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Israel Tour / We are joining Temple Beth Shalom Returns to Israel – On a Multi-generational Family Vacation August 21–September 1, 2019

We are joining Temple Beth Shalom Returns to Israel – On a Multi-generational Family Vacation August 21–September 1, 2019

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Join Temple Beth Shalom’s family Israel trip where you can walk through the tunnels under the Old City, float in the Dead Sea, and become part of the daily life in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. History has never been so exciting. Explore Israel’s spiritual aura and traditions with your Rabbi and Leah!

We are joining Temple Beth Shalo Returns to Israel – On a Multi-generational Family Vacation

August 21–September 1, 2019

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Wednesday, August 21

Depart USA

Thursday, August 22 Going up into the Land

Early morning arrival in Israel to be met and assisted by your ITC representative. Guided tour of the Ayalon Institute in Rehovot – an underground bullet factory used by Jewish forces before the founding of the State of Israel. 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. Shehekhianu/ Welcome ceremony on top of ancient Tel Jaffa overlooking modern Tel Aviv. 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 own. Check in to the Carlton Hotel on Tel Aviv’s Mediterranean Coast. Free time to swim in the Mediterranean Sea and enjoy beach side Promenade. Welcome Dinner at Maganda Restaurant in Tel Aviv’s old Yemenite Quarter. Overnight: Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv

Friday, August 23 A New City and A Nation Reborn

Multimedia tour of the Palmach Museum to learn about the elite underground organization which played a critical role in founding the State of Israel. Visit the new We Hereby Declare presentation in the Shalom Towers to relive David Ben Gurion declaring the new State of Israel. 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 and experience Tel Aviv's young lively spirit. While there checkout the nearby Carmel Market and bohemian Sheinkin Street – All Three of these Tel Aviv icons meet at the “Magen David Junction”. Free time to swim, relax and get ready for Shabbat. Friday evening services: Israeli Kabbalat Shabbat by the sea in Tel Aviv Port. Festive Shabbat dinner at hotel. Overnight: Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv

Shabbat/Saturday, August 24 And on the Seventh Day....in Tel Aviv

Shabbat morning services at Havurat Tel Aviv, a local Tel Aviv Masorti (Conservative) synagogue. Traditional Shabbat Lunch at Hotel. 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. OR: Walking tour to Tel Aviv Port, along the way learn about Chaim Arlozorov, a forgotten visionary Zionist leader once considered only second to Ben Gurion and then hear about the pilots that ‘saved’ Tel Aviv during the War of Independence. Free time to swim, enjoy the beach and watch Tel Aviv's residents folk-dance, play raquetball, walk the Promenade and enjoy Shabbat afternoon by the sea. Havdallah. Free evening. Dinner on own Evening Option: Enjoy an evening of music, great food and comedy at punchline (additional fee). Overnight: Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv

Sunday, August 25 – Southern Exposure: Defense and Innovation in the Negev

Guided tour of the Israel Air Force Musuem on Hatzerim Air Force Base. Tour of Kibbutz Hatzerim – Producers of Israel's famous drip irrigation systems to hear about kibbutz society and the changes it is facing in the 21st century. Lunch at Kibbutz Hatzerim.Camel rides and explanation about traditional Bedouin culture at Kfar Hanokdim.Travel to the Dead Sea region. Check-in to Herods Dead Sea Hotel. Swim in the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth, at the hotel’s private beach. The hotel also has a fresh water pool and spa facilities. Massage and spa treatments available by prior reservation at own expense. Dinner at hotel. Overnight: Herods Dead Sea Hotel, Dead Sea

Monday, August 26 Masada and Ein Gedi

Ascend Masada by cable car to tour the ruins of Herod's palace and the last outpost of Jewish independence 2,000 years ago: Discussion: Which Jewish Legacy – Masada or Yavne? Who were our ancesters? What decision did they make? Option to hold B'nai Mitzvah ceremony on top of Masada. Walk in Ein Gedi Nature Reserve with the opportunity to bathe in waterfalls and hear how David hid there from King Saul. Lunch on own. Travel north through Jordan Valley to Beit Shean. Discover Ethiopian Jewish culture at the Germachin Center in Beit Shean. Hear a personal account of this community's modern day Exodus story and about the challenges facing the Ethiopian Israeli community today. Check-in to Setai Hotel on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. Free time to swim in Sea of Galilee and enjoy hotel facilities. Dinner at hotel Overnight: Setai Hotel, Sea of Galilee

Tuesday, August 27 The Mystical City of Tzfat and the Strategic Golan Heights

Tour mystical Tzfat's old synagogues and picturesque alleyways. Tzfat was the cradle of Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism) in the 16th century. Judaism's Friday night service, Kabbalat Shabbat, and the hymn Lecha Dodi originated in Tzfat a that time. Followed by free time to shop and explore on own. Raft or Kayak down the Jordan River – Great way to cool off on a hot day. Tour of the strategic Golan Heights to visit bunkers where the Syrian army used to look down at Israel below. Then look out from the peak of Mt. Bental to gain a special perspective on Israel's complex geopolitics. Please choose one of the following two “touring and tasting” options. Both located on nearby Kibbutz Ein Zivan (Possibility of splitting the group): Chocolate making workshop at the De Karina Chocolate Factory. Wine tasting at the boutique Pelter Winery. BBQ dinner with young Israeli soldiers who are giving some of the best years of their lives to the defense of Israel – Meet the Israeli army's human side. Return to Sea of Galilee Overnight: Setai Hotel, Sea of Galilee.

Wednesday, August 28 Renewers of Jewish Life in Ancient and Modern Times

Part of morning at leisure to swim in the Sea of Galilee and enjoy the Setai's luxurious facilities. 11:00am Check out of the Setai Hotel. Travel to Zichron Yaakov, an early Zionist pioneering community. Lunch on own. Encounter with Rabbi Elisha Wolfin, spiritual
leader of V'Ahavta, the Zichron Yaakov Masorati (Conservative) congregation. 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. Check in to the Inbal Hotel in Jerusalem. Free evening. Dinner on own Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem

Thursday, August 29 The Old City of Jerusalem: An Ancient Jewish Legacy

Explore the City of David, using the Bible and archaeology to decipher Jerusalem's ruins and uncover chapters in the city's past – Including wading through Hezekiah's Tunnel, an ancient water system that saved Jerusalem 2,700 years ago (bathing suits, water shoes and flashlights required; dry option available). Lunch on own in Jewish Quarter. Guided tour of Jewish Quarter including the Herodian Quarter, Hurva Synagogue, Cardo and Rooftop lookout followed by free time to shop and explore on own. Multimedia tour of the new Six Day War Heritage Museum at Ammunition Hill, the site of the fiercest battle in the Six Day War. Dinner on own Watch the Night Spectacular – Sound and light show at the Tower of David. Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem

Friday, August 30 Holocaust, Remembrance and Continuity

Guided tour of Yad Vashem Israel's national Holocaust memorial and museum, including the Historical Museum and Children's Memorial. -2nd Timers Option: Multimedia tour of the Menachem Begin Museum to see its presentation on the history of Israel as seen through the life of Menachem Begin. Visit Ketef Hinom – A First Temple Period Jewish burial site on the grounds of the Begin Center where the oldest biblical text ever found was discovered. Lunch on own. Explore the bustling Machane Yehuda Market and take in a slice of local life as you see Jerusalemites prepare for Shabbat. See the picturesque Nachalaot neighborhoods along the way. Free time to relax, enjoy the hotel pool and prepare for Shabbat. Friday evening/Erev Shabbat 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, Jerusalem

Saturday/Shabbat, August 31 And on the Seventh Day... in Jerusalem

Shabbat morning services at a choice of local synagogues (Suggestions and walking directions will be provided). Traditional Shabbat Lunch at hotel. Free time to relax and enjoy hotel pool. Late afternoon walking tour to the historic Montefiore Windmill to discover the first neighbourhood built outside the walls of the Old City. Havdallah. Farewell dinner at hotel. Late Check-out. Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport – See you again soon!

Sunday, September 1

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  • Land Only Package $4495 Discounted rate for payment by check;
Land and *air package is estimated at $5945 Discounted rate for payment by check
Single Room Supplement $1680 Discounted rate payment by check
Land only Package $4675 Full cost for credit card payment
Land and *air package is estimated at $6183 Full cost for credit card payment
Single Room Supplement $1748 Full cost for credit card payment
Reductions Child, age 2‐12: $700 as a third in a room
Bar/Bat Mitzvah, 12‐13: $950 third in a triple room
Third & Fourth Child: $200 sharing room in quad with parents
Added to above Tips for guide, driver, restaurants and porterage $190.00 payment by check

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