Friday, November 3, 2017

Israel Tour 2018: June 13-27

Never been?  Haven't been to Israel in 5 years? 10 years? Longer?
The time has come to make plans and "if not now,when???

Anyone interested should email me at disaak@nevehshalom.org

The outline for our travel is ready for your perusal.

Group airline tickets via Air Canada are reserved: 
departing Portland June 13  8:10am, arriving Toronto 3:35pm
departing Toronto 4:40pm, arriving Ben Gurion Airport, Tel Aviv 10:05am
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make your own arrangements using air miles

Arrangements can also be made for participants flying out of other cities

Additions and corrections to our itinerary will continue to be made, our itinerary is basically as follows:

Our guide and tour bus will meet us on arrival.  With luggage loaded we will head directly to Jerusalem.  We will make a L'Chaim overlooking the Ancient City of Jerusalem from the Haas Promenade, and make our way through town to our hotel, my favorite, the Mt.Zion for the first 6 nights.

We will get a full tour through Old and New Jerusalem: Jewish Quarter, the Wall, Arab bazaar, Yad Vashem, biblical zoo, Ben Yehudah Street and Nachalat Shiva pedestrian malls, night spectacular at the Tower of David Museum. 

In preparation for Shabbat we will rub shoulders with Israelis in the crowded Machaneh Yehudah outdoor market as we buy our picnic lunch for Shabbat.  We hope to have a Bar/Bat Mitzvah or two which we will celebrate at Azarat Israel, the area of the Western Wall reserved for egalitarian services.

We will make our way to the Dead Sea basin where we will climb or cable car to the top of Massada.  We will take a short walk to Nahal David, the springs and waterfalls in the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve and have our chance to float in the Dead Sea. Separately we will head to Beit Guvrin where we will have the opportunity to participate in an actual archeological dig.

Our trip includes a guided visit to Caesarea after which we will explore a Druze village where we will experience a home hospitality lunch.  In Haifa we will view the Bahai Gardens from the top of Mount Carmel.  Planned is a walk through Wadi Nisnas where we will participate in a dialogue on coexistence with members of the Arab community.  We will visit Atlit, the British internment camp where illegal immigrants were imprisoned.  We will wander in Chrusader Akko.

In the Golan Heights we will stop at Mt. Bental overlooking the abandoned Syrian town of Kuneitra, make a choice of either visiting a winery or a chocolate workshop. (that last option has my vote.)  We will prepare for our second Shabbat in Safed, the town of the mystics.

Included is a stop in Tiberias, a boutique goat cheese workshop, the Zippori National Park with some of the most magnificent ancient mosaic floors on our way to Tel Aviv where we will spend our last two nights.  Wander through Jaffa, swim in the Mediterranean, experience the Ayalon Institute, home of the clandestine munitions factory used during the British mandate., Rabin Square, Independence Hall where Ben Gurion declared Israel's independence

And so very much more.

We are scheduled to fly home June 27 departing at 11:50am through Toronto, arriving in Portland at 8:08pm the same day, Amazing!

Cost:
 
Round trip flight from Portland to Tel Aviv   $1487

Land arrangements: 12 nights in luxury hotels, including daily buffet breakfasts, licensed hand picked guide, air conditioned bus and driver, several additional meals, all entrance fees as per itinerary:
$4,549/adult sharing double
$1570 single supplement
-$1220 reduction for child 2-11 as third in room with parents
-$640 reduction for 12-17 year old as third in room with parents.

Any questions and/or to reserve a spot, write to me: disaak@nevehshalom.org at your earliest convenience
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We are hoping to gather 20 participants.
I'm excited already...

Rabbi Daniel Isaak

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