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Wrestling with Angels

An overview of the place of Israel in the history of the Jewish people and critical turning points in the land over a 4,000-year period.

 

Tour Highlights

  • As per itinerary

Tour Includes

 

  • 10 nights accommodations
  • 2 meals daily (breakfast and additional meal)
  • 9 days of bus touring in luxury motorcoach with panoramic windows and headrests
  • Group transfer from airport upon arrival in Israel and upon departure from Israel
  • All entrance fees and programs as per the Melton program


 

Seminar dates: June 4-14, 2018

DAY ONE: Monday, June 4
INTRODUCTION

Early-arrivals option

  • Meet in hotel lobby at 1:30 p.m.
  • Campus or Sanctuary: Between Ideals and Reality
    A special exploration of the Hebrew University, Mount Scopus campus

Evening

  • Opening Dinner
  • Who Are We and Why Are We in Israel?
    Introductions and Reflections

Overnight: Jerusalem


DAY TWO: Tuesday, June 5
FATEFUL DECISIONS DURING THE FIRST AND SECOND TEMPLE PERIODS

Morning  

  • Why Jerusalem? Study session overlooking The City of David
    Field trip to the Jewish Quarter

  • Group lunch in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City
  • Free time

Afternoon

  • Days of Glory; Days of Destruction
    Exploration of the Herodian Mansion in the Old City

  • Summary Session: Why Was The Temple Destroyed?

Evening  

  • Tour of the Western Wall Tunnels (optional) 

OR

  • A visit to the Israel Museum and The Shrine of the Book (optional)
  • Dinner at leisure

Overnight: Jerusalem


DAY THREE: Wednesday, June 6
IN APOCALYPTIC TIMES

Morning

  • Early departure for Dead Sea region
  • The Dead Sea Sect: Rejecting the Center in the Struggle for Light
    Field trip to Qumran

Afternoon

  • Masada: Fighters for the Future of the Jewish People?
    Field trip to Masada

  • Swim in the Dead Sea  OR
  • Study Session: Bar Kochba: True or False Messiah?

Evening 

  • Group dinner in Jerusalem

 Overnight: Jerusalem


DAY FOUR: Thursday, June 7
NEW CITIES FROM OLD - JEWISH CULTURE REDEFINED IN A CHANGED REALITY

Morning

  • A City Rises From the Dunes
    Explore earliest neighborhoods beyond the walls of Jaffa

  • "We Hereby Declare the Establishment of a Jewish State…"
    Visit Independence Hall, site of the signing of Israel's Declaration of Independence
  • Lunch in central Tel Aviv

Afternoon

  • Can We Build Anew by Learning from Our Past? 
  • Bialik in Tel Aviv- Then and Now
    Study session in Bialik's house in central Tel Aviv

  • The Day the Music Died... 
    A visit to Kikar Rabin
  • Reflections

Evening

  • Group dinner in the Yemenite Quarter of Tel Aviv

Overnight: Jerusalem


DAY FIVE: Friday, June 8
FATEFUL DECISIONS - THE CITIZENS' PRESPECTIVES

Morning

  • Symbols and Signs - Mapping Jerusalem's Multi-faceted Population
    Study session, followed by field trip to Jerusalem neighborhoods

Afternoon

  • Free time; Preparations for Shabbat

Evening

  • Lekha Dodi Likrat Kallah
    Candle-lighting at King David's Tomb on Mt. Zion
  • Evening service at the Kotel

  • Traditional dinner: Se'udat Shabbat
  • Group discussion and reflections

Overnight - Jerusalem


DAY SIX: Saturday, June 9
SHABBAT

Morning Services at Synagogue(s) of choice

  • Study session: Parshat Hashavua: A Look at the Weekly Torah Portion

  • Group lunch

Afternoon

  • Choice of Walking Tours:
    • The Poetry of Yehuda Amichai  OR   
    • Along King David Street: Three Buildings, Three Faiths, Three Agendas

  • Se'udah Shlisheet  - late afternoon snack and schmooze
  • Havdalah

Evening

  • Dinner and evening at leisure

Overnight: Jerusalem


DAY SEVEN: Sunday, June 10
FATEFUL DECISIONS IN THE WAKE OF THE DESTRUCTION OF THE SECOND TEMPLE

Morning

  • Travel north to Caesarea

  • Between Caesarea and Jerusalem - Two World Views
    Field trip and study session at Caesarea

  • Lunch at leisure

Afternoon

  • The Period of the Mishna: Responding to New Jewish Realities
    Field trip and study session at Beit Shearim OR Tsippori

  • Drive further north to Tsfat

Evening

  • Group dinner

  • Study session: The Fable of the Goat

Overnight: Tsfat


DAY EIGHT: Monday, June 11
FROM OLD TO NEW (ZIONIST) JEWS: TWO VISIONS OF REDEMPTION

Morning
  • Building Community in Anticipation of Redemption
    Exploration of story and synagogues of Tsfat

  • Lunch at leisure

Afternoon

  • "Deep River; My Heart is Over Jordan…"
    Rafting on the Jordan River (weather permitting)

  • Of Farmers and Poets: What Motivated the New Jew?
    Field trip to Kinneret Farm and Kinneret Cemetery

Evening

  • Group dinner in Tiberias

Overnight: at the Kinneret


DAY NINE: Tuesday, June 12
FROM 67 to '67... AND BEYOND: FATEFUL DECISIONS - THEN AND NOW

Morning

  • Options on the Syrian Front
    Study session

  • "From Here you Look Seven-Fold Larger..." Overview into Galilee Panhandle from Golan Heights and examination of the period leading to the 1967 War

  • Yom HaDin: What Went Wrong?
    Stop at sites connected to the Yom Kippur War and examination of outbreak of Yom Kippur War in 1973.

  • Lunch in Katzrin, “Capital” of the Golan

Afternoon

  • My Past; My Future/Our Past, Our Future
    Meeting in Katzrin with resident of the Golan

  • What Do We Learn From the Story of Gamla?
    Visit the Golan Archaeological Museum in Katzrin 
  • Summary session


  • Make our way back to Jerusalem

Evening at leisure


    Overnight: Jerusalem
     


    DAY TEN: Wednesday, June 13
    DIFFICULT FREEDOM: DILEMMAS OF SOVEREIGNTY

    Morning

    • Israel and the Holocaust: What Meaning Has Been Given to the Holocaust in Israeli Collective Memory?
      Site visit and study session at Yad VaShem

    • Lunch at leisure

    Afternoon

    • Free time

    4:00 p.m.

    • Land and Compromise: Addressing one of Israel's Central Challenges
      * Study session at hotel
      * Departure for home hospitality and dinner
      * Encounter with differing viewpoints on the issue

    Overnight: Jerusalem


    DAY ELEVEN: Thursday, June 14
    BACK TO THE FUTURE

    Morning

    • Symbols of Sovereignty
      A visit to Mt. Herzl

    • "And the Children Will Return to Their Borders..."
      Stop at Kibbutz Ramat Rachel

    • S.Y. Agnon as Symbol
      A visit and study session in the home of the Nobel Laureate

    • Lunch at leisure

    Afternoon

    • Free time

    • Where Have We Been and Where Are We Going To?
      Closing activity evaluating the seminar

    Evening

    • Festive farewell dinner

    NOTE: Please try to arrange flights from 11:45 p.m. on, so as to enjoy the dinner with the group.

     

    Need to Know

    • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 15 full paying participants per bus. Should the number of participants drop below the minimum listed above, we will adjust the cost of the trip to reflect the additional expense of operating the program.
    • Tour prices are per person in U.S. dollars. All hotel accommodations, motor coach transportation, special dinners, sightseeing, admissions, luggage handling and the services of local guides, drivers, and the tour guide/educator are included.
    • Hotel Accommodations: The tour price includes all hotel accommodations, in hotel rooms with private baths. Our standard is to provide the best available hotels while considering value. Although the level of the accommodations may differ slightly from hotel to hotel, we are committed to your comfort. Two-bed rooms are reserved in most hotels. Triples are two-bed rooms with a rollaway cot where available and are not recommended when considering the comfort of those in the room. King-size beds are not available in most hotels; what is considered king-size usually consists of two single beds pushed together and made up separately, but with one headboard. Some two-bed rooms may have two twin - not full- or queen-size - beds.
    • Meals are included as specified in the itinerary.
    • All trips are conducted by a Melton educator who remains with the group throughout the tour.
    • Gratuities Included: All gratuities for restaurant staff are included.
    • Baggage: The Travel Agent and/or Tour Operator, shall not be held responsible for any damage to or loss of luggage/personal items. All damage/loss must be reported at time of incident and documented in writing by local authorities for submission to the insurance company. With regard to airline baggage allowance, different carriers have different regulations for business and coach, please check with your individual carrier with regard to permitted number of pieces, weights and dimensions. The tour operator is not responsible for fees levied by any air carrier for the transport of personal belongings of any kind.


    Not Included

     

    • Airfare to the tour departure point and from the tour ending point is not included.
    • Airfare may be purchased from us for travel originating in the United States. Please see Flights tab in the right-side toolbar.
    • Personal Expenses: All personal expenses such as: laundry, valet service, cables, telephone calls and postage are not included.
    • Guide and Driver Gratuities.


    Additional Information

     

    • Airline Security Measures: In the U.S., you must provide identification in the form of a passport at the time of airport check-in for travel to international destinations. Your passport name must match the name on your tour reservation and airline ticket or you may be denied boarding.
    • If you are traveling from an airport outside the jurisdiction of the U.S, you will need to determine what travel documentation and identification is required for that particular airport.
    • Due to heightened security regulations, certain items such as a metal nail file, pocketknife, cigarette lighter or tweezers, and some liquid, gel, or aerosol items may not be permitted in your carry-on luggage. Please call your airline prior to departure to obtain current information on non-permissible carry-on items and recommended airport check-in times. You may also wish to visit the Transportation Security Administration website at www.tsa.gov to obtain more information on acceptable identity documentation and prohibited luggage items.
    • Air Services: Once issued, tickets are non-refundable. Airline schedules and flights are subject to change without notice. We will not be responsible for penalties incurred for tickets, international or domestic, not issued by us due to schedule and/or flight changes. Airlines reserve the right to demand immediate issuance of tickets whenever they determine that specific flights are heavily booked even when normal ticketing rules do not require tickets to be issued until a later date. In this instance, we will require immediate and full payment of the airfare and airport taxes and fees as itemized on the invoice. This situation overrides invoice terms and conditions and payment due dates. If full payment is not received, seats will be cancelled by the airline and may not be available to be rebooked on the same flights or at the same airfare. Any replacement air arrangements and airfare will be the sole responsibility of the passenger. We suggest you contact your travel agent or the carrier several weeks prior to departure for seat assignments. Passengers are responsible to reconfirm their flights 72 hours prior to departure for all flights. Package is based on discount fares for group travel. Group members deviating from group dates will be charged a $75 deviation fee per person.
    • Holidays and Museum Closures - Museum visits and personal shopping time may be disrupted due to unforeseen circumstances or the many religious, state and local holidays locally observed in the destinations being visited.
    • Photography During Tours: We will occasionally use photographs taken by fellow guests or your trip director for promotional purposes. If you prefer that your photo not be used in any marketing activities, please notify us at the start of your tour.

     

     
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