|Rabbi Adam Raskin - Congregation Har Shalom - Discovering Israel August 2013|
This Tour Includes:
5 nights Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem, Israel
2 nights Kibbutz Hagoshrim Guesthouse, Upper Galilee, Israel
nights Sheraton Towers Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, Israel
and sightseeing per an agreed upon itinerary in a deluxe air-conditioned van
with an English speaking guide
6 dinners per
3 lunches per itinerary
Sound and Light Show at the Tower of
Jeep tour in the North
gleaning mitzvah opportunity
Politcal update with Gil Hoffman of the
transfers and airport assistance upon arrival and departure
as per itinerary
These Prices Do Not Include:
Roundtrip airfare & departure taxes and fuel surcharges -
Any border taxes or visas
Tips to guides, driver, and
dining room waiters ($15.00 per person, per day-pre-collected)
Any items of
a personal nature
Travel Insurance (Highly recommended)
Day 1, TUESDAY, August 6, 2013: DEPARTURE
United States on our overnight flight to Israel.
WEDNESDAY, August 7, 2013: WELCOME TO ISRAEL
Morning arrival into
Israel's Ben Gurion Airport… Greeting and assistance by an Ayelet
representative…Meet our guide and begin our journey to Jerusalem… As we enter
Jerusalem we stop for a special "Sh'hekiyanu!" ceremony atop the Haas Promenade,
overlooking the City of Gold…Check in and time to relax and refresh…Welcome
dinner together this evening… Overnight Jerusalem.
THURSDAY, August 8, 2013: CELEBRATING OUR B'NAI MITZVAH
This morning we celebrate a Bar/Bat Mitzvah at the Southern Wall…After free time
at the Western Wall, we take an in-depth look at Temple times as we walk through
the fascinating Western Wall tunnels… Visit Machane Yehuda marketplace to take
in the sites and sounds, and enjoy a falafel lunch (on own)…Travel to the
Knesset, where we meet with Gil Hoffman, chief political correspondent from the
Jerusalem Post at his office for an update on politics in Israel….Time
permitting, we also visit the military cemetery at Mt. Herzl and the Mt. Herzl
Museum, where we learn about the life of one of Israel's greatest historical
leaders and visionaries… Free time for dinner on own in Jerusalem before we
gather together to see the amazing Sound and Light Show at the Tower of David…
Day 4, FRIDAY, August 9, 2013: MASADA AND
THE DEAD SEA
Breakfast…Early morning departure to the south… Pass
Qumran, the place where the Dead Sea scrolls were found…continue to King Herod's
fortresses and castle atop Masada, ascending by cable car or snake path … Visit
the remains of the walls, palaces, synagogue, and the bathhouses, learning about
the Jewish Zealots last stand against the Roman forces … Descend by cable car…
Next we enjoy an unsinkable swim in the healing salty waters of the Dead Sea…
Time permitting we enter Ein Gedi for a short hike to the waterfall…Enjoy a
biblical desert experience with a roadside camel ride along the way…Welcome
Shabbat at the Western Wall with the people of Jerusalem…Enjoy Shabbat dinner
together at our hotel… Overnight Jerusalem.
Those not traveling to
Masada and the Dead Sea for the day can choose to remain in Jerusalem for a day
at leisure or visit on own the world class Israel Museum, which recently
underwent a $100 million renovation.
Day 5, SATURDAY, August
10, 2013: SHABBAT SHALOM!
Breakfast… Shabbat Shalom!.. This morning
we invite you to join us for services at the Masorti Agron Street Synagogue
(Moreshet Yisrael)… We enjoy lunch at the Fuchsberg Center, including an
introduction by center leadership about the Conservative/Masorti movement in
Israel today… Walking tour of the Old City, inclusive of a visit to the
Christian Quarter's Church of the Holy Sepulchre…Walk through the Arab Quarter's
Shuk marketplace, including a stop atop the roof for an amazing view… Free
afternoon to relax and enjoy the calm of Shabbat in Jerusalem, or explore on
own…Enjoy a beautiful havdalah with Rabbi Raskin before heading into town for a
free evening… Overnight Jerusalem
Day 6, SUNDAY, August 11,
2013: FROM THE TUNNELS TO THE ROOFTOPS
Breakfast…We begin today with
a visit to Yad L'Kashish, where we bring joy to the elderly artisans…Explore the
excavations at Ir David and a walk through Hezekiah's Tunnel - Bring water
shoes! (option to watch the Ir David historical movie)… Return to the Old City
of Jerusalem, where we walk along the ancient Roman road and marketplace of the
Cardo in the Jewish Quarter…stop for lunch (on own) in the Jewish Quarter… This
afternoon, we visit Yad Vashem, the memorial to the Holocaust to visit the
museum and the valley of the lost communities (optional children's activity) OR
For those that have been to Yad Vashem, option to go on own to the Begin center,
exploring the life of Menachem Begin… Overnight Jerusalem.
MONDAY, August 12, 2013: TO THE COAST
Breakfast… Check out and
travel to Beit Shemesh in our partner region, for a meeting with a Jewish/Arab
Israeli girls soccer team to discuss tolerance and maybe kick around a few
balls!…Drive up the coast to Zichron Yaakov, where we first stop at the
Aharonson House to learn about the history of the Nili spies…Lunch on own in
Zichron … Continue along the northern coast, through the new Haifa tunnel to
Akko, where we see the seaside crusader fortress. We also make an interesting
stop at the Tunisian Mosaic Tile Synagogue in Akko, Or Torah. Check in for
dinner and overnight at our kibbutz in the Galilee.
TUESDAY, August 13, 2013: THE GALILEE AND GOLAN
Breakfast… We begin
the day with a hike in Tel Dan Nature Preserve… Enjoy a Jeep tour to the Golan
(those not taking jeeps can travel up to the Golan by bus along the main
road)…Continue to Kibbutz El Rom, where we hear the story of the tank brigades
during the decisive Yom Kippur war battles that took place on this very
spot…Enjoy a fun Rafting trip down the Jordan River (those not taking the
rafting trip can either return to the Kibbutz for free time, or visit a nearby
Winery)…Dinner and overnight at our kibbutz in the Galilee.
9, WEDNESDAY, August 14, 2013: EXPLORING SAFED
Breakfast… Begin our
day in Safed, where we see the Caro and the Ha'ari synagogues, the most
important synagogues in the city… Time to shop in Safed's unique and beautiful
art galleries and judaica shops…Visit Moshav Nahalal, including a home
hospitality lunch with the warm and welcoming Aviran Family… Continue to the
excavations of Tzippori, including the floor mosaic known as the Mona Lisa of
the Galilee… Continue down to Tel Aviv… Overnight Tel Aviv.
10, THURSDAY, August 15, 2013: REACHING OUT
Breakfast… Start the day
with a visit to Independence Hall where the establishment of the state of Israel
was declared…This morning we join Project Leket, an organization dedicated to
feeding the hungry in Israel to collect fruits or vegetables for distribution…
Continue to the Ayalon Institute, where we discover its secret identity as a
bullet factory during the British Mandate …Free time, beach time, and time for
dinner on own before we join together to visit Nalagaat for a performance called
Not by Bread Alone. The blind and deaf actors will invite us into their world in
a moving and inspiring performance. Overnight Tel Aviv.
FRIDAY, August 16, 2013: EXPLROING TEL AVIV
Breakfast… Stop for a
moment of reflection at Rabin Square, place of assassination of Prime Minister
Itzhak Rabin… Next we "join up" with the paramilitary forces at the Palmach
Museum… Depart Tel Aviv to take part in a "hands-on" archeological dig at Beit
Guvrin… This afternoon, we visit Old Jaffa, an 8000-year-old port city, where we
visit the ancient ruins and walk along the restored Artist's Quarter, as well as
see the amazing flea market… Stroll through the artisans and craftspeople of
Nachalat Binyamin…Join an outdoor musical Kabbalat Shabbat services on the Port
of Tel Aviv, before we enjoy Shabbat dinner together at our hotel. Overnight Tel
Day 12, SATURDAY, August 17, 2013: TEL
Breakfast…Celebrate Shabbat with a
Masorti/Conservative kehillah, followed by lunch at the hotel and an afternoon
of relaxation. Take advantage of the beach or hotel amenities, and havdalah by
the sea with Rabbi Raskin before we enjoy a festive farewell dinner together…
Transfer to the airport for our flight home to the United
Day 13, SUNDAY, August 18, 2013: WELCOME
Arrival back in the US.
THE MEMORIES LAST FOREVER!
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