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Join Rabbi Orenstein Congregation B'nai Israel’s EXPLORING ISRAEL TOUR June 27 – July 9, 2018 | Israel Tour
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Israel Tour / Join Rabbi Orenstein Congregation B’nai Israel’s EXPLORING ISRAEL TOUR June 27 – July 9, 2018

Join Rabbi Orenstein Congregation B’nai Israel’s EXPLORING ISRAEL TOUR June 27 – July 9, 2018

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The tour includes many of Israel’s marvels, attractions, and highlights. Here are just a few examples from the itinerary on the back of this flyer. Old Jaffa, Ayalon Institute, Independence Hall, Havdallah on the beach with Rabbi Orenstein, Western Wall Tunnels, Dead Sea, Masada, Ein Gedi Nature Reserve

Join Congregation B’nai Israel’s EXPLORING ISRAEL TOUR

June 27 – July 9, 2018

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Wednesday, June 27

Depart USA on an overnight flight to Israel.
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Thursday, 28 June

Going up into the Land - Afternoon arrival in Israel to be met and assisted by your ITC representative. Tour the alleys of Old Jaffa, the ancient port city once known as the Gate of Zion. Shekhiyanu-Welcome ceremony on top of Tel Jaffa overlooking modern Tel Aviv. Check-in to the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Tel Aviv's Mediterranean Coast. Welcome dinner and orientation at Maganda Yemenite Restuarant. Overnight: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Tel Aviv
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Friday, 29 June

Going up into the Land – The Hebrew City and the Jewish State - Guided tour of the Ayalon Institute – an underground bullet factory in Rehovot used by Jewish forces before the founding of the State of Israel. Relive David Ben Gurion declaring the new State of Israel at Independence Hall. Hear about the establishment of Tel Aviv standing at the Founders' Monument on Rothschild Boulevard and see 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 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". Free time to get ready for Shabbat. Shabbat Candle Lighting. Friday evening services – Israeli Kabbalat Shabbat by the sea in Tel Aviv Port. Festive Shabbat Dinner at hotel – Lone soldiers invited. Overnight: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Tel Aviv
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Shabbat/Saturday, 30 June

 And on the Seventh Day...in Tel Aviv - Shabbat morning services at a local Masorati (Conservative) synagogue followed by a participatory Torah study session. Walking tour of historic "Little Tel Aviv" - Discover the quaint Neve Tzeddek neighbourhood that gave birth to the "first Hebrew city in 2,000 years". Traditional Shabbat Lunch at hotel – Lone soldiers invited. 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. Free time to swim, explore on your own and watch Tel Aviv's residents folkdance, play raquetball, walk the promenade and enjoy Shabbat afternoon by the sea. Havdallah on the beach with Rabbi Orenstein. Free evening. Dinner on own. Overnight: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Tel Aviv
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Sunday, 1 July

Along the Mediteranean Coast - Depart for northern Israel. Visit the ruins of Caesarea, including its Roman Theater, Amphitheater, Hippodrome and Promontory Palace. Ponder a rabbinic debate over Jews attending gladiator games. Tour of the Old City of Acco: Visit the Underground Prisoners Museum in Acco Prison, where the British held and even executed Jewish underground fighters. A daring escape from this prison is featured in the film Exodus. Then venture beneath the streets of Old Acco to explore the Crusader Knights Halls. Travel to Rosh Hanikra in the northwest corner of Israel. Descend by cable car to explore the Grottos of Rosh Hanikra – Beautiful sea caves formed by the forces of wind and water. Dinner at hotel with the Boyland family – Meet Matt Silver's second family. Check–in to the Nof Ginosar Hotel on Kibbutz Ginosar by the Sea of Galilee. Overnight: Kibbutz Ginosar.
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Monday, 2 July

Mystics, Geopolitics and Israel's Finest - Explore mystical Tzfat's old synagogues and picturesque alleys of the - Discover the origins of our Friday night service where Lecha Dodi was written. Glassblowing demonstration in the studio of a local artist - Hear about the influence of Jewish spirituality on her art. Raft or Kayak down the Jordan River – Great way to cool off on a hot day. Tour of the strategic Golan Heights to visit bunkers where the Syrian army used to look down at Israel below. Then look out from the peak of Mt. Bental to gain a special perspective on Israel's complex geopolitics. Barbeque dinner with Israeli soldiers. First hand encounter with young people who are giving some of the best years of their lives to the defense of Israel. Overnight: Kibbutz Ginosar
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Tuesday, 3 July

Across Israel: A Multicultural Jewish Society - Discover Ethiopian Jewish culture at the Gemarchin Center in Beit Shean. Lunch on own. Continue south through the Jordan Valley and ascend to Jerusalem. Visit the Western Wall and connect to an ancient Jewish legacy. Walk through the Western Wall Tunnels to discover underground Jerusalem. Tour of Jewish Quarter including the Herodian Mansions, Cardo, Broad Wall and Rooftops followed by free time to shop and explore on own. Check-in to the Prima Kings Hotel in Jerusalem. Fee evening. Dinner on own. Recommendation for evening: Visit the Israel Museum to see the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Model of Jerusalem in the first century. Also recommended: Modern Israeli art, Synagogue interiors and the Archaeology Wing. (On Tuesdays the Israel Museum is open from 4 pm – 9:30 pm). Overnight: Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem
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Wednesday, 4 July

New City - Old City: Jewish Legacies in Jerusalem. Visit Yad Lakashish, a unique employment program for Jerusalem's elderly citizens and meet its senior artisans. Visit its gift shop where "shopping is a mitzvah". Meaningful visit to the Mt. Herzl Cemetery to discover chapters in the history of Israel at the graves of Yitzhak Rabin, Golda Meir, Theordore Herzl and Hannah Senesch. Lunch on own. Engage in hands on tzedakah preparing food packages for distribution to some of Israel's neediest people at Pantry Packers in southern Jerusalem. 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). Dinner on own. Watch the Night Spectacular – Sound and light show at the Tower of David. Overnight: Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem
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Thursday, 5 July

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 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 bath in waterfalls and hear how David hid there from King Saul. Stop off at "Abraham's Tent" for a Camel ride and biblical hospitality before returning to Jerusalem. Dinner on own. Overnight: Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem
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Friday, 6 July

Holocaust, Remembrance and Continuity- Tour of Yad Vashem - Israel's national Holocaust memorial and museum, including the Historical 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 must be accompanied by an adult. Zoo). Lunch on own. 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. Free time to relax and prepare for Shabbat. Shabbat candle lighting. Friday/Shabbat evenings optionsJoin hundreds of other Jews from around the world to greet theSabbath at the Western Wall. Option to pray together as a congregation at the "Masorati Kotel", where men and women can pray together. Festive Shabbat Dinner at hotel – Lone soldiers invited. Overnight: Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem
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Shabbat/Saturday, 7 July

And on the Seventh Day... in Jerusalem - Shabbat morning services at a local Conservative/Masorati synagogue, followed by kiddush and an update about the Conservative/Masorati movement in Israel. Shabbat Lunch and learn at the Fuchsberg Center for Conservative Judaism – Lone soldiers invited. 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 First Temple period burial site at Ketef Hinnom – Where archaeologists discovered the oldest biblical text ever found. Havdalah with Rabbi Orenstein. 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: Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem
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Sunday, 8 July

 Digging Up the Past and Renewing the Present - Drive to Beit Guvrin in the Judean Lowlands, crossing enroute the biblical Elah Valley, where David and Goliath fought. Dig up Israel's past by participating in a hands on archaeological excavation with Dig for a Day in Beit Guvrin National Park. Plant a tree in Israel to commemorate your visit and honor a loved one. Return to Jerusalem. Lunch on own. See the Knesset Menorah, a remarkable bronze sculpture depicting scenes from Jewish history. 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 – See you again soon!
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Monday 9 July

Arrive in USA - Begin planning your next Israel trip with Rabbi Orenstein and ITC Tours!

Rates Payment in Full by Credit Card   Land Only: $3490/person (double room) Land and Air Package $5100   Single Room Supplement: $1008   Payment in Full by Check
 
Land Only: $3355/person (double room) Land and Air Package $4915 Single   Room Supplement: $970   Tips (guide, driver, restaurants, portage) are added to the above $180.   Reductions   Third person adult in triple room: subtract $270 Child up to age 12 as third in room: subtract $380 Bar/Bat Mitzvah child as third room: subtract $500   Third and Fourth child sharing room in quad subtract $120

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    TERMS AND CONDITIONS ROOMS: Prices are based on double occupancy. Single rooms are available at a supplementary cost of $955 check payment $994 credit card payment. TAXES: Airport tax and fuel surcharge are included in the ticket price when ticketed . TIPPING: Tips for guides and drivers are not included in tour price: $180. per person INSURANCE: Insurance is not included in the tour price. We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance. Please note that we cannot accept responsibility for any losses or expenses, which you or any member of your party may incur as a result of failing to secure adequate coverage. MEDICAL CONDITION: ITC is not responsible for any medical conditions that may occur during or prior to the tour. We offer Group travel/health insurance including coverage of preexisting conditions Please check our website for coverage details CANCELLATION: All cancellations must be in writing to us and must be signed by the person who made the original reservation. Cancellations are only effective from the day they are received by us. No refunds are issued for cancellations received after the date the tour departs. Penalties will apply. If you cancel your tour, cancellation fees and penalties will be deducted from your refund or deposit. Cancellation fees will apply to all deposit checks. (Airline penalties could be equal to the total cost of the ticket.) Cancellation fees apply to each person. MINIMUM FEE OF $ 100.00 PER.PERSON. FOR ANY CANCELLATION PRIOR TO DEPARTURE PRIOR TO DEPARTURE CANCELLATION FEE $300 per person $400 per person No Refund 90 - 80 Days 79 – 69 Days 68 Days or less *Plus any penalties applied by airlines, hotels and tour operators. BAGGAGE: Luggage is the responsibility of the passenger and that of the airlines. For lost luggage claims, the passenger is responsible for notifying the airline directly. SEAT ASSIGNMENTS: There is no advanced seat selection for tour departures; however, we will try to meet individual requests upon availability. Three hours advance arrival to the airport is necessary to ensure adequate time for check in. RESPONSIBILITY FOR FLIGHT AND PASSENGER ACCOMMODATIONS AND SERVICES: ITC is responsible for making all arrangements for tour services offered in the itinerary. The airlines, hotels, land operators and other suppliers providing services are independent contractors and not agents, employees or associates of ITC. Acceptance and confirmation of your reservation is at the discretion of the airlines even after full payment has been made. ITC, Cantor Elena Zarkh and Old York Rd. Temple-Beth Am assume no responsibility or liability in connection with the service of an aircraft, motor coach, taxi, or other conveyances, which may be used in the performance of its duty to the passengers. All vouchers and other documents for services issued by the company are subject to the terms and conditions specified by the suppliers and to the laws of the country where services are supplied. If the tour services as indicated by the itinerary cannot be supplied or there are changes in the itinerary for reasons beyond the control of ITC, we will arrange for provision of comparable services. ITC reserves the right to make changes in the itinerary whenever ITC deems it necessary to the comfort, convenience and safety of the participant at any time. The participant agrees that ITC shall not be liable for any changes in flight schedules, delays, weather conditions, damages, losses (including personal injuries, death and property losses) or expenses occasioned by acts or omissions of any person, including suppliers providing services, or for any acts of war, insurrection, revolts, or other civil uprisings, military actions, strikes, or acts of G-d occurring either in the country of origin, through passage or destination. No person other than an authorized representative of ITC by written consent is authorized to vary, add or waive any term or condition in this agreement. The right is reserved to decline to accept or retain any tour passenger should such person’s health or general deportment impede the operation of the tour to the detriment of the other tour passengers. PASSPORTS AND VISAS: Each passenger participant must have a valid passport. Please make sure the expiration date is at least 6 months past your date of return. IMMUNIZATIONS: No immunization shots or vaccinations are required at present, unless otherwise noted. NOTE: The sequence of activities in the itinerary may change or be reversed some may be omitted due to circumstances beyond our control. Pricing is subject to change until the trip is paid in full.

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