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We are joining Temple Etz Chaim's Exploring Israel Adventure Led by Rabbi Richard and Linda Spiegel June 14–25, 2020 | Israel Tour
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Israel Tour / We are joining Temple Etz Chaim’s Exploring Israel Adventure Led by Rabbi Richard and Linda Spiegel June 14–25, 2020

We are joining Temple Etz Chaim’s Exploring Israel Adventure Led by Rabbi Richard and Linda Spiegel June 14–25, 2020

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A Few Tour Highlights:
• Shekhiyanu-Welcome ceremony on top of Tel Jaffa overlooking modern Tel Aviv
• Visit the Palmach Museum in Ramat Aviv
• Nachalat Binyamin crafts fair, checkout the nearby Carmel Market and bohemian Sheinkin Street
• Visit the new Israel Innovation Center located in the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange to learn how Israel became the Start up Nation


Sunday, June 14

Depart USA

Monday, June 15 – Going up into the Land

Arrive in Israel to be met and assisted by your ITC representative. Tour the alleys of
Old Jaffa, the ancient port city once known as the Gate of Zion.
Shekhiyanu-Welcome ceremony on top ofTel Jaffa overlooking modern Tel Aviv
Check-in to the Carlton Hotel on Tel Aviv's Mediterranean Coast Free time to swim in the Mediterranean Seaand enjoy beach side Promenade Welcome dinner at Goshen Restaurant Overnight: Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv

Tuesday, June 16 – The Hebrew City and the Jewish State

Visit the Palmach Museum in Ramat Avivfor a multimedia presentation about the elite underground organization that played a critical role in founding the State of Israel Hear about the establishment of Tel Aviv standing at the Founders' Monument then stroll down Rothschild Boulevard to view the Bauhaus architecture for which central Tel Aviv was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site Visit the new Israel Innovation Centerlocated in the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange to learn how Israel became the Start up Nation Lunch on your own and free time to explore the Nahalat Binyamin crafts fair Travel to Rehovot for a guided tour of theAyalon Institute – an underground bullet factory used by Jewish forces before the founding of the State of Israel Free time to swim in the Mediterranean Seaand enjoy beach side Promenade Free evening Dinner on own Overnight: Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv

Depart for northern Israel Visit the ruins of Caesarea, including its Roman Theater, Amphitheater, Hippodrome and Promontory Palace.Ponder a rabbinic debate over Jews attending gladiator games. Wade through an ancient water tunnel which one fed Caesarea's aqueducts at Park AlonaLunch on own Look out over the greater Haifa region from the top of the Bahai Gardens Travel to Rosh Hanikra in the northwest corner of Israel Descend by cable car to explore the Grottos of Rosh Hanikra – Beautiful sea caves formed by the forces of wind and water. Check in to the Sea of Galilee followed by dinner at Decks Restaurant.
Boat ride on the Sea of Galilee followed by dinner at Decks Restaurant
• Overnight: Leonardo Plaza, Tiberias

Thursday, June 18 – Mystics, Geopolitics and Israel's Finest

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 Dodioriginated in Tzfat at that time.
Glassblowing demonstration in the studio of a local artist – Hear about the influence of Jewish spirituality on her art. Lunch on own Raft or Kayak down the Jordan River – Great way to cool off on a hot day
Time permitting: 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 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.ITC Touch: Barbeque dinner with young Israeli soldiers who are giving some of the best years of their lives to the defense of Israel Overnight: Leonardo Plaza, Tiberias

Friday, June 19 – Across Israel: A Multicultural Jewish Society

Tour the Roman ruins of Beit Shean – A splendid city of the Decapolis. Hear how the rabbis of the Mishna related to the Roman theater and bathhouse. • Visit Bio-Bee on Kibbutz Sde Eliahu, world leaders in organic agriculture to hear how they are using very effectively biological pest control, rather than toxic pesticides to protect their crops • Lunch at Sde Eliahu • Continue south through the Jordan Valley • Check in to Leonardo Plaza Hotel, Jerusalem• Free time to relax and prepare for Shabbat Friday/Shabbat evenings options: • Join hundreds of other Jews from around the world to Greet the Sabbath at the Western Wall. Then celebrate our own service facing the wall. Festive Shabbat Dinner at hotel • Overnight: Leonardo Plaza Hotel, Jerusalem

Shabbat/Saturday, June 20 – And on theSeventh Day....in Jerusalem

Shabbat morning services at a local synagogue of your choice • Shabbat Lunch at hotel • Afternoon walking tour to Jaffa Gate and the Christian Quarter, including theChurch of the Holy Sepulcher to appreciate Jerusalem's multicultural character • Havdalah with Rabbi Spiegel • Free evening • Dinner on own • Recommendation: Visit the Ben Yehuda Street Pedestrian Mall • Overnight: Leonardo Plaza Hotel, Jerusalem

Sunday, June 21 – Masada and the Dead Sea: Freedom Fighters or Fanatics?

Set out across the Judean Desert and ascendMasada 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? Who were our ancestors? What decision did they make? • Swim in the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth, at a local resort hotel. The resort also has a fresh water pool and spa facilities. Massage and spa treatments available at own expense by prior reservation.
Lunch at Dead Sea resort Time permitting: Walk in Ein Gedi Nature Reserve opportunity to bathe in waterfalls and hear how David hid there from King Saul Stop off for a camel ride and a biblical dinner at Abraham's Tent Overnight: Leonardo Plaza Hotel, Jerusalem

Monday, June 22 – The Old City of Jerusalem: An Ancient Jewish Legacy

B'nai Mitzvah Ceremony at the Masorati Kotel,the egalitarian section of the Western Wall, to connect a Jewish past with a Jewish future 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 Archand the Southern Wall Excavations Festive B'nai Mitzvah lunch at Between the Arches restaurant Tour of the Western Wall Tunnels to discover underground Jerusalem Tour of the Jewish Quarter including theCardo, Broad Wall, Hurva Synagogue and Rooftops followed by free time to shop and explore on own Dinner on own in Jerusalem's Mamilla QuarterWatch the Night Spectacular – Sound and light show at the Tower of DavidOvernight: Leonardo Plaza Hotel, Jerusalem

Tuesday, June 23 – Holocaust, Remembrance and Continuity

Visit Yad Lakashish, a unique employment program for Jerusalem's elderly citizens and meet its senior artisans. Visit its gift shop where "shopping is a mitzvah". Yad Vashem - Israel's national Holocaust memorial and museum, including the Holocaust History Museum and Children's Memorial. Alternate program 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 ) Lunch on own Meaningful visit to the adjacent Mt Herzl Cemetery to discover chapters in the history of Israel while visiting the graves of Yitzhak Rabin, Golda Meir, Theordore Herzl and Hannah Senesch Tasting tour of the Machane Yehuda Marketto discover Jewish cuisine from East and West Dinner on own, if still hungry Overnight: Leonardo Plaza Hotel, Jerusalem

Wednesday, June 24 – Underground Adventure and Wrapping Up

Drive to Beit Guvrin in the Judean Lowlands,crossing en route the biblical Elah Valley, where David and Goliath fought Dig up Israel's past by participating in a real hands on archaeological excavation with Dig for a Day in a cave in Beit Guvrin National Park Return to Jerusalem – Lunch on own Visit to the Israel Museum to see the Dead Sea Scrolls in the Shrine of the Book and theModel of Jerusalem in the Second Temple Period (1st Century) Return to hotel to freshing-up after dig Remainder of afternoon free, as time permitsLate check-out Farewell dinner at Medita RestaurantTransfer to Ben Gurion Airport

Thursday, June 25

Arrive in USA

$4395 Land Only Package (Discounted rate for payment by check)
$6355 Land and *Air Package (Estimated discounted rate for payment by check)
$1350 Single Room Supplement (Discounted rate payment by check)
$4570 Land Only Package (Full cost for credit card payment)
$6606 Land and *Air Package (Estimated full cost for credit card payment)
$1405 Single Room Supplement (Full cost for credit card payment)
Adult 3rd in room – $270
Child up to 12: 3 rd in room - $500
Bar/Bat Mitzvah child 3 rd in room - $650
Reduction for 3rd and 4th child sharing Quad with parents – $300

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