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Adas Kodesch Shel Emeth and Congregation Beth Shalom's Exploring Israel Family Trip with Optional Eilat/Petra Extension Led by Rabbi Michael Beals and Rabbi Steven Saks June 16–27, 2019 | Israel Tour
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Israel Tour / Adas Kodesch Shel Emeth and Congregation Beth Shalom’s Exploring Israel Family Trip with Optional Eilat/Petra Extension Led by Rabbi Michael Beals and Rabbi Steven Saks June 16–27, 2019

Adas Kodesch Shel Emeth and Congregation Beth Shalom’s Exploring Israel Family Trip with Optional Eilat/Petra Extension Led by Rabbi Michael Beals and Rabbi Steven Saks June 16–27, 2019

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Tour Package Includes: Hotels: Dan Panoraman Tel Aviv and Jerusalem , Kibbutz Lavi in the North. All Breakfasts, Shabbat Dinner, 4 Weekday dinners and lunches as per itinerary. Touring with Rabbi Sacks and Rabbi Beals and one of Israel’s Top Tour Guide educators in a WiFi enabled deluxe touring Motor Coach

Adas Kodesch Shel Emeth and Congregation Beth Shalom’s Exploring Israel Family Trip with

Optional Eilat/Petra Extension

Led by Rabbi Michael Beals and Rabbi Steven Saks

June 16–27, 2019

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Sunday, June 16

Depart USA on an overnight flight to Israel.

Monday, June 17

 Going up into the Land
  • Arrive in Israel to be met and assisted by your ITC representative (today’s programdepends on arrival time).
  • Tour the alleys of Old Jaffa, the ancientport city once known as the Gate of Zion. Shekhiyanu-Welcome ceremony together overlooking modern Tel Aviv. Check-in at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Tel
  • Aviv’s Mediterranean Coast. •Welcome dinner at Maganda Yemenite Restaurant. •Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv

Tuesday, June 18

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", 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 your 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". Tour the Israeli Museum at the Yitzhak Rabin Center for a critical look at Israeli history and society. Free time to swim in the Mediterranean Sea and enjoy beachside Promenade. Free evening: Dinner on own. Recommendation for the evening: Check out the Sarona neighborhood, a new restaurant- café and shopping area in the recently restored fomer German colony. Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv

Wednesday, June 19

Cradles of Jewish Civilization in the Galilee • Depart for northern Israel. • Encounter with the Delaware supported interfaith Peace Drums Project, which is bringing together Jewish, Christian and Moslem youth in Haifa. •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 ornate old synagogues and picturesque alleyways and discover the origins of our Friday night service in the city where Lecha Dodi was written. • Free time to shop in galleries and explore Tzfat's Artists Colony on own. •Early evening boat ride on the Sea of Galilee followed by a lakeside dinner at Decks Restaurant. Check–in to the Lavi Hotel in the Galilee. •Overnight: Kibbutz Lavi

Thursday, June 20

Off the Beaten Track in the Golan Heights •Hike to the ruins of Gamla in the southern Golan Heights, Masada of the north, to appreciate its topography, as we hear Josephus' description of a 1st century battle there between Romans and Jewish rebels and learn about the corresponding archaeological finds. While there, hopefully, see rare griffon vultures soaring overhead. • Visit the ancient synagogue of Um El Kanatir in the Golan Heights, where sophisticated digital technology to restore the ancient building. • Lunch on own. •Tour and wine tasting at the Golan Heights Winery in Katzrin. • Kayak down the Jordan River – Great way to cool off on a hot day. • Dinner at hotel. • Overnight: Lavi

Friday, June 21

Across Israel: Many Faces of the Jewish People • Tour of Lavi led by a local kibbutznik to hear about kibbutz life. • Learn about kibbutz life on walking tour of Lavi led by a local kibbutznik. • Discover Ethiopian Jewish culture at the Germachin Center in Beit Shean. Hear a personal account of this community's modern day Exodus story and about the challenges facing the Ethiopian Israeli community today. • Lunch on own • Continue 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. Friday 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

Saturday, June 22

And on the Seventh Day....in Jerusalem • Shabbat morning services at the synagogue of your choice (Recommendations and directions will be provided). • Traditional Shabbat Lunch at hotel Shabbat afternoon options: • Late afternoon walking tour to the historic Montefiore Windmill to discover the first neighbourhood built outside the walls of the Old City. AND/OR: Walking tour to First Temple period burial site at Ketef Hinnom – Where archaeologists discovered the oldest biblical text ever found. OR: Israeli literature walking tour through the streets of Jerusalem, using the writings of Jerusalem's poets and authors, such as Yehuda Amichai, S.Y. Agnon and others. Havdalah with Rabbis Saks and Beals. Dinner on own. Watch the new Sound and light show at the Tower of David. •Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Sunday, June 23

The Old City of Jerusalem: An Ancient Jewish Legacy • 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).
•B'not Mitzvah ceremony for the Saks daughters at 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 and the Southern Wall Excavations, including a new discovery connected to the Chanukah story. • Visit the traditional prayer area of the Western Wall. • Lunch on own in the Jewish Quarter. • Tour of the Jewish Quarter including the Cardo, Broad Wall and Rooftops. Tasting tour of the bustling Machane Yehuda Market to discover Jerusalem's many flavors from East and West. Dinner on own, if still hungry • Free evening. • Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Monday, June 24

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. ITC Touch: Discussion: Which Jewish Legacy – Masada or Yavne? Who were our ancesters? What decision did they make? • Visit Arad – the Jewish Federation of Deleware's P2K Partnership community (Program to be determined with P2K staff). • Lunch on own (Lunch may be included in Partnership visit to Arad, depending on program offered by P2K staff). • Swim in the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth, at a local resort. • Return to Jerusalem. • Free evening. • Dinner on own. Overrnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Tuesday, June 25

Holocaust, Remembrance and Continuity • Tour of Yad Vashem Israel's national Holocaust memorial, including a moving visit to the Children’s Memorial, followed by a tour of the Holocaust History Museum. • Meaningful visit to Mt Herzl Cemetery to discover chapters in the history of Israel while vidsiting the graves of Yitzhak Rabin, Golda Meir, Theodore Herzl and Hannah Senesch. Lunch on own • 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: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Wednesday, June 26

From the Peak of Mt. Scopus: Modern Jerusalem • Tour of Hadassah University Medical Center on Mt. Scopus. AND/OR: Visit the Hebrew University campus on Mt. Scopus. Multimedia tour of the new Six Day War Heritage Museum at Ammunition Hill, the site of the fiercest battle in the Six Day War. Lunch on own. Geopolitical tour of Jerusalem to examine several key geopolitical issues impacting on the city, including borders, building and settlement (Jewish and Arab) and Israel's security fence. 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 – See you soon!

Thursday, June 27 –

Arrive in USA • Begin planning next Israel trip with Rabbi Michael Beals and Rabbi Steven Saks

Land only Package $3695 Discounted rate for payment by check
Land and Air Package $5245 Discounted rate for payment by check
Single Room Supplement $1195 Discounted rate payment by check
Land Only Package $3843 Full cost for credit card payment
Land and Air Package $5455 Full cost for credit card payment
Single Room Supplement $1243 Full cost for credit card payment
Reduction for 3rd in a room – $455 up to 12 years old
Reduction for 3rd in a room– $510 Bar Mitzvah child
Reduction for 3rd & 4th child – $200 per child sharing room in a Quad

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