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Program #14876RJ
15 Days | 14 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Feb 24 — Mar 10, 2013

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Day One: Sunday, February 24 - Overnight Flight
In Transit: Overnight Flight from the US to Israel

Type: Hotel

Description: Situated on a quiet street in Jerusalem's Talbieh residential neighborhood, the Prima Royale is no ordinary hotel; it is a haven. It was created to reflect the unique spirit of Jerusalem with its magnificent atmosphere, art, literature, and religious heritage. Prima Royale provides a "private hideaway" for business, leisure and arts travelers who want to relax in a club-like atmosphere.

Contact info:
3 Mendele Mocher Sfarim St.
Jerusalem, 92147 Israel
phone: ++972-2-5607111
web: www.prima.co.il/hotel.aspx?resortID=3&LangID=2

Room amenities: Standard rooms include safe, hair dryer, cable TV, telephone, and a/c.

Facility amenities: The lobby holds a cafe-bar from which guests may acquire soft, cold and hot drinks as well as pastries and light deserts. The hotel has a business center and offers room service, laundry and dry cleaning services as well as wi-fi internet access (for a fee).

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact Keshet for rates
Please contact Keshet for rates.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, February 25 - Arrival to Israel
Arrive To: Wecome to Israel. Transfer from Ben Gurion airport to Jerusalem in private coach. Enjoy a twilight panoramic view of Jerusalem from the Haas Promenade for the opening program and introduction.

Dinner: Enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel dining room.

Evening: There will be a brief program introduction after dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Prima Royale Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Situated on a quiet street in Jerusalem's Talbieh residential neighborhood, the Prima Royale is no ordinary hotel; it is a haven. It was created to reflect the unique spirit of Jerusalem with its magnificent atmosphere, art, literature, and religious heritage. Prima Royale provides a "private hideaway" for business, leisure and arts travelers who want to relax in a club-like atmosphere.

Contact info:
3 Mendele Mocher Sfarim St.
Jerusalem, 92147 Israel
phone: ++972-2-5607111
web: www.prima.co.il/hotel.aspx?resortID=3&LangID=2

Room amenities: Standard rooms include safe, hair dryer, cable TV, telephone, and a/c.

Facility amenities: The lobby holds a cafe-bar from which guests may acquire soft, cold and hot drinks as well as pastries and light deserts. The hotel has a business center and offers room service, laundry and dry cleaning services as well as wi-fi internet access (for a fee).

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact Keshet for rates
Please contact Keshet for rates.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, February 26 - Biblical Jerusalem/Second Temple Period Jerusalem
Breakfast: Israeli buffet breakfast at the hotel dining room.

Morning: We begin the day with a lecture on "Prophets and Kings: Political and Religious Leadership in Ancient Israel". Depart for a field trip to Biblical Jerusalem (City of David), home to prophets and kings.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch in a restaurant in the Old City.

Afternoon: Explore the "Centrality of the Temple in Israelite and Jewish Religion" at the Southern Wall Excavations OR at the Western Wall Tunnels.

Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.

Lodging: Prima Royale Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Situated on a quiet street in Jerusalem's Talbieh residential neighborhood, the Prima Royale is no ordinary hotel; it is a haven. It was created to reflect the unique spirit of Jerusalem with its magnificent atmosphere, art, literature, and religious heritage. Prima Royale provides a "private hideaway" for business, leisure and arts travelers who want to relax in a club-like atmosphere.

Contact info:
3 Mendele Mocher Sfarim St.
Jerusalem, 92147 Israel
phone: ++972-2-5607111
web: www.prima.co.il/hotel.aspx?resortID=3&LangID=2

Room amenities: Standard rooms include safe, hair dryer, cable TV, telephone, and a/c.

Facility amenities: The lobby holds a cafe-bar from which guests may acquire soft, cold and hot drinks as well as pastries and light deserts. The hotel has a business center and offers room service, laundry and dry cleaning services as well as wi-fi internet access (for a fee).

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact Keshet for rates
Please contact Keshet for rates.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, February 27 - Christianity in Jerusalem/Development of Islam
Breakfast: Israeli buffet breakfast at the hotel dining room.

Morning: Trace the development of Christianity with an on-site lecture "In the Footsteps of Jesus in Jerusalem" at the Mt. of Olives and the Garden of Gethesmane.

Lunch: Lunch in a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Visit the Garden Tomb, where many remember the crucifixxion and resurrection of Jesus. Time at leisure.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner at local restaurant.

Evening: Lecture at the hotel: "Introduction to Islam".

Lodging: Prima Royale Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Situated on a quiet street in Jerusalem's Talbieh residential neighborhood, the Prima Royale is no ordinary hotel; it is a haven. It was created to reflect the unique spirit of Jerusalem with its magnificent atmosphere, art, literature, and religious heritage. Prima Royale provides a "private hideaway" for business, leisure and arts travelers who want to relax in a club-like atmosphere.

Contact info:
3 Mendele Mocher Sfarim St.
Jerusalem, 92147 Israel
phone: ++972-2-5607111
web: www.prima.co.il/hotel.aspx?resortID=3&LangID=2

Room amenities: Standard rooms include safe, hair dryer, cable TV, telephone, and a/c.

Facility amenities: The lobby holds a cafe-bar from which guests may acquire soft, cold and hot drinks as well as pastries and light deserts. The hotel has a business center and offers room service, laundry and dry cleaning services as well as wi-fi internet access (for a fee).

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact Keshet for rates
Please contact Keshet for rates.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, February 28 - Crossroads of Faith/Israel Museum
Breakfast: Israeli buffet breakfast at the hotel dining room.

Morning: Field trip to the Temple Mount/Haram al Sharif. Visit an extraordinary escavation on the slopes of Mt. Scopus where archaeologists are sifting through Temple Mount dirt and artifacts.

Lunch: Lunch on own in a Jerusalem neighborhood.

Afternoon: Tour of the Shrine of the Book and the Second Temple Period Model housed at the Israel Museum followed by free time to explore the recently renewed exhibitions.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel dining room.

Evening: Study Session: Lecture by a Holocaust Survivor who will describe his or her personal experiences during this difficult period of history.

Lodging: Prima Royale Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Situated on a quiet street in Jerusalem's Talbieh residential neighborhood, the Prima Royale is no ordinary hotel; it is a haven. It was created to reflect the unique spirit of Jerusalem with its magnificent atmosphere, art, literature, and religious heritage. Prima Royale provides a "private hideaway" for business, leisure and arts travelers who want to relax in a club-like atmosphere.

Contact info:
3 Mendele Mocher Sfarim St.
Jerusalem, 92147 Israel
phone: ++972-2-5607111
web: www.prima.co.il/hotel.aspx?resortID=3&LangID=2

Room amenities: Standard rooms include safe, hair dryer, cable TV, telephone, and a/c.

Facility amenities: The lobby holds a cafe-bar from which guests may acquire soft, cold and hot drinks as well as pastries and light deserts. The hotel has a business center and offers room service, laundry and dry cleaning services as well as wi-fi internet access (for a fee).

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact Keshet for rates
Please contact Keshet for rates.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Six: Friday, March 01 - From Out of the Crucible/The Jewish Sabbath
Breakfast: Israeli buffet breakfast at the hotel dining room.

Morning: Learn and remember at Yad Vashem, Israel's Holocaust memorial complex.

Lunch: Lunch at the Yad Vashem Cafeteria.

Afternoon: Home Hospitality program with Ethiopian Jewish immigrants to hear the remarkable story of their long trek from Africa to Israel. Later, join thousands of Israelis and visitors from around the world at the Western Wall, welcoming the Jewish Sabbath with prayer, song, and dance.

Dinner: Enjoy Shabbat dinner at the hotel.

Evening: Evening at leisure.

Lodging: Prima Royale Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Situated on a quiet street in Jerusalem's Talbieh residential neighborhood, the Prima Royale is no ordinary hotel; it is a haven. It was created to reflect the unique spirit of Jerusalem with its magnificent atmosphere, art, literature, and religious heritage. Prima Royale provides a "private hideaway" for business, leisure and arts travelers who want to relax in a club-like atmosphere.

Contact info:
3 Mendele Mocher Sfarim St.
Jerusalem, 92147 Israel
phone: ++972-2-5607111
web: www.prima.co.il/hotel.aspx?resortID=3&LangID=2

Room amenities: Standard rooms include safe, hair dryer, cable TV, telephone, and a/c.

Facility amenities: The lobby holds a cafe-bar from which guests may acquire soft, cold and hot drinks as well as pastries and light deserts. The hotel has a business center and offers room service, laundry and dry cleaning services as well as wi-fi internet access (for a fee).

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact Keshet for rates
Please contact Keshet for rates.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Seven: Saturday, March 02 - Jewish Sabbath/Contemporary Israeli Society
Breakfast: Israeli buffet breakfast at the hotel dining room.

Morning: Morning at leisure: explore Jerusalem or attend synagogue services on your own.

Lunch: Shabbat lunch at the hotel dining room.

Afternoon: Afternoon study session on Issues in Contemporary Israeli Society.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel or local restaurant.

Evening: Enjoy a concert or other cultural event.

Lodging: Prima Royale Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Spa Club is a full-service hotel and spa located on the shores of the Dead Sea that offers panoramic views of the Judean Mountains and the turquoise waters of the Dead Sea itself.

Room amenities: 98 rooms with view of the Dead Sea have air-conditioning, telephone, satellite television, radio, mini-bar and private bathrooms with a bathtub. Nonsmoking rooms are available.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar, laundry and dry-cleaning service, Internet access, outdoor swimming pool, fitness area, spa services.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Sunday, March 03 - The Dead Sea
Breakfast: Israeli buffet breakfast at the hotel dining room.

Morning: Morning at leisure: explore Jerusalem or attend church services on your own. Travel to the Dead Sea Region, the lowest point on earth.

Lunch: Lunch at Kibbutz Kalia en route.

Afternoon: Check-in at the hotel. Time to float in the Dead Sea, known for its therapeutic properties, or enjoy the hotel's swimming pool and spa facilities.

Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.

Lodging: Spa Club

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: This hotel is located on a religious Kibbutz (collective) which was founded in 1949 by immigrants mainly from England. The kibbutz supports itself with a dairy, agriculture, an synagogue furniture factory, as well as the hotel.

Contact info:
Kibbutz Lavi
Mobile Post
Lower Galilee, 15267 Israel
phone: +972-4-6799450
web: www.kibbutzlavi.co.il/hotel/indexE.asp#

Room amenities: Rooms include: television, hairdryer, a/c, and radio.

Facility amenities: There is a covered swimming pool next to the hotel as well as pleasant walking grounds. Kibbutz members offer a number of extra services including massages, reflexology, and classes. Wireless Internet Connection available from the hotel lobby.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Monday, March 04 - Masada-What Price Freedom?
Breakfast: Israeli buffet breakfast at the hotel dining room.

Morning: Ascend the mountain fortress of Masada by cable car to explore this UN World Heritage Site.

Lunch: Lunch will be at Ein Gedi.

Afternoon: Explore Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Travel north along the Jordan River Valley to the Galilee. Check-in at hotel.

Dinner: Dinner will be in the hotel dining room.

Lodging: Lavi Kibbutz Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: This hotel is located on a religious Kibbutz (collective) which was founded in 1949 by immigrants mainly from England. The kibbutz supports itself with a dairy, agriculture, an synagogue furniture factory, as well as the hotel.

Contact info:
Kibbutz Lavi
Mobile Post
Lower Galilee, 15267 Israel
phone: +972-4-6799450
web: www.kibbutzlavi.co.il/hotel/indexE.asp#

Room amenities: Rooms include: television, hairdryer, a/c, and radio.

Facility amenities: There is a covered swimming pool next to the hotel as well as pleasant walking grounds. Kibbutz members offer a number of extra services including massages, reflexology, and classes. Wireless Internet Connection available from the hotel lobby.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Ten: Tuesday, March 05 - The Ministry of Jesus in the Galilee
Breakfast: Israeli buffet breakfast at the hotel dining room.

Morning: Optional tour of the Kibbutz. In nearby Nazareth, we will visit the Basilica of the Annunciation. On site lecture on "Early Christianity and the Life of Jesus" at Capernaum (Kfar Nahum).

Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch near the Sea of Galilee.

Afternoon: Set off for a boat ride on the Kinneret (the Sea of Galilee) before returning to the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.

Lodging: Lavi Kibbutz Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: This hotel is located on a religious Kibbutz (collective) which was founded in 1949 by immigrants mainly from England. The kibbutz supports itself with a dairy, agriculture, an synagogue furniture factory, as well as the hotel.

Contact info:
Kibbutz Lavi
Mobile Post
Lower Galilee, 15267 Israel
phone: +972-4-6799450
web: www.kibbutzlavi.co.il/hotel/indexE.asp#

Room amenities: Rooms include: television, hairdryer, a/c, and radio.

Facility amenities: There is a covered swimming pool next to the hotel as well as pleasant walking grounds. Kibbutz members offer a number of extra services including massages, reflexology, and classes. Wireless Internet Connection available from the hotel lobby.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eleven: Wednesday, March 06 - Zefat-City of Mystics/Golan Heights
Breakfast: Israeli buffet breakfast at the hotel dining room.

Morning: Explore the mystical city of Zefat and discuss the development of Jewish mysticism in the city in the 15th century. Study session: "Art and Mysticism" with a local Kabbalistic artist.

Lunch: Lunch (on own) in Katzrin, the capital of the Golan Heights.

Afternoon: Excusion to the Golan Heights Winery for a tour and wine-tasting. Strageic briefing along the northern border.

Dinner: Return to hotel for dinner.

Lodging: Lavi Kibbutz Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Tal Hotel Tel Aviv, offers you the best combination of comfort, leisure and location. Our Tel Aviv Hotel is located within walking distance of the nightlife of Tel Aviv city, the beautiful Mediterranean sandy beach and the famous Dizengoff shopping street as well as the new boardwalk along the "Namal" or port.

Contact info:
287 Hayarkon Street
Tel Aviv, Israel
phone: ++972-3-5425500
web: www.atlas.co.il/hotel.asp?hotel_id=295

Room amenities: Rooms include cable TV, safe, a/c, telephone, hair dryers, radio, and coffee corner.

Facility amenities: The hotel has a cafe and bar in the lobby and offers laundry and room service. There is free Wi-Fi in the lobby and most guest rooms.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Contact Keshet for pricing
Contact Keshet for pricing.

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Twelve: Thursday, March 07 - Crusader Kingdom/Ancient Caesarea
Breakfast: Israeli buffet breakfast at the hotel dining room.

Morning: Explore the ancient port city of Acco (Acre), once a Crusader capital and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the Al-Jazaar Mosque.

Lunch: Lunch will be at a local hotel.

Afternoon: Travel south along the Mediterranean Coast to the ancient port city of Ceasarea. On site lecture: "Crossroads of Civilization: Rome and Jerusalem". Continue south to the cosmopolitan city of Tel Aviv.

Dinner: Dinner will be in the hotel dining room.

Evening: Lecture: Perspectives on the Peace Process I

Lodging: Tal Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Tal Hotel Tel Aviv, offers you the best combination of comfort, leisure and location. Our Tel Aviv Hotel is located within walking distance of the nightlife of Tel Aviv city, the beautiful Mediterranean sandy beach and the famous Dizengoff shopping street as well as the new boardwalk along the "Namal" or port.

Contact info:
287 Hayarkon Street
Tel Aviv, Israel
phone: ++972-3-5425500
web: www.atlas.co.il/hotel.asp?hotel_id=295

Room amenities: Rooms include cable TV, safe, a/c, telephone, hair dryers, radio, and coffee corner.

Facility amenities: The hotel has a cafe and bar in the lobby and offers laundry and room service. There is free Wi-Fi in the lobby and most guest rooms.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Contact Keshet for pricing
Contact Keshet for pricing.

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Thirteen: Friday, March 08 - Contemporary Israel/Modern Tel Aviv
Breakfast: Israeli buffet breakfast at the hotel dining room.

Morning: Lecture: Perspectives on the Peace Process II. Visit Independence Hall. On site lecture "Israel 1948: Decisions and Dilemmas in Declaring Statehood."

Lunch: Lunch (on own) in Tel Aviv.

Afternoon: Walk through historic Tel Aviv and the Bauhaus District, a UNESCO World-heritage site. Time at leisure to stroll through the weekly crafts fair at Nahalat Binyamin or along the beach promenade.

Dinner: Dinner will be in the hotel dining room.

Evening: Evening at leisure to enjoy Tel Aviv's unique atmosphere.

Lodging: Tal Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Tal Hotel Tel Aviv, offers you the best combination of comfort, leisure and location. Our Tel Aviv Hotel is located within walking distance of the nightlife of Tel Aviv city, the beautiful Mediterranean sandy beach and the famous Dizengoff shopping street as well as the new boardwalk along the "Namal" or port.

Contact info:
287 Hayarkon Street
Tel Aviv, Israel
phone: ++972-3-5425500
web: www.atlas.co.il/hotel.asp?hotel_id=295

Room amenities: Rooms include cable TV, safe, a/c, telephone, hair dryers, radio, and coffee corner.

Facility amenities: The hotel has a cafe and bar in the lobby and offers laundry and room service. There is free Wi-Fi in the lobby and most guest rooms.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Contact Keshet for pricing
Contact Keshet for pricing.

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Fourteen: Saturday, March 09 - Summary and Conclusions
Breakfast: Israeli buffet breakfast at the hotel dining room.

Morning: Morning at leisure to enjoy Tel Aviv or walk along the promenade by the beach. Optional walking tour in Tel Aviv.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch on your own in Tel Aviv.

Afternoon: Summary and conclusion session.

Dinner: Farewell dinner in Tel Aviv's Yemenite Quarter.

Lodging: Tal Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Fifteen: Sunday, March 10 -
Depart From: Transfer to Ben Gurion airport for departure on group flight.



Free Time Opportunities


Jerusalem
Tower of David MuseumThe museum's permanent exhibition is housed in several guard rooms of the old citadel, and tells the eventful 3,000-year-long story of Jerusalem. While exploring the permanent exhibition, the visitor becomes aware of the continuous ''dialogue'' between it and the citadel, and studying the one becomes an intriguing architectural exploration of the other as well. The exhibition offers primary sources for the existence of Jerusalem as far back as the Canaanite period, and illustrates the city's history through to early 20th century. Each room is devoted to a particular historical period and highlights the central events of the time.
For additional information, visit: www.towerofdavid.org.il/eng/
Arab Shuk (Market)Located in the Christian Quarter of the Old City, the Arab shuk (market) is a colorful place to shop. Bargaining is welcome. Enter at Jaffa Gate, and walk down David St. to Christian Quarter Road.
Bible Lands MuseumEach object in the Museum has been carefully chosen for its historic importance and often for its aesthetic beauty. Today, the Museum is a center for cultural and educational programming. It is the only museum in the world displaying the history of the biblical period in the various lands of the Bible. In just six years the museum has produced numerous outstanding special exhibitions such as "The Jewish Presence in Ancient Rome" which marked the first cultural exchange between the Vatican and State of Israel following the opening of diplomatic relations. And, in 1996 the Museum presented "Jerusalem – A Capital For All Times; Royal Cities of the Biblical World" as the primary exhibition for the Jerusalem 3,000 celebrations, and brought record breaking crowds into the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna as the first stop on its international tour. Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem: Museum Row, 25 Granot Street, P.O Box 4670, Jerusalem 91046. Tel: +972-2-5611066. Fax: +972-2 5638228.
For additional information, visit: www.blmj.org/Main/Main.html
L.A. Mayer Museum for Islamic ArtResearch on the art of Islamic countries focuses on architecture and ornamental objects from the 7th century C.E. to present times, and covers a vast geographical area - from Spain to India and even further eastward. The L.A. Mayer Museum was founded by the late Mrs. Vera Bryce Salomons, realizing her long-standing idea of giving expression to the impressive artistic achievements of Israel's Muslim neighbors. Mrs. Salomons dedicated the Museum to her friend and teacher, Prof. Leo Arie Mayer. Many scholars of international renown took part in the establishment of the Museum, attracted to both its research activities and to the challenge of bridging the gap between the two cultures. The Museum was opened to the public in 1974.
For additional information, visit: www.islamicart.co.il/default-eng.asp
The Tisch Family Zoological Gardens in Jerusalem-Biblical ZooThe Tisch family zoological garden, also known as The Biblical Zoo, is situated in south-western Jerusalem. The zoological collection of the Zoo includes species mentioned in the Bible (most of them are now extinct from the Land of Israel), and many other rare animals. Names of biblical animals on the tags are followed by relevant quotations from the Bible. The landscape of the Zoo is very unusual, because the Zoo is surrounded by Jerusalem stony hills and in fact itself lies on a hill slope. So, for example, prairie beasts placed in Jerusalem landscape may look strange. But this adds to your exciting experience.
For additional information, visit: www.jerusalemzoo.org.il
Rockefeller Archaeological MuseumThe Rockefeller Archaeological Museum, situated in a magnificent white limestone edifice in East Jerusalem, houses the extraordinary collection of antiquities unearthed in excavations conducted in the country mainly during the time of the British Mandate (1919-1948). The Museum was opened in 1938. Opening Hours: Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 10 am - 3 pm. Saturday and Holidays 10 am - 2 pm. Tuesday, Friday - closed. The Rockefeller Museum: Sultan Suleman Street, East Jerusalem, (Near the Flower Gate).
For additional information, visit: www.imj.org.il/eng/branches/rockefeller/
The Jerusalem Centre for the Performing ArtsThe Jerusalem Centre for the Performing Arts, located in one of the most beautiful residential neighborhoods in the centre of the city, is the largest and most active cultural center. In 1971 the Sherover Theatre, with one large hall, opened its doors. A construction of a new wing comprised of three additional halls - funded by a donation from the Crown family of Chicago with the assistance of the Jerusalem Foundation - was completed in 1986. Housed in the modern complex are four well-equipped and beautifully designed halls: the Sherover Theatre which seats 950, the Henry Crown Symphony Hall (home of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra) with 750 seats, the Rebecca Crown Auditorium with 450 seats, and the 110-seats Little Theatre. In addition, the Centre includes spacious foyers, a bookshop, a cafeteria, a restaurant and large plazas outside. While it has no dramatic, dance or musical repertory companies of its own, the Centre plays host to top local and foreign productions. It offers plays in the best tradition of Israel's repertory companies, from large- scale and chamber productions to one-man's shows, features both original and translated experimental theatre (about 50 different plays a year). More than 150 orchestral and chamber-music concerts as well as recitals are given each year at the Jerusalem Centre for the Performing Arts, and include the participation of Guest Soloist, vocal groups and conductors from Israel and abroad.
For additional information, visit: www.jerusalem-theatre.co.il/about_en.asp
Mount Herzl Military CemeteryThis memorial park and cemetery is the final resting place of Theodor Herzl, the founder of political Zionism, and other noted leaders including Golda Meir, Levi Eshkol and Yitzhak Rabin. There is also a multi-media museum about Herzl (reservations required, entrance fee).
Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv Art MuseumThe Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel's main art museum, first opened to the public in 1932 in the home of Tel Aviv's first mayor, Meir Dizengoff. The Museum quickly became the cultural center of the Tel Aviv, presenting local and foreign artists. In addition to its steadily growing collections, the museum serves as a platform for free-thinking cultural and artistic exchanges. The success of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art and its growth of collections led to the need for more space. The Helena Rubinstein Pavilion for Contemporary Art opened in 1959, and the present main building of the museum in 1971. In 1999, a New Wing was established along with a Sculpture Garden. The Museum hosts more than half a million visitors per year with a dynamic program of changing and permanent exhibitions, and exciting cultural programs of classical and jazz music, performance arts, lecture series, special events, children's programs, dance, and cinema. Visiting Hours: Sun. - closed., Mon. & Wed. - 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tues. & Thurs. - 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tel Aviv Museum of Art - 27 Shaul Hamelech Blvd. - Tel Aviv 64329.
For additional information, visit: www.tamuseum.com/museum/index.htm
Beth Hatefutsoth, the Nahum Goldmann Museum of the Jewish DiasporaBeth Hatefutsoth, the Nahum Goldmann Museum of the Jewish Diaspora, exists to convey the story of the Jewish people from the time of their expulsion from the Land of Israel 2,500 years ago to the present. It relates the unique story of the continuity of the Jewish people through exhibition, education and cultural endeavours, providing multiple avenues of personal historical identification. Our hope is that by sharing the unique story of Jewish endurance, new generations may find the key to their own. Many come and experience: young and old, religious and secular, Israelis and tourists, civilians and soldiers. The idea to establish Beth Hatefutsoth was originally proposed in the late 50's by Dr. Nahum Goldmann, the founder and President of the World Jewish Congress. The idea was to create a monument to the Jewish Diaspora, past and present. The final concept of the Museum was based on the proposal of the poet Abba Kovner to divide the Permanent Exhibition into six thematic parts. When it opened in May 1978, Beth Hatefutsoth was regarded by many museum experts as one of the most innovative museums in the world. It created a whole new concept of what a museum is and has influenced museum culture since. Today Beth Hatefutsoth has evolved into far more than a museum: it impacts and touches the lives of Jews not just in Israel but throughout the world. It is truly, in every sense of the word, the Museum of the Jewish People.
For additional information, visit: www.bh.org.il/
Eretz Israel MuseumThe Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv, is a multidisciplinary museum that depicts the history and culture of the Land of Israel through an extensive permanent exhibit and temporary exhibits on diverse subjects: Archaeology, Ethnography, Folklore, Judaica, Cultural History and local identity, and traditional arts and crafts. The Museum's pavilions are located in a spacious park at whose center is Tell Qasile, an ancient Bibbical mound.The Planetarium offers a program entitled "Voyage into Space". The Museum shop offers a unique selection of Israeli-made gifts and objects d'art. A Museum map can be purchased at the box office. Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 9 AM to 3 PM. Friday and Saturday, 10 AM through 2 PM.
For additional information, visit: www.eretzmuseum.org.il
Dizengoff CenterDizengoff Center, located on Dizengoff Boulevard in the heart of Tel Aviv offers stores and shops of all kinds.
Ilana Goor MuseumThe museum is located in a structure which once served as a seaside inn for pilgrims seeking shelter on their way to Jerusalem. You gaze forward, into the spacious atrium as you enter the museum. Two hundred and fifty years ago, this house served as a first stop for pilgrims who entered the Holy Land. Today, in the shining, restored citadel of ancient Jaffa in Israel, the city's first Jewish hostel has been transfigured by the vision of one artist into a sanctuary of a different kind. Ilana Goor, internationally renowned artist, designer and sculptress, has created in this space an odyssey of the soaring spirit. A museum. The museum serves today as the artist' s home, and you are invited to explore the chambers she has set before you. Thanks to reconstruction efforts initiated by Ilana Goor and her husband Leonard Lowengrub, the museum offers you arches, internal vaulting, rooms and ancient stones all of which expose the Jewish hostel which was built at the beginning of the 18th century. 4 Mazal dagim st. - Old Jaffa - 68036 Israel - Fax 972:3:6836699
For additional information, visit: www.ilanagoor.com/
Rubin MuseumReuven Rubin painted Tel-Aviv throughout the early 1920s', documenting the "miracle" of a city growing on the sand dunes. He painted the seashore and the paved streets which seem like little rivers pouring into the blue sea. He painted also the old sycamores and the people: the milkman, the street-sweeper and others who collectively form the human identity of the first Hebrew city. For Rubin painting these canvases was as much a pioneering activity as it was a search of aesthetic values. It is therefore not surprising that when Tel Aviv gradually became a metropolis he substituted it's urban landscape with the pastoral Galilean olive groves and the Arab villages on the mountain slopes along the way to Jerusalem. 14 Bialik Street, Tel Aviv. Tel: 03-5255961
For additional information, visit: www.rubinmuseum.org.il
The Israeli Museum at the Yitzhak Rabin CenterThe Israeli Museum at the Yitzhak Rabin Center is the first and only museum in Israel to explore the development of the State of Israel as a young democracy. Built in a downward spiral, the Museum presents two parallel stories: the history of the State and Israeli society, and the biography of Yitzhak Rabin. The Museum exhibits focus on historical turning points in the country’s development, presenting the conflicts, social challenges and dilemmas the country faced at that time. Along the inner corridor and interwoven with the exhibits’ narratives is the story of the life of Yitzhak Rabin, the connecting thread in the country’s history. We recommend allocating an hour-and-a half to two hours for a visit. Visiting Hours: Sun. - closed., Mon. & Wed. - 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tues. & Thurs. - 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 'Entrance to the Museum is located at 8 Chaim Levanon Street in Tel Aviv between the Eretz Israel and Palmach Museums. Museum tours begin every 15 minutes. To schedule a visit, please call the museum at 03.745.3358 or contact the reservation desk directly (information below). Tel: 03-745-3313 or 03-745-3319 (972-3-745... when dialing from abroad) Fax: 03-745-3341 Email: Order1@rabincenter.org.il or Order2@rabincenter.org.il Final tour begins 2 hours prior to closing time.
For additional information, visit: http://www.rabincenter.org.il/Web/En/Museum/Default.aspx
"HaNamal" The Port of Tel AvivThe port, which since the 1960s had been a backyard that was cut off from the city, became, after the environmentally friendly reconstruction, and renovation of the original buildings, into a unique meeting point between the city, residents and the sea, and one of the most beautiful and lively leisure and entertainment venues in Tel Aviv – Jaffa.
For additional information, visit: http://www.namal.co.il/en/default.aspx
Nahalat Binyamin Street FairNachlat Binyamin arts and crafts fair is the first and biggest of its kind in Israel, and one of the most beautiful market of its kind in the world. The market is original and renews itself with new products made by the artists and by new artists that join the market. All products are hand made and sold by the artists themselves making the visit to the market a very special one. The fair is a very special experience. It is full of very special and unique hand made creations and designs, beautiful buildings, coffee shops and street performances and live music. All these make the fair a must in your itenerary and a great place to buy that special and original gift for the people you love and remember at home. The fair is open twice a week all year round on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10:00 to 18:00 (June) July– August until 19:00 and Tuesdays 10:00 - 17:00 Fridays 10:00 - 16:30 during the winter.
For additional information, visit: http://www.nachlat-binyamin.com/en-Default.aspx

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