We are Joining Temple Shalom’s Multi-Generational Israel Experience
Led by Rabbi Jay Sherwood
June 14–26, 2023
Don’t miss out! Space is still available.
Wednesday, June 14
We will depart from Denver International Airport as we begin our journey to Israel.
Thursday, June 15
Welcome to Israel! After gathering our luggage and clearing customs at Ben Gurion International Airport, we will board our luxury tour bus and head to Old Jaffa. Arrival time permitting, we will tour the alleys of this ancient port city. From the ancient Tel Jaffa we will share a Shehecheyanu blessing as we look toward the beaches and hotels of modern Tel Aviv. Our first “taste” of Israel will be a l’chaim at Milk & Honey Distillery, Israel’s first single malt whiskey distillery. That evening we will dine at Maganda, one of the oldest restaurants in the Yemenite Quarter of Tel Aviv – come hungry because this is a multi-course Yemenite feast. Hotel: Dan Panorama Tel Aviv
Friday, June 16
After our first Israeli hotel breakfast (they are great!) we will take a short drive 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. As we return to Tel Aviv we will go back in time to the room where it happened, hearing David Ben Gurion and Israel’s Declaration of Independence at Israel’s Independence
Hall. From there it is just a short distance to Magen David Square, your center point to explore three of the greatest street scenes in Tel Aviv – the amazing Arts
& Crafts Fair on Nahalat Binyamin (every Tuesday & Friday since 1987); the sights, smells, and tastes of Shuk HaCarmel (lunch on your own – many great choices!); and the bohemian stores and cafes of Shenkin Street (check out the Bauhaus architecture). Our afternoon ends with a Graffiti Tour in the hip Florentine neighborhood that will give us some insight into issues of contemporary Israeli society. Then take a little free time to time to swim in the Mediterranean Sea or the hotel pool and get ready for Shabbat. Our Kabbalat Shabbat service on the beach we will be followed by the scrumptious Dan Panorama Shabbat dinner buffet. Hotel: Dan Panorama Tel Aviv
Saturday, June 17
On Shabbat morning we will attend services at Kehila Neve Tzedek, a local Conservative synagogue. In the afternoon we will enjoy a walking tour of the historic Neve Tzeddek neighborhood of Tel Aviv, the “first Hebrew city in 2,000 years” and learn about some of its illustrious former residents, such as Eliezer Ben Yehuda and S.Y. Agnon.
Along the way we will cool off from the summer heat at Golda, home of some of Israel’s best handmade ice cream (ice cream and lunch this day are on your own). Lunch
on own. Then you are free to enjoy the rest of Shabbat afternoon sitting on beach, checking out the local activities and swimming in the Mediterranean Sea. In the evening we come together for a musical Havdalah service on
the beach with Rabbi Jay before enjoying dinner on your own during your free evening in Tel Aviv or Jaffa. Don’t forget to ask Rabbi Jay or our tour guide for restaurant recommendations. Hotel: Dan Panorama Tel Aviv.
Sunday, June 18
This morning we make our way down to the desert, marveling at the changing landscape along the way. We will see the fulfillment of David Ben-Gurion’s dream to “make the desert bloom” by discovering hi-tech agriculture on the Salad Trail on Moshav Talmei Yosef. Along our desert travels we will stop at Moshav Yeted to meet
local sculptor Yaron Bob, who creates works of art out of Kassam rockets that have fallen in the region. We will then enjoy a Bedouin lunch and hospitality after riding camels at Khan Hashayarot. On our way to our Dead Sea hotel we will stop to pay tribute to Israel’s first Prime Minister at the Tomb of David & Paula Ben-Gurion near Sde Boker, with a breathtaking view of the Tzin Valley. Changed to Khan Hashayarot. Dinner that night will be at our seaside hotel in Ein Bokek, at the Dead Sea. Hotel: Isrotel Dead Sea
Monday, June 19
This morning we explore the mountaintop fortress of Masada, once Herod’s palace and then the last outpost
of Jewish independence 2,000 years ago. Adventurous travelers can join Rabbi Jay for the pre-sunrise hike to
the top (extra fee for early morning transportation), while those who want to sleep in will join Lisa on the cable car after breakfast. After descending on the cable car there will be lunch on own followed by a walk in Ein Gedi Nature Reserve to bathe under waterfalls and hear how David hid there from King Saul. In the afternoon you are free
to swim in the Dead Sea and enjoy the hotel’s pool and spa facilities. Massage and spa treatments are available by prior reservation at your own expense. We will dine together at the hotel. Hotel: Isrotel Dead Sea
Tuesday, June 20
Today we drive northward along the Israeli-Jordanian border and the Great Rift Valley. With a quick stop at Qumran,
we will look over some of the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Arriving in Beit Shean, we will discover Ethiopian Jewish culture at the Germachin Center, hearing stories of the Ethiopian Israeli community before dining on a traditional Ethiopian Jewish lunch. Continuing
to the Sea of Galilee, we visit the Kinneret Cemetery, final resting place of early Zionist thinkers and pioneers,
as well as Rachel the Poetess and treasured songwriter Naomi Shemer. Time permitting, we will visit the ancient synagogue at Hamat Tiberias and discover why its 1,500 years mosaic floor features a wheel of the zodiac. Before dinner we will share a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, then we dine al fresco on the coast of the Sea of Galilee
at Decks Restaurant. Our evening ends as Rabbi Jay Sherwood presents a Moonlight Concert of classic Israeli folk music while you relax on the beach of the Sea of Galilee. Hotel: Nof Ginosar Hotel, Sea of Galilee
Wednesday, June 21
Today we explore the old synagogues and picturesque alleys of Mystical Tzfat, the cradle of Kabbalah in the 16th century. Today, its artist colony is home to talented micrography painters, Tzfat Candle Factory artisans, and much more. After lunch on your own in Tzfat, it’s time to get wet as we kayak down the tributaries of the Jordan River. Then we climb the Golan Heights, exploring Israel’s complex geopolitics as we see former Syrian bunkers overlooking Israel and strategic Mt. Bental. A guided tour of the boutique Bahat Winery includes wine tasting before an Israeli barbeque dinner with young Israeli soldiers, who will share stories of their experiences as the serve in protecting the Jewish State. Hotel: Nof Ginosar Hotel, Sea of Galilee
Thursday, June 22
Today we make our way from the Galilee region to Jerusalem. Along the way we make spice mixtures with Arab women at a Zaatar making workshop run by the Sindiyana of the Galilee fair trade organization in the village of Kfar Cana. Included is a great opportunity to sample local olive oil. Lunch and free time to browse
on your own on the pedestrian thoroughfare in Zichron Yaakov, an early Zionist pioneering community. We travel to Jerusalem on the Trans-Israel Highway – viewing and discussing the early battles for control of Jerusalem as well as Israel’s modern Security Fence en route. Get your first “taste” of Jerusalem with a walking/tasting tour of the famous Mahane Yehuda market. Dinner is on your own as you are free to stroll on the pedestrian mall at Ben Yehuda Street or explore other neighborhoods in Jerusalem. Hotel: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem
Friday, June 23
We begin the morning overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem and Temple Mount from the Haas Promenade. Then we make our way down to the City of David passing through ancient stones on the way to wading through Hezekiah’s Tunnel – a still flowing ancient water system that saved the city of Jerusalem 2,700 years ago (dry option available). We then enter the Old City and take time to offer prayers at the Western Wall. We will tour the Jewish Quarter including the Cardo, Broad Wall and Rooftops followed by free time to shop and explore on your own. After some free time to relax and prepare for Shabbat, we will attend Shabbat evening services at Kol Haneshama, a local Reform synagogue. Then we enjoy a festive Shabbat Dinner at hotel. Hotel: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem
Saturday, June 24
On Shabbat morning you can attend services at your choice of local synagogues or Western Wall (directions
and recommendations will be provided). After a traditional Shabbat lunch at the hotel, we will visit the Israel Museum to see the Dead Sea Scrolls in the Shrine of the Book and the Model of Jerusalem in the first century. There
will be some free time to explore additional exhibitions on own (Recommendations: Modern Israeli art, Synagogue interiors in the Judaica section, the Archaeology Wing, and the outdoor Sculpture Garden). The rest of the day you may take time to relax by the hotel pool or explore more of Jerusalem on your own. After Havdalah with Rabbi Jay at the historic Montefiore Windmill, you have a free evening for dinner on your own. We recommend a visit to the First Station Compound, Jerusalem’s restored Ottoman railway station turned restaurant – cafe area. Hotel: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem
Sunday, June 25
Today we remember those who died in the Holocaust as we tour Yad Vashem, Israel’s National Holocaust Memorial and Museum, including the Holocaust History Museum and Children’s Memorial. (extra fee for alternate program (Biblical Zoo) for children under age 10 who are not permitted in Yad Vashem’s historical museum). Lunch on your own at the Yad Vashem restaurant, then a meaningful visit to Mt. Herzl Cemetery to discover chapters in the history of Israel while visiting the graves of Yitzhak Rabin, Golda Meir, Theodor Herzl and Hannah Senesch. Then we walk through the Western Wall Tunnels to discover underground Jerusalem. Finally, we say goodbye
to Israel with a Farewell Dinner featuring mezze and other Mediterranean delights at Medita Restaurant. After dinner we transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for our flight home.
Monday, June 26
Arrival in the USA – time to begin planning your next Israel trip with Rabbi Jay and Lisa Sherwood and Israel Tours and World Travel!
Tour Package Includes:
Hotels: Dan Panorama, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem; Isrotel Dead Sea; and Kibbutz Nof Ginosar Hotel, Sea of Galilee
All Breakfasts, 2 Friday night “Shabbat” Dinners, 1 Shabbat Lunch, 5 Weekday dinners and lunches as per itinerary
Touring with Rabbi Jay Sherwood and one of Israel’s Top Tour Guide educators in a WiFi enabled deluxe touring Motor Coach
A Few Tour Highlights:
Shehecheyanu blessing as we look toward the beaches and hotels of modern Tel Aviv.
Our first “taste” of Israel will be a l’chaim at Milk & Honey Distillery, Israel’s first single malt whiskey distillery.
Drive to the Ayalon Institute, an underground bullet factory used by Jewish forces before the founding of the State of Israel.
Magen David Square, your center point to explore three of the greatest street scenes in Tel Aviv – the amazing Arts & Crafts Fair.
On Shabbat morning we will attend services at Kehila Neve Tzedek, a local Conservative synagogue in historic Neve Tzeddek.
We will then enjoy Bedouin hospitality after riding camels at Khan Hashayarot on our way to our Dead Sea.
Pay tribute to Israel’s first Prime Minister at the Tomb of David and Paula Ben-Gurion near Sde Boker.
Arriving in Beit Shean, we discover Ethiopian Jewish culture at the Germachin Center, hearing stories of the Ethiopian imagration.
Then we climb the Golan Heights, exploring Israel’s complex geopolitics as we see former Syrian bunkers overlooking Israel.
Guided tour of the boutique Bahat Winery includes wine tasting before an Israeli barbeque dinner with young Israeli soldiers.
Learn to make spice mixtures with Arab women at a Zaatar making workshop run by the Sindiyana of the Galilee Fair Trade
Old City of Jerusalem and Temple Mount from the Haas Promenade, make our way down to the City of David passing through
ancient stones on the way to wading through Hezekiah’s Tunnel visit the Israel Museum to see the Dead Sea Scrolls in the Shrine
of the Book and the Model of Jerusalem in the first century.
Havdalah with Rabbi Jay at the historic Montefiore Windmill.
Yad Vashem, Israel’s National Holocaust Memorial and Museum, including the Holocaust History Museum and Children’s Memorial.
And so much more!
Discounted price for check payment
Land Only Package – $4995
Land and Air Package – TBA
Single Room Supplement – $1480
Trip Costs and Reductions
Full price for credit card payment
Land Only Package – $5195
Land and Air Package – TBA
Single Room Supplement – $1540