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We are joining Temple Sinai's Adult Exploring Israel Tour Led by Rabbi Jeffrey Bennett March 15 – 26, 2020 | Israel Tour
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Israel Tour / We are joining Temple Sinai’s Adult Exploring Israel Tour Led by Rabbi Jeffrey Bennett March 15 – 26, 2020

We are joining Temple Sinai’s Adult Exploring Israel Tour Led by Rabbi Jeffrey Bennett March 15 – 26, 2020

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Join Temple Sinai’s Adult Israel trip where you can walk through the tunnels under the Old City, float in the Dead Sea, become part of the daily life in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Tour Old Jaffa, Historic “Little Tel Aviv”, Quaint Neve Tzeddek , Israel Innovation Center, Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, Nachalat Binyamin crafts fair, Ayalon Institute,


Sunday, 15 March

Depart U.S.A. on an overnight flight to Israel

Monday, 16 March

Going up into the Land - arrive in Israel to be met and assisted by your ITC representative. Tour Old Jaffa, the ancient port city once known as Zion Gate from which Jonah tried to flee and where Solomon brought the Cedars of Lebanon on the way to Jerusalem. Today paintings and sculptures have been installed in its ancient alleys. Shekhiyanu - Welcome ceremony on top of Tel Jaffa overlooking modern Tel Aviv. Check-in to the Tal Hotel near Tel Aviv's Mediterranean coast. Welcome dinner and orientation at Maganda Yemenite Restaurant. Overnight: Tal Hotel, Tel Aviv

Tuesday, 17 March

The Hebrew City and the Jewish State- Walking tour of historic "Little Tel Aviv" - Discover the quaint Neve Tzeddek neighborhood that gave birth to the "first Hebrew city in 2,000 years", once home to Zionist cultural pioneers Eliezer Ben Yehuda, S. Y. Agnon and Rabbi Kook. Visit the new Israel Innovation Center, located in the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, to learn though its interactive exhibit about new advancements by Israeli Start-Ups in fields such as science, technology, medicine, security, aero-space and more. Hear about the establishment of Tel Aviv at the Founders' Monument then stroll down Rothschild Boulevard to view the Bauhaus architecture for which central Tel Aviv's "White City" 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". 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. Free time to walk along the Mediterranean Sea and enjoy beach side Promenade. Free evening. Dinner on own. Overnight: Tal Hotel, Tel Aviv

Wednesday, 18 March

Along the Mediterranean Coast - Depart for northern Israel. Visit the ruins of Caesarea, including its Roman Theater, Amphitheater, Hippodrome and Promontory Palace. ITC Touch: Ponder a rabbinic debate over Jews attending gladiator games. Lunch on own. Look out from the top of the Bahai Gardens on Mt. Carmel in Haifa. Time permitting: Tour of the Old City of Acco: Venture beneath the streets of Old Acco to explore the Crusader Knights Halls. 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. Check–in to the Kibbutz Lavi Hotel on Kibbutz Lavi in the Galilee.• Dinner at hotel. Overnight: Kibbutz Lavi.

Thursday, 19 March

Ancient and Modern Geopolitics and Natural Wonder: Explore mystical Tzfat, cradle of Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism) in the 16th century. Visit its old synagogues and picturesque alleyways. Then discover the origins of our Friday night service in the city where Lecha Dodi was written. Lunch on own. Tour of the strategic Golan Heights to visit bunkers where the Syrian army used to look down at Israel below. Then look out from the peak of Mt. Bental to gain a special perspective on Israel's complex geopolitics. Visit Agamon Hahuleh, described as a "paradise for birds and people" to see thousands of migrating birds coming to roost for the night. Dinner at hotel Overnight: Kibbutz Lavi.

Friday, 20 March

Across Israel: Many Faces of the Jewish People: Tour of Lavi led by a local kibbutznik to learn 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.• Check-in to the Mt. Zion Hotel in Jerusalem with a great view of the Old City. Free time to relax and prepare for Shabbat. Join hundreds of other Jews from around the world to Greet the Sabbath at the Western Wall. Option to pray as a congregation at the "Egalitarian Kotel", where men and women can stand together. Festive Shabbat Dinner at hotel. Overnight: Mt. Zion Hotel, Jerusalem

Shabbat/Saturday, 21 March

And on the Seventh Day... in Jerusalem: Shabbat morning services – To be determined with Rabbi Bennett. Traditional Shabbat Lunch at hotel. Free time to relax or explore on own. Shabbat afternoon options: 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. Havdalah with Rabbi Bennett. Dinner on own. • Watch the Night Spectacular – Sound and light show at the Tower of David. Overnight: Mt. Zion Hotel, Jerusalem

Sunday, 22 March

3,000 Years in the Old City of Jerusalem: Explore the City of David, including its ancient water systems, using the Bible and archaeology to reveal chapters from the city's ancient past. Discover the archaeological story of the Western Wall and episodes of Jewish life 2,000 years ago at Robinson's Arch and the Southern Wall Excavations, including a recent discovery related to the Chanukah's story. Visit the Western Wall and connect to an ancient Jewish legacy. Tour of Jewish Quarter including the Herodian Mansions, Cardo, Broad Wall and Rooftops followed by free time to shop and explore on own. Free evening. Dinner on own. Recommendation for the evening: Checkout the Ben Yehuda Street pedestrian mall in downtown Jerusalem. Overnight: Mt. Zion Hotel, Jerusalem

Monday, 23 March

Masada and the Dead Sea: Freedom Fighters or Fanatics? Set out early 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. Time permitting: Walk in Ein Gedi Nature Reserve opportunity to bath in waterfalls and hear how David hid there from King Saul. Return to Jerusalem. Free evening. Dinner on own Recommendation: Visit the First Station Compound, Jerusalem's restored Ottoman railway station which has been converted into a restaurant - cafe area. Overnight: Mt. Zion Hotel, Jerusalem

Tuesday, 24 March

Holocaust, Remembrance and Continuity - Guided tour of Yad Vashem - Israel's national Holocaust memorial and museum, including the Historical Museum and Children’s Memorial. Lunch on own. See the world renown Chagall Windows at Hadassah Hospital. 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. Tasting tour of the bustling Machane Yehuda Market. Free evening. Dinner on own, if still hungry. Overnight: Mt. Zion Hotel, Jerusalem

Wednesday, 25 March

Jerusalem: Capital of Israel: Visit Yad Lakashish, a unique employment program for Jerusalem's elderly citizens and meet its senior artisans. Then browse in its gift shop where "shopping is a mitzvah". See the Knesset Menorah, a remarkable bronze sculpture depicting scenes from Jewish history. Tour of the Knesset Building to learn about Israel's democratic system. 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 – Recommendations: Modern Israeli art, Synagogue interiors in the Judaica section and the Archaeology Wing. Lunch on own. 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!

Thursday, 26 March

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Land Only Package $3595 Discounted rate for payment by check;
Land and *air package is estimated at $4780 Discounted rate for payment by check
Single Room Supplement $1060 Discounted rate payment by check
Land only Package $3789 Full cost for credit card payment
Land and *air $4972 Full cost for credit card payment
Single Room Supplement $1105 Full cost for credit card payment
Reduction for a third in a room $200

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