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We are Joining Congregation Beth Shalom’s Multi Generational Family Israel Tour led by Rabbi Mark and Linda Zimmerman December 20, 2020 – January 1, 2021 | Israel Tour
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Israel Tour / We are Joining Congregation Beth Shalom’s Multi Generational Family Israel Tour led by Rabbi Mark and Linda Zimmerman December 20, 2020 – January 1, 2021

We are Joining Congregation Beth Shalom’s Multi Generational Family Israel Tour led by Rabbi Mark and Linda Zimmerman December 20, 2020 – January 1, 2021

per person

•Tour the amazing underground, pre-State bullet factory. • Tour Old Jaffa, the ancient port city • Shehekhianu-Welcome ceremony on top of ancient Tel Jaffa • Welcome dinner at Maganda Restaurant •Walking tour of historic the quaint Neve Tzeddek neighborhood that gave birth to the “first Hebrew city in 2,000 years” • Visit the new Israeli Innovation Center located in the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange to learn how Israel became the Start Up Nation. • Explore the Nahalat Binyamin crafts fair.

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Sunday, 20 December

Depart USA on an overnight flight to Tel Aviv
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Monday, 21 December – Going Up Into the Land

  • Arrive in Israel to be met and assisted by your ITC representative Climb down into the amazing underground, pre-State bullet factory built by the Haganah under the noses of the British at the Ayalon Institute.
  • 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.
  • Shehekhianu-Welcome ceremony on top of ancient Tel Jaffa overlooking modern Tel Aviv. Check in to the Dan Panorama Hotel on Tel Aviv’s Mediterranean Coast.
  • Welcome dinner at Maganda Restaurant in Tel Aviv’s old Yemenite Quarter.
  • Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv
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Tuesday, 22 December – Tel Aviv: A New City and a Nation Reborn

  • 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 Nachum Gutman. • 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. • Visit the new Israeli Innovation Center located in the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange to learn how Israel became the Start Up Nation.
  • Lunch on your own and free time to explore the Nahalat Binyamin crafts fair. While there checkout the nearby Carmel Market and bohemian Sheinkin Street. Al three of these Tel Aviv icons meet at the “Magen David” junction.
  • Enjoy an impressive presentation of the amazing achievements of the Palmach at the recently opened multi-media Palmach Museum
  • Free evening
  • Dinner on own
  • Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv
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Wednesday, 23 December – Digging Up the Past and the Amazing Dead

  • Travel to the Judean Lowlands to 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 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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Thursday, 24 December – Masada and the Dead Sea: Freedom Fighters or Fanatics?

  • Ascend Masada by cable car for a Bar Mitzvah ceremony on top of Masada to connect a Jewish past with a Jewish future.
  • 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?
  • B'nai Mitzvah ceremony on top of Masada to connect a Jewish past with a Jewish future
  • Lunch on own
  • Walk in Ein Gedi Nature Reserve opportunity to bathe in waterfalls and hear how David hid there from King Saul.
  • Authentic Bedouin Camel ride at the Almog Junction. • Check in to the King Solomon Hotel in Jerusalem.
  • Overnight: King Solomon Hotel, Jerusalem
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Friday, 25 December – The Old City of Jerusalem: An Ancient Jewish Legacy

  • 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.
  • Visit the traditional prayer area of the Western Wall.
  • Walk through the Western Wall Tunnels to discover underground Jerusalem.
  • Lunch on own in the Jewish Quarter
  • Tour of Jewish Quarter including the Herodian Mansions, Broad Wall, Rooftops and Cardo followed by free time to shop and explore on own. • Free time to relax and get ready for Shabbat. Friday/Shabbat evenings 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: King Solomon Hotel, Jerusalem
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Shabbat/Saturday, 26 December – And on the Seventh Day...in Jerusalem

  • Shabbat morning services at a local Masorati (Conservative) synagogue or explore a other synagogues on your own.
  • Traditional Shabbat Lunch at the Fuchsberg Center for Conservative Judaism.
  • Walking tour to the historic Montefiore Windmill to discover the first neighbourhood built outside the walls of the Old City. Then continue to Ketef Hinnom, a First Temple period burial site where archaeologists discovered the oldest biblical text ever found.
  • Havdallah with Rabbi Zimmerman
  • Free evening.
  • Dinner on own. Recommendation for the evening: Visit the First Station Compound, Jerusalem's restored Ottoman railway station turned restaurant - cafe area.
  • Overnight: King Solomon Hotel, Jerusalem
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Sunday, 27 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
  • 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.
  • Tasting tour of the bustling Machane Yehuda Market.
  • Free evening
  • Dinner on own, if you,re still hungry.
  • Overnight: King Solomon Hotel, Jerusalem
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Monday, 28 December – Encountering the Graeco-Roman World

  • Option: Early Bar Mitzvah ceremony at the egalitarian Masorti Kotel near Robinson’s Arch.
  • Depart Jerusalem for northern Israel and travel north through Jordan Valley.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 in modern town of Beit Shean.
  • 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 Leonardo Plaza Hotel in Tiberias.
  • Dinner on own
  • Overnight: Leonardo Plaza Hotel, Tiberias.
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Tuesday, 29 December – Ancient and Modern Geopolitics and Israel's Finest

  • Plant a tree in Israel 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.
  • 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. 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: Leonardo Plaza Hotel, Tiberias
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Wednesday, 30 December – Along the Mediterranean Coast

  • Travel to Rosh Hanikra in the northwest corner of Israel.
  • Descend by cable car to explore the Grottos of Rosh Hanikra – Beautiful sea caves formed by the forces of wind and water.
  • Tour of the Old City of Acco: Visit the Underground Prisoners Museum in Acco Prison, where the British held and even executed Jewish underground fighters. A daring escape from this prison is featured in the film Exodus. Then venture beneath the the top of the Bahai Gardens on Mt. Carmel in Haifa.
  • Travel to Tel Aviv
  • 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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Thursday, Thursday, 31 December – Southern Exposure: Pioneering and Defense in the Western Negev

  • Check out of hotel and pack bus.
  • Travel to the western Negev.
  • Visit Kibbutz Alumim to meet with a local kibbutznik and hear first-hand about living on the Gaza border, pioneering in the Negev and kibbutz as a community.
  • Lunch in Kibbutz Alumim's communal dining room.
  • Return to Tel Aviv.
  • Afternoon free to explore on own and get in last minute shopping.
  • Farewell dinner at Goshen Restaurant.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport – See you again soon!
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Friday, 1 January – Arrive in U.S.A.

  • Begin planning next Israel trip with Rabbi Mark and Linda Zimmerman and ITC Tours.

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Discounted price for check payment: Land Only Package $3,835
Air and Land Package $5785
Discounted price for check payment for Single Room Supplement: $1125
Full price for credit card payment Land Only Package $3889
Air and Land Package $6015
Full price for credit card payment for Single Room Supplement: $1170
Reduction 3rd Adult in a room: -$400
Reduction 3rd Child in a room up to 12 y/o -$520
Reduction 3rd Bar or Bat Mitzvah child in a room -$650
Reduction 3rd and 4th child sharing a Quad -$250