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We are joining Temple Beth El of Boca Raton's Multi-Generational Israel Experience Led by Rabbi Dan Levin June 6–19, 2020 | Israel Tour
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Israel Tour / We are joining Temple Beth El of Boca Raton’s Multi-Generational Israel Experience Led by Rabbi Dan Levin June 6–19, 2020

We are joining Temple Beth El of Boca Raton’s Multi-Generational Israel Experience Led by Rabbi Dan Levin June 6–19, 2020

per person

Guided tour of the Ayalon Institute – an underground bullet factory • Travel to Jerusalem through the gorge of Shaar Hagai,knownasBabElWad • ExploretheCityofDavidusingtheBibleandarchaeologymakingJerusalem’sstonestellthe story • B’nai Mitzvah ceremony at the egalitarian Kotel near Robinson’s Arch

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Saturday, June 6

Depart USA
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Sunday, 7 June – Entering the Land

  • Arrive in Israel to be met and assisted by your ITC representative (Today's program depends on arrival time).
  • Guided tour of the Ayalon Institute – an underground bullet factory in Rehovot used by Jewish forces before the founding of the State of Israel.
  • 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.
  • Shehekhiyanu ceremony on top of Tel Jaffa overlooking modern Tel Aviv.
  • Check in to the Carlton Hotel on Tel Aviv's Mediterranean Coast.
  • Welcome dinner at Old Man and the Sea Restaurant in Jaffa Port (Private room).
  • Overnight: Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv
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Monday, 8 June – The Hebrew City and the Jewish State

  • Hear about the establishment of Tel Aviv, the first Hebrew city in 2,000 years at the Founders' Monument on Rothschild Boulevard and see the Bauhaus architecture for which central Tel Aviv was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • 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.
  • Multimedia tour of the Palmach Museum to learn about the elite underground organization that played a critical role in founding the State of Israel. (Children under 6 are not allowed in the Palmach Museum).
  • Lunch on own in
  • Discover Tel Aviv's remarkable street art on a graffiti tour of the hip Florentine neighborhoodThe Soho of Israel.
  • Meaningful encounter at Beit Elazraki Children's Home in Netanya.
  • Free time to swim in Mediterranean Sea and enjoy beachside Promenade.
  • Free evening
  • Dinner on own
  • Overnight: Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv
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Tuesday, 9 June – Jews in the Roman World in Ancient Israel

  • Tour the ruins of Caesarea, including its Roman Theater, Amphitheater, Hippodrome and Promontory Palace, including audio-visual presentation in Caesarea port.
  • ITC Touch: Learn about a debate in rabbinic sources over Jews attending gladiator games as a model for Jewish social action.
  • Lunch on own
  • Explore ancient Tzippori and study a Jewish text in the ruins of the city where Rabbi Judah Hanasi sealed the Mishna. See its magnificent mosaics, including Mona Lisa of the Galilee, Nile Flood Festival and hear why Orpheus looks like King David.
  • ITC Touch: Ponder why an ancient synagogue floor features a wheel of the zodiac and learn about the importance of the calendar in Jewish life with a special Tzippori connection.
  • Check-in to Kfar Blum Hotel on Kibbutz Kfar Blum in the Galilee Panhandle.
  • Dinner at hotel
Overnight: Kfar Blum
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Wednesday, 10 June – The Strategic Golan Heights and the Jordan River

  • Off –Road ATV Tour in the Golan Heights to explore sides of the region that tourist don't see.
  • Tour of the Golan Heights for a perspective on Israel's complex geopolitics as we visit former Syrian bunkers overlooking Israel and strategic Mt. Bental.
  • Lunch on own in Druze Village of Masa'ade.
  • 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.
  • Kayak down the Jordan River – Great way to cool off on a hot day.
  • Return to hotel.
  • Free time to relax and enjoy hotel pool.
  • Dinner at hotel
  • Overnight: Kfar Blum
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Thursday, 11 June – A Multicultural Jewish Society: Ethiopians, Mystics, Kibbutzniks

  • Tour mystical Tzfat’s old synagogues and picturesque alleys. Discover the origins of our Friday night service where Lecha Dodi was written.
  • Free time to shop and explore Tzfat's market and art galleries.
  • Lunch at Germachin Center.
  • Discover Ethiopian Jewish culture at the Germachin Center in Beit Shean. Learn about Ethiopian Jewry's modern day Exodus story and the challenges facing the Ethiopian Israeli community today.
  • Drive south through Jordan Valley to Jerusalem.
  • Shehekhiyanu/Welcome ceremony on Scopus overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem.
  • Check-in to the David Citadel Hotel in Jerusalem.
  • Overnight: David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem
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Friday, 12 June – Jerusalem's Beginnings: The City of David and his Descendants

  • Explore the City of David using the Bible and archaeology to make Jerusalem's stones tell the story of the city's ancient past.
  • Wade through Hezekiah's Tunnel – A still flowing ancient water system that saved the city of Jerusalem 2,700 years ago (dry option available).
  • Lunch on own in Jewish Quarter.
  • Tour of Jewish Quarter including the Cardo, Broad Wall, Israelite Tower and Rooftops followed by free time to shop and explore on own.
  • Free time to explore Jerusalem on own, relax and prepare for Shabbat.
  • Friday night services/Kabbalat Shabbat at Kehilat Yozma Reform Congregation in Modi'in, followed by a home hospitality Shabbat dinner members of the local community.
  • Overnight: David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem
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Shabbat/Saturday, 13 June – And on the Seventh Day…in Jerusalem

  • Shabbat morning services – To be determined with Rabbi Levin. Option of additional Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony.
  • Afternoon walking tour to Jaffa Gate and the Christian Quarter, including the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, to appreciate Jerusalem's multicultural character.
  • Lunch on own
  • Free time to relax, enjoy hotel pool or explore on your own.
  • Shabbat afternoon walking tour to the historic Montefiore Windmill to discover the first neighborhood built outside the walls of the Old City.
  • Havdallah with Rabbi Levin
  • Overnight: David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem
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Sunday, 14 June – Social Responsibility, Our Daily Bread and Modern History

  • Engage in hands on tzedakah preparing food packages for distribution to some of Israel's neediest people at Pantry Packers in southern Jerusalem.
  • Explore the bustling, raucous Machane Yehuda Market – Take in a slice of local life as you mingle with local Jerusalemite shoppers.
  • Cooking class to prepare your own lunch with a local flavor and expert guidance. (Chef Atias requested).
  • Travel along the "Green Line", the former ceasefire lines which divided Jerusalem between Israel and Jordan from 1948-1967.
  • Multimedia tour of the new Six Day War Heritage Museum at Ammunition Hill, the site of the fiercest battle of the Six Day War. Free time instead
  • 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: David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem
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Monday, 15 June – The Old City of Jerusalem – An Ancient Jewish Legacy

  • B`nai Mitzvah ceremony at the egalitarian Kotel near Robinson’s Arch.
  • Discover the archaeological story of the Western Wall and episodes of Jewish life in Jerusalem 2,000 years ago at Robinson's Arch, the Southern Wall Excavations and Davidson Center, including model.
  • Visit the traditional prayer area of the Western Wall.
  • Walk through the Western Wall Tunnels to discover underground Jerusalem.
  • Lunch on own
  • Travel to Beit Guvrin in the Judean Lowlands, crossing en route the biblical Elah Valley, where David and Goliath
  • Engage in a real hands on archaeological excavation with Dig For A Day in Beit Guvrin National Park.
  • Return to Jerusalem
  • Dinner on own
  • Watch the Night Spectacular Sound & Light Show at the Tower of David.
Overnight: David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem
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Tuesday, 16 June – Holocaust, Remembrance and Continuity

  • Lecture by Rachel Korazim on the Holocaust and Israeli society at hotel. (Rabbi Levin will cover her fee).
  • 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 for younger children: Visit Jerusalem's Biblical Zoo, where you'll see animals which lived in Israel during biblical times. (Children must be ac companied by an adult. Zoo visit is not included in the tour price).
  • Lunch on own
  • Meaningful visit to Herzl Cemetery to discover chapters in the history of Israel while visiting the graves of Israel's fallen soldiers, among them Yoni Netanyahu, Mike Levin and Hannah Senesh.
  • Tour of the Knesset to learn about Israel’s lively democratic system.
  • See the Knesset Menorah, a large bronze sculpture featuring scenes from the Bible and Jewish history on its branches.
  • Free evening
  • Sinner on own
  • Overnight: David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem
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Wednesday, 17 June – 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 2,000 years ago. Discussion: Which Jewish Legacy – Masada or Yavne?
  • Hiking option: Those wishing to climb Masada will leave very early in the morning in a separate vehicle with an additional guide and breakfast boxes.
  • 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 Hod Hotel
  • Time permitting: Walk in Ein Gedi Nature Reserve opportunity to bath in waterfalls and hear how David hid there from King Saul.
  • Stop off at "Abraham's Tent" for a Camel ride and biblical hospitality dinner accompanied by
  • Overnight: David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem
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Thursday, 18 June – Departure: Lasting Memories

  • Visit Yad Lakashish, a unique employment project helping Jerusalem's elderly, including a stop in its shop "where shopping is a mitzvah!"
  • Tour of Neot Kedumim, Israel’s biblical landscape reserve to learn about nature and agriculture in the Bible. Plant at tree in honor of your arrival in Israel. Then try shepherding a flock of sheep or goats – Great community building activity.
  • Lunch on own
  • Remainder of afternoon free to explore on own and get in last minute shopping.
  • Late Check-out
  • Farewell Dinner at Medita Restaurant. (Private room)
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport – See you again soon!
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Friday, 19 June – Arrive in USA

  • Begin planning your next Israel trip with Rabbi Levin and ITC Tours!
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Optional Eilat/Petra Extension June 19 - 22, 2020

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Friday, 19 June – Eilat on the Red Sea

  • Morning airport transfer for domestic flight to Eilat.
  • Descend into a Red Sea coral reef at Eilat's Underwater Observatory where you look out the window at the surrounding marine life.       Continue exploring Eilat's remarkable undersea world at the observatory's aquarium.
  • Lunch on own
  • Check-in to Dan Panorama Hotel, Eilat
  • Dinner on own
  • Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Eilat
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Saturday, 20 June – The Wonders of Petra

  • Early departure for Petra to explore the amazing red sandstone structures carved by the ancient Nabateans. Enter Jordan at the Arava Crossing and travel to Petra by bus (approx. 2.5 hours). Tour its Treasury ("Khaznieh"), Roman theatre, impressive caves and rock formations of this Nabatean City. Buffet lunch included.
  • Return to Eilat.
  • Dinner on own
  • Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Eilat
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Sunday, 21 June – Red Sea Delight

  • Red Sea Sail - Board a touring yacht at the Eilat Marina for a leisurely cruise and lunch on the Red Sea. Snorkeling equipment is available for a closer look with the most exquisite coral reefs and tropical fish to be found in the world.
  • Return to Eilat.
  • Evening domestic flight to Ben Gurion Airport.
  • Check-in for U.S. flight at Ben Gurion Airport Terminal 3.
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Monday, 22 June - Arrive in USA

  • Begin planning your next Israel trip with Rabbi Levin and ITC Tours!

Land Only Package $5095 Discounted rate for payment by check;
Land and *air package is estimated at $6685 Discounted rate for payment by check
Single Room Supplement $2175 Discounted rate payment by check
Land only Package $5299 Full cost for credit card payment
Land and *air $6952 Full cost for credit card payment
Single Room Supplement $2262 Full cost for credit card payment
Reduction for a adult in a room $820
Child, ages 2-12, as 3rd a room Subtract $950 Bar/Bat Mitzvah child 3rd in room Subtract $1110 3rd and 4th child in a quad Subtract $580

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