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Israel Tour / Rabbi Charles and Betty Klein

Rabbi Charles and Betty Klein


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Merrick’s Jewish Centers tour will cover many of Israel’s marvels: Encounter with Brothers for Life
and Counter Terrorism presentation, Lecture on settlements and Gush Etzion regions, Geopolitical tour of Jerusalem, The
Temple Mount as a Focus of the Arab-Israeli conflict, Yom Hazikaron program,

Celebrate 70 Years of Israel’s Independence Merrick Jewish Centre Israel Trip

Led by Rabbi Charles and Betty Klein April 15 – 25, 2018

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Merrick Jewish Centre Israel Trip Led by Rabbi Charles and Betty Klein April 15 - 25, 2018


Sunday, 15 April

Depart U.S.A. on and overnight Delta fligh to Israel

Monday, 16 April

Going up into the Land - Afternoon arrival in Israel to be met and assisted by your ITC representative. Travel to Jerusalem through the biblical Ayalon Valley. Shehekianu/Welcome ceremony overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem. Check-in to the Dan Panorama Hotel in downtown Jerusalem. Welcome dinner at Kedma Restaurant in the Mamilla Mall. Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Tuesday, 17 April

Israel at 70: History, Geopolitics, Land and Settlement - (Erev Yom Hazikaron) - Encounter with Brothers for Life at Caliber 3. Brothers for Life is an organization that helps injured and disabled combat soldiers reclaim their lives on the basis of "injured soldiers helping injured soldiers". Counter Terrorism presentation and shooting experience at Caliber 3 in the Etzion Bloc guided by IDF reserve count-terror specialists. Lunch at Gavna Restaurant. Lecture on settlements and Gush Etzion regions by Oded Revivi, mayor of Efrat, the largest community in the Etzion Bloc. Geopolitical tour of Jerusalem to examine several key geopolitical issues impacting the city, including borders, building and settlement (Jewish and Arab) and Israel's security fence. The Temple Mount as a Focus of the Arab-Israeli Conflict: Lecture by Yossi Raz, former coordinator of Temple Mount Affairs in the Prime Minister's Office. Early dinner on own (Restaurants are closed on Erev Yom Hazikaron). Evening: Yom Hazikaron program (at Masorti synagogue or at a neighborhood memorial service). Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Wednesday, 18 April

On Memorial Day: The Silver Platter - (Yom Hazikaron – Memorial Day for Israel's Fallen Soldiers) Multimedia tour of the new Six Day War Heritage Museum at Ammunition Hill, the site of the fiercest battle in the Six Day War. At 11:00 stand in solmen memory of Israel's fallen soldiers as sirens sound throughout the country (Possibility of attending a Yom Hazikaron service). Packed lunch (Restaurants are closed on Yom Hazikaron). Tour of Yad Vashem Israel's national Holocaust memorial and museum, including the Holocaust History Museum and Children‛s Memorial. Meaningful visit to the new memorial site at Mt. Herzl Military Cemetery to discover chapters in the history of Israel while visiting the graves of our fallen soldiers, among them Yoni Netanyahu, Mike Levin and Hannah Senesh. Visit the new Memorial Hall dedicated to fallen soldiers and victims of terror. Evening: As Memorial Day transforms to Independence Day join the evening festivities as Israelis “switch” from mourning to revelry. Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Thursday, 19 April –

Independence Day in the Rebuilt Jewish Quarter - Celebratory Yom Ha'atzmaut Shacharit service at the Masorati Kotel. 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. Discussion about the Masorati Kotel and the Women of the Wall movement. Visit the Chain of Generations, which combines archaeology, modern art and technology to take you on a journey through the history of the Jewish people. 1st Timers Option: Tour the Western Wall Tunnels to discover underground Jerusalem. Tour less visited sites in the Jewish Quarter: The Israelite Tower, a 2,600 year old archaeological puzzle beneath the modern day neighborhood and the Alone on the Walls Exhibit about fall of the Jewish Quarter in the War of Independence. Free time to shop and explore on own. Afternoon picnic or BBQ – A Yom Ha'atzmaut tradition. Dinner on own. Watch the new sound and light show at the City of David. Overnight: Dan Panorama Restaurant, Jerusalem

Friday, 20 April –

Holocaust, Remembrance and Continuity - Walk in the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve to bathe in waterfalls and hear how David hid there from King Saul. Then visit Ein Gedi's ancient synagogue, whose mosaic floor includes an oath by which members swore not to reveal the secret of the community. Lunch on own. Walking tour of the quaint Nachalaot neighborhoods to discover a world of history, folklore and ethnicity just blocks from downtown Jerusalem. Explore the bustling, raucous Machane Yehuda Market and take in a slice of local life as you watch Jerusalemites prepare for Shabbat. 1st Timers Option – 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: 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. Return to Jerusalem. Please note: The Masada-Dead Sea Day Tour option above is offered at an additonal fee and is dependent on prior registration by March 1, 2018. This option maybe dependent on a minimal number of participants. Free time to relax and prepare for Shabbat. 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 "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: Dan Panorama Restaurant, Jerusalem

Shabbat/Saturday, 21 April

And on the Seventh Day... in Jerusalem - Shabbat morning services at your choice of local synagogues (Directions and recommendations will be provided). Lunch at hotel. Free time to relax and explore on own. Afternoon Israeli literary walk through the streets of Jerusalem, using the writings of Jerusalem's poets and authors, such as Yehuda Amichai, S.Y. Agnon and others. Lecture by Israeli Arab journalist Khaled Abu Toameh. Havdalah with Rabbi Klein. Free evening. Dinner on own. Overnight: Dan Panorama Restaurant, Jerusalem

Sunday, 22 April

Beit Shean and the Strategic Golan Heights - Study session at Shalom Hartman Institute religious divide Tal Becker. Travel north through the Jordan Valley. Explore the lavish Roman ruins of Beit Shean, once a splendid city of the Decapolis. 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. Geopolitical Brieifing on top of strategic Mt. Bental by Major (res.) Sarit Zehavi on the current situation along the Israeli-Syrian ceasefire lines in the Golan Heights. Check-in to the the Kfar Blum Hotel on Kibbutz Kfar Blum in the Galilee Panhandle. Dinner and overnight at Kfar Blum

Monday, 23 April

Ancient and Modern Geopolitics and Israel's Finest - Visit Ziv Medical Center in Tzfat to hear about Israeli humanitarian medical care for wounded Syrian civilians. Explore mystical Tzfat's old synagogues and picturesque alleys. Discover the origins of our Friday night service in the city where Lecha Dodi was written. Free time to shop and explore on own. 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. Raft or Kayak down the Jordan River – Great way to cool off on a hot day. Barbeque dinner with Israeli soldiers. First hand encounter with young people who are giving some of the best years of their lives to the defense of Israel. Return to hotel. Overnight: Kfar Blum

Tuesday, 24 April

Rebuilders of Jewish Life in Ancient and Modern Times - Explore the Catacombs of Beit Shearim to discover a fascinating chapter in Jewish figurative art. Learn about Beit Shearim's illustrious favorite son Rabbi Judah Hanasi, who committed the Oral Law into writing and sealed the Mishna. Dedication of the Merrick Jewish Centre Forest near Haifa (in conjunction with JNF). Lunch on own. Guided tour of the Technion – Israel's premier academic institution of science and technology and meeting with Shai Chaim at the Technion's Center for Entrepreneurism to learn about its contribution to building the Start-Up Nation. OR: Program about Arab-Jewish coexistence in multi-ethnic Haifa with Rabbi Dubi Hayoun of the Haifa Conservative Jewish community and Imam Ahmed Odeh Sharif of the Ahmedia Moslem community. Travel to Tel Aviv. Check in to the Carlton Hotel on Tel Aviv's Mediterranean Coast. Free evening. Dinner on own. Overnight: Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv

Wednesday, 25 April

The Hebrew City and the Jewish State - Visit Independence Hall in honor of 70 years of Israeli Independence and relive David Ben Gurion declaring the new state. Tasting tour of the colorful Levinsky Market. Lunch on own. Read from poet Chaim Nachman Bialik with its etrog shaped dome. Visit luthier Amnon Weinstein's workshop: Violins of Hope – A unique project to restore violins which survived the Holocaust so that they can be played in concerts and tell their remarkable stories. 1st Timers Option: Multimedia tour of the Palmach Museum to learn about the elite underground organization that played a critical role in founding the State of Israel. Tel Aviv night life tour with Libbi Cohen to experience the city that never stops. Dinner on own Overnight: Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv

Thursday, 26 April

Israel at 70 - Visit to Kibbutz Alumim for an update on life on the on Gaza border from local kibbutznik Jeremy Maissel. Possibility of visiting a captured Hamas infiltration tunnel (Tentative/Not confirmed, pending IDF approval). Tour of an exotic orchard, followed by a gourmet lunch at Ora‛s Yard on Moshav Kfar Maimon. Taste their home-made liqueurs and jams. Hear your hosts' moving immigration stories. Tour of Sderot and meeting with a representative of the Sderot Foundation. The town of Sderot was struck by many rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip. Afternoon free to explore on own, swim and get in last minute shopping. Farewell dinner at Liliyot Restaurant. Liliyot is run by Elem, to train at risk youth for careers in the restaurant trade. Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport –

Friday, 27 April

Arrive in U.S.A. Begin planning next Israel trip with Rabbi Klein and ITC

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Value For Money

Trip costs and reductions Discounted price for check payment: Land Only Package $3,995 *Air and Land Package $5445 Full price for credit card payment Land Only Package $4,155 *Air and Land Package $5660 Discounted price for check payment for Single Room Supplement: $1295 Full price for credit card payment for Single Room Supplement: $1060 Reduction off price for 3rd adult in room: subtract $490 Added to the costs above are tips for Guide, Driver, Restaurants and Poerage $190 Tour price is based on minimum of 35 participants *Air price includes taxes and fuel surcharge - they are subject to change until ticketed

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