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We are Joining Congregation Anshai Torah's Family Israel Adventure Led by Rabbi Stefan J. Weinberg December 20, - 31 , 2020 | Israel Tour
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Israel Tour / We are Joining Congregation Anshai Torah’s Family Israel Adventure Led by Rabbi Stefan J. Weinberg December 20, – 31 , 2020

We are Joining Congregation Anshai Torah’s Family Israel Adventure Led by Rabbi Stefan J. Weinberg December 20, – 31 , 2020

per person

Dig Israel’s past by participating in a hands on archaeological excavation at Beit Guvrin National Park. Early morning Shacharit service in Makhtesh Ramon. Walk in a beautiful white canyon to the Ein Avdat springs. Swim in the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth. Desert night walk in Masada Ravines

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Sunday, 20 December

Depart U.S.A.
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Monday, 21 December – The Hebrew City and the Jewish State

  • Meet in the lobby of the Crowne Plaza Hotel at Tel Aviv
  • Walking tour of historic "Little Tel Aviv" - Discover the quaint Neve Tzeddek neighborhood that gave birth to the "first Hebrew city in 2,000 years", once home to Zionist cultural pioneers Eliezer Ben Yehuda, S. Y. Agnon and Rabbi Kook.
  • 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.
  • Hear about the establishment of Tel Aviv at the Founders' Monument then stroll down Rothschild Boulevard to see the Bauhaus architecture for which central Tel Aviv's "White City" was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Lunch on own in Carmel Market - Meet at the "Magen David Junction".
  • Travel to Beit Guvrin in the Judean Lowlands, crossing enroute the biblical Elah Valley, where David and Goliath fought.
  • Dig up Israel's past by participating in a hands on archaeological excavation with Dig for a Day in Beit Guvrin National Park.
  • Travel to Mitzpe Ramon in the Negev Highlands.
  • Check in to the Ramon Inn in Mitzpe Ramon.
  • Dinner at hotel
  • Overnight: Ramon Inn, Mitzpe Ramon
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Tuesday, 22 December – Primeval Beauty and Natural Wonders

  • Explore Makhtesh Ramon (Ramon Crater) on foot and by jeep to discover magnificant desert landscapes and a fascinating window into the earth's past.
  • Visit an Israeli Air Force base (subject to IDF approval)
  • Walk in a beautiful white canyon to the Ein Avdat springs in the Zin Valley.
  • OR: Look out at the majestic Zin Valley David Ben Gurion's gravesite in Sde Boker and hear about his vision for developing the Negev.
  • Packed Lunch (lunch box) from hotel
  • Travel to Dead Sea region.
  • Check-in to Hod Hamidbar Hotel at the Dead Sea.
  • 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: Hod Hamidbar Hotel, Dead Sea
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Wednesday, 23 December – Masada and the Dead Sea: Freedom Fighters or Fanatics?

  • Climb up Masada early by foot (cable car available at 8:00) to tour the ruins of Herod's palace and the last outpost of Jewish independence. Discussion: Which Jewish Legacy – Masada or Yavne? Who were our ancesters? What decision did our ancesters make?
  • 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.
  • Walk in Ein Gedi Nature Reserve opportunity to bath in waterfalls and hear how David hid there from King Saul.
  • Stop off at "Abraham's Tent" for a Camel ride and biblical lunch.
  • Visit the Ein Prat Mechina, a pre-army gap year program for young Israelis before military service, which focuses on the study of Israeli society, Jewish values and phyiscal fitness training.
  • Shehekhianu ceremony overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem and Temple Mount.
  • Check in to the Dan Panorama Hotel in Jerusalem.
  • Dinner at Olive and Fish Restaurant
  • Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem
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Thursday, 24 December – The Old City of Jerusalem – An Ancient Jewish Legacy

  • Visit Yad Lakashish – A unique employment and Tzedakah project serving Jerusalem's elderly citizens and stop off its store where shopping is a mitzvah.
  • Explore the City of David, including its ancient water systems (without getting wet), using the Bible and archaeology to make Jerusalem's stones tell the story of the city's ancient past.
  • Lunch on own in the Jewish Quarter.
  • Tour of the Jewish Quarter including the Cardo, Broad Wall, Rooftops and visit to the Siebenberg House Underground Archaeological Site, followed by free time to sop and explore on own.
  • Visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and last Stations of the Via Dolorosa in the nearby Christian Quarter.
  • Visit the traditional prayer area of the Western Wall.
  • Walk through the Western Wall Tunnels to discover underground Jerusalem.
  • Dinner on own
  • Cultural Event – To be determined when schedules become available. May require additional fee.
  • Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem
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Friday, 25 December – Holocaust, Remembrance and Continuity

  • Tour of Yad Vashem Israel's national Holocaust memorial, including a moving visit to the Children’s Memorial, followed by a tour of the Holocaust History Museum. (Children under age 10 are not permitted in Yad Vashem's historical museum).
  • Alternate for younger children: Visit Jerusalem's Biblical Zoo, where you'll see animals which lived in Israel during biblical times. (Children must be accompanied by an adult. Zoo visit not included in the tour price).
  • Discover the story of Theodore Herzl, Zionism's founding father at the multimedia Herzl Museum, followed by a Mmeaningful visit to Mt. Herzl Cemetery to discover chapters of Jewish history at the graves of Yitzhak Rabin, Golda Meir, Theodore Herzl and Hannah Senesch.
  • Lunch on own
  • Explore the bustling 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
  • Free time to relax and prepare for Shabbat.
Friday/Shabbat evening options:
  • Join hundreds of other Jews from around the world to Greet the Sabbath at the Western Wall. Option to join the new egalitarian Kabbalat Shabbat minyan at the Masorti 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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Shabbat/Saturday, 26 December – And on the Seventh Day…in Jerusalem

  • Shabbat morning services at your choice of several different and diverse synagogues (directions, recommendations and some escort will be provided).
  • Traditional Shabbat Lunch at hotel
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.
  • AND/OR: Walking tour to First Temple period burial site at Ketef Hinnom – Where archaeologists discovered the oldest biblical text ever found.
  • Havdalah with Rabbi Weinberg
  • Dinner on own
  • Watch the Night Spectacular Sound and light show at the Tower of David.
Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem
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Sunday, 27 December – The Sachne and Encountering the Graeco-Roman World

  • Depart Jerusalem for northern Israel.
  • Visit the Sachne to see and swim (weather permitting) in its beautiful lush pools.
  • See the ancient synagogue of Beit Alfa and ponder why its 1,500 year old mosaic floor features a wheel of the Zodiac.
  • Lunch on own
  • Tour the extensive stunning Roman ruins of Beit Shean, once a splendid city of the Decapolis and formerly an important city in biblical Israel.
  • Check–in to the Kfar Blum Hotel in the Galilee Panhandle.
  • Dinner at hotel
  • Overnight: Kfar Blum
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Monday, 28 December – The Strategic Golan Heights and Mystical Tzfat

  • Jeep tour in the Golan Heights for a special perspective on Israel's complex geopolitics as we "look down at Israel" the way the Syrian army once did and then look out at the border from the peak of strategic Mt. Bental.
  • Chocolate making workshop at the De Karina Chocolate Factory.
  • Lunch on own
  • Tour mystical Tzfat's old synagogues and picturesque alleyways. Tzfat was the cradle of Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism) in the 16th century. Judaism's Friday night service, Kabbalat Shabbat, and the hymn Lecha Dodi originated in Tzfat a that time.
  • Meet a kabbalistic artist to hear how Jewish spirituality influences his work.
  • Dinner at HaAri 8 Restaurant in Tzfat.
  • Overnight: Kfar Blum
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Tuesday, 29 December – Partenrship and Peoplehood in the Galilee

  • Meet young Israeli soldiers on the Lebanese border near Kibbutz Malkiya and receive a security briefing from Eitan Oren Malkiya's security coordinator.
  • Plant a tree a Malkiya to commemorate your visit, honor a loved one and help renew the kibbutz’s orchards.
  • Tour of Kibbutz Kishorit, a life home for special needs adults in the Western Galilee, which provides its members with residential, social and vocational services in a warm nuturing environment. Kibbutz Kishorit is part of the Jewish Federation of Dallas’ P2G Western Galilee Partnership region and receives federation funding.
  • Lunch at Kibbutz Kishorit.
  • Visit the Tunisian Synagogue in Acco to see its remarkable mosaic interior.
  • Time permitting: Old Acco’s colorful markets or look out across Haifa Bay from its high walls.
  • Travel to Tel Aviv )approx. 90 minutes).
  • Check in to the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Tel Aviv’s Mediterranean Coast.
  • Dinner on own in Tel Aviv Port.
  • Overnight: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Tel Aviv
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Wednesday, 30 December – Digging Up the Past and Renewing the Present

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • ITC Touch: See 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.
  • Visit the new Israeli Innovation Center located in the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange to learn how Israel became the Start Up Nation.
  • Lunch on own
  • Tour Old Jaffa, the ancient port city once known as Zion Gate from which Jonah tried to flee and where Solomon brought the Cedars of Lebanon on the way to Jerusalem. Today paintings and sculptures have been installed in its ancient alleys.
  • Free time to explore on own and get in last minute shoppiing.
  • Farewell Dinner at Goshen Restaurant in Tel Aviv.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport – See you again soon
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Thursday, 31 December – Arrive in USA

Begin planning your next Israel trip with Rabbi Weinberg and ITC Tours!

Land Only Package – $3765 per person in a double room Discounted for Check Payment Land and *Air Package – $5885 per person in a double room: Check Payment
Single Room Supplement – $1050 Check Payment
Land Only Package – $3915 per person in a double room: Full cost Credit Card Payment
Land and *Air Package – $6120 per person in a double room: Full cost Credit Card Payment
Single Room Supplement – $1092: Full cost Credit Card Payment
Reductions:
Subtract for 3rd Adult in a room – $200
Subtract for Child, ages 2-12, as third in room: - $320
Subtract for Bar/Bat Mitzvah child as third in room: - $400
Subtract for Third and Fourth child in quad - $186
Included tips for Guide, Driver, Restaurants, and Porterage *Air price is subject to change as are fuel and security surcharges

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