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I am Joining The New Shul's Family Israel Adventure Led by Rabbi Seth Frisch July 12 - 24, 2020 | Israel Tour
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Israel Tour / I am Joining The New Shul’s Family Israel Adventure Led by Rabbi Seth Frisch July 12 – 24, 2020

I am Joining The New Shul’s Family Israel Adventure Led by Rabbi Seth Frisch July 12 – 24, 2020

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A Few Tour Highlights:. Relive David Ben Gurion’s declaring the State of Israel at Independence Hall. Israeli Museum at the Yitzhak Rabin Center for a critical look at Israeli history and society. Nachalat Binyamin crafts fair, checkout the nearby Carmel Market and bohemian Sheinkin Street


Sunday, 12 July

Depart USA

Monday, 13 July – 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 the alleys of Old Jaffa, the ancient port city once known as the Gate of ZionShekhiyanu-Welcome ceremony on top of Tel Jaffa overlooking modern Tel Aviv.
  • Visit the Palmach Museum in Ramat Aviv to learn about the elite underground organization which played a critical role in founding the State of Israel.
  • Check-in to the Dan Panorama Hotel on Tel Aviv's Mediterranean Coast.
  • Welcome Dinner at Maganda Yemenite Restaurant
Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv

Tuesday, 14 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".
  • At Independence Hall relive David Ben Gurion declaring the new State of Israel.
  • 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 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 beachside promenade.
  • Free evening - Information will be provided about local culture and entertainment venues.
  • Dinner on own
  • Overnight:  Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv

Wednesday, 15 July – Cradles of Jewish Civilization in the Galilee

  • Depart for northern Israel.
  • Tour the ruins of Caesarea, including its Roman Theater, Promontory Palace, Hippodrome and Amphitheater.
  • ITC Touch: Learn about a rabbinic debate over Jews attending gladiator games.
  • OR:  Guided tour of the former Atlit Illegal Immigrant Detention Camp where the British held Holocaust refugees, who tried to enter the country "illegally". Then board an “illegal immigration ship" to watch a multimedia presentation about the heroic pre-State immigration.
  • Lunch and Druze hospitality at Nora's Kitchen in the village of Dalyat El Carmel on Mt. Carmel - Hear a Druze women speak about her community.
  • 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.
  • ITC Touch:  Visit the studio of a Kabbalistic artist and hear how Jewish spirituality influences his work.
  • Dinner at hotel
  • Check–in to the Kibbutz Lavi Hotel on Kibbutz Lavi in the Galilee.
Overnight:  Lavi

Thursday, 16 July – Ancient and Modern Geopolitics and Israel's Finest

  • Learn about kibbutz life on a walking tour of Lavi led by a local kibbutznik.
  • Plant a tree in Israel in honor or in memory of a loved one.
  • 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.
  • 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 and then look out at the border from strategic Bental.
  • Geopolitical briefing on top of Mt. Bental by Lieutenant Colonel (res.) Sarit Zehavi on the current situation along the Israeli-Syrian ceasefire lines in the Golan Heights
  • Wine tasting at the boutique Bahat Winery on Kibbutz Ein Zivan.
  • ITC Touch:  Barbeque dinner with young Israeli soldiers who are giving some of the best years of their lives to the defense of Israel.
Overnight:  Lavi

Friday, 17 July – Across Israel: A Multicultural Jewish Society

  • ITC Touch: At the Germachin Center in Beit Shean hear the personal immigration story of  Chava Almo, who made aliyah as a young girl in Operation Moses.  Then meet her family and hear how they experience Israeli society today.
  • Lunch on own
  • Enjoy a refreshing swim at the lush Sachne Reserve.
  • Time permitting:  Stop at the Qasr El Yahud Baptismal Site on the banks of the Jordan River, which is in Jewish tradition is associated with where the Children of Israel crossed the Jordan and Elijah ascended to heaven in a Chariot of Fire.  You will also get a close look at the country Jordan, Just 30 feet away on the opposite bank.
  • Continue south through the Jordan Valley and ascend to Jerusalem.
  • Shehekhiyanu ceremony overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem and Temple Mount.
  • Check-in to the Dan Panorama Hotel in Jerusalem.
  • Free time to relax and prepare for Shabbat.
  • Friday night program – To be determined with Rabbi Frisch.
  • Festive Shabbat Dinner at hotel
Overnight:  Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Saturday, 18 July – And on the Seventh Day… in Jerusalem

  • Morning at leisure.
  • Shabbat Lunch at hotel.
  • Late afternoon walking tour to the historic Montefiore Windmill to discover the first neighbourhood built outside the walls of the Old City. Then continue to Ketef Hinnom, a First Temple period burial site where archaeologists discovered the oldest biblical text ever found.
  • Havdalah with Rabbi Frisch.
  • Dinner on own.
  • Recommendation for the evening: Visit the First Station Compound, Jerusalem's restored Ottoman railway station turned restaurant - cafe area.
Overnight:  Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Sunday, 19 July – 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.
  • Visit the traditional prayer area of the Western Wall.
  • Walk through the Western Wall Tunnels to discover underground Jerusalem.
  • Lunch on own in the Jewish Quarter
  • Tour of Jewish Quarter including the Herodian Mansions, Broad Wall, Rooftops and Cardo followed by free time to shop and explore on own.
  • Tour of the Christian Quarter, including the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and a section of the Via Dolorosa.
  • Free evening
  • Dinner on own
  • Overnight:  Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Monday, 20 July – Holocaust, Remembrance and Continuity

  • Guided tour of Yad Vashem Israel's national Holocaust memorial and museum, including the Holocaust History Museum and Children’s Memorial.
  • Edut – Hear the personal testimony by a Holocaust survivor about their experiences in Nazi occupied Europe (subject to availability).
  • Lunch on own.
  • Meaningful visit to Herzl Cemetery to discover chapters in the history of Israel while visiting the graves of Yitzhak Rabin, Golda Meir, Theordore Herzl and Hannah Senesch.
  • Tasting tour of the bustling Machane Yehuda Market to experience Israel’s many flavors from East and West.
  • Dinner on own, if still hungry.
  • Watch the Night Spectacular Sound and light show at the Tower of David.
  • Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Tuesday, 21 July – Masada and the Dead Sea: Freedom Fighters or Fanatics?

  • Set out across the Judean Desert to the Dead Sea region, passing en route Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found.
  • Ascend Masada by cable car to tour the ruins of Herod's palace and the last outpost of Jewish independence.
  • 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.
  • Dinner on own.
Overnight:  Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Wednesday, 22 July  – Modern History and Geopolitics

  • 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.
  • Travel to Hebron in the West Bank south of Jerusalem to visit the Cave of the Patriarchs (Ma’arat HaMachpelah) and hear about its place in the Arab-Israeli conflict.
  • Lecture on settlements and the Gush Etzion region by Oded Revivi, mayor of Efrat, the largest community in the Etzion Bloc.
  • Drive back tio Jerusalem through Bethlehem to see life on the Palestinian side of the Security Fence.
  • Dinner on own
Overnight:  Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Thursday, 23 July – Lasting Memories:  Wrapping Up and Departure

  • Briefing on Israeli and Middle East Politics by Jerusalem Post chief political corespondent Gil Hoffman. chief political corespondent.
  • Visit Yad Lakashish, a unique employment project helping Jerusalem's elderly, including a stop in its shop "where shopping is a mitzvah!"
  • Tour 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.
  • Late check out
  • Lookout over Jerusalem and concluding session with Rabbi Frisch at Haas Promenade.
  • Farewell Dinner at Medita Restaurant.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport – See you again soon!

Friday, July 24 – Arrive in USA

Begin planning your next Israel trip with Rabbi Frisch and ITC Tours

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