Join Chabad of Sussex County, for an amazing exploring Israel adventure! Led by Rabbi Rabbi Menachem Mendel Dubov December 2 – 12, 2018
Tour the alleys of Old Jaffa, the ancient port city once known as the Gate of Zion, Light Chanukah candles together as a community to celebrate your arrival in Israel. Walking tour of historic “Little Tel Aviv” – Neve Tzeddek neighbourhood,
Sunday, 2 December
Depart U.S.A. on an overnight flight to Tel Aviv
Monday, 3 December
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. Check-in to the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Tel Aviv. Light Chanukah candles together as a community to celebrate your arrival in Israel. Welcome dinner at Maganda Yemenite Restaurant. Overnight: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Tel Aviv
Tuesday, 4 December
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". 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. At Independence Hall relive David Ben Gurion declaring the new State of Israel. 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's "White City" was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lunch on your 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". Visit the Palmach Museum for a multimedia presentation about the elite underground organization that played a critical role in founding the State of Israel. Dialogue in the Dark at the Holon Children's Museum – In this special program blind guides lead visitors in the darkness to discover a rich sensory world with in each person, which is different but not deprived. Light Chanukah candles and then set out for a free evening in Tel Aviv. Dinner on own Overnight: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Tel Aviv
Wednesday, 5 December
Cradles of Jewish Civilization in the Galilee - Depart for northern Israel. Explore ancient Tzippori and study a Jewish text in the ruins of the city where Rabbi Judah Hanasi sealed the Mishna. Discover its magnificent mosaics, including Mona Lisa of the Galilee and ponder why an ancient synagogue floor features a wheel of the zodiac. Lunch on own. Tour mystical Tzfat's old synagogues and picturesque alleyways and discover the origins of our Friday night service in the city where Lecha Dodi was written. Tzfat was the cradle of Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism) in the 16th century. • Visit a kabbalistic artist and hear how Jewish spirituality influences his work. Boat ride on the Sea of Galilee and dinner at Decks Restaurant in Tiberias.• Light Chanukah candles by the Sea of Galilee. Check–in to the Kibbutz Lavi Hotel on Kibbutz Lavi in the Galilee. Overnight: Kibbutz Lavi
Thursday, 6 December
The Strategic Golan Heights and Innovative Agriculture - Walking tour of Lavi led by a local kibbutznik Learn about kibbutz life.• Tour of the Golan Heights for a special perspective on Israel's complex geopolitics as we visit former Syrian bunkers overlooking Israel and then look out at the border from the peak of strategic Mt. Bental. Guided tour and wine tasting at the Golan Heights Winery in Katzrin. Lunch on own. Visit Bio-Bee on Kibbutz Sde Eliahu, world leaders in organic agriculture to hear how they are using biological pest control, rather than toxic pesticides. Travel south through the Jordan Valley and then ascend to Jerusalem. Time/daylight permitting: Look out at the Old City of Jerusalem and Temple Mount from Mt. Scopus. Check in to the Prima Kings Hotel in Jerusalem. Chanukah Candle lighting at hotel Overnight: Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem
Friday, 7 December
The Old City of Jerusalem: An Ancient Jewish Legacy - 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 discovery connected to the Channukah Story. Visit the Western Wall to connect with an ancient Jewish legacy. Tour of the Jewish Quarter including the Hurva Synagogue, Herodian Mansions, Broad Wall, Cardo and Rooftops followed by free time to shop and explore on own. Lunch on own. Explore the raucous Machane Yehuda Market and take in a slice of local life as you see Jerusalemites prepare for Shabbat. Along the way, see the picturesque Nachlaot neighborhoods. Free time to relax and prepare for Shabbat. Light Shabbat and Chanukah candles at hotel. Friday/Shabbat evening: Greet the Sabbath at the Western Wall with hundreds of other Jews from around the world. Home hospitality Shabbat Dinner with the Schloss family overlooking the Western Wall. Overnight: Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem
Shabbat/Saturday, 8 December
And on the Seventh Day... in Jerusalem - Shabbat morning services at Tzemach Tzeddek Synagogue in the Jewish Quarter or at the synagogue of your choice (recommendations and directions will be provided). Traditional Shabbat lunch at hotel. Late afternoon walking tour to the historic Montefiore Windmill to discover the first neighborhood built outside the walls of the Old City. Havdalah and Chanukah candle lighting with Rabbi Dubov. 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: Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem
Sunday, 9 December
In the Footsteps of Patriarchs and Matriarchs - Tour of Maarat Hamachpelah in Hebron. Meeting with Rabbi Danny Cohen to hear about Jewish life in Hebron today. Lunch at Gavna Restaurant in Etzion Bloc, Visit Kfar Etzion to learn about pioneering in the Hebron Hills and watch a multimedia presentatin about its historic stand in Israel's War of Independence. Drive through the thriving Gush Etzion settlement bloc that has grown up since the Six Day War. Visit Kever Rachel (Rachel's Tomb) on the edge of Bethlehem. Evening tour of the Nachalot neighborhood to see how local residents' Chanukah Menorah's 'advertise the miracle', followed by Chanukah caroling Dinner on own. Overnight: Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem
Monday, 10 December
Holocaust, Remembrance and Continuity - Tour of Yad Vashem Israel's national Holocaust memorial and museum, including the Holocaust History Museum and Children‛s Memorial. Lunch on own. Engage in hands on tzedakah preparing food packages for distribution to some of Israel's neediest people at Pantry Packers in southern Jerusalem. Pantry Packers is a food security project run by Kolel Chabad. Multimedia tour of the new Six Day War Heritage Museum at Ammunition Hill, the site of the fiercest battle in the Six Day War. Dinner at Kedma Restaurant in the Mamilla neighborhood. Watch the Night Spectacular – Sound and Light Show at the Tower of David. Overnight: Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem.
Tuesday, 11 December
Israel's Contemporary Realities and Departure - Briefing on Israeli and Middle East Politics by Jerusalem Post political correspondent Gil Hoffman. Geopolitical tour of Jerusalem to examine several key geopolitical issues impacting on the city, including borders, building and settlement (Jewish and Arab) and Israel's security fence. Walk through the Western Wall Tunnels to discover underground Jerusalem. Remainder of afternoon free to explore on own and get in last minute shopping. Farewell dinner at Olive and Fish Restaurant. Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for U.S. flight – See you again soon!
Wednesday, 12 December
Arrive in U.S.A. - Begin planning your next Israel trip with Rabbi Dubov and ITC Tours!