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Israel Tour / Temple Shalom Rabbi Jay Sherwood June 12–24, 2019

Temple Shalom Rabbi Jay Sherwood June 12–24, 2019

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Relive David Ben Gurion’s declaring the State of Israel at Independence Hall. Walking tour of the historic Neve Tzeddek neighborhood -enjoy beach – swim in the Mediterranean Sea. Unearth Israel’s past in a hands on archaeological excavation. Enjoy Bedouin hospitality and camel riding and at Sfinat Hamidbar. Study session on “Why was the Torah given in the desert” with Debbie Golan at Bamidbar. Ascend the ancient fortress of Masada and swim in the Dead Sea

We are joining Temple Shalom’s Multi-generational Israel Family Adventure

Led by Rabbi Rabbi Jay Sherwood

June 12–24, 2019

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Wednesday, June 12

Depart USA on an overnight flight to Israel.

Thursday, June 13

Entering the Land
  • Arrive in Israel to be met and assisted by your ITC representative (today’s programdepends on arrival time).
  • Tour the alleys of Old Jaffa, the ancientport city once known as the Gate of Zion. Shekhiyanu-Welcome ceremony together with Temple Sinai adult group on top of Tel Jaffa overlooking modern Tel Aviv.
  • Check-in at the Dan Panorama Hotel on Tel Aviv’s Mediterranean Coast.
  • Welcome dinner and orientation at Maganda Yemenite Restaurant
• Overnight: Dan PanoramaHotel, Tel Aviv

Friday June 14

The Hebrew City and the Jewish State 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. ITC Touch: Discover City of Sand and Sea, a mosaic fountain created by artist and writer Nachum Gutman portraying scenes from the history of Jaffa and Tel Aviv. 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 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 same junction. Discover Tel Aviv's remarkable street art on a graffiti tour of the hip Florentine neighborhood – The Soho of Israel. Free time to swim in the Mediterranean Sea and get ready for Shabbat. Shabbat evening service on beach with Rabbi Sherwood. Festive Shabbat Dinner at hotel Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv

Saturday, June 15

Shabbat in Tel Aviv • Shabbat morning services - To be determined with Rabbi Sherwood. Walking tour of the historic Neve Tzeddek neighborhood that would eventually give birth to Tel Aviv, the "first Hebrew city in 2,000 years" and hear about some of its illustrious former residents, such as Eliezer Ben Yehuda and S. Y. Agnon. Lunch on own - Walking tour along the coast to the Aliyah Bet Memorial in London Square to hear about the daring "illegal immigration" operations which smuggled Jewish refugees into Israel during the British Mandate period. Free time to enjoy the beach and watch Tel Aviv's residents folkdance, play raquetball, walk the promenade and enjoy Shabbat afternoon by the sea. Free time to enjoy the beach and swim in the Mediterranean Sea. Havdallah with Rabbi Sherwood - Free evening. Dinner on own Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv

Sunday June 16

 Unearthing the Past and Exploring the Desert • Drive to Beit Guvrin in the Judean Foothills. • Unearth Israel's past in a hands on archaeological excavation in a cave next to biblical Tel Maresha with Dig for a Day. Travel south across the Negev Desert. Enjoy Lunch, Bedouin hospitality and camel riding and at Sfinat Hamidbar ("Desert Ship"). • Visit Yerucham andhearaboutitstransformationfroma downtrodden development town to a dynamic growing community. Study session on "Why was the Torah given in the desert" with Debbie Golan at Bamidbar, a Yerucham based educational and social action center. • Check in to the Iris Yerucham Hotel in Yerucham • Dinner with Kitchen Queens of Yerucham - a true gastronomicexperience.Overnight: Hotel,Yerucham

Monday, June 17

 Nature, People and Development in the Negev • Learn about the natural history of the region at the multimedia Makhtesh Ramon Visitors Center dedicated to fallen Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon. • Explore Makhtesh Ramon (Ramon Crater) on foot and by jeep to discover magnificant desert landscapes and a fascinating window into the earth's past. • Look out at the majestic Zin Valley David Ben Gurion's gravesite in Sde Boker and hear about his vision for developing the Negev. • Lunch on own • Walk in a beautiful white canyon to the Ein Avdat springs in the Zin Valley. • Travel to Dead Sea region. • Check-in to Isrotel Dead Sea Hotel • Swim in the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth. The hotel also has a fresh water pool and spa facilities. Massage and spa treatments available by prior reservation at own expense. • Dinner at hotel • Overnight: Isrotel, Dead Sea

Tuesday, June 18

Masada and the Dead Sea: Freedom Fighters or Fanatics •Option: Early morning hike to climb up Masada with Rabbi Sherwood (Taxi from hotel to Masada at hikers' expense). Ascend Masada by cable car to tour the ruins of Herod's palace and the last outpost of Jewish independence 2,000 years ago: Discussion: Which Jewish Legacy – Masada or Yavne? Time permitting: Walk in Ein Gedi Nature Reserve opportunity to bathe in waterfalls and hear how David hid there from King Saul. Drive past Qumran and see from the road some of the caves, where some of the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Lunch at Kibbutz Kalya. Drive north through the Jordan Valley. Discover Ethiopian Jewish culture at the Germachin Center in Beit Shean. Hear a personal account of this community's modern day Exodus story and about the challenges facing the Ethiopian Israeli community today. Boat ride on the Sea of Galilee followed by a lakeside dinner at Decks Restaurant. Check-in to Nof Ginosar Hotel in the Galilee. O/N: Nof Ginosar Hotel, Sea of Galilee.

Wednesday, June 19

Mystical Tzfat, Jordan Waters and the Strategic Golan Heights Begin your visit to Tzfat outside the Cave of Shem and Ever to hear its story from Rabbi Sherwood. Tour the old synagogues and picturesque alleys of the city of Tzfat, that was the cradle of Kabbalah in the 16th century - Discover the origins of our Friday night service where Lecha Dodi was written. Lunch on own. Kayak down the Jordan River – Great way to cool off on a hot day. Tour the Golan Heights for a perspective on Israel's complex geopolitics as we see former Syrian bunkers overlooking Israel and strategic Mt. Bental. former Syrian bunkers overlooking Israel and strategic Mt. Bental. Return to Ginosar. Dinner at hotel. Moonlight concert by Rabbi Sherwood at hotel. O/N: Nof Ginosar Hotel, Sea of Galilee

Thursday, June 20

Building the Land and the Struggle for Jewish Statehood Engage in hands on tzedakah reclaiming food for needy people by picking vegetables with Leket near Moshav Nahalal in the Jezre'el Valley. Guided tour of the ornate Bahai Gardens on Mt. Carmel in Haifa. • Lunch on own in Zichron Yaakov, an early Zionist pioneering community. Visit the ruins of Caesarea, including its Roman Theater, Amphitheater, HippodromeandPromontoryPalace. Pondera rabbinic debate over Jews attending gladiator games. Then hear the story of Hanna Senesh and her poem Walking to Caesarea, better known as the song Eli, Eli. Travel to Jerusalem on Trans Israel Highway – View and discuss Israel's Security Fence en route. • Hear about the struggle for the road to Jerusalem in the WarofIndependenceasyoudriveonthehighway through the gorge of Shaar Hagai/Bab El  Wad, and see the remains of convoys that tried to break the siege on Jerusalem. Look out over the Old City of Jerusalem and Temple Mount. Check-in to Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem. Free evening
• Dinner on own • Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Friday, June 21

The Old City of Jerusalem: An Ancient Jewish Legacy • 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). Visit the Western Wall to connect with an ancient Jewish legacy. Explore the bustling Machane Yehuda Market and take in a slice of local life as you see Jerusalemites prepare for Shabbat. En route see the picturesque Nachalaot neighborhoods. • Lunch on own in Machane Yehuda Market. • Free time to relax and prepare for Shabbat. • Shabbat evening services at Kol Haneshama – A local Reform synagogue. Festive Shabbat Dinner at hotel. Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Saturday, June 22

And on the Seventh Day... in Jerusalem Shabbat morning services at your choice of local synagogues or Western. Wall (directions and recommendations will be provided). Traditional Shabbat Lunch at hotel. 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. Free time to relax, enjoy hotel pool or explore on your own. Havdallah with Rabbi Sherwood at the historic Montefiore Windmill in Mishkenot. Shaananim, the first neighbourhood built outside the walls of the Old City. 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

Sunday, June 23

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 ac companied by an adult. Zoo visit is not included in the tour price). Lunch on own. 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. Walk through the Western Wall Tunnels to discover underground Jerusalem. Tour of Jewish Quarter including the Cardo, Broad Wall and Rooftops followed by free time to shop and explore on own. Late check-out. Farewell Dinner at Medita Restaurant. Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport – See you again soon!

Monday, June 24

Arrive in USA Begin planning next Israel trip with Rabbi Sherwood and ITC Tours!

Land Only Package $3695 Discounted rate for payment by check;
Land and Air Package * $5495 Discounted rate for payment by check;
Single Room Supplement $1280 Discounted rate payment by check
Land only Package $3843 Full cost for credit card payment
Land and Air Package * $5715 Full cost for credit card payment
Single Room Supplement $1330 Full cost for credit card payment
Third person adult in triple room: subtract $300
Child up to age 12 as third in room: subtract $425
Bar/Bat Mitzvah child as third room: subtract $530 Third and Fourth child sharing room in quad subtract $200
Tips $190 by check (guide, driver, restaurants, porterage) are added to the above
* Included are airport tax and fuel surcharge and are subject to change until purchased Not included in price - Trip cancellation insurance

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