Aurora Interfaith Trip to Israel

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Temple B’nai Israel and New England

Congregational Church Intefaith Trip to Israel

February 20 - March 3, 2019

Temple B’nai Israel and New England Congregational Church
Interfaith Trip to Israel
February 20 - March 3, 2019


Wednesday February 20 – Departure from Chicago

Thursday February 21

Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport.  Drive to Tel Aviv.  Welcome ceremony and walking tour of Old Jaffa. One of the oldest ports in the world, the Bible says the cedars used in the construction of the Temple passed through Jaffa on their way to Jerusalem; Jonah set off from Jaffa before being swallowed by the whale; and St. Peter raised Tabitha from the dead here. A city rich with history, bazaars, and good seafood, Jaffa is home to Jews, Christians, and Muslims. Drive to hotel, check in. Meet with guide and group leaders to review itinerary and plans for the next 10 days. Dinner: in a local restaurant. Overnight:  Dan Panorama Tel Aviv

Friday February 22  
Morning:  After breakfast at hotel, board the bus to visit the Palmach Museum. This museum makes you feel you were back in the days of the pre-state underground, with a group of young defenders. Then, go to Independence Hall where on May 14, 1948 the country’s leaders assembled to announce the establishment of the State of Israel.  Lunchtime:  On your own in the area of the Carmel Market, Tel Aviv’s open air market.  A bustling place on a Friday, this is a great place to purchase gifts, spices, and food.  Return to the hotel to rest and prepare for the evening.  Drive to Rosh Ha’ayin to join the Reform Jewish congregation, Kehillat Bavat Ayin, in welcoming the Sabbath. Evening: Home hospitality for dinner with congregation members. Return to Tel Aviv. Overnight: Tel Aviv

Saturday February 23
Morning – Breakfast at hotel. Optional Shabbat prayer services at a local synagogue or join our guide for a walking tour of the Tel Aviv neighborhood, focusing on Bauhaus architecture. Afternoon – Lunch on your own. Free time to stroll on seaside promenade along the Mediterranean, return to hotel. Late afternoon:  Guest Speaker:  Israel Update. Havdalah service marking end of the Sabbath. Evening: Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight:  Tel Aviv

Sunday February 24
Morning:  Breakfast at hotel, check out. Drive to Caesarea National Park, this fascinating archeological site includes a reconstructed Roman theater, harbor, hippodrome and aqueducts.  Visit the museum at Atlit, the pre-state detention camp built by the British to hold the ma’apilim (illegal Jewish immigrants). Continue to Daliyat el Carmel for lunch in this bustling Druze village. Then on to the Carmelite Monastery at Mukhraka – where the struggle between Elijah and the priests of Ba’al is believed to have taken place. Continue to Megiddo, one of the most important cities in antiquity and site of one of the most famous excavations in Israel. Drive to the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee). Evening – Dinner at hotel. Overnight: Kibbutz Nof Ginnosar Guest House

Monday February 25  
Morning: Breakfast at hotel. Visit Magdala Project, site of excavations of 1st century Jewish fishing village where synagogue from the time of Jesus has been discovered. Drive to Nazareth; visit the Baptist School to meet with students and teachers.  Visit Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation, built over the spring which supplied water to the small Jewish town of Nazareth 2000 years ago.  Walk the ancient streets to the Church of the Annunciation Afternoon:  lunch on your own in Nazareth.  Drive back to the Kinneret.  Visit the Mount of the Beatitudes, traditional site of the Sermon on the Mount.  Visit Tabgha, the traditional site of the multiplication of the loaves and the fishes.  Tour Capernaum, the base of Jesus’ ministry in the Galilee and site of a beautiful Byzantine-period synagogue. Evening:  return to hotel, dinner at hotel.  Discussion summarizing the day. Overnight:  Kibbutz Guest House

Tuesday February 26  
Morning: Breakfast at hotel.  Meet with Major (Reserves) Sarit Zehavi, National Security and Middle East Analyst for security briefing along northern border and the Golan Heights (tentative). Afternoon: Drive to Mt. Bental – lunch on your own.  Drive through the Golan to the Dan Nature Reserve, whose powerful water serves as one of the sources for the Jordan River; remains of Canaanite city as well as altar from the time of King Jeroboam.  Drive to Safed, center of Kabbala (Jewish Mysticism) for tour of synagogues and time to visit art galleries. Evening:  Dinner in local restaurant. Overnight:  Kibbutz Guest House.

Wednesday February 27
Morning: breakfast at guest house and then check out. Visit Kibbutz Kinneret Cemetery, the final resting place of many of Zionist pioneers such as Berl Katzenelson and the poetess, Rachel., Drive south via the Jordan Valley past Jericho to Qasr el Yahud, traditional site on the Jordan River where Jesus was baptized.  Continue to Masada. Lunchtime: on your own at the Masada cafeteria. Ascend via cable car, tour Herod’s fortress and site of the Zealots’ last stand against the Romans in 73 A.D.; descend via cable car. Visit Ein Gedi National Park, an oasis in the desert, where David fled from Saul.  Float in the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth.  Drive up to Jerusalem, stopping at Mt. Scopus for a panoramic view of the city; celebrate arrival to Jerusalem. Evening:  Check into hotel.  Dinner at hotel. Program: Meet with Israeli screenwriter for program on Israeli society as depicted in Israeli cinema. Overnight:  Dan Panorama Jerusalem

Thursday February 28
Breakfast at hotel. Go to Hadassah Hospital to see the famous Chagall Windows, depicting the 12 tribes of Israel. Visit City of David where Jerusalem began 3000 years ago; walk through 2nd Temple period tunnel.  Visit Davidson Archaeological Park.  Continue to the Kotel (the Western Wall). Afternoon:  Lunch on your own in the Christian Quarter of the Old City. Walk the Via Dolorosa and visit Church of the Holy Sepulcher.  Walk along the Cardo, the ancient north-south street in the Old City through the Jewish Quarter to Mt. Zion.  Visit the traditional room of the Last Supper and the Tomb of King David. Return to hotel. Meet with Gershon Baskin, peace activist. Dinner at hotel followed by opportunity to walk on your own to downtown Jerusalem. Overnight:  Jerusalem

Friday March 1
Morning: Breakfast at hotel. Visit Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial & Museum. Afternoon:  Lunch on your own at Machane Yehudah, Jerusalem’s open-air market or in downtown Jerusalem followed by free time in downtown Jerusalem. Return to hotel. Drive to Kotel as the Sabbath begins.  Sabbath dinner at hotel. Overnight:  Jerusalem

Saturday March 2
Morning: Breakfast at hotel. Optional Shabbat morning prayer service or visit Israel Museum and the Shrine of the Book and model of 2nd Temple period Jerusalem.  Free time to visit other exhibitions at museum. Afternoon:  option to return to hotel or lunch on own or free time in Old City.  Meet back at hotel in late afternoon for discussion wrapping up trip. Evening:  Dinner at hotel.  Depart for airport.  Fly back to US.

Sunday March 3
Land Back in US




Contact Information

  • Joel Rosenfeld
    Tel : +11-972-544-508-230