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Trip to Israel 2018

Bet Ha’am is excited to announce that registration is now open for our upcoming Family Trip to Israel!

School Vacation Week – April 12-22, 2018

Join us for a Tel Aviv centric trip offering a glimpse of Israel you may never have seen before. Some highlights will include:

  • Attending a performance by Israel’s deaf and blind theater troupe followed by dinner at Blackout, a restaurant completely in the dark
  • Celebrating Yom Ha’atzmaut – Israel’s 70th Independence Day
  • Experiencing home hospitality with an Israeli-Druze community, as well as celebrating two Shabbat evenings with Israeli congregations
  • Gathering for a Bet Ha’am teen’s bar mitzvah atop Masada
  • Joining all of Israel in a Moment of Silence, as the country comes to a 2-minute standstill in memory of the fallen IDF soldiers and victims of terrorism
  • Participating in a hands-on food rescue experience with Leket, Israel’s largest food bank
  • Taking a tour combining street art, language, and graffiti in Tel Aviv

Of course, we will also float in the Dead Sea, visit the Old City of Jerusalem including the Kotel and Yad Vashem, go on tasting journeys in famous open-air markets of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, and enjoy the delicious and renowned Israeli breakfast!

Ready to join us? Of course, you are!

Contact Karen in the Bet Ha’am office for more information.

 

Itinerary

Day One: Thursday, April 12, 2018
DEPARTURE 

  • 12:55 p.m. Depart on Air Canada flight #627 from General Edward Lawrence Logan International Airport in Boston.
  • 2:46 p.m. Arrive at Lester B. Pearson International Airport in Toronto.
  • 4:40 p.m. Depart on Air Canada flight #84.

Overnight: Flight


Day Two: Friday, April 13, 2018
ARRIVAL 

  • 10:05 a.m. Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Meet your tour educator and depart the airport together.
  • Enter the city of Tel Aviv, known as the “city that never sleeps,” with its centers of culture, recreation and national history, and great beaches.
  • Visit the Jaffa Overlook for an introduction to Tel Aviv at the place where it all began.
  • Check into the hotel, with time to prepare for Shabbat.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services with Beit Tefilah Yisraeli, including music, prayer, dance and poetry.
  • Festive Shabbat dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Tel Aviv


Day Three: Saturday, April 14, 2018
THE STREETS OF TEL AVIV 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit the Ayalon Institute near Rehovot for an eye-opening tour of a clandestine munitions factory used during the British Mandate.
  • Return to Tel Aviv.
  • Urban Culture Tours of Tel Aviv, Combining Street Art, Language & GraffitiJoin a local resident, to explore the urban culture of the city.
  • Lunch at your own expense, perhaps at the Sarona Market. Explore the indoor marketplace, taking in the flavors and tastes of this renovated historical Templers town, including a range of cuisine from local street food to fine dining by world renowned Israeli chefs.
  • Free afternoon in Tel Aviv with an opportunity to:
    • Take in the grand art collection at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.
    • Explore the colorful and historic Neve Zedek
    • Visit some of Tel Aviv’s legendary Art Galleries.
    • Enjoy the Ganei Yehoshua Park on the Yarkon River.
    • Crash the waves of the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Dinner at your own expense.

Overnight: Tel Aviv


Day Four: Sunday, April 15, 2018
TEL AVIV: THE FIRST HEBREW CITY 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit the Old City of Jaffa and stroll through the renovated artists’ colony and the old port.
  • Walk through the famous Jaffa Flea Market – “Shuk Hapishpishim”.
  • Walking tour through colorful Neve Zedek, one of Tel Aviv’s earliest neighborhoods. Today it is a cultural mecca, with many small boutiques and galleries, and the Suzanne Delal Dance and Theater Center.
  • LaDa’at EthnicTasting Tourwalk 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; lunch at your own expense if still hungry!
  • Follow the story of Israel’s pre-state elite fighting force, the Palmach, while walking through a state of the art multimedia experience that allows a glimpse into the lives of extraordinary people at Beit Hapalmach (pending confirmation).
  • 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 theater group.

Overnight: Tel Aviv


Day Five: Monday, April 16, 2018
COMMUNITIES PAST AND PRESENT  

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Depart Tel Aviv and drive north along the Coastal Plain.
  • Guided visit 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 at your own expense en route.
  • Tikkun Olam hands-on experience with Leket, a volunteer organization that provides food for the needy by collecting excess produce from farms and food distribution companies.
  • Stop on the top of Mount Carmel for a panoramic view of Haifa Bay; view the Baha’i Gardens and gold-domed Shrine of the Bab, one of the holiest sites of the Baha’i religion.
  • Visit a Druze village in the Carmel Mountains for a window into the unique world of the Israeli Druze community, with home-hospitality dinner.
  • Return to Tel Aviv.

Overnight: Tel Aviv


Day Six: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 | Eve of Memorial Day
THE WONDER OF INDEPENDENCE 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 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’.
  • Against The Odds – Building a State: Visit Independence Hall, where David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the State of Israel on May 14th, 1948.
  • Lunch at your own expense.
  • Visit the Nachalat Binyamin pedestrian mall, with its bi-weekly crafts fair and eateries. Alongside is the colorful Carmel open-air market and across the way Sheinkin Street, with its hip cafés and funky chic shopping.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
  • Memorial service in Tel Aviv commemorating Yom Hazikaron, Israel’s official Memorial Day for Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism.

Overnight: Tel Aviv


Day Seven: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 | 
Memorial Day
ASCENDING TO JERUSALEM  

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Saving and Re-Using Scarce Resources: Visit to Igudan -Shafdan Wastewater Treatment and Reclamation Facility, one of the largest and most advanced facilities of its kind in the world.
  • Join all of Israel in a Moment of Silence, as the country comes to a 2-minute standstill in memory of the fallen IDF soldiers and victims of terrorism.
  • Visit the Armored Corps Memorial and Museum at Latrun, a key point and a battle ground on the road that links Jerusalem with the coastal plain, from Biblical times through the Six-Day War.
  • Lunch at your own expense en route.
  • Check into the hotel; free time to shower and change.
  • Welcome to Jerusalem: Enter the vibrant and colorful ancient city of Jerusalem, and experience the convergence of the old and the new.
  • Stop at the Haas Promenade for an overlook of the Old and New City of Jerusalem and to recite the traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing.
  • Dinner at your own expense as Israel transitions into its Independence Day celebrations.
  • Celebrate the start of Yom Ha’atzmaut – Independence Day.
  • Return to the hotel.

Overnight: Jerusalem Hills


Day Eight: Thursday, April 19, 2018 
| Independence Day
INTO THE DESERT, MASADA & THE DEAD SEA 

  • Early breakfast at the hotel.
  • Descend to the Dead Sea Basin.
  • Ascend by cable car to the top of 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.
  • Gather together for a celebratory B’nai Mitzvah Service on top of
  • Float in the Dead Sea, use the spa facilities of one of the Dead Sea hotels and enjoy a buffet lunch.
  • Short hike to Nahal David, the freshwater spring and waterfalls in the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, where David hid from King Saul.
  • Stop in Jerusalem for dinner at your own expense.
  • Return to the hotel.

Overnight: Jerusalem Hills


Day Nine: Friday, April 20, 2018
MEMORIES FOR THE FUTURE 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.

Adults:

  • 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 Historical Museum
    • The Children’s Memorial

Children under age 10:

  • Visit the Biblical Zoo, a beautifully landscaped habitat with a special focus on preserving Biblical fauna, geared to children of all ages (2-80).

All:

  • 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; lunch on own if still hungry!
  • Return to the hotel to prepare for Shabbat.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services at Kehillat Tzur Hadassah, followed by Home Hospitality or communal Shabbat dinner with congregants (pending confirmation).

Overnight: Jerusalem Hills


Day Ten: Saturday, April 21, 2018
SHABBAT IN JERUSALEM  

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Proceed to the Old City of Jerusalem and begin with a Shabbat Walk through unexpected paths to Zion, with a visit to the Temple Mount Overlook and King David’s Tomb.
  • Walking tour through the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem, for visits to archaeological treasures and other highlights, among them:
    • A 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.
    • Hurva Square, the central square of the Jewish Quarter.
    • The Cardo, the main street of Jerusalem in the 6th century.
    • King Hezekiah’s First Temple-period “Broad Wall”.
  • Stop at the Kotel (Western Wall) and experience the special atmosphere of this holy site.
  • Lunch at your own expense in the Old City.
  • Walk through Jerusalem’s famous Old City Market (shuk).
  • Ben Kodesh LecholHavdallah.
  • Festive farewell dinner.

Overnight: Jerusalem Hills


Day Eleven: Sunday, April 22, 2018
DEPARTURE  

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel and transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • 11:45 a.m. Depart on Air Canada flight #85 from Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • 4:20 p.m. Arrive at Lester B. Pearson International Airport in Toronto.
  • 8:55 p.m. Depart on Air Canada flight #7678.
  • 10:30 p.m. Arrive at General Edward Lawrence Logan International Airport in Boston.

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