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Rabbi Michael Jay

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11 days touring with one of Israel’s top tour guides, escorted by Rabbi Jay. Touring in a Wi Fi enabled deluxe air conditioned motor coach. Special BBQ dinner with Israeli soldiers. Tour Tel Aviv including historic “Little Tel Aviv”, Neve Tzeddek, Independence Hall, Nahalat Binyamin

Join Exploring Israel with The Jewish Community Center of Long Beach Island Led by Rabbi Michael Jay

October 7 – 18, 20

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Sunday, 7 October

Depart USA on an over night flight to Israel:

Monday, 8 October

Going up into the Land (today‛s program depends on arrival time). Tour the alleys of Old Jaffa, the ancient port city once known as the Gate of Zion. Shekhiyanu-Welcome ceremony on top of Tel Jaffa overlooking modern Tel Aviv. Visit the Palmach Museum in Ramat Aviv to learn about the elite underground organization which played a critical role in founding the State of Israel. Check-in to the Dan Panorama Hotel on Tel Aviv's Mediterranean Coast. Welcome Dinner at Maganda Yemenite Restaurant. Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv

Tuesday, 9 October

The Hebrew City and the Jewish State - 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". At Independence Hall 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 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". Travel to Rehovot for a guided tour of the Ayalon Institute – An underground bullet factory used by Jewish forces before the founding of the State of Israel. Free time to swim in the Mediterranean Sea and enjoy beachside promenade. Free evening - Information will be provided about local culture and entertainment venues. Dinner on own. Overnight: Dan Panorama, Tel Aviv

Wednesday, 10 October

Cradles of Jewish Civilization in the Galilee - Depart for northern Israel. 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. or: Guided tour of the former Atlit Illegal Immigrant Detention Camp where the British held Holocaust refugees, who tried to enter the country "illegally". Then board an “illegal immigration ship" to watch a multimedia presentation about the heroic pre-State immigration. Lunch on own. 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. ITC Touch: Visit the studio of a Kabbalistic artist and hear how Jewish spirituality influences his work. Boat ride on the Sea of Galilee followed by a lakeside dinner at Decks Restaurant. Check–in to the Kibbutz Lavi Hotel on Kibbutz Lavi in the Galilee. Overnight: Kibbutz Lavi

Thursday, 11 October

Ancient and Modern Geopolitics and Israel's Finest - Learn about kibbutz life on a walking tour of Lavi led by a local kibbutznik. 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. Lunch on own. Tour to the Golan Heights for a perspective on Israel's complex geopolitics as we visit former Syrian bunkers overlooking Israel and strategic Mt. Bental. Wine tasting at the boutique Bahat Winery on Kibbutz Ein Zivan. 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: Kibbutz Lavi

Friday, 12 October

Across Israel: A Multicultural Jewish Society - Plant a tree in Israel in honor or in memory of a loved one. ITC Touch: 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. Lunch on own. Continue south through the Jordan Valley and ascend to Jerusalem. Shekhiyanu/Welcome ceremony overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem. 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 neighborhoods. Check-in to the Dan Panorama Hotel in Jerusalem. Free time to relax and prepare for Shabbat. 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 "Masorati Kotel", where men and women can stand together. OR: Attend Friday night services at a local Jerusalem synagogue. Festive Shabbat Dinner at hotel. Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Saturday, 13 October

And on the Seventh Day... in Jerusalem - Shabbat morning services at a local Conservative/Masorati synagogue, followed by Kiddush and an update about the Conservative/Masorati movement in Israel. Shabbat Lunch at the Fuchsberg Center for Conservative Judaism. Shabbat afternoon options: Walking tour to the historic Montefiore Windmill to discover the first neighbourhood built outside the walls of the Old City. Then continue to Ketef Hinnom, a First Temple period burial site where archaeologists discovered the oldest biblical text ever found. OR: Walking tour along the "Urban Line" the former Israeli-Jordanian ceasefire lines to hear about Jerusalem as a divided city between 1948-1967. Havdalah with Rabbi Jay. Free evening - Information will be provided about local culture and entertainment venues. 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

Sunday, 14 October

The Old City of Jerusalem – An Ancient Jewish Legacy - Please choose one of the following ancient Jerusalem touring options for the group: Explore the City of David, including its ancient water systems (without getting wet!), as we use the Bible and archaeology to decipher Jerusalem's ruins and uncover chapters in the city's past. AND/OR: 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. Visit the traditional prayer area of the Western Wall. Walk through the Western Wall Tunnels to discover underground Jerusalem. Lunch on own in the Jewish Quarter. Tour of Jewish Quarter including the Herodian Mansions, Broad Wall, Rooftops and Cardo followed by free time to shop and explore on own. Dinner on own in Mamilla Quarter Watch the Night Spectacular – Sound and light show at the Tower of David. Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Monday, 15 October

Masada and the Dead Sea: Freedom Fighters or Fanatics? - Set out across the Judean Desert to the Dead Sea region, passing en route Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Ascend Masada by cable car to tour the ruins of Herod's palace and the last outpost of Jewish independence. Celebrate an adult Bat Mitzvah ceremony with a Torah reading on top of Masada. 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 bathe in waterfalls and hear how David hid there from King Saul. Free evening - Information will be provided about local culture and entertainment venues. Dinner on own. Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Tuesday, 16 October

 Holocaust, Remembrance and Continuity - Guided tour of Yad Vashem Israel's national Holocaust memorial and museum, including the Holocaust History Museum and Children‛s Memorial. Lunch on own. See the world renown Chagall Windows at Hadassah Hospital. Meaningful visit to 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. Multimedia tour of the new Six Day War Heritage Museum at Ammunition Hill, the site of the fiercest battle in the Six Day War. Free evening - Information will be provided about local culture and entertainment venues. Dinner on own. Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Wednesday, 17 October

Wrapping Up and Departure - Visit Yad Lakashish, a unique employment project helping Jerusalem's elderly, including a stop in its shop "where shopping is a mitzvah!" Tour the Israel Museum to see the Dead Sea Scrolls in the Shrine of the Book and the Model of Jerusalem in the first century. Free time to explore additional exhibitions on own – Recommendations: Modern Israeli art, Synagogue interiors in the Judaica section and the Archaeology Wing. Remainder of afternoon free to explore on own and get in last minute shopping. Late check out. Farewell Dinner at Olive and Fish Restaurant. Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport – See you again soon!

Thursday, 18 October

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

Trip costs and reductions Discounted price for check payment: Land Only Package $3595 *Air and Land Package $4910 Discounted price for check payment for Single Room Supplement: $1195 Full price for credit card payment Land Only Package $3739 *Air and Land Package $5106 Full price for credit card payment for Single Room Supplement: $1243 Reduction for 3rd adult in room: subtract $340 Added to the costs above are tips for Guide, Driver, Restaurants and Poterage $190 Tour price is based on minimum of 15 participants

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    ROOMS: Prices are based on double occupancy. Single rooms are available at a supplementary cost of $1195 ck payment $1243 credit card payment. TAXES: Airport tax and fuel surcharge are included in the ticket price when ticketed. TIPPING: Tips for guides and drivers are not included in tour price: $180.00 per person INSURANCE: Insurance is not included in the tour price. We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance. Please note that we cannot accept responsibility for any losses or expenses, which you or any member of your party may incur as a result of failing to secure adequate coverage. MEDICAL CONDITION: ITC is not responsible for any medical conditions that may occur during or prior to the tour. We offer Group travel/health insurance including coverage of preexisting conditions Please check our website for coverage details CANCELLATION: All cancellations must be in writing to us and must be signed by the person who made the original reservation. Cancellations are only effective from the day they are received by us. No refunds are issued for cancellations received after the date the tour departs. Penalties will apply. If you cancel your tour, cancellation fees and penalties will be deducted from your refund or deposit. Cancellation fees will apply to all deposit checks. (Airline penalties could be equal to the total cost of the ticket.) Cancellation fees apply to each person. MINIMUM FEE OF $ 100.00 PER.PERSON. FOR ANY CANCELLATION PRIOR TO DEPARTURE PRIOR TO DEPARTURE CANCELLATION FEE $300.00 per person $400.00 per person No Refund 90 - 80 Days 79 – 69 Days 68 Days or less *Plus any penalties applied by airlines, hotels and tour operators. BAGGAGE: Luggage is the responsibility of the passenger and that of the airlines. For lost luggage claims, the passenger is responsible for notifying the airline directly. SEAT ASSIGNMENTS: There is no advanced seat selection for tour departures; however, we will try to meet individual requests upon availability. Three hours advance arrival to the airport is necessary to ensure adequate time for check in. RESPONSIBILITY FOR FLIGHT AND PASSENGER ACCOMMODATIONS AND SERVICES: ITC is responsible for making all arrangements for tour services offered in the itinerary. The airlines, hotels, land operators and other suppliers providing services are independent contractors and not agents, employees or associates of ITC. Acceptance and confirmation of your reservation is at the discretion of the airlines even after full payment has been made. ITC, Rabbi Michael Jay, JCC of LBI assume no responsibility or liability in connection with the service of an aircraft, motor coach, taxi, or other conveyances, which may be used in the performance of its duty to the passengers. All vouchers and other documents for services issued by the company are subject to the terms and conditions specified by the suppliers and to the laws of the country where services are supplied. If the tour services as indicated by the itinerary cannot be supplied or there are changes in the itinerary for reasons beyond the control of ITC, we will arrange for provision of comparable services. ITC reserves the right to make changes in the itinerary whenever ITC deems it necessary to the comfort, convenience and safety of the participant at any time. The participant agrees that ITC shall not be liable for any changes in flight schedules, delays, weather conditions, damages, losses (including personal injuries, death and property losses) or expenses occasioned by acts or omissions of any person, including suppliers providing services, or for any acts of war, insurrection, revolts, or other civil uprisings, military actions, strikes, or acts of G‐d occurring either in the country of origin, through passage or destination. No person other than an authorized representative of ITC by written consent is authorized to vary, add or waive any term or condition in this agreement. The right is reserved to decline to accept or retain any tour passenger should such person’s health or general deportment impede the operation of the tour to the detriment of the other tour passengers. PASSPORTS AND VISAS: Each passenger participant must have a valid passport. Please make sure the expiration date is at least 6 months past your date of return. IMMUNIZATIONS: No immunization shots or vaccinations are required at present, unless otherwise noted. NOTE: The sequence of activities in the itinerary may change or be reversed some may be omitted due to circumstances beyond our control. Pricing is subject to change until the trip is paid in full. Signature(s):_______________________________/________________________________Date:________________ My (our) signature(s) indicate(s) that I (we) have read and agree to the Terms and Conditions included with this trip package.