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Israel Tour / Rabbi David and Alla Fine

Rabbi David and Alla Fine


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Temple Israel & JCC’S family tour will cover many of Israel’s marvels: Old Jaffa, St. Peter’s Church, Tel Aviv, Mediterranean Coast, Neve Tzeddek, Independence Hall, Founders Monument, Ayalon Institute, “Aliyah Bet” Memorial in London Square, Old City of Acco Underground,

Join Temple Israel & JCC For an amazing Israel Family Adventure

Led by Rabbi David and Alla Fine

July 7 – 18, 2018

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Saturday night, 7 July

Depart USA on an overnigt flight to Tel Aviv

Sunday, 8 July

Going up into the Land - Arrive in Israel to be met and assisted by your ITC representative, Tour the alleys of Old Jaffa, the ancient port city once known as the Gate of Zion. Shekhiyanu-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. Then stand opposite St. Peter's Church hear about the impact of Peter's vision in Jaffa on Christian-Jewish relations. Check-in to the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Tel Aviv's Mediterranean Coast. Welcome dinner and orientation at a Maganda Yemenite Restaurant. Overnight: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Tel Aviv

Monday, 9 July

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". Relive David Ben Gurion declaring the new State of Israel at Independence Hall. 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 own. Guided tour of the Ayalon Institute – An underground bullet factory in Rehovot used by Jewish forces before the founding of the State of Israel. ITC Touch: Visit the "Aliyah Bet" Memorial in London Square, overlooking the site where in 1939 the illegal immigrant ship "Tiger Hill" ran aground in order to unload its passengers, who were greeted on the beach by Tel Aviv who hoped to hide them from the British. Free time to swim in the Mediterranean Sea and enjoy beach side Promenade. Free evening. Dinner on own. Overnight: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Tel Aviv

Tuesday, 10 July

Along the Mediteranean Coast - Depart for northern Israel. 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. Lunch in Nahariya and meeting with representatives of Northern New Jersey Federation's P2K Partnership community. 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 Nof Ginosar Hotel on Kibbutz Ginosar by the Sea of Galilee. Dinner at hotel. Overnight: Kibbutz Ginosar

Wednesday, 11 July

Mystics, Geopolitics and Israel's Finest- Tour the old synagogues and picturesque alleyways of the mystical city of Tzfat and discover the origins of our Friday night service where Lecha Dodi was written. Visit the studio of a Kabbalistic artist and hear how Jewish spirituality influences his work. Lunch on own. Raft or Kayak down the Jordan River – Great way to cool off on a hot day. Tour of the Golan Heights for a perspective on Israel's complex geopolitics as we look down at Israel from old bunkers the way the Syrian army once did and then look out at the border from the peak of strategic Mt. Bental. Chocolate making workshop at the De Karina Chocolate Factory. ITC Touch: BBQ dinner with young Israeli soldiers who are giving some of the best years of their lives to the defense of Israel – Opportuntiy to meet the Israeli army's human side. Overnight: Kibbutz Ginosar

Thursday, 12 July

Across Israel: A Multicultural Jewish Society - Explore Capernaum on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, where Jesus began his Ministry in the Galilee and see its impressive ancient stone synagogue. Visit the Mount of the Beatitudes – Site of the Sermon on the Mount. ITC Touch: Discover Ethiopian Jewish culture and hear a moving modern day Exodus story at the Gemarchin Center in Beit Shean. Lunch on own. Travel south through the Jordan Valley. Visit Qasr El Yahud –The Jordan River Baptismal site, traditionally associated with where the Children of Israel crossed the Jordan and where Elijah ascended to heaven in a chariot of fire. Continue south passing Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Check in to the Crowne Plaza Hotel at the Dead Sea. Swim in the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth, at the hotel's beach. The hotel also has a fresh water pool and spa facilities. Massage and spa treatments available by prior reservation at own expense. Dinner at hotel. Overnight: Crowne Plaza, Dead Sea

Friday, 13 July

Masada and the Dead Sea: Freedom Fighters or Fanatics? - 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? Stop off at "Abraham's Tent" for a Camel ride and biblical hospitality before continuing to 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 neighborhoods. Check-in to the Dan Jerusalem Hotel (Mt. Scopus) in Jerusalem. Free time to relax and prepare for Shabbat. Attend Friday night services at Ramot Zion, the Masorati (Conservative) synagogue in the nearby French Hill neighborhood. Festive Shabbat Dinner at hotel. Overnight: Dan Jerusalem Hotel, Jerusalem

Saturday/Shabbat, 14 July

And on the Seventh Day... in Jerusalem - Shabbat morning services at Ramot Zion, followed by kiddush and an update about the Conservative/Masorati movement in Israel. Shabbat Lunch at hotel. Free time to Swim and relax by hotel pool. Havdalah with Rabbi Fine. 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: Dan Jerusalem Hotel, Jerusalem

Sunday, 15 July

The Old City of Jerusalem: An Ancient Jewish Legacy - 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). AND/OR: 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. Visit traditional prayer area of the Western Wall. Tour of the Jewish Quarter including the Herodian Mansions, Cardo, Hezekiah's Broad Wall and Rooftops followed by free time to shop and explore on own. Visit the Church of Holy Sepulcher in the Christian Quarter, including the last stations of the Via Dolorosa. Free evening. Dinner on own Overnight: Dan Jerusalem Hotel, Jerusalem

Monday, 16 July

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). Lunch at Yad Vashem Cafeteria. Discover the story of Zionism's founding father Theodore Herzl at the multimedia Herzl Museum. Meaningful visit to Mt Herzl Cemetery to discover chapters in the history of Israel while visiting the graves of Yitzhak Rabin, Shimon Peres, Golda Meir, Theodore Herzl and Hannah Senesch. ITC Touch: Engage in hands-on tzedakah preparing food packages for distribution to some of Israel's neediest people at Pantry Packers in southern Jerusalem. Dinner on own in Mamilla Quarter. Watch the Night Spectacular – Sound and light show at the Tower of David. Overnight: Dan Jerusalem Hotel, Jerusalem

Tuesday, 17 July

Wrapping Up and Departure - Walk through the Western Wall Tunnels to discover underground Jerusalem. Travel along the "Green Line", the former ceasefire lines which divided Jerusalem between Israel and Jordan from 1948-1967. Multimedia tour of the new Six Day War Heritage Museum at Ammunition Hill, the site of the fiercest battle of the Six Day War. Lunch on own. Free time to explore on your own, relax and get in last minute shopping. Visit the Israel Museum to see the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Model of Jerusalem in the first century. See the Knesset Menorah, a remarkable bronze sculpture in front of Israel's parliament building, the Knesset, depicting scenes from the Bible and modern Jewish history. Late check out Farewell Dinner at Olive and Fish Restaurant. Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport – See you again soon!

Wednesday, 18 July

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