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I am Joining Beth El Synagogue’s Exploring Israel Family Tour Led by Rabbi Jay and Leslie Kornsgold August 2-13, 2020 | Israel Tour
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Israel Tour / I am Joining Beth El Synagogue’s Exploring Israel Family Tour Led by Rabbi Jay and Leslie Kornsgold August 2-13, 2020

I am Joining Beth El Synagogue’s Exploring Israel Family Tour Led by Rabbi Jay and Leslie Kornsgold August 2-13, 2020

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Join Beth El Synagogue’s family Israel trip where you can walk through the tunnels under the Old City, Float in the Dead Sea, become part of the daily life in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Visit Old Jaffa, Shekhiyanu-Welcome ceremony, Palmach Museum, Historic Neve Tzeddek neighborhood, Founders’ Monument, Israel Innovation Center


Sunday, August 2

Depart USA

Monday, August 3 – 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 Old Jaffa, the ancient port city once known as Zion Gate from which Jonah tried to flee and where Solomon brought the Cedars of Lebanon on the way to Jerusalem. Today paintings and sculptures have been installed in its ancient alleys.
Shehekhiyanu/Welcome ceremony on top of ancient Tel Jaffa overlooking modern Tel Aviv.
Multimedia tour of the Palmach Museum to learn about the elite underground organization which played a critical role in the founding of the State of Israel. Check-in at the Dan Panorama Hotel on Tel Aviv’s Mediterranean Coast.
Welcome dinner and orientation at Maganda Yemenite Restuarant. Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv

Tuesday, August 4 – Greater Tel Aviv: The Hebrew City and the Jewish State

Walking tour of historic Neve Tzeddek neighborhood (“Little Tel Aviv”) 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 at the Founders’ Monument then stroll down Rothschild Boulevard to see the Bauhaus architecture for which central Tel Aviv’s “White City” was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Visit the new Israel Innovation Center, located in the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, to learn though its interactive exhibit about Israeli Start-Ups in fields such as science, technology, medicine, security, aero-space and more.
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”.
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 beach side Promenade. Free evening. Dinner on own. Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv

Wednesday, August 5 – Cradles of Jewish Civilization in the Galilee

Depart for northern Israel.
Tour the ruins of Caesarea, including its Roman Theater, Amphitheater, Hippodrome and Promontory Palace. Ponder a rabbinic debate over Jews attending gladiator games. Hear the story of Hanna Senesh and her poem, Walking to Caesarea, better known as the song Eli, Eli. Lunch on own. Explore mystical Tzfat, cradle of Kabbalah
(Jewish mysticism) in the 16th century. Visit its old synagogues and picturesque alleyways. Then discover the origins of our Friday night service in the city where Lecha Dodi was written.
Boat ride on the Sea of Galilee followed by lakeside dinner at Decks Restaurant.
Check–in to the Kibbutz Lavi Hotel on Kibbutz Lavi in the Galilee. Overnight: Kibbutz Lavi

Thursday, August 6 – 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. Jeep tour of the Golan Heights for a special perspective on Israel’s complex geopolitics as we visit former Syrian bunkers overlooking Israel and then look out 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 taste wines and liqueurs at the boutique Bahat Winery. 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, August 7 – Across Israel: A Multicultural Jewish Society

Tour of Lavi led by a local kibbutznik to hear about kibbutz life.
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.
Explore the raucous 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 Dan Panorama Hotel in Jerusalem.
Free time to relax and prepare for Shabbat. • Join the new Egalitarian Kabbalat Shabbat minyan at the Masorti Kotel, where men and women can pray together
(begins at 6:00pm)
Festive Shabbat Dinner at hotel. Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Saturday, August 8 – And on the Seventh Day...in Jerusalem

Shabbat morning services at Shira Chadasha, a lively modern Orthodox ‘partnership’ minyan, where women play a major role leading services.
Shabbat Lunch at the Fuchsberg Center for Conservative Judaism.
Shabbat afternoon options:
Free time to relax and enjoy hotel and pool. Late afternoon walking tour to the historic Montefiore Windmill to discover the first neighborhood built outside the walls of the Old City.
Havdalah with Rabbi Kornsgold. Free evening. Dinner on own. Watch the Night Spectacular – Sound and light show at the Tower of David. Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Sunday, August 9 – 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)
Lunch on own. Meaningful visit to the Mt. Herzl Military Cemetery to discover chapters in the history of Israel through the personal stories of fallen individual soldiers, followed by a visit to the graves of Yitzhak Rabin, Golda Meir, Theordore Herzl.
Engage in hands on tzedakah preparing food packages for distribution to some of Israel’s neediest people at Pantry Packers or Yad Ezra Veshulamit.
Free evening. Dinner on own. Recommendation for the evening: Check out the lively Ben Yehuda Street Pedestrian Mall in downtown Jerusalem.
Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Monday, August 10 – The Old City of Jerusalem – An Ancient Jewish Legacy

B’nai Mitzvah Ceremony at the Egalitarian Masorti Kotel (near Robinson’s Arch) to connect a Jewish past with a Jewish future. 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.
Walk through the Western Wall Tunnels to explore underground Jerusalem. Visit the traditonal prayer area of the Western Wall. Festive B’nai Mitzvah lunch at Between the Arches Restaurant.
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). 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: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Tuesday, August 11 – 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 decision did our ancesters make? Masada or Yavne? What does that mean?
Swim or float 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 bathe in a waterfall and hear how David hid there from King Saul. Stop off at “Abraham’s Tent” for a Camel ride and biblical dinner before returning to Jerusalem. Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Wednesday, August 12 – Modern Realities and Departure

Briefing on Israeli and Middle East Politics by Jerusalem Post political correspondent Gil Hoffman. Multimedia tour of the new Six Day War. Heritage Museum on Ammunition Hill, the site of the fiercest battle in the Six Day War. Tour of Jewish Quarter including the Herodian Mansions, Cardo, Broad Wall and Rooftops followed by free time to shop and explore on own. Lunch on own.
Remainder of afternoon free to explore on own and get in last minute shopping.
Late check-out. Farewell dinner at Medita Restaurant • Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport.

Thursday, August 13 – Arrive in USA

Begin planning next Israel trip with Rabbi Kornsgold and ITC Tours!

Land Only Package – $4065 per person in a double room Discounted for Check Payment Land and Air Package – *$5616 per person in a double room: Check Payment Single Room Supplement – $1210: Check Payment Land Only Package – $4228 per person in a double room: Full cost Credit Card Payment Land and Air Package – *$5840 per person in a double room: Full cost Credit Card Payment Single Room Supplement – $1259: Full cost Credit Card Payment REDUCTIONS Third Adult in a Room: -$490 Child, ages 2-12, as 3rd in room: -$550 Bar/Bat Mitzvah child 3rd in room: -$650 3rd and 4th child sharing room: -$300 Added to the costs above are tips for Guide, Driver, Restaurants, and Porterage – $190

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