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Israel Tour / We are Joining Marlboro Jewish Center’s Family Israel Adventure Led by Rabbi Rabbi Michael Pont October 29 – November 8, 2020

We are Joining Marlboro Jewish Center’s Family Israel Adventure Led by Rabbi Rabbi Michael Pont October 29 – November 8, 2020

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Shekhiyanu-Welcome blessing on top of Tel Jaffa overlooking modern Tel Aviv
• Tour Old Jaffa, ancient port city known as Zion Gate where Jonah tried to flee and where Solomon brought the Cedars of Lebanon
• Israel Innovation Center located in the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange to learn how Israel became the Start Up Nation
• Explore the Nachalat Binyamin Crafts Fair, checkout Carmel Market and bohemian Sheinkin Street at “Magen David Junction”


Thursday, October 29

Depart USA

Friday, October 30

Going up into the Land
  • Early 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 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.
  • Relive David Ben Gurion declaring the new State of Israel at Independence Hall, then 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. 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 Dan Panorama Hotel on Tel Aviv's Mediterranean Coast.
  • Free time to get ready for Shabbat.
  • Welcoming Shabbat – Friday evening services: To be determined with Rabbi Pont.
  • Festive Shabbat Dinner at hotel
  • Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv

Shabbat/Saturday, October 31

And on the Seventh Day....in Tel Aviv
  • Shabbat morning services at Neve Schechter Masorati (Conservative) synagogue.
  • Walking tour of historic "Little Tel Aviv" - Discover the quaint Neve Tzedek neighbourhood that gave birth to the "first Hebrew city in 2,000 years", once home to Zionist cultural pioneers Eliezer Ben Yehuda, S. Y. Agnon and Rabbi Kook.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Free time to swim (weather permitting), 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 Pont
  • Free evening
  • Dinner on own
  • Recommendation for the evening: Check out the Sarona neighborhood, a new restaurant-café and shopping area in the recently restored fomer German colony.
  • Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv

Sunday, November 1

Cradles of Jewish Civilization in the Galilee
  • Depart for northern Israel.
  • Visit the JNF sponsored Makom Artists Community in the development town of Afula. Makom promotes art and culture in the local school system and has created a number of arts based businesses in Afula. JNF aguest speaker Shosh Mitzman presented the Makom Artist Community at Marlboro Jewish Center’s Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israel Independence Day) this past spring.
  • Explore Tzippori and study a Jewish text in the ruins of the city where Rabbi Judah Hanasi sealed the Mishna. Discover its magnificent mosaics, including Mona Lisa of the Galilee and ponder why an ancient synagogue's floor features a wheel of the zodiac.
  • Lunch on own
  • Tour the old synagogues and picturesque alleys of Tzfat, cradle of Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism) in the 16th century. Discover the origins of our Friday night service where Lecha Dodi was written.
  • Free time to shop in galleries and explore Tzfat's Artist Colony on own.
  • Check–in to the Lavi Hotel on Kibbutz Lavi in the Galilee.
  • Dinner at hotel
  • Overnight: Lavi

Monday, November 2

Off the Beaten Track in the Golan Heights
  • Hike to the ruins of Gamla in the southern Golan Heights, Masada of the north, to appreciate its topography, as we hear Josephus' description of a 1st century battle there between Romans and Jewish rebels and learn about the corresponding archaeological finds. While there, hopefully, see rare griffon vultures soaring overhead.
  • Visit the ancient synagogue of Um El Kanatir in the Golan Heights, where sophisticated digital technology to restore the ancient building.
  • Lunch on own
  • Tour and wine tasting at the Golan Heights Winery in Katzrin.
  • Look out at Syrian border from strategic Mt. Bental for a special perspective on Israel's complex geopolitical reality.
  • BBQ dinner with young Israeli soldiers who are giving some of the best years of their lives to the defense of Israel.
  • Overnight: Lavi

Tuesday, November 3

Across Israel: A Multicultural Jewish Society
  • Learn about kibbutz life on a walking tour of Lavi led by a local kibbutznik.
  • Plant a tree at a JNF Forestry Site in honor or in memory of a loved one.
  • Discover Ethiopian Jewish culture at the Germachin Center in Beit Shean. Learn about this community's modern day Exodus story and the challenges facing the Ethiopian Israeli community today.
  • Lunch on own
  • Continue south through the Jordan Valley and ascend to Jerusalem.
  • Enter the Old City of Jerusalem through the Zion Gate.
  • Tour of the Jewish Quarter including the Cardo, Broad Wall and Rooftop followed by free time to shop and explore on your own.
  • Check-in to the Dan Panorama Hotel in Jerusalem.
  • Briefing on Religious Pluralism in Israel and the Masorti (Conservative) Movement by Rabbi Andy Sacks, Deputy Director of the Masorti Movement.
  • Dinner on own
  • Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Wednesday, November 4

Masada and the Dead Sea: Freedom Fighters or Fanatics?
  • Set out early across the Judean Desert and ascend Masada by cable car or by foot 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 ancesters? What decision did they make?
  • 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.
  • Stop off at "Abraham's Tent" for a Camel ride and biblical hospitality before returning to Jerusalem.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Dinner on own.
  • Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Thursday, November 5

The Old City of Jerusalem: An Ancient Jewish Legacy
  • 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 of Jewish life 2,000 years ago at Robinson's Arch and the Southern Wall Excavations. Hear about a new archaeological discovery connected to the Chanukah story.
  • Walk through the Western Wall Tunnels to discover underground Jerusalem.
  • Tasting tour of the bustling Machane Yehuda Market to discover Jerusalem's many flavors from East and West.
  • Guided tour of the new Hebrew Music Museum in downtown Jerusalem's Nachalat Shiva neighborhood to learn about the history of Jewish music from biblical times and through seven different Diaspora regions.
  • OR: 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 in Jerusalem's Mamilla Quarter.
  • Watch the Night Spectacular – Sound and light show at the Tower of David.
  • Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Friday, November 6

Holocaust, Remembrance and Continuity
  • Tour of Yad Vashem - Israel's national Holocaust memorial and museum, including the Holocaust History Museum and Children’s Memorial. (Children under age 10 are not permitted in Yad Vashem's historical museum).
  • 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 not included in the tour price).
  • Lunch on own
  • Meaningful visit to Mt. Herzl Cemetery to discover chapters in the history of Israel while visiting the graves of Yitzhak Rabin, Golda Meir, Theodore Herzl and Hannah Senesch.
  • Free time to relax and prepare for Shabbat.
  • Shabbat candle lighting together as a community. Friday/Shabbat evenings 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 "Masorti Kotel", where men and women can pray together.
  • OR: Attend Friday night services at a local Jerusalem synagogue.
  • Festive Shabbat Dinner at hotel
  • Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Shabbat/Saturday, November 7

And on the Seventh Day....in Jerusalem
  • Shabbat morning services at a local Masorti synagogue.
  • Traditional Shabbat Lunch at hotel
  • Shabbat afternoon options:
  • 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 the First Temple period Jewish burial site at Ketef Hinnom, where archaeologists found the oldest biblical text ever discovered.
  • Havdalah with Rabbi Pont.
  • Late Check out.
  • Farewell Dinner at Medita Restaurant.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport – See you again soon!

Sunday, November 8

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

Land Only Package – $3495 per person in a double room Discounted for Check Payment
Land and Air Package – *$4945 per person in a double room: Check Payment
Single Room Supplement – $920: Check Payment
Land Only Package – $3635 per person in a double room: Full cost Credit Card Payment
Land and Air Package – *$5143 per person in a double room: Full cost Credit Card
Payment Single Room Supplement – $957: Full cost Credit Card Payment
Subtract for 3rd Adult in a room – $420
Subtract for Child, ages 2-12, as third in room: - $700
Subtract for Bar/Bat Mitzvah child as third in room: - $820
Subtract for Third and Fourth child in quad - $200

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