Itinerary

SUNDAY APRIL 30 2017 – LEAVE NY 

We will take a night flight to Israel, arriving early in the morning.

DAY ONE – MONDAY  MAY 1 – ARRIVAL

Welcome to Israel!!! Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport, will be greeted by your host 

  • Opening of program in Kiriat Arba
  • Visit the cave of the Patriarch

  • Rachel Tomb
  • Check in to Prima Park Hotel in Jerusalem
  • After Diner Going to watch the Remembrance Day ceremony at the Western wall.

DAY TWO – TUESDAY MAY 2

  • Shacharit at the Kotel
  • Visit the Western wall Tunnels.
  • Jewish Quarter
  • The Knesset
  • Tower of David
  • Celebrating Yom Haatzmahut in town.

DAY THREE – WEDNESDAY MAY 3

After Breakfast Visit

  • Masada
  • Floating on the Dead Sea

If time permitted

  • Ein Gedi Nature Reserve.

 Back to Park Hotel For diner.

This is the best video I found about the old synagogue in Ein Gedi – sorry just in Hebrew

DAY FOUR – THERSDAY MAY 4

Transfer to Ascent, our Hostel in Tzfat, after a quick check in will dedicate the day to visit the Golan Heights.

  • Talmudic Village and Synagogue in Katzrin

  • Panoramic views of the Golan and even Syria from mount Bental.

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  • Visit the tombs of sages in Tiberias

Tomb of Maimonides

Tomb of Rabbi Akiva

Tomb of Rabbi Meir

Back to ascent for dinner.

 

DAY FIVE/SIX – FRIDAY & SHABBATH MAY 5-6

The pinnacle of the ASCENT week is its Shabbat Getaway Weekend. The normal Shabbat experience begins with an heart-pounding workshop called “A Mystical Guide to Shabbat Dynamics,” conducted by Ascent’s executive director, Rabbi Shaul Leiter.

Some of the men then visit the ancient Ari Mikveh. This was the personal ritual immersion pool used regularly by Rabbi Isaac Luria, the 16th Century Kabbalist, who is considered by all to be one of the greatest mystics who ever lived. The mikvah is built into a cave at the side of a mountain just a few blocks from the ASCENT complex. Only the courageous brave the icy cold spring-fed waters. But all who take the plunge claim it was worth it, for it is said that whoever immerses in the Ari Mikvah will attain great spiritual heights during his lifetime.

As time honored as the dip in the Ari Mikvah is for the men, it doesn’t hold a candle to this observance of the women. Shabbat candle-lighting dates back to Sarah the first of the matriarchs of the Jewish people nearly 4,000 years ago. The Shabbat is mystically likened to a Queen, and as the candles are lit 30 minutes prior to the spectacular Galilean sunset taking place outside the large picture window, a timeless sense of light and peace fills Ascent’s conference room.

The Third Meal is celebrated together as a group, at Ascent, with the one-and-only “Big Mo,” accompanied by lively singing and stimulating discussions. After the sun dips down behind Mt. Meron and the light drains from the sky, everyone climbs up to the roof and its panoramic view of mountains and valleys for the Havdalah ceremony marking the end of the Holy day.

DAY SEVEN – SUNDAY MAY 7

After breakfest, leaving Tzfat toward Rosh Hanikra

  • At Israel’s northwestern tip, at the only point where the sea meets the cliffs,

is where you will find the enchanting tourist site of Rosh Hanikra

We will continue to Acre (Akko)

The city of Acre (Akko) is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, dating back to the time of the Pharaoh Thutmose III (1504-1450 BCE).

It is a city of intrigue, where you can walk through labyrinthine alleys and streets and explore the remnants of Crusader, Muslim and Ottoman conquerors.

Walking along the walls of the city, you also get a spectacular view of the sea and, on clear days, the city of Haifa.

Next place to visit is Caesarea

Thinking Roman city, right? What gave it away? Yes, Caesarea is a city that Herod the Great dedicated to Caesar Augustus more than 2,000 years ago.

Today, it is one of Israel’s major tourist attractions and an increasingly popular place for Israel’s elite to make their homes.

Check in to our Hotel in Tel-Aviv

DAY EIGHT – MONDAY MAY 8

  • Visit Beth Hatfutsot, the Museum of the Jewish People.
  • Old Jaffa and the old port
  • Jaffa Flea market
  • Kfar Chabad -A guided tour and having dinner at a local restaurant 

Back to the airport for a flight home.

 

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