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We are joining Temple Hatikvah's Exploring Israel Adventure Led by Rabbi Dr. Daniel Zucker January 12–23, 2020 | Israel Tour
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Israel Tour / We are joining Temple Hatikvah’s Exploring Israel Adventure Led by Rabbi Dr. Daniel Zucker January 12–23, 2020

We are joining Temple Hatikvah’s Exploring Israel Adventure Led by Rabbi Dr. Daniel Zucker January 12–23, 2020

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our Package Includes: Hotels: Dan Panorama, Tel Aviv; Kibbutz Nof Ginosar, Galilee; Dan Panorama, Jerusalem. All Breakfasts, Shabbat and Lunch Dinner, 5 Weekday dinners and lunches as per itinerary. Touring with Rabbi Dan Zucker and one of Israel’s Top Tour Guide educators in a WiFi enabled deluxe touring Motor Coach


Sunday, January 12

Depart USA

Monday, January 13 – 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. Visit the Palmach Museum in Ramat Aviv to learn about the elite underground organization which played a critical role in founding the State of Israel. 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

Tuesday, January 14 – 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". Visit the new Israel Innovation Center located in the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange to learn how Israel became the Start Up Nation. Hear about the establishment of Tel Aviv standing 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 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". 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. Free evening. Dinner on own Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv

Wednesday, January 15 – Cradles of Jewish Civilization in the Galilee

Depart for northern Israel. Explore the ruins of Tzippori, the city where Rabbi Judah Hanasi sealed the Mishna. Discover Tzippori's lavish ancient mosaic pavements, including Mona Lisa of the Galilee, Nile Flood Festival and Orpheus, who looks like King David? Then ponder why an ancient synagogue floor features a wheel of the zodiac. Lunch on own. Tour mystical Tzfat's old synagogues and picturesque alleyways. Tzfat was the cradle of Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism) in the 16th century. Judaism's Friday night service, Kabbalat Shabbat, and the hymn Lecha Dodi was written in Tzfat a that time. Free time to browse in Tzfat's shops and galleries. Check–in to the Nof Ginosar Hotel on Kibbutz Ginosar on the Sea of Galilee. Dinner at hotel. Overnight: Nof Ginosar Hotel

Thursday, January 16 – Ancient and Modern Geopolitics and Israel's Finest

Walk in the lush Tel Dan Nature Reserve, one of the sources of the Jordan River, where you'll discover biblical intrigue and one of the oldest arches in the world. Lunch on own.
Tour the Golan Heights for a special perspective on Israel's complex geopolitics as we visit former Syrian bunkers overlooking Israel. Geopolitical briefing on top of strategic Mt. Bental by Lt. Col. (res.) Sarit Zehavi on the current situation along the Israeli-Syrian ceasefire lines in the Golan Heights. Wine tasting at the boutique Pelter Winery on nearby Kibbutz Ein Zivan. BBQ 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: Nof Ginosar Hotel

Friday, January 17 – Across Israel: A Multicultural Jewish Society

Plant a tree in Israel in honor or in memory of a loved one. Tour the stunning and extensive Roman ruins of Beit Shean, once a splendid city of the Decapolis and an important city in biblical Israel. Lunch on own. Travel south through the Jordan Valley and ascend to Jerusalem. Shekhiyanu/Welcome ceremony overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem. Check-in to the Dan Panorama Hotel in Jerusalem. Free time to relax and prepare for Shabbat. 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 egalitarian "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

Saturday, January 18 – And on the Seventh Day....in Jerusalem

Shabbat morning services at a local Conservative/Masorati synagogue, followed by Kiddush and an update about the Conservative/ Masorati movement in Israel. • 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. Then continue to Ketef Hinnom, a First Temple period burial site where archaeologists discovered the oldest biblical text ever found. • Or: Walking tour along the "Urban Line" the former Israeli-Jordanian ceasefire lines to hear about Jerusalem as a divided city between 1948-1967. • Havdalah with Rabbi Zucker. • Watch the Night Spectacular – Sound and light show at the Tower of David. • Dinner on own in Mamilla Quarter • Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Sunday, January 19 – The Old City of Jerusalem: An Ancient Jewish Legacy

Please choose one of the following ancient Jerusalem touring options for the group: • Explore the City of David, including its ancient water systems (without getting wet!), as we use the Bible and archaeology to decipher Jerusalem's ruins and uncover chapters in the city's past. • And/Or: 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 evening. Dinner on own Recommendation for the evening: Visit the First Station Compound, Jerusalem's restored Ottoman railway station turned restaurant – cafe area. Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Monday, January 20 – Masada and the Dead Sea: Freedom Fighters or Fanatics?

Set out across the Judean Desert to the Dead Sea region, passing en route Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Ascend Masada by cable car to tour the ruins of Herod's palace and the last outpost of Jewish independence. 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. 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. Free evening. Dinner on own. Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Tuesday, January 21 – Holocaust, Remembrance and Continuity

Briefing on Israeli and Middle East Politics by Steve Linde, editor-in-chief of the Jerusalem Report and former editor-in-chief of the Jerusalem Post. • Guided tour of Yad Vashem Israel's national Holocaust memorial and museum, including the Holocaust History Museum and Children’s Memorial. • Tasting tour of the bustling Machane Yehuda Market to discover Jerusalem's many flavors from East and West. • Multimedia tour of the new Six Day War Heritage Museum at Ammunition Hill, the site of the fiercest battle in the Six Day War. • Free evening. Dinner on own. • Recommendation: Coffee and dessert at one of the cafés in Music Square in the historic Nachalat Shiva neighborhood and listen to an open air performance. Then check out the nearby Ben Yehuda Street Pedestrian Mall. • Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Wednesday, January 22 – Wrapping Up and Departure

Geopolitical tour of the Greater Jerusalem area to examine several key geopolitical issues impacting on the region, including borders, building and settlement (Jewish and Arab) and Israel's security fence. Tour the Israel Museum to see the Dead Sea Scrolls in the Shrine of the Book and the Model of Jerusalem in the first century. Free time to explore additional exhibitions on own – Recommendations: Modern Israeli art, Synagogue interiors in the Judaica section and the Archaeology Wing. 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, January 23

Arrive in USA

Land Only Package $3295 Discounted rate for payment by check;
Land and *air package is estimated at $4365 Discounted rate for payment by check
Single Room Supplement $1180 Discounted rate payment by check
Land only Package $3427 Full cost for credit card payment
Land and *air $4539 Full cost for credit card payment
Single Room Supplement $1227 Full cost for credit card payment
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