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We are joining Israel: Food, Wine and Creativity A Unique Tour with Beth David Synagogue Led by Rabbi Joshua Ben Gideon ‐ June 11 – 23, 2020 | Israel Tour
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Israel Tour / We are joining Israel: Food, Wine and Creativity A Unique Tour with Beth David Synagogue Led by Rabbi Joshua Ben Gideon ‐ June 11 – 23, 2020

We are joining Israel: Food, Wine and Creativity A Unique Tour with Beth David Synagogue Led by Rabbi Joshua Ben Gideon ‐ June 11 – 23, 2020

per person

Shabbat on a picturesque getaway in the North of Israel featuring local foods and wines. Uplifting and spiritual experiences that connect us to each other and to the people and food of Israel. Incredible regional and local delicacies! Indulge in all the specialties and treats that Israel has to offer on a culinary tour


Thursday, June 11

Depart USA

Friday, 12 June – Going up into the Land

  • Arrive inIsrael to be met and assisted by your ITC representative. (Today’s program depends on arrival time).
  • Travel to Galilee.
  • Explore the ruins of Tzipporito see the most sophisticated ancient mosaic pavements in Israel in the city where Rabbi Judah Hanasi sealed the Mishna, including Mona Lisa of the Galilee,Nile Flood Festival, an Amazon Warrior and Orpheus, who looks like King David (?).  Then ponder why its ancient synagogue's mosaic floor features a wheel of the zodiac.
  • Lunch at Goats with the Wind, a picturesque goat farm and organic cheese maker in
the heart of the Lower Galilee, described as "a Temple built for cheese".
  • Check in to the Kfar Blum Hotelin the Galilee Panhandleby the Jordan River.
  • Welcoming Shabbat– Friday evening services to be determined with Rabbi
Ben Gideon.
  • Shabbat evening services – To be determined with Rabbi Ben Gideon.
  • Festive Shabbat Welcome Dinnerat hotel
  • Overnight:  Kfar Blum Hotel

Shabbat/Saturday, 13 June–And on the Seventh Day…in Tel Aviv

  • Shabbat morning services–To be determined with Rabbi Ben Gideon.
  • Traditional Shabbat Lunchat Hotel.
  • Day at leisure to relax, recover from travel and enjoy the hotel's pool.
  • Havdallahwith Rabbi Ben Gideon
  • Dinner at hotel
  • Overnight:  Kfar Blum Hotel

Sunday, 14 June–Off the Beaten Track in the Golan Heights

  • Look out over the ruins of Gamlain the southern Golan Heights, Masada of the north,and hear about the battle there between Romans and Jewish rebels 2,000 years ago and,hopefully, see rare griffon vultures soaring overhead.
  • Visit the ancient synagogue of Um El Kanatir in theGolan Heights, where sophisticated digital technology to reconstruct the ancient building.
  • Lunch on own
  • Chocolate making workshop at the De Karina Chocolate Factoryon Kibbutz Ein Zivan.
  • Time permittng:  Look out at  the Syrian border from the top of Mt. Bentalto appreciate Israel complex geopolitics.
  • BBQdinner with young Israeli soldiers who are giving some of the best years of their lives to the defense of Israel – Meet the human face of the Israeli army.
  • Overnight: Kfar Blum Hotel

Monday, 15 June– Across Israel:  Many Faces of the Jewish People

  • Encounter with Arab women through a zaatar (spice) making workshoprun by the Sindiana of the Galilee fair trade organization in the village of Kfar Cana.
  • Visit to the Tulip Wineryin Kfar Tikva(Kiryat Tivon).  The Tulip Winery combines wine making with social responsibility.  The Tulip Winery is located in Kfar Tikva, a community for people with special needs, and integrates local residents in the production of fine wines.
  • Lunch and Druze hospitality at Nora's Kitchen in the village of Dalyat El Carmelon Mt. Carmel- Hear a Druze women speak about her community.
  • Guided tour of the Ein Hod Artists Colonystudios and galleries led by a local artist.
  • Travel to Tel Aviv.
  • Check in to the Crowne Plaza Hotel onTel Aviv's Mediterranean Coast.
  • Free evening
  • Dinner on own
  • Overnight: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Tel Aviv

Tuesday, 16 June – Tel Aviv:  Neighborhoods, Innovation, Art and Markets

  • Walking tour of historic "Little Tel Aviv" - Discover the quaint Neve Tzeddekneighbourhood 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: SeeCity of Sand and Sea,a mosaic fountain created by artist and writer Nachum Gutman portraying scenes from the history of Jaffa and Tel Aviv.
  • Visit the new Israeli Innovation Center located in the Tel Aviv Stock Exchangeto learn how Israel became the Start Up Nation.
  • Tasting tour of the colorful Levinsky Marketto add some spiceto the day.
  • Lunch on own, if hungry
  • Discover Tel Aviv's remarkable street art on a graffiti tourof the hip Florentine neighborhoodThe Soho of Israel.
  • Dinner at GoshenRestaurant.
  • Overnight: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Tel Aviv

Wednesday, 17 June– Creative Tel Aviv

  • Guided tour of the Rubin Museumto learn about the pioneering Israeli artist Reuven Rubin. Then look at neighboring Bialik House(exterior), home of the late poet Chaim Nahman Bialik to see its unique etrog shaped dome.
  • 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 hown in Schindler's List.  After immigrating to Israel, he pioneered Israeli animated film and produced forged documents for the Mossad.
  • Fashion tour led by specialist guide to discover emerging talents and creative energies visiting designers studios and boutiques that have made Tel Aviv an important force in the international fashion industry.
  • Option:  Prepare your own kosher dinner with the chefs at the Cooking Studio in Tel Aviv.  (Offered for an additonal fee).
  • AND/OR:  Tel Aviv night life tourto experience the city that never stops.
  • Overnight: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Tel Aviv

Thursday, 18 June– Coexistence in Jerusalem, Food and Wine in Judean Lowlands

  • Guided tour of the Michal Negrin Factory in Bat Yam to learn about the lifestory and creative work of this leading Israeli designer.
  • Travel to the Judean Lowlands (Shfelah).
  • Hands on decorative arts workshop "Everyone was born an Artist" at Kakadustudio and gallery on Moshav Tzafririm.
  • Traditional Kurdish meat lunch at Habayit Shel Osnaton Moshav Agur.
  • Wine tasting and discussion with vintner Shuki Yashuvat the Agur Winery.
  • 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:  Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Friday,19 June – Hidden Sites in the Jewish Quarter and Judean Hills

  • Tour less visited sites in the Jewish Quarter: TheIsraelite Tower, a 2,600 year old "archaeological puzzle" beneath the modern day neighborhood, the restored Hurva Synagogue,Karaite Museumand hear about the remarkable new discoveries under the ruins of the Tiferet Yisrael Synagogue.
  • Free time to shop and explore on own.
  • Lunch on own
  • See theScrolls of Fire Memorial (Megilat Haesh) in the Judean Hillswest of Jerusalem.  The Scrolls of Fire is a large bronze sculpture by Nathan Rappaport, who also created the Warsaw Ghetto Memorial, depicting the history of the Jewish people from Holocaust to Redemption.
  • Hike to the ancient agricultural site at theSataf Springsto explore its water tunnel (optional) and learn Jewish texts that grew out of the landscapeWhat does "man is the image of his native land" mean?
  • Free time to relax and prepare for Shabbat.
  • Friday night servicesat Zion Congregation, a Masorti (Conservative) synagogueled by dynamic Rabbi Tamar Elad Appelbaum in Jerusalem's Baka
  • Festive Shabbat Dinnerat hotel – Lone Soldiers invited,subject to availability.
Overnight:  Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Shabbat/Saturday, 20 June – And on the Seventh Day…in Jerusalem

  • Shabbat morning servicesat a Shira Hadasha Synagogue, a liberal Orthodox congregation where women play a significant role in leading services.
  • Traditional Shabbat Lunchat hotel
  • Shabbat afternoon options:
Late afternoon walking tour to First Temple period burial site at Ketef Hinnom,where archaeologists discovered the oldest biblical text ever found.
  • ORAfternoon walking tour to Jaffa Gateand the Christian Quarter, including theChurch of the Holy Sepulcher, a segment of the Via Dolorosa and Deir Es-Sultan(the Ethiopian monastic compound on the Church of the Holy Sepulcher's roof).
  • Havdalah with Rabbi Ben Gideon.
  • Dinner on own
  • Recommendation:  Dinner and/or drinks at Hatch Brewpub – A boutique micro brewery and eccentric kosher meat restaurant in the Machane Yehuda Market(28 Haegoz Street).
  • Overnight:  Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Sunday, 21 June–Jerusalem: The City Beyond the Walls

  • Tour the quaint Nachalaot neighborhoodsto discover a world of Jewish history,folklore and ethnicity just blocks from downtown Jerusalem.
  • Visit Russel's Bakery, an artisan bakery and hear from the bakers about producing handcrafted sourdough bread that is "both healthy and tasty".
  • Tasting tourof the bustling Machane Yehuda Marketto discover Jewish delicacies from east and west.
  • Guided tour of the new Hebrew Music Museum in downtown Jerusalem's Nachalat Shivaneighborhood to learn about the history of Jewish music from biblical times and through seven different regions of the Diaspora.
  • Dinner on own
  • Shuk Doors Tourin the Machane Yehuda Marketto see Solomon Souza's colorful paintings on the doors of market stalls. The paintings can only be viewed at night when the market is closed.
  • Cap the evening with drink(s) at Casino de Paris, a hip trendy bar in the Machane Yehuda Marketwith a great atmosphere, and occasionally live music.
Overnight:  Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Monday, 22 June– Modern History and Contemporary Challenges

  • Humous and Baklawa making workshopat the Ya’arim Hoteloverlooking the village of Abu GoshThe Humous capital of Israel.
  • Visit Yvell, a jewelry factory just outside of Jerusalem, where Ethiopian Jewish immigrants are trained for trades in jewelry making.
  • 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!
Overnight at Dan Panorama Hotel Jerusalem for persons on Eilat-Petra extension.

Tuesday, 23 June  –Arrive in USA

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

Optional Eilat/Petra Extension June 23 – 26, 2020


Tuesday, 23 June– Eilat on the Red Sea

  • Morning airport transfer for domestic flight to Eilat(new Ramon Airport).
  • Descend into a Red Sea coral reefat Eilat's Underwater Observatorywhere you look out the window at the surrounding marine life.  Continue exploring Eilat's remarkable undersea world at the obesrvatory's aquarium.
  • Lunch on own
  • Check-in to Dan Eilat Hotel, Eilat
  • Dinner on own
  • Overnight:  Dan Hotel, Eilat

Wednesday, 24 June–The Wonders of Petra

  • Early departure for Petrato explore the amazing red sandstone structures carved by the ancient Nabateans.  Enter Jordan at the Arava Crossingand travel to Petraby bus (approx. 2.5 hours). Tour its Treasury ("Khaznieh"), Roman theatre, impressive caves and rock formations of this Nabatean City.Buffet lunch included.
  • Dinneron own
  • Overnight:  Dan Eilat Hotel, Eilat

Thursday, 25 June–Red Sea Delight

  • Red Sea Sail- Board a touring yachtat the Eilat marina for a leisurely cruise and lunch on the Red Sea. Snorkelingequipment is available for a closer look at some of the most exquisite coral reefsand tropical fish in the world.
  • Evening domestic flight to Ben Gurion Airport.
Check-in for U.S. flight at Ben Gurion Airport Terminal 3

Friday, 26 June –Arrive in USA

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

Land Only Package *$4495 Discounted rate payment by check;
Land and Air Package**$6095 Discounted rate payment by check;
Single Room Supplement $1345 Discounted rate payment by check
Land only Package *$4675 Full cost for credit card payment
Land and Air Package **$6339 Full cost for credit card payment
Single Room Supplement $1399 Full cost for credit card payment
Reduction 3rd adult in room $290
Eilat Extension*** $1577 Discounted rate payment by check
Eilat Extension*** $1640 Full cost for credit card payment
Eilat Single Supplement $550 Discounted Rate payment by check
Eilat Single Supplement $572 Full cost for credit card payment

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