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Join Tifereth Israel Synagogue’s Adult Israel Trip Led by Rabbi Joshua Dorsch

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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. Guided tour of the Israeli Art Wing at the Tel Aviv Art Museum led by a local Israeli artist

Join Tifereth Israel Synagogue’s Adult Israel Trip Led by Rabbi Joshua Dorsch
June 16 – 28, 2019

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Sunday, 16 June

Depart USA on an overnight flight to Israel

Monday, 17 June

Going up into the Land Arrive in Israel to be met and assisted by your ITC representative. Shehekhiyanu- Welcome ceremony on top of Tel Jaffa overlooking modern Tel Aviv. At Independence Hall relive David Ben Gurion declaring the new State of Israel. Hear about the establishment of Tel Aviv at the Founders' Monument then stroll down Rothschild Boulevard to see the Bauhaus architecture for which central Tel Aviv was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Check-in to the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Tel Aviv's Mediterranean Coast. Welcome dinner at Maganda Yemenite Restaurant. Overnight: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Tel Aviv

Tuesday, Tuesday, 18 June

The Hebrew City and the Jewish State. Tour the Israeli Museum at the Yitzhak Rabin Center for a critical look at Israeli history and society. Visit the new Israeli Innovation Center located in the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange to learn how Israel became the Start Up Nation. 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". Guided tour of the Israeli Art Wing at the Tel Aviv Art Museum led by a local Israeli artist to learn about history and trends in Israeli art. • Free time to swim in the Mediterranean Sea and enjoy beach side Promenade. Dinner on own. Recommendation for the evening: Check out the Sarona neighborhood, a new restaurant- café and shopping area in a recently restored former German colony. Overnight: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Tel Aviv

Wednesday, Wednesday, 19 June

Cradles of Jewish Civilization in the Galilee Depart for northern Israel. Explore the ruins of Tzippori, the city where Rabbi Judah Hanasi sealed the Mishna. Discover Tzippori's lavish ancient mosaic pavements, including Mona Lisa of the Galilee, Nile Flood Festival and Orpheus, who looks like King David (?). Then ponder why an ancient synagogue floor features a wheel of the zodiac. Lunch on own Tour mystical Tzfat's ornate old synagogues and picturesque alleyways and discover the origins of our Friday night service in the city where Lecha Dodi was written. Free time to shop in galleries and explore Tzfat's Artists Colony on own. Early evening boat ride on the Sea of Galilee followed by a lakeside dinner at Decks Restaurant. Check–in to the Lavi Hotel in the Galilee. Dinner at hotel Overnight: Kibbutz Lavi

Thursday, 20 June

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. Lunch on own Tour and tasting at the boutique Ben David Winery on Kibbutz Shamir at the foot of the Golan Heights. 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. Barbeque dinner with young Israeli soldiers who are giving some of the best years of their lives to the defense of Israel. Overnight: Kibbutz Lavi

Friday, 21 June

Across Israel: Many Faces of the Jewish People - Learn about kibbutz life on walking tour of Lavi led by a local kibbutznik. 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. Shekhiyanu/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. 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 "Masorati Kotel", where men and women can stand together. OR: Attend a musical Israeli Kabbalat Shabbat at the First Station Compound. OR: Attend Friday night services at a local Jerusalem synagogue. Festive Shabbat Dinner at hotel. Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Shabbat/Saturday, 22 June

And on the Seventh Day...in Jerusalem - Shabbat morning services at a local Masorti (Conservative) synagogue, followed by kiddush and an update on the Masorti Movement in Israel. Traditional Shabbat Lunch at hotel. Shabbat afternoon options: • Late afternoon walking tour to the historic Montefiore Windmill to discover the first neighborhood 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. OR: Israeli literature walking tour through the streets of Jerusalem, using the writings of Jerusalem's poets and authors, such as Yehuda Amichai, S.Y. Agnon and others. Havdalah with Rabbi Dorsch. Dinner on own. Watch the Night Spectacular – Sound and light show at the Tower of David. Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Sunday, 23 June

 The Old City of Jerusalem: An Ancient Jewish Legacy - 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, including a new discovery connected to the Chanukah story. Visit the traditional prayer area of the Western Wall. Lunch on own in the Jewish Quarter. Tour of the Jewish Quarter including the Cardo, Broad Wall and Rooftops. Guided tour of the new Hebrew Music Museum in downtown Jerusalem's Nachalat Shiva neighborhood to learn about the history of Jewish music from biblical times and through seven different regions of the Diaspora.
Recommendation: Coffee and dessert at one of the cafés in adjacent Music Square and listen to an open air performance. Then check out the nearby Ben Yehuda Street Pedestrian Mall. Free evening. Dinner on own. Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Monday, 24 June

Holocaust, Remembrance and Continuity - 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. Lunch on own. Multimedia tour of the new Six Day War Heritage Museum at Ammunition Hill, the site of the fiercest battle in the Six Day War. Dinner on own. Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Tuesday, 25 June

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? What decision did our ancesters make? 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. Travel to 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, 26 June

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 relax and enjoy the hotel's spa and recreational facilities. Dinner at Beresheet Hotel. Overnight: Beresheet Hotel, Mitzpe Ramon.

Thursday, 27 June

Nature, Vision and Development in the Negev Tour of David Ben Gurion's House on Kibbutz Sde Boker to learn about his vision for developing the Negev. Lunch with the Kitchen Queens of Yerucham - a true gastronomic expereince. Study session on the role of the desert in the Torah at Bamidbar, a Yerucham based educational and social action center. 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 personal immigration stories. Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport – See you again soon!

Friday, 28 June

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Please check your choice(s): prices are per person in double a room
Land Only Package $3995.Discounted rate payment by check;
Land and Air**$5845. Discounted rate payment by check;
Single Room Supplement $1345. Discounted rate payment by check
Land only Package $4155. Full cost for credit card payment
Land and Air Package **$6079. Full cost for credit card payment
Single Room Supplement $1395. Full cost for credit card payment
Tips for guide, driver, restaurants, portage $195.* pre collected Land only prices based on 20 paying participants; price will increase with less 20 and be reduced at 25 or more Round trip Air San Diego to Tel Aviv - Return Not included in pricing: Travel insurance,

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