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I am Joining Congregation Etz Chaim’s Multi-Generational Israel Trip Led by Rabbi Daniel Dorsch May 31 – June 11, 2020 | Israel Tour
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Israel Tour / I am Joining Congregation Etz Chaim’s Multi-Generational Israel Trip Led by Rabbi Daniel Dorsch May 31 – June 11, 2020

I am Joining Congregation Etz Chaim’s Multi-Generational Israel Trip Led by Rabbi Daniel Dorsch May 31 – June 11, 2020

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Join Congregation Etz Chaim’s family Israel trip where you will become part of the daily life in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Visit the Ayalon Institute underground bullet factory, Old Jaffa, New Israel Innovation Center, Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, Nachalat Binyamin, ruins of Caesarea, including its Roman Theater, Amphitheater, Old City of Acco with its Underground Prisoners Museum, explore the Grottos of Rosh Hanikra


Sunday, May 31

Depart USA

Monday, 1 June

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.
  • Check-in to the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Tel Aviv's Mediterranean Coast.
  • Welcome dinner and orientation at Maganda Yemenite Restuarant.
  • Overnight:  Crowne Plaza Hotel, Tel Aviv

Tuesday, 2 June

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".
  • Stroll down Rothschild Boulevard to view the Bauhaus architecture for which central Tel Aviv was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Relive David Ben Gurion declaring the new State of Israel at We Hereby Declare in the Shalom Tower (alternate site for Independence Hall program during renovation).
  • Lunch on 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.
  • Free time to swim in the Mediterranean Sea and enjoy beach side Promenade.
  • Free evening
  • Dinner on own
  • Overnight:  Crowne Plaza Hotel, Tel Aviv

Wednesday, 3 June

Cradles of Jewish Civilization in the Galilee
  • Depart for northern Israel.
  • Visit the ruins of Caesarea, including its Roman Theater, Amphitheater, Hippodrome and Promontory Palace.
  • ITC Touch:  Ponder a rabbinic debate over Jews attending gladiator games.
  • Tour of the Old City of Acco:  Visit the Underground Prisoners Museum in Acco Prison, where the British held and even executed Jewish underground fighters.  A daring escape from this prison is featured in the film Exodus.  Then venture beneath the streets of Old Acco to explore the Crusader Knights Halls.
  • Travel to Rosh Hanikra in the northwest corner of Israel.
  • Descend by cable car to explore the Grottos of Rosh Hanikra – Beautiful sea caves formed by the forces of wind and water.
  • Check–in to the Leonardo Plaza Hotel in Tiberias overlooking the Sea of Galilee.
  • Dinner at hotel
  • Overnight:  Leonardo Plaza, Tiberias

Thursday, 4 June

Ancient and Modern Geopolitics and Israel's Finest
  • 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.
  • Raft or Kayak down the Jordan River – Great way to cool off on a hot day.
  • Lunch on own
  • Jeep tour of the Golan Heights for a perspective on Israel's complex geopolitics as we visit bunkers where the Syrian army "looked down" at Israel. Then look out at the border region from strategic 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:  Guided tour of the boutique Bahat Winery including wine tasting.
  • Barbeque dinner with young Israeli soldiers who are giving some of the best years of their lives to the defense of Israel.
  • Overnight:  Leonardo Plaza, Tiberias

Friday, 5 June

Across Israel: A Multicultural Jewish Society
  • Visit the ancient synagogue of Beit Alfa and discover why a wheel of the zodiac
appears on its 1,500 year old mosaic floor.
  • Visit Bio-Bee on Kibbutz Sde Eliahu, world leaders in organic agriculture to hear
how they are using very effectively biological pest control, rather than toxic pesticides  to protect their crops.
  • Lunch at Kibbutz Sde Eliahu
  • 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
  • Check-in to Leonardo Plaza Hotel, Jerusalem.
  • 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: Leonardo Plaza Hotel, Jerusalem

Saturday, 6 June

And on the Seventh Day… in Jerusalem
  • Shabbat morning services at a the synagogue of your choice (Recommendations and directions will be provied).
  • Shabbat Lunch at hotel.
  • Free time to relax and enjoy hotel pool.
  • Late afternoon walking tour to the historic Montefiore Windmill to discover the first neighbourhood built outside the walls of the Old City.
  • AND/OR:  Walking tour to First Temple period burial site at Ketef Hinnom – Where archaeologists discovered the oldest biblical text ever found.
  • Havdalah with Rabbi Dorsch
  • 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: Leonardo Plaza Hotel, Jerusalem

Sunday, 7 June

The Old City of Jerusalem – An Ancient Jewish Legacy
  • 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.
  • Walk through the the Western Wall Tunnels to discover underground Jerusalem.
  • Lunch on own in Jewish Quarter.
  • Guided tour of Jewish Quarter including the Cardo, Broad Wall and Rooftops followed by free time to shop and explore on own.
  • Explore the City of David using the Bible and archaeology to make Jerusalem's stones tell the story of the city's ancient past.  Wade through Hezekiah's Tunnel – A still flowing ancient water system that saved the city of Jerusalem 2,700 years ago (dry option available).
  • Free evening
  • Dinner on own
Overnight: Leonardo Plaza Hotel, Jerusalem

Monday, 8 June

 Holocaust, Remembrance and Continuity
  • Guided 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.  Zoo visit not included in the tour price).
  • Lunch on own.
  • See the world renown Chagall Windows at Hadassah Hospital.
  • At the multimedia Herzl Museum, experience the story of Theodore herzl, followed by a meaningful visit to Mt. Herzl Cemetery to find chapters in the history of Israel at the graves of Yitzhak Rabin, Golda Meir, Theordore Herzl, Hannah Senesch and Mike Levine.
  • Dinner on own in Jerusalem's Mamilla Quarter.
  • Watch the Night Spectacular – Sound and light show at the Tower of David.
Overnight:  Leonardo Plaza Hotel, Jerusalem

Tuesday, 9 June

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.
  • Time permitting:  Walk in Ein Gedi Nature Reserve opportunity to bath in waterfalls and hear how David hid there from King Saul.
  • Stop off at "Abraham's Tent" for a Camel ride and biblical dinner.
  • Free evening.
  • Overnight: Leonardo Plaza Hotel, Jerusalem

Wednesday, 10 June

Lasting Memories and Departure
  • Visit Yad Lakashish – A unique employment and Tzedakah project serving Jerusalem's elderly citizens and stop off its store where shopping is a mitzvah.
  • 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.  Free time to explore additional exhibitions on own – RecommendationsModern Israeli art, Synagogue interiors in the Judaica section and the Archaeology Wing.
  • Lunch on own
  • 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 – See you again soon!

Thursday, 11 June

Arrive in U.S.A. Begin planning your next Israel trip with Rabbi Dorsch and ITC Tours!

Land Only Package *$3995 Discounted rate payment by check;
Land and Air Package** $TBA Discounted rate payment by check;
Single Room Supplement $1280 Discounted rate payment by check
Land only Package *$4155 Full cost for credit card payment
Land and Air Package **$TBA Full cost for credit card payment
Single Room Supplement $1332 Full cost for credit card payment
Tips for guide, driver, restaurants, portage $180
Reduction 3rd adults in room $265
Reduction 3rd in a room up to 12 years   $510
Reduction Bar/Bat Mitzvah child as 3rd $650
Reduction for 3rd and 4th child sharing in Quad -$200  per child

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