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Explore Israel with Beth Am Israel Led by Rabbi David Ackerman and Hazzan Harold Messinger January 24 – February 5, 2021 | Israel Tour
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Israel Tour / Explore Israel with Beth Am Israel Led by Rabbi David Ackerman and Hazzan Harold Messinger January 24 – February 5, 2021

Explore Israel with Beth Am Israel Led by Rabbi David Ackerman and Hazzan Harold Messinger January 24 – February 5, 2021

per person

Your custom itinerary includes many of Israel’s marvels: Old Jaffa, Mediterranean Coast, Old City of Acco
Old City of Jerusalem, both Jewish and Christian sites • Yad Vashem Israel’s national Holocaust memorial, Mt Herzl Cemetery Friday night services/Kabbalat Shabbat at Kehillat Zion with Rabbi Tamar Elad Appelbaum

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Sunday, 24 January

Depart USA
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Monday, 25 January – Going up into the Land

  • Arrive in Israel to be met and assisted by your ITC representative (today’s program depends on arrival time)
  • Tour the alleys of Old Jaffa, the ancient port city once known as the Zion GateShekhiyanu-Welcome ceremony on top of Tel Jaffa overlooking modern Tel Aviv.
  • Lunch at Café Yafo near the Jaffa Flea Market which has become a hip dining and café area.
  • Walking tour of the historic Neve Tzeddek neighbourhood, once home to Zionist cultural pioneers Eliezer Ben Yehuda, S. Y. Agnon and Rabbi Kook, which 25 years after its founding gave birth to Tel Aviv - The first Hebrew city in 2,000 years.
  • 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.
  • Check-in to the Dan Panorama Hotel Hotel on Tel Aviv's Mediterranean Coast.
  • Free time to rest and enjoy beachside Promenade.
  • Welcome dinner at Maganda Restaurant in Tel Aviv's old  Yemenite Quarter.
Overnight: Tal Hotel, Tel Aviv
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Tuesday, 26 January – Art, Architecture and Markets in Tel Aviv

  • Architectural walking tour to see Bauhaus style buildings for which Central Tel Aviv's "White City" was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Visit the new Israeli Innovation Center located in the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange to learn how Israel became the Start Up Nation.
  • Discover Tel Aviv's remarkable street art on a graffiti tour of the hip Florentine neighborhoodThe Soho of Israel.
  • Tasting tour of the colorful Levinsky Market.
  • Dinner on own
  • Overnight: Tal Hotel, Tel Aviv
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Wednesday, 27 January – Cradles of Jewish Civilization in the Galilee

  • Tour the ruins of Caesarea, including its Roman Theater, Promontory Palace, Hippodrome and Amphitheater.
  • ITC Touch: Learn about a rabbinic debate over Jews attending gladiator games.
  • Visit Givat Haviva's International School to hear about its efforts to cultivate leadership, social entrpreneurship and Arab-Jewish understanding.
  • Lunch at Givat Haviva.
  • Visit Yemin Orde, an amazing youth village helping underprivileged immigrant youth, especially members of the Ethiopian Israeli community.
  • Tour of the Old City of Acco:  Venture beneath the streets of Old Acco to explore the Crusader Knights Halls.  Then wander through its marketplaces to its picturesque port and hear about the medieval Jewish thinkers who passed through Acco.
  • Return to Tel Aviv.
  • Free evening
  • Dinner on own
  • Overnight: Tal Hotel, Tel Aviv
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Thursday, 28 January – The Old City of Jerusalem:  An Ancient Jewish Legacy

  • Travel to Jerusalem through the biblical Ayalon Valley.
  • Look out over the Old City of Jerusalem and Temple Mount, the ‘Holy Basin’ from Mt. Scopus.
  • Explore the City of David, including its ancient water systems (without getting wet), using the Bible and archaeology to make Jerusalem's stones tell the story of the city's ancient past.
  • OR: 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 – Hear about a new discovery connected to the Chanukah story.
  • Visit the traditional prayer area of the Western Wall.
  • Lunch on own in the Jewish Quarter.
  • Tour of the Jewish Quarter including the Cardo, Broad Wall and Rooftops.
  • Check-in to the Prima Kings Hotel or Dan Panorama Hotel in Jerusalem.
  • Free evening
  • Dinner on own
  • Overnight: Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem
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Friday, 29 January – Holocaust, Remembrance and Continuity

  • Tour of Yad Vashem Israel's national Holocaust memorial, including a moving visit to the Children’s Memorial, followed by a tour of the Holocaust History Museum.
  • Lunch on own
  • Meaningful visit to Mt Herzl Cemetery to discover chapters in the history of Israel while vidsiting the graves of Yitzhak Rabin, Golda Meir, Theodore Herzl, Hannah Senesch and Mike Levin.
  • Free time to relax and prepare for Shabbat.
  • Friday night services/Kabbalat Shabbat at Kehillat Zion with Rabbi Tamar Elad Appelbaum.
  • Festive Shabbat Dinner at hotel
  • Overnight: Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem
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Saturday, 30 January – And on the Seventh Day…in Jerusalem

  • Shabbat morning services at the synagogue of your choice (Recommendations and directions will be provided).
  • Traditional Shabbat Lunch at hotel
  • Walking tour of the Chrisian Quarter, including the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and a portion of the Via Dolorosa.
  • Havdalah with Rabbi Ackerman and Hazzan Messinger
  • Dinner on own.
  • Recommendation for the evening:  Check out the First Station Cempound – Jerusalem's old Ottoman Train Station which has been converted into a restaurant-café area.
  • Overnight: Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem
 
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Sunday, 31 January – Holocaust, Remembrance and Continuity

  • Geopolitical Briefing by Steve Linde, editor-in-chief of the Jerusalem Report (and former editor-in-chief of the Jerusalem Post).
  • Visit the mixed bilingual Arab-Jewish Hand in Hand School, which is helping to foster better understanding between Jews ansd Arabs.
  • Tasting tour of the bustling Machane Yehuda Market to discover Jerusalem's many flavors from East and West.
  • Lunch on own, if still hungry
  • Guided tour of the new Hebrew Music Museum in downtown Jerusalem's Nachalat Shiva neighborhood to learn about the history of Jewish music from biblical times and through seven different regions of the Diaspora.
  • Free evenng
  • Dinner on own
  • Recommendation for the evening:  Stay in downtown Jerusalem for dinner or coffee and dessert at one of the cafés in adjacent Music Square and listen to an open air performance.  Then check out the nearby Ben Yehuda Street Pedestrian Mall.
  • Overnight: Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem
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Monday, 1 February – Defense and Pioneering in the Western Negev

  • Travel to the western Negev.
  • Meet Nira and Zohar Shpach, Josh Ackerman's adopted family on Kibbutz Kfar Aza.
  • Visit Kibbutz Alumim to meet with a local kibbutznik and hear first-hand about living on the Gaza border, pioneering in the Negev and kibbutz as a community.
  • Meet Esther Marcus, a member of Alumim and close friend of the Ackerman family, who wrote a children's book to help children cope with the trauma of experiencing rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip.
  • Lunch with Nashim Mevashlot – The Cooks of Netivot, a women's economic empowerment project and great gastronomic experience.
  • Update on projects and progress in Netivot the Philadelphia's P2K Partnership community.
  • Travel to the Negev Highlands.
  • Check-in to the Ramon Inn in Mitzpe Ramon.
  • Dinner at hotel
  • Overnight: Ramon Inn, Mitzpe Ramon
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Tuesday, 2 February – Negev Highlands: Primeval Desert Beauty

  • Learn about the natural history of the region at the multimedia Makhtesh Ramon Visitors Center dedicated to fallen Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon.
  • Explore Makhtesh Ramon (Ramon Crater) on foot and by jeep to discover magnificant desert landscapes and a fascinating window into the earth's past.
  • Travel to the Arava Valley.
  • Lunch on Kibbutz Ketura
  • Tour of Kibbutz Ketura during which you will see the first photovaoltaic solar field in Israel (cleaned by robots); the Off Grid Village, which demonstrates sustainable building techniques and alternative energy technoloy and Metushelach – The only palm tree in the world which sprouted from a 2,000 year old pit discovered in the Masada excavations.
  • Visit the Arava Institute on Kibbutz Ketura to hear about its work in the field of environmental studies and its diverse student body, which includes Israelis, Jordanians and Palestinians.
  • Return to Mitzpe Ramon
  • Dinner at Hotel
Overnight:  Ramon Inn, Mitzpe Ramon
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Wednesday, 3 February

  • Tour of Avdat an ancient Nabatean city and caravan station on the "Spice Route" from Arabia to the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Walk in the beautiful white canyon of Ein Avdat springs in the Zin Valley.
  • Lunch on own
  • ITC Touch: Encounter with a traditional Bedouin community in the Negev Highlands for a "non-touristy" Bedouin tourism experience hear about how social change is impacting on their community and the meaning of "unrecognized" villages.
  • Dinner at hotel.
Overnight:  Ramon Inn, Mitzpe Ramon
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Thursday, 4 February – Vision and Development in the Negev

  • Tour of David Ben Gurion's House on Kibbutz Sde Boker to learn about his vision for developing the Negev.
  • Lunch on own
  • Hear about Ethiopian Jewry’s Aliyah and the realities of their absorption in Israel on a tour of Ethiopian neighborhoods in Beer Sheba with Naftali Aklum.
  • Travel to the western Negev
  • Tour of an exotic orchard, followed by a gourmet farewell dinner at Ora’s Yard on Moshav Kfar Maimon.  Taste their home-made liqueurs and jams.  Hear your hosts' moving immigration stories.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport – See you again soon!
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Friday, 5 February – Arrive in USA

  • Begin planning your next Israel trip with Rabbi Ackerman,  Hazzan Messinger and ITC Tours!

$3355 Land Only Package (Discounted rate for payment by check)
$4435 Land and *Air Package (Estimated discounted rate for payment by check)
$940 Single Room Supplement (Discounted rate payment by check)
$3489 Land Only Package (Full cost for credit card payment)
$4612 Land and *Air Package (Estimated full cost for credit card payment)
$978 Single Room Supplement (Full cost for credit card payment) Reduction
Adult 3rd in room - $200

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