Rabbi Michael Werbow
Temple Beth Sholom’s EXPLORING ISRAEL TOUR
July 22 – August 2, 2018
Led by Rabbi Michael Werbow
Sunday, 22 July
Depart USA on an overnight flight to Israel.
Monday, 23 July
Going up into the Land
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. Check-in to the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Tel Aviv’s Mediterranean Coast. Welcome dinner and orientation at a Maganda Yemenite Restaurant. Overnight: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Tel Aviv
Tuesday, 24 July
The Hebrew City and the Jewish State – Walking tour of historic “Little Tel Aviv”
Discover the quaint Neve Tzeddek neighbourhood that gave birth to the “first 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 and free time to explore the Nahalat Binyamin crafts fair. Travel to Rehovot for a guided tour of the Ayalon Institute – an underground bullet factory used by Jewish forces before the founding of the State of Israel. Visit Tel Mond, Sarasota’s P2K Partnership community (Program to be determined by P2K staff). OR: Free time to swim in the Mediterranean Sea and enjoy beach side Promenade. Free evening. Dinner on own.
Overnight: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Tel Aviv
Wednesday, 25 July
Cradles of Jewish Civilization in the Galilee
Depart for northern Israel. Tour the ruins of Caesarea, including its Roman Theater, Promontory Palace, Hippodrome and Amphitheater. ITC Touch: Learn about a r abbinic debate over Jews attending gladiator games. ITC-Masorati Touch: Lunch and learn encounter with Rabbi Yoav Ende on Kibbutz Hanaton, Israel’s only Masorati kibbutz (Program to be determined). 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 influences his work. Check–in to the Lavi Hotel on Kibbutz Lavi. Dinner at hotel. Overnight: Lavi or Kfar Blum
Thursday, 26 July
Ancient and Modern Geopolitics and Israel’s Finest
Walk in the lush Tel Dan Nature Reserve, one of the sources of the Jordan River, where you’ll discover biblical intrigue and one of the oldest arches in the world. OR: Hike through the Banias Nature Reserve, one of the sources of the Jordan River, to see its beautiful waterfall. Raft or Kayak down the Jordan River – Great way to cool off on a hot day. Lunch on own. Tour of the Golan Heights for a perspective on Israel’s complex geopolitics as we look down at Israel from old bunkers the way the Syrian army once did and then look out at the border from the peak of strategic Mt. Bental. Chocolate making workshop at the De Karina Chocolate Factory. ITC Touch: BBQ dinner with young Israeli soldiers who are giving some of the best years of their lives to the defense of Israel – Opportuntiy to meet the Israeli army’s human side. Overnight: Lavi or Kfar Blum
Friday, 27 July
Across Israel: A Multicultural Jewish Society
Learn about kibbutz life on a walking tour of Lavi led by a local kibbutznik. ITC Touch: Discover Ethiopian Jewish culture at the Germachin Center in Beit Shean. Learn about this community’s modern day Exodus story and the challenges facing the Ethiopian Israeli community today. Continue south through the Jordan Valley and ascend to Jerusalem. Shekhiyanu/Welcome ceremony overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem. 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. Check- in to Mt. Zion Hotel or Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem. Free time to relax and 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. Attend the musical “Israeli Kabbalat Shabbat” service at the First Station Compound. OR: Attend Friday night services at a local Jerusalem synagogue. Festive Shabbat Dinner at hotel.
Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem
Saturday, 28 July
And on the Seventh Day… in Jerusalem
Shabbat morning services at a local Conservative/Masorati synagogue, followed by Kiddush and an update about the Conservative/Masorati movement in Israel. Shabbat Lunch at the Fuchsberg Center for Conservative Judaism. Swim and relax by hotel pool. Options for Shabbat afternoon activities: 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. OR: Special ITC Touch: Israeli literary walk through the streets of Jerusalem, using the writings of Jerusalem’s poets and authors, such as Yehuda Amichai, S.Y. Agnon and others. Havdalah with Rabbi Werbow. 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: Mt. Zion Hotel or Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem Sunday, 29 July – Holocaust, Remembrance and Continuity – 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). Alternate program for younger children: Visit Jerusalem’s Biblical Zoo, where you’ll see animals which lived in Israel during biblical times. (Children must be accompanied by an adult. Zoo visit). Lunch on own. Meaningful visit to Mt Herzl Cemetery to discover chapters in the history of Israel while vidsiting the graves of Yitzhak Rabin, Golda Meir, Theordore Herzl and Hannah Senesch. ITC Touch: Engage in hands on tzedakah preparing food packages for distribution to some of Israel’s neediest people at Pantry Packers in southern Jerusalem. Dinner on own in Jerusalem’s Mamilla Quarter. Watch the Night Spectacular – Sound and light show at the Tower of David.
Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem
Monday, 30 July
The Old City of Jerusalem – An Ancient Jewish Legacy
Option of B’nai Mitzvah Ceremony at the Masorati Kotel to connect a Jewish past with a Jewish future. Discover the archaeological story of the Western Wall and episodes from rabbinic texts while standing where Jewish pilgrims walked 2,000 years ago at Robinson’s Arch and the Southern Wall Excavations. Visit 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 using the Bible and archaeology to make Jerusalem’s stones tell the story of the city’s ancient past. Wade through Hezekiah’s Tunnel – A still flowing ancient water system that saved the city of Jerusalem 2,700 years ago (dry option available). Free evening. Dinner on own. Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem
Tuesday, 31 July
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. Time permitting: Walk in Ein Gedi Nature Reserve opportunity to bath in waterfalls and hear how David hid there from King Saul. Stop off at “Abraham’s Tent” for a Camel ride and biblical hospitality before returning to Jerusalem. Free evening. Dinner on own. Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem Wednesday, 1 August – Wrapping Up – Tour of Jewish Quarter including the Herodian Mansions, Cardo, Broad Wall and Rooftops followed by free time to shop and explore on own. Lunch on own. Remainder of afternoon free to explore on your, relax 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!
Wednesday, 1 August
Tour of Jewish Quarter including the Herodian Mansions, Cardo, Broad Wall and Rooftops followed by free time to shop and explore on own. Lunch on own. Remainder of afternoon free to explore on your, relax 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!
Thursday, 2 August
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Payment in Full by Credit Card
Land Only: $3593/person (double room) Land and Air Package $5368
Single Room Supplement: $998
Land Only: $3455/person (double room) Land and Air Package $5230 Single Room Supplement: $960
Tips (guide, driver, restaurants, portage) are added to the above $180.
Third person adult in triple room: subtract $220 Child up to age 12 as third in room: subtract $410
Bar/Bat Mitzvah child as third room: subtract $520 Third and Fourth child sharing room in quad subtract $200