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The Lemmer's Bar-Mitzvah party at Decks Read More

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Learning to blow a shofar Read More

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Sarah Feddr's made shofar Read More

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Before.. Read More

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Sample 11 days Bar-Mitzvah tour to Israel

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Day 1 – Arrival, Caesarea

Upon arrival we head first for a few days in the north. Our first stop could be Caesarea or Atlit Detainee Camp, and if time and wind permits we could set a more extreme activity such as  Caesarea Bakai flightParagliding. Alternatively we can walk in Caesarea’s underground water tunnel (Mei Kedem) or on a Suspension Bridge near Haifa.

Passing by Haifa we view Bahaian Terraced Gardens before checking in and setting dinner.

Overnight: Western Galilee.

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Day 2 – Jewish Heritage and Charity

The day begins with an act of charity by collecting food for the need at LEKET.

We then continue to Sepphoris, an important Jewish center in Talmudic times, and at nearby Beth Shearim we explore the burial caves of the biggest Jewish cemetery in the Galilee in antiquity.

Overnight: Western Galilee.

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Day 3 – Exploring the Galilee

rosh hanikra cable carThis day begins with touring Akko, a central city since Canaanite times and former capital of the Crusaders. We stroll among the antiquities and local market, and visit the British era prison where Jewish underground members were arrested and some executed.

We then continue to Rosh Hanikra Grottoes, where we take a cable car into the caves carved in the soft chalk rock, all at the very border between Israel and Lebanon. After lunch we head up into the upper Galilee, visiting Jewish sites Pqi’in and Bar’am on the way.

Overnight: Eastern Galilee.

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Day 4 – Safed and Kayaks

This rather spiritual morning is devoted to Safed, former center for Kabbalah philosophy and now a known Jewish Artists colony.  We continue to the sources of the Jordan River and possibly hike the Ayun Stream or Banias hike and water fall, and visit Tel Hai where we learn about Trumpeldor and Jewish Pioneering heroism in the early 20th century.

After a lunch break we could enjoy a refreshing Kayaks experience along the Jordan River, and in the afternoon tour the Hula Lake Park  seeking some of the plentiful migrating birds common to the site.

Alternatively we can go swimming in the  Hidden Waterfall or get our feet wet walking the Majrasa.

Overnight: Eastern Galilee.

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Day 5 – the Golan Heights

This day is devoted to explore the Golan Heights . We ascend to top of Mt. Bental, where one can view both to the Golan heights as well as into Syria, and also explore an unmanned IDF bunker. Nearby we can watch a movie about the OZ 77 unit in 1973 war , and even go on an ATV tour against the Syrian Border.

For lunch we go to Katsrin where we can also visit the Golan-Magic Visitors center, as well as a local winery and / or brewery, and possibly got for a chocolate workshop experience at De Karina. On the way back we could visit “Kol Shofar“ , a workshop for making a shofar out of rams horns.

Overnight: Eastern Galilee.

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Day 6 – Along the Jordan Valley

Starting to head to Jerusalem, we stop at ancient Jewish sites like Capernaum , Ancient Tiberias, and Hamat Tiberias. At Kinneret Farm we learn about the first Jewish pioneers and poets who also invented the “Kibbutz” farms concept, and nearby we can kanoo on the Jordan river at “Rob Roy“ .

After lunch we can explore the Roman city of Beit She’an , the nearby mysterious ancient synagogue at Beth Alpha , and possibly go for a swim at the Sachne or Nahal Hakibutsim.

Towards sunset we get to Jerusalem, and great it with a “Sheheyanu” from the Mount of Olives Viewpoint.

Overnight: Jerusalem.

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Day 7 – City of David

We begin exploring Jerusalem at the Biblical site City of David . Watching a 3d movie at the visitors center we continue into the city’s ancient water systems and possibly walk along the pitch dark 1700 feet long  “Hezekiah’s Tunnel “. Reaching Pool of Siloam , we enter the  Herodian Drainage Channel, which takes straight to the face of the Western wall.

After a lunch break we continue to explore the Jewish Quarter at sites like the Karaite Synagogue, the “Burnt House” , the “Alone on the Walls”   exhibition, or join a tour of the Hurvah Synagogue.

In the evening you could go to the Tower of David Night Spectacle.

Overnight: Jerusalem.

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Day 8 – Western Wall

This special day begins with Bar-Mitzvah ceremony at the Western Wall, followed by a tour of the Western Wall tunnels and the “Chain of Generations” exhibition.

After branch we head to Gush-Ezion for some unique fan activity in the shape of Live Shooting and Zip-line.

We could also visit the rehabilitation farm for teenagers in danger in Sde Bar and crawl in caves in search for the tomb of king Herod at Herodium.

Overnight: Jerusalem.

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Day 9 – to the Dead Sea

A day devoted to the region of the Dead Sea begins with a drive to Masada, to admire the site which witnessed a great drama 2000 years ago. WE could possibly also conduct a Bar-Mitzvah on Masada.

We then continue to a nearby hotel for a lunch + spa break at the Dead Sea, or drive to Kibbutz Ein Gedi  for kibbutz style lunch and a short walk amidst the Ein-Gedi Botanical Gardens. We end the day with a hike to a waterfall in Ein-Gedi Nature Reserve, and on the way back we stop for a view of the caves where the famous Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered (Qumran), learn how Biblical Tsitsit was made at the unique Tekhelet Factory, and possibly have a camel ride.

Overnight: Jerusalem.

Bar-Mitzvah Ceremony of Francisco Samuel Hecht At Masada, March 11 2010
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Day 10 – Secrets of the Shefela

Checking out, we move to Tel-Aviv for the last day, yet on the way visit sites like David vs. goliath battle site, and crawl in Bar Kokhba caves carved by revolting Jews some 2000 years ago.

After a lunch break we  drive along the historical 1948 ““Burma Road”, and visit the contemporaneous Secret Bullet Factory (“Machon Ayalon”) .

If time permits, we also visit the noble institution Israel Guide Dog Training Center for Blind  OR the popular Palmach Museum near Tel-Aviv.

Overnight: Tel-Aviv.

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Day 11 – Tel-Aviv

The last day is devoted to exploring Tel-Aviv and its heritage sites. We start with a visit to Independence Hall, where the state of Israel was declared. We continue to Jaffa and learn about its rich history and scenic views.

For lunch we can proceed to the Flea Market , and continue to Carmel Market and Nahalat Binyamin Arts and Crafts Fair, ending at Rabin Assasination site, according to the schedules flights we proceed to Ben-Gurion airport for a fairwell and a safe flight back home.

Overnight: Over the Atlantic..

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And here you can see some of the executed Bar-Mitzvah tous with me.. :
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TESTEMONIALS:

Fay and Ben Elisha, Australia, December 2013

Dear Danny. Thank you for giving us a great time. We thoroughly enjoyed our trip a lot. Your sensitivity and kindness to our needs and catering To 3 generations is not an easy task but you did it with a lot of care and love. We felt very safe and the tours were appropriate to our needs. We  went to independence hall and that felt very emotional Our grandchildren went to. Keep up the good work and hope to see you soon Ben  and Fay  Elisha

Jennifer and Stuart Zimmer, October 2011

Dear Danny,  I don’t even know where to begin, but as the jet lag and the natural high from being in Israel gradually wear off,  I wanted to thank you for making our first trip to Israel such a spectacular one. It was a hit with all ages. You were the perfect guide for connecting the dots between the religious and archaeological histories that make Israel such a unique and mystical place. You really made the Bible come to life for all of us. In our hearts and minds, Israel is no longer just a distant ancestral home, a dot on a map or

Recommendation in THE JEWISH CHRONICLE,12.2011

.. Take a trip to Israel One of the most powerful connections to Judaism comes from spending time in Israel. It is the ultimate way to connect with your roots and watch history come alive. There are also a plethora of trips to choose from. Former archaeologist Danny Herman, (dannythedigger.com) is known for his private tours, which focus on ancient Jewish heritage sites. He even personally participated in some of the excavations. Herman explained “I also conducts various ‘extreme’ activities, such as live shooting and Segway tours, but all in all aim to develop affiliations with the Jewish people and