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We are joining Celebrating Israel's Independence in Israel Led by Rabbi Philip Weintraub April 26–May 7, 2020 | Israel Tour
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Israel Tour / We are joining Celebrating Israel’s Independence in Israel Led by Rabbi Philip Weintraub April 26–May 7, 2020

We are joining Celebrating Israel’s Independence in Israel Led by Rabbi Philip Weintraub April 26–May 7, 2020

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Relive David Ben Gurion’s declaring the State of Israel at Independence Hall. Israeli Museum at the Yitzhak Rabin Center for a critical look at Israeli history and society. Nachalat Binyamin crafts fair, checkout the nearby Carmel Market and bohemian Sheinkin Street


Sunday, April 26

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Monday, April 27

Going up into the Land Erev Yom Hazikaron Afternoon arrival in Israel to be met and assisted by your ITC representative (today's program depends on arrival time) • Travel to Jerusalem through the biblical Ayalon Valley • Shehekianu/Welcome ceremony overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem • Check-in to the Dan Panorama Hotel in Jerusalem • Welcome dinner at hotel (Restaurants are closed on Erev Yom Hazikaron) • Evening: Yom Hazikaron program (at a Masorti synagogue or at a neighborhood memorial service) • Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Tuesday, April 28

On Memorial Day: The Silver Platter (Yom Hazikaron – Memorial Day for Israel's Fallen Soldiers) Multimedia tour of the new Six Day War Heritage Museum at Ammunition Hill, the site of the fiercest battle in the Six Day War • At 11:00am stand in solemn memory of Israel's fallen soldiers as sirens sound throughout the country (Possibility of attending a Yom Hazikaron service) • Packed lunch (Restaurants are closed on Yom Hazikaron) • Tour of Yad Vashem Israel's national Holocaust memorial and museum, including the Holocaust History Museum and Children's Memorial • Meaningful visit to the new memorial site at Mt. Herzl Military Cemetery to discover chapters in the history of Israel while visiting the graves of our fallen soldiers, among them Yoni Netanyahu, Mike Levin and Hannah Senesh. Then visit the new Memorial Hall dedicated to Israel's fallen • From Altneuland to Tel Aviv: Lecture by Dr. David Breakstone, Deputy Chairman of the Executive of the Jewish Agency • Evening: As Memorial Day transforms to Independence Day join the evening festivities as Israelis “switch” from mourning to revelry • Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Wednesday,April 29

Independence Day in the Rebuilt Jewish Quarter Celebrate Yom Ha'atzmaut Shacharit service at the Masorati Kotel • Discover the archaeological story of the Western Wall and episodes from rabbinic texts while standing where Jewish pilgrims walked 2,000 years ago at Robinson's Arch and the Southern Wall Excavations • Discussion about the Masorati Kotel and the Women of the Wall movement • Unique tour of the Western Wall Tunnels, including impressive new discoveries with Dr. Avi Solomon, the site's chief archaeologist (subject to availability) • Visit the Israelite Tower, a little known site in the Jewish Quarter, to solve a 2,600 year old archaeological riddle beneath the modern day neighborhood. Then see the nearby Exhibit about fall of the Jewish Quarter in the War of Independence • Free time to shop and explore on own • Afternoon Picnic – A Yom Ha'atzmaut tradition • Dinner on own • Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Thursday, April 30

Contemporary Jerusalem and Environs Briefing on contemporary Israeli politics by Steve Linde, editor-in-chief of the Jerusalem Report • Tour of the Knesset Building to learn about Israel's democratic system. Meeting with Knesset member (subject to availability) • Lunch on own • Geopolitical tour of Jerusalem to examine several key issues impacting the city, including borders, building and settlement (Jewish and Arab) and
Israel's security fence • Guided tour of the new Hebrew Music Museum in downtown Jerusalem's Nachalat Shiva neighborhood to learn about the history of Jewish music from biblical times and through seven different Diaspora regions • Free evening • Dinner on own • Recommendation for the evening: Have dinner or Coffee and dessert at one of the cafés in adjacent Music Square and listen to an open air performance. Then check out the nearby Ben Yehuda Street Pedestrian Mall • Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Friday, May 1 –

Nature, Rebels and Refugees in the Judean Desert Walk in the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve to bathe in waterfalls and hear how David hid there from King Saul. Then visit Ein Gedi's ancient synagogue, whose mosaic floor includes an oath by which members swore not to reveal the secret of the community • Time permitting: Tour the ruins of Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered and hear about the ascetic Jewish sect that lived there 2,000 years ago • Lunch on own • Walking tour of the quaint Nachalaot neighborhoods to discover a world of history, folklore and ethnicity just blocks from downtown Jerusalem. Explore the bustling Machane Yehuda Market and take in a slice of local life as you watch Jerusalemites prepare for Shabbat.
1st Timers Option – Masada and the Dead Sea: Freedom Fighters or Fanatics? 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. 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 • Please Note: The Masada- Dead Sea Day Tour option above is offered at an additional fee and is dependent on prior registration by March 1, 2020. This option maybe dependent on a minimal number of participants
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 pray together as a congregation at the "Masorati Kotel", where men and women can stand together or attend Friday night services at a local Jerusalem synagogue • Festive Shabbat Dinner at hotel – Lone Soldiers invited, subject to availability • Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Saturday, May 2

And on the Seventh Day.... in Jerusalem Shabbat morning services – To be determined with Rabbi Weintraub • Lunch at hotel • Free time to relax and explore on own • Afternoon Israeli literary walk through the streets of Jerusalem, using the writings of Jerusalem's poets and authors, such as Yehuda Amichai, S.Y. Agnon and others • Havdalah with Rabbi Weintraub • Free evening • Dinner on own • Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Sunday, May 3

Ethiopian Jewish Culture and the Strategic Golan Heights Travel north through the Jordan Valley • Discover Ethiopian Jewish culture at the Germachin Center in Beit Shean. Learn about this community's modern day Exodus story and the challenges facing the Ethiopian Israeli community today • Lunch on own • Tour of 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. Then visit the former Syrian headquarters building in Kuneitra • Geopolitical briefing on Mt. Bental by
Lt. Col. (res.) Sarit Zehavi on the current situation along the Israeli-Syrian ceasefire lines in the Golan Heights • Barbeque dinner with Israeli soldiers. First hand encounter with young people who are giving some of the best years of their lives to the defense of Israel • Check-in to the Ramot Resort Hotel overlooking the Sea of Galilee Overnight: Ramot Resort Hotel

Monday, May 4

Inclusiveness, Pluralism and Coexistence 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 • Lunch on own • Meet with Deputy Mayor of Haifa Rabbi Dubi Hayoun, spiritual leader of the Moriah Masorti Congregation in Haifa to hear abour his experiences dealing with the Israeli Rabbinate's 'theocracy'. In the summer of 2018 Rabbi Dubi Hayoun was arrested on orders from a rabbinic court for performing an "illegal marriage" • Walking tour of picturesque Wadi Nisnas, a nearby Arab neighborhood in which significant art work has been installed outdoors making it a 'museum without walls' and a symbol of Jewish-Arab coexistence • Travel to Tel Aviv • Check in to the Carlton Hotel on Tel Aviv's Mediterranean Coast • Free evening • Dinner on own • Overnight: Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv

Tuesday, May 5

The Tel Aviv You Haven't Seen. Visit the new Israel Innovation Center, located in the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, to learn though its interactive exhibit about new advancements by Israeli Start-Ups in fields such as science, technology, medicine, security, aero-space and more • Graffiti tour in the Florentine neighborhood, the Soho of Israel to see remarkable street art • Tasting tour in the colorful Levinsky Market • 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" • Jaffa Mix: Visit the home of Doris Hiffawi in Jaffa to hear the story of an Arab Christian girl growing up in a Moslem neighborhood in a Jewish State • Dinner on own Overnight: Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv

Wednesday, May 6

Tour the Israeli Museum at the Yitzhak Rabin Center for a critical look at Israeli society • Wander through Old Jaffa, the ancient port city once known as the Gate of Zion and see the paintings and sculptures have been installed in its picturesque alleys. Then look out from top of Tel Jaffa at modern Tel Aviv • Remainder of afternoon free to swim, pack and get in last minute shopping • Farewell dinner at Maganda Restaurant in Tel Aviv's old Yemenite Quarter Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport – See you again soon!

Thursday, May 7

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