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We are Bet Chaverim Congregation's Exploring Israel Adventure Led by Rabbi Kim Blumenthal February 9–20, 2020 | Israel Tour
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Israel Tour / We are Bet Chaverim Congregation’s Exploring Israel Adventure Led by Rabbi Kim Blumenthal February 9–20, 2020

We are Bet Chaverim Congregation’s Exploring Israel Adventure Led by Rabbi Kim Blumenthal February 9–20, 2020

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Shekhiyanu – Welcome blessing on top of Tel Jaffa overlooking modern Tel Aviv. Tour Old Jaffa, ancient port city known as Zion Gate where Jonah tried to flee and where Solomon brought the Cedars of Lebanon. Israel Innovation Center located in the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange to learn how Israel became the Start Up Nation

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Sunday, February 9

Depart USA
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Monday, February 10

Going up into the Land Arrive in Israel to be met and assisted by your ITC representative (today’s program depends on arrival time) • 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. • Shehekhiyanu- Welcome ceremony on top of Tel Jaffa overlooking modern Tel Aviv • Visit the Palmach Museum in Ramat Aviv to learn about the elite underground organization which played a critical role in founding the State of Israel • Check-in to the Dan Panorama Hotel on Tel Aviv's Mediterranean Coast • Welcome Dinner at Maganda Restaurant in Tel Aviv's old Yemenite Quarter • Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv
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Tuesday, February 11

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", once home to Zionist cultural pioneers Eliezer Ben Yehuda, S. Y. Agnon and Rabbi Kook • ITC Touch: Discover City of Sand and Sea, a mosaic fountain created by artist and writer Nachum Gutman portraying scenes from the history of Jaffa and Tel Aviv. • 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 was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site • Visit the new Taglit Israel Innovation Center 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, defense, aero-space and more • 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 • Dinner on own • Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv
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Wednesday, February 12

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 rabbinic debate over Jews attending gladiator games • OR: Explore the ruins of Tzippori, the city where Rabbi Judah Hanasi sealed the Mishna. Discover Tzippori's lavish ancient mosaic pavements, including Mona Lisa of the Galilee, Nile Flood Festival and Orpheus, who looks like King David? Then ponder why an ancient synagogue floor features a wheel of the zodiac. • Lunch on own • Tour mystical Tzfat's old synagogues and picturesque alleyways. Tzfat was the cradle of Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism) in the 16th century. Judaism's Friday night service, Kabbalat Shabbat, and the hymn Lecha Dodi originated in Tzfat a that time. • Free time to shop in galleries and explore Tzfat's Artists Colony on own • ITC Touch: Visit the studio of a Kabbalistic artist and hear how Jewish spirituality influences his work • Check–in to the Kibbutz Lavi Hotel on Kibbutz Lavi in the Galilee • Dinner at hotel • Overnight: Lavi
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Thursday, February 13

Ancient and Modern Geopolitics and Israel's Finest Learn about kibbutz life on a walking tour of Lavi led by a local kibbutznik • 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 Wine tasting at the boutique Pelter Winery on Kibbutz Ein Zivan • ITC Touch: BBQ dinner with young Israeli soldiers who are giving some of the best years of their lives to the defense of Israel • Overnight: Lavi
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Friday, February 14

Across Israel: A Multicultural Jewish Society Plant a tree in Israel in honor or in memory of a loved one. • ITC Touch: 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 • Shekhiyanu/Welcome ceremony overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem • Explore the bustling 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, located in an historic building 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 together as a congregation at the egalitarian "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, Jerusalem
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Saturday, February 15

And on the Seventh Day....in Jerusalem Shabbat morning services at a local Conservative/Masorati synagogue • Traditional Shabbat Lunch at hotel Shabbat afternoon options: Walking tour to the historic Montefiore Windmill to discover the first neighbourhood built outside the walls of the Old City. Then continue to Ketef Hinnom, a First Temple period burial site where archaeologists discovered the oldest biblical text ever found. • Havdalah with Rabbi Blumenthal • Dinner on own in Mamilla Quarter • Watch the Night Spectacular – Sound and light show at the Tower of David • Overnight: Mt. Zion Hotel, Jerusalem
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Sunday, February 16

The Old City of Jerusalem: An Ancient Jewish Legacy Please choose one of the following ancient Jerusalem touring options for the group: Explore the City of David, including its ancient water systems (without getting wet!), as we use the Bible and archaeology to decipher Jerusalem's ruins and uncover chapters in the city's past • AND/OR: 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 traditional prayer area of the Western Wall • Walk through the Western Wall Tunnels to discover underground Jerusalem • Lunch on own in the Jewish Quarter • Tour of Jewish Quarter including the Herodian Mansions, Broad Wall, Rooftops and Cardo followed by free time to shop and explore on own • 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, Jerusalem
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Monday, February 17

Masada and the Dead Sea: Freedom Fighters or Fanatics? Set out across the Judean Desert to the Dead Sea region, passing en route Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found • Ascend Masada by cable car to tour the ruins of Herod's palace and the last outpost of Jewish independence • 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 bathe in waterfalls and hear how David hid there from King Saul • Dinner on own • Overnight: Mt. Zion Hotel, Jerusalem
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Tuesday, February 18

Holocaust, Remembrance and Continuity Tour of Yad Vashem – Israel's national Holocaust memorial and museum, including the Holocaust History Museum and Children's Memorial • Lunch on own • See the world renown Chagall Windows at Hadassah Hospital • Meaningful visit to Mt Herzl Cemetery to discover chapters in the history of Israel while visiting the graves of Yitzhak Rabin, Golda Meir, Theodore Herzl and Hannah Senesch • Guided tour of the new Hebrew Music Museum in downtown Jerusalem's Nachalat Shiva neighborhood to learn about the history of Jewish music from biblical times and through seven different regions of the Diaspora • Free evening • Dinner on own • Recommendation: Stay downtown and have coffee and dessert at one of the cafés in adjacent Music Square and listen to an open air performance. Then check out the nearby Ben Yehuda Street Pedestrian Mall • Overnight: Mt. Zion Hotel, Jerusalem
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Wednesday, February 19

Wrapping Up and Departure Visit Yad Lakashish, a unique employment project helping Jerusalem's elderly, including a stop in its shop "where shopping is a mitzvah!" • Tour 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. • 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
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Thursday, February 20

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Land Only Package – $3595 per person in a double room Discounted for Check Payment
Land and Air Package – *$5175 per person in a double room: Check Payment
Single Room Supplement – $950: Check Payment
Land Only Package – $3738 per person in a double room: Full cost Credit Card Payment
Land and Air Package – *$5980 per person in a double room: Full cost Credit Card Payment
Single Room Supplement – $988: Full cost Credit Card Payment
Reduction:
Subtract for 3rd Adult in a room – $200
Added to above Tips for guide, driver, restaurants and porterage $195 payment by check $203 credit card

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