Rabbi Geoffrey & Karen Spector & Leah Beker Dir, Ed
Adult and Young Adult Israel Adventure
Led by Rabbi Geoffrey & Karen Spector & Leah Beker Dir, Ed
February 15 – 25, 2018
Thursday, 15 February
Depart USA– Overnight Flight to Tel Aviv
Friday, 16 February
The Hebrew City and the Jewish State
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 of Tel Jaffa overlooking modern Tel Aviv.
Tour the Israeli Museum at the Yitzhak Rabin Center for a critical look at Israeli society. Mark Israel’s 70th birthday at Independence Hall by reliving David Ben Gurion’s emotional declaration of the new State of Israel. Stroll down Rothschild Boulevard to view 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 Nahalat Binyamin crafts fair. While there checkout the nearby Carmel Market and bohemian Sheinkin Street. Rainy day alternatives: Explore 2,000 years of Jewish history at Beit Hatfutzot – The renovated Museum of the Diaspora. OR: Guided tour of Ben Gurion House in Tel Aviv – The personal home, and sometime headquarters, of Israel’s first prime minister David Ben Gurion and his wife Paula. Check in to the David Intercontinental Hotel on Tel Aviv’s Mediterranean Coast. Free time to get ready for Shabbat. Friday/Shabbat evening service options: To be determined with Rabbi Spector.
Festive Shabbat/Welcome Dinner at hotel. Overnight: David Intercontinental Hotel, Tel Aviv
Saturday, 17 February
Shabbat in Tel Aviv
Shabbat morning services at the Neve Schecter Masorati Synagogue in the nearby near Neve Teddek neighborhood. Visit the “Aliyah Bet” Memorial in London Square to hear the story of the heroic illegal immigration operations which rescued Jewish refugees before the founding of the State of Israel. Traditional Shabbat Lunch at hotel. Walking tour of “Little Tel Aviv” – Discover the quaint Neve Tzeddek neighborhood that gave birth to the “first Hebrew city in 2,000 years”. Havdallah with Rabbi Spector. Free evening.
Dinner on own Overnight: David Intercontinental, Tel Aviv
Sunday, 18 February
Southern Exposure – Meeting the Peoples of the Negev
8:00 departure to travel to the Negev. Visit Soda Stream’s new production facility in the northern Negev and hear about its diverse workforce. Visit the Israeli Air Force Museum at Hatzerim to see exhibition of historic Israeli Air Force planes and hear the story of this elite branch of the Israel Defense Forces. Lunch at Kibbutz Hatzerim ( kosher catering). Tour of Kibbutz Hatzerim – Producers of Israel’s famous drip irrigation systems to hear about kibbutz society and the changes it is facing in the 21st century. Travel to southern Dead Sea region. Check-in to Herods Dead Sea Hotel. Swim in the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth, at the hotel’s private beach. The hotel also has a fresh water pool and spa facilities. Massage and spa treatments available by prior reservation at own expense. Dinner at hotel. Overnight: Herods Dead Sea Hotel, Dead Sea
Monday, 19 February
Masada and Jewish Peoplehood
Ascend Masada by cable car to tour the ruins of Herod’s palace and the last outpost of Jewish independence 2,000 years ago: Discussion: Which Jewish Legacy – Masada or Yavne? Lunch on own. Drive north through Jordan Valley to Beit Shean. Discover Ethiopian Jewish culture and hear a moving modern day Exodus story at the Gemarchin Center in Beit Shean. Travel to Tiberias Check-in to Galei Kinneret Hotel, Tiberias. Boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, followed by lakeside dinner at Decks Restaurant.
Overnight: The Setai, Sea of Galilee
Tuesday, 20 February
The Mystical City of Tzfat and the Strategic Golan Heights
Ascend the Golan Heights for a perspective on Israel’s complex geopolitics as we “look down at Israel “from former Syrian positions.Visit the ancient synagogue of Um ElK an atirin the Golan Heights, which is being restored usings ophisticated digital technology. Look out at Gamla, Masada of the north, to appreciate its topography, as we hear Josephus’ description of a 1st century battle between Romans and Jewish rebels and learn about the corresponding archaeological finds.While there , hopefully, see rare griffon vultures soaring over head. Lunch on own. Tour the old synagogues and picturesque alley ways of the mystical city of Tzfat and discover where Lecha Dodi was written. BBQ dinner with young Israeli soldiers who are giving some of their best years to the defense of Israel. Return to Tiberias. Overnight: The Setai, Sea of Galilee
Wednesday, 21 February
Renewers of Jewish Life in Ancient and Modern Times
Explore ancient 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 the Nile Flood Festival. Then ponder why Tzippori’s ancient synagogue has a wheel of the zodiac on its floor. Travel to Zichron Yaakov, an early Zionist pioneering community. Lunch and wine tasting at the Tishbi Winery. Lunch speaker: Rabbi Elisha Wolfin, spiritual leader of the Zichron Yaakov Masorati Congregation. Visit the Atlit detention camp where the British held Holocaust refugees caught trying to enter Eretz Yisrael “illegally”. Experience a high-tech laser presentation about the heroic pre-State immigration aboard an “illegal immigration ship”. Travel to Jerusalem. Check-in to the Inbal Hotel in Jerusalem. Free evening. Dinner on own. Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem
Thursday, 22 February
Going up to Jerusalem – An Ancient Jewish Legacy
Explore the City of David using the Bible and archaeology to make Jerusalem’s stones tell the story of the city’s ancient past. Walk through the Western Wall Tunnels to discover underground Jerusalem. Lunch on own in Jewish Quarter. Guided tour of Jewish Quarter including the Herodian Quarter, Hurva Synagogue, Cardo and Rooftop lookout followed by free time to shop and explore on own. Tour Ammunition Hill – Site of the fiercest battle in the Six Day War and see the multimedia presentation at the new Six Day War Heritage Museum. Dinner on own in Mamilla Quarter. Watch the Night Spectacular – Sound and light show at the Tower of David.
Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem
Friday, 23 February
Holocaust, Remembrance and Continuity
Guided tour of Yad Vashem Israel’s national Holocaust memorial and museum, including the Children’s Memorial. 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 Jewish burial site on the grounds of the Begin Center where archaeologists discovered the oldest biblical text ever found. Lunch on own. Explore the bustling Machane Yehuda Market and take in a slice of local life as you see Jerusalemites prepare for Shabbat. See the picturesque Nachalaot neighborhoods along the way. Free time to relax and prepare for Shabbat. Friday/Shabbat evening services at Shira Hadasha Synagogue. Shira Hadasha is a dynamic Orthodox syngogue where women play asignificant role in leading services. Festive Shabbat Dinner at hotel.
Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem
Saturday, 24 February
And on the Seventh Day… in Jerusalem
Shabbat morning services at a choice of local synagogues (Suggestions and walking directions will be provided). Traditional Shabbat Lunch at hotel. Shabbat afternoon options: Late afternoon walking tour to the historic Montefiore Windmill to discover the first neighbourhood built outside the walls of the Old City. Havdallah with Rabbi Spector. Farewell Dinner at Medita Restaurant. Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport – See you again soon!
Sunday, 25 February
Arrive in USA
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Payment in Full by Credit Card
Land Only: $3,615/person (double room)
Single Room Supplement: $1,195
Payment in Full by Check
Land Only: $3475 /person (double room)
Single Room Supplement: $1,150
Tips (guide, driver, restaurants, portage) are included in the above fees in the amount of $190.
Third Person in a Triple Room: Subtract $150
Round trip air on ELAL $1295