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We are Joining Temple Beth-El Mekor Chayim's Adult Israel Tour Led by Rabbi Paul Kerbel June 7 – 19, 2020 Optional: Eilat - Petra Extension June 18 - 21, 2020 | Israel Tour
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Israel Tour / We are Joining Temple Beth-El Mekor Chayim’s Adult Israel Tour Led by Rabbi Paul Kerbel June 7 – 19, 2020 Optional: Eilat – Petra Extension June 18 – 21, 2020

We are Joining Temple Beth-El Mekor Chayim’s Adult Israel Tour Led by Rabbi Paul Kerbel June 7 – 19, 2020 Optional: Eilat – Petra Extension June 18 – 21, 2020

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Plant a tree in Neot Kedumim, Israel’s biblical landscape reserve. Guided tour of the Ayalon Institute – an underground bullet factory. Tour the alleys of Old Jaffa, the ancient port city once known as the Gate of Zion


Sunday, June 7

Depart USA

Monday, June 8 – Going up into the Land

  • Arrive in Israel to be met and assisted by your ITC representative (today's program depends on arrival time)
  • Plant a tree in Neot Kedumim, Israel's biblical landscape reserve, in honor or in memory of a loved one
  • 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
  • Tour the alleys of Old Jaffa, the ancient port city once known as the Gate of Zion. Shekhiyanu-Welcome ceremony on top of Tel Jaffa overlooking modern Tel Aviv.
  • 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, June 9 – 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”
  • 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 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
  • Visit the new Israeli Innovation Center located in the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange to learn how Israel became the Start Up Nation
  • 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”
  • 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
  • Free time to swim in the Mediterranean Sea and enjoy beachside promenade
  • Free evening. Dinner on own
  • Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv

Wednesday, June 10 – 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: Explore Tzippori and study a Jewish text in the ruins of the city where Rabbi Judah Hanasi sealed the Mishna. Discover its magnificent mosaics, including Mona Lisa of the Galilee and ponder why an ancient synagogue’s floor features a wheel of the zodiac.
  • Lunch on own
  • Tour the old synagogues and picturesque alleys of Tzfat, cradle of Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism) in the 16th century. Discover the origins of our Friday night service where Lecha Dodi was written.
  • Free time to shop in galleries and explore Tzfat’s Artist Colony on own
  • Boat ride on the Sea of Galilee followed by a lakeside dinner at Decks Restaurant
  • Check–in to the Kibbutz Lavi Hotel by the Sea of Galilee
  • Overnight: Kibbutz Lavi

Thursday, June 11 – 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 • Kayak down the Jordan River – Great way to cool off on a hot day
  • 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 Mt. Benta
  • Geopolitical briefing on top of Mt. Bental by Lieutenant Colonel (res.) Sarit Zehavi, a reserve IDF Intelligence Officer, 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: 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 Lavi

Friday, June 12 – Across Israel: A Multicultural Jewish Society

  • 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
  • Continue south through the Jordan Valley and ascend to Jerusalem
  • Shekhiyanu/Welcome 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 Mt Zion 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: Mt Zion Jerusalem

Saturday, June 13 – And on the Seventh Day...in Jerusalem

  • Shabbat morning services at a local Conservative/Masorati synagogue, followed by Kiddush, sponosred by Rabbi Kerbel
  • 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.
  • Havdalah with Rabbi Kerbel
  • Dinner on own
  • Recommendation for the evening: Visit the First Station Compound, Jerusalem’s restored Ottoman railway station turned restaurant – cafe area
  • Overnight: Mt Zion Jerusalem

Sunday, June 14 – 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 at Picolino Restaurant in downtown Jerusalem
  • Dinner Briefing on Israeli Politics by Steve Linde, editor-in-chief of the Jerusalem Report (and former editor-in- chief of the Jerusalem Post)
  • Overnight: Mt Zion Jerusalem

Monday, June 15 – Masada and the Dead Sea: Freedom Fighters or Fanatics?

  • Set out across the Judean Desert to the Dead Sea region
  • Tour the ruins of Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found and hear about the aesthetic Jewish sect that lived there 2,000 years ago
  • 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 expenses
  • 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. Dinner on own.
  • Overnight: Mt Zion Jerusalem

Tuesday, June 16 – 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 at Yad Vashem
  • 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
  • Engage in hands on tzedakah preparing food packages for distribution to some of Israel’s neediest people at Pantry Packers in southern Jerusalem
  • Free evening. Dinner on own.
  • Overnight: Mt Zion Jerusalem

Wednesday, June 17 – Modern History and Geopolitics in Jerusalem

  • Drive along the former Israel-Jordanian Cease Fire lines which divided Jerusalem between 1948-1967
  • Multimedia tour of the new Six Day War Heritage Museum at Ammunition Hill, the site of the fiercest battle in the Six Day War
  • Lunch on own
  • 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
  • Look out over the Holy Basin (Old City and Temple Mount) from the Haas Promenade
  • Free evening. Dinner on own.
  • Overnight: Mt Zion Jerusalem

Thursday, June 18 – Wrapping Up and Departure

  • Lecture on Religious Pluralism in Israel and the Masorti (Conservative Movement) by Rabbi Andy Sacks, Deputy Director of the Masorti Movement
  • 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 – Recommendations: Modern Israeli art, Synagogue interiors in the Judaica section and the Archaeology Wing.
  • Lunch on own
  • 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!

Friday, June 19 – Arrive in USA

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

Land Only Package – $3995 per person in a double room Discounted for Check Payment
Land and Air Package – *$5315 per person in a double room: Check Payment
Single Room Supplement – $1360: Check Payment
Land Only Package – $4147 per person in a double room: Full cost Credit Card Payment
Land and Air Package – *$5520 per person in a double room: Full cost Credit Card Payment
Single Room Supplement – $1415: Full cost Credit Card Payment Reductions:
Subtract for 3rd Adult in a room – $425

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