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We are joining Malverne and Valley Stream Jewish Centers Exploring Israel Adventure Led by Rabbi Yechiel Buchband and Rabbi Susan Elkodsi December 2 - 13, 2019 | Israel Tour
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Israel Tour / We are joining Malverne and Valley Stream Jewish Centers Exploring Israel Adventure Led by Rabbi Yechiel Buchband and Rabbi Susan Elkodsi December 2 – 13, 2019

We are joining Malverne and Valley Stream Jewish Centers Exploring Israel Adventure Led by Rabbi Yechiel Buchband and Rabbi Susan Elkodsi December 2 – 13, 2019

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Shehekhiyanu-Welcome ceremony looking out at the Old City of Jerusalem. Nachalat Binyamin crafts fair, checkout the nearby Carmel Market and bohemian Sheinkin Street and more!

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Monday, 2 December

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Tuesday, December 3

Going up into the Land.  Arrive in Israel to be met and assisted by your ITC representative (today's program depends on arrival time) • Travel to Jerusalem through the biblical Ayalon Valley • Shehekhiyanu-Welcome ceremony looking out at the Old City of Jerusalem • Lunch on own – Try your first Israeli felafel • Visit the Western Wall to connect to an ancient Jewish legacy • Check-in to the Prima Kings Hotel in Jerusalem • Welcome dinner at Olive and Fish Restaurant Overnight: Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem
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Wednesday, December 4

The Old City of Jerusalem: An Ancient Jewish Legacy Tour of the Jewish Quarter in the Old City and explore on own • Lunch on own in the Jewish Quarter • 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 • Free evening • Dinner at hotel Overnight: Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem
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Thursday, December 5

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 • Free evening • Dinner at hotel Overnight: Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem
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Friday, December 6

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 • 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 • Free time to relax and prepare for Shabbat • Attend Friday night services at Moreshet Yisrael, a local Jerusalem Masorti (Conservative) synagogue • Option: Greet the Sabbath at the Western Wall • Traditional Shabbat Dinner at the Fuchsberg Center for Conservative Judaism Overnight: Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem
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Saturday, December 7

And on the Seventh Day....in Jerusalem Shabbat morning services at the synagogue of your choice (recommendations and directions will be provided) • 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 • Havdalah with Rabbis Yechiel and Elkodsi • Dinner at hotel • Watch the Night Spectacular – Sound and light show at the Tower of David Overnight: Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem
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Sunday, December 8

Across Israel: Many Faces of the Jewish People Travel to northern Israel through the Jordan Valley • 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 • Discover the Kurdish Jewish Village Experience on Moshav Yardena, including Lunch – A remarkable gastronomic experience • Visit the ancient synagogue of Hamat Tiberias and ponder why a wheel of the zodiac appears on its 1,500 year old mosaic floor • Check–in to the Kibbutz Lavi Hotel on Kibbutz Lavi in the Galilee • Dinner at hotel Overnight: Lavi
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Monday, December 9

Ancient and Modern Geopolitics and Israel's Finest Learn about kibbutz life on a walking tour of Lavi led by a local kibbutznik • 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 • Free tinme to browse in shops and galleries • 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 a strategic lookout on the border region • Visit the De Karina Chocolate Factory on nearby Kibbutz Ein Zivan • Dinner at hotel Overnight: Lavi
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Tuesday, December 10

Israel and the Nations: Independence and Acculturation Plant a tree in Israel in honor or in memory of a loved one • 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 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 Metropolitan Hotel near Tel Aviv's Mediterranean Coast • Dinner at hotel Overnight: Metropolitan Hotel, Tel Aviv
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Wednesday, December 11

 The Hebrew City and the Jewish State 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 • Relive David Ben Gurion declaring the new State of Israel at the We Hereby Declare presentation in the Shalom Towers • Visit the new Taglit Israel Innovation Center 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, defense, aero-space and more • Lunch on own • 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 • Visit Kehilat Tiferet Shalom, the Masorti (Conservative) congregation which Rabbi Yechiel led in Ramat Aviv • Free evening • Dinner at hotel Overnight: Metropolitan Hotel, Tel Aviv
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Thursday, December 12

Wrapping Up and Departure Visit the Weizman Institute in Rehovot, one of Israel's leading scientific research institutions. In the past decade two of its researchers have been awarded Nobel Prizes in chemistry • Tour Old Jaffa, where paintings and sculptures have been installed in the alleys of the ancient port city once known as the Zion Gate. Then look out from Old Jaffa at modern Tel Aviv and hear about the vision for establishing a new Jewish city in a reborn Jewish homeland • Lunch on own • Remainder of afternoon free to explore on own and get in last minute shopping • Late check out • Farewell Dinner at Goshen Restaurant • Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport – See you again soon !

$3485 Land Only Package (Discounted rate for payment by check)
$4785 Land and *Air Package (Discounted rate for payment by check)
$829 Single Room Supplement (Discounted rate payment by check)
$3625 Land Only Package (Full cost for credit card payment)
$4976 Land and *Air Package (Full cost for credit card payment)
$862 Single Room Supplement (Full cost for credit card payment)
Reduction for 3rd in a room $150

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