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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

    All prices are per person in a double-room based on minimum of 20 participants. Price reduction extended at 25 participants. Airport Tax and Fuel Surcharges are subject to change until purchased. Pricing is subject to change until the trip is paid in full. Payment in full is due 90 DAYS before departure.
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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.