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We are Joining Adath Israel's Israel 20/20: Seeing our Homeland with New Eyes Led by Rabbi Eric Yanoff December 20 - 31, 2020 | Israel Tour
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Israel Tour / We are Joining Adath Israel’s Israel 20/20: Seeing our Homeland with New Eyes Led by Rabbi Eric Yanoff December 20 – 31, 2020

We are Joining Adath Israel’s Israel 20/20: Seeing our Homeland with New Eyes Led by Rabbi Eric Yanoff December 20 – 31, 2020

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Shekhiyanu-Welcome ceremony on top of Tel Jaffa overlooking modern TelAvi


Sunday, December 20

Depart USA

Monday, December 21 – Going up into the Land

Arrive in Israel to be met and assisted by your ITC representative (today's program depends on arrival time) 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. Shekhiyanu - Welcome ceremony on top of Tel Jaffa overlooking modern Tel Aviv. Check-in to the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Tel Aviv's Mediterranean Coast. Welcome dinner at Meatos Restaurant. Overnight: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Tel Aviv.

Tuesday, December 22 – The Hebrew City and the Jewish State

Walking tour of historic “Little Tel Aviv” – Discover the quaint Neve Tzedek 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 view the Bauhaus architecture for which central Tel Aviv was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 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.
2nd Timers Option: Tour the "Israeli Museum" at the Yitzhak Rabin Center for a critical look at Israeli Society. 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. Dinner on own. Overnight: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Tel Aviv.

Wednesday, December 23 – Renewers of Jewish Life in Ancient and Modern Times

Depart for northern Israel. Tour the ruins of Caesarea, including its Roman Theater, Amphitheater, Hippodrome and Promontory Palace. ITC Touch: Ponder a rabbinic debate over Jews attending gladiator games. ITC Touch: Hear the story of Hanna Senesh and her poem Walking to Caesarea, better known as the song Eli, Eli. Lunch on own. Guided tour of the former Atlit Illegal Immigrant Detention Camp where the British held Holocaust refugees, who tried to enter the country "illegally". Then board an "illegal immigration ship" to watch a multimedia presentation about the heroic per-State immigration. Check-in to the Ramot Resort Hotel in the Galilee. Dinner at hotel. Overnight: Ramot Resort Hotel

Thursday, December 24 – Ancient and Modern Geopolitics and Israel's Finest

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 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 and then look out at the border from strategic Mt. Bental. Chocolate making workshop at the De Karina Chocolate Factory. Then taste wines and liqueurs at the adjacent Bahat Winery. Dinner with young Israeli soldiers, who are
giving some of the best years of their lives to the defense of Israel – Meet the human face of the Israeli army. Overnight: Overnight: Ramot Resort Hotel

Friday, December 25 – Across Israel: Many Faces of the Jewish People

Visit the ancient synagogue at Hamat Tiberias and ponder why its 1,500 year old mosaic floor features a wheel of the zodiac. Visit Bio-Bee on Kibbutz Sde Eliahu, world leaders in organic agriculture to hear how they are using very effectively biological pest control, rather than toxic pesticides to protect their crops. Lunch at Kibbutz Sde Eliahu. Travel south through the Jordan Valley and ascend to Jerusalem. Shekhiyanu/Welcome ceremony overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem. Check in to the David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem. Free time to relax and prepare for Shabbat. Friday/Shabbat Evening Options:
Light Shabbat candles at hotel. 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: David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem

Saturday, December 26 – And on the Seventh Day...in Jerusalem

Shabbat morning services at the synagogue of your choice (recommendations and directions will be provided). Shabbat Lunch at hotel. Walking tour to the historic Montefiore Windmill to discover the first neighbourhood built outside the walls of the Old City. Then continue to nearby Ketef Hinnom, a First Temple period burial site where archaeologists discovered the oldest biblical text ever found. Havdallah with Rabbi Yanoff. Free evening. Dinner on own. Recommendation for the Evening: Check out the First Station Compound– Jerusalem's old Ottoman Train Station which has been converted into a restaurant- café area. It’s a short walk from your hotel. Overnight: David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem

Sunday, December 27 – 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. Discussion: Which decision did our ancesters make? Masada or Yavne? What does that mean? 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 Gedi Nature Reserve opportunity to bathe in waterfalls and hear how David hid there from King Saul. Stop off at "Abraham's Tent" for a Camel ride and biblical dinner before returning to Jerusalem. Overnight: David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem

Monday, December 28 – The Old City of Jerusalem: An Ancient Jewish Legacy

B'nai Mitzvah ceremony on the Southern Wall Steps (Jerusalem Archaeological Park/Davidson Center) to connect a Jewish past with a Jewish future. 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 archaeological discovery connected to the Chanukah story. Visit the traditional prayer area of the Western Wall. Walk through the Western Wall Tunnels to discover underground Jerusalem. Lunch on own Tour of the rebuilt Jewish Quarter in the Old City, including the Broad Wall, Rooftops, Cardo and Western Wall Lookout and hear about the remarkable discoveries under the ruins of the Tiferet Yisrael Synagogue, followed by free time to shop and explore on own.
2nd Timers Option: Tour of synagogues in the Jewish Quarter, including the Four Sephardic Synagogues, the restored Hurva Synagogue, Karaite Museum and hear about the remarkable discoveries under the ruins of the Tiferet Yisrael Synagogue. Free evening. Dinner on own.
Overnight: David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem

Tuesday, December 29 – 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 accompanied by an adult)
2nd Timers Track at Yad Vashem – Holocaust Art Guided tour of Yad Vashem Campus focusing on Holocaust art. This track will examine both art created to memorialize different aspects of the Holocaust and art produced during the holocaust by its victims, including visits to the Museum of Holocaust Art, the Yad Vashem Synagogue and viewing sculpture installed at Yad Vashem.
Lunch on own. Multimedia tour of the Herzl Museum to discover the story of Zionism's founding father, followed by a meaningful visit to Mt. Herzl Cemetery to discover chapters in the history of Israel while visiting the graves of Yitzhak Rabin, Golda Meir, Theodore Herzl and Hannah Senesch. Guided tour of the architecturally fascinating Supreme Court Building and a great opportunity to hear about Israel’s legal system, which functions without a constitution. 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 regions of the Diaspora. Recommendation: 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. Dinner on own. Overnight: David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem

Wednesday, December 30 – Digging Up the Past: An Underground Adventure

Travel to Beit Guvrin in the Judean Lowlands, crossing en route 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. Lunch on own. 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. 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.

Thursday, December 31 – Arrive in USA

Begin planning your next trip with Rabbi Yanoff and ITC Tours!

Land Only Package – $4795 per person in a double room Discounted for Check Payment
Land and Air Package – *$6745 per person in a double room: Check Payment
Single Room Supplement – $1890: Check Payment
Land Only Package – $4987 per person in a double room: Full cost Credit Card Payment
Land and Air Package – *$7015 per person in a double room: Full cost Credit Card Payment
Single Room Supplement – $1965: Full cost Credit Card Payment
Subtract for 3rd Adult in a room – $820
Subtract for Child, ages 2-12, as third in room: - $950
Subtract for Bar/Bat Mitzvah child as third in room: - $1060
Subtract for Third and Fourth child in quad - $300

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