Temple Beth Shalom
Tour to Israel
Led by Rabbi Jay Perlman
December 20-30, 2018

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Dec 20, 2018
Temple Beth Shalom
Tour to Israel
Led by Rabbi Jay Perlman
December 20-30, 2018
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4 nights Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem
2 nights Kibbutz Kfar Blum, Galilee
2 nights Sheraton Tel Aviv Hotel & Towers, Tel Aviv
All touring and sightseeing per an agreed upon itinerary in a deluxe air-conditioned vehicle with an English speaking Professional Tour Guide accompanying group throughout
Breakfast daily
2 lunches
5 dinners
Group transfers and airport assistance upon arrival and departure 
Entrance fees as per itinerary 


Roundtrip airfare from Boston on El Al (rates listed separately during booking process) 
Any border taxes or visas 
Tips to guides, driver, and dining room waiters ($18.00 per person, per day-pre-collected) 
Meals not listed above
Any items of a personal nature
Travel insurance (highly recommended)

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Thursday, December 20, 2018: DEPARTURE

• Depart Boston on our overnight flight to Israel.

Day 2: Friday, December 21, 2018: WELCOME TO ISRAEL

• Arrival Israel, Ben Gurion Airport.
• Upon arrival we are met and assisted through customs.
• Enter Jerusalem with a spectacular view of the Old City at the Haas Promenade, where we stop for a special “Shehecheyanu” ceremony as we overlook the City of Gold.
• Shabbat services at Mevasarett L'Zion with home hospitality dinner.

Overnight in Jerusalem

Day 3: Saturday, December 22, 2018: JERUSALEM

• Breakfast at our hotel.
• This morning we can choose to enjoy leisurely time at Liberty Park playing sports, or enjoying a morning walking tour of the Yemin Moshe neighborhood with our guides.
• Later this morning we meet at HUC and enjoy a guided tour of the campus with two students. We enjoy lunch in a private room.
• This afternoon we take a walking tour of the Old City, where we walk through the Jewish Quarter, including the Roman Cardo marketplace, the Arab Market “shuk,” and the Christian Quarter.
• Tonight we celebrate Havdalah together.

Overnight in Jerusalem

Day 4: Sunday, December 23, 2018: JERUSALEM

• Breakfast at our hotel.
• Make a moving visit to Yad Vashem, Israel's memorial to the Holocaust, where we view the many moving exhibitions with a museum guide, including the Hall of Names and the Avenue of the Righteous Among the Nations (Parallel Track is available for children: Archeological dig. Separate bus to depart from Yad Vashem. Parent(s) must chaperone).
• Visit the Mt. Herzl Museum, where we learn about the life and work of the great Zionist visionary.
• Continue to Mt. Herzl, Jerusalem's military cemetery, where we visit the gravesites of Theodore Herzl, Golda Meir, and Yizhak Rabin.
• We continue to the Hadassah Hospital, where we view the amazing Chagall Windows.
• Dinner (on own).
• This evening, we visit the Western Wall Tunnels, where we discover the archeological wonders that remained untouched for centuries

Overnight in Jerusalem

Day 5: Monday, December 24, 2018: DEAD SEA

• Breakfast at our hotel.
• Travel to Masada, former site of King Herod's palace, and the place of the Jewish Zealot's last stand against the approaching Roman armies. Before we celebrate our B'nai Mitzvah atop Masada, we take a tour of this historic mountain.
• We continue to Ein Gedi, where we take a short hike to the hidden waterfalls in this desert oasis.
• Continue to the Dead Sea, where we have time to enjoy lunch and the mud baths and an unsinkable swim in the salty waters.
• Return to Jerusalem.

Overnight in Jerusalem

Day 6: Tuesday, December 25, 2018: THE GALILEE

• Breakfast and check out of our hotel.
• This morning we drive north toward the Galilee.
• We being with a visit to Beit Alpha, were we see the mosaics in the synagogue.
• Continue to Beit Shean, where we stop to see the ancient Roman ruins.
• We then proceed to Safed, center of Kabbalah study and practice, where we visit the Ha'ari and Caro synagogues and have time to shop among the many artist studios and galleries.
• Dinner at our kibbutz.

Overnight in the Galilee

Day 7: Wednesday, December 26, 2018: NORTHERN ADVENTURES

• Breakfast at our kibbutz.
• We begin the day with an enjoyable hike through the Tel Dan Nature Reserve, passing among streams, rivers, and lush trees.
• We then make a delicious stop at the DeKarina Chocolate Factory for a tour.
• Enjoy a jeep ride up to the Golan Heights, where we pass former Syrian bunkers and stop atop Har Bental for panoramic views stretching far into neighboring Syria.
• Dinner at our kibbutz.

Overnight in the Galilee

Day 8: Thursday, December 27, 2018: THE ROAD TO TEL AVIV

• Breakfast and check out of our kibbutz.
• We begin our day travelling down the coast with a stop to admire Mt. Carmel, where we also take in the panoramic views of the port city of Haifa, and admire the beautiful Bahai Temple and Persian Gardens.
• Meet with Federation's Boston-Haifa Partnership representatives.
• After our meeting, we continue to Caesarea, where we view a multimedia presentation and the amazing Roman ruins, including the Roman Theater and the aqueduct.
• Arrive Tel Aviv and check into our hotel.

Overnight in Tel Aviv

Day 9: Friday, December 28, 2018: TOURING TEL AVIV

• Breakfast at our hotel.
• We begin our day at the Ayalon Institute, where we discover the underground ammunition factory that played a pivotal role in Israel's fight for Independence.
• We then continue to Neot Kedumim Biblical Gardens, for a special program about shepherds and sheep herding including participating and a “shepherds Snack”.
• We return to Tel Aviv and explore the open air market of Nachalat Binyamin.
• Shabbat dinner in a private room at our hotel.

Overnight in Tel Aviv

Day 10: Saturday, December 29, 2018: SHABBAT SHALOM!

• Breakfast at our hotel.
• Join us for Shabbat services at Beit Daniel.
• Afternoon at leisure.
• Tonight we celebrate Havdalah together as a group.
• Farewell dinner in Jaffa before driving to the airport for our late night flight home.

Day 11: Sunday, December 30, 2018: WELCOME HOME!

• Arrive home in the United States.

*Itinerary subject to change