Temple Rodef Shalom
A Journey to Israel

Led by Rabbi Amy Schwartzman

Mar 13, 2023 - Mar 24, 2023

  • DESTINATION Israel
  • Who’s Going Adults Only
  • Trip Type Congregational
  • Duration 12 DAYS
  • Group Size 20+
  • Price From $4,485
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YOUR journey

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  •   Archaeology
  •   Art & Culture
  •   Food & Wine
  •   Heritage
  •   Local Specialists

Program Itinerary

DAY 1
DEPARTURE
Mon. Mar 13, 2023
  • Individual departures from the USA.
DAY 2
ARRIVAL
Tue. Mar 14, 2023
  • 13:00 p.m. Meet at the hotel lobby and start our journey.
  • 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 to recite the traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing.
  • Opening session & light lunch with the tour educator & leaders at a local restaurant.
  • Stop at the Kotel (Western Wall) for a personal moment.
  • Depart the Old City.
  • Check into the hotel with time to freshen up.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Lunch
DAY 3
A CITY OF LAYERS
Wed. Mar 15, 2023
  • Breakfast at an Israeli hotel is an experience in itself. Start the day with a bounteous buffet.
  • Proceed to the Old City and begin by stopping at the Kotel (Western Wall) to experience the special atmosphere of this holy site.
  • Explore the Jerusalem Archaeological Park, including the Davidson Center, Robinson’s Arch and the Southern Wall steps where Jewish pilgrims entered the Temple Mount 2,000 years ago.
  • Continue with a walking tour through the Jewish Quarter for visits to archaeological treasures and other highlights, among them:
    • The Cardo, the main street of Jerusalem in the 6th century.
    • King Hezekiah’s First Temple-period “Broad Wall”.
    • Hurva Square, the central square of the Jewish Quarter.
  • Going Under, Going Deeper: Explore the Western Wall Tunnel, the underground continuation of the Kotel, and examine important archaeological discoveries that are revising our understanding of daily life in ancient Jerusalem.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast
DAY 4
THE POWER OF MEMORY
Thu. Mar 16, 2023
  • The Art of Tikkun Olam: Meet elderly, often impoverished, immigrants who are finding a sense of purpose and creating beautiful artwork at Yad LaKashish (Lifeline for the Elderly). We’ll hear personal stories and see the aging artisans in action, talk with those running this inspirational organization, and check out the fabulous gift shop that supports this endeavor.
  • Visit the Yad Vashem complex, the Jewish National Memorial to the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust, including:
  • OPTION 1: FIRST TIMERS
    • The Avenue of the Righteous.
    • The Historical Museum.
    • The Children’s Memorial.
    • The Valley of the Communities.
  • OPTION 2: RETURNEES
    • Sacrifice and the State: Visit Mount Herzl, Israel's national cemetery, to discuss key events in the nation's history and to honor those who fell while fighting for the state. Our visit will include: The Main Military Cemetery where Israel's fallen soldiers are buried side-by-side regardless of rank, each with a simple, stark gravestone.
  • 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.
    • Tour the grounds of Israel’s “Capitol Hill”: The Rose Garden, featuring more than 400 species of roses imported from all around the world; The Knesset – Israel’s Parliament building and its famous Menorah – Israel’s symbol monument built from bronze; The Supreme Court – designed to reflect Jewish and democratic values of justice.
    • Explore Jewish and Israeli judicial traditions at the Supreme Court building. Explore Jewish and Israeli judicial traditions at the Supreme Court building.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
DAY 5
MASADA & THE DEAD SEA
Fri. Mar 17, 2023
  • Enjoy an early breakfast at the hotel before setting out to explore the Dead Sea region.
  • The Last Stand: Take the cable car to the top of Masada with its extraordinary views and fascinating archaeological remains. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is where Jewish rebels are believed to have made their final attempt to resist Roman invaders (c 74 CE).
  • We'll learn about Masada's importance as a symbol of Jewish defense and discuss its influence on modern Israel.
  • Float in the Dead Sea. Not much can live or swim in the "Sea of Salt," which is nine times saltier than the ocean, but the weightless feeling of floating is great fun.
  • Hike in Nahal David, part of the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve. This is a desert oasis with springs, waterfalls, and freshwater pools, so don't forget your swimsuits. Featured are the ibex, hyraxes, and other desert mammals that live in this area. Nahal David is named after the biblical David, who fled here to escape from the murderous King Saul.
  • Return to Jerusalem and to the hotel.
  • Jerusalem, the City of Shabbat: Join Jerusalem in welcoming the Sabbath, the highpoint of the Jewish week, with Kabbalat Shabbat.
  • Shabbat dinner at the hotel.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast and Shabbat Dinner
DAY 6
SHABBAT IN JERUSALEM
Sat. Mar 18, 2023
  • Optional Shabbat services at local synagogues with your clergy.
  • Meet in the hotel lobby and depart for the Old City.
  • Explore Christian East Jerusalem through visits with Christian personalities and institutions with Hana Bendcowsky, Director of the Jerusalem Center for Jewish Christian Relations.
  • Enter the Tower of David Museum for a walk through the city’s history – with observation points, an animated film, and visual and audio-visual aids – from the time of Abraham to the end of the British Mandate over Palestine.
  • Free time.
  • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah at Liberty Bell Garden, overlooking the Old City.
  • Lights! Action! Jerusalem! Watch the Night Spectacular at the Tower of David Museum. The walls of the Citadel serve as the stage forthis cinematic celebration of sight and sound depicting the story of Jerusalem.
  • Free time in the Mamilla pedestrian arcade, a very contemporary shopping area with a whiff of the past, located outside the Jaffa Gate of the Old City; dinner on own.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast
DAY 7
PEOPLE BEHIND THE STORIES
Sun. Mar 19, 2023
  • The Labyrinth of Israeli Politics: Dialogue with Prof. Reuven Hazan of the Political Science Department at Hebrew University.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Depart north towards the city of Shefaram.
  • Co-existing Past and Present: Enter the city of Shefaram, located between the Carmel Ridge and the entrance to the Galilee. This ancient-modern Arab town, once a Jewish center during the Talmudic period, later became one of the Crusades posts, and was eventually taken over by the Muslim Ottoman Empire. On this tour, which will be accompanied by a local Arab guide, you will experience various meetings with local residents, including:
    • A visit to a Mosque and a dialogue with the Muezzin (the Muslim clergy) about Islam and the life of a Muslim Arab in Israel.
    • A visit to the Roman Catholic Churc with its beautiful art, where you will hear the unique story of the Eastern Christians living in Israel.
    • A visit to the Old Synagogue of Shefaram abandoned in the 1900’s, and engage in a
  • conversation about the minorities in the land throughout the ages.
  • Up There Where We Belong: The Agamon Hula (Hula Lake), Israel’s best place for bird- watching, is home to thousands of storks, cranes, pelicans and flamingos. We’ll learn why early Zionist efforts to drain these swamps have been replaced by environmental protection. And for those with a need for speed, there’s bike-riding and golf-carting.
  • Continue to the hotel in the Upper Galilee for check-in and dinner.
  • Evening tour and conversation with Kibbutz member.
Overnight: Upper Galilee Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
DAY 8
SERENITY AND SECURITY IN THE NORTH
Mon. Mar 20, 2023
  • Explore Tsfat, a center of Jewish mysticism for hundreds of years and a contemporary artists’ colony, including:
    • Guided visit to the Ari, Caro or Abuhav Synagogue, each with its great stories and mystical messages.
    • A stroll through the quaint Artists’ Colony and shop in the galleries and crafts shops.
  • Lunch on own en route in a Druze Village on the Golan Heights.
  • Stop for an over-look on from Mt. Bental (overlooking the abandoned Syrian town of Kuneitra) for sharp insights into Israel’s security situation on the Golan Heights, and the enormous challenges it faced in the 1973 Yom Kippur War, and the new threat from the north, ISIS.
  • Paradise Springs is one of the places we'll visit at the Tel Dan Nature Reserve. We'll tour the remains of a 5,000-year-old city and find out why water is like gold in the parched Middle East.
  • OR
  • Up There Where We Belong: The Agamon Hula (Hula Lake), Israel’s best place for bird-watching, is home to thousands of storks, cranes, pelicans and flamingos. We’ll learn why early Zionist efforts to drain these swamps have been replaced by environmental protection. And for those with a need for speed, there’s bike-riding and golf-carting.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
Overnight: Upper Galilee Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
DAY 9
ALONG THE COAST
Tue. Mar 21, 2023
  • Check out of the hotel and drive to the Western Galilee to Rosh Hanikra, at the northern tip of Israel’s Mediterranean coastline. Take a cable-car down to the beautiful sea grottoes, carved out of soft chalk cliffs by eons of wave action.
  • Stop at the Ancient Roman Aqueduct, located on the pristine beaches of Caesarea where Hanna Senash, one of the most famous of those who gave their lives for the Jewish homeland, lived and wrote her poetry. With the ruins of a past empire to your backs, enjoy the power of the sand and water.
  • Visit 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.
  • Continue south and enter the city of 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 in Tel Aviv.
Overnight: Tel Aviv Meals: Breakfast
DAY 10
A HEBREW CITY
Wed. Mar 22, 2023
  • Visit the Old City of Jaffa, ascend from the old port through the renovated alleyways to the Jaffa Overlook for an introduction to Tel Aviv at the place where it all began and walk through the famous Jaffa Flea Market – “Shuk Hapishpishim”.
  • Urban Culture Tours of Tel Aviv, Combining Street Art, Language & Graffiti: Join a local resident to explore the urban culture of the city.
  • Peace and Prosperity? The Peres Peace Center was created by the late Shimon Peres, former Prime Minister and President of Israel, to develop peacebuilding programs based on innovation and optimism. Our visit will include a tour of the Israeli Innovation Center, which celebrates the people and companies that are making Israel the "innovation nation." The center includes continually updated, high-tech exhibits on everything from artificial intelligence to the latest developments in water use.
  • From Hebrew City to Hebrew State: Walk along the newly-opened Independence Trail in Tel Aviv and embark on a remarkable journey that begins with the founding of Tel Aviv in 1909 and ends with the establishment of Israel in 1948.
  • OR
  • Arming for Independence: Visit the Ayalon Institute near Rehovot and uncover its role in the establishment of the state of Israel. This secret ammunition factory produced millions of bullets for Jewish forces fighting for a Jewish state and the end of British rule over Palestine.
Overnight: Tel Aviv Meals: Breakfast
DAY 11
IN THE CITY THAT NEVER SLEEPS
Thu. Mar 23, 2023
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Arming for Independence: Visit the Ayalon Institute near Rehovot and uncover its role in the establishment of the state of Israel. This secret ammunition factory produced millions of bullets for Jewish forces fighting for a Jewish state and the end of British rule over Palestine.
  • A Fallen Leader, A Fallen Soldier: The assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1995 was one of the great traumas of Israeli political history. Discuss his life and death at Rabin Square, the place where he was murdered, and take a quiet moment to reflect at the Rabin Memorial. We’ll also see how Rabin Square has become one of the crucial public spaces in Israel and the location for political protests, state ceremonies and spontaneous celebrations.
  • Experience the dynamism of Jewish life at the newly opened ANU - Museum of the Jewish People, dedicated to telling their story and representing their diversity, highlighting the creative works and cultural riches of a variety of communities in different periods of history until the present day.
  • Festive farewell dinner.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport and check in for the departure flight to the USA.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
DAY 12
UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN
Fri. Mar 24, 2023
  • Return to the USA.

RATES & LODGING

participants
20+
Cost p/p in double room
$4,485
Cost p/p in single room
$5,685
Once you have registered for the trip, you can also register for the extension. Click here for details. Registration open

Jerusalem: Dan Boutique

Upper Galilee: Hotel HaGoshrim nature

Tel Aviv: Dan Panorama

What to expect

  • 9 nights' accommodations.
  • 10 days of touring with a tour educator (guide) in a luxury, air-conditioned bus.
  • Group departure transfer & assistance at the airport.
  • Daily breakfast, 2 lunches & 4 dinners.
  • Water on the bus.
  • Porterage at the airport & hotels.
  • All site entrance fees & program fees as per your final program.
  • Credit card fees.
  • Flights to & from Israel.
  • Arrival transfer & assistance at the airport.
  • COVID related expenses, including tests.
  • Evening transportation when dinner is not included.
  • Amendments to the program: In the event that any sites, programs or meals etc. are added to the program, an additional fee may be required.
  • Personal extras: Items of personal nature such as laundry, wines, mineral water, beverages, coffee, tea, food other than the table d’hotel menu, passport and visa fees, insurance, and foreign port taxes, unless otherwise specified.
  • US and foreign airport taxes, Q fuel surcharge and border taxes when applicable.
  • Value Added Tax is currently not applicable to tourists visiting Israel. Should the law change, you will be notified accordingly, and VAT will be added to your final invoice.
  • Gratuities: Recommend guidelines for tipping are provided in the terms section.
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