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Israel Tour / Hosted by Cantor Elena Zarkh

Hosted by Cantor Elena Zarkh

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This women’s journey will fill your soul, open your mind and renew your spirit! Together we will witness the contribution of women to the State of Israel. Examine their lives and achievements. Meet Anat Hoffman, founder of Women of the Wall and executive director of the Israel Religious Action Center.

Join Old York Road Temple – Beth Am’s Israel Journey “Through Women’s Eyes”
Hosted by Cantor Elena Zarkh
June 18 – 28, 2018

Monday, 18 June

Depart USA on an overnight ELAL flight to Israel

Tuesday, 19 June

Entering the Land - Arrival in Israel to be met and assisted by your ITC representative. Travel to Jerusalem through the biblical Ayalon Valley. Shekhiyanu-Welcome ceremony looking out at the Old City of Jerusalem. Check-in to Mt Zion hotel. Welcome dinner at Anna Restaurant located in the historic Anna Ticho House in downtown Jerusalem. Overnight: Mt Zion Hotel, Jerusalem

Wednesday, 20 June

The Old City of Jerusalem: An Ancient Jewish Legacy - Briefing by Anat Hoffman of Women of the Wall and IRAC on the Women of the Wall movement and the egalitarian prayer area of the Western Wall. Visit Ezrat Yisrael – The egalitarian prayer area of the Western Wall near Robinson's Arch. Then Discover the archaeological story of the Western Wall and episodes of Jewish life in Jerusalem 2,000 years ago at Robinson's Arch and the Southern Wall Excavations. Lunch on own. ITC Touch: Women of Valor – Unique tour of the Jewish Quarter focusing on women in the 19th century. Women constituted over half of Jerusalem's Jewish population, but their histories are often ignored. This tour examines the lives, hardships, sisterhood and achievements of women in Jerusalem on the dawn of the modern era. Free time to shop and explore on own, including in the Cardo. Experience Jewish food from east and west on aTasting tour of the bustling Machane Yehuda Market led by foodie expert Devorah Nussbaum. Free evening. Dinner on own, if still hungry. Overnight: Mt Zion Hotel, Jerusalem

Thursday, 21 June

Holocaust, Remembrance and Continuity - Tour of Yad Vashem, Israel's national Holocaust memorial and museum, focusing on women in the Holocaust from the rise of Nazism to attempts to keep families and community life intact in the ghettos and the struggle to survive and maintain their dignity in the camps. Edut – Hear the personal testimony from Berthe Bedichi, who survived the Holocaust as a young girl in Nazi occuped France and rebuilt her life in Israel. Lunch on own. Tour of the Women's Health Center at Hadassah Hospital – Meet with staff to hear about their important work. Visit to El Halev, a nonprofit organization which empowers women to overcome inequality in the workplace, and meet board member Dorit Shomron, including an interactive empowerment exercise on saying "No". Meet Soferet (female Torah scribe) Rabbi Hanna Klebansky, to hear about her entering a profession traditionally reserved for men and try your hand at caligraphy by writing a letter in a Torah scroll in the making. Free evening. Dinner on own. Overnight: Mt Zion Hotel, Jerusalem

Friday, 22 June

Masada and the Dead Sea: Freedom Fighters or Fanatics? - Set out 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. ITC Touch: 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. Return to 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. 2nd Timers Option - Multimedia tour of the Menachem Begin Museum to see its presentation on the history of Israel as seen through the life of Menachem Begin. Visit Ketef Hinom – A First Temple Period burial site on the grounds of the Begin Center where archaeologists discovered the oldest biblical text ever found. ITC Touch: Doctors, Poets, Royalty and Dreamers - Tour on the Street of the Prophets and its environs focusing on extraordinary women in late 19th and early 20th century Jerusalem. Option to pray together as a congregation at the egalitarian Ezrat Yisrael section. Shabbat Home hospitality dinner at the home of Danby and Marvin Meital in Jerusalem's East Talpiot neighborhood. Overnight: Mt. Zion Hotel, Jerusalem

Saturday, 23 June

 And on the Seventh Day... in Jerusalem - Optional Shabbat morning services at a local Reform synagogue. Traditional Shabbat Lunch at hotel. Learning session with Rabbi Naama Kelman. Visit to 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 time to relax, enjoy hotel pool or explore on your own. Late afternoon walking tour to the historic Montefiore Windmill to discover the first neighbourhood built outside the walls of the Old City. Havdalah with Cantor Zarkh. Free evening. Dinner on own. Overnight: Mt Zion Hotel, Jerusalem

Sunday, 24 June

The Ethiopian Israeli Experience and Pioneer Women - Travel north through the Jordan Valley to Beit Shean. Discover Ethiopian Jewish culture at the Germachin Center in Beit Shean. Hear about this community's modern day Exodus story, including the personal story of Chava Almo, Germachin Center director, who made aliyah as a young girl in Operation Moses. Lunch at Germachin Center. Tour of the Kinneret Courtyard, which also served as the Women's Farm, where young women were trained to be Zionist pioneers and establish new agricultural settlements. Visit the Kinneret Cemetery, final of resting place of early Zionist thinkers and pioneers, to discover their stories and the poetry of Naomi Shemer and Rachel the Poetess. Check in to the Kibbutz Lavi Hotel on Kibbutz Lavi in the Galilee. Dinner at hotel. Overnight: Kibbutz Lavi

Monday, 25 June

Mystical Tzfat, the Strategic Golan Heights and Israel's Finest - Tour of Lavi led by a local Kibbutznikit to learn about kibbutz life from a woman's perspective. Tour mystical Tzfat's old synagogues and picturesque alleyways and discover the origins of our Friday night service in the city where Lecha Dodi was written. Free time to explore galleries on own and shop in market place. Visit the studio of a local women glassblower and hear how Jewish spirituality influences her art. 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. Guided tour and wine tasting at the boutique Bahat Winery. Barbeque dinner with young soldiers who are giving some of the best years of their lives to the defense of Israel. Hear from a young women soldier about her experiences in the Israeli army. Overnight: Kibbutz Lavi

Tuesday, 26 June

Encounters with Arab and Druze Women and a Jewish Vintner - Encounter with Arab women through a basket weaving workshop run by the Sidniana of the Galilee fair trade organization in the village of Kfar Cana. Lunch and Druze hospitality at Nora's Kitchen in the village of Dalyat El Carmel on Mt. Carmel - Hear a Druze women speak about her community. Visit the ruins of Caesarea, including its Roman Theater, Amphitheater, Hippodrome and Promontory Palace. Visit Beit Hannah Senesch at Kibbutz Sdot Yam to hear the story of the young Jewish heroine who parachuted into Nazi occupied Europe to save fellow Jews. Check-in to the Dan Panorama Hotel on Tel Aviv's Mediterranean Coast. Free evening. Dinner on own. Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv

Wednesday, 27 June

The Hebrew City and the Jewish State - Hear about women in Israeli hi-tech from a representative of Lead With, an organization which encourages women to enter and flourish in the hi-tech sector. Visit the Palmach Museum for a multimedia presentation about the elite underground organization, many of whose fighters were women, which played a critical role in founding the State of Israel. At Independence Hall relive David Ben Gurion declaring the new State of Israel. Hear about the establishment of Tel Aviv 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. Remainder of afternoon free to explore on own and get in last minute shopping. Late check out. Farewell Dinner at Café Yafo near the Jaffa Flea Market, a new popular evening dining-café area. Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport – See you again soon!

Thursday, June 28

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    TERMS AND CONDITIONS ROOMS: Prices are based on double occupancy. Single rooms are available at a supplementary cost of $955 check payment $994 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. 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 per person $400 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, Cantor Elena Zarkh and Old York Rd. Temple-Beth Am 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.