itc tours - The Temple



itc tours - The Temple
10 – 22 June 2015
(draft May 28, 2014; subject to change)
Thursday, 11 June
 Afternoon arrival in Israel to be met and assisted at the airport by your ITC
representative (today’s program depends on arrival time)
 Shehecheyanu blessing overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem
 Hotel check-in
 Welcome dinner at Herzl Restaurant (Mamilla Blvd.)
Overnight: Jerusalem
Friday, 12 June
 7:00 Early morning “Boker Tov” jog with Rabbi Spinrad or power walk with
Cantor Hartman
 Explore David’s City to encounter King David’s Jerusalem with a walk through
Hezekiah’s water tunnel (bring flashlights and water shoes!)
 Free time for lunch (on one’s own) in the Old City
 In the Kotel Tunnels, walk alongside the Kotel’s massive foundation stones and
tour of the Old CityJewish Quarter
 Shabbat services at Har El Congregation
 Shabbat dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Jerusalem
Shabbat, 13 June
 Begin the morning with a unique experience of Shabbat prayer led by led by
Diane Bloomfield of TorahYoga
 Walk on the Walls of the Old City for a birds-eye, rooftop view into its varied
neighborhoods, including touring the Armenian and Christian quarters
 Lunch on one’s own
 Shabbat workout in Independence Park or Shabbat afternoon rest
 Free time for dinner (on one’s own) and shopping on the Midrachov, Ben Yehuda
Pedestrian Mall or visit the newly renovated Old Train Station with café’s
restaurants and nightlife
Overnight: Jerusalem
Sunday, 14 June
 Visit and tour Hadassah Hospital and see the beautiful Chagall Windows, up
close and personal with Hospital doctors and/or administrators sharing the newest
medical innovations developed in Israel.
 Visit the state-of the art Memorial Museum, Children’s Memorial, and Valley of
the Communities at Yad Vashem; lunch on one’s own in the cafeteria
 Afternoon departure for the Dead Sea Region, the lowest place on earth
 Hotel check-in to float in the Dead Sea and enjoy the hotel pool
 Dinner at the hotel
 A spiritual desert hike under the stars with Rabbi Spinrad and Cantor Hartman
Overnight: Dead Sea
Monday, 15 June
 Early morning departure for Masada. Hike up the Snake Path or ascend Masada by cable
car to tour this magnificent excavation; tour the site and discuss the harrowing dilemma
faced by its Jewish population during Roman times
 Return to our Dead Sea hotel to relax after an active morning and enjoy its spa
facilities (advance spa reservations suggested) and pool
 Lunch on one’s own at the hotel
 Proceed to Tel Aviv for hotel check-in
 Explore Tel Aviv and enjoy dinner on one’s own (healthy and farm fresh
restaurant suggestions to be provided)
 Optional cultural event for the group (reservations only, not included in tour
Overnight: Tel Aviv
Tuesday, 16 June
 Early Morning run on the Taylelet with Rabbi Spinrad, or power walk with Cantor
 Visit to Israel Sports Center for The Disabled and work with athletes, visiting the
Disabled Children’s Sports and Empowerment Institute
 Lunch with Rabbi Miri Gold, the first non-Orthodox Rabbi to have her salary paid by the
Israeli Government
 Browse through unique craft items in Nahalat Binyamin’s colorful, open-air market and
enjoy seeing modern Tel Aviv in action; lunch (on one’s own)
 Enjoy dinner Gourmet dinner at Lilliot, a special teaching restaurant staffed by young
people at risk
Overnight: Tel Aviv
Wednesday, 17 June
 Climb down into the amazing underground, pre-State bullet factory built by the
Haganah under the noses of the British at the Ayalon Institute
 Experience Israeli innovation as you tour a high-tech facility
 In our Partnership 2000 community of Yokneam, take part in a short mitzvah
project and a visit to Yemin Orde
 Lunch on one’s own
 Home hospitality for dinner with Yokneam families
 Proceed to the mystical city of Tzefat for hotel check-in
 Evening program “Mysticism and The Body” study session with Rabbi Spinrad
Overnight: Tzefat
Thursday, 18 June
 Plant a tree in Israeli soil in honor or in memory of a loved one
 Ascend the Golan Heights and stop to gaze down over the Galilee as the Syrians
once did
 Lunch on one’s own in Katzrin, the capital of the Golan
 Put on your water shoes and hike the cascading river in the Banias nature reserve
 Enjoy a boat ride on Lake Kinneret followed by a lakeshore dinner at Decks
Overnight: Tzefat
Friday, 19 June
 Men and women separate this morning to learn about and explore a special
mikvah experience in Safed, with the option to personally dip in the mikvah
 Free time for shopping and lunch on one’s own in Tzefat
 Travel south for the ascent to Jerusalem
 Hotel check-in
 Shabbat services with all three Temple groups at Hebrew Union College
 Shabbat dinner with all three Temple groups at Dan Panorama Hotel
 Staff led late night walk back to the Kotel for private reflection
Overnight: Jerusalem
Shabbat, 20 June
 Early morning Shabbat workout with Rabbi Spinrad and Cantor Hartman
 Enjoy a walking tour through the Christian Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City OR
Yemin Moshe, one of the earliest neighborhoods in the New City of Jerusalem
 Lunch at YMCA (reservation only, not included in tour price)
 Visit the renovated Israel Museum, including the Shrine of the Book; the Second
Temple Model of Jerusalem; Judaica, art, and archeology exhibits
 Attend B’nei Mitzvah celebration and dinner at Beit Shmuel
 Attend The Night Spectacular, the new sound and light show at the Tower of
David Museum
Overnight: Jerusalem
Sunday, 21 June
 Visit Lifeline for the Old, a moving crafts workshop that employs Jerusalem
elderly. Enjoy shopping for unique hand-crafted Judaica items in their store
 Tour the neighborhoods of Jerusalem by Segway or by bicycle
 Enjoy a special multi-media presentation about the life, dreams, and accomplishments of
the Father of Modern Zionism at the Herzl Exhibit
 Take a sobering walk through the history of the Jewish State at the Har Herzl Military
 Lunch on one’s own
 Free time this afternoon for final shopping, packing
 Farewell dinner at Anna Ticho’s outdoor courtyard restaurant
 Depart for Ben Gurion Airport

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