Chabad Israel Mission – Summer

Day 1

MONDAY  – ARRIVAL

  • Welcome to Israel!!! Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport where you will be greeted by our representatives and escorted through passport control, baggage claim and customs
  • Opening of program at the magnificent port city of Caesarea
  • Tour of the city including the Roman Theater, Hippodrome, Palace, multi-media exhibition and more
  • Lunch at authentic Druze cuisine in Issufiya
  • Explore the charming town of Zichron Yaakov and the gorgeous Rothschild Gardens
  • Transfer to hotel, check-in, unpack, rest & relax
  • Dinner at hotel

Overnight: Ruth Rimonim Hotel Tzfat

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TUESDAY  – GALILEE

  • Discover the Mystical City of Tzfat including beautiful synagogues, artists’ colony, candle factory and more
  • Watch a live glass-blowing demonstration by Kabbalistic artist Sheva Chaya
  • Lunch on the Tzfat promenade
  • Visit Otzar HaStam for a behind-the-scenes look into the writing of Torah Scrolls, Tefillin and Mezuzot
  • Lookout over the Golan Heights from the Tomb of Rabbi Akiva
  • Enjoy a cruise on the Sea of Galilee
  • Dinner and free time in Tiberias

Overnight: Ruth Rimonim Hotel Tzfat

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WEDNESDAY  – GOLAN HEIGHTS

  • Visit the Ancient Talmudic Village of Kazrin  OR tour Gamla – “Masada” of the North
  • Sample the local fare at the Golan Heights Winery
  • Lunch in Kazrin
  • Explore the Golan heights “off road” by jeep & recount the dramatic story of the Six Day War at an abandoned Syrian position
  • Visit Kibbutz Misgav Am on the Lebanese Border and hear a security briefing
  • Host IDF combat soldiers for a BBQ at their base

Overnight: Ruth Rimonim Hotel Tzfat

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THURSDAY  - JERUSALEM

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Checkout & departure for Jerusalem via the Jordan Valley
  • Enjoy a spectacular lookout over Jerusalem from Mt. Scopus
  • Enter the Jewish Quarter via Jaffa Gate and walk through the Arab Souk
  • Lunch in the Jewish Quarter
  • Explore the Muslim Quarter and Gates of Temple Mount 
  • Time for reflection at the Western Wall
  • Discover the secrets of the Second Temple as you navigate the Western Wall Tunnels
  • Check-in to hotel
  • Dinner on Mamilla-Alrov Promenade

Overnight: David Citadel Hotel - Jerusalem

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FRIDAY  - JERUSALEM

  • Breakfast at hotel with Gil Hoffmann, Senior Political Correspondent at the Jerusalem Post
  • Pay tribute the memory of the Six Million at Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum & Children’s Memorial
  • Experience the vibe at the Machane Yehuda Outdoor Market
  • Lunch on own and afternoon at leisure
  • Join thousands of Jews from around the globe in joyous celebration of Shabbat at the Western Wall
  • Friday night dinner at the Tzemach Tzedek Shul with Rabbi Yossi Swerdlov

Overnight: David Citadel Hotel - Jerusalem

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SHABBAT - JERUSALEM

  • Optional Services at the Mayanot Shul
  • Lunch at hotel
  • Time to rest & relax
  • Walking tour of the stunning Yemin Moshe Neighborhood
  • Musical havdalla
  • Sound & Light Show at the Tower of David

Overnight: David Citadel Hotel - Jerusalem

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SUNDAY– GUSH ETZION & HEVRON

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Executive Learning with the Mayanot Institute of Jewish Studies
  • Visit Kfar Etzion and hear the heroic story of its defenders in the War of Independence
  • Lunch at the Gush Etzion Winery
  • Tour the Jewish neighborhoods of Hevron including Avraham Avinu, Bet Hadassah & Tel Romeida together with Rabbi Danny Cohen
  • Meet Sarah Nachshon, one of the founders of Kiryat Arba
  • Return to Jerusalem
  • Evening at leisure

Overnight: David Citadel Hotel - Jerusalem

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MONDAY  -  JUDEAN DESERT

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Explore the gorgeous oasis of Ein Gedi where David fled from King Saul
  • Picnic lunch
  • Ascend the desert fortress of Masada and relive the dramatic confrontation between the Zealots and the Romans
  • Float in the Dead Sea – the lowest place on earth at the Ein Gedi Spa
  • Camel rides and farewell dinner at Genesis Land

Overnight: David Citadel Hotel - Jerusalem

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TUESDAY  – TEL AVIV

  • Checkout & departure for Tel-Aviv
  • Tour the state-of-the art Palmach Museum and learn about the “striking force” that formed the backbone of the IDF
  • Lunch and shopping time on the trendy Nachalat Binyamin Promenade and bustling Carmel Market
  • Visit Israel’s own Silicon Wadi in Herzlia Pituach and showcase some of the incredible technological breakthroughs that have been designed in the Holy Land
  • Volunteer with Rabbi Yossi Swerdlov at the Children of Chernobyl Project in Kfar Chabad
  • Depart for Ben Gurion Airport & Fly back to USA

NEXT YEAR IN JERUSALEM!!!

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