Temple Bat Yam, North Tahoe Hebrew Congregation
& Temple Or Rishon
A fun, hands-on adventure in Israel
Led by Rabbi Alan Rabishaw & Rabbi Evon Yakar
June 16 - 28, 2018

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Tour Overview:

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INCLUDED - These prices include:

2 nights David Intercontinental, Tel Aviv, Israel
1 night Ramon Inn, Mitzpe Ramon, Israel
2 nights Kibbutz Hagoshrim Guesthouse, Upper Galilee, Israel
5 nights Dan Panorama Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel 
All touring and sightseeing per an agreed upon itinerary in a deluxe air-conditioned vehicle with an English speaking guide 
Breakfast daily
6 dinners, including Shabbat dinner in Jerusalem 
2 lunches 
Visit to Taglit Innovation Center
Co-existence walking tour in Old Jaffa 
Visit to Eshkol
Salad Trail experience
Sunrise jeep tour in Mitzpe Ramon 
Biking in the Galilee 
Old City tour with Hanna Bendkowsky
Graffiti art tour in Tel Aviv 
Home hospitality in Gush Etzion 
Roots/Shorashim visit
Tower of David Sound and Light show 
Transfers included if arriving/departing with the main group 
Entrance fees as per itinerary

NOT INCLUDED - These prices do not include: 

Roundtrip airfare, departure taxes and fuel surcharges
(listed separately)
Any border taxes or visas 
Tips to guides, driver, and dining room waiters
($18.00 per person, per day-pre-collected) 
Any meals not listed above 
Any items of a personal nature 
Travel insurance
(highly recommended)

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Saturday, June 16, 2018: DEPARTURE

• We depart the United States on our overnight flight to Israel.

Day 2: Sunday, June 17, 2018: WELCOME TO ISRAEL!

• We arrive in Israel in the late afternoon and are met by an Ayelet Tours representative.
• We transfer from Ben Gurion Airport to Tel Aviv to check in to our hotel.

Overnight in Tel Aviv

Day 3: Monday, June 18, 2018: START-UP NATION

• Breakfast at our hotel.
• We begin our tour at the new cutting-edge Taglit Innovation Center for a glimpse into Israel's hi-tech advances in the fields of science, medicine, security and space. We visit the interactive exhibition and continue with a meeting with one of Israel's leading entrepreneurs.
• Our next stop is at Independence Hall, the site of the signing of Israel's Declaration of Independence in 1948.
• Lunch on own along Rothschild Blvd.
• We continue with a co-existence walking tour with a Jewish and Arab guide leading us side by side through Old Jaffa. We'll also see the Jaffa “flea” market, currently undergoing a major renaissance.
• After time to relax and refresh, we enjoy a lovely and festive welcome dinner together.
• Spend the remainder of the evening at leisure discovering Tel Aviv.

Overnight in Tel Aviv

Day 4: Tuesday, June 19, 2018: TRAVELING SOUTH

• Breakfast and check out of our hotel.
• This morning, we depart Tel Aviv and begin traveling south. Our first stop is at the Eshkol Protected School, where we witness the bravery and hope of the children and teachers, and view the buildings that are used for both learning and shelter.
• Our next stop is at the “Salad Trail”, where we will participate in a unique hands-on agricultural tour, and witness how Israeli innovation is literally making the desert bloom with crops grown out of some of the most inhospitable sands imaginable. We will pick and taste fruits and vegetables straight from the kibbutz's self-picking farm, and encounter flying strawberries, tiny orange orchards, racing pigeons and herbal gardens. We have a light lunch at the site.
• This afternoon, we meet Yaron Bob at his workshop. Struck by the terror of shell attacks, Yaron decided to transform something horrible into something beautiful - and so began his artwork, known as “Rockets to Roses”.
• We continue to Mitzpe Ramon. As the sun begins to set, we enjoy a sunset rim hike along the Ramon Crater, and take in its amazing beauty.
• We check in to our hotel and have time for group reflection, followed by dinner together.

Overnight in Mitzpe Ramon

Day 5: Wednesday, June 20, 2018: EXPLORING THE LAND

• We arise early for a sunrise jeep tour inside the Ramon Crater, watching as it basks majestically in the first light of day.
• Return to our hotel for breakfast and check out.
• We depart for Sde Boker, former home and resting place of David Ben Gurion. We pay our respects at his gravesite and visit his hut.
• We enjoy a refreshing hike along Israel's amazing hiking trail network.
• We travel north to the Galilee to check in to our kibbutz.
• Time for swimming and relaxing by the kibbutz pool, followed by dinner together this evening.

Overnight in the Galilee

Day 6: Thursday, June 21, 2018: NORTHERN ADVENTURES

• Breakfast at our kibbutz.
• Our morning begins with a hike at Gamla, a steep hill shaped like a camel's hump. Gamla is a symbol of heroism for the modern state of Israel and also an important historical and archaeological site.
• Later this morning, we visit Capernaum, a small fishing village on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee, to see the archaeological excavations of two ancient synagogues and the former home of St. Peter.
• Lunch on own in the charming hillside village of Rosh Pina.
• After lunch, we travel to the mystical city of Safed, where we discover the ancient synagogues and stroll along the cobblestone streets admiring the crafts in the artist's colony.
• We return to our kibbutz for a relaxing evening and dinner together.

Overnight in the Galilee

Day 7: Friday, June 22, 2018: THE ROAD TO JERUSALEM

• Breakfast and check out of our kibbutz.
• We begin our day with a scenic bike ride on the Israel National Bicycles Trail, a national project spanning hundreds of miles across Israel. Along the way, we see important historical sites.
• We head to Gan Hashlosha (Sachne) to relax in the warm natural spring waters after our invigorating bike ride.
• We ascend to Jerusalem, stopping at the Haas Promenade upon arrival to say “Shehecheyanu”, as we look out over the City of Gold for the first time.
• We check in to our hotel (aiming for 3:30 pm check-in)
• Rabbi Yakar and Rabbi Rabishaw lead us in Kabbalat Shabbat services, followed by Shabbat dinner together this evening. (final location TBD)

Overnight in Jerusalem

Day 8: Saturday, June 23, 2018: SHABBAT SHALOM!

• Breakfast at our hotel.
• Today, we set out on a Shabbat experience led by Rabbi Rabishaw and Rabbi Yakar, including a hike around Jerusalem.
• We will walk through the Nachlaot neighborhood, considered by many to be Jerusalem's most pluralistic community, mixing the various streams of Orthodox Judaism with secular residents.
• Spend the remainder of the day at leisure, enjoying Jerusalem during the calmness of Shabbat.
• Dinner on own this evening.

Overnight in Jerusalem

Day 9: Sunday, June 24, 2018: FROM THE TUNNELS TO THE ROOFTOPS

• Breakfast at our hotel.
• Today we encounter the Old City from a new perspective: The Three Faiths Tour of Jerusalem with Hanna Bendkowsky—spend the afternoon seeing the incredible patchwork of religious life in one of the most interesting and complex cities in the world. Along the way visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Stations of the Cross, the Dome of the Rock, and the Kotel (Western Wall). We'll meet with leaders from Jewish, Christian and Muslim communities in the Old City along the way.
• Our day in the Old City will also include a visit to the Western Wall Tunnels, time for reflection at the Western Wall itself, and a walk along the Old City Ramparts.
• Optional (Cost included): This evening, we head to Machane Yehuda where we have time for dinner on own, followed by a late night graffiti art tour.

Overnight in Jerusalem


• Breakfast at our hotel.
• Our day begins with tikkun olam. We engage in an unforgettable 90-minute hands-on experience of packing food staples included in monthly food baskets, delivered to Israel's neediest families, at Pantry Packers.
• Next travel to the Gush Etzion region, where we experience home hospitality as we meet next with members of the Gush Etzion community.
• We meet with Ali Abu Awaad and Shaul Yudelman, founders of the Roots/Shorashim Project, a grassroots project focused on dialogue and reconciliation of Palestinians and settlers.
• Return to Jerusalem. The remainder of the afternoon is spent at leisure with time to explore and have dinner on our own.
• Later this evening, we walk to the Tower of David for the spectacular Sound and Light Show.

Overnight in Jerusalem

Day 11: Tuesday, June 26, 2018: DESERT ADVENTURES

• Breakfast at our hotel.
• Departure to King Herod's fortress and castle atop Masada, ascending by cable car. Option to hike up the snake path. Visit the remains of the walls, palaces, synagogue, and bathhouses, learning about the Jewish Zealots last stand against the Romans.
• Enjoy lunch and an unsinkable swim in the healing salty waters of the Dead Sea, followed by time to relax at the beautiful Crowne Plaza Resort.
• Return to Jerusalem.

Overnight in Jerusalem

Day 12: Wednesday, June 27, 2018: HONORING THE PAST, LOOKING AHEAD

• Breakfast at our hotel.
• We begin today by meeting Anat Hoffman of the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC). We learn about the struggles for equality, pluralism and social justice in Israel, and take part in their Olim (immigrant) program.
• We continue with an eye-opening experience at Yad Vashem, Israel's memorial to the Holocaust. Here, we see several moving exhibitions, including the Hall of Names and the Avenue of the Righteous Among the Nations; (Alternate activity/programming with Rabbi Evon for younger kids).
• This afternoon, we head to Mt. Herzl, Jerusalem's military cemetery, to pay our respects at the gravesites of Theodore Herzl, Golda Meir, Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres. We also have the chance to see the newly unveiled Remembrance Hall that commemorates the lives of more than 23,000 fallen soldiers killed defending the State of Israel.
• Free time for last minute shopping or exploration.
• We check out of our hotel and enjoy a festive farewell dinner at Modern, the restaurant at the Israel Museum, as we recall all that we have experienced together on this journey.
• Transfer to the Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv for our overnight flight back to the United States.

Day 13: Thursday, June 28, 2018: WELCOME HOME!

• We arrive back in the United States this morning.

*itinerary subject to change