Study Tiyul #163 – AACI Continuing Education Trip – The Judean Highlands
Experience Neot Kedumim, the Biblical Landscape Reserve, a unique re-creation of the physical setting of the Bible to see life as it was lived by our ancestors 3,000 years ago. Discover the rich symbolism of the cedar, hyssop, olive and other trees and plants, followed by hands-on activities such as tree planting.
Catch a glimmer of the future at Modiin-Macabim-Reut, a planned community and one of Israel’s fastest growing cities; meet with a council member of the city and learn why Modiin is considered the city of the future with its high standards of urban planning and environmental concern.
Travel along the historic Tel Aviv-Jerusalem road, a key strategic route in the 1947-1948 battles for Jerusalem. Then pay respects to those who fell fighting on a visit to the Kiryat Anavim Cemetery (Netzer Acharon). Stop at Har Adar overlook to hear the story from the Independence War about the battle for the Radar Station.
Today, located along the same road leading to Jerusalem, in a modern architectural complex is the beautiful and newly renovated Yvel Design Center, home to the Yvel Jewelry Factory and the Megimeria School of Jewelry and Art, where Ethiopian immigrants learn the art of jewelry making while preserving their own artisan traditions.
At the new Gush Etzion Heritage Center, hear the story of Kfar Etzion – the kibbutz that was captured by the Jordanian Legion, on the day the State of Israel was declared, with tremendous loss of life, and rebuilt by the children of the fallen fighters following the Six Day War
Learn about the fascinating interface between halacha and technology at the Tzomet Institute. The Institute has stood at the crossroads of Jewish Law and Modern Life since 5737 (1976) and has succeeded in merging these paths which often appear to be divergent.
Bread Workshop at Pat Ba’melech Bake pretzels and distribute them at the Gush Etzion Pina Chama, a refreshment station for soldiers and police serving in the area.
Visit the Biblical Museum of Natural History in Beit Shemesh which showcases the mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and insects of the Torah and meet with Rabbi Dr. Natan Slifkin, the founder and director of the museum, affectionately referred to as the “Zoo Rabbi.”
Tour Buster Cider Factory and Visitor’s Center. Learn how their hard cider and lemonade are produced, hear about the journey of the family business, and enjoy tasting beverages on draft.
Cost: 1950 NIS per person in a double room, 2750 NIS in a single room, (50 NIS per person additional for non-AACI members).
Price includes: bus transportation and extraordinary professional guide (Jackie Siviak) for 4 days, lodging and half board (breakfast and dinner) for 3 nights at the Neve Ilan Hotel, and all entrance fees to sites. Kashrut observed and synagogue on premises. Itinerary subject to change; cancellation fees apply 1 month before departure.
For more information or to make a reservation, please contact Jeff Rothenberg at firstname.lastname@example.org or Judy Telman at email@example.com
Participants in the AACI Study Tours travel throughout the country visiting historic sites, natural wonders, social action projects, cultural facilities, ecological programs, and more – gaining insight into the unique places, programs and people that make Israel so special.
If the adventure of exploring Israel in-depth and the camaraderie of like-minded active retirees appeals to you, please consider joining us on our October 8-11, 2018 tour of the Judean Highlands, and on future trips including a December 10-13, 2018 trip to Kibbutz Ketura in the south.