Temple Har Shalom Rabbi Josh Aaronson plans to lead 43 people to Israel June 24-July 8, making stops in well-traveled tourist destinations in the Jewish state. The rabbi last took congregants to Israel in 2004.
Some of the destinations include:
Tel Aviv, where the tour is scheduled to visit the building where the Israeli declaration of independence was signed and the square where Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated. The synagogue’s itinerary calls Tel Aviv, situated on the Mediterranean Sea and well known for its nightlife, the "city that never sleeps."
Jerusalem, where the group plans to see many of the famous sites in the city, which is holy to Judaism, Christianity and Islam. They plan to visit the Old City, a Holocaust memorial, the graves of Rabin and Theodor Herzl, who was a Jewish thinker, and a museum that tells Jerusalem’s history.
The Golan Heights, a strategic locale for Israel’s military. They plan to take a Jeep tour and ride a cable car to a viewing point that overlooks the land.
Safed, which the itinerary calls a "center of Jewish mysticism for hundreds of years" that is now an artist hotspot.
The Negev Desert, which the group will drive through as they travel to the former home and grave of Israel’s first prime minister, David ben Gurion.
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The planning committee and the newly formed task forces will continue to work on the master planning priorities and will present to the Board of Education at its meeting Dec. 17.