Rabbi Laurence Bazer
October 29 – November 9, 2017 Option to Eilat/Petr04_caesarea-roman-aqueducta November 8-12, 2017. Join Rabbi Bazer on this amazing tour that has been designed to include attractions and sites for Israel travelers of all levels. If this is your first time in Israel you will be fascinated by the sites and history that surround you.
Explore Israel “The Land That I Will Show You” on Temple Beth Sholom’s Tour
Led by Rabbi Laurence Bazer – Oct. 29 – Nov. 9, 2017
Optional Eilat/Petra Extension – November 8 – 12, 2017
Sunday, 29 October
Monday, 30 October
The Land which I will Show YouArrive 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. Proceed to check-in at the Carlton Hotel on Tel Aviv’s Mediterranean Coast. Welcome dinner and orientation at Sky Blue Restaurant – A gourmet restaurant located in the Carlton Hotel. Overnight: Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv
Tuesday, 31 October
Tel Aviv the Modern Hebrew City. Walking tour of “Little Tel Aviv”Discover the quaint, historic 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 (If available, may be under renovations). 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 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”. Visit the Palmach Museum for a multimedia presentation about the elite underground organization that played a critical role in founding the State of Israel. 2nd Timers Option: Tour the “Israeli Museum” at the Yitzhak Rabin Center for a critical look at Israeli Society. Free evening. Dinner on own. Overnight: Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv
Wednesday, 1 November
Pioneering, Defense and Development in the NegevTravel to Rehovot for a guided tour of the Ayalon Institute – a clandestine bullet factory used by the Jewish underground before the founding of the State of Israel. Travel to the western Negev. Encounter on Kibbutz Alumim with a local kibbutz member and hear first-hand about living on the Gaza border, pioneering in the Negev and kibbutz as a community. Lunch at Kibbutz Alumim. Meet Esther Marcus, a member of Alumim (and Rabbi Bazer’s cousin), who has done extraordinary work helping children cope with the trauma of experiencing rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip. Drive to Beit Shemesh. Encounter with a local community leader in Beit Shemesh to hear about its transformation from a down trodden development town to a burgeoning community. Travel to Jerusalem. Shekhiyanu-Welcome ceremony overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem. Check-in to the David Citadel Hotel in Jerusalem. Dinner on own. Overnight: David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem
Thursday, 2 November
What’s New that’s OldTour of the City of David excavations to hear about new discoveries and what they are revealing about ancient Jerusalem. Discover the archaeological story of the Western Wall and episodes Jewish life in Jerusalem 2,000 years ago at Robinson’s Arch and Southern Wall Excavations, including a recent discovery related to the Chanukah story. Visit the traditional prayer area of the Western Wall. Lunch on own. Tour of the Jewish Quarter including the Broad Wall, Herodian Mansions, Cardo, Hurva Synagogue and panoramic Rooftop view, followed by free time to shop and explore on own. Visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in the Christian Quarter, including the last five stations of the Via Dolorosa. 2nd Timers Options:. Tour of synagogues in the Jewish Quarter, including the Four Sephardic Synagogues, the restored Hurva Synagogue, Karaite Museum and hear about the remarkable discoveries under the ruins of the Tiferet Yisrael Synagogue. OR: Tour Mt. Zion to hear about conflicting sanctities as we find “David’s Tomb” and the room of the Last Supper (Cenacle) in the same building that also served as a mosque; how the name “Mt. Zion” moved 3 times in antiquity; who/what’s buried in “David Tomb” Dinner on own in Mamilla; Watch the Night Spectacular – Sound and light show at the Tower of David. Overnight: David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem
Friday, 3 November
Holocaust, Remembrance and ContinuityTour of Yad Vashem Israel’s national Holocaust memorial and museum, including the Holocaust History Museum and Children‛s Memorial. See the Dead Sea Scrolls and Model of Ancient Jerusalem at the Israel Museum. 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 – AFirst Temple Period burial site on the grounds of the Begin Center where archaeologists discovered the oldest biblical text ever found. Walking tour of the quaint Nachalaot neighborhoods to discover a world of history, folklore and ethnicity just blocks from downtown Jerusalem. Explore the raucous Machane Yehuda Market and take in a slice of local life as you see Jerusalemites begin preparing for Shabbat. Free time to prepare for Shabbat. 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 “Masorati Kotel”, where men and women can stand together. Festive Friday night dinner at David Citadel Hotel. Overnight: David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem
Saturday, 4 November
And on the Seventh Day… in JerusalemShul Hopping with Rabbi Bazer: Join Shabbat morning services at a number of different synagogues to experience Jerusalem’s mosaic Jewish, followed by and an update about the Masorati movement in Israel. Traditional Shabbat Lunch at hotel. Free time to relax or explore on own. Afternoon walking tour to the historic Montefiore Windmill to discover the first neighbourhood built outside the walls of the Old City. Havdallah with Rabbi Bazer. Free evening. Dinner on own. Recommendation for the evening: Visit the First Station Compound, Jerusalem’s restored Ottoman railway station turned restaurant – cafe area. Overnight: David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem
Sunday, 5 November
Masada and the Dead Sea: Freedom Fighters or Fanatics?Visit the mixed bilingual Arab-Jewish Hand in Hand School, which is helping to foster better understanding between Jews ansd Arabs. 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. 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 2nd Timers Option Study session at Shalom Hartman Institute. See the world renowned Chagall Windows at Hadassah Hospital and hear about the achievements of this remarkable medical institution. Lunch on own Geopolitical tour of Jerusalem to examine several key geopolitical issues impacting on the city, including borders, building new Neighborhoods. Dinner at Eucalyptus Restaurant. Overnight: David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem
Monday, 6 November
Across Israel: A Jewish Multicultural SocietyTravel north through the Jordan Valley along Israel’s border with Jordan. Visit the ancient synagogue of Beit Alfa and discuss why a wheel of the zodiac appears on the its 1,500 year old mosaic floor. Discover the Kurdish Jewish Village Experience on Moshav Yardena. Kurdish Lunch on Yardena – A remarkable gastronomic experience. Continue north to the Galilee Panhandle. Visit Agamon Hahuleh, described as a “paradise for birds and people” to see thousands of migrating birds coming to roost for the night. Check in to Kfar Blum Hotel on Kibbutz Kfar Blum in the Galilee Panhandle. Dinner at hotel. Overnight: Kfar Blum
Tuesday, 7 November
Mystics, Geopolitics and Israel’s FinestExplore mystical Tzfat’s old synagogues and picturesque alleys. Discover the origins of our Friday night service where Lecha Dodi was written. Free time to explore marketplace and galleries on own. 2nd Timers Option: Tzfat: City of Light and Color Tour of Tzfat’s Artists Colony, established in the 1950’s by artists who were inspired by Tzfat’s special beauty. Free time to explore studios and galleries on own. Lunch on own. Tour of the Golan Heights to gain a special perspective on Israel’s complex geopolitics as we visit bunkers where the Syrian army used to look down at Israel below and then look out at Syria from strategic Mt. Bental.Barbeque dinner with young Israeli soldiers who are giving some of the best years of their lives to the defense of Israel. Overnight: Kfar Blum
Wednesday, 8 November
Wrapping Up and DeparturePlant a tree in honor or in memory of a loved one to help renew forests that were damaged by recent fires. Guided tour of the former Atlit detention camp where the British held Holocaust refugees, who tried to enter the country “illegally”. Board an “illegal immigration ship” to watch a multimedia presentation about the heroic pre-State immigration. Lunch on own. Tour and wine tasting at the Tishbi Winery in Zichron Yaakov – Binyamina. Visit the ruins of Caesarea, including its Roman Theater, Amphitheater, Hippodrome and Promontory Palace. Ponder a rabbinic debate over Jews attending gladiator games. Farewell dinner at Bistro 56 in Herzliya. Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport – See you again soon!
Thursday, 9 November
- Land and Air* Package $4655 – Land Only $3595
- All prices are per person in a double room.
- Single Room Supplement:$1160
- Reduction 3rd adult in room $ 450
- Added to the above pricing are tips for Guide, Driver, Restaurants and Porterage $180 per person.
- Tour price is based on 20 travelers: Price reduction at 25 and 30 travelers