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Come experience the trip of a lifetime with professional Israeli tour guide Hen Rachamen and spritual leader of Temple Sinai, R. Marcus Rubenstein. Nothing can compare to a lifechanging trip to the modern state of Israel. Come feel the light of Israel!
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“Shalom Aleichem! Please embark with us on this wonderful journey of a lifetime as we explore the land of Israel as a Temple Sinai community. We read in our prayer for Israel every week the description of reishit tsmichat geulateinu or the beginning of the flowering of our redemption. The siddur describes this special time we live in with such beautiful language because it is an absolute miracle today that God has given us the ability to create a state of Israel. That fact that we are planning on taking a plane to Israel, walking around hearing Hebrew spoken, seeing Hebrew signs and experiencing Jewish spiritual and cultural life in a national setting, in the biblical land of our ancestors is an absolute miracle. Experiencing the miracle of the state of Israel is life transforming in that it can help Jews feel God in their lives in a deeper way as well connect them to a culture and lifestyle that on one hand seems foreign but on the other seems like home. Together we will experience many of the major cities of Israel, the different regions of its territories and an abundance of its holy sites. I lived in Israel for two years and they were some of the best years of my life. I can’t wait to share some of my joy about Israel with you!”
– Rabbi Rubenstein
ABOUT THE TOUR:
Tour Price: $3,974. Tour price based on person sharing double room.
Single room supplement: $955
YOUR TOUR INCLUDES:
Round-trip airfare, guided sightseeing in English, deluxe motor coaches, first class hotels, daily dinner and breakfast, entrance fees to sites visited, and taxes.
YOUR TRIP DOESN’T INCLUDE:
Self-insurance, lunches, miscellaneous fees such as individual transfers, laundry, beverages at meals, excess baggage, and items of a personal nature, tips.
NOTE: Tour price valid with a minimum of 25 paying participants
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Day 1: Friday February 16th
Getting Started – Tel Aviv: Arrival @ 6:50 am
Welcome at Ben Gurion Airport and thru Customs
We begin our amazing and very meaningful tour in Old Jaffa for a beautiful welcome and shehekianu ceremony overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. We will enjoy a wonderful and special breakfast first before taking in the beauty of the Old City of Jaffa by taking a stroll through its alleys and the old seaport. From there, we will experience the uniqueness of the Old Jaffa flea market.
We will board the bus for a short trip over to the Arts and Crafts Market in Nachalat Benjamin in Tel Aviv to enjoy time and lunch on our own. From there we will check into our hotel in Tel Aviv. After check-in at the hotel we will prepare for candle-lighting and Kabbalah Shabbat, then we will walk to a shul in the area for Friday night service. We will walk back to our hotel for a festive dinner and review the program with Hen and Rabbi Rubenstein. Overnight: Tel Aviv.
Day 2: Saturday February 17th
We will depart on foot from our hotel in Tel Aviv for Shabbat morning services at the Conservative synagogue. For those who prefer, they may remain at the hotel to have a nice late morning breakfast. After services, we will all get together again at the hotel and walk to the Neve Tzedek neighborhood. Lunch or snacks on own. There will be an option to relax at the hotel in the afternoon or take a tour through the Modern Museum of Art where we will see the beautiful art on exhibition. At the close of Shabbat we will check out of our hotel and drive to the beautiful city of Haifa where we will check-in to our hotel for a sumptuous dinner. Overnight in Haifa.
8:00 pm: Optional night bus ride to view the beautiful night skyline and twinkling lights of Haifa with the destination of the colorful and vibrant German Colony for free time and a chance to experience wine/coffee/dessert on own. (Round trip bus-ride without bus departure. One way bus –ride to German Colony with departure. Taxi back on own.)
Day 3: Sunday February 18th
Our morning begins with a stop at the Bahai Gardens in Haifa where we delight in the exquisite view and hear the mesmerizing history and religious significance of the garden terraces around the Shrine of the Ba´b on Mount Carmel.
Our second stop will be to visit the highly sophisticated Technion College where the Iron Dome was originally designed by engineers from the Technion. After touring this very impressive college campus, we will travel to Akko. Here, after a satisfying lunch on our own in the Akko market area we will visit the most well preserved Crusader City and the Underground Resistance Prison from pre-State time.
Onto the breathtaking Sea of Galilee area to spend the next three nights experiencing a Kibbutz where we will have dinner at the Kibbutz guest house.
Day 4: Monday February 19th
After a tasty and satisfying Israeli breakfast at the kibbutz hotel, our first stop will be at the very special second Aliyah Kinneret Cemetery located to the South of Tiberias, at the foot of the Sea of Galilee where members of the farm, and many of the ideologues and leaders of the Labor Movement, and founders of kibbutzim and moshavim are laid to rest; including the poetess Rachel and Naomi Shemer.
Next we will visit Degania Alef, Israel’s first Kibbutz where we will visit the founder’s house museum.
Onto visit Magdala, the most ancient first century synagogue in Israel and the hometown of Mary Magdalene, who was said to have traveled with Jesus as one of his followers, and witnessed his crucifixion and resurrection.
Our afternoon takes us to the mystical Kabbalah City of Tzfat where we will visit a few famous Rabbi’s tombs and participate in a two hour unique workshop @ Jewish values at the Kabbalah Ascent of Tzfat Center, a great religious retreat offering spiritual exploration and so much more. We will tour the Old City of Tzfat and have time for shopping on own before departing back to the Kibbutz for dinner and overnight.
Day 5: Tuesday February 20th
We start out our fifth day taking a gorgeous hike in the Upper Galilee at the Auyean National Park , located on the most Northern Israeli border with Lebanon and one of four sources of the Jordan River’s waters. Onto the Valley of Tears for a heartfelt stop at the Yom Kippur Memorial. (If time permits we will watch a short, but very moving documentary of the Valley of Tears Battlefield.) Sumptuous lunch in the “Capital of the Golan” known as Katzrin before visiting the well preserved synagogue and Talmudic Village of Katzrin. We will end the day at the Gadot Lookout, an abandoned Syrian military post, to describe the very compelling story of the 6 Day War over the Golan Heights. Afterwards, we will board the bus to depart back to the Kibbutz for dinner and overnight.
Day 6: Wednesday February 21st
After checkout, we will board the bus heading for Beth Shean which is one of the most impressive Roman City archeological parks in the world.
Onto the bus for a drive South to the Dead Sea area to visit Qumran , a ruin from the days of the Second Temple on the northwest shore of the Dead Sea, where the ancient manuscripts ‘Dead Sea Scrolls” were discovered in caves in 1947. We will eat a very satisfying lunch on our own and then visit the site.
Next, we will travel and check-in to our hotel at the Dead Sea before sundown to either take a dip in the Dead Sea before dinner at the hotel, or later in the hotel salt-water pool before 9 pm.
Day 7: Thursday February 22nd
We depart our hotel after breakfast and checkout for Masada, a very impressive ancient fort city built by King Herod the Great in the 1st Century AD. We will travel by cable car or you will have the option to climb the snack path (1.0 to 1.25 hour walk) to the very top of the fort and learn all about this important historical site. After descending back to the bottom by cable car, we have time to visit the gift shop and enjoy a leisurely lunch on own.
In the afternoon, we board the bus to travel to Jerusalem where we will begin with a beautiful Shehekianu ceremony from the top of Haz Promenade. Afterwards, we will start with a beautiful opening to our visit in Jerusalem, then check in and have dinner at our hotel.
After dinner, Night Spectacular Tower of David Light Show* awaits us; a light and sound pictorial tale which stunningly combines the wonders of modern technology, the tumultuous history of Jerusalem and the beauty of the citadel at its best. (*Weather permitting.)
Day 8: Friday February 23rd
We begin the day with a very meaningful visit to the Herzel Museum where we will learn about the birth of the Zionism movement, and the biography of the great Zionist Benjamin Herzel. (It is a great and very awe inspiring visit.)
We will continue to visit the very beautiful Chagal Windows located at the Hadassah Hospital’s active synagogue.
Onto experience firsthand the Jerusalem Shuk Machane Yehuda Market just before Shabbat comes in. Lunch is on your own in this fabulous cornucopia of delights from many different eclectic vendors.
After the Shuk, we will return to our hotel, prepare for candle lighting and depart for Friday night services at a local synagogue. Tonight’s memorable Shabbat experience after services will pair each family with a congregant family to separate and share Shabbat meals in their individual homes. Return to hotel on your own.
Day 9: Saturday February 24th
We start the day with Shabbat morning service at the Agron Conservative Center (optional). Then we will walk back to the hotel for some leisure time before a sumptuous lunch at the hotel. Next, we will take an afternoon stroll to the Conservative Yeshiva where we will share in some Shabbat reflections with the Rabbi.
Onto a walking tour in some neighborhoods in the area (weather permitting.)
We return to the hotel for Havdalah ceremony and we will have the time to enjoy dinner on our own by strolling through Jerusalem and experiencing its beauty as it comes alive when Shabbat comes to a close.
Day 10: Sunday February 25th
We begin the day at the City of David where everything all began…
We will walk on an underground street that was used by Jewish pilgrims, visit The Davidson Center, a beautiful archeological multi-level space in Umayyad palace, holding artifacts from Second Temple to Early Islamic periods, and experience the holiest of Jewish sites, The Western Wall or “Kotel” and The Western Wall Tunnel.
Next, we will visit The Jewish Quarter where a satisfying lunch is on your own. Choose from a variety of restaurants and we will take some time to stroll the Jewish galleries.From there, we will walk to the Christian Quarter to visit the world famous Holy Sepulchre Church, where Jesus was said to be crucified, laid to rest and resurrected. Return to the hotel in Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.
Day 11: Monday February 26th
We depart the hotel for a trip to Yad Vashem, where we will take the time to visit the Holocaust Museum and Memorial for @ 2 ½ to 3 hours. Afterwards, we board the bus heading to Tel Aviv for lunch and shopping on your own, then a nice walking tour through The White City Project, located by the well-known Rothchild Boulevard.
Next, we will make a late afternoon visit to the Palmach Museum, the strikeforce of the pre-state underground Haganah defense organization. We will share some nice down time walking along the majestic Tel Aviv Boardwalk before arriving for our unforgettable farewell dinner hosted in a special local restaurant.
We board the bus, filled with memories to last a lifetime, on our way to Ben Gurion airport for departure back to the States.