From August 19 to September 2, 2012, ITC is offering a Family Bar and Bat Mitzvah Tour in collaboration with the Midway Jewish Center, a progressive Conservative synagogue in Syosset, Long Island, New York. Tour participants will be accompanied by Rabbi Rafi Rank and led by ITC’s acclaimed team of bilingual Israeli guides. The Family Bar and Bat Mitzvah Tour is essentially a family vacation, Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration, and Jewish heritage tour rolled into one.

/ Livingston, NJ – In collaboration with the Midway Jewish Center of Syosset, Long Island, New York, ITC has announced the dates and itinerary of the 2012 Family Bar and Bat Mitzvah Tour, which will be taking place from August 19 to September 2, 2012. Rabbi Rafi Rank, the head rabbi of the Midway Jewish Center, will perform the Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony.

The Family Bar and Bat Mitzvah Tour is ideal for families who want their children to celebrate their Bar/Bat Mitzvahs in an unforgettable setting. The travel package caters to three-generational family groups and features plenty of hands-on activities to keep the kids entertained. The aim of the tour is to deepen Jewish children’s connections to the Holy Land while strengthening family bonds.

The CEO of ITC Larry Ritter said, “The Family Bar and Bat Mitzvah Tour is the ultimate gift for Jewish children undergoing this lifecycle ceremony. Rather than having a typical Bar or Bat Mitzvah celebration that lasts just a few hours, why not enjoy a two-week adventure in Israel with your family? Your kids will make many friends their age and create memories that last a lifetime.”

Amenities included in the Family Bar and Bat Mitzvah Tour are stays at deluxe five-star hotels in the best locations in Israel, English-speaking Israeli guides who make Israel come alive for visitors of all ages, and rides in a deluxe motor coach. In addition, all breakfasts, two Shabbat dinners and lunches, and six weekday dinners are included.

The Family Bar and Bat Mitzvah Tour will take participants to a variety of historic, religious, and cultural attractions in Israel. Highlights of the trip include the following activities:

* Visit Caesarea, an impressive archaeological park that was a former stronghold of the Romans in Israel;
* Take a kayaking trip down the Jordan River;
* Take a jeep ride through the Golan Heights;
* Visit Israel’s Air Force Museum near Beersheva to view planes and equipment;
* Uncover actual artifacts during an archaeological dig at Beit Guvrin;
* Walk through the Hula Valley Nature Reserve, through which millions of migratory birds pass;
* Learn about the way of life on a kibbutz at Kibbutz Ketura’s Arava Institute;
* Attend a fabulous light show at the Tower of David Museum in Jerusalem.

The most important part of the trip, the Bar Mitzvah & Bat Mitzvah service, will take place at Robinson’s Arch in Jerusalem’s Old City. Families will meet with Rabbi Rafi Rank the day before to discuss the ceremony. They will also be given a preparation kit that includes their Torah portion and prayers, as well as a Cantorial CD. The day will end with a festive Bar/Bat Mitzvah dinner at the Anna Ticho House.

About ITC

Founded by Marlene and Larry Ritter, ITC is a travel agency specializing in Jewish, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, and Christian travel. ITC has been providing uniquely programmed travel packages and consulting services to individuals and groups for over 25 years. With offices in New Jersey, Florida, California, and Israel, ITC has grown to become the leading Israel tour operator in North America. For more information about the 2012 Family Bar and Bat Mitzvah Tour offered by ITC and the Midway Jewish Center, call 1-800-2-ISRAEL (1-800-247-7235).

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Larry Ritter, CEO
Israel Tour Connection

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