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Your custom itinerary includes many of Israel’s marvels: Tour Old Jaffa, Shehekiyanu Welcome ceremony overlooking Tel Aviv, Founders Monument, Rothschild Boulevard, Bauhaus architecture, Nahalat Binyamin. Ayalon Institute underground bullet factory, Friday night services the Tel Aviv Port, Shabbat in Ramle on Kibbutz Gezer B’nai Jehudah’s sister congregation, Havdalah overlooking the Mediterranean Sea with Rabbi Nemitoff

We Are Joining The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah Israel Tour
Led by Rabbi Arthur Nemitoff
July 1 – 13, 2020

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Wednesday, 1 July – USA Departure

  • Depart on overnight flight to Israel

Thursday, 2 July – When You Come Into the Land (Deut. 26:1)

  • Arrive in Israel to be met and assisted at Ben Gurion International Airport by your ITC representative.
  • Tour the alleys of Old Jaffa, the ancient port city once known as the Gate of ZionShekhiyanu-Welcome ceremony on top of Tel Jaffa overlooking modern Tel Aviv.
  • Visit the "Aliyah Bet" Memorial in London Square to hear the story of the illegal immigration operations which rescued Jewish refugees before the founding of the State of Israel.
  • Lunch on own
  • Check-in to the Carlton Hotel on Tel Aviv's Mediterranean Coast.
  • Dinner on one’s own
  • Overnight: Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv

Friday, 3 July – The Hebrew City and the Jewish State

  • Mark Israel's 70th birthday at Independence Hall by reliving David Ben Gurion's emotional declaration of the new State of Israel.
  • Hear about the establishment of Tel Aviv, the first Hebrew city in 2,000 years, at the Founders Monument. 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 Nahalat Binyamin crafts fair. While there checkout the nearby Carmel Market and bohemian Sheinkin Street.
  • 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.
  • Friday night services the Tel Aviv Port – Beit Tefilah Yisraeli
  • Shabbat dinner at the Kitchen Market (please reserve entire upstairs side room with the bar for the group
  • Overnight: Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv

Saturday, 4 July – Ramle and Kibbutz Gezer

  • Spend the day in Ramle and Kibbutz Gezer (To be arranged by Rabbi Nemitoff, paid by ITC).
  • Creative Shabbat service led by Rabbi Nemitoff at B’nai Jehudah’s sister congregation, Birkat Shalom, located in Kibbutz Gezer
  • Introduction to Kibbutz life, Ramle, and Reform Judaism in Israel by Rabbi Miri Gold and David Leichman.
  • Lunch at Samir’s Restaurant in colorful Ramle (To be arranged by rabbi Nemitoff, included in cost)
  • Back to Kibbutz Gezer for a Shabbat afternoon treat: Ice Cream Tasting with David Leichman  (included in cost)
  • Return to Tel Aviv for some Shabbat afternoon rest and relaxation by the pool or the sea
  • Havdalah overlooking the Mediterranean Sea with Rabbi Nemitoff
  • Free evening in Tel Aviv
  • Overnight: Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv

Sunday, 5 July – The Galilee

  • Travel to Israel’s north
  • Take part in the mitzvah of "leket" as you volunteer harvesting crops to be distributed to Israel's neediest people.
  • Tour the synagogues, courtyards, and art galleries of the mystical city of Tzefat
  • Travel down the Jordan River on a kayak (age 6 and over)
  • Proceed to Lake Kinnert for hotel check-in and dinner
  • Overnight: Kibbutz Nof Ginnosar Guest House

Monday, 6 July – The Golan Heights and Jordan River Valley

  • Ascend the Golan Heights and stop to "look down at Israel" the way the Syrian army once did.
  • Ascend to the peak of Har Bental, where you can enter army bunkers and take in a panoramic view at the crossroads of three countries; discuss the significance of the Golan Height in today’s geo-political reality
  • Bid farewell to the Galilee at the picturesque Kinneret Cemetery; read the moving poetry of the pioneer, Rachel the Poetess, and sing the songs of Naomi Shemer, first lady of Israeli music.
  • Travel south along Israel’s border with Jordan to the Dead Sea Region.
  • Enjoy a walk through the beautiful Ein Gedi Nature Reserve to the waterfall and hear “on site” the Bible story of David hiding there from King Saul.
  • Hotel check-in and dinner
  • Enjoy our hotel’s spa facilities, pool, and bathing in the amazing Dead Sea.
  • Overnight: Daniel Hotel, Dead Sea

Tuesday, 7 July – Masada and the Dead Sea:  Freedom Fighters or Fanatics?

  • Ascend Masada by cable car or by foot to tour the ruins of Herod's palace and the last outpost of Jewish independence.  Discussion: Which Jewish Legacy – Masada or Yavne?
  • Stop at Abraham’s tent for camel rides and biblical hospitality
  • Travel to Jerusalem
  • Visit the Israel Museum to tour of the new Shrine of the Book and the Model of Jerusalem in the Second Temple Period
  • Shekhiyanu overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem
  • Hotel check-in followed by a free evening in Jerusalem
  • Overnight: Har Tzion Hotel, Jerusalem

Wednesday, 8 July – 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).
  • 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.
  • Visit Susan's House – A unique workshop and community center that helps at-risk youth to find their place in society by engaging them in creative arts.
  • Free evening
  • Dinner on own
  • Overnight: Har Tzion Hotel, Jerusalem

Thursday, 9 July – Peoplehood: From Generation to Another

  • Take part in a moving congregational morning service, led by Rabbi Nemitoff at the Southern Steps.
  • Discover the archaeological story of the Western Wall and episodes of Jewish life 2,000 years ago at the Southern Wall Excavations and Robinson's Arch.  Then learn more about the ancient Jerusalem Temple at the Davidson Center.
  • In the Kotel Tunnels walk alongside the massive foundation stones of the Western Wall.
  • 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 Holocaust History Museum).
  • Meaningful visit to Mt Herzl Cemetery to discover chapters in the history of Israel at the graves of Yitzhak Rabin, Golda Meir, Theodor Herzl and Hannah Senesch.
  • Explore the amazing bustling Machaneh Yehuda outdoor market.
  • Free evening
  • Dinner on own
  • Overnight: Har Tzion Hotel, Jerusalem

Friday, 10 July – Digging Israel

  • Travel to Judean Lowlands passing en route the Elah Valley, where David and Goliath fought.
  • Engage in real hands on archaeological excavation unearthing Israel's past with Dig for A Day in a cave in Beit Guvrin National Park.
  • Return to the hotel to prepare for Shabbat.
  • Friday night services at the Kotel (bus needed one way).
  • Shabbat dinner at the hotel
  • Overnight: Har Tzion Hotel, Jerusalem

Shabbat, 11 July – Shabbat in Jerusalem (no guide or bus today)

  • Morning at leisure with option of attending Shabbat services at a synagogue of your choice (suggestions, directions to be provided)
  • Afternoon walking tour of the Old City with Rabbi Nemitoff, including the Arab shuk.
  • Havdalah with Rabbi Nemitoff overlooking the Old City
  • Explore Jerusalem after Shabbat – Ben Yehuda Street / Emek Refaim
  • Overnight: Har Tzion Hotel, Jerusalem

Sunday, 12 July – Those Who Made a Difference

  • Tour of the Shekel's Vocational Training Center for persons with disabilities.   SHEKEL- Community Services for People with Special Needs is Israel's leading organization for integrating people with special needs in the community.
  • Afternoon free to explore on own and get in last minute shopping.
  • Late check out
  • Farewell dinner at Olive and Fish Restaurant
  • Transfer to the airport 

Monday, 13 July – Arrive in U.S.A.

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

Optional Eilat/Petra Extension July 13 – 16, 2020


Monday, 13 July – Eilat on the Red Sea

  • Morning airport transfer for domestic flight to Eilat.
  • Descend into a Red Sea coral reef at Eilat's Underwater Observatory where you look out the window at the surrounding marine life.  Continue exploring Eilat's remarkable marine life at the observatory's aquarium.
  • Lunch on own
  • Check-in to Dan Panorama Hotel, Eilat
  • Dinner on own
  • Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Eilat

Tuesday, 14 July – The Wonders of Petra

  • Early departure for Petra to explore the amazing red sandstone structures carved by the ancient Nabateans.  Enter Jordan at the Arava Crossing and travel to Petra by bus (approx. 2.5 hours). Tour its Treasury ("Khaznieh"), Roman theatre, impressive caves and rock formations of this Nabatean City.
  • Buffet lunch included.
  • Return to Eilat.
  • Overnight:  Dan Panorama Hotel, Eilat

Wednesday, 15 July – Red Sea Delight

  • Red Sea Sail- Board a touring yacht at the Eilat marina for a leisurely cruise and lunch on the Red Sea. Snorkeling equipment is available for a closer look with the most exquisite coral reefs and tropical fish to be found in the world.
  • Late afternoon/early evening domestic flight to Ben Gurion Airport.
  • Check-in for U.S. flight at Ben Gurion Airport Terminal 3.

Thursday, 16 July - Arrive in USA

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

Land Only Package $3920 Discounted rate payment by check; prices are per person, double room
Land and Air Package $5775 Discounted rate payment by check; prices are per person, double room
Single Room Supplement $1425 Discounted rate payment by check;
Land only Package $4077 Full cost for credit card payment
Land and Air Package $6006 Full cost for credit card payment
Single Room Supplement $1482 Full cost for credit card payment
Third person adult in triple room: subtract $90
Child, ages 2‐12, as third person in parents' room: subtract $650
Bar/Bat Mitzvah child as third person in parents' room: subtract $780
Eilat extension $1415: Discounted rate by check *minimum 4‐5 participant price
Eilat extension $1472 Full cost for credit card payment *minimum 4‐5 participant price

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