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Temple Beth El Congregational Tour Led by Rabbi Michael Knopf
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Israel Tour / Temple Beth El Congregational Tour Led by Rabbi Michael Knopf

Temple Beth El Congregational Tour Led by Rabbi Michael Knopf

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Round trip flight from Richmond to Tel Aviv. Accommodations at the Dan Panoraman Tel Aviv, Kibbutz Lavi and Mount Zion Jerusalem All breakfasts, Shabbat dinner and lunch, 5 weekday dinners and lunches as per the itinerary. Touring with Rabbi Knopf and one of Israel’s top tour guide educators in a WiFi enabled deluxe touring motor coach.

Exploring Israel with Temple Beth El Led by Rabbi Michael Knopf
June 17 – 28, 2018

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Sunday, 17 June

Depart USA on an overnight ELAL flight to Israel

Monday, 18 June –

Going up into the Land - Arrive in Israel to be met and assisted by your ITC representative. 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 at the Dan Panorama Hotel Hotel on Tel Aviv's Mediterranean Coast. Welcome dinner and orientation at Maganda Yemenite Restuarant. Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel Hotel, Tel Aviv

Tuesday, 19 June

The Hebrew City and the Jewish State - 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 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". Encounter with Rabbi Arie Hasid at the Masorati synagogue in Mazkeret Batya to hear about his community and the Masorati (Conservative) Movement in Israel. Tour the Israeli Museum at the Yitzhak Rabin Center for a critical look at Israeli society. Visit Rabin Square, where late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated. Free time to swim in the Mediterranean Sea and enjoy beach side Promenade. Free evening. Dinner on own. Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel Hotel, Tel Aviv

Wednesday, 20 June

Jewish Arab Relations and Mystical Tzfat - Travel to Givat Haviva in the northern Sharon Plain. Program on Arab-Jewish relations and the complex identity of Israeli Arabs at Givat Haviva, including a visit to a nearby Arab village. Lunch on own. Tour the old synagogues and picturesque alleyways of the mystical city of Tzfat and discover the origins of our Friday night service where Lecha Dodi was written. Visit the studio of a kabbalistic artist and hear how Jewish spirituality influences his work. Check–in to Kibbutz Lavi in the Galilee. Dinner at hotel. Overnight: Kibbutz Lavi

Thursday, 21 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. Raft or 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 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: Guided tour of 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, and meet the human face of the Israeli army. Overnight: Kibbutz Lavi

Friday, 22 June

Across Israel: A Multicultural Jewish Society - Learn about kibbutz life on walking tour of Lavi led by a local kibbutznik. Explore ancient Tzippori and study a Jewish text in the ruins of the city where Rabbi Judah Hanasi sealed the Mishna. Discover Tzippori's magnificent mosaics, 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. Travel to Jerusalem on the Trans Israel Highway. En route see and discuss Israel's Security Fence. 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. Friday/Shabbat evenings options: Attend the "Israeli Kabbalat Shabbat" service at the First Station Compound (begins at 5:00 pm, so it is also possible to continue to one of the other kabbalat options listed below. 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 Friday night services at a local Jerusalem synagogue. Festive Shabbat Dinner at hotel. Overnight: Mt. Zion Hotel, Jerusalem

Saturday, 23 June

And on the Seventh Day... in Jerusalem - Shabbat morning services at a local Masorati (Conservative) synagogue. Traditonal Shabbat Lunch at hotel. Shabbat afternoon options: Enjoy relaxing by the hotel pool and explolring on own. 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 Knopf. Free evening. 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 Hotel, Jerusalem

Sunday, 24 June

The Old City of Jerusalem – An Ancient Jewish Legacy - 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 – A still flowing ancient water system that saved the city of Jerusalem 2,700 years ago (dry option available). AND/OR: 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. Lunch on own in Jewish Quarter. Discover underground Jerusalem in the Western Wall Tunnels. Lunch on own. Tour of Jewish Quarter including the Herodian Mansions, Cardo, Broad Wall and Rooftops 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: Mt. Zion Hotel, Jerusalem

Monday, 25 June

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). Alternate program 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. Discover the story of Zionism's founding father Theodore Herzl at the multimedia Herzl Museum, followed by a meaningful visit to the Mt. Herzl Cemetery to discover chapters in the history of Israel at the graves of Yitzhak Rabin, Golda Meir, Theordore Herzl and Hannah Senesch. Meeting with a representative of the Peace Now Movement or Rabbis for Human Rights. Overnight: Mt. Zion Hotel, Jerusalem

Tuesday, 26 June

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 bath in waterfalls and hear how David hid there from King Saul. Stop off at "Abraham's Tent" (Eretz Beresheet) for a Camel ride, biblical hospitality and dinner before returning to Jerusalem. While there we will also discuss the geopolitical status of the location and where it stands with regards to peace proposals such as the Alon Plan and the Oslo Accords. Free evening. Overnight: Mt. Zion Hotel, Jerusalem

Wednesday, 27 June

Modern Realities 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 of 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 explore additional 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 your, relax and get in last minute shopping. Late check-out. Farewell dinner at Hehatzer Restaurant. Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport – See you again soon!

Thursday, 28 June

Arrive in USA - Begin planning your next Israel trip with Rabbi Knopf and ITC Tours!

Land Only Package $3495 Discounted rate for payment by check; prices are per person in a double room

Land only Package $3635 Full cost for credit card payment

Land and *air package is estimated at $5370 Discounted rate for payment by check

 Land and *air package is estimated at $5585 Full cost for credit card payment

Tips $180.00 payment by check

Single Room Supplement $1050 Discounted rate payment by check

Single Room Supplement $1090 Full cost for credit card payment

3rd adult in room subtract $270      

Child, 2-12, as third person in parents' room: subtract $500

Bar/Bat Mitzvah child as third person in parents' room: subtract $600

Third and Fourth child sharing room in quad with parents: subtract $200

    *Included are airport tax and fuel surcharge and are subject to change until purchased Not included in price Trip cancellation insurance * Tips for guide, driver, restaurants, portage* any visa or travel documents (For insurance rates please call our office 800-247-7235) Please let us know if there are any accessibility requirements, physical limitations or dietary restrictions
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    ROOMS: Prices are based on double occupancy. Single rooms are available at a supplementary cost of $1050 ck payment $1090 credit card payment. TAXES: Airport tax and fuel surcharge are included in the ticket price when ticketed TIPPING: Tips for guides and drivers are not included in tour price: $180.00 per person INSURANCE: Insurance is not included in the tour price. We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance. Please note that we cannot accept responsibility for any losses or expenses, which you or any member of your party may incur as a result of failing to secure adequate coverage. MEDICAL CONDITION: ITC is not responsible for any medical conditions that may occur during or prior to the tour. We offer Group travel/health insurance including coverage of preexisting conditions Please check our website for coverage details CANCELLATION: All cancellations must be in writing to us and must be signed by the person who made the original reservation. Cancellations are only effective from the day they are received by us. No refunds are issued for cancellations received after the date the tour departs. Penalties will apply. If you cancel your tour, cancellation fees and penalties will be deducted from your refund or deposit. Cancellation fees will apply to all deposit checks. (Airline penalties could be equal to the total cost of the ticket.) Cancellation fees apply to each person. MINIMUM FEE OF $ 100.00 PER.PERSON. FOR ANY CANCELLATION PRIOR TO DEPARTURE PRIOR TO DEPARTURE CANCELLATION FEE $300.00 per person 90 - 80 Days $400.00 per person 79 – 69 Days No Refund 68 Days or less *Plus any penalties applied by airlines, hotels and tour operators. BAGGAGE: Luggage is the responsibility of the passenger and that of the airlines. For lost luggage claims, the passenger is responsible for notifying the airline directly. SEAT ASSIGNMENTS: There is no advanced seat selection for tour departures; however, we will try to meet individual requests upon availability. Three hours advance arrival to the airport is necessary to ensure adequate time for check in. RESPONSIBILITY FOR FLIGHT AND PASSENGER ACCOMMODATIONS AND SERVICES: ITC is responsible for making all arrangements for tour services offered in the itinerary. The airlines, hotels, land operators and other suppliers providing services are independent contractors and not agents, employees or associates of ITC. Acceptance and confirmation of your reservation is at the discretion of the airlines even after full payment has been made. ITC, Rabbi Michael Knopf, and Temple Beth-El assume no responsibility or liability in connection with the service of an aircraft, motor coach, taxi, or other conveyances, which may be used in the performance of its duty to the passengers. All vouchers and other documents for services issued by the company are subject to the terms and conditions specified by the suppliers and to the laws of the country where services are supplied. If the tour services as indicated by the itinerary cannot be supplied or there are changes in the itinerary for reasons beyond the control of ITC, we will arrange for provision of comparable services. ITC reserves the right to make changes in the itinerary whenever ITC deems it necessary to the comfort, convenience and safety of the participant at any time. The participant agrees that ITC shall not be liable for any changes in flight schedules, delays, weather conditions, damages, losses (including personal injuries, death and property losses) or expenses occasioned by acts or omissions of any person, including suppliers providing services, or for any acts of war, insurrection, revolts, or other civil uprisings, military actions, strikes, or acts of G-d occurring either in the country of origin, through passage or destination. No person other than an authorized representative of ITC by written consent is authorized to vary, add or waive any term or condition in this agreement. The right is reserved to decline to accept or retain any tour passenger should such person’s health or general deportment impede the operation of the tour to the detriment of the other tour passengers. PASSPORTS AND VISAS: Each passenger participant must have a valid passport. Please make sure the expiration date is at least 6 months past your date of return. IMMUNIZATIONS: No immunization shots or vaccinations are required at present, unless otherwise noted. NOTE: The sequence of activities in the itinerary may change or be reversed some may be omitted due to circumstances beyond our control. Pricing is subject to change until the trip is paid in full.