2015 Israel Trip

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THE ISRAEL TRIP ITINERARY:
12-DAY | LED BY RABBI DAN MOSKOVITZ
June 28 – July 9, 2015 


Day One: Sunday, June 28, 2015
DEPARTURE 

Depart Canada.
Overnight: Flight

Day Two: Monday, June 29, 2015
ARRIVAL

  • Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Drive to Tel Aviv, known as the “city that never sleeps” and pass by centres of culture and recreation such as the Habima Theater, sprawling beaches, Dizengoff Street and Rabin Square.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Welcome orientation at the hotel.
  • 7:30 p.m. Enjoy a Middle-eastern style welcome dinner with a Yemenite touch at Maganda, with a varied selection of salads and grilled meats, located in the Yemenite Quarter of Tel Aviv.
    Overnight: Tel Aviv

Day Three: Tuesday, June 30, 2015
TEL AVIV: THE FIRST HEBREW CITY

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 9:00 a.m. Depart the hotel for the Ayalon Institute near Rehovot for an eye-opening tour of a clandestine munitions factory used during the British Mandate.
  • Return to Tel Aviv-Jaffa.
  • Visit the Old City of Jaffa, ascend from the old port through the renovated alleyways to the Jaffa Overlook for an introduction to Tel Aviv at the place where it all began and walk through the famous Jaffa Flea Market – “Shuk Hapishpishim”.
  • Lunch on own.
  • LaDa’at Ethnic Tasting Tour through Tel Aviv’s famous Levinsky Market, where you’ll find a combination of foods and sweets from all over the Mediterranean and hear the unique stories of the individuals who sell them.
  • 3:00 p.m. Visit Independence Hall, where David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the State of Israel on May 14th, 1948.
  • Visit Rabin Square, a center of Tel Aviv’s cultural and political life, named for Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin who was assassinated here. Take a quiet moment at the Rabin Memorial.
  • Dinner on own, perhaps at the Tachana, Tel Aviv’s newly renovated old train station and now a centre of boutiques and good food, and one of Tel Aviv’s blooming hot spots, OR as an optional activity (supplemental cost): Dinner at Blackout, a restaurant completely in the dark, followed by Lo Al HaLechem Levado – Not by Bread Alone OR Luna Park, performed by the Nalaga’at deaf and blind theatre group.
    Overnight: Tel Aviv

Day Four: Wednesday, July 1, 2015
 ALONG THE COAST

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel and depart Tel Aviv, driving north along the coastal plain to Caesarea, one of the Land of Israel’s most important cities during the Roman Period; visit the Herodian Theater and new excavations along the Mediterranean shore concluding with a visit to the 900-year-old crusader city built on the same site.
  • Walk through the 2,000 year old underground water tunnels at Park Alona, which once brought water to Caesarea.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Explore Tsfat, a center of Jewish mysticism for hundreds of years and a contemporary artists’ colony, including:
  • Guided visits to the Ari, Caro or Abuhav Synagogues with their great stories and mystical messages
  • 3:00 p.m. Meet with artist, Sheva Chaya in her studio, for an interactive window into the world of Kabala, glass blowing and questions of identity and Judaism.
  • Continue to the kibbutz hotel for check-in.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
    Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee

Day Five: Thursday, July 2, 2015
NATURE AND SECURITY IN THE NORTH

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Enjoy rafting down the Jordan River.
  • Short hike on the new hanging path into the Banias River Canyon at the base of the Golan Heights.
  • Explore Israel’s security situation on the Golan Heights while overlooking the Hula Valley from former Syrian fortifications and ascend Bental, overlooking the abandoned Syrian town of Kuneitra, for a first hand view of Israel’s security position along the Syrian Border, including a visit to a former Syrian bunker and an optional visit to the Koffee Anan Coffee Shop.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • Visit Misgav Am for a security briefing overlooking the Southern Lebanon border and a dialogue with a local resident.
  • 4:30 p.m. Visit the Beit Vancouver community center in Kiryat Shemona.
  • Return to the hotel for dinner.
    Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee

Day Six: Friday, July 3, 2015
DREAMS AND CONQUEST ON THE ROAD TO JERUSALEM

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out and depart the kibbutz, driving south past the Hulah Valley and Tiberias, an ancient/modern city located on the shores of Lake Kinneret (Sea of Galilee).
  • 10:00 a.m. Visit Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu for an interactive family tour of the Bio-Bee fields and facilities. Gain hands on insight into a very local, world leader tackling the challenge of environmental improvement, using flies, bees, owls as well as having an opportunity to experience a very real, working and ideological kibbutz.
  • 12:30 p.m. Visit the Az-Iz Dairy Farm for a tour of their goat shed and cheese-tasting.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • Drive through the Jordan Rift Valley and upon entering Jerusalem stop at Mount Scopus to recite the traditional shehechiyanu
  • Check into the hotel with time to freshen up before Shabbat.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat at Congregation Tzur Hadassah with Rabbi Stacey Blank, followed by home hospitality dinner.
    Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Seven: Saturday, July 4, 2015
SHABBAT IN JERUSALEM

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Optional Shabbat services.
  • Free Shabbat in Jerusalem for an opportunity to explore (on own):
  • The Old City Ramparts for a walk along the ancient walls of the city
  • The Tower of David Museum of the History of Jerusalem, for a walk through the city’s history – with observation points, an animated film and visual and audio-visual aids – from the time of Abraham to the end of the British Mandate over Palestine.
  • The Biblical Zoo, a beautifully landscaped habitat with a special focus on preserving Biblical fauna, geared to children of all ages (2-80).
  • LaDa’at Hebrew Writers: Guided walk through the streets of Jerusalem, using the writings of Jerusalem’s poets and authors, such as Yehuda Amichai, Y. Agnon and others.
  • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah overlooking the Old City.
  • Free Evening in Jerusalem on Ben-Yehuda pedestrian mall or on Emek Refaim Street in the German Colony, with dinner on own.
    Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Eight: Sunday, July 5, 2015
THE LAYERS OF JERUSALEM
Breakfast at the hotel.

Adults: The Challenges of Minorities in Israel: Dialogue with Sheikh Ghassan Manasra.

Youth: Experience the Jerusalem Time Elevator as you ride through 3,000 years of Jerusalem’s history in a state-of-the-art motion simulator.

All:

  • Proceed to the Old City and start with a guided visit to the Davidson Archaeological Park with a special visit to the Davidson Center, to view the new three-dimensional computer generated presentation of Life During the Time of the Temple, followed by a guided visit to the Southern Wall Excavations.
  • Stop at the Kotel (Western Wall) and then visit the Western Wall Tunnel, the underground continuation of the Western Wall alongside the Temple Mount.
  • Lunch on own in the Jewish Quarter and continue with visit to:
  • The Cardo, a Byzantine street that is now the world’s oldest shopping arcade
  • The Hurva Square, the central square of the Jewish Quarter.
  • Special program with the Israel Religious Action Center for an insight into the challenges facing the religious pluralism cause in Israel.
  • Free evening and dinner on own, perhaps at the new Old Train Station Plaza, a central neighbourhood hub for food, entertainment, culture, and enrichment.
    Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Nine: Monday, July 6, 2015
INTO THE DESERT, MASADA AND THE DEAD SEA

  • Early breakfast at the hotel.
  • Descend to the Dead Sea Basin and ascend by cable-car or walk up the Snake Path to Masada, Herod’s mountain palace and the site of the Jewish Zealots’ last stand against the Roman Legionnaires; discuss Masada’s role as a symbol of Jewish defence and its current significance in modern Israel.
  • Celebrate a joyful B’nai Mitzvah service amidst the ancient ruins.
  • Short hike to Nahal David, the freshwater spring and waterfalls in the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, where David hid from King Saul.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • Experience the weightlessness of the Dead Sea as you float in its waters
  • 6:00 p.m. Visit Genesis Land, a Biblical-style encampment in the Judean Desert. Delve into the Bible, experience Biblical hospitality, enjoy a ‘hafla’ feast, Bnai Mitzvah celebration, and take a camel ride.
  • Return to Jerusalem and to the hotel.
    Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Ten: Tuesday, July 7, 2015
MEMORY & RENEWAL

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 8:30 a.m. The Memory of the Holocaust in Contemporary Israeli Society: Dialogue with Holocaust scholar, Rachel Korazim.
  • 10:00 p.m. Visit the Yad Vashem complex, the Jewish National Memorial to the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust, including:
  • The Avenue of the Righteous
  • The new Historical Museum
  • The Children’s Memorial
  • Light snack on own.
  • Visit the graves of Theodor Herzl and Yitzhak Rabin on Herzl, followed by a walk through the National Military Cemetery.
  • Take a multi-cultural tasting journey through the hustle and bustle of Jerusalem’s Machaneh Yehudah open-air market: enjoy the sights, smells, tastes and sounds of this vibrant area where Jerusalemites shops and enjoy late lunch on own.
  • Free time in the Mamilla pedestrian arcade, a very contemporary shopping area with a whiff of the past, located outside the Jaffa Gate of the Old City; dinner on own.
  • 9:30 p.m. Optional: The Night Spectacular at the Tower of David Museum: The walls of the Citadel serve as a stage for a night-time show – a celebration of sight and sound – that depicts the story of Jerusalem.
    Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Eleven: Wednesday, July 8, 2015
GIVING BACK

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 8:30 a.m. Tikkun Olam hands-on experience in Jerusalem with Danny Siegel and Arnie Draiman.
  • Lunch on own, en route.
  • 2:00 p.m. Take part in an archaeological dig at the Beit Guvrin Caves and prepare to get your hands dirty as you uncover pottery from the Hellenistic period, 2,300 years ago, followed by a crawl through the Maresha Cave Labyrinth (crawling is optional).
  • Return to Jerusalem with time for last-minute shopping.
  • Wrap up of the program with the tour educator.
  • Proceed to the farewell dinner.
    Overnight:  Jerusalem

Day Twelve: Thursday, July 9, 2015
DEPARTURE

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Departure flight to Canada, arriving the same day.

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