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The Land of Israel: Past, Present and Future : A Journey of Discovery

Program Number: 14876RJ
Start and End Dates:
11/2/2014 - 11/16/2014; 3/8/2015 - 3/22/2015;
Duration: 14 nights
Location: Israel
Price starting at: $4,148.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 34; 12 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 13 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Kosher; Gluten Free    

King David swam here. Herod the Great sought its healing waters, too. Farmers used its minerals as fertilizer and the Egyptians used it in their balms for mummification. As you float in the Dead Sea, consider this region as a cradle of cultures and birthplace of world religions. With local experts and scholars to lead you, discover the holy sites, history and modern life of Israel and learn how the past informs the nation’s present and future.




Highlights

• Join thousands of Israelis at the Western Wall to welcome the Jewish Sabbath.
• Walk through historic Tel Aviv and the Bauhaus District, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
• Stay on a Kibbutz and talk with residents about their life in a collective community.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles per day; some cobblestone streets and stairs. Hot, dry weather in Dead Sea region.




Date Specific Information

11-2-2014, 3-8-2015

Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



Itinerary Summary

Arrival Tel Aviv, coach to Jerusalem, 6 nights; coach to Dead Sea region, 1 night; coach to Galilee, 3 nights; coach to Tel Aviv, 3 nights; departure.



Overnight flight from the U.S.A.
1 night
Arrival Tel Aviv
Coach to Jerusalem
6 nights

In the Holy City of Jerusalem, learn about the centrality of the Holy Temple in Judaism at the Western Wall, the last remnant of a holy temple built in 20 B.C. Visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, traditional site of the crucifixion and resurrection. A personal remembrance by a Holocaust survivor deepens your experience at Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust memorial.



Coach to Dead Sea region
1 night
Coach to Galilee
3 nights

Ascend by cable car to the fortress of Masada, site of Jewish-Roman battles, and examine the interplay between Biblical and Hellenistic civilization. Visit the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth where, according to Catholic tradition, Gabriel visited the Virgin Mary. Discuss border security with an Israeli officer and learn about Jewish mysticism from a Kabbalistic artist.



Coach to Tel Aviv
3 nights
Departure

On the Bay of Acre, visit the ancient port of Acco, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was once a Crusader capital. Study the Bauhaus architecture of cosmopolitan Tel Aviv and sample traditional Middle Eastern cuisine. During a panel discussion learn about the decisions that led to the creation of the State of Israel in 1948 and the dynamics of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process today.




Israel

Here, on a small bridge connecting Europe, Asia and Africa, centuries of cross-cultural currents from shifting peoples and ideas nurtured Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The modern State of Israel contrasts its storied past with a dedication to dynamic, forward-looking advancements. Israel is home to the world’s second-largest number of start-up companies, venturing into new frontiers of communications, pharmaceutical and agricultural technology.



Accommodations
Jerusalem: Modern boutique hotel near city center. Dead Sea: Shore hotel in Ein Bokek. Galilee: Modern hotel on an active kibbutz beside the Sea of Galilee. Tel Aviv: Downtown hotel near the Mediterranean coast.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Gabriel Barkay

Dr. Gabriel Barkay is an Israeli archaeologist who was born in 1944 in Hungary and immigrated to Israel in 1950. He received his Ph.D. in archaeology from Tel Aviv University in 1985. His academic areas of interest include the archaeology of Jerusalem, biblical archaeology, burials and burial customs, art, epigraphy and glyptics in the Iron Age. Dr. Barkay's most famous discoveries are small silver scroll amulets containing the priestly benediction from the Book of Numbers, which he discovered in 1979 at Ketef Hinnom.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Prima Kings Hotel
  Jerusalem, Israel 6 nights
   Isrotel Ganim
  Dead Sea Region, Israel 1 night
   Nof Ginossar
  The Galilee Region, Israel 3 nights
   Metropolitan Hotel
  Tel Aviv, Israel 3 nights
 Prima Kings Hotel
Type: Hotel
  Description: The Prima Kings Hotel, recently restored in typical Jerusalem style, has been a landmark in the posh Rehavia district for three decades. The hotel features on-site meeting / seminar rooms
  Contact info: 60 King George Street
Jerusalem,  94262 Israel
phone: +97226201201
web: www.inisrael.com/primahotels/kings/
  Room amenities: Room amenities include a shower/bathtub, personal safe, hair dryer, cable TV with remote, telephone with international direct access dialing, coffee/tea making facilities and air conditioning.
  Facility amenities: The newly renovated "in grand Jerusalem style" lobby, provides a view of both modern and traditional Jerusalem and offers a soothing and calm atmosphere, conversation nooks, and writing tables. Beverage and snack services are also available. Located in the Hotel's lobby, our Kikar Paris Coffee Shop offers a delicious French-accented dairy menu, including salads, pastries, croissant sandwiches, and a wide variety of coffees and teas. Internet portal, free of charge to hotel guests is located in lobby. A wireless Internet connection is also available in rooms at the guest's expense. Secretarial services are also available upon request from the reception desk.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Contact for rates Contact Program Provider for rates and reservations.
  Check in time: 2:00 PM

 Isrotel Ganim
Type: Hotel
  Description: On the shores of the Dead Sea in heart of Ein Bokek's tourist area, lies the Isrotel Ganim Hotel. The hotel is known for its warm and relaxed atmosphere, is just two minutes walk from the Beach.
  Contact info: Ein Bokek
Ein Bokek,  86930 Israel
phone: +97286689090
web: www.isrotel.co.uk/isrotel_ganim/
  Room amenities: Rooms are equipped with bed, sofa, armchair, desk, coffee kit, balcony. All rooms have a/c, telephone, private bath with shower.
  Facility amenities: Isrotel Ganim Hotel is the only hotel in the area with two covered Dead Sea water pools,at different temperatures all year round. Also in the spa there are 2 Jacuzzies, dry sauna and shower pressure. There is a variety of spa treatments (massage, mud treatments, shiatsu, reflexology, cosmetic and hair). Guests are invited to use the gym, outdoor swimming pool with fresh water (there is also children's pool ).
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Nof Ginossar
Type: Hotel
  Description: The Hotel is located on Kibbutz Ginossar and situated in an outstanding location hugging the Sea of Galilee shores and nestled at the foot of Mount Arbel, facing the Golan-Heights.
  Contact info: Kibbutz Ginossar
Kibbutz Ginossar,   Israel
phone: +972-4-0000
web: www.ginosar.co.il/hotele.html
  Room amenities: TV, a/c, phone
  Facility amenities: The hotel facilities include: Swimming Pool, Private Beach, Kosher Restaurant, Lobby, Bar, Coffee-Shop, Convention and Seminar Halls, exceptional souvenir Shop.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Metropolitan Hotel
Type: Hotel
  Description: The Hotel Metropolitan is located in the center and very heart of Tel Aviv, within easy walking distance from major city attractions and a block from the sandy shores of the Mediterranean Sea. For the business traveler, we offer easy access to major transportation arteries, business lounge and facilities, state of the art meeting rooms and relaxation after a long day. Our holiday traveler will enjoy the excitement and delight of the big city where culture and art, shopping and night life are just around the corner.
  Contact info: 11 Trumpledor Street
Tel Aviv,   Israel
phone: +972-3-5192727
web: www.hotelmetropolitan.co.il/?page_id=2
  Room amenities: •Central air-conditioning and heating •Direct dial phones with voice mail •Cable television with more than 20 stations •Complimentary WIFI •Small refrigerator •Tea & coffee facilities •Safe •Hairdryer •Double glazed sound insulated windows •Full bathroom with amenities •Single guest room equipped with shower or sitting bath
  Facility amenities: The Metro Café restaurant serves a lavish buffet Israeli breakfast, delicious lunches and dinners. The Lobby Bar offers daily snacks, light meals and pastries from 10.30AM to 10.30PM. Room Service served from 10.30AM to 10.30PM. Health Club •Outdoor swimming pool and sundeck open from 1 April to 31 October •Fitness room •Sauna 2 Computer Stations in the hotel lobby for guests use.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: Contact Keshet for pricing It is possible to add nights. Please contact Keshet for pricing.
  Check out time: 10:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
5 PM You will be staying at Prima Kings Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
11 PM You will be staying at Metropolitan Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. All travelers must have a passport valid through SIX MONTHS AFTER YOUR DEPARTURE FROM ISRAEL. U.S. and Canadian passport holders need no visa to enter Israel. For other nationalities, check with the nearest Israeli consulate or embassy.
  Parking availability:
There is limited parking at the various hotels.
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
To Start of Program
  Location:  Jerusalem
  Nearest highway: Route 1 (Tel Aviv-Jerusalem Highway)
  Nearest airport:  Ben Gurion International Airport
  Transportation to site: You can meet the group bus at the Ben Gurion airport at 2:55 PM which will be parked outside Gate 24. Taxi service from the airport to Jerusalem is available at the curb outside of the arrivals hall. The standard fare is approximately $95.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Tel Aviv
  Nearest highway: Route 1 (Tel Aviv-Jerusalem Highway)
  Nearest airport:  Ben Gurion Airport
  Transportation from site: The group bus will be departing the hotel at midnight for Ben Gurion airport. Private taxi service is available and may be ordered by the hotel concierge for approximately $65.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Overnight Flight
(Sunday, November 2)
   
 In Transit: Overnight Flight from the US to Israel

Day 2: Arrival to Israel
(Monday, November 3)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Prima Kings Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: Biblical Jerusalem/Second Temple Period Jerusalem
(Tuesday, November 4)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Prima Kings Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Christianity in Jerusalem/Development of Islam
(Wednesday, November 5)
   
 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".
   
Accommodations: Prima Kings Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Crossroads of Faith/Israel Museum
(Thursday, November 6)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Prima Kings Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: From Out of the Crucible/The Jewish Sabbath
(Friday, November 7)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Prima Kings Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Jewish Sabbath/Contemporary Israeli Society
(Saturday, November 8)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Prima Kings Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: The Dead Sea
(Sunday, November 9)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Isrotel Ganim
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Masada-What Price Freedom?
(Monday, November 10)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Nof Ginossar
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: The Ministry of Jesus in the Galilee
(Tuesday, November 11)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Nof Ginossar
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Zefat-City of Mystics/Golan Heights
(Wednesday, November 12)
   
 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: Enjoy a delicious dinner with a spectacular view.
   
Accommodations: Nof Ginossar
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12: Crusader Kingdom/Ancient Caesarea
(Thursday, November 13)
   
 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
   
Accommodations: Metropolitan Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Contemporary Israel/Modern Tel Aviv
(Friday, November 14)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Metropolitan Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 14: Summary and Conclusions
(Saturday, November 15)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Metropolitan Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 15:
(Sunday, November 16)
   
 Depart From: Transfer to Ben Gurion airport for departure on group flight.

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Jerusalem Tower of David Museum
The 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 Museum
Each 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 Art
Research 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 Zoo
The 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 Museum
The 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 Arts
The 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 Cemetery
This 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 Museum
The 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 Diaspora
Beth 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 Museum
The 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 Center
Dizengoff Center, located on Dizengoff Boulevard in the heart of Tel Aviv offers stores and shops of all kinds.
  Ilana Goor Museum
The 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 Museum
Reuven 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
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


The Case of Israel


Author: Alan Dershowitz


From Time Immemorial:The Origins of the Arab-Jewish Conflict Over Palestine


Author: Joan Peter


Israel: A History


Author: Martin Gilbert


Description: Martin Gilbert is a prolific writer. He is an historian whose style is clear, comprehensive and interesting. Includes lots of maps.



O Jerusalem


Author: Larry Collins, Dominique LaPierre


Description: This is a classic and gives a great overview of Israel's War of Independence, before, during and after.



Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East


Author: Michael B. Oren


Description: Ambassador Oren is the Israeli Ambassador to the United State and regarded historian on the Middle East.



Power, Faith, and Fantasy: America in the Middle East: 1776 to the Present


Author: Michael B. Oren


Description: Ambassador Oren is the Israeli Ambassador to the United State and regarded historian on the Middle East.



Hannah Senesh: Her Life and Diary


Author: Hannah Senesh, Roberta Grossman, Marge Piercy, and Eitan Senesh


The Source


Author: James A. Michener


Start-up Nation: The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle


Author: Dan Senor and Saul Singer


At the Entrance to the Garden of Eden: A Jew's Search for Hope With Christians and Muslims in the Holy Land


Author: Yossi Klein Halevi


Islam: A Short History


Author: Karen Armstrong


Ancient Israel: A Short History from Abraham to the Roman Destruction of the Temple


Author: Hershel Shanks, editor


Christianity and Rabbinic Judaism: A Parallel History of Their Origins and Early Development


Author: Hershel Shanks, Editor


Constantine's Sword: The Church and the Jews -- A History


Author: James Carroll


Once Upon a Country: A Palestinian Life


Author: Sari Nusseibeh with Anthony David


The Iron Cage: The Story of the Palestinian Struggle for Statehood


Author: Rashid Khalidi


Walking the Bible: A Journey Through the Five Books of Moses


Author: Bruce Feiler


The Innocents Abroad


Author: Mark Twain


Description: (Especially Chapters 51-56)



The Prime Ministers


Author: Yehuda Avner


My Life


Author: Golda Meir


Description: A moving autobiography by former Prime Minister of Israel, Golda Meir.



Jewish Sources in Early Christianity


Author: David Flusser


Jerusalem: The Biography


Author: Simon Sebag Montefiore


The Illustrated Atlas of Jerusalem


Author: Dan Bahat


The Routledge Atlas of Arab-Israeli Conflict: The Complete History of the Struggle and the Efforts to Resolve It


Author: Martin Gilbert




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