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We are joining Keneseth Israel Congregation Multi-generational Family Mission to Israel Led by Rabbi Michael Wolk December 25, 2018 to January 4, 2019 | Israel Tour
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Israel Tour / We are joining Keneseth Israel Congregation Multi-generational Family Mission to Israel Led by Rabbi Michael Wolk December 25, 2018 to January 4, 2019

We are joining Keneseth Israel Congregation Multi-generational Family Mission to Israel Led by Rabbi Michael Wolk December 25, 2018 to January 4, 2019

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The itinerary has been expertly designed as a multi-generational tour with exciting components for adults and children of all ages. Our senses will be filled with the life, smells, sounds and textures of modern Israel, along with an appreciation of our connections to our Jewish roots and biblical history. It will be a fantastic, fun-filled, spiritual adventure

We are joining Keneseth Israel Congregation

Multi-generational Family Mission to Israel

Led by Rabbi Michael Wolk

December 25, 2018 to January 4, 2019

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Tuesday, 25 December

Depart USA on an overnight flight to Israel
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Wednesday, 26 December

Going up into the Land - Early morning arrival in Israel to be met and assisted by your ITC representative. Travel to Jerusalem throug the biblical Ayalon Valley. Shehekhiyanu - Welcome ceremony looking out at the Old City of Jerusalem. Check-in to the Dan Panorama Hotel in Jerusalem. Welcome dinner at Olive and Fish Restaurant. Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem
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Thursday, 27 December

The Old City of Jerusalem: An Ancient Jewish Legacy - 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. Hear about a new discovery at this site that's connected to the Chanukah story. Visit the traditional prayer area of the Western Wall. Walk through the Western Wall Tunnels to explore underground Jerusalem. Lunch on own. Tour of the Jewish Quarter including the Broad Wall, Herodian Quarter, Rooftops and Cardo, followed by free time to shop and explore on your own. Free evening. Dinner on own. Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem
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Friday, 28 December

Holocaust, Remembrance and Continuity - Tour of Yad Vashem Israel's national Holocaust memorial and museum, including the Holocaust History 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 accompanied by an adult.) Lunch on own. 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. 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. Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem
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Shabbat/Saturday, 29 December

And on the Seventh Day...in Jerusalem - Shabbat morning services at a local Masorati (Conservative) synagogue, followed by kiddush and an update on the Masorti Movement in Israel. Lunch and Learn: Learning session at the Conservative Yeshiva, followed by traditional Shabbat lunch at the Fuchsberg Center for Conservative Judaism. Shabbat afternoon options: Walking tour to the historic Montefiore Windmill to discover the first neighbourhood built outside the walls of the Old City. AND/OR: Visit the First Temple period Jewish burial site at Ketef Hinnom, where archaeologists discovered the oldest biblical text ever found. Havdalah with Rabbi Wolk. Dinner on own. Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem
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Sunday, 30 December

Masada and the Dead Sea: Freedom Fighters or Fanatics? Set out early 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 2,000 years ago. Discussion: Which decision did our ancesters make? 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. Walk in Ein Ged Nature Reserve opportunity to bathe in a waterfall and hear how David hid there from King Saul. Travel north through the Jordan Valley (approx. 2:30 hours). Check in to the Kibbutz Lavi Hotel on Kibbutz Lavi in the Galilee. Dinner at hotel. Overnight: Kibbutz Lavi, Galilee
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Monday, 31 December

Mystical Tzfat, Strategic Golan Heights and Israel's Finest - Walking tour of Kibbutz Lavi led by a local kibbutznik to learn about kibbutz life. Plant a tree in honor or in memory of a loved one. Explore mystical Tzfat, cradle of Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism) in the 16th century. Visit its old synagogues and picturesque alleyways. Then discover the origins of our Friday night service in the city where Lecha Dodi was written. Lunch on own. Tour the Golan Heights - Visit bunkers where the Syrian army used to "look down" at Israel. Then gain a special perspective on Israel's complex geopolitics looking out at the border region from the peak of strategic Mt. Bental. Please choose one of the following two "touring and tasting" options. Both located on nearby Kibbutz Ein Zivan (Possibility of splitting the group): Chocolate making workshop at the De Karina Chocolate Factory. OR: Guided tour of the boutique Bahat Winery including wine tasting. BBQ dinner with young Israeli soldiers who are giving some of the best years of their lives to the defense of Israel - Meet the Israeli army's human side. Overnight: Kibbutz Lavi, Galilee
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Tuesday, 1 January

Across Israel: Many Faces of the Jewish People - Visit Acco or Western Galilee – The Jewish Federation of Louisville's P2G Partenrship regions (Program to be determined with P2G staff). Lunch on own. Guided tour of the former Atlit detention camp where the British held Holocaust refugees, who tried to enter the country "illegally". Board an “illegal immigration ship" to watch a multimedia presentation about the heroic pre-State immigration. OR: Tour the ruins of Caesarea, including its Roman Theater, Amphitheater, Hippodrome and Promontory Palace. Learn about a rabbinic debate over Jews attending gladiator games. Check-in to the Dan Panorama Hotel on Tel Aviv's Mediterranean Coast. Free evening. Dinner on own. Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv
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Wednesday, 2 January

The Hebrew City and the Jewish State - Walking tour of the historic Neve Tzeddek neighborhood that gave birth to Tel Aviv - the first Hebrew city in 2,000 years. 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. At Independence Hall relive David Ben Gurion declaring the new State of Israel. Hear about the establishment of Tel Aviv 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. Visit the Palmach Museum in Ramat Aviv to learn about the elite underground organization which played a critical role in the founding of the State of Israel. OR: Tour the Israeli Museum at the Yitzhak Rabin. Center for a critical look at Israeli history and society. Dinner on own. O/N: Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv
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Thursday, 3 January

 A Nation Reborn in Its Land - 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. Discover Ethiopian Jewish culture at the Tobaje Community Center in Ramle. Hear about this community's modern day Exodus story and the challenges facing the Ethiopian Israeli community today. Tour Old Jaffa, where paintings and sculptures have been installed in the alleys of the ancient port city once known as the Gate of Zion. Then look out from the top of ancient Tel Jaffa at modern Tel Aviv and hear about the vision for establishing a new Jewish city in a reborn Jewish homeland. Lunch on own Remainder of afternoon free to explore on own and get in last minute shopping. Late check out Farewell Dinner at Maganda Yemenite Restaurant Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport – See you again soon!
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Friday, 4 January

Arrive in USA - Begin planning your next Israel trip with Rabbi Wolk and ITC Tours!

Land Only Package $3195 Discounted rate for payment by check;
Land and Air Package * $4995 Discounted rate for payment by check;
Single Room Supplement $4175
Child under 12 as 3rd in a room $2770
Bar or Bat Mitzvah child as 3rd in a room $2670    
Child as 3rd or 4th in a room $2999                                      
Add to the above tips $180 Tips for guide, driver, restaurants, and portage per person
Please call for flights Round trip *air $1950 to $2100 estimated
* Included are airport tax and fuel surcharge and are subject to change until purchased