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Israel Tour / We are Joining Temple B’nai Torah’s Family Tour of Israel July 1-12, 2020

We are Joining Temple B’nai Torah’s Family Tour of Israel July 1-12, 2020

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Tour highlights: Ayalon Institute underground bullet factory, Shehekhiyanu/Welcome ceremony on top of Tel Jaffa, Israel Innovation Center, Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, Beit Guvrin, Hands on archaeological excavation Dig, Nachalat Binyamin Crafts Fair, Carmel Market and Sheinken Street, Friday evening services.


Wednesday, 1 July

Depart USA

Thursday, 2 July – Going up into the Land

  • Morning arrival in Israel to be met and assisted by your ITC representative (today’s program depends on arrival time).
  • Guided tour of the Ayalon Institute – An underground bullet factory in Rehovot 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.
  • Shehekhiyanu/Welcome ceremony on top of 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 Hi-tech Start-Ups in fields such as medicine, security, aero-space, agriculture and alternative energy.
  • Check-in to the Dan Panorama Hotel on Tel Aviv's Mediterranean Coast.
  • Welcome dinner at Maganda Restaurant in Tel Aviv’s old Yemenite Quarter.
  • Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv

Friday, 3 July – Digging Up the Past and Celebrating the Present

  • Drive to Beit Guvrin in the Judean Lowlands, crossing enroute the biblical Elah Valley, where David and Goliath
  • Dig up Israel's past by participating in a hands on archaeological excavation with Dig for a Day in Beit Guvrin National Park.
  • Lunch on your own and free time to explore the Nachalat Binyamin Crafts Fair. 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 in the Mediterranean Sea and get ready for Shabbat.
  • Friday evening servicesIsraeli Kabbalat Shabbat by the sea in Tel Aviv Port.
  • Festive Shabbat Dinner at hotel
  • Overnight:  Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv

Shabbat/Saturday, 4 July – And on the Seventh Day…in Tel Aviv

  • Optional Shabbat morning services – TBD with Rabbi Bar-nahum and Cantor Timman.
  • Walking tour of historic "Little Tel Aviv" - Discover the quaint Neve Tzeddek neighbourhood that gave birth to 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.
  • Stand in front of Independence Hall on Rothschild Boulevard where David Ben Gurion declared the new State of Israel.  Then hear about the establishment of Tel Aviv standing at the Founders' Monument and see the Bauhaus architecture for which central Tel Aviv was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Lunch on own
  • 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.
  • Free time to swim, explore on your own and watch Tel Aviv's residents folkdance, play raquetball, walk the promenade and enjoy Shabbat afternoon by the sea.
  • Havdallah with Rabbi Bar-Nahum and Cantor Timman
  • Free evening
  • Dinner on own
Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv

Sunday, 5 July – Romans, Pioneers, Mystics and Artists

  • Depart for northern Israel.
  • Engage in hands on tzedakah preparing food packages for distribution to some of Israel's neediest people at Leket’s Logistical Center in Ra’anana.
  • Tour the ruins of Caesarea, including its Roman Theater, Amphitheater, Hippodrome and Promontory Palace.  Ponder a rabbinic debate over Jews attending gladiator games.  Hear the story of Hanna Senesh and her poem Walking to Caesarea, better known as the song Eli, Eli.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Explore mystical Tzfat, cradle of Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism) in the 16th Visit its old synagogues and picturesque alleyways.  Then discover the origins of our Friday night service in the city where Lecha Dodi was written.
  • Free time to explore shops and galeries on own.
  • Visit the studio of local kabbalistic artist Avraham Lowenthal and hear how Jewish spirituality influences his work.
  • Check–in to the Kibbutz Lavi Hotel on Kibbutz Lavi in the Galilee.
  • Dinner at hotel
  • Overnight: Kibbutz Lavi

Monday, 6 July – Ancient and Modern Geopolitics and Israel's Finest

  • Plant a tree in Israel to commemorate your visit and honor a loved one.
  • Walk in the lush Tel Dan Nature Reserve, one of the sources of the Jordan River, where you'll discover biblical intrigue and one of the oldest arches in the world.
  • Kayak down the Jordan River – Great way to cool off on a hot day.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Tour the Golan Heights for a special perspective on Israel's complex geopolitics as we visit former Syrian bunkers overlooking Israel and then look out from the peak of strategic Bental.
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.
  • OR: Taste wines and liqueurs at the boutique Bahat 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 human face of the Israeli army.
  • Overnight: Kibbutz Lavi

Tuesday, 7 July – Across Israel: Many Faces of the Jewish People

  • Tour of Lavi led by a local kibbutznik to hear about kibbutz life.
  • Visit Kinneret Cemetery, final of resting place of early Zionist thinkers and pioneers, to hear their stories and the songs and poetry of Naomi Shemer and Rachel the poetess.
  • Discover Ethiopian Jewish culture at the Germachin Center in Beit Shean.  Hear the personal story of  Chava Almo, Germachin Center's director and who made aliyah as a young girl through Operation Moses and learn about some of the challenges facing the Ethiopian Israeli community today.
  • Lunch on own
  • Continue south through the Jordan Valley and ascend to Jerusalem.
  • Look out over the Old City of Jerusalem and Temple Mount from Scopus.
  • Visit the Western Wall and connect to an ancient Jewish legacy.
  • Walk through the Western Wall Tunnels to discover underground Jerusalem.
  • Tour of Jewish Quarter including the Cardo, Broad Wall and Rooftops followed by free time to shop and explore on own.
  • Check-in to the Dan Panorama Hotel in Jerusalem.
  • Free evening
  • Dinner on own
  • Recommendation: Check out the Machane Yehuda Market which transforms in the evening from a bustling traditional marketplace to a hip food court.
Overnight:  Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Wednesday, 8 July – Masada and the Dead Sea: Freedom Fighters or Fanatics?

  • Set out early across the Judean Desert and ascend Masada by cable car to tour the ruins of Herod's palace and the last outpost of Jewish independence. Discussion: Which Jewish Legacy – Masada or Yavne?
  • Swim in the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth, at a local resort.  The resort also has a fresh water pool and spa facilities.  Massage and spa treatments available by prior reservation at own expense.
  • Lunch at Dead Sea resort.
  • Time permitting:  Walk in Ein Gedi Nature Reserve opportunity to bath in waterfalls and hear how David hid there from King Saul.
  • Stop off at "Abraham's Tent" for a Camel ride and biblical hospitality before returning to Jerusalem.
  • Dinner on own.
  • Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Thursday, 9 July – The Old City of Jerusalem: Jewish Legacies in Jerusalem

  • Visit Yad Lakashish, a unique employment program for Jerusalem's elderly citizens and meet its senior Visit its gift shop where "shopping is a mitzvah".
  • Option: B'nai Mitzvah Ceremony at the egalitarian Masorti Kotel (near Robinson's Arch) to connect a Jewish past with a Jewish future.
  • Discover the archaeological story of the Western Wall and episodes from the ruins of 1st century Jerusalem at Robinson's Arch and the Southern Wall Excavations.
  • Lunch at Between the Arches Restaurant.
  • Explore the City of David using the Bible and archaeology to make Jerusalem's stones tell the story of the city's ancient past.  Wade through Hezekiah's Tunnel – A still flowing ancient water system that saved the city of Jerusalem 2,700 years ago (dry option available).
  • Dinner on own in Mamilla Quarter
  • Watch the Night Spectacular – Sound and Light Show at the Tower of David.
  • Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Friday, 10 July – Holocaust, Remembrance and Continuity

  • Briefing on Israeli and Middle East Politics by Steve Linde, editor-in-chief of the Jerusalem Report (and former editor-in-chief of the Jerusalem Post).
  • Tour of Yad Vashem - Israel's national Holocaust memorial and museum, including the Historical Museum and Children’s Memorial. (Children under age 10 are not permitted in Yad Vashem's historical museum).
  • Alternate for younger children: Visit Jerusalem's Biblical Zoo, where you'll see animals which lived in Israel during biblical times. (Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Zoo visit not included in the tour price).
  • Meaningful visit to the Mt. Herzl Cemetery to discover chapters in the history of Israel at the graves of Yitzhak Rabin, Golda Meir, Theordore Herzl and Hannah Senesch.
  • Lunch on own
  • Explore the bustling Machane Yehuda Market and take in a slice of local life as you see Jerusalemites prepare for Shabbat. On the way, see the nearby picturesque Nachalaot
  • Free time to relax and prepare for Shabbat.
    Friday/Shabbat evening options:
    • Attend Friday night services at Kol Haneshama, a local Reform congregation.
    • Join hundreds of other Jews from around the world to Greet the Sabbath at the Western Wall. Option to join the new egalitarian Kabbalat Shabbat minyan at the Masorti Kotel, where men and women can pray together (begins at 6:00 pm).
    • OR:  Attend the musical "Israeli Kabbalat Shabbat" service at the First Station Compound (begins at 5:00 pm).
    • Festive Shabbat Dinner at hotel
    • Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Shabbat/Saturday, 11 July – And on the Seventh Day…in Jerusalem

  • Optional Shabbat morning services at a Hebrew Union College.
  • Briefing by a representative of IRAC, the public and legal advocacy wing of the Reform Movement in Israel on religious pluralism in Israel.
  • Lunch on own
  • Tour of the Israel Museum to see the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Model of Ancient Jerusalem, followed by free time to explore additional exhibits on own.  Our recommendations:  Modern Israeli art, Synagogue interiors in the Judaica Section and the Archaeology Wing.
  • See the Knesset Menorah, a remarkable bronze sculpture depicting scenes from the Bible and Jewish history.
  • Late afternoon walking tour to the historic Montefiore Windmill to discover the first neighbourhood built outside the walls of the Old City.
  • AND/OR:  Walking tour to First Temple period burial site at Ketef Hinnom – Where archaeologists discovered the oldest biblical text ever found.
  • Havdalah with Rabbi Bar-Nahum and Cantor Timman.
  • Late Check out.
  • Farewell Dinner at Olive and Fish Restaurant.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport – See you again soon!

Sunday, 12 July – Arrive in USA

  • Begin planning your next Israel trip with Rabbi Bar-Nahum and Cantor Timman and ITC Tours!

Optional Eilat-Petra Extension July 12 - 15, 2020


Sunday, 12 July – Eilat on the Red Sea

  • Morning airport transfer for domestic flight to Eilat.
  • Descend into a Red Sea coral reef at Eilat's Underwater Observatory where 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 Panorama Hotel, Eilat
  • Dinner on own
  • Overnight:  Dan Panorama Hotel, Eilat

Tuesday, 13 July – The Wonders of Petra

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

Wednesday, 14 July – Red Sea Delight

  • Red Sea Sail - Board a touring yacht at the Eilat marina for a leisurely cruise and lunch on the Red Sea. Snorkeling equipment is available for a closer look with the most exquisite coral reefs and tropical fish to be found in the world.
  • Return to Eilat.
  • Evening domestic flight to Ben Gurion Airport.
Check-in for U.S. flight at Ben Gurion Airport Terminal 3

Thursday, 15 July - Arrive in USA

  • Begin planning your next Israel trip with Rabbi Bar-Nahum and Cantor Timman and ITC Tours!

$3995 Land Only Package (Discounted rate for payment by check)
$5545 Land and *Air Package (Estimated discounted rate for payment by check)
$1180 Single Room Supplement (Discounted rate payment by check)
$4155 Land Only Package (Full cost for credit card payment)
$5768 Land and *Air Package (Estimated full cost for credit card payment)
$1399 Single Room Supplement (Full cost for credit card payment)
Adult 3rd in room – $425
Child up to 12: 3 rd in room - $490
Bar/Bat Mitzvah child 3 rd in room - $550
Reduction for 3rd and 4th child sharing Quad with parents – $300

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