SUNDAY, JULY 1
Overnight Flight to Tel Aviv
MONDAY, JULY 2
Arrive in Israel and meet your ITC representative, tour the alleys of Old Ja a (ancient port city once known as the Gate of Zion), Shehekheyanu/Welcome Ceremony on Tel Ja a overlooking modern Tel Aviv, check-in to the hotel on Tel Aviv’s Mediterranean coast, welcome dinner and orientation at Maganda Yemenite Restuarant, overnight in Tel Aviv
TUESDAY, JULY 3
Walking tour of historic “Little Tel Aviv”, discover the quaint Neve Tzedek neighborhood (the “ rst Hebrew city in 2,000 years), relive David Ben Gurion declaring the new State of Israel at Independence Hall, 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, free time to explore Nachalat Binyamin (crafts fair), nearby Carmel Market and bohemian Sheinkin Street (all three of these Tel Aviv icons meet at the “Magen David Junction”, travel to Rehovot for a guided tour of the Ayalon Institute and an underground bullet factory used by Jewish forces before the founding of the State of Israel, free time to swim in the Mediterranean Sea and enjoy beach side promenade, free evening, dinner on your own, overnight in Tel Aviv.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 4
Depart for northern Israel, explore ancient Tzippori and study Jewish texts in the ruins of the city where Rabbi Judah Hanasi sealed the Mishna, discover its magni cent mosaics, including Mona Lisa of the Galilee and ponder why an ancient synagogue oor features a wheel of the zodiac, lunch on own, tour the old synagogues and picturesque alleyways of the mystical city of Tzfat and discover the origins of our Friday night service where Lecha Dodi was written, visit the studio of a kabbalistic artist and hear how Jewish spirituality in uences his work, early evening boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, dinner at Decks lakeside restaurant, check-in to the Kibbutz Lavi Hotel in the Galilee
THURSDAY, JULY 5 – Walk in the lush Tel Dan Nature Reserve (one of the sources of the Jordan River), discover biblical intrigue and one of the oldest arches in the world, raft or kayak down the Jordan River , 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. Mental. Touring and Tasting Options (Choice of One) De Karina Chocolate Factory (Chocolate making workshop) or guided tour of the boutique Bahat Winery (includes wine tasting) Barbecue dinner with Israeli soldiers who give their lives to the defense of Israel, overnight at Kibbutz Lavi
FRIDAY, JULY 6
Hear about life on walking tour of Kibbutz Lavi led by a local resident, plant a tree to help renew a forest near Lavi, discover Ethiopian Jewish culture at the Gemarchin Center in Beit Shean, lunch at Germarchin Center, continue south through the Jordan Valley and ascend to Jerusalem, explore Machane Yehuda Market as Jerusalemites prepare for Shabbat, see the nearby picturesque Nachlaot neighborhood, check-in to the hotel in Jerusalem, free time to relax and prepare for Shabbat, Friday/Shabbat night services together as a community at the Monte ore Windmill looking out at the Old City of Jerusalem, festive Shabbat Dinner at hotel SATURDAY,
Shabbat morning services at your choice of local synagogues, Shabbat lunch at hotel. Shabbat Afternoon Options Late afternoon walking tour to the historic Monte ore Windmill to discover the rest neighborhood built outside the walls of the Old City or walking tour to First Temple period burial site at Ketef Hinnom (oldest biblical text discovered here) Havdalah with Rabbi Safra, free evening, dinner on your own, recommendation to visit the First Station Compound (Jerusalem’s restored Ottoman railway station turned restaurant), overnight in Jerusalem
SUNDAY, 8 JULY
Guided tour of Yad Vashem (Israel’s national Holocaust memorial and museum) including the Historical Museum and Children‛s Memorial. (Children under age 10 are not permitted in Yad Vashem’s historical museum. An alternate program for younger children who must be accompanied by an adult will take place at Jerusalem’s Biblical Zoo to see animals which lived in Israel during biblical times), lunch on your own, visit to Mt. Herzl Cemetery to learn about Israel’s history, visit the graves of Yitzhak Rabin, Golda Meir, Theordore Herzl and Hannah Senesch, engage in hands on preparation of tzedakah food packages for some of Israel’s neediest people at Pantry Packers in southern Jerusalem, dinner on your own in Jerusalem’s Mamilla Quarter, watch the Night Spectacular (sound and light show at the Tower of David), overnight in Jerusalem
MONDAY, JULY 9
A b’nai mitzvah ceremony at Robinson’s Arch, the Masorti Kotel (where Jewish pilgrims ascended to the Temple 2,000 years ago, discover the archaeological story of the Western Wall, learn about the Southern Wall excavations, visit the traditional prayer area of the Western Wall, discover underground Jerusalem in the Western Wall tunnels, festive b’nai mitzvah lunch at Between the Arches restaurant, explore the City of David, wade through Hezekiah’s Tunnel (a still owing ancient water system that saved the city of Jerusalem 2,700 years ago (dry option available), meaningful mifgash/encounter with Yaar Ramot (B’nai Israel’s sister Masorti/ Conservtive congregation) in Jerusalem, overnight in Jerusalem
TUESDAY, JULY 10
Set out early across the Judean Desert and ascend Masada by cable car, 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 at a local resort (also has a fresh water pool, spa treatments available by prior reservation at own expense), lunch at the resort, a stop-o at “Abraham’s Tent” for a camel ride and biblical dinner, overnight in Jerusalem
WEDNESDAY, JULY 11
Drive to Beit Guvrin in the Judean lowlands, crossing enroute the biblical Elah Valley (where David and Goliath fought), dig up Israel’s past at a hands-on archaeological excavation, lunch on your own, guided tour of the Avashalom Stalactite Cave , hike to the ancient agricultural site at the Sataf Springs (water tunnel and learn about a legal issues facing farmers in the Judean Hills 2,000 years ago), free evening, dinner on your own, overnight in Jerusalem
THURSDAY, JULY 12
Visit Yad Lakashish (a unique employment program for Jerusalem’s elderly citizens), meet its senior artisans, shop in the gift shop (where “shopping is a mitzvah”), tour of Jewish Quarter including the Herodian Mansions, Cardo, Broad Wall and Rooftops, lunch on your own, free time for the remainder of the afternoon to explore, relax and do some last minute shopping, late check- out, farewell dinner at Medita Restaurant, transfer to Ben Gurion Airport
June 15, Thursday – (B, L, D)
- Visit to the Reichstag housing the parliament called the Bundestag; it is topped with a strikingly contemporary glass dome where we will see fantastic views of central Berlin. Lunch on the roof top at Dachgarten Restaurant.
- Holocaust Memorial’s Field of Stelae. Walking tour of the Jewish sites of East Berlin, Otto Weidt’s Workshop for the Blind, Hackesche market, Jewish Boy’s school, The New Synagogue and Centrum Judaicum, one of the most important locations for contemporary Jewish life in Berlin. Visit the museums of Museum Island; see the Ishtar Gate of Babylon at the Pergamon and other art treasures.
- Farwell dinner at Milo kosher Restaurant.
- Overnight Berlin Hotel
FRIDAY JULY 13
Arrive in the USA and begin planning your next Israel trip with Rabbi Safra and ITC Tours!