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08 October 2018 - 11 October 2018
Locations: Kiryat anavim, Modiin-Macabim-Reut, Neot Kedumim, Yvel design center
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AACI Continuing Education Trip to the Judean Highlands

date treeExperience 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.

Catch a glimmer of the future at Modiin-Macabim-Reut, a planned community and one of Israel’s fastest growing citmodiinies; 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.

Raising the Bar: Ultra-Orthodox in the Workforce – Visit CityBook to learn about one of the first Israeli outsourcing companies to employ the Ultra-Orthodox in Israel. Meet with some women working at CityBook and its CEO Eli Kazhdan, one of the leading voices in Israel to advocate on behalf of employment of the Ultra Orthodox in high-tech businesses.

ta-jerusalem highwayTravel 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

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.

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.

the-biblical-museum-ofVisit 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.”

buster-bottlesTour 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 Sivak) 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 conted@aaci.org.il or Judy Telman at judystewt@gmail.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 this tiyul.

AACI Continuing Education Trip to the Southern Arava/Kibbutz Ketura

Trip highlights include an introduction to the Arava at the new Vidor Visitors Center and the Yair Experimental Station for Agricultural Research, visits to Timna National Park, the state-of-the-art Ilan Ramon International Airport, and the International Bird-watching and Research Center in Eilat, an ice cream making tour at Yotvata, an ecological tour of Kibbutz Lotan, desert star gazing, learning about the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, visiting the Experimental Orchards, Bakery and/or Brewery at Kibbutz Ketura, and an excursion to Eilat including an encounter from a floating pier with dolphins in their natural environment at the Dolphin Reef. (Itinerary subject to change.)

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 professional guide for 4 days, lodging and meals for 3 nights at Kibbutz Ketura, 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 jr@hrfmlaw.com or Judy Telman at judystewt@gmail.com.