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Exploring Borders from the Ottoman Empire to Today with B'nai Shalom Led by Rabbi Robert Tobin July 12–23, 2020 | Israel Tour
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Israel Tour / Exploring Borders from the Ottoman Empire to Today with B’nai Shalom Led by Rabbi Robert Tobin July 12–23, 2020

Exploring Borders from the Ottoman Empire to Today with B’nai Shalom Led by Rabbi Robert Tobin July 12–23, 2020

per person

Join B’nai Shalom’s adult Israel trip where you can become part of Israel’s daily life • Travel to Alfei Menashe, a West Bank settlement and begin exploring the Israel’s borders and geopolitics in the field • See Israel’s Security Fence with the Palestinian Authority • Explore layers of history at Tel Megiddo


Sunday, July 12

Depart USA

Monday, 13 July – Going up into the Land

  • Early morning arrival in Israel to be met and assisted by your ITC representative (today’s program depends on arrival time).
  • Travel to Alfei Menashe, a West Bank settlement overlooking Israel's Coastal  Plain to look out at Israel's "narrow waist" and begin exploring the Israel's borders and geopolitics in the field.
  • En route see Israel's Security Fence with the Palestinian Authority and the Eyal Checkpoint.
  • Lunch on own
  • Explore layers of history at Tel Megiddo, including its Israelite (Iron Age) Gates, cultic site, stables and fascinating ancient water system. Hear about the Battle of Megiddo and its decisive role in the defeat of the Ottoman Empire in World War One.
  • Visit to the Tulip Winery in Kfar Tikva (Kiryat Tivon).  The Tulip Winery combines wine making with social responsibility.  The Tulip Winery is located in Kfar Tikva, a community for people with special needs, and integrates local residents in the production of fine wines.
  • Check-in to the Kibbutz Lavi Hotel on Kibbutz Lavi in the Galilee.
  • Welcome dinner at hotel
  • Overnight:  Lavi

Tuesday, 14 July – Pioneers and Northern Borders

  • Tour Tzfat's old synagogues and picturesque alleys with an emphasis on its important role in Jewish life in the Land of Israel through out the Ottoman Period. Several First Aliyah agricultural pioneering ventures began in Tzfat.
  • Tour of historic Rosh Pina, a First Aliyah Zionist pioneering community (Moshava), including its Old School House, pioneers' synagogue and Professor Gideon Mer House.
  • Tour along Lebanese and Syrian borders with Lieutenant Colonel (res.) Sarit Zehavi, Executive of the Alma Center of Research and Edcuation to learn in the field about the history and current situation on Israel's northern borders.
  • Visit the Kiryat Shmona Fire Department to see Firetruck donated by David and Barbara Bortniker.
  • Cooking workshop and dinner at the International Culinary Insititute in Kiryat Shmona - A JNF PROJECT.
Overnight: Lavi

Wednesday, 15 July – Pioneering:  Creating Facts on the Ground

  • Visit the Kinneret Courtyard. Founded in 1908, the Kinneret CourtYard was an incubator for new settlement ideas of the Second Aliyah and beyond, such as the kvutzah, kibbutz and moshav. Zionist leaders, such as A.D. Gordon, Rachel the Poetess and Berl Katzneslon lived and worked there.
  • If only these stones could speak - Tour the nearby Kinneret Cemetery to hear the
stories of the pioneers, poets and ideologues of the Labor Zionist movement, who found there final resting place by the Sea of Galilee.
  • Hear the story of Joshua Henkin, "Redeemer of the Jezreel Valley", at his house and
gravesite overlooking Maayan Harod.  Henkin negotiated with absentee land owners and purchased large tracts of land in the Jezreel and Harod Valleys for JNF. These lands became the cradle of Zionist agricultural settlement
  • Time permitting: Tour of Old Jaffa, the ancient port city know to early Zionist
pioneers as Zion Gate.  Then look out from the top of Tel Jaffa an hear about the vision for founding Tel Aviv – The First Hebrew City in 2,000 years.
  • Check in to the Dan Panorama Hotel in Tel Aviv
  • Free evening, Dinner on own, Groups forming on own
Overnight:  Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv

Thursday, 16 July – Tel Aviv: 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", 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 view the Bauhaus architecture for which central Tel Aviv was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Relive David Ben Gurion declaring the new State of Israel at We Hereby Declare in the Shalom Tower (alternate site for Independence Hall program during renovation).
  • Lunch on own
  • Tour the Israeli Museum at the Yitzhak Rabin Center for a critical look at Israeli history and society.
  • Free time to swim in the Mediterranean Sea and enjnoy beachside Promenade.
  • Free evening
  • Dinner on own
  • Recommendation for the evening:  Check out the Sarona neighborhood, a new restaurant-café and shopping area in the recently restored fomer German colony.
Overnight:  Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv

Friday, 17 July – Defense and Pioneering in the Negev

  • Travel to the western Negev.
  • Stop in Sderot to see protected playground built by JNF to provide the children of Sderot a play area where they are safe from rocket attacks.
  • Visit Be'erot Banegev (JNF Heritage Site), on Kibbutz Alumim of today, to hear about historic Kibbutz Be'erot Yitzhak's heroic stand against the Egyptian army in the War of Independence and its role in determining the Gaza border.
  • Lunch at Kibbutz Alumim
  • Time permitting:  Brief look at Gvulot to hear about the “Mitzpi’im” and how the role they played in having the Negev included within the borders of the future Jewish State.
  • Visit the Halutza region near the Egyptian border, where JNF has helped create new communities for settlers who were evacuated from Gush Katif as a result of the Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip.
  • Check in to the Inbar Hotel in Arad.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services at Shira Hadasha, B'nai Shalom's sister Masorati congregation in Arad.
  • Shabbat Dinner at hotel
Overnight:  Inbar Hotel, Arad

Shabbat/Saturday, 18 July  – And on the Seventh Day… in Arad

  • Shabbat morning services at Shira Hadasha, followed by Kiddush.
  • Shabbat Lunch at hotel
  • Shabbat afternoon program to be determined by Rabbi Tobin together with partners in Arad.
  • Encounter with the Green Horizons Program in Yehoshafat Park in Arad.
  • Havdalah with Rabbi Tobin.
  • Dinner at hotel
  • Concert at Arad Conservatorium.
Overnight: Inbar Hotel, Arad

Sunday, 19 July – The Road to Jerusalem in the War of Indepenedence

  • Tour of JNF and B'nai Shalom projects in Arad – TBD.
  • Lunch on own
  • Visit the Tank Corps Memorial Latrun to begin hearing the story of the struggle for road to Jerusalem in Israel's War of Independence.
  • Travel to Jerusalem through the gorge of Sha'ar Hagai/Bab El Wad and see alongside the road the wreckage of homemade armored cars that attempted to break the siege on Jerusalem during Israel's War of Independence.
  • Check in to the Dan Panorama Hotel in Jerusalem
  • Dinner on own
  • Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Monday, 20 July – Ottoman Jerusalem and the City Beyond the Walls

  • Shacharit Services at the egalitarian Masorti Kotel.
  • Today's tour explores Jerusalem in the Ottoman Period from the construction of its walls under Suleiman the Magnificent through periods of decline and renewed urban growth in the 19th Over the course of the day we will examine life in 19th century Jerusalem,  the building of the first neighborhoods outside the city walls, 'Great Powers' intrigues seeking to gain influence in the dying Ottoman Empire. The tour will visit the Western Wall, Jewish Quarter, Old Yishuv Court Museum, Jaffa Gate, Mishkenot Shaananim and the Street of the Prophets.
  • Lunch on own in Jewish Quarter
  • Free evening
  • Dinner on own
  • Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Tuesday, 21 July – Etzion Bloc, Divided City, Six Day War Heritage Museum

  • Visit Kibbutz Kfar Etzion's Museum (JNF Heritage Site) and watch its new Audio Visual presentation about the the Etzion Bloc, which was conquered by the Jordanians during the War of Independence and resettled by its founders' children after the Six Day War.
  • Encounter with Oded Revivi, mayor of Efrat, the largest community in the Etzion Bloc to hear about West Bank settlement and the Gush Etzion region.
  • Lunch at Gush Etzion Winery
  • Tour by bus and by foot along the 'Urban Line' (Green Line), the former Israeli-Jordanian cease fire line which divided Jerusalem for 19 years between 1948 and 1967.
  • Multimedia tour of the new Six Day War Heritage Museum at Ammunition Hill, the site of the fiercest battle in the Six Day War – A JNF Heritage Project.
  • Free evening
  • Dinner on own
  • Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Wednesday, 22 July – Jerusalem's Contemporary Gepolitics: 150 Year Legacy

  • Update on Israeli and Middle East politics by Steve Linde, editor-in-chief of the Jerusalem Report and former editor of the Jerusalem Post.
  • Geopolitical tour of Jerusalem to examine several key geopolitical issues impacting on the city, including borders, building and settlement (Jewish and Arab) and Israel's security fence.
  • Visit the new (soon to be opened) Museum of Tolerance.
  • 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!

Thursday, 23 July – Arrive in USA

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

Land Only Package – $3295 per person in a double room (Discounted for check payment)
Land and *Air Package – $4995 per person in a double room (Discounted for check payment)
Single Room Supplement – $980 (Discounted for check payment)
Land Only Package – $3427 per person in a double room (Full cost for credit card payment)
Land and *Air Package – $5159 per person in a double room (Full cost for credit card payment)
Single Room Supplement – $1020 (Full cost for credit card payment)
Subtract for 3rd adult in a room – $450

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