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Rabbi Philip Weintraub

Rabbi Philip Weintraub

$100

per person

June 11 – 22, 2017

Congregation Agudas Israel’s tour will cover Israel‛s many wonders of Jerusalem, Lake Kinneret and the Galilee, Golan Heights, Masada, the Dead Sea, Tel Aviv and the Mediterranean Coast all while creating a sense of community along the way.

Congregation Agudas Israel’s tour will cover Israel‛s many wonders of Jerusalem, Lake Kinneret and the Galilee, Golan Heights, Masada, the Dead Sea, Tel Aviv and the Mediterranean Coast all while creating a sense of community along the way.

Congregation Agudas Israel

Explore Israel Led by Rabbi Philip Weintraub

June 11 – 22, 2017

1

Sunday, 11 June

  • Depart USA on an over night flight to Israel
2

Monday, 12 June

  • Entering the Land
  • Afternoon arrival 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 Dan Panorama Hotel on Tel Aviv’s Mediterranean Coast. Welcome dinner and orientation at Maganda Yemenite Restaurant.
  • Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv
3

Tuesday, 13 June

  • The Hebrew City and the Jewish State
  • Multimedia tour of the Palmach Museum to learn about the elite underground organization that played a critical role in founding the State of Israel. Hear about the establishment of Tel Aviv standing 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 same junction. 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 evening. Dinner on own.
  • Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv
4

Wednesday, 14 June

  • Cradles of Jewish Civilization in the Galilee
  • Drive north on Trans Israel Highway – View and discuss Israel’s Security Fence en route. 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 ponder why an ancient synagogue has a wheel of the zodiac on its floor.
  • 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. Boat ride on the Sea of Galilee followed by dinner at Decks lakeside restaurant. Check in to Kibbutz Lavi Hotel in the Galilee.
  • Overnight: Kibbutz Lavi, Galilee.
5

Thursday, 15 June

  • 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. 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. Bental. Guided tour of the boutique Bahat Winery including wine tasting. Barbeque dinner with young Israeli soldiers who are giving some of the best years of their lives to the defense of Israel.
  • Overnight: Kibbutz Lavi, Galilee
6

Friday, 16 June

  • Across Israel: A Multicultural Jewish Society
  • Guided tour of Lavi by a local resident to hear about kibbutz life. Discover Ethiopian Jewish culture at the Germachin Center in Beit Shean. Hear a personal account of this community’s modern day Exodus story and about the challenges facing the Ethiopian Israeli community today. Lunch on own. Continue south through the Jordan Valley and ascend to 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 the Mt. Zion Hotel in 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. OR: Attend Friday night services at a local Jerusalem synagogue. Festive Shabbat Dinner at hotel.
  • Overnight: Mt. Zion Hotel
7

Saturday, 17 June

  • 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. Traditional Shabbat Lunch at hotel. Shabbat afternoon options:
  • Late afternoon walking tour to the historic Montefiore Windmill in Mishkenot Sha’ananim 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. Havdalah with Rabbi Weintraub. 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
8

Sunday, 18 June

  • The Old City of Jerusalem – An Ancient Jewish Legacy
  • 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 the Western Wall and connect with an ancient Jewish legacy. Discover underground Jerusalem in the Western Wall Tunnels as we walk along the Kotel’s massive foundation stones. Lunch on own in Jewish Quarter. Guided tour of the Jewish Quarter including the Cardo, Broad Wall and Rooftops followed by free time to shop and explore on own. Free evening. Dinner on own.
  • Overnight: Mt. Zion Hotel
9

Monday, 19 June

  • In the foosteps of Israel’s Founders
  • Jeep Tour in the footsteps of the War of Indepence in the Jerusalem Corridor, including Bab El Wad and the Burma Road. Attend a memorial service in the Palmach Cemetery at Kiryat Anavim and stand in solemn memory with Israel’s fallen soldiers as sirens sound throughout the country. Lunch on own. Visit the Scrolls of Fire sculpture in the Judean Hills to see an artist’s rendition of chapters in Jewish history from Holocaust to Redemption. Discover the story of Zionism’s founding father Theodore Herzl at the multimedia Herzl Museum. Free evening. Dinner on own.
  • Overnight: Mt. Zion Hotel
10

Tuesday, 20 June

  • Masada and the Dead Sea
  • Set out across the Judean Desert towards the Dead Sea. Visit P’til Techelet to discover the ancient biblical formula for producing the blue dye used to make tzitzit (Subject to availability). 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 at Dead Sea resort. 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. Return to Jerusalem. Free evening.• Dinner on own.
  • Overnight: Mt. Zion Hotel
11

Wednesday, 21 June

  • Holocaust, Remembrance and Continuity
  • Tour of Yad Vashem – Israel’s national Holocaust memorial and museum, including the Holocaust History Museum and the Children’s Memorial. See the world renowned Chagall Windows at Hadassah Hospital. Remainder of afternnon free to explore on own and get in last minute shopping. Farewell Dinner at Olive and Fish Restaurant.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport – See you again soon!
12

Thursday, 22 June

  • Arrive in USA
  • Begin planning your next Israel trip with Rabbi Weintraub and ITC Tours!

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Costs and Reductions: Land Package $3225 Per person in a double room. Land and Air Package $4285. Single room Supplement $1080 Third person in triple room: subtract $460 Child, ages 2-18, as third person in parents’ room: subtract $550 Bar/Bat Mitzvah child as third person in parents’ room: subtract $650 Third and Fourth child sharing room in quad with parents: subtract $120 Plus Tips for Guide, Driver Restaurants and Porterage $180 Travel and health insurance is available please call for costs and cancel for any reason insurance

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