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We are Joining Dix Hills Jewish Center's Exploring Israel Tour Led by Rabbi Howard Buechler December 21, 2019 - January 2, 2020 | Israel Tour
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Israel Tour / We are Joining Dix Hills Jewish Center’s Exploring Israel Tour Led by Rabbi Howard Buechler December 21, 2019 – January 2, 2020

We are Joining Dix Hills Jewish Center’s Exploring Israel Tour Led by Rabbi Howard Buechler December 21, 2019 – January 2, 2020

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Tour Old Jaffa’s ancient port known as Zion’s Gate where Jonah tried to flee and Solomon brought the Cedars of Lebanon up to Jerusalem • Shekhiyanu-Welcome ceremony on top of Tel Jaffa overlooking modern Tel Aviv • Discover quaint Neve Tzedek neighborhood that gave birth to the “first Hebrew city in 2,000 years”, Discover City of Sand and Sea

We are Joining Dix Hills Jewish Center’s Exploring Israel Tour

Led by Rabbi Howard Buechler

December 21, 2019 – January 2, 2020

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Saturday Night, 21 December

Depart USA on an overnight flight to Israel
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Sunday, December 22

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. 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 at Meatos Restaurant. Light Chanukah candles together at dinner. Overnight: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Tel Aviv.
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Monday, December 23

The Hebrew City and the Jewish State Walking tour of historic “Little Tel Aviv” - Discover the quaint Neve Tzedek 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. 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 Israeli Innovation Center located in the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange to learn how Israel became the Start Up Nation. Lunch on own. Visit the Palmach Museum in Ramat Aviv to learn about the elite underground organization which played a critical role in the founding of the State of Israel. Light Chanukah candles together before setting out for a free evening. Dinner on own. Overnight: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Tel Aviv.
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Tuesday, December 24

Renewers of Jewish Life in Ancient and Modern Times Depart for northern Israel. Tour the ruins of Caesarea, including its Roman Theater, Amphitheater, Hippodrome and Promontory Palace. ITC Touch: Ponder a rabbinic debate over Jews attending gladiator games. ITC Touch: Hear the story of Hanna Senesh and her poem Walking to Caesarea, better known as the song Eli, Eli. Wine tasting and lunch at the boutique Tishbi Winery and restaurant in Binyamina. 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. Check–in to the Mitzpe Hayamim Hotel in the Galilee. Free evening. Dinner and Chanukah candle lighting at hotel. Overnight: Mitzpe Hayamim.
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Wednesday, December 25

Ancient and Modern Geopolitics and Israel’s Finest 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 Golan Heights for a special perspective on Israel’s complex geopolitics as we “look down at Israel” the way the Syrian army once did and then look out at the border from strategic Mt. Bental. Chocolate making workshop at the De Karina Chocolate Factory. Then taste wines and liqueurs at the adjacent Bahat Winery. Dinner and Chanukah candle lighting with young Israeli soldiers, who are giving some of the best years of their lives to the defense of Israel – Meet the human face of the Israeli army. Overnight: Mitzpe Hayamim.
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Thursday, December 26

Across Israel: Many Faces of the Jewish People 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. 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. Travel south through the Jordan Valley and ascend to Jerusalem. Check in to the Dan Panorama Hotel in Jerusalem. Light Chanukah candles together as a community before a free evening. Dinner on own. Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem
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Friday, December 27

Biblical Jerusalem and Welcoming the Sabbath 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. Lunch on own. 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. Free time to relax and prepare for Shabbat. Friday/Shabbat evening options (Candle Lighting Time in Jerusalem: 4:07pm): Light Shabbat and Channukah candles at hotel. 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 – Lone Soldiers to be invited. Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem.
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Saturday, December 28

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 of the historic Montefiore Windmill to discover the first neighborhood built outside the walls of the Old City. Then continue to nearby Ketef Hinnom, a First Temple period burial site where archaeologists discovered the oldest biblical text ever found. Havdallah with Rabbi Buechler, followed by Channukah candle lighting. Shabbat ends in Jerusalem at 5:23pm. Free evening. Dinner on own. Recommendations for the evening: Check out the First Station Compound – Jerusalem’s old Ottoman Train Station which has been converted into a restaurant- café area. It’s a short walk from your hotel. Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem
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Sunday, December 29

The Old City of Jerusalem: An Ancient Jewish Legacy B’nai Mitzvah ceremony at the egalitarian Masorti Kotel (near Robinson’s Arch) to connect a Jewish past with a Jewish future. Discover the archaeological story of the Western Wall and episodes of Jewish life in Jerusalem 2,000 years ago at Robinson’s Arch and the Southern Wall Excavations. Hear about a new archaeological discovery connected to the Chanukah story. Visit the traditional prayer area of the Western Wall. Walk through the Western Wall Tunnels to discover underground Jerusalem. Lunch on own. Tour of the rebuilt Jewish Quarter in the Old City, including the Broad Wall, Rooftops, Cardo and Western Wall Lookout and hear about the remarkable discoveries under the ruins of the Tiferet Yisrael Synagogue, followed by free time to shop and explore on own. Discover how residents of the Jewish Quarter light Channukah candles and ‘publicize’ the
miracle. Celebratory B’nai Mitzvah dinner at Jacko Street, a hip chef restaurant near the Machane Yehuda Market. Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem.
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Monday, December 30

Masada and the Dead Sea: Freedom Fighters or Fanatics? 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 decision did our ancestors make? Masada or Yavne? What does that mean? 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. Walk in Ein Gedi Nature Reserve opportunity to bathe in waterfalls and hear how David hid there from King Saul. Stop off at “Abraham’s Tent” for a Camel ride and biblical dinner before returning to Jerusalem. Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem.
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Tuesday, December 31

Holocaust, Remembrance and Continuity 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. Lunch on own. Multimedia tour of the Herzl Museum to discover the story of Zionism’s founding father, followed by a 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 architecturally fascinating Supreme Court Building and a great opportunity to hear about Israel’s legal system, which functions without a constitution. 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. Recommendation: 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. Celebrate New Year’s Eve with dinner at Darna, a great Morrocan restaurant with original North African décor. Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem.
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Wednesday, January 1

Digging Up the Past: An Underground Adventure Travel to Beit Guvrin in the Judean Lowlands, crossing en route the biblical Elah Valley, where David and Goliath fought. Dig up Israel’s past by participating in a hands on archaeological excavation with Dig for a Day in Beit Guvrin National Park. Lunch on own 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. recommendation: Stay at the Israel Museum to explore additional exhibitions, such as Modern Israeli Art, Synagogue Interiors in the Judaica Section or 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, January 2

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Land Only Package – $4095 per person in a double room Discounted for Check Payment
Single Room Supplement – $1345: Check Payment
Land Only Package – $4258 per person in a double room: Full cost Credit Card Payment
Single Room Supplement – $1399: Full cost Credit Card Payment
Reductions:
Subtract for Child, ages 2-12, as third in room: - $520
Subtract for Bar/Bat Mitzvah child as third in room: - $620
Subtract for Third and Fourth child in quad - $200