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Rabbi Howard Buechler

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February 14-25, 2018
Round trip Delta flight from JFK to Tel Aviv. Deluxe Accommodations at the Carlton Hotel Tel Aviv, Ramot Resort in the North and the New Orient Jerusalem.

Exploring Israel with the Dix Hills Jewish Center Led by Rabbi Howard Buechler

February 14 – 25, 2018


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Exploring Israel with the Dix Hills Jewish Center Led by Rabbi Howard Buechler February 14 - 25, 2018


Wednesday, 14 February

Depart USA on an overnight Delta flight to Israel

Thursday, 15 February

Entering the Land - Arrive in Israel to be met and assisted by your ITC representative (today’s program depends on arrival time). Tour the alleys of Old Jaffa, the ancient port city once known as the Gate of Zion. Shehekhiyanu/Welcome ceremony on top of Tel Jaffa overlooking modern Tel Aviv. Hear about the vision for founding the first Hebrew city in 2,000 years. Check-in at the Carlton Hotel on Tel Aviv's Mediterranean Coast. Welcome dinner and orientation at Jem's Beer Factory, in Petch Tikva, a boutique brewery and kosher restaurant founded by Jeremy Welfeld, who “left a comfortable job at the White House for the sake of making beer in Israel”. Overnight: Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv

Friday, 16 February

The Hebrew City and the Jewish State - Visit the Palmach Museum for a multimedia presentation about the elite underground organization that played a critical role in founding the State of Israel. (Children under 6 are not allowed in the Palmach Museum). 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". At Independence Hall relive David Ben Gurion declaring the new 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 "Magen David Junction". Free time to get ready for Shabbat. Shabbat evening services – Festive Shabbat Dinner at hotel - Overnight: Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv

Saturday, 17 February

And on the Seventh Day...in Tel Aviv - Shabbat morning services or a quiet restful morning in Tel Aviv. ITC Touch: Guided tour of David Ben Gurion's house. Traditional Shabbat Lunch at Hotel. ITC Touch: At the Chaim Arlozorov Memorial in front of your hotel, discover a fascinating, but forgotten figure in modern Jewish history. ITC Touch: Visit the "Aliyah Bet" Memorial in London Square, overlooking the site where in 1939 the illegal immigrant ship "Tiger Hill" ran a ground in order to unload its passengers, who were greeted on the beach by Tel Aviv who hoped to hide them from the British. Most of Tiger Hill's 1,400 "illegal immigrant" passengers were taken by the British to Atlit Detention Camp...to be continued tomorrow in Atlit. Free time to walk along the beach side Promenade and see the people of Tel Aviv enjoying Shabbat afternoon, including Israeli folkdancing or stroll along the boardwalk in the nearby Tel Aviv Port. Havdallah with Rabbi Buechler. Free evening. Dinner on own. Overnight: Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv

Sunday, 18 February

Renewers of Jewish Life in Modern and Ancient Times - Guided tour of the former Atlit Illegal Immigrant Detention Camp where the British held Holocaust refugees, who tried to enter the country "illegally". Then board an “illegal immigration ship" to watch a multimedia presentation about the heroic pre-State immigration. Tour, wine tasting and a fabulous lunch at the boutique Tishbi Winery in Zichron Yaakov. 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, the Nile Flood Festival and Orpheus – Why does the latter look like King David(?). Check–in to the Ramot Resort Hotel on Moshav Ramot overlooking the Sea of Galilee. Dinner at Roberg, a gourmet restaurant on nearby Moshav Livnim. Overnight: Ramot Resort

Monday, 19 February

Ancient and Modern Geopolitics and Israel's Finest - Tour the Golan Heights to "look down" at Israel from former bunkers the way the Syrian army once did and then look out at the border from the peak of strategic Mt. Bental for a special perspective on Israel's complex geopolitics. Chocolate making workshop at the De Karina Chocolate Factory on nearby Kibbutz Ein Zivan. Taste wines and liqueurs at the boutique Bahat Winery. Lunch on own. 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. Boat ride on the Sea of Galilee followed by and a delicious dinner at Decks lakeside restautant. Overnight: Ramot Resort

Tuesday, 20 February

Across Israel: A Multicultural Jewish Society - Visit the ancient synagogue at Hamat Tiberias and ponder why its 1,500 year old mosaic floor features a wheel of the zodiac. ITC Touch: The Kurdish Jewish Village Experience on Moshav Yardena, followed by a delicious Kurdish Lunch – An ethnic gastronomic experience. Travel south through the Jordan Valley and ascend to Jerusalem. Shehekhiyanu ceremony on Mt. Scopus overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem. Visit to the Israel Museum to see the Dead Sea Scrolls in the Shrine of the Book and the Model of Jerusalem in the first century. OR: Explore other exhibits on own. Recommendations: Modern Israeli art, Synagogue interiors in the Judaica section and the Archaeology Wing. Check in to the Inbal Hotel or new Orient Hotel in Jerusalem. Dinner at Gavriel Restaurant, a spectacular chef restaurant in downtown Jerusalem. Overnight: Orient Hotel, Jerusalem

Wednesday, 21 February

Masada and the Dead Sea: Freedom Fighters or Fanatics? - Travel across the Judean Desert. Walk in Ein Gedi Nature Reserve opportunity to bathe in waterfalls and hear how David hid there from King Saul. Visit the ancient synagogue of Ein Gedi, whose mosaic floor includes an oath to guard the secret of the community, apparently the recipe for making valuable perfume from the balsam fruit. 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? 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. Recommendation for the evening: Visit the First Station Compound, Jerusalem's restored Ottoman railway station turned restaurant - cafe area. Overnight: Orient Hotel, Jerusalem

Thursday, 22 February

The Old City of Jerusalem: An Ancient Jewish Legacy - Explore the City of David, including its ancient water systems (without getting wet!), using the Bible and archaeology to decipher Jerusalem's ruins and discover chapters in the city's past. Visit the traditional prayer area of the Western Wall. Walk through the Western Wall Tuinnels to discover underground Jerusalem wander and tour the Jewish Quarters east and west- Tasting tour in ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods as cholent pots, kugels and fresh challahs are coming out of the ovens. Then continue on to the raucous Machane Yehuda Market to see and sample some of Middle Eastern Jewish specialties. Dinner at Eucalyptus Restaurant . Overnight: Orient Hotel, Jerusalem

Friday, 23 February

Holocaust, Remembrance and Continuity...Shabbat - Tour of Yad Vashem - Israel's national Holocaust memorial and museum, including the Holocaust History 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 is not included in the tour price). 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. Lunch on own. Afternoon free to explore on your own and get in last minute shopping. Light Shabbat candles at hotel Friday/Shabbat evening 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 egalitarian "Masorati Kotel", where men and women can stand together. Festive Shabbat Dinner at hotel. Overnight: Orient Hotel, Jerusalem

Saturday, 24 February

And on the Seventh Day... in Jerusalem - Shabbat morning services at the synagogue of your choice (recommendations and directions will be provided). Shabbat Lunch at hotel. 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. Havdallah with Rabbi Buechler Farewell dinner at Darna, a superb Moroccan restaurant with its own special North African décor. Hotel check-out and depart to airport for flight home.

Sunday, 25 February

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Land Only $3745 per person in a double room

Land and air: $4995

Single Room Supplement: $1,195

Payment in Full by Credit Card

Land Only $3895 per person in a double room

Land and air: $5195

Single Room Supplement: $1,238

Tips (guide, driver, restaurants, portage) are added to the above fees in the amount of $180. /Check Added to above $100. DHJC administration fee /check REDUCTIONS Third Person in a Triple Room: Subtract $330

Child up to age 12 as third in a Triple Room: Subtract $550

Bar/Bat Mitzvah Child as third in a Room: Subtract $650

    All prices are per person in a double-room based on minimum of 20 participants. Price reduction extended at 25 participants. Airport Tax and Fuel Surcharges are subject to change until purchased. Pricing is subject to change until the trip is paid in full. Payment in full is due 90 DAYS before departure. $180 Travel Insurance is optional, but highly recommended! Visit www.israeltour.com for coverage and rates. Added to above $100. DHJC administration fee /check/ per adult
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    TERMS AND CONDITIONS ROOMS: Prices are based on double occupancy. Single rooms are available at a supplementary cost. TAXES: Airport tax and fuel surcharge are included in the ticket price when ticketed. INSURANCE: Insurance is not included in the tour price. We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance. Please note that we cannot accept responsibility for any losses or expenses, which you or any member of your party may incur as a result of failing to secure adequate coverage. MEDICAL CONDITION: ITC is not responsible for any medical conditions that may occur during or prior to the tour. CANCELLATION: All cancellations must be in writing to ITC Tours, and must be signed by the person who made the original reservation. Cancellations are only effective from the day they are received by ITC Tours. No refunds are issued for cancellations received after the date the tour departs. Penalties will apply. If you cancel your tour, cancellation fees and penalties will be deducted from your refund or deposit. Cancellation fees will apply to all deposit checks. Airline penalties could be equal to the total cost of the ticket. Cancellation fees apply to each person. MINIMUM FEE OF $100.00 PER PERSON FOR ANY CANCELLATION PRIOR TO DEPARTURE. The cancellation fees listed below are in addition to any penalties applied by airlines, hotels and tour operators. No refunds are issued for cancellations on private tour itineraries. After itinerary is complete, there will be a $100.00 Change fee assessed per change. BAGGAGE: Luggage is the responsibility of the passenger and that of the airlines. For lost luggage claims, the passenger is responsible for notifying the airline directly. SEAT ASSIGNMENTS: There is no advance seat selection for tour departures, however, ITC Tours will try to meet individual requests upon availability. Three hours’ advance arrival at the airport is necessary to ensure adequate time for check-in. RESPONSIBILITY FOR FLIGHT AND PASSENGER ACCOMMODATIONS AND SERVICES: ITC is responsible for making all arrangements for tour services offered in the itinerary. The airlines, hotels, land operators and other suppliers providing services are independent contractors and not agents, employees or associates of ITC. Acceptance and confirmation of your reservation is at the discretion of the airlines even after full payment has been made. ITC, Rabbi Buechler and Dix Hills Jewish Center assume no responsibility or liability in connection with the service of an aircraft, motor coach, taxi, or other conveyances, which may be used in the performance of its duty to the passengers. All vouchers and other documents for services issued by the company are subject to the terms and conditions specified by the suppliers, and to the laws of the country where services are supplied. If the tour services as indicated by the itinerary cannot be supplied, or there are changes in the itinerary for reasons beyond the control of ITC, ITC will arrange for provision of comparable services. ITC reserves the right to make changes in the itinerary whenever ITC deems it necessary to the comfort, convenience and safety of the participant at any time. The participant agrees that ITC, shall not be liable for any changes in flight schedules, delays, weather conditions, damages, losses (including personal injuries, death and property losses), or expenses occasioned by acts or omissions of any person, including suppliers providing services, or for any acts of war, insurrection, revolts, or other civil uprisings, military actions, strikes, or acts of God occurring either in the country of origin, through passage or destination. No person other than an authorized representative of ITC by written consent is authorized to vary, add or waive any term or condition in this agreement. The right is reserved to decline to accept or retain any tour passenger should such person’s health or general deportment impede the operation of the tour to the detriment of the other tour passengers. PASSPORTS AND VISAS: Each passenger participant must have a valid passport. Please make sure the expiration date is at least 6 months past your date of departure. IMMUNIZATIONS: No immunization shots or vaccinations are required at present, unless otherwise noted. ITINERARY: The sequence of activities in the itinerary may change or be reversed. Some may be omitted due to circumstances beyond the control of ITC.