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Join Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel’s Multi Generational Family Israel Tour Led by Rabbi Lance J. Sussman PhD June 15-25, 2020 | Israel Tour
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Israel Tour / Join Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel’s Multi Generational Family Israel Tour Led by Rabbi Lance J. Sussman PhD June 15-25, 2020

Join Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel’s Multi Generational Family Israel Tour Led by Rabbi Lance J. Sussman PhD June 15-25, 2020

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Join KI’s family Israel trip where you will become part of the daily life in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Hear Rabbi Sussman’s “Declaration of Interdependence” outside Independence Hall, Visit the new Israel Innovation Center located in the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, Ayalon Institute – an underground bullet factory used by Jewish forces before the founding of the State of Israel and so much more!


Monday, June 15

Depart USA

Tuesday, June 16 – 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 through which Jonah tried to flee and Solomon brought the Cedars of Lebanon on the way to Jerusalem. Today paintings and sculptures have been installed in its picturesque alleyways. Shekhiyanu- Welcome ceremony on top of Tel Jaffa overlooking modern Tel Aviv, including Rabbi Krauskopf’s reading by about Jaffa. Check-in to the Dan Panorama Hotel on Tel Aviv’s Mediterranean Coast. Welcome dinner at Goshen Restaurant. Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv

Wednesday, June 17 – The Hebrew City and the Jewish State

Learn 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. Hear Rabbi Sussman’s “Declaration of Interdependence”outside Independence Hall, where David Ben Gurion declared the new State of Israel. 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. Visit the new Israel Innovation Center, located in the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, to learn though its interactive exhibit about new advancements by Israeli Hi-tech Start-Ups in fields such as medicine, security, aero-space, agriculture and alternative energy. Lunch on own. 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. Time permitting: Stop at Tank Corps Memorial and Museum at Latrun. Travel to Jerusalem Check in to the Dan Panorama Hotel in Jerusalem. Free evening. Dinner on own.

Thursday, June 18 – Jerusalem: An Ancient and Modern Jewish Legacies

Discover the archaeological story of the Western Wall and episodes from the ruins of 1st century Jerusalem 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. 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 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). Fee evening. Dinner on own. Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Friday, June 19 – Discovering the Past and Present and Preparing for Shabbat

Briefing on Israeli and Middle East Politics by Steve Linde, editor-in-chief of the Jerusalem Report (and former editor-
in-chief of the Jerusalem Post). Tour of Jewish Quarter including the Herodian Mansions, Cardo, Broad Wall and Rooftops followed by free time to shop and explore on own. 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, enjoy hotel pool and prepare for Shabbat. Friday/Shabbat evening options: Attend Friday night services at Kol Haneshama, a local Reform congregation. Join hundreds of other Jews from around the world to Greet the Sabbath at the Western Wall. Option to join the new egalitarian Kabbalat Shabbat minyan at the Masorti Kotel, where men and women can pray together (begins at 6:00pm). or attend the musical “Israeli Kabbalat Shabbat” service at the First Station Compound (begins at 5:00pm). Festive Shabbat Dinner at hotel. Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Saturday, June 20 – And on the Seventh Day....in Jerusalem

Shabbat morning services – To be determined with Rabbi Sussman. Visit the Israel Museum to see the large scale Model of Ancient Jerusalem and the Dead Sea Scrolls, Followed by 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. Walking tour of the Chrisian Quarter, including the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and a portion of the Via Dolorosa. Free time to enjoy hotel pool. Havdalah with Rabbi Sussman. Free evening. Dinner on own. Recommendation for the evening:
Check out the First Station Compound – Jerusalem’s old Ottoman Train Station
which has been converted into a restaurant-café area. Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Sunday, June 21 – Masada and the Dead Sea: Freedom Fighters or Fanatics?

Set out 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 on top of Masada. 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. Time permitting: 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

Monday, June 22 – Renewers of Jewish Life in Ancient and Modern Times

Bar Mitzvah ceremony at Neot Kedumim, Israel biblical landscape reserve in the greater Modi’in Region, the Home of the Maccabbees. Walking tour in Neot Kedumim to learn about nature and agriculture in the Bible, including oil making in ancient Israel. Lunch at Baronita Restaurant in Zichron Yaakov. Picturesque Zichron Yaakov is an early Zionist pioneering community. Explore
the ruins of Tzippori, the city where Rabbi Judah Hanasi sealed the Mishna. Discover Tzippori’s magnificent ancient mosaic pavements, including Mona Lisa of the Galilee, Nile Flood Festival and Orpheus, who looks like King David? What do the ruins of Tzippori reveal about Jews and Hellenism? Then ponder why an ancient synagogue floor features a wheel of the zodiac. Why does the Menorah on the mosaic have seven branches instead of nine? Check in to Kfar Blum Hotel on Kibbutz Kfar Blum in Galilee Panhandle. Dinner at hotel. Overnight: Kfar Blum

Tuesday, June 23 – 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. Kayak down the Jordan River – Great way to cool off on a hot day! Lunch on own. Jeep tour in 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. Please choose one of the following two “touring and tasting” options. Both located on nearby Kibbutz Ein Zivan (Possibility of splitting the group): Chocolate making workshop at the De Karina Chocolate Factory or taste wines and liqueurs at the boutique Bahat Winery. Dinner 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 IDF. Overnight: Kfar Blum

Wednesday, June 24 – Cradles of Jewish Civilization

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 and Shalom Aleichem were written. Free time to browse in the marketplace and galleries on own. Lunch on own. Visit the ruins of Caesarea, including its Roman Theater, Amphitheater, Hippodrome and Promontory Palace. ITC Touch: Hear about a rabbinic debate over Jews attending gladiator games. Farewell dinner and program at Bistro 56 in Herzliya. Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport – See you again soon!

Thursday, June 25 – Arrive in USA

Arrive in USA Begin planing you next trip with KI and Rabbi Sussman.

Land Only Package – $3639 per person in a double room
Land and Air Package – *$4989 per person in a double room
Single Room Supplement – $980
Land Only Package – $3785 per person in a double room
Land and Air Package – *$5189 per person in a double room
Single Room Supplement – $1019
Adult as 3rd in a room - $220
Child, ages 2-12, as third room: - $340
Bar/Bat Mitzvah child as third in room: - $490
Third and Fourth child sharing a quad - $300

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