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Israel Tour / We are joining Jewish Community Center of Long Beach Island‛s Unique multi generational Israel Tour Led by Rabbi Michael Jay August 2-13, 2020

We are joining Jewish Community Center of Long Beach Island‛s Unique multi generational Israel Tour Led by Rabbi Michael Jay August 2-13, 2020

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Join JCCLBI’S family Israel trip where you will become part of the daily life in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Visit Old Jaffa, The Palmach Museum, Historic Little Tel Aviv, Independence Hall, Nachalat Binyamin Crafts Fair, Ayalon Institute, Caesarea, Roman Theater, Promontory Palace, Hippodrome and Amphitheater, Atlit Illegal Immigrant Detention Camp, Mystical Tzfat, and more!


Sunday, August 2

Depart USA

Monday, 3 August – 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, 4 August – 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, 5 August – 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 on own.
  • 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.
  • Boat ride on the Sea of Galilee followed by a lakeside dinner at Decks Restaurant.
  • Check–in to the Kibbutz Lavi Hotel on Kibbutz Lavi in the Galilee.
Overnight:  Lavi

Thursday, 6 August – Ancient and Modern Geopolitics and Israel's Finest

  • Learn about kibbutz life on a walking tour of Lavi led by a local kibbutznik.
  • 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.
  • Kayak down the Jordan River – Great way to cool off on a hot day.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Tour to the Golan Heights for a perspective on Israel's complex geopolitics as we visit former Syrian bunkers overlooking Israel and strategic Mt. Bental.
  • 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, 7 August – Across Israel: A Multicultural Jewish Society

  • Plant a tree in Israel in honor or in memory of a loved one.
  • ITC Touch:  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
  • Visit the ancient synagogue of Beit Alfa and ponder why its 1,500 year old mosaic floor features a wheel of the zodiac.
  • 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.
  • Continue south through the Jordan Valley and ascend to Jerusalem.
  • Shehekhiyanu/Welcome ceremony overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem.
  • Check-in to the 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 pray together as a congregation at the egalitarian "Masorati Kotel", where men and women can stand together.
  • OR:  Attend Friday night services at a local Jerusalem synagogue.
  • Festive Shabbat Dinner at hotel
  • Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Saturday, 8 August – And on the Seventh Day… 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 the Fuchsberg Center for Conservative Judaism.
Shabbat afternoon options:
  • 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.
  • OR:  Walking tour along the "Urban Line" the former Israeli-Jordanian ceasefire lines to hear about Jerusalem as a divided city between 1948-1967.
  • Havdalah with Rabbi Jay.
  • Free evening - Information will be provided about local culture and entertainment
  • 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, 9 August – The Old City of Jerusalem – An Ancient Jewish Legacy

Please choose one of the following ancient Jerusalem touring options for the group:
  • Explore the City of David, including its ancient water systems (without getting wet!), as we use the Bible and archaeology to decipher Jerusalem's ruins and uncover chapters in the city's past.
  • AND/OR: 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.
  • Dinner on own in Mamilla Quarter
  • Watch the Night Spectacular Sound and light show at the Tower of David.
Overnight:  Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Monday, 10 August – 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.
  • Free evening - Information will be provided about local culture and entertainment venues.
  • Dinner on own.
  • Overnight:  Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Tuesday, 11 August – 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.
  • Lunch on own.
  • See the world renown Chagall Windows at Hadassah Hospital.
  • Meaningful visit to Mt Herzl Cemetery to discover chapters in the history of Israel while visiting the graves of Yitzhak Rabin, Golda Meir, Theordore Herzl and Hannah Senesch.
  • Multimedia tour of the new Six Day War Heritage Museum at Ammunition Hill, the site of the fiercest battle in the Six Day War.
  • Free evening - Information will be provided about local culture and entertainment venues.
  • Dinner on own
  • Overnight:  Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Wednesday, 12 August – Wrapping Up and Departure

  • 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 exploreadditional exhibitions on own – RecommendationsModern Israeli art, Synagogue interiors in the Judaica section and the Archaeology Wing.
  • Remainder of afternoon free to explore on own 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, 13 August – Arrive in USA

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

Land Only Package $3995 Discounted rate for payment by check;
Land and *air package is estimated at $5455 Discounted rate for payment by check
Single Room Supplement $1170 Discounted rate payment by check
Land only Package $4155 Full cost for credit card payment
Land and *air $5684 Full cost for credit card payment
Single Room Supplement $1217 Full cost for credit card payment
Reduction for a third adult in a room $450
Child, age 2-12: as a third in a room -$530
Bar/Bat Mitzvah,12-13: as a third in a room -$650
Third & Fourth Child: sharing room in quad with parents -$230

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