITC Touch: Discover City of Sand and Sea, a mosaic fountain created by artist and writer Nachum Gutman portraying scenes from the history of Jaffa and Tel Aviv.
  • Hear about the establishment of Tel Aviv 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.
  • Visit the new Israel Innovation Center, located in the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, to learn though its interactive exhibit about new advancements by Israeli Start-Ups in fields such as science, technology, medicine, security, aero-space and more.
  • Lunch on your own and free time to explore the Nachalat Binyamin crafts fair. While there checkout the nearby Carmel Market and great street food.  Then have a look at bohemian Sheinkin Street All Three of these Tel Aviv icons meet at the “Magen David Junction”.
  • Guided tour of the Ayalon Institute in Rehovot – an underground bullet factory used by Jewish forces before the founding of the State of Israel. 

 

2nd Timers Option – Off the Beaten Track in Creative Tel Aviv

·      Grafitti tour the hip Florentine neighborhood to discover Tel Aviv’s remarkable street art.

·      Visit the Joseph Bau House, the former workshop of graphic artist and animator Joseph Bau to discover his amazing life story.  Rebecca and Joseph Bau are the couple whose wedding is shown in Schindler’s List.  After immigrating to Israel, he pioneered Israeli animated film and produced forged documents for the Mossad.

 

 

  • Free time to swim in the Mediterranean Sea and enjoy Beachside Promenade.
  • Free evening
  • Dinner on own
  • Overnight: Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv

 

Wednesday, 29 June – Cradles of Jewish Civilization in the Galilee

  • Depart for northern Israel.
  • Explore the ruins of Tzippori, the city where Rabbi Judah Hanasi sealed the Mishna.  Discover Tzippori’s Ramotsh ancient mosaic pavements, including Mona Lisa of the Galilee, Nile Flood Festival and Orpheus, who looks like King David (?). What do the ruins of Tzippori reveal about Jews and Hellenism?  Then ponder why an ancient synagogue floor features a wheel of the zodiac.
  • Lunch on own
  • Explore mystical Tzfat, cradle of Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism) in the 16th century.  Visit its old synagogues and picturesque alleyways.  Then discover the origins of our Friday night service in the city where Lecha Dodi was written.
  • Boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, followed by a lakeside dinner at Decks Restaurant.
  • Check–in to the Ramot Resort Hotel by the Sea of Galilee.
  • Overnight:  Ramot Resort Hotel, Sea of Galilee region

 

Thursday, 30 June – 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 to the Golan Heights for a special perspective on Israel’s complex geopolitics as we visit former Syrian bunkers overlooking Israel. Then look out over the Syrian border from strategic Bental.

The group can split between parents and children for the following two tasting activities located next t oeach other on Kibbutz Ein Zivan.

  • Chocolate making workshop at the De Karina Chocolate Factory.
  • Tour and tasting at the boutique Pelter Winery on nearby Kibbutz Ein Zivan.
  • Dinner with young Israeli soldiers, who are giving some of their best years to the defense of Israel – Meet the Israeli army’s human side.
  • Overnight:  Ramot Resort Hotel, Sea of Galilee region

 

Friday, 1 July – Across Israel: A Multicultural Jewish Society

  • 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.
  • Shehehiyanu/Welcome ceremony overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem.
  • Lunch on own in the bustling Machane Yehuda Market. Take in a slice of local life as you see Jerusalemites preparing for Shabbatand pick up supplies for our group Seudah Shlishit picnic on Saturday afternoon.  Along the way, see the picturesque Nachalaot
  • Check-in to the Inbal in Jerusalem.
  • Free time to relax and prepare for Shabbat.

Friday/Shabbat evening options

  • Light Shabbat candles at hotel.
  • Attend the “Israeli Kabbalat Shabbat” service at the First Station Compound (begins at 5:00 pm, so it is also possible to continue to one of the other kabbalat options listed below).
  • 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 “Masorti Kotel“, where men and women can stand together.
  • OR:  Attend Friday night services at a local Jerusalem synagogue.
  • Festive Shabbat Dinner at hotel
  • Overnight: Inbal, Jerusalem

 

Saturday, 2 July – And on the Seventh Day… in Jerusalem

  • Shabbat morning services at local synagogues/minyanim (options and walking maps to be provided).
  • Shabbat Lunch at hotel
  • Free time to relax, explore the city on own and enjoy hotel pool.
  • Walking tour to the historic Montefiore Windmill to discover the first neighbourhood 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 ever found.
  • Havdalah with Rabbi Sagal.
  • Free evening.
  • Dinner on own.
  • Evening option: Watch the Night Spectacular Sound and Light Show at the Tower of David.
  • Overnight: Inbal, Jerusalem

 

Sunday, 3 July The Old City of Jerusalem – An Ancient Jewish Legacy

  • Briefing on Religious Pluralism in Israel and the Masorti (Conservative) Movement by Rabbi Andy Sacks, Deputy Director of the Masorti Movement.
  • Discover the archaeological story of the Western Wall and episodes of Jewish life in Jerusalem 2,000 years ago at Robinson’s Arch and the Southern Wall Excavations.
  • Walk through the Western Wall Tunnels to discover underground Jerusalem.
  • Lunch on own
  • Tour of Jewish Quarter including the Herodian Mansions, Cardo, Broad Wall and Rooftops followed by free time to shop and explore on own.

2nd Timers Options:

·      Synagogues of the Jewish Quarter, Tour includes visits to the Four Sephardic Synagogues, the restored Hurva Synagogue, the Karaite Museum. Then hear about the remarkable discoveries under the ruins of the Tiferet Yisrael Synagogue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Free evening
  • Dinner on own
  • Recommendation for the evening: Visit the First Station Compound, Jerusalem’s restored Ottoman railway station turned restaurant – cafe area.
  • Overnight: Inbal, Jerusalem

 

Monday, 4 July– Holocaust, Remembrance and Continuity

  • Update on Israeli and Middle East politics by Steve Linde, editor-in-chief of the Jerusalem Report and former editor of the Jerusalem Post.
  • Guided tour of Yad Vashem Israel’s national Holocaust memorial and museum, including the Historical Museum and Children’s Memorial.

2nd Timers Track at Yad Vashem – Holocaust Art

·      Guided tour of Yad Vashem Campus focusing on Holocaust art.  This track will examine both art created to memorialize different aspects of the Holocaust and art produced during the holocaust by its victims, including visits to the Museum of Holocaust Art, the Yad Vashem Synagogue and viewing sculpture installed at Yad Vashem.

 

  • Lunch on own.
  • Meaningful visit to the Herzl Cemetery to discover chapters in the history of Israel at the graves of Yitzhak Rabin, Golda Meir, Theodore Herzl and Hannah Senesch.
  • Engage in hands-on tzedakah at Pantry Packers or Yad Ezra Veshulamith preparing food packages for distribution to some of Israel’s neediest people.
  • Free evening
  • Dinner on own
  • Overnight: Inbal, Jerusalem

 

Tuesday, 5 July– Masada and the Dead Sea: Freedom Fighters or Fanatics?

  • 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?

2nd Timers Options: Ancient Jewish Communities of the Dead Sea Coast

·      Tour the ruins of Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found and hear about the ascetic sect which lived there 2,000 years ago.

·      Visit the ancient synagogue of Ein Gedi to see its fascinating mosaic floor with an oath than members swore to preserve the secret of the community

 

  • 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.
  • Time permitting:  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” (Genesis Land) for a Camel ride and biblical dinner before returning to Jerusalem.
  • Overnight:  Inbal, Jerusalem

 

Wednesday, 6 July – Wrapping Up

  • Visit Yad Lakashish, a unique employment project helping Jerusalem’s elderly, including a stop in its shop “where shopping is a mitzvah!”
  • Visit the Israel Museum to see the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Model of ancient Jerusalem in the first century.  Free time to explore additional exhibits on own.  Recommendations:  Modern Israeli art, Synagogue interiors in the Judaica Section and the Archaeology Wing.
  • 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!

 

Thursday, 7 July   Back in the USA

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

Tour Package Includes:

    • Deluxe accommodation, as per your itinerary
    • Touring and entrance fees, as per your itinerary
    • Meeting & assistance by your Israel Tours representative within the arrivals terminal at Ben Gurion Airport
    • One of Israel’s finest English-speaking licensed tour educators (guides), to be with you for the duration of the tour and give insight into this beautiful, spiritual land 
    • Deluxe air-conditioned, comfortable modern motor coach, featuring large panoramic windows, reclining seats, and foot rests
    • Professional, safety conscious bus driver
    • Professional Israel Tours education director, to ensure an extraordinary Israel experience
    • Professional  Israel Tours tour manager
    • Snack and 1 small bottle of mineral water upon arrival in Israel
    • Hostess at Jerusalem hotel, based on a minimum of 25 travelers
    • Porterage at airport and hotels

    Meals

          Breakfast daily at hotel

    • June 27- dinner at Maganda
    • June 29- Boat ride and dinner at Decks
    • June 30- IDF dinner 
    • July 1- Shabbat dinner at hotel
    • July 2- Shabbat lunch at hotel
    • July 5- lunch and Swim at Spaa Hotel Dead Sea
    • July 5- Camel ride & Biblical Dinner at Genesis Land              
    • July 6- farewell dinner at Medita rest.

    Print Application for Submission

    Land Only Package $4925 (Discounted rate for payment by check)

    Land and Air Package $6585

    Single Room Supplement – $1555 (Discounted rate payment by check)

    Land Only Package $5122 (Full cost for credit card payment)

    Land and Air Package $6848 (Full cost for credit card payment)

    Single Room Supplement $1617 (Full cost for credit card payment)

    Reduction
    3rd adult in room – $570

    Child, ages 2-12, as 3rd person in room – $800

    Bar/Bat Mitzvah child as 3rd person in room – $920