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I am Joining Congregation Beth Ohr Exploring Israel Adult Tour Led by Rabbi Joel Mishkin May 3–14, 2020 | Israel Tour
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Israel Tour / I am Joining Congregation Beth Ohr Exploring Israel Adult Tour Led by Rabbi Joel Mishkin May 3–14, 2020

I am Joining Congregation Beth Ohr Exploring Israel Adult Tour Led by Rabbi Joel Mishkin May 3–14, 2020

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Join Congregation Beth Ohr’s adult Israel trip where you can become part of the daily life in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. A few tour highlights: Visit the Palmach Museum, Historic Neve Tzeddek neighborhood City of Sand and Sea mosaic fountain, Founders’ Monument, New Israeli Innovation Center, Tel Aviv Stock Exchange Yitzhak Rabin Center, Palmach Museum, Western Negev, Kibbutz Alumim


Sunday, May 3

Depart USA

Monday, May 4

Going up into the Land
Morning arrival in Israel to be met and assisted by your ITC representative (today’s program depends on arrival time)
Walking tour of the historic Neve Tzeddek neighbourhood, once home to Zionist cultural pioneers Eliezer Ben Yehuda, S.Y. Agnon and Rabbi Kook, which 25 years after its founding gave birth to Tel Aviv – 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 view 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.  Tour the Israeli Museum at the Yitzhak Rabin Center for a critical look at Israeli history and society.
1st Timers Option: Multimedia tour of the Palmach Museum to learn about the elite underground organization that played a critical role in founding the State of Israel
Check-in to the Carlton Hotel on Tel Aviv’s Mediterranean Coast
Welcome Dinner at Maganda Restaurant in Tel Aviv’s old Yemenite Quarter.
• Overnight:Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv

Tuesday, May 5

 Defense and Pioneering in the Western Negev.
Travel to the western Negev • Visit Kibbutz Alumim to meet with a local kibbutznik and hear first-hand about living on the Gaza border, pioneering in the Negev and kibbutz as a community.
• Briefing on local regional security from Rafi Babian, security coordinator of the Sdot Negev Regional Council and Kibbutz Alumim member.
Lunch at Kibbutz Alumim Discover hi-tech agriculture and innovative crops
on the Salad Trail on Moshav Talmei Yosef • Encounter/workshop with local sculptor Yaron. Bob, who has created works of art out of Kassam rockets that have fallen in the region • Travel to the Negev Highlands. Check-in to the Ramon Inn in Mitzpe Ramon. Dinner at hotel. Overnight: Ramon Inn, Mitzpe Ramon

Wednesday, May 6

Negev Highlands: Primeval Desert Beauty.
Learn about the natural history of the region at the multimedia Makhtesh Ramon Visitors Center dedicated to fallen Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon.
Explore Makhtesh Ramon (Ramon Crater) on foot and by jeep to discover magnificent desert landscapes and a fascinating window into the earth’s past
Lunch on own. ITC Touch: Encounter with a traditional Bedouin community in the Negev Highlands for a “non-touristy” Bedouin tourism experience - Hear about how social changes are impacting their community.
Dinner at hotel. Overnight: Ramon Inn, Mitzpe Ramon

Thursday, May 7

Vision and Development in the Negev
Walk in the stunning white canyon of Ein Avdat in the Zin Valley. Tour of David Ben Gurion’s House.
Sde Boker to learn about his vision for developing the Negev Travel to the Negev development town of Yerucham. Lunch with the Kitchen Queens of Yerucham - a true gastronomic experience Tour of Yerucham with a local social activist to hear about its transformation from a downtrodden development town to a dynamic growing community.
Study session on the role of the desert in the Torah at Bamidbar, a Yerucham based educational and social action center.
Travel north to Jerusalem. Check-in to Leonardo Plaza Hotel in Jerusalem • Dinner on own. Overnight: Leonardo Plaza Hotel, Jerusalem

Friday, May 8

The Old City of Jerusalem: An Ancient Jewish Legacy
Discover the archaeological story of the Western Wall and episodes of Jewish life in Jerusalem 2,000 years ago at Robinson’s Arch and the Southern Wall Excavations, including a recent discovery related to the Chanukah story.
Unique tour of the Western Wall Tunnels, including impressive new discoveries with Dr. Avi Solomon, the site’s former chief archaeologist (subject to availability)
Tour of the Archaeology Wing at the Israel Museum with an emphasis on Jewish Archaeology, followed by free time to explore additional exhibitions on own.
Lunch on own. Free time to relax and prepare for Shabbat.
Friday/Shabbat Evening Options: 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 – Lone Soldiers invited, subject to availability.
• Overnight: Leonardo Plaza Hotel, Jerusalem

Saturday/Shabbat, May 9 – And on the Seventh Day....in Jerusalem. Shabbat morning services at a local Conservative/Masorati synagogue.
• Traditional Shabbat Lunch at hotel
Shabbat Afternoon Options:
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 the First Temple period Jewish burial site at Ketef Hinnom – Where archaeologists discovered the oldest biblical text ever found. Havdalah with Rabbi Mishkin. Dinner on own. Evening: Watch the New sound and light show at the Tower of David. Overnight: Leonardo Plaza Hotel, Jerusalem

Sunday, May 10

Nature, Rebels and Refugees in the Judean Desert
Tour the ruins of Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered and hear about the ascetic Jewish sect that lived there 2,000 years ago. Lunch on own
1st Timers Option – 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
Return to Jerusalem. Free evening. Dinner on own. Overnight: Leonardo Plaza Hotel, Jerusalem

Monday, May 11

Holocaust, Remembrance and Continuity
Guided tour of Yad Vashem Campus focusing on Holocaust art. This tour 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, the Yad Vashem Synagogue and viewing sculpture installed at Yad Vashem.
1st Timers Option: Yad Vashem Tour Tour of Yad Vashem – Israel’s national Holocaust memorial and museum, including the Holocaust History Museum and Children’s Memorial
Tasting tour of the bustling Machane Yehuda Market to discover Jerusalem’s many flavors from East and West
Lunch on own, if still hungry. 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. Free evening. Dinner on own. Overnight: Leonardo Plaza Hotel, Jerusalem

Tuesday, May 12

Update on Israeli politics by Steve Linde, editor-in-chief of the Jerusalem Report and former editor-in-chief of the Jerusalem Post. Multimedia tour of the new Six Day War Heritage Museum on Ammunition Hill, the site of the fiercest and most costly battle of 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.
Dinner on own. Overnight: Leonardo Plaza Hotel, Jerusalem

Wednesday, May 13

Modern Realities and Departure
Engage in hands on tzedakah preparing food packages for distribution to some of Israel’s neediest people at Pantry Packers in southern Jerusalem
Tour of less visited sites in the Jewish
Quarter: The Israelite Tower, a 2,600 year old “archaeological puzzle” beneath the modern day neighborhood, the restored Karaite Museum and hear about the remarkable new discoveries under the ruins of the Tiferet Yisrael Synagogue. 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, May 14

Arrive in USA

Land Only Package – $4145 per person in a double room Discounted for Check Payment
Land and Air Package – *$5475 per person in a double room: Discounted Check Payment
Single Room Supplement – $1250: Discounted Check Payment
Land Only Package – $4311 per person in a double room: Full cost Credit Card Payment
Land and Air Package – *$5695 per person in a double room: Full cost Credit Card Payment
Single Room Supplement – $1299: Full cost Credit Card Payment
Prices for Eilat-Petra: Extension May 14–17, 2020 - based on number of Participants
Check Payment 4-5 pax $1555/person 6-7 pax $1475/person 8-9 pax $1325/person 10 pax $1295/person Credit card payment
4-5 pax $1618/person 6-7 pax $1534/person 8-9 pax $1378/person 10 pax $1347/person Tips $195 by check (guide, driver, restaurants, porterage) are added to the above
* Included are airport tax and fuel surcharge but is subject to change until purchased

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