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Rabbi Michael Singer


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June 11 – 26, 2017

Congregation Brith Sholom’s tour will cover Israel‛s many wonders Jerusalem, Cesarea, Lake Kinneret and the Galilee, Golan Heights, Masada, the Dead Sea, Tel Aviv and the Mediterranean Coast

Congregation Brith Sholom’s tour will cover Israel‛s many wonders Jerusalem, Cesarea, Lake Kinneret and the Galilee, Golan Heights, Masada, the Dead Sea, Tel Aviv and the Mediterranean Coast.

Explore Israel’s Ancient and Modern Technology with Congregation Brith Sholom

Led by Rabbi Michael Singer

June 11 – 26, 2017


Sunday, 11 June

Depart USA on an over night flight to Israel

Monday, 12 June

Going Up into the Land Morning arrival in Israel to be met and assisted by your ITC representative. Shekhianu-Welcome ceremony in Caesarea – Learn the story of Hana Senesh and her poem Walking to Caesarea, better known as Eli, Eli. Tour the ruins of Caesarea, including its Roman Theater, Amphitheater, Hippodrome and Promontory Palace. Ponder a rabbinic debate over Jews attending gladiator games. Enjoy a Druze hospitality lunch at Nora’s Kitchen in Dalyat El Carmel – Hear about the Druze from a member of the community. Guided tour of the Technion – Israel’s premier academic institution of science and technology to learn about its contribution to building the Start- Up Nation. Look out over the greater Haifa area from the top of the Bahai Gardens. Check–in to Dan Panorama Hotel on Mt. Carmel in Haifa. Welcome dinner and orientation at hotel. Overnight: Dan Panorama, Haifa.

Tuesday, 13 June

Coexistence, Entrepreneurism and Natural Wonders Special program with Rabbi Dubi Hayoun and Imam Ahmed Odeh Sharif of the Ahmedia Moslem community about neighborly coexistence in multi-ethnic Haifa. Lunch on own. Tour of the Old City of Acco: Visit the Underground Prisoners Museum in Acco Prison, where the British held and even executed Jewish underground fighters. A daring escape from this prison is featured in the film Exodus. Then venture beneath the streets of present day Acco to explore the Crusader Knights Halls. Time permitting: Walk through markets to port. Travel to Rosh Hanikra in the northwest corner of Israel. Descend by cable car to explore the Grottos of Rosh Hanikra – Beautiful sea caves formed by the forces of wind and water. Free evening. Dinner on own. Overnight: Dan Panorama, Haifa

Wednesday, 14 June

From Haifa to Tel Aviv Visit the hiCenter Entrepreneurial Campus to hear about how it cultivates local start-ups – The number of Haifa based Start-Ups has grown exponentially in recent years and they are playing a major role in the urban renewal of the Lower City. Brief tour of Haifa’s Lower City to see the impact of start-ups on urban renewal. Wade through Alona Park’s ancient water system, which supplied water to Caesarea 2,000 years ago. Lunch on own. Tour the alleys of Old Jaffa, the ancient port city once known as the Gate of Zion. Look out from the top of ancient Tel Jaffa at modern Tel Aviv. Check in to the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Tel Aviv’s Mediterranean Coast. Free evening. Dinner on own. Overnight: Crowne Plaza, Tel Aviv

Thursday, 15 June

Start Up Nation: From the First Aliyah to the 21st Century Engage in hands on tzedakah reclaiming food for needy people by picking vegetables with Leket in a field near Rehovot. Guided tour of the Ayalon Institute in Rehovot – An underground bullet factory used by Jewish forces before the founding of the State of Israel. Lunch on own. Visit the Weizman Institute, one of Israel’s leading scientific research institutions. In the past decade two of its researchers have been awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry. Meeting Start-Up entrepreneur Sagi Daren to hear about his venture PrintCB and other start ups in Nes Tziona, an early Zionist pioneering community turned hi-tech development center (dependent on availability). Return to Tel Aviv. Free evening. Dinner on own. Overnight: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Tel Aviv

Friday, 16 June

The Hebrew City and the Jewish State Relive David Ben Gurion declaring the new State of Israel at Independence Hall. Hear about the establishment of Tel Aviv at the Founders’ Monument then stroll down Rothschild Boulevard to see the Bauhaus architecture for which central Tel Aviv’s “White City” was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lunch on own. 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”. Free time to swim in the Mediterranean Sea and enjoy beachside Promenade. Shabbat Candle Lighting. Welcoming Shabbat – Friday night services options to be determined with Rabbi Singer. Festive Shabbat Dinner at hotel. Overnight: Crowne Plaza, Tel Aviv

Shabbat/Saturday, 17 June

And on the Seventh Day…in Tel Aviv Shabbat morning services at a local Masorati (Conservative) synagogue followed by an update about the Masorati Movement in Israel. Walking tour of the quaint Neve Tzeddek neighborhood that gave birth to the “first Hebrew city in 2,000 years”. Traditional Shabbat Lunch at Hotel. Visit the “Aliyah Bet” Memorial in London Square to hear the story of the illegal immigration operations which rescued Jewish refugees before the founding of the State of Israel. Free time to swim, explore on your own and watch Tel Aviv’s residents folkdance, play raquetball and enjoy Shabbat afternoon by the sea. Havdalah with Rabbi Singer. Free evening. Dinner on own. Overnight: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Tel Aviv

Sunday, 18 June

Pioneering and Technology in the Negev Travel to the Negev. Tour the Israeli Air Force Museum near Beersheva to view the planes and equipment and to hear the story of this brave fighting force. Visit Abraham’s Well to the story of Abraham, who lived and dug wells in Beer Sheba – What is the origin of Beer Sheba’s name? Lunch on own. Program on innovation, development and the urban renewal of Beer Sheba in cooperation with the Goodman Foundation. Travel to Jerusalem. Check in to the Prima Kings Hotel in Jerusalem. Free evening. Dinner on own. Recommendation for the evening: Checkout the Ben Yehuda Street pedestrian mall in downtown Jerusalem. Overnight: Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem

Monday, 19 June

The Old City of Jerusalem: An Ancient Jewish Legacy Shacharit services at the Masorati Kotel near Robinson’s Arch. Discover the archaeological story of the Western Wall and episodes of Jewish life 2,000 years ago at Robinson’s Arch, Southern Wall Excavations and Davidson Center. Visit the Western Wall and connect to an ancient Jewish legacy. Walk through the Western Wall Tunnels to discover underground Jerusalem. Lunch on own in Jewish Quarter. Tour of Jewish Quarter including the Herodian Mansions, Cardo, Broad Wall and Rooftops followed by free time to shop and explore on own. Dinner on own in Jerusalem’s Mamilla Quarter. Watch the Night Spectacular – Sound and light show at the Tower of David. Overnight: Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem

Tuesday, 20 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.Discussion:Which Jewish Legacy – Masada or Yavne? Hiking option: Those wishing to climb Masada will leave very early in the morning in a separate vehicle with an additonal guide. 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. Time permitting: Walk in Ein Gedi Nature Reserve opportunity to bath in waterfalls and hear how David hid there from King Saul. Visit P’til Techelet to discover the ancient biblical formula for producing the blue dye used to make tzitzit. Free evening. Dinner on own. Overnight: Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem

Wednesday, 21 June

Innovation and Heritage in the New City Tour of Hadassah Medical Center to hear about its contribution to Israel’s medical system and see the world renown Chagall Windows. OR: Visit with Magan David Adom or Hatzolah motorcycle medics to hear about they saving lives by reaching patients quickly in congested urban areas. Tour of a local tefilin factory to see scribes (soferim) producing tefilin. Lunch on own. Discover the story of Zionism’s founding father Theodore Herzl at the multimedia Herzl Museum, followed by a meaningful visit to the Mt. Herzl Cemetery to discover chapters in the history of Israel at the graves of Yitzhak Rabin, Golda Meir, Theordore Herzl and Hannah Senesch. Visit to Oramed a bio-med start-up firm in Givat Ram’s Hi-Tech Park (formerly “incubator village”) to learn about how Israel has become a world leader in innovation (Dependent on availability). Free evening. Dinner on own. Overnight: Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem

Thursday, 22 June

Partnership and Responsibility Drive to Beit Guvrin in the Judean Lowlands, crossing enroute the biblical Elah Valley, where David and Goliath fought. Dig up Israel’s past by participating in a hands on archaeological excavation with Dig for a Day in Beit Guvrin National Park. Lunch: To be determined with P2G staff. Meaningful visit to the Yoav region, Lehigh Valley’s Partnership 2000 Region (Program to be determined by Rabbi Singer and P2G staff). Gideon Venner, 0526-091-502. gideonv@jafi.org. Free evening. Dinner on own. Overnight: Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem

Friday, 23 June

Cultural Treasures and Welcoming the Sabbath Visit 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. Our recommendations: Modern Israeli art, Synagogue interiors in the Judaica section and the Archaeology Wing. Lunch on own. Explore the raucous Machane Yehuda Market and take in a slice of local life as you see Jerusalemites prepare for Shabbat. On the way, see the nearby picturesque Nachalaot neighborhoods. Rachel challah baking. Free time to relax and get ready for Shabbat. Welcome the Sabbath at a special Israeli Kabbalat Shabbat at First Station. Festive Shabbat dinner at hotel. Overnight: Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem

Shabbat/Saturday, 24 June

And on the Seventh Day… in Jerusalem Shabbat morning services at the synagogue of your choice. Recommendations and directions will be provided. Lunch and learn at the Fuchsberg Center for Conservative Judaism. 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. AND/OR: Walking tour to First Temple period burial site at Ketef Hinnom – Where archaeologists discovered the oldest biblical text ever found. Havdallah with Rabbi Singer. 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: Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem

Sunday, 25 June

Modern Realities and Departure Visit Yad Lakashish, a unique employment program for Jerusalem’s elderly citizens and stop in its gift shop where “shopping is a mitzvah”. Geopolitical tour of Jerusalem to examine key geopolitical issues impacting on the city, such as borders, building and settlement and Israel’s security fence and gain first hand insight beyond what you read in the newspapers. Remainder of afternoon free to explore on own and get in last minute shopping. Late check-out. Farewell dinner at Olive and Fish Restaurant. Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport – See you again soon!

Monday, 26 June

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Costs and Reductions: Land Package $3355 Per person in a double room. Land and Air Package $4635. Single room Supplement $875 Third person in triple room: subtract $250 Child, ages 2-18, as third person in parents’ room: subtract $340 Bar/Bat Mitzvah child as third person in parents’ room: subtract $700 Third and Fourth child sharing room in quad with parents: subtract $150 Plus Tips for Guide, Driver Restaurants and Porterage $210 Travel and health insurance is available please call for costs and cancel for any reason insurance

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