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Israel Tour / Family Israel Tour Congregation Brothers of Israel Led by Rabbi Aaron Gaber July 4 – 15, 2021

Family Israel Tour Congregation Brothers of Israel Led by Rabbi Aaron Gaber July 4 – 15, 2021

per person

Tour Ancient Tel Jaffa, Mediterranean Coast, Old Yemenite Quarter, Historic Neve, Founders’ Monument, Rothschild Boulevard, Israel Innovation Center, Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, Nachalat Binyamin, Sheinkin Street, Ayalon Institute, Ruins of Caesarea, Tzippori, Ancient synagogue, Mystical Tzfat’s old synagogues and picturesque alleyways.


Sunday, 4 July

Depart USA

Monday, 5 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 Old Jaffa, the ancient port city once known as Zion Gate, where Jonah tried to flee and through which Solomon brought the Cedars of Lebanon on the way to Jerusalem.  Today paintings and sculptures have been installed in its ancient alleys.
  • Shehekhiyanu ceremony on top of ancient Tel Jaffa overlooking modern Tel Aviv.
  • Check-in to the Dan Panorama Hotel on Tel Aviv's Mediterranean Coast.
  • Welcome dinner at Maganda Restaurant in Tel Aviv’s old Yemenite Quarter.
  • Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv

Tuesday, 6 July – The Hebrew City and the Jewish State

  • Walking tour of the quaint historic Neve Tzeddek neighbourhood that gave birth to the "first Hebrew city in 2,000 years".  Neve Tzedek was once home to Zionist cultural pioneers Eliezer Ben Yehuda, S. Y. Agnon and Rabbi Kook.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Visit the new Israel Innovation Center, located in the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, to learn though its interactive exhibit about new advancements by Israeli Hi-tech Start-Ups in fields such as medicine, security, aero-space, agriculture and alternative energy.
  • 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".
  • 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:  Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv

Wednesday, 7 July – 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.  Then hear the story of Hanna Senesh and her poem Walking to Caesarea, better known as the song Eli, Eli.
  • ITC Touch:  Ponder a rabbinic debate over Jews attending gladiator games.
  • OR:  Explore the ruins of Tzippori, the city where Rabbi Judah Hanasi sealed the Mishna.  Discover Tzippori's remarkable ancient mosaic pavements, including Mona Lisa of the Galilee, Nile Flood Festival and Orpheus, who looks like King David (?).
  • ITC Touch: Ponder why an ancient synagogue floor features a wheel of the zodiac.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Tour mystical Tzfat's old synagogues and picturesque alleyways. Tzfat was the cradle of Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism) in the 16th Judaism's Friday night service, Kabbalat Shabbat, and the hymn Lecha Dodi originated in Tzfat at that time.
  • Visit the studio of a kabbalistic artist and hear how Jewish spirituality influences his work.
  • Check–in to Hagoshrim Hotel on Kibbutz Goshrim in the Galilee Panhandle.
  • Dinner at hotel
Overnight:  Hagoshrim

Thursday, 8 July – 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.
  • Raft or Kayak down the Jordan River – Great way to cool off on a hot day.
  • Lunch on own.
  • ITC Touch: Jeep tour to 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 the peak of 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.
  • ITC Touch:  BBQ dinner with young Israeli soldiers who are giving some of the best years of their lives to the defense of Israel.
  • Overnight:  Hagoshrim

Friday, 9 July – Across Israel: Many Faces of the Jewish People

  • Discover Ethiopian Jewish culture at the Germachin Center in Beit Shean. Hear about this community's modern Exodus story through the personal story of Chava Almo, who made aliyah through Operation Moses as a young girl.
  • Lunch on own
  • Continue south through the Jordan Valley and ascend to Jerusalem.
  • Shehekhiyanu 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 neighborhoods.
  • Check-in to the Prima Kings Hotel or Dan Panorama Hotel in 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 join the new egalitarian Kabbalat Shabbat minyan run by the Masorti Movement at the Masorti Kotel, where men and women can pray together (begins at 6:00 pm).
  • OR: Attend the "Israeli Kabbalat Shabbat" service at the First Station Compound (begins at 5:00 pm).
  • Festive Shabbat Dinner at hotel
  • Overnight: Prima Kings Hotel or Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Saturday, 10 July – And on the Seventh Day… in Jerusalem

  • Shabbat morning services at a local Masorati (Conservative) synagogue.
  • Traditonal Shabbat Lunch at Fuchsberg Center.
Shabbat afternoon options:
  • 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 Gaber.
  • Free evening.
  • Dinner on own.
  • Recommendation for the evening: Visit the First Station Compound, Jerusalem's restored Ottoman railway station now turned a restaurant - cafe area.
  • Overnight:  Prima Kings Hotel or Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Sunday, 11 July – Holocaust, Remembrance and Continuity

  • Tour of Yad Vashem Israel's national Holocaust memorial and museum, including the Holocaust History Museum and Children’s Memorial.
(Children under age 10 are not permitted in Yad Vashem's historical museum).
  • Alternative 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.
  • Meaningful visit to the Mt. Herzl Military Cemetery to discover chapters in the history of Israel through the personal stories of fallen individual soldiers, followed by a visit to the graves Yitzhak Rabin, Golda Meir, Theordore Herzl and Mike Levin.
  • ITC Touch: Lecture on the Masorti Movement and religious pluralism in Israel with Yizhar Hess, Executive Director of the Masorati Movement.
  • Watch the Night Spectacular – Sound and light show at the Tower of David.
Overnight:  Prima Kings Hotel or Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Monday, 12 July – The Old City of Jerusalem:  An Ancient Jewish Legacy

  • B'nai Mitzvah Ceremony at the egalitarian Masorati Kotel (near Robinson's Arch) to connect a Jewish past with a Jewish future.
  • Discover the archaeological story of the Western Wall and episodes from the ruins of 1st century Jerusalem at Robinson's Arch and the Southern Wall Excavations.
  • Visit the traditional prayer area of Western Wall.
  • Walk through the Western Wall Tunnels to explore underground Jerusalem.
  • Discover underground Jerusalem in the Western Wall Tunnels.
  • ITC Touch: Festive B'nai Mitzvah lunch at Between the Arches restaurant.
  • 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 to the Siloam Pool – 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:  Prima Kings Hotel or Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Tuesday, 13 July – 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.
  • ITC Touch: 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 before returning to Jerusalem.
  • Free evening.
  • Dinner on own
Overnight:  Prima Kings Hotel or Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Wednesday, 14 July – Modern Realities and Departure

  • Update on Israeli and Middle East politics by Steve Linde, editor-in-chief of the Jerusalem Report and former editor of the Jerusalem Post.
  • Visit Yad Lakashish, a unique employment project helping Jerusalem's elderly, including a stop in its shop "where shopping is a mitzvah!"
  • Tour of Jewish Quarter including the Herodian Mansions, Cardo, Broad Wall and Rooftops followed by free time to shop and explore on own.
  • Lunch on own
  • Remainder of afternoon free to explore on your, relax 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, 15 July Arrive in USA

  • Begin planning your next Israel trip with Rabbi Gaber and ITC Tours!

Land Only Package – $3795 per person in a double room Discounted for Check Payment
Land and Air Package – *$5155 per person in a double room: Check Payment
Single Room Supplement – $1060: Check Payment
Land Only Package – $3949 per person in a double room: Full cost Credit Card Payment
Land and Air Package – *$5362 per person in a double room: Full cost Credit Card Payment
Single Room Supplement – $1103: Full cost Credit Card Payment
Reduction Third Adult in a Room: -$270
Child ages 2-12 as 3rd in a room: - $360
Bar/Bat Mitzvah child as 3rd in room: - $495
3rd and 4th child sharing quad room - $170

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