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We are Temple Beth-El's Adult Israel Trip Exploring Israeli Food, Wine and Art Led by Rabbi Michael and Adira Knopf December 15 – 26, 2019 | Israel Tour
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Israel Tour / We are Temple Beth-El’s Adult Israel Trip Exploring Israeli Food, Wine and Art Led by Rabbi Michael and Adira Knopf December 15 – 26, 2019

We are Temple Beth-El’s Adult Israel Trip Exploring Israeli Food, Wine and Art Led by Rabbi Michael and Adira Knopf December 15 – 26, 2019

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Israel’s diverse population makes its cuisines deliciously unique. The variety of restaurants, vast choice of gastronomic & hospitality styles and charm.

We are Temple Beth-El’s Adult Israel Trip Exploring Israeli Food, Wine and Art

Led by Rabbi Michael and Adira Knopf

December 15 – 26, 2019

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Sunday, December 15

Depart USA

Monday, December 16 – Going up into the Land

Arrive in Israel to be met and assisted by your ITC representative • Welcome ceremony at Azrielli Observation Deck and lunch • 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 • Check-in to the Carlton Hotel on Tel Aviv's Mediterranean Coast • Free time to rest and enjoy beachside Promenade • Welcome dinner at Goshen Restaurant in Tel Aviv • Overnight: Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv

Tuesday, December 17 – Art, Architecture and Markets in Tel Aviv

Architectural walking tour to see Bauhaus style buildings for which Central Tel Aviv's "White City" was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site • Guided tour of the Rubin Museum to learn about the pioneering Israeli artist Reuven Rubin. Then look at neighboring Bialik House (exterior), home of the late poet Chaim Nahman Bialik to see its unique etrog shaped dome • 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" • Discover Tel Aviv's remarkable street art on a graffiti tour of the hip Florentine neighborhood – The Soho of Israel • Tasting tour of the colorful Levinsky Market • Dinner at Deca Restaurant, a kosher dairy/fish chef restaurant • Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel or Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv

Wednesday, December 18 – Along the Mediterranean Coast

Depart for northern Israel • Guided studio and gallery tour of the Ein Hod Artists Colony led by a local artist • Tour and wine tasting at the historic Carmel Winery (today more than just Kiddush wine) in Zichron Yaakov an early Zionist pioneering community, where Israel's modern winery industry was born • Lunch on own • Visit the Umm Al Fahm Art Gallery and meet its founder Sa'id Abu Shakra. The Gallery was founded on the initiative of local artists who wanted to bring contemporary art to the city exhibit original Arab and Palestinian art • Tripolitani (Libyan Jewish) culinary experience on Moshav Hazon, where our hostess will share with you her ethnic cuisine, family immigration story and tell you about the moshav as a unique Israeli lifestyle • Check-in and Overnight: Ramot Resort Hotel by the Sea of Galilee

Thursday, December 19 – Raw Materials and Finished Products in the Golan Heights

Seasonal Delight: Fall is olive season. It's a great time to see and taste olive oil as its being produced at Toister Farm in the southern Golan Heights. The Toister family has been making olive oil in northern Israel since 1890. Eliezer Toister and his wife Miriam moved to the Golan Heights in 1972 • Visit the ancient synagogue of Um El Kanatir, which has been restored using sophisticated digital imaging technology • Lunch on own • Wine tasting at the boutique Pelter Winery on Kibbutz Ein Zivan • Time permitting: Look out at the border from the peak of strategic Mt. Bental • Gourmet dinner at Roberg Restaurant overlooking the Sea of Galilee • Overnight: Ramot Resort Hotel by the Sea of Galilee

Friday, December 20 – Galilee, Carmel and Jerusalem

Zaatar making workshop with local Arab women at the Sindiyana in the Galilee fair trade organization in the village of Kfar Cana • Lunch and Druze hospitality at Nora's Kitchen in the village of Dalyat El Carmel on Mt. Carmel – Hear a Druze woman speak about her community • Travel to Jerusalem on the Trans Israel Highway. En route see and discuss Israel's Security Fence • Check-in to the Orient Hotel in Jerusalem • Free time to relax and prepare for Shabbat • Attend Friday night services at Kehillat Zion, a Maasorti (Conservative) synagogue in Jerusalem's Baka neighborhood • Festive Shabbat Dinner at hotel • Overnight: Orient Hotel, Jerusalem

Shabbat/Saturday, December 21 – 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 • 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 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 or: Afternoon walking tour to Jaffa Gate and the Christian Quarter, including the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, a segment of the Via Dolorosa and Deir Es-Sultan (the Ethiopian monastic compound on the Church of the Holy Sepulcher's roof) • Havdalah with Rabbi Knopf • Free evening • Dinner on own • Watch the Night Spectacular – Sound and Light Show at the Tower of David • Overnight: Orient Hotel, Jerusalem

Sunday, December 22 – The Old City of Jerusalem: Ancient, Holy and Diverse

Early departure to tour the Temple Mount (Haram Esh-Sharif) – Islam's holiest site in Jerusalem to see the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aksa Mosque • Experience Jerusalem multiculturalism at its best walking down El Wad Street in the Muslim Quarter, where a traditional Islamic market, synagogues, mosques, Christian holy places and an "island of central Europe" all on the same short street • Visit the Western Wall's traditional prayer area • Tour of the Herodian Mansions in the Jewish Quarter to see what their ruins tell us about Jewish art and acculturation in the 1st century when the Temple still existed. What does the Herodian Quarter reveal about Jews and Hellenism? • Lunch on own • Visit the Palestinian Art Court – Al Hoash Gallery in East Jerusalem which seeks to cultivate the visual arts as a major component of Palestinian cultural identity • Return to hotel – Free time to freshen up before dinner • Light the First Chanukah candle at Eucalyptus Restaurant • Dinner at Eucalyptus Restaurant, where chef Moshe Basson gives a modern interpretation to biblical and regional cuisine • Overnight: Orient Hotel, Jerusalem

Monday, December 23 – Holocaust, Remembrance and Continuity

Guided tour of Yad Vashem Campus focusing on Holocaust art. This track will examine both art created to memorialize different aspects of the Holocaust and art produced during the holocaust by its victims, including visits to the Museum of Holocaust Art, Yad Vashem Synagogue and sculpture installed at Yad Vashem •
1st Timers Option: Tour of Yad Vashem's Holocaust History Museum and Children's Memorial • Tasting tour of the bustling Machane Yehuda Market to discover Jewish delicacies from east and west. Try Sufganiyot (jelly donuts) – Israel's favorite Chanukah pastry • 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 • Light Chanukah candles together before heading out for a free evening • Dinner on own • Overnight: Orient Hotel, Jerusalem

Tuesday, December 24 – Coexistence in Jerusaelm and Wineries in Judean Lowlands

Visit the mixed bilingual Arab-Jewish Hand in Hand School, which is helping to foster better understanding between Jews and Arabs • Continue on to wine tasting tour in the Judean Lowlands (Shfelah) • Wine tasting at the boutique family run Flam Winery near Moshav Eshtaol • Traditional Kurdish meat lunch at Habayit Shel Osnat on Moshav Agur • Wine tasting and discussion with vintner Shuki Yashuv at the Agur Winery • Cap of the day at the Tzora Winery in the Sorek Valley, Samson's old stomping grounds • 1st Timers Option: Masada and the Dead Sea: Freedom Fighters or Fanatics? • Set out across the Judean Desert to tour the ruins of Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found and hear about the sect which 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 • Lunch at Dead Sea resort • 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 • Return to Jerusalem • Light Chanukah candles together before setting out for a free evening • Dinner on own • Recommendation for the evening: Visit the First Station Compound, Jerusalem's restored Ottoman railway station turned restaurant – cafe area or dinner and/or drinks at Hatch Brewpub – A boutique micro brewery and eccentric kosher meat restaurant in the Machane Yehuda Market (28 Haegoz Street) • Overnight: Orient Hotel, Jerusalem

Wednesday, December 25 – Modern Realities and Departure

Discussion with Rabbi Arie Hasid, spiritual leader of the Mazkeret Batya Masorati Congregation about religious pluralism and the Masorati (Conservative) Movement in Israel • Curator tour in the Israel Museum – Specific exhibit to be determined, followed by free time to explore additional exhibitions on own • Lunch on own • Remainder of afternoon free to explore on your own and get in last minute shopping • Late check-out • Light Chanukah candles together at restaurant • Farewell dinner at Medita Restaurant • Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport – See you again soon!

Thursday, December 25 – Arrive in USA

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

Land Only Package $4955 Discounted payment by check;
Land and Air Package $6395* Discounted payment by check Single Room
Supplement $2180 Discounted payment by check Land only Package $5154
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Land and Air Package $6650* Full cost credit card payment Single Room
Supplement $2268 Full cost for credit card payment Round trip air: Richmond, VA – Tel Aviv – Return

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