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Israel Tour / We are Joining Woodbury Jewish Center’s Exploring Israel Adventure Rabbi Jason Fruithandler Main Tour: December 23, 2020 – January 4, 202

We are Joining Woodbury Jewish Center’s Exploring Israel Adventure Rabbi Jason Fruithandler Main Tour: December 23, 2020 – January 4, 202

per person

Tour of Neot Kedumim, Israel’s biblical landscape reserve to learn about nature and agriculture in the Bible • Guided tour of Ayalon Institute – Underground bullet factory used by Jewish forces before the founding of the State of Israel • Shekhiyanu- Welcome ceremony on top of Tel Jaffa overlooking modern Tel Aviv


Wednesday, December 23

Depart USA

Thursday, 24 December – Going up into the Land

  • Arrive inIsrael to be met and assisted by your ITC representative (today’s program depends on arrival time).
  • Tour of Neot Kedumim, Israel’s biblical landscape reserveto learn about nature and agriculture in the Bible and try your hand at a challenging ancient leadership activity - shepherding a flock of sheep or goats.
  • Guided tour of the Ayalon Institute– An underground bullet factory in Rehovotused by Jewish forces before the founding of the State of Israel.
  • Tour Old Jaffa,the ancient port city once known as Zion Gatefrom 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 ceremonyon top of Tel Jaffaoverlooking modern Tel Aviv.
  • Check-in to the Carlton Hotelon Tel Aviv's Mediterranean Coast.
  • Welcome dinner at Maganda Restaurantin Tel Aviv’s old Yemenite Quarter.
  • Overnight: Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv

Friday, 25 December – Going up into the Land  –The Hebrew City and the Jewish State

  • Dialogue in the Dark at the Holon Children's Museum – In this special program blind guides lead visitors in the darkness to discover a rich sensory world with in each person,which is different but not deprived.
  • Hear about the establishment of Tel Aviv standing at the Founders' MonumentonRothschild Boulevardand see the Bauhausarchitecture for which central Tel Aviv was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Visit the new Israeli Innovation Center located in the Tel Aviv Stock Exchangeto learn how Israel became the Start Up Nation.
  • Lunch on your own and free time to explore the Nachalat Binyamincrafts fair. While there checkout the nearby Carmel Marketand bohemian Sheinkin StreetAllThree of these Tel Aviv icons meet at the "Magen David Junction".
  • Free time torelax and get ready for Shabbat.
  • Shabbat Candle Lighting
  • Friday evening services– To be determmined with Rabbi Fruithandler.
  • Festive Shabbat Dinnerat hotel
  • Overnight:  Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv

Shabbat/Saturday, 26 December–And on the Seventh Day…in Tel Aviv

  • Shabbat morning services– To be determined with Rabbi Fruithandler.
  • Visit the "Aliyah Bet" Memorial in London Squareto hear the story of the illegal immigration operations which rescued Jewish refugees before the founding of the State of Israel.
  • Shabbat Lunchat hotel.
  • Walking tour to Tel Aviv Port, stop along the way at the Chaim Arlozorov Memorial, to learn about a forgotten, but visionary Zionist leader who once considered only second to Ben Gurion. Then hear about the brave pilots who saved Tel Aviv during the War of Independence.
  • Free time to walk along beachside Promenadeand watch the people of Tel Aviv stroll, folkdance, play racquetball andenjoy Shabbat afternoon by the sea.Free time to explore on your own and watch Tel Aviv's residents folkdance, play raquetball, walk the coastal promenade andenjoy Shabbat afternoon by the sea.
  • Havdallahwith Rabbi Fruithandler
  • Free evening
  • Dinner on own
  • Overnight: Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv

Sunday, 27 December –Cradles of Jewish Civilization in the Galilee

  • Depart for northern Israel.
  • Visit the ruins of Caesarea, including its Roman Theater, Amphitheater, Hippodromeand Promontory Palace.  Ponder a rabbinic debate over Jews attending gladiator games.
  • ITC Touch:  Learn about a rabbinic debate over Jews attending gladiator games.
  • OR:  Explore the ruins of Tzippori, the city where Rabbi Judah Hanasi sealed the Mishna.  Discover Tzippori's remarkable ancient mosaic pavements, including Mona Lisa of the Galilee, Nile Flood Festivaland Orpheus, who looks like King David (?).
  • ITC Touch:Ponder why an ancient synagoguefloor features a wheel of the zodiac.
  • Lunch on own
  • Tour mysticalTzfat'sold synagogues and picturesque alleyways. Tzfat was the cradle of Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism) in the 16thcentury.  Judaism's Friday night service, Kabbalat Shabbat, and the hymn Lecha Dodioriginated in Tzfat a that time.
  • Meet a kabbalistic artistto hear how Jewish spirituality influences his work.
  • Boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, followed by lakeside dinnerat Decks Restaurant.
  • Check–in to the Ramot Resort Hoteloverlooking the Sea of Galilee.
  • Overnight:  Ramot

Monday, 28 December–Ancient and Modern Geopolitics and Israel's Finest

  • Walk in the lush Tel DanNature Reserve, one of the sources of the Jordan River, where you'll discover biblical intrigueand see one of the oldest arches in the world.
  • Lunch on own
  • Jeep tour in the Golan Heightsfor 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 the top of strategic Bental.
Please choose one of the following two "touring and tasting" options.  Both located on nearby Kibbutz Ein Zivan (Possibility of splitting the group):
  • Chocolate making workshop at the De Karina Chocolate Factory.
  • ORTaste winesand liqueursat the boutiqueBahat Winery.
  • Dinner with young Israeli soldierswho are giving some of the best years of their lives to the defense of Israel – Meet the human face of the IDF.
  • Overnight:  Ramot

Tuesday, 29 December – Across Israel: A Multicultural Jewish Society

  • Discover Ethiopian Jewish cultureat the Germachin Centerin Beit Shean.  Hear about this community's modern Exodus story through the personal story of Chava Almo, who made aliyah through Operation Moses as a young girl.
  • Lunch on own
  • Continue south throughtheJordan Valley and ascend to Jerusalem.
  • Discover the archaeological story of theWestern Walland episodes of Jewish life in Jerusalem 2,000 years ago atRobinson's Arch andtheSouthern Wall Excavations, including anew discovery connected to the Hanukkah story.
  • Visit the traditional prayer area of the Western Wall.
  • Walk through the Western Wall Tunnelsto discover underground Jerusalem.
  • Check-in to the Inbal Hotel, Herbert Samuel Hotel or Dan Panorama Hotel inJerusalem.
  • 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: Inbal Hotel,  Jerusalem

Wednesday, 30December– New City - Old City: Jewish Legacies in Jerusalem

  • Meaningful visit to the Mt. Herzl Cemeteryto discover chapters in the history of Israel at the graves of Yitzhak Rabin, Golda Meir, Theordore Herzl and Hannah Senesch.
  • Engage in hands on tzedakahpreparing food packages for distribution to some of Israel's neediest people at Pantry Packers or Yad Ezra Veshulamit.
  • Tasting tourof the bustling Machane Yehuda Marketto discover Jewish delicacies from east and west.
  • Lunch on own, if still hungry
  • Tour of Jewish Quarter including rooftop lookout, Herodian Mansions, Cardo, Broad Wall andIsraelite Tower(the latter is an ordinarilly closed archaeological site which will be opened specially for the group).
  • Free time to shop and explore on own.
  • Geopolitical briefingby an AIPACrepresentative in Jerusalem.
  • Dinner on own
Overnight:  Inbal Hotel,  Jerusalem

Thursday, 31 December –Masada and the Dead Sea: Freedom Fighters or Fanatics?

  • Set out early across the Judean Desert and ascend Masadaby cable car to tour the ruins of Herod's palace and the last outpost of Jewish independence. Discussion: Which Jewish Legacy – Masada or Yavne?
  • 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:  Walk in Ein Gedi Nature Reserveopportunity to bathe in waterfalls and hear how David hid there from King Saul.
  • Stop off at "Abraham's Tent" for a Camel rideand biblical dinner before returning to Jerusalem.
  • Overnight:  Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem

Friday,1 January – Holocaust, Remembrance and Continuity

  • Tour of Yad Vashem - Israel's national Holocaust memorial and museum, including the Historical Museumand 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 accompanied by an adult. Zoo visit not included in the tour price).
  • Lunch on own
  • Free time to relax and prepare for Shabbat.
  • Shabbatcandle lighting
Friday/Shabbat evening options:
  • Join hundreds of other Jews from around the world to Greet the Sabbathat theWestern Wall. Option to join the new egalitarian Kabbalat Shabbat minyan at the Masorti Kotel, where men and women can pray together (begins at 6:00 pm).
  • OR: Attend Friday night servicesat a local Masorti (Conservative)
  • Festive Shabbat Dinnerat hotel
  • Overnight: Inbal Hotel,  Jerusalem

Shabbat/Saturday, 2 January  – And on the Seventh Day… in Jerusalem

  • Shabbat morning servicesat the synagogue of your choice (recommendations directions will be provided).
  • Shabbat Lunchat hotel
  • 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.
  • Havdalahwith Rabbi Fruithandler.
  • Watch the Night Spectacular – Sound and light showat the Tower of David.
  • Dinner on own
  • Overnight: Inbal Hotel,  Jerusalem

Sunday, 3 January– Digging Up the Past and Renewing the Present

  • Drive to Beit Guvrin in the Judean Lowlands, crossing enroute the biblical Elah Valley, where David and Goliathfought.
  • Dig up Israel's past by participating in a hands on archaeological excavation with Dig for a Dayin Beit Guvrin National Park.
  • Plant a treein a JNFForestin Israel to commemorate your visit and honor a loved one.
  • Lunch on own
  • 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 again soon!

Monday, 4 January –Arrive in USA

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

Optional Eilat-Petra Extension January 4 - 7, 2021


Monday, 4 January– Eilat on the Red Sea

  • Morning airport transfer for domestic flight to Eilat.
  • Descend into a Red Sea coral reefat Eilat's Underwater Observatorywhere you look out the window at the surrounding marine life.  Continue exploring Eilat's remarkable undersea world at the obesrvatory's aquarium.
  • Lunch on own
  • Check-in to Dan Eilat Hotel, Eilat
  • Dinner on own
  • Overnight:  Dan Eilat Hotel, Eilat

Tuesday, 5January–The Wonders of Petra

  • Early departure for Petrato explore the amazing red sandstone structures carved by the ancient Nabateans.  Enter Jordan at the Arava Crossingand travel to Petraby 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.
  • Dinneron own
  • Overnight:  Dan Eilat Hotel, Eilat

Wednesday, 6 January – Red Sea Delight

  • Red Sea Sail- Board a touring yachtat the Eilat marina for a leisurely cruise and lunch on the Red Sea. Snorkelingequipment is available for a closer look with the most exquisite coral reefsand 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.

Thursday, 7 January – Arrive in USA

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

Land Only Package – $4895 per person in a double room Discounted for Check Payment
Land and Air Package – *$6845 per person in a double room: Check Payment
Single Room Supplement – $1795: Check Payment
Land Only Package – $5090 per person in a double room: Full cost Credit Card Payment
Land and Air Package – *$7120 per person in a double room: Full cost Credit Card Payment
Single Room Supplement – $1857: Full cost Credit Card Payment
Reductions: Subtract for adult or Child, ages 2-12, as third in room: - $925
Subtract for Bar/Bat Mitzvah child as third in room: - $1025 Subtract for Third and Fourth child in quad - $300

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