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Israel Tour / Join Agudas Achim Congregation’s “Nes Gadol Haya Po – Israel @ 70” Exploring Israel tour Led by Rabbi Steven Rein and Miri Bernovsky – Tibon

Join Agudas Achim Congregation’s “Nes Gadol Haya Po – Israel @ 70” Exploring Israel tour Led by Rabbi Steven Rein and Miri Bernovsky – Tibon

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Your custom itinerary includes many of Israel’s marvels: Old Jaffa, New Israeli Innovation Center, Independence Hall, Nachalat Binyamin Crafts Fair, Rabin Square, Welcoming Shabbat – Friday evening services, Neve Schechter Masorati Synagogue, “Aliyah Bet” Memorial in London Square, Havdallah with Rabbi Rein


Thursday, 29 November

Depart USA on an overnight flight to Israel

Friday, 30 November

Going up into the Land - Early morning 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. Visit the new Israeli Innovation Center to learn how Israel became the Start Up Nation. At Independence Hall relive David Ben Gurion declaring the new State of Israel. Then hear about the establishment of Tel Aviv 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". Visit Rabin Square, where Israel's late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated and hear about the country's tough soul searching following the assassination. Check-in to the Metropolitan Hotel in Tel Aviv. Free time to get ready for Shabbat. Welcoming Shabbat. Friday evening services options to be determined with Rabbi Rein. Festive Shabbat Dinner at hotel. Overnight: Metropolitan Hotel, Tel Aviv

Shabbat/Saturday, 1 December

And on the Seventh Day...in Tel Aviv - Shabbat morning services at Neve Schechter Masorati Synagogue (Conservative) in the nearby Neve Tzeddek neighborhood. Walking tour of the quaint historic Neve Tzeddek neighborhood that gave birth to Tel Aviv - the "first Hebrew city in 2,000 years". Traditional Shabbat Lunch at Hotel. 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 enjoy the beach and watch Tel Aviv's residents folk-dance, play racquetball, walk the promenade and enjoy Shabbat afternoon by the sea. Havdallah with Rabbi Rein. Free evening. Dinner on your own. Overnight: Metropolitan Hotel, Tel Aviv

Sunday, 2 December

Coexistence and Social Responsibility - Depart for northern Israel (7:30 am departure). Visit Beit Issie Shapiro – Israel's leading institution providing innovative therapies and services to children with disabilities. Tour of Yemin Orde, a youth village helping underprivileged immigrant youth, especially members of the Ethiopian Israeli community. Lunch on own. Visit to Beit Hagefen in Haifa, which works to foster bonds of friendship and inter cultural dialogue between Jews and Arabs in beyond mere coexistence in multi-ethnic Haifa. Time permitting: Walking tour of picturesque Wadi Nisnas, a nearby Arab neighborhood in which significant art work has been installed outdoors making it a 'museum without walls and a symbol of Jewish-Arab coexistence. Visit to the Tulip Winery in Kfar Tikva (Kiryat Tivon). The Tulip Winery combines wine making with social responsibility. The Tulip Winery is located in Kfar Tikva, a community for people with special needs, and integrates local residents in the production of fine wines. Dinner and encounter with Rabbi Yoav Ende on Kibbutz Hanaton, Israel's only Masorti kibbutz (Program to be determined by Rabbis Rein and Ende). Check–in to the Lavi Hotel on Kibbutz Lavi in the Galilee. Light the first Chanukah candle together as a community. Overnight: Kibbutz Lavi

Monday, 3 December

Mystics, Humanitarianism and Geopolitics - Visit Ziv Medical Center in Tzfat to hear about Israeli humanitarian medical care for wounded Syrian civilians. 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. Lunch on own. Geopolitical tour to the Lebanese border to gain a special perspective on Israel's complex geopolitics and who is on the other side of this border. Time permitting: Tour Agamon Hahuleh by golf cart, to see thousands of migrating birds coming to roost for the night. Dinner and Chanukah candle lighting with young Israeli soldiers who are giving some of their best years to the defense of Israel. Overnight: Kibbutz Lavi

Tuesday, 4 December

Across Israel: A Multicultural Jewish Society - Discover Ethiopian Jewish culture at the Germachin Center in Beit Shean. Learn about this community'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 the Jewish Quarter including the Broad Wall, Herodian Quarter, Rooftops and Cardo, followed by free time to shop and explore on your own. Then discover how the residents of the Jewish Quarter light Chanukah candles and 'advertise the miracle'. Check-in to the Prima Kings Hotel in Jerusalem. Free evening. Dinner on own. Overnight; Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem

Wednesday, 5 December

Jerusalem: Diversity, Conflict and Pluralism - Briefing by Anat Hoffman to hear about the Women of the Wall movement and the status of the egalitarian prayer area of the Western Wall. Visit the egalitarian Masorti Kotel near Robinson's Arch. Then 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 - Hear about a new discovery at this site that's connected to the Chanukah story. Unique tour of the Western Wall Tunnels with Dr. Avi Solomon, the site's chief archaeologist to see remarkable new discoveries (subject to availability). OR: Walk up Hagai St. to see the great variety of Jerusalem's multicultural ethnic mosaic and a stunning panoramic view from Austrian Hospice's roof. Lunch on own. 1 City, 2 States, 3 Religions and 4 Quarters – A Ride on the Jerusalem Light Rail: A ride on Jerusalem's light rail system takes us from Pisgat Zev, the city's largest neighborhood through the Arab neighborhood of Shuafat along the former border/ceasefire lines between East and West Jerusalem and along ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods to the Old City. The route crosses areas of ongoing struggles between different communities in the city, but is also where the communities meet when they board the train frequently at the same stations. (Whisper sets required). 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. Dinner at Piccolino Restaurant in downtown Jerusalem. Light Chanukah candles together at restaurant. Briefing on Israeli and Middle East Politics by David Horowitz, editor-in-chief of the Times of Israel or Haaretz journalist Anshel Pfeffer (subject to availability). Overnight: Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem

Thursday, 6 December

Defense, Geopolitics and Pioneering in the Western Negev - Visit PrintCB in Nes Tzion to hear about Israel as the Start-Up Nation. Travel to the western Negev. Visit an Iron Dome battery to learn about Israel's sophisticated missle defense system (visit subject to availability and approval by the Israeli army). OR: Visit Aleh Negev a rehabilitation and care giving village providing services to severely disabled persons in Israel's southern periphery. Aleh Negev was founded by Israel general Doron Almog, whose severly autistic son, Eran, lived in the village. Lunch on own. Special visit to Kibbutz Nachal Oz led by our shlicha Miri Bernovsky-Tibon to hear first-hand about living on the Gaza border and kibbutz as a community. Return to Jerusalem. Regroup together to light Chanukah candles before setting out for a free evening. Dinner on own. Overnight: Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem

Friday, 7 December

Religious Divide, Remembrance and Preparing for Shabbat Crossing the line: Tour and discussion about the Haredi society and the Haredi/non- Haredi divide, which includes secular Jews and non- Haredi religio. us Jews, with Motti Bar Lev, who was born in Jerusalem's ultra-Orthodox Mea Shearim neighborhood and left the Haredi world to become secular. First timers option: Tour of Yad Vashem's Holocaust History Museum and Children's Memorial. Meaningful visit to the Mt. Herzl Military Cemetery to discover chapters in the history of Israel at the graves of soliders and leaders, including Yitzhak Rabin, Golda Meir, Theordore Herzl, Hannah Senesh, Mike Levin, unknown soldiers and non-Jewish soldiers. Lunch on own and time to explore the bustling Machane Yehuda Market - Take in a slice of local life as you see Jerusalemites prepare for Shabbat. Try Sufganiot – Jelly donuts, an Israeli Chanukah specialty. On the way, see the nearby picturesque Nachalaot neighborhoods. Free time to relax and prepare for Shabbat. Shabbat and Chanukah candle lighting together as a community. Free time to relax and prepare for Shabbat. Evening services at Shira Hadasha Synagogue. Shira Hadasha is a dynamic Orthodox synagogue where women play a significant role in leading services. Festive Shabbat Dinner at hotel. Overnight: Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem.

Shabbat/Saturday, 8 December – And on the Seventh Day...in Jerusalem.

Optional Shabbat morning services at a local Conservative (Masorati) synagogue. Shabbat Lunch at the Fuchsberg Center for Conservative Judaism. Shabbat afternoon options: Walking tour to the historic Montefiore Windmill to discover the first neighbourhood built outside the walls of the Old City. Followed by a visit to Ketef Hinnom – A First Temple period Jewish burial site at Where archaeologists found the oldest biblical text ever discovered. OR: Israeli literary walk through the streets of Jerusalem, using the writings of Jerusalem's poets and authors, such as Yehuda Amichai, S.Y. Agnon and others. Havdalah and Chanuakha candle lighting with Rabbi Rein. Dinner on own in Jerusalem's Mamilla Quarter. Watch the Night Spectacular – Sound and Light Show at the Tower of David. Overnight: Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem

Sunday, 9 December – Democracy, Integration and Departure

Visit the mixed bilingual Arab-Jewish Hand in Hand School, which is helping to foster better understanding between Jews ansd Arabs. Tour of the Knesset (Parliament) to learn about Israel's lively democratic system. Guided tour of the architecturally fascinating Supreme Court Building and a great opportunity to hear about Israel's legal system, which functions without a constitution. Remainder of afternoon free to explore on own and get in last minute shopping. Late check out - Farewell Dinner at Olive and Fish Restaurant. Light the eighth Chanukah candle at farewell dinner. Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport – See you again soon! Monday, 10 December – Arrive in USA - •Begin planning your next Israel trip with Rabbi Rein and ITC Tours!

Monday December 10

Arrive in the USA

Optional Eilat/Petra Extension - December 10 – 13, 2018


Monday, 10 December – 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 undersea world at the observatory's aquarium. • Lunch on own • Check-in to Dan Panorama Hotel, Eilat • Dinner on own • Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Eilat

Tuesday, 11 December – 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, 12 December – 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.

  • Evening domestic flight to Ben Gurion Airport.
  • Check-in for U.S. flight at Ben Gurion Airport Terminal 3.

Thursday, December 13 Arrive in the US


Optional First Timers Extension - December 10 – 12, 2018


Monday, 10 December – 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 mountain top palace and the last outpost of Jewish independence 2,000 years ago. 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. Return to Jerusalem Dinner on own. Overnight: Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem

Tuesday, 11 December – Holocaust, Remembrance and Continuity

Guided tour of Yad Vashem Israel's national Holocaust memorial and museum, including the Holocaust History Museum and Children’s Memorial. See the renowned Chagall Windows at Hadassah Hospital in Ein Karem. Lunch on own. Visit to the Israel Museum to see the Dead Sea Scrolls in the Shrine of the Book and the Model of Jerusalem in the first century. Time permitting: Free time to explore additional exhibitions on own. Please note: Exhibitions beyond the Dead Sea Scrolls and Model of Jerusalem open at 4:00 pm on Tuesdays. Dinner on own. Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport – See you again soon!

Wednesday, 12 December - Arrive in USA

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  • Land Only $2995 per person in a double room
  • Land and air: $4195 Single Room Supplement: $780

  • Payment in Full by Credit Card
  • Land Only $3115 Per person in a double room
  • Land and air: $4365 Single Room Supplement: $811
  • Reduction: Third Person in a Triple Room: Subtract $200 Added to above Tips (guide, driver, restaurants, porterage) are added to the above fees $190 per person

  • Optional Eilat itinerary follows main tour Itinerary Dec. 10 - 13 - Optional First Timers Extension Dec. 10 – 12, 2018
  • Optional Eilat Petra extension 4 participants $1355 - 6 pax $1295 - 8 pax $1255 - 10 pax $1195  Single sup $470
  • Optional First Timers Extension 4 participants $825 - 6 pax $725 - 8 pax $660

*Tour price is based on 25 to 29 participants, reduction for 30 or more increase for less than 25 *Air price is subject to change until ticketed.

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