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Israel Tour / We are joining Temple Beth Shalom Returns to Israel on a Multi-generational Family Adventure Led by Rabbi Geoffrey & Karen Spector & Leah Beker February 13–23, 2020

We are joining Temple Beth Shalom Returns to Israel on a Multi-generational Family Adventure Led by Rabbi Geoffrey & Karen Spector & Leah Beker February 13–23, 2020

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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, become part of the daily life in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Visit the Ayalon Institute underground bullet factory, Old Jaffa, New Israel Innovation Center, Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, Nachalat Binyamin, Israeli Shabbat, “Aliyah Bet” Memorial in London Square, Tel Aviv Port, Havdallah with Rabbi Spector, Israel Air Force Musuem,


Thursday, February 13

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Friday, February 14

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 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”. Check in to the Carlton Hotel on Tel Aviv's Mediterranean Coast. Friday/Shabbat evening service options: To be determined with Rabbi Spector. Shabbat Welcome Dinner at hotel Overnight: Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv

Shabbat/Saturday, February 15

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 who 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 stroll along beachside Promenade and watch Tel Aviv's residents folkdance, play raquetball and enjoy Shabbat afternoon by the sea. Havdallah with Rabbi Spector 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, February 16

Southern Exposure: Defense and Innovation in the Negev Travel to the northern 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 (in moadon with kosher catering organized by kibbutz). 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

Monday, February 17

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 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 the Ramot Resort Hotel overlooking the Sea of Galilee. Dinner at hotel. Overnight: Ramot Resort Hotel

Tuesday, February 18

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. 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. Chocolate making workshop at the De Karina Chocolate Factory. 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: Ramot Resort Hotel

Wednesday, February 19

Renewers of Jewish Life in Ancient and Modern Times Visit the Atlit detention camp where the British held Holocaust refugees caught trying to enter Eretz Yisrael “illegally”. Experience a high-tech laser presentation about the heroic pre-State immigration aboard an “illegal immigration ship”. Travel to Zichron Yaakov, an early Zionist pioneering community. Lunch and wine tasting at the Tishbi Winery. Lunch speaker: 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 your own. Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem

Thursday, February 20

The Old City of Jerusalem: An Ancient Jewish Legacy Discover the archaeological story of the Western Wall and episodes from rabbinic texts while standing where Jewish pilgrims walked 2,000 years ago at Robinson's Arch and the Southern Wall Excavations – Hear about a new discovery connected to the Channukah Story. Option to hold B'nai Mitzvah ceremony at the Masorti Kotel, the egalitarian section of the Western Wall near Robinson's Arch. 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, February 21

Holocaust, Remembrance and Continuity Guided tour of Yad Vashem Israel's national Holocaust memorial and museum, including the Historical Museum and Children’s Memorial. 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. 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, February 22

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. Late afternoon walking tour to the historic Montefiore Windmill to discover the first neighbourhood built outside the walls of the Old City. Havdallah with Rabbi Spector. Farewell dinner at Olive and Fish Restaurant. Late Check-out. Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport – See you again soon!

Sunday, February 23

Arrive in USA Begin planning your next Israel trip with Rabbi Spector and ITC Tours!

Land Only Package $4195 Discounted rate for payment by check;
Land and *air package is estimated at $5415 Discounted rate for payment by check
Single Room Supplement $1260 Discounted rate payment by check
Land only Package $4365 Full cost for credit card payment
Land and *air $5632 Full cost for credit card payment
Single Room Supplement $1310 Full cost for credit card payment

Reductions Child, age 2‐12: $650 as a third in a room Bar/Bat Mitzvah, 12‐13: $850 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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