Sep 6, 2010

Special announcement! CNS ISRAEL TRIP led by Rabbi Menachem Creditor with Josh Kornbluth

CONGREGATION NETIVOT SHALOM ISRAEL TRIP

cosponsored by Bay Area Masorti -  operated by ITC Tours

led by Rabbi Menachem Creditor

with Josh Kornbluth

July 13 – 24, 2011

(draft Aug. 23, 2010; subject to change)

 

 

"Arise, Travel Throughout the Land (Gen. 13:17)"  Martin Buber believed that only dialogue can make possible an adequate picture of what does in fact take place.  In this "encounter" reality comes alive:  it is transformed from the potential, the abstract, and the unrelated to the actual, concrete, and present immediacy of a personal and even, in a sense, a reciprocal relationship.

This Israel trip will be like no other, based firmly in Buber's approach, led by Rabbi Menachem Creditor, guided by master educator Jared Goldfarb, and processed in real-time with Josh Kornbluth, who will convene reflective conversations throughout the journey.  Come.  Experience Israel.  Encounter the spiritual, the political, the real people – and yourself.

 

Wednesday, 13 July – Israel Bound!

·         Depart on overnight flight to Israel

 

Thursday, 14 July – When You Enter the Land (Deut. 26:1)

·         Hotel check-in and welcome dinner

·         Gaze upon the Old City of Jerusalem from the Haas Promenade, standing where Abraham stood at the dawn of Jewish history; take in the breathtaking view

·          Overnight: Har Tzion Hotel, Jerusalem

 

Friday, 15 July – Jerusalem of Old

·         In the Kotel Tunnels, walk alongside the Western Wall's massive foundation stones

·         Tour the Southern Wall Excavations and learn about the ancient Temple at the Davidson Center

·         Encounter many centuries and faiths as you tour the Jewish, the Christian, and Muslim Quarters

·         Return to the hotel to prepare for Shabbat

·         Kabbalat Shabbat at a scenic Jerusalem overlook

·         Shabbat dinner at the hotel

·          Overnight: Har Tzion Hotel, Jerusalem

 

Shabbat, 16 July – Shabbat in Jerusalem (Parashat Pinchas)

·         Shabbat services at a choice of neighborhoods synagogues (suggestions, walking instructions to be provided)

·         Shabbat lunch at the hotel, Shabbat rest, relaxation at the pool

·         Havdalah with Rabbi Creditor

·         Free evening in Jerusalem

·         Overnight: Har Tzion Hotel, Jerusalem


Sunday, 17 July – Those Who Made a Difference

·         Visit the Memorial Museum, the Children's Memorial, and the Avenue of the Righteous Gentiles at Yad Vashem

·         Take a sobering walk through the history of the Jewish State at the Har Herzl Military Cemetery                            

·         Stumble across many authentic archeological finds in a hands-on dig through archeological matter from under the Temple Mount

·         Free evening in Jerusalem OR Evening program with a Jerusalem Masorti congregation

·         Overnight: Har Tzion Hotel, Jerusalem

 

Monday, 18 July – Into the Desert

·         Visit the fascinating Jo Alon Center for Bedouin Culture near Lahav for an in-depth introduction to this desert culture and some Bedouin hospitality

·         Visit Ben Gurion's Hut in Sde Boker for personal insight into the life of this outstanding Zionist leader and Israel's first prime minister

·         Walk through the beautiful nature reserve at the Ein Avdat Oasis

·         Dinner at the field school

·         Overnight: Sde Boker Field School

 

Tuesday, 19 July – Freedom Fighters or Fanatics?  (17 Tammuz)

·         Early departure for the Dead Sea Region

·         Ascend by cable car to Masada. Tour this impressive excavation and discuss the terrible dilemma faced by its Jewish population during Roman times

·         Enjoy a walk through the beautiful Ein Gedi Nature Reserve to the waterfall and review the biblical story of kings David and Saul "on site"

·         Stop for a dip and mud baths at Mineral Beach on the amazing Dead Sea

·         Travel north through the Jordan River Valley to the Galilee

·         Hotel check-in and dinner

·         Overnight: Kibbutz Ma'agan Guest House

 

Wednesday, 20 July – The Golan Heights

·         Travel through the Golan Heights by jeep (Shvilim), off the beaten path, and gaze down over the Galilee as the Syrians once did

·         Encounter the community of Kibbutz Avnei Eitan

·         Return to the hotel to enjoy a Lake Kinneret swim

·         Free evening on the Tiberias promenade

·         Overnight: Kibbutz Ma'agan Guest House

 

Thursday, 21 July – The Northern Mediterranean Coast 

·         At Agam Hahula (Hula Lake) ride around the lake and learn about the many species of birds that migrate through Israel each year

·         Glide down the Jordan River in a kayak

·         Tour the synagogues, courtyards, and shops of the mystical city of Tzefat

·         Meet with a Tzefat kabbalistic artist in his gallery to explore Jewish mysticism through the prism of his creations

·         Hotel check-in

·         Dinner in the kibbutz dining room

·         Overnight: Kibbutz Hanaton


Friday, 22 July – In the Footsteps of Sages

·         Tour Kibbutz Hanaton, learn about this innovative, Masorti/Pluralistic community

·         Explore the magnificently excavated ancient city of Tzippori, home to Rabbi Judah the Prince, editor of the Mishna; Discover ancient beauty and evidence of a community in which Jews and Romans coexisted peacefully

·         Travel south for the ascent to Jerusalem

·         Kabbalat Shabbat at Robinson's Arch

·         Shabbat dinner at hotel

·         Overnight: Har Tzion Hotel, Jerusalem

 

Shabbat, 23 July – A Heavenly Shabbat (Parashat Mattot)

·         Shabbat services at a choice of neighborhoods synagogues (suggestions, walking instructions to be provided)

·         Shabbat lunch at the hotel

·         Shabbat rest, relaxation at the pool

·         Summary session and farewell dinner at the hotel

·         Havdalah overlooking the old city of Jerusalem

·         Depart for the airport

 

Sunday, 24 July – A Temporary Departure

·         Arrive in USA

·         Begin planning your next Israel trip to Israel!

 

PRICING (land fees only): 

 

If registering before November 1, 2010: $3065 per participant ($735 single-room supplement)

If registering after November 1, 2010: $3265 per participant ($735 single-room supplement)

 

*Third person over 18 in triple room: subtract $140

*Child, age 2-18 as third person in a triple room: subtract $525

 

To receive more information, and to receive registration materials, please email Rachel Schorr in the CNS office at office@netivotshalom.org, so that she can add you to the Trip email list.  Please Note: There are only 40 spaces for participants, and the policy will be "first registered/paid, first confirmed."



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