Israel Trip 2018

Led By Rabbi Dan Moskovitz

From US$4,109 (land only)
• 10 nights’ accommodation at select hotels
• 10 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking tour guide (walking tour on August 25)
• All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
• Meals: daily breakfast, 1 lunch and 6 dinners
• Youth counselor for one day in Jerusalem
• Portage at the hotels

• Day One: Wednesday, August 15, 2018 
Depart Canada.
Overnight: Flight

• Day Two: Thursday, August 16, 2018 
Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport.
Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities, meet your Tour Educator and transfer to Tel Aviv, known as the “city that never sleeps,” with its centers of culture, recreation and national history, great beaches and fine stores. Check into the hotel.
Welcome Middle-Eastern-style dinner at Maganda, in Tel Aviv’s Yemenite Quarter, with a varied menu of traditional salads and grilled meats.
Overnight: Tel Aviv

• Day Three: Friday, August 17, 2018 
Breakfast at the hotel.
Old and New Tel Aviv: Visit the Shalom Tower, Israel’s first skyscraper, including the famous Nachum Gutman mural and models of the city.
Visit Independence Hall, where David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the State of Israel on May 14th, 1948.
Stroll down Rothschild Boulevard to view examples of the intriguing Bauhaus-style architecture from the 1930s. The local proliferation of the style won Tel Aviv recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage site and the nickname of ‘the White City’.
Lunch on own and free time to stroll along the Nachalat Binyamin pedestrian mall, with its bi-weekly crafts fair and eateries; alongside is the colorful Carmel open-air market and trendy Sheinkin Street.
Return to the hotel; free time before Shabbat.
Kabbalat Shabbat services with Beit Tefilah Yisraeli at the Tel Aviv Port, including music, prayer, dance and poetry. Festive Shabbat dinner at the hotel or at a local restaurant.
Overnight: Tel Aviv

• Day Four: Saturday, August 18, 2018
Breakfast at the hotel. Late departure from the hotel.
Depart for Rehovot and visit the Ayalon Institute for an eye-opening tour of a clandestine munitions factory used during the British Mandate. Return to Tel Aviv.
From the Templers to the Hipsters: Guided tour to the newly renovated Templers town of Sarona, now a hip and vibrant fashion and culinary center, including free time to stroll through the indoor food and spice market; lunch on your own.
Stop at 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.
Return to the hotel; free time to enjoy the hotel’s pool or crash the waves of the Mediterranean Sea.
Ben Kodesh LecholHavdallah overlooking the water.
Free Evening with dinner on own in Tel Aviv, for an opportunity to:
Experience Tel Aviv Port, with its restaurants and clubs.
Saunter down the Tel Aviv Beach Promenade.
Wander through the Tachana, Tel Aviv’s renovated old train station, now a center of boutiques and good food, and one of Tel Aviv’s blooming hot spots.
Overnight: Tel Aviv

• Day Five: Sunday, August 19, 2018
Breakfast at the hotel. Check out of the hotel.
Adults: Dialogue with Sarah Tuttle-Singer, a United States-born media editor and the New Media Editor at The Times of Israel, a current affairs website based in Jerusalem.
Children: Explore Israel through Puzzle Games with the Puzzletime Israel team.
All: Depart Tel Aviv and drive north along the Mediterranean to Caesarea, one of the Land of Israel’s most important cities in the Roman Period. Visit the Herodian Theater and the excavations along the Mediterranean shore, concluding with a visit to the ruined 900-year-old Crusader town.
Lunch on own en route.
Visit Kfar Kedem in the Galilee for a hands-on family experience, exploring Jewish life of 2,000 years ago, including donkey rides, costumes, pita baking and more.
Drive to the Upper Galilee and check into the kibbutz hotel.
Dinner at the hotel.
Evening Adults’ Program
Kibbutz Ideology and Israeli Reality in the 21st Century: Meet with a second-generation kibbutz member.
Pending confirmation: Dialogue with IDF soldiers at the hotel.
Evening Children’s Program
The Names and Faces of IsraelIsraeli game night with your tour educator.
Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee

• Day Six: Monday, August 20, 2018 
Breakfast at the hotel.
Visit to the Beit Vancouver Community Center in Kiryat Shmonah.
Take a Jeep tour off-road up the Golan Heights in the footsteps of Israeli soldiers and their battles in the Six-Day War. Enjoy the beautiful natural scenery.
Lunch on own en route.
Afternoon Option 1: Wine Tasting at a local winery on the Golan Heights.
Afternoon Option 2: Enjoy the culinary delight of a chocolate workshop at the De Karina Chocolate Factory on Kibbutz Ein Zivan.
All: Enjoy rafting or kayaking down the Jordan River.
Return to the hotel, with free time to enjoy the hotel’s facilities. Dinner at the hotel.
Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee

• Day Seven: Tuesday, August 21, 2018 
Breakfast at the hotel. Check out of the hotel.
Explore Tsfat, a center of Jewish mysticism for hundreds of years and a contemporary artists’ colony, including:
Guided visit to the AriCaro or Abuhav Synagogues, each with its great stories and mystical messages.
A stroll through the quaint Artists’ Colony, shop in the galleries and crafts shops and engage in dialogues with local artisans inspired by the messages of Kabbalah.
Find your way through the alley ways of Galilee Arts Experience: Hands-on experience in a ceramic workshop, soap-making or weaving at one of Tsfat’s leading Kabbalah galleries.
Lunch on own en route and then drive southwards along the Jordan Valley, part of the enormous Syrian-African Rift and upon entering Jerusalem stop at Mount Scopus for an overlook of the Old and New City of Jerusalem and to recite the traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing.
Check into the hotel.
Stroll along the Ben-Yehuda Street and Nachalat Shiva pedestrian malls, joining the many Israelis out on the town, with dinner on own.
Optional: night tour through Machaneh Yehuda, to see how it comes alive after dark and to view the many wall murals.
Overnight: Jerusalem

• Day Eight: Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Early breakfast at the hotel.
Descend to the Dead Sea Basin and ascend by cable-car 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.
Descend via cable car and lunch on own at the base of the mountain.
Experience an astonishing sense of weightlessness as you float in the super-saline Dead Sea.
Visit Genesis Land, a Biblical-style encampment in the Judean Desert. Delve into the Bible, experience Biblical hospitality, take a camel ride and enjoy a celebratory ‘hafla’ feast.
Return to Jerusalem.
Overnight: Jerusalem

• Day Nine: Thursday, August 23, 2018 
Breakfast at the hotel.
Enter the Old City and begin with a walk along the ancient Ramparts.
Visit the Jewish Quarter and continue with visits to more archaeological treasures and other highlights, among them:
Hurva Square, the central square of the Jewish Quarter.
The Cardo, the main street of Jerusalem in the 6th
Lunch at your own expense.
Stop at the Kotel (Western Wall) to experience the special atmosphere of this holy site.
Explore the Western Wall Tunnel, the underground continuation of the Temple Mount’s Western Wall, exposed in recent years.
Sacred Time, Sacred SpaceB’nai Mitzvah Service at the Southern Wall steps, where Jewish pilgrims entered the Temple Mount 2,000 years ago.
Festive dinner at a local restaurant.
Overnight: Jerusalem

• Day Ten: Friday, August 24, 2018
Breakfast at the hotel.
Adults & Older Youth: The Memory of the Holocaust in Contemporary Israeli Society: Dialogue with Holocaust scholar, Rachel Korazim.
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 and The Children’s Memorial
Children under age 10: Learn new Hebrew words through music and dance.
Visit Ein Yael, an interactive, living museum, located on a 2,000-year-old archaeological site with the option of taking part in weaving, ceramics, painting and other crafts typical of life in ancient times.
All: Experience the sights, smells, and tastes of Jerusalem while walking through the Machaneh Yehuda open-air market. Witness the hustle and bustle, as the Jerusalemites are getting prepared for Shabbat and enjoy lunch on own.
Return to the hotel with time to freshen up. Kabbalat Shabbat services at Kehillat Tzur Hadassah, followed by Home Hospitality or communal Shabbat dinner with local congregants.
Overnight: Jerusalem

• Day Eleven: Saturday, August 25, 2018 
Breakfast at the hotel. Late morning departure from the hotel.
Walk through Jerusalem’s famous Old City Market (shuk), with lunch on your own.
Guided visit to the Tower of David Museum of the History of Jerusalem for a walk through the city’s history – with observation points, visual and audio-visual aids – from the time of Abraham to the end of the British Mandate over Palestine.
Walk along the Rooftops of the Old City for a behind-the-scenes look at the various communities in Jerusalem, and how they live alongside each other.
Shabbat Walk through unexpected paths to Zion, with a visit to the Temple Mount Overlook and King David’s Tomb.
Our Trip, Our JourneyWrap up
Return to the hotel.
Ben Kodesh LecholHavdallah overlooking the Old City.
Evening at leisure and dinner on your own.
Overnight: Jerusalem

• Day Twelve: Sunday, August 26, 2018 
Breakfast at the hotel.
Check out of the hotel, group transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport and check in for your flight to Canada.
Departure flight to Canada, arriving the same day.