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We are joining Temple Israel’s Exploring Israel Family Trip Led by Rabbi Murray Ezring June 16–26, 2019
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Israel Tour / We are joining Temple Israel’s Exploring Israel Family Trip Led by Rabbi Murray Ezring June 16–26, 2019

We are joining Temple Israel’s Exploring Israel Family Trip Led by Rabbi Murray Ezring June 16–26, 2019

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Tour Package Includes: Hotels: Carlton Tel Aviv, Kibbutz Lavi and David Citadel Jerusalem. All Breakfasts, Shabbat Dinner, 5 Weekday dinners and lunches as per itinerary. Touring with Rabbi Murray Ezring and one of Israel’s Top Tour Guide educators in a WiFi enabled deluxe touring Motor Coach

We are joining Temple Israel’s Exploring Israel Family Trip

Led by Rabbi Murray Ezring

June 16–26, 2019

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Sunday, June 16

Depart USA

Monday, June 17

Entering the Land Arrive in Israel to be met and assisted by your ITC representative (today's program depends on arrival time) • Guided tour of the Ayalon Institute in Rehovot – An underground bullet factory used by Jewish forces before the founding of the State of Israel • 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 • Lunch on own • Check- in to the Carlton Hotel on Tel Aviv's Mediterranean Coast • Free time to swim in the Mediterranean Sea and enjoy beach side Promenade • Welcome dinnerand orientation at Maganda Yemenite Restuarant • Overnight: Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv

Tuesday, June 18

 The Hebrew City and the Jewish State Engage in hands on Tzedakah with Leket reclaiming unpicked vegetables for distribution to Israel's neediest people • AtIndependence Hall relive David Ben Gurion declaring the new State of Israel • Hear about the establishment of Tel Avivstanding at the Founders' Monument onRothschild Boulevard • Then see theBauhaus architecture for which central Tel Aviv 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 newIsrael Innovation Center, located in the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, to learn though its interactive exhibit about new advancements by Israeli Start-Ups in fields such as science, technology, medicine, security, aero-space and more • Free time to swim in theMediterranean Sea and enjoy beach sidePromenade • Free evening • Dinner on own • Overnight: Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv

Wednesday, June 19

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 Tzfatold synagogues and picturesque alleyways of the and discover the origins of our Friday night service in the city where Lecha Dodiwas written • Visit Chaya Sheva, a localglassblower and hear how Jewish spirituality influences her work • Boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, followed by a lakeside dinner at Decks Restaurant • Check-in to theKibbutz Lavi Hotel on Kibbutz Lavi in the Galilee • Overnight: Lavi

Thursday, June 20

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 • Raftor Kayak down the Jordan River – Great way to cool off on a hot day • Lunch on own • Tour of the Golan Heights for a  special perspective on Israel's complex geopolitics as we "look down at Israel" from former Syrian bunkers and then look out at the border region from the top of 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 Guided tour of the boutique Bahat Winery including wine tasting • Barbeque dinner with youngIsraeli soldiers who are giving some of the best years of their lives to the defense of Israel • Overnight: Lavi

Friday, June 21

Across Israel: Many Faces of the Jewish People Tour of Lavi led by a local kibbutznik to hear first hand about kibbutz life • Discover Ethiopian Jewish cultureat the Germachin Center in Beit Shean. Learn about this community's modern day Exodus story and the challenges facing the Ethiopian Israeli community today • Lunch on own • Continue south through the Jordan Valley and ascend to Jerusalem • Shehekhiyanu/Welcome ceremony overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem • Explore the bustlingMachane Yehuda Market and take in a slice of local life as you see Jerusalemites prepare for Shabbat. Along the way see the nearby picturesque Nachalaotneighborhoods • Check-in to the David Citadel Hotel in Jerusalem • Free time to relax and prepare for Shabbat • Friday/ Shabbat evenings 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 egalitarian "Masorti Kotel", where men and women can stand together or attend the "Israeli Kabbalat Shabbat" service at theFirst Station Compound or attend Friday night services at a local Jerusalem synagogue • Festive Shabbat Dinner at hotel • Overnight: David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem

Saturday, June 22

And on the SeventhDay....in Jerusalem Shabbat morning services at a local Conservative/Masorati synagogue, followed by Kiddush and an update about the Conservative/Masorati movement in Israel • Shabbat Lunch at theFuchsberg Center for Conservative Judaism • Shabbat afternoon options: Late afternoon walking tour to the historicMontefiore 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 • Havdalahwith Rabbi Ezring • 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: David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem

Sunday, June 23

Masada and the Dead Sea: Freedom Fighters or Fanatics? Set out early 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 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: David Citadel Hotel,Jerusalem

Monday, June 24

Old City of Jerusalem: An Ancient Jewish Legacy B'nai Mitzvah Ceremony at the egalitarian Masorti Kotel (near Robinson's Arch) to connect a Jewish past with a Jewish future • Discover the archaeological story of theWestern Wall and episodes of Jewish life 2,000 years ago at Robinson's Arch and theSouthern Wall Excavations • Visit theWestern Wall and connect to an ancient Jewish legacy • Walk through the Western Wall Tunnels to discover underground Jerusalem • Festive B'nai Mitzvah lunch atBetween the Arches Restaurant • Tour ofJewish Quarter including the Herodian Mansions, Cardo, Broad Wall and Rooftopsfollowed 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) • Dinner on own in Jerusalem'sMamilla Quarter • Watch the Night Spectacular – Sound and light show at theTower of David • Overnight: David Citadel Hotel David Hotel, Jerusalem

Tuesday, June 25

Holocaust, Remembrance and Continuity Tour of Yad Vashem - Israel's national Holocaust memorial and museum, including theHolocaust History 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 • Meaningful visit to Mt. Herzl Cemeteryto discover chapters in the history of Israel while visiting the graves of Yitzhak Rabin, Golda Meir, Theordore Herzl and Hannah Senesch • Prepare food packages for distribution to some of Israel's neediest people at Pantry Packers in southern Jerusalem • Engage in hands-onarchaeological work reclaiming lost artifacts from excavation and construction debris at theEmek Tzurim Sifting Project • Late check- out • Farewell dinner at Olive and Fish Restaurant • Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport – See you again soon!

Wednesday, June 26

Arrive in USA • Begin planning your next Israel trip with Rabbi Ezring and ITC Tours!

, June 26 – Sunday, June 30

Optional Eliat/Petra Extension Wednesday

Land Only Package $3695 Discounted payment by check;
Land and Air Package $5495* Discounted payment by check
Single Room Supplement $1370 Discounted payment by check
Land only Package $3843 Full cost credit card payment
Land and Air Package $5715* Full cost credit card payment
Single Room Supplement $1440 Full cost for credit card payment
Eilat/Petra extension $1355 *minimum 4‐8 participant price: Check payment 
Eilat/Petra extension $1410 payment Credit card
* land only prices based on 30 paying participants
Not Included: Tips for guide, driver, restaurants, portage* $190 Not included in price: Travel insurance and Visa for Petra extension (For insurance rates please call our office 800‐247‐7235)

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