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Join Temple Beth Sholom's Exploring Israel tour Led by Rabbi Benjamin Scolnic May 6 - 17, 2018 | Israel Tour
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Israel Tour / Join Temple Beth Sholom’s Exploring Israel tour Led by Rabbi Benjamin Scolnic May 6 – 17, 2018

Join Temple Beth Sholom’s Exploring Israel tour Led by Rabbi Benjamin Scolnic May 6 – 17, 2018

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Your custom tour includes many of Israel’s marvels: Old Jaffa, Tel Aviv, Neve Tzeddek neighbourhood, Independence Hall, Nachalat Binyamin, Ayalon Institute, Swim in the Mediterranean Sea, Ancient Tzippori, Mystical City of Tzfat, Jordan River, Strategic Mt. Bental, Boutique Bahat Winery

Join Temple Beth Sholom’s Exploring Israel tour

Led by Rabbi Benjamin Scolnic May 6 – 17, 2018

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Sunday, – 6 May

Depart USA
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Monday, 7 May

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 on top of Tel Jaffa overlooking modern Tel Aviv.
  • Check-in to the Dan Panorama Hotel on Tel Aviv's Mediterranean Coast.
  • Welcome dinner at Maganda Yemenite Restaurant
  • Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv
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Tuesday, 8 May

The Hebrew City and the Jewish State
  • 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".
  • Relive David Ben Gurion declaring the new State of Israel at Independence Hall.
  • 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 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".
  • 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.
  • Free time to swim in the Mediterranean Sea and enjoy beachside promenade.
  • Free evening
  • Dinner on own
  • Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv
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Wednesday, 9 May

Cradles of Jewish Civilization in the Galilee
  • Depart for 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 and ponder why an ancient synagogue floor features a wheel of the zodiac.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Tour mystical Tzfat's old synagogues and picturesque alleyways and discover the origins of our Friday night service in the city where Lecha Dodi was written.
  • Visit a kabbalistic artist and hear how Jewish spirituality influences his work.
  • Boat ride on the Sea of Galilee followed by lakeside dinner at Decks Restaurant.
  • Check–in to the Spa Village Hotel at Hamat Gader in the southern Golan Heights.
  • Overnight: Spa Village Hotel, Hamat Gader.
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Thursday, 10 May

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.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Tour of the Golan Heights for a special perspective on Israel's complex geopolitics as we visit former Syrian bunkers overlooking Israel and then look out at the border from the peak of strategic Bental.
  • Guided tour of the boutique Bahat Winery including wine tasting.
  • Meet the human face of the Israeli army at a BBQ dinner with young Israeli soldiers who are giving some of the best years of their lives to the defense of Israel.
  • Overnight: Spa Village Hotel, Hamat Gader
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Friday, 11 May

Across Israel: A Multicultural Jewish Society
  • Discover Ethiopian Jewish culture at the Germachin Center in Beit Shean. Hear a personal account of this community's modern day Exodus story and learn about the challenges facing the Ethiopian Israeli community today.
  • Lunch on own
  • Continue south through the Jordan Valley and ascend to Jerusalem.
  • 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.
  • Check-in to the Dan Panorama Hotel in Jerusalem.
  • Free time to relax and prepare for Shabbat.
  • Shabbat candle lighting together as a community.
Friday/Shabbat evenings 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 "Egalitarian Kotel", where men and women can pray together.
  • OR: Attend Friday night services at a local Jerusalem synagogue.
  • Festive Shabbat Dinner at hotel
  • Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem
Lunch on own. Continue south through the Jordan Valley and ascend to Jerusalem. 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. Check-in to the Dan Panorama Hotel in Jerusalem. Free time to relax and prepare for Shabbat. Shabbat candle lighting together as a community. Friday/Shabbat evenings 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 "Egalitarian Kotel", where men and women can pray together. OR: Attend Friday night services at a local Jerusalem synagogue. Festive Shabbat Dinner at hotel. Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem
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Saturday, 12 May

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 at the Fuchsberg Center for Conservative Judaism.
  • 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.
  • Havdalah with Rabbi Scolnic.
  • 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: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem
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Sunday, 13 May

The Old City of Jerusalem – An Ancient Jewish Legacy Please choose one of the following ancient Jerusalem touring options for the group:
  • Explore the City of David, including its ancient water systems without getting wet, as we use the Bible and archaeology to make Jerusalem's stones tell the story of the city's ancient past.
  • AND/OR: Discover the archaeological story of the Western Wall and episodes of Jewish life 2,000 years ago at Robinson's Arch and the Southern Wall Excavations. Hear about a new archaeological discovery connected to the Chanukah story.
  • Walk through the Western Wall Tunnels to discover underground Jerusalem.
  • Lunch on own in Jewish Quarter.
  • Tour of Jewish Quarter including the Herodian Mansions, Broad Wall, Rooftops and Cardo followed by free time to shop and explore on own.
2nd Timers Options: ·      Tour of synagogues in the Jewish Quarter, including the Four Sephardic Synagogues, the restored Hurva Synagogue, Karaite Museum and hear about the remarkable discoveries under the ruins of the Tiferet Yisrael Synagogue. ·      OR: Tour Mt. Zion to hear about conflicting sanctities as we find "David's Tomb" and the room of the Last Supper (Cenacle) in     the same building that also served as a mosque; how the name "Mt. Zion" moved 3 times in antiquity; who/what's buried in "David Tomb". Mt. Zion – David's Tomb, Cenacle, Chamber of the Holocaust (Holocaust religious or secular nationalistic), Dormition Abbey OR: Synagogues in the Jewish Quarter
 
  • Dinner at Kedma Restaurant in Jerusalem's Mamilla Quarter
  • Watch the Night Spectacular – Sound and light Show at the Tower of David.
  • Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem
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Monday, 14 May

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: Tour the ruins of Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered.
  • Free evening
  • Dinner on own
  • Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem
2nd timer Option Walk in Ein Gedi Nature Reserve opportunity to bath in waterfalls and hear how David hid there from King Saul.settlement (Jewish and Arab) and Israel's security fence.
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Tuesday, 15 May

Holocaust, Remembrance and Continuity
  • Guided tour of Yad Vashem Israel's national Holocaust memorial and museum, including the Holocast History Museum and Children’s Memorial.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Discover the story of Theodore Herzl, Zionism's founding father, at the dynamic Herzl Museum, followed by a meaningful visit to Mt Herzl Cemetery to discover chapters in the history of Israel while vidsiting the graves of Yitzhak Rabin, Golda Meir, Theordore Herzl and Hannah Senesch.
  • Guided tour of the Knesset, Israel's parliament, to learn about Israel's lively democratic system.       Then see the Knesset Menorah, a remarkable bronze sculpture featuring scenes from the Bible and Jewish history.
  • Multimedia tour of the new Six Day War Heritage Museum at Ammunition Hill, the site of the fiercest battle in the Six Day War.
  • Dinner at La Guta Restaurant in downtown Jerusalem
  • Geopolitical Briefing by Jerusalem Post political correspondent Gil Hoffman (at dinner).
  • Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem
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Wednesday, 16 May

Wrapping Up and Departure
  • Engage in hands-on archaeological work help reclaim lost artifacts from the Temple Mount and other sites at the Emek Tzurim Sifting Project.
  • 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.       Free time to explore additional exhibitions on own – Recommendations: Modern Israeli art, Synagogue interiors in the Judaica section and the Archaeology Wing.
  • 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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Thursday, 17 May

Arrive in USA
  • Begin planning your next Israel trip with Rabbi Scolnic and ITC Tours!

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