synagogues tours

Sample itinerary for a synagogue/temple (or “shul”) group
Israel

Day 1:

Congregants and family members and Rabbi depart for Israel.


Day 2:

Congregant family members and Rabbi arrive in Israel; at leisure stroll along beach or Jaffa and overnight Tel Aviv.


Day 3:

Orientation Session: what the congregation family members expectations are from a week in Israel, prior to visiting Independence Hall, where Prime Minister David Ben Gurion declared the Jewish State May 14, 1948 as the British mandate ended and Arab forces poised to attack. Azrielle Tower Observation Post for panoramic view of Tel Aviv, cultural and commercial capital. Continue to seafront promenade; boat ride along the coast. Or visit the Diaspora Museum to research family origins. Afternoon workshop in southern Tel Aviv with famous photographer. Followed by VIP fashion tour for mothers and daughters, and Maritime tour of the Jaffa port for the Fathers and Sons. Group dinner at trendy restaurant in Neve Tzedek. Overnight Tel Aviv.


Day 4:

Drive north along the Mediterranean Coast to Ramat Hadassah Youth Village. Originally founded by Henrietta Szold and the Hadassah Women’s Zionist Organization to serve as home for holocaust survivors. Today the village educates “at risk youth” with the motto “every child can succeed,” preparing them for military service. Basketball game with students. Next travel to Bat Ya’ar Ranch in Northern Galilee for ATV and horseback riding; visit ancient abandoned synagogue in Birya Forest. Proceed to Old City of Tsefat’s narrow alleys and cobblestone streets where synogogues dating from the 16th century are still in use. A quick “Gematria” (numerology) lesson at the Kabbala center and a visit to a local artist or to a sofer stam (scribe). Free time for wandering and shopping. Evening home hospitality at Kfar Haveradim. Overnight in Galilee.


Day 5:

Visit to Northernmost Druze Village in Israel, 8 kilometers west of Kibbutz Sasa and 2296 feet above sea level, commanding views of the Galilee, Carmel, Mediterranean, and southern Lebanon. Enjoy hospitality of the local residents. (Druze: monotheistic emerged from Shia Islam in 11th century, serve in IDF). Next, visit to Kibbutz Hanita on the Lebanese Border. Continue to Rosh HaNikra with stunning chalk-white cliffs at the northern border, cable car down beneath to the grottos and tour underground cave system. Drive to Akko, port city and one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities, with remains from Crusader, Muslim, and Ottoman conquering periods. Dinner and wine tasting at winery and overnight Galilee.


Day 6:

Visit Havat HaShomer base to meet young men and women of the Israeli Army and learn about their dedication to Israel’s security and defense! Plant Trees in Lavi Forest. Drive Route 6 which skirts the Security Fence toward Jerusalem. Lecture en route about the seam, security, and co-existence issues between Israeli settlements and Palestinian towns. Stop at Mt Scopus in Jerusalem for panoramic view of Old City; plunge into walking it’s four quarters. Tour Cardo, Arab Market, Davidson Archeological site, and City of David Excavations with Second Temple Tunnels. Evening leisure in Ben Yehuda and Mamilla areas. Overnight Jerusalem.


Day 7:

Yad Vashem, the Jewish Holocaust Memorial. “Ohel Yizkor” for moment of prayer and reflection. Continue to Mahaneh Yehuda market, fruits, vegetables and trendy coffee shops. Western Wall and return via Old City Jewish Quarter.


Day 8:

Ascend Massada, King Herod’s fortress where in 70 BCE Jewish zealots took refuge and resisted the Roman army. Descend to the Dead Sea, lowest point on earth, and float in the waters. Continue to Ein Gedi Nature Reserve to hike and cool in the waterfalls of Nahal David and Nahal Arugot.

Farewell dinner and evaluation of experience; transfer to airport to depart.

 

*Itinerary is subject to change pending circumstances beyond our control*

 

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