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We will be celebrating the Torah reading of ChayeI Sarah in Hebron – the place where it happened.
TENTATIVE ITINERARY FOR CHIZUK – NOV. 7-15, 2017
IMPORTANT CELL NUMBERS IN ISRAEL: HELEN: 054-347-0174;
JUDY: 052-628-8317 – ALSO ON WHATSAPP; AMI: 052-282-8680
Nov. 7 – Tuesday
Meet INSIDE Ben Gurion Airport , ARRIVALS BUILDING,at 1 PM. Look for those of us wearing AFSI shirts. Board our private VAN, driven by our loyal driver, Ami Dadon, for 1:30 departure.
Visit Palmachim, the beautiful community on the Mediterranean coast, originally created as a kibbutz by members of the Palmach. Today it is also home to a community of Gush Katif refugees who have re-settled in the area. We will be visiting with them.
Beit Miriam, a new archeological Museum, will be a must place to visit.
Continue on to ILTV in Tel Aviv.
Depart for Yerushalayim and check into the Dan Panorama hotel where we will stay for three nights. Everyone will be free to explore and dine as he wishes. The hotel is very well located in the center of the city within easy walking distance of restaurants and the Kotel.
Nov. 8 – Wednesday
Full day in Yerushalayim
We’ll begin the day very early for our 7:30 A.M. visit to the Temple Mount. Yaakov Hayman, head of the Temple Mount Heritage Foundation, under the umbrella of the Israel Independence Fund, will be our guide. Those who don’t wish to ascend the Mount may enjoy a leisurely breakfast and rejoin the Mountaineers when they return to the hotel at approximately 10 AM.
We will then depart for the Foreign Ministry to get an update from Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely.
Travel on towards the Judean Desert, near Maale Amos, to visit Jeremy Gimpel and Ari Abramowitz at the Land of Israel Network.
Dinner will be at a favorite restaurant, Roza, in Gush Etzion.
Return to Jerusalem and Dan Panorama overnight.
Nov. 9 – Thursday
Full day in the Shomron.
Visit AD Kan in Eli – special meeting with Gilad to learn about how MASA, funded by the JEWISH AGENCY, supports and promotes the extreme anti-Zionist “Achvat Amim” group. The group leads anti-Israel activities in the southern Hebron Hills, often in violent confrontations with the IDF. AD Kan is supported by the IIF.
Continue on to Shilo where we will meet Elad Ziv and members of the displaced Amona community to learn about progress, or lack therof, on their new homes.
Continue on to Har Bracha and the Tommy Waller Christian community project.
Return to Jerusalem. Dinner with the group and overnight in the Dan Panorama.
Nov. 10 – Friday
9 AM visit to Oz V’Gaon with the Women in Green, Nadia Matar and Yehudit Katzover. View the new Zionism walk celebrating 120 years since the first Zionist Congress and 50 years since the liberation of Gush Etsion.
Meet members of the Netiv Avot , Elazar community to learn about the threats by the Israeli government to destroy their homes.
Continue on to Hebron for Shabbat lodging at Yeshivat Nir in Kiryat Arba. Shabbat services at the Maarat HaMachpela in Hebron. Shabbat dinner at Yeshivat Nir. Overnight in Kiryat Arba – Yeshivat Nir. Possible availability of housing in Hebron for those wishing to avoid the walk from Kiryat Arba to Hebron.
Nov. 11 – Saturday
Chaye Sarah in Hebron – Lunch with Hebron Fund followed by a tour of the city with David Wilder and Hebron leaders. Shalosh Seudot and Havdalah conclude the Shabbat festivities.
Depart Motzei Shabbat for Arad. Overnight at the Inbar hotel.
Nov. 12 – Sunday
Depart in the morning for a tour of the south Hebron Hills. We will meet with Mayor Yochai Damri to learn about the eighteen Jewish communities which comprise the Har Hebron bloc. We hope to visit a flourishing chocolate factory and, time permitting, the Yatir winery.
We’ll continue on to Be’er Sheva to visit visit the famous Soroka hospital, and meet with the Mayor at his office to learn about the unique problems and successes in Be’er Sheva. There are many must-see sites in the Be’er Sheva area. We will try to cover as many as possible.
Group dinner in Ashkelon and overnight at the Holiday Inn.
Nov. 13 – Monday
Sderot will be our first stop. We’ll meet with Mayor Alon Davidi and learn about the remarkable rebirth that has occurred in the city, despite the frequent rocket attacks from Gaza. We’ll also meet with Rabbi Fendel of the wonderful Hesder Yeshiva in Sderot. It has become a landmark Yeshiva and has contributed greatly to creating the revival of Sderot.
We’ll then travel on to the picturesque Lachish area and visit the very new Gush Katif community of Karmei Katif. David Hatuel, resident of the community, will greet us and welcome us into his brand new home. We will see the groundwork laid for the Karmei Katif synagogue being built in the name of Tali Hatuel and her four children who were murdered in 2004 by Arab terrorists.
Time permitting, we’ll also visit Neta and Amatzia. Dinner will be at one of the many kosher restaurants in Ashkelon. Overnight at the Holiday Inn.
Nov. 14 – Tuesday
Visit three of the new Gush Katif communities. Laurence Beziz will guide us through her community of Be’er Ganim. We will go on to Nitsan, still housing caravans in which displaced Gush Katif residents are still dwelling, twelve years after the expulsion. Nitsan is also the home of the Gush Katif museum which we will visit. We’ll travel on to Netzer Hazani, rebuilt with the extraordinary commitment of Anita Tucker and her neighbors.
We’ll end the day in Modiin where we will enjoy our Gala Farewell dinner.
Those departing on late night flights will be taken to Ben Gurion airport. Those staying in Israel will remain on the bus and be driven to the Central Bus Station in Jerusalem.
We will say our reluctant farewells and look forward to being reunited with our AFSI Chizuk friends to celebrate the wonderful occasion of Israel’s statehood, Yom Ha’Atzmaut – Israel’s 70th birthday, April 17-25, 2018.