Temple Emanu-El of Westfield
December 21-31, 2017
Payment in Full by Credit Card
Land Only: $3,385/person (double room) Single Room Supplement: $1,378 Discounted payment in Full by Check
Land Only: $3255/person (double room) Single Room Supplement: $1,325
Tips (guide, driver, restaurants, portage) are added to the the above cost in the amount of $190.
Third Person in a Triple Room: Subtract $600
Child up to age 12 as third in a Triple Room: Subtract $650 Bar/Bat Mitzvah Child as third in a Room: Subtract $760 Third and Fourth Child in a Quad Room: Subtract $215
Thursday, 21 December – Depart USA on an overnight flight from Newark NJ to Tel Aviv Israel
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 to the 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
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. Zoo visit not included in the tour price). 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 Jerusalem synagogue. Festive Shabbat Dinner at hotel. Overnight: Inbal Hotel,
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!