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Sunday, 7 January

– Depart USA on an overnight flight to Israel

Monday, 8 January

Arrive in Israel to be met and assisted by your ITC representative (today‛s program depends on arrival time) Tour Old Jaffa, where paintings and sculptures have been installed in the alleys of the ancient port city once known as the Gate of Zion. Shekhiyanu-Welcome ceremony on top of Tel Jaffa overlooking modern Tel Aviv. Descend below the streets of Jaffa to the Jaffa Tales – Old Jaffa Visitors Center to watch a multimedia presentation unravel over 5,000 years of local history. Check-in to the Carlton Hotel on Tel Aviv's Mediterranean Coast. Welcome dinner at Maganda Yemenite Restaurant. Overnight: Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv

Tuesday, 9 January

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 at the Founders' Monument then stroll down Rothschild Boulevard to view the Bauhaus architecture for which central Tel Aviv was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lunch on own. Visit the Palmach Museum in Ramat Aviv to learn about the elite underground organization which played a critical role in the founding of the State of Israel. Tour the Israeli Museum at the Yitzhak Rabin Center for a critical look at Israeli society. Dinner on own. Evening: Israel Concert Philharmonic Overnight: Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv

Wednesday, 10 January

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. See its magnificent mosaics, including Mona Lisa of the Galilee, Nile Flood Festival and hear why Orpheus looks like King David. ITC Touch: Ponder why an ancient synagogue floor features a wheel of the zodiac. 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. Check–in to the Kfar Blum Hotel in the Galilee Panhandle. Dinner at hotel. Overnight: Kibbutz Kfar Blum

Thursday, 11 January

Ancient and Modern Geopolitics and Israel's Finest - Meet young Israeli soldiers on the Lebanese border near Kibbutz Malkiya and receive a security briefing from Eitan Oren Malkiya's security coordinator. Time permitting: 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 the peak 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: Taste wines and liqueurs at the boutique Bahat Winery including wine tasting. BBQ dinner with young Israeli soldiers, who are giving some of the best years of their lives to the defense of Israel - Meet the human face of the Israeli army. Overnight: Kibbutz Kfar Blum

Friday, 12 January

Across Israel: A Multicultural Jewish Society - Discover Ethiopian Jewish culture at the Germachin Center in Beit Shean. Hear a personal account of this community's modern day Exodus story and about the challenges facing the Ethiopian Israeli community today. Lunch on own. Continue south through the Jordan Valley and ascend to Jerusalem. Shehekhianu ceremony to celebrate arriving in Jerusalem overlooking the Old City. Check-in to the David Citadel Hotel in Jerusalem. Free time to relax and prepare for Shabbat. Greet the Sabbath at the the "Masorati Kotel", the egalitarian section of the Western Wall near Robinson's Arch. (Arrange for Sim Shalom Sidur for all participants). Festive Shabbat Dinner at hotel Overnight: David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem

Saturday, 13 January

And on the Seventh Day... in Jerusalem - Shabbat morning services at the synagogue of your choice (Recommendations and directions will be provided). Traditional Shabbat Lunch at hotel. Optional walking tour of the Chrisian Quarter, including the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and a portion of the Via Dolorosa. Havdalah with Rabbi Gotlieb. Dinner on own. Watch the Night Spectacular – Sound and light show at the Tower of David. Overnight: David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem

Sunday, 14 January

The Old City of Jerusalem – An Ancient Jewish Legacy - Explore the City of David, including its ancient water systems (without getting wet), using the Bible and archaeology to make Jerusalem's stones tell the story of the city's ancient past. AND/ OR: 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. 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 the Jewish Quarter including the Cardo, Broad Wall and Rooftops. Visit to the Israel Museum to see the Dead Sea Scrolls in the Shrine of the Book and the Model of Jerusalem in the first century. Time permitting: Free time to explore additional exhibitions on own. Explore the Machane Yehuda Market in the early evening as it transforms from a bustling traditional marketplace to a hip food court. Free evening. Dinner on own. Overnight: David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem

Monday, 15 January

Holocaust, Remembrance and Continuity - Visit Yad Lakashish, a unique employment project helping Jerusalem's elderly, including a stop in its shop "where shopping is a mitzvah!" Learning session at the Schechter Institute – Subject to be determined. Lunch on own. Tour of Yad Vashem Israel's national Holocaust memorial, including a moving visit to the Children‛s Memorial, followed by a tour of the Holocaust History Museum. Meaningful visit to Mt Herzl Cemetery to discover chapters in the history of Israel while vidsiting the graves of Yitzhak Rabin, Golda Meir, Theodore Herzl and Hannah Senesch. Dinner on own. Overnight: David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem

Tuesday, 16 January

Defense and Pioneering in the Negev - Visit the Shifdan, a cutting-edge water treatment and recovery plant in Rishon LeTzion, which has helped change Israel's approach to water conservation. Travel to the western Negev. Visit Kibbutz Alumim to meet with a local kibbutznik and hear first-hand about living on the Gaza border and express our solidarity with residents of the region. Lunch at Kibbutz Alumim. Guided tour of the Israeli Air Force Museum at Hatzerim to see exhibition of historic Israeli Air Force planes and hear the story of this elite branch of the Israel Defense Forces. Travel to the Negev Highlands. Time permitting: Look out at the majestic Zin Cliffs from Ben Gurion's Gravesite. Check in to the luxurious Beresheet Hotel in Mitzpe Ramon. Dinner at hotel. Overnight: Beresheet Hotel, Mitzpe Ramon

Wednesday, 17 January

Negev Highlands: Primeval Desert Beauty - Learn about the natural history of the region at the multimedia Makhtesh Ramon Visitors Center dedicated to fallen Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon. Explore Makhtesh Ramon (Ramon Crater) on foot and by jeep to discover magnificant desert landscapes and a fascinating window into the earth's past. Lunch on own. Afternoon free to enjoy the hotel's spa and recreational facilities. OR: Cycling tour the Makhtesh Ramon region. Dinner and Overnight: Beresheet Hotel, Mitzpe Ramon.

Thursday, 18 January

Vision and Development in the Negev - Tour of Avdat an ancient Nabatean city and caravan station on the "Spice Route" from Arabia to the Mediterranean Sea. Walk in the beautiful white canyon of Ein Avdat springs in the Zin Valley. Lunch on own Tour of David Ben Gurion's House on Kibbutz Sde Boker to learn about his vision for developing the Negev. Travel to the western Negev Tour of an exotic orchard, followed by a gourmet farewell dinner at Ora‛s Yard on Moshav Kfar Maimon. Taste their home-made liqueurs and jams. Hear your hosts' moving immigration stories. Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport – See you again soon!

Friday, 19 January – Arrive in USA

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