Sep 6, 2010

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


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, 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."

Rabbi Menachem Creditor
Congregation Netivot Shalom  ||  Bay Area Masorti  ||  || 
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