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Israel Tour / We are joining Temple Sinai’s Exploring Israel Family Trip Led by Rabbi Brad Levenberg June 9–20, 2019

We are joining Temple Sinai’s Exploring Israel Family Trip Led by Rabbi Brad Levenberg June 9–20, 2019

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A Few Tour Highlights: Relive David Ben Gurion’s declaring the State of Israel at Independence Hall, Tour the old synagogues and picturesque alleys and art galleries of Tzfat, Walk in the lush Tel Dan Nature Reserve, Jeep tour to the Golan Heights, Discover Ethiopian Jewish culture at the Germachin Center, Explore underground Jerusalem walking in the Western Wall Tunnels

We are joining Temple Sinai’s Exploring Israel Family Trip

Led by Rabbi Brad Levenberg

June 9–20, 2019

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Sunday, June 9

Depart USA on an overnight flight to Israel.

Monday, June 10 –

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 the alleys of Old Jaffa, the ancient port city once known as the Gate of Zion. Shekhiyanu-Welcome ceremony together with Temple Sinai adult group on top of Tel Jaffa overlooking modern Tel Aviv.
  • Check-in at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Tel Aviv’s Mediterranean Coast.
  • Welcome dinner and orientation at hotel.
  • Overnight: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Tel Aviv

Tuesday, June 11

The Hebrew City and the Jewish State
Relive David Ben Gurion declaring the new State of Israel at Independence Hall. Hear about the birth of Tel Aviv standing at the Founders Monument on Rothschild Boulevard. Then stroll down the Boulevard to see the Bauhaus architecture for which central Tel Aviv was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  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”. Tasting Tour of the colorful Levinsky Market to sample of foods and sweets from around Mediterranean and hear the personal stories of the vendors. Lunch on own if still hungry Travel to Rehovot for a guided tour of the Ayalon Institute – a clandestine bullet factory used by the Jewish underground before the founding of the State of Israel. Return to Tel Aviv . Free time to swim in the Mediterranean Sea and enjoy beachside promenade. Free evening.  Dinner on own at Yotvata Ba’ir dairy restaurant in Tel Aviv Overnight: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Tel Aviv

Wednesday, June 12

Cradles of Jewish Civilization in the Galilee Travel to northern Israel Explore ancient 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, the Nile Flood Festival and Orpheus – Why does the latter look like King David? Then ponder why an a wheel of the zodiac appears on a 1,500 year old synagogue floor. Travel to the mystical city of Tzfat. Lunch on own Tour Tzfat’s old synagogues and picturesque alleys. Tzfat was the cradle of Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism) in the 16th century. Discover the origins of our Friday night service where Lecha Dodi was written. Check-in to Hagoshrim Hotel in the Galilee Panhandle. Dinner at hotel Overnight: Hagoshrim, Galilee Panhandle

Thursday, June 13

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 Jeep tour to the Golan Heights to “look down” at Israel from abandonned bunkers the way the Syrian army once did.
Lunch on own. Time permitting: Look out from the peak of strategic Mt. Bental for a special perspective on Israel’s complex geopolitics. Taste some of the Golan’s finest on nearby Kibbutz Zivan: Kids: Chocolate making workshop at the De Karina Chocolate Factory. Adults: Guided tour of the boutique Bahat Winery including wine tasting. ITC Touch: BBQ dinner with young Israeli soldiers who are giving some of the best years of their lives to the defense of Israel – Opportunity to meet the Israeli army’s human side. (Together with Temple Sinai adult group). Overnight: Hagoshrim, Galilee Panhandle

Friday, June 14

Across Israel: A Multicultural Jewish Society Discover Ethiopian Jewish culture at the Germachin Center in Beit Shean. Learn about Ethiopian Jewry’s modern day Exodus story and the challenges facing the Ethiopian Israeli community today. Lunch on own Travel south through the Jordan Valley and ascend to Jerusalem. Tour of Jewish Quarter including the Cardo, Broad Wall and Rooftops. Hear about the remarkable discoveries unearthed in excavations under the ruins of the Tiferet Yisrael Synagogue that span 2,700 years of Jewish life in Jerusalem. Visit the Western Wall and connect to an ancient Jewish legacy. Check in to the Dan Panorama Hotel in Jerusalem. Free time to relax, prepare for Shabbat and enjoy hotel pool. Attend Friday night services at a Kol Haneshama, a Reform synagogue in Jerusalem’s Baka neighborhood (bus available) or at Hebrew Union College (together with Temple Sinai adult group). Traditional Shabbat dinner at hotel with Temple Sinai adult group. Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Saturday, June 15

And on the Seventh Day....in Jerusalem Late morning walking tour to Jaffa Gate and the Christian Quarter, including the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and part of the Via Dolorosa. See what Jerusalem’s Christian Quarter looks like as it prepares for Chistmas. Lunch at Armenian Tavern in the Old City. • B’nai Mitzvah kids meet with clergy to rehearse.  B’nai Mitzvah Ceremony, Havdallah and dinner celebration Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Sunday, June 16

Modern Israeli Realities and Ancient Jewish Roots Visit Yad Lakashish, a unique employment project helping Jerusalem’s elderly, including a stop in its shop “where shopping is mitzvah!” Lunch on own Discover the archaeological story of the Western Wall and standing where Jewish pilgrims walked 2,000 years ago at the Davidson Center, Robinson’s Arch and the Southern Wall Excavations - Hear about a recent discovery connected to the Chanukah story. Walk through the Western Wall Tunnels to explore underground Jerusalem. Scavenger hunt in the quaint Nachlaot neighborhoods to discover a world of history,  folklore and ethnicity just blocks from downtown Jerusalem, followed by free time explore the nearby Machane Yehuda Market.
Free evening Dinner on own Recommendation: In the evening parts of the Machane Yehuda Market become a lively food court with lots of fun small eateries. Also get a peek at the intriguing graffiti murals on the doors of closed market stalls. Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Monday, June 17

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 will be accompanied by youth counselor. Zoo admission 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 adjacent Mt. Herzl Cemetery, where you will find chapters in modern Jewish and Israeli history standing at the graves of Yitzhak Rabin, Golda Meir, Hannah Senesch and Theodore Herzl. Prepare food packages for distribution to some of Israel’s neediest people at Pantry Packers logistical center in southern Jerusalem. Visit to the “Waffle Lady” – An iconic Jerusalem eating experience (at own expense). Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Tuesday, June 18

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. 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 bathe in waterfalls 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. Evening: Parents’ night out. Counselor will conduct kids program. Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Wednesday, June 19

Digging up the Past and Preparing for Departure Travel to Beit Guvrin in the Judean Foothills to participate in a real hands on archaeological excavation in a cave next to biblical Tel Maresha. Return to Jerusalem 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

Thursday, June 20

Arrive in USA Begin planning next Israel trip with Rabbi Levenberg and ITC Tours!

Land Only Package – $3795 Discounted price for check payment Land and Air Package – $5545* Discounted price for check payment Single Room Supplement – $980 Discounted price for check payment Land Only Package – $3948 - Full price for credit card payment
Full cost Land and Air Package – $5767* -  Full price for credit card payment
Single Room Supplement – $1019 -  Full price for credit card payment
Reduction for 3rd in a room – $460 -  Up to 12 years old
Reduction for as 3rd in a room – $530 - Up to 12 years old
Reduction for 3rd & 4th child – $200 per child - Sharing room in a Quad
Added to the costs above are tips for Guide, Driver, Restaurants, and Porterage – $180 Tour price is based on minimum of 20 participants. Round trip air available through ITC Tours call Yafa at 800-247-7235 *Air prices are approximate, exact price will be available 11 months from return date.
Included are airport tax and fuel surcharge andare subject to change until purchased Not included in price Trip cancellation, health insurance - highly recommended!