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Rabbi Samantha Shabman | Israel Tour
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Rabbi Samantha Shabman


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Please join Rabbi Sam and Beth as the women of Temple Sinai join together for a unique tour focused on women in Israel. On this exciting trip we will meet with women leaders from all aspects and facets of Israeli life. Notably we will meet with Anat Hoffman of Women of the Wall, Berthe Bedichi of the Women’s Health Center at Hadassah Hospital

Temple Sinai

Exploring Israel Through Women’s Eyes Led by Rabbi Samantha Shabman and Bunzl Cantorial Chair Beth Schafer

June 4 – 13, 2018

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Monday, 4 June

Depart USA on an overnight to Israel

Tuesday, 5 June

Entering the Land - Arrival in Israel to be met and assisted by your ITC representative. Travel to Jerusalem throug the biblical Ayalon Valley. Shekhiyanu-Welcome ceremony looking out at the Old City of Jerusalem. Check-in to Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem. Welcome dinner at Olive and Fish Restaurant. Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Wednesday, 6 June

The Old City of Jerusalem: An Ancient Jewish Legacy - Briefing by Anat Hoffman of Women of the Wall and IRAC on the Women of the Wall movement and the egalitarian prayer area of the Western Wall. Visit Ezrat Yisrael – The egalitarian prayer area of the Western Wall 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. Lunch on own. ITC Touch: Women of Valor – Unique tour of the Jewish Quarter focusing on women in the 19th century. Women constituted over half of Jerusalem's Jewish population, but their histories are often ignored. This tour examines the lives, hardships, sisterhood and achievements of women in Jerusalem on the dawn of the modern era. Free time to shop and explore on own. Free evening. Dinner on own. Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Thursday, 7 June

Holocaust, Remembrance and Continuity - Tour of Yad Vashem - Israel's national Holocaust memorial and museum, including the Holocaust History Museum and Children’s Memorial. Edut – Hear the personal story of Berthe Bedichi, who survived the Holocaust in Nazi occuped France and then rebuilt her life in Israel. Lunch on own. Tour of the Women's Health Center at Hadassah Hospital – Meet with staff to hear about their important work. Meet Dorit Shomron, director of Kol Haisha, a nonprofit organization which empowers unemployed, underemployed or underpaid women to overcome social and economic inequality and close gaps in a competitive job market. Dinner on own. Meet a Soferet – A woman scribe who writes Jewish holy texts – A role traditionally reserved for men and learn about how Jewish law relates to women writing Torah scrolls. Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Friday, 8 June

Masada and the Dead Sea: Freedom Fighters or Fanatics? (B, L) - 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. ITC Touch: 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 time to relax and prepare for Shabbat. Attend Friday night services at Kol Haneshama, a local Reform synagogue. Festive Shabbat Dinner at hotel. Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Saturday, 9 June

And on the Seventh Day... in Jerusalem - Optional Shabbat morning services at a local Reform synagogue. Traditional Shabbat Lunch at hotel. Learning session with Rabbi Naama Kelman – Subject to be determined. Late afternoon walking tour to the historic Montefiore Windmill in Mishkenot Sha'ananim to discover the first neighbourhood built outside the walls of the Old City. Havdalah with Rabbi Shabman. Dinner on own. Watch the Night Spectacular – Sound and Light Show at the Tower of David. Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Sunday, 10 June

The Ethiopian Israeli Experience and Pioneer Women - Travel north through the Jordan Valley to Beit Shean. Discover Ethiopian Jewish culture at the Germachin Center in Beit Shean. Hear about this community's modern day Exodus story, including the personal story of Chava Almo, Germachin Center director and who made aliyah as a young girl in Operation Moses. Lunch at Germachin Center. Tour of the Kinneret Courtyard, which also served as the Women's Farm, where young women were trained to be Zionist pioneers and establish new agricultural settlements. Visit the Kinneret Cemetery, final of resting place of early Zionist thinkers and pioneers, to discover their stories and the poetry of Naomi Shemer and Rachel the Poetess. Check in to the Kibbutz Lavi Hotel on Kibbutz Lavi in the Galilee. Dinner at hotel. Discussion with local Kibbutznikit about kibbutz life from a woman's perspective. Overnight: Kibbutz Lavi

Monday, 11 June

Encounters with Arab and Druze Women and a Jewish Vintner - Encounter with Arab women through a basket weaving workshop run by the Sidniana of the Galilee fair trade organization in the village of Kfar Cana. Lunch and Druze hospitality at Nora's Kitchen in the village of Dalyat El Carmel on Mt. Carmel - Hear a Druze women speak about her community. Tour and tasting at the boutique woman run Shoshana Winery in Atlit. Visit the ruins of Caesarea, including its Roman Theater, Amphitheater, Hippodrome and Promontory Palace. Ponder a rabbinic debate over Jews attending gladiator games. OR: Visit Beit Hannah Senesch at Kibbutz Sdot Yam to hear the story of the young Jewish heroine who parachuted into Nazi occupied Europe to save fellow Jews. Check-in to the Dan Panorama Hotel on Tel Aviv's Mediterranean Coast. Free evening. Dinner on own. Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv

Tuesday, 12 June

The Hebrew City and the Jewish State - Hear about women in Israeli Hitech from a representative of LeadWith, an organization which encourages women to enter and flourish in the Hitech sector. Visit the Palmach Museum for a multimedia presentation about the elite underground organization that played a critical role in founding the State of Israel. The presentation shows women fulfilling key roles as Palmach fighters. At Independence Hall relive David Ben Gurion declaring the new State of Israel. 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". Remainder of afternoon free to explore on own and get in last minute shopping. Late check out. Farewell Dinner at Maganda Yemenite Restaurant in Tel Aviv. Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport – See you again soon!

Wednesday, 13 June

Arrive in USA - Begin planning your next Israel trip with Rabbi Shabman, Cantor Beth and ITC Tours!

COSTS Payment in Full by Check Land Only $3425 per person in a double room Land and air: $4725 Single Room Supplement: $725 Payment in Full by Credit Card Land Only $3562 per person in a double room Land and air: $4915 Single Room Supplement: $755 Tips: guide, driver, restaurants, portage are included REDUCTION Third Person in a Triple Room: Subtract $200

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