God permitting, we are beginning the first steps to our 2024 Israel trip. Not all “i’s” are yet dotted, nor are the “t’s” crossed, but I thought to open this blog in order to be our communication page for Israel 2024.
As a messianic rabbi with my own congregation in Estacada, Oregon, one of my greatest interests is to explore the life of Yeshua (Hebrew for Jesus) within His Biblical Jewish-Israeli context. As such, visits to each biblical site will be narrated within the authentic context of Yeshua’s life and historical facts, as well as situate them within Biblical Judaism. While we will try make the most of our time, we will also take time for relaxation and personal shopping, especially at the end of the tour in Jerusalem.
THEME FOR THE VISIT
Here is a story for you. An American man went with his wife to visit her family from Eastern Europe. As soon as they arrived, even as they were greeted at the airport by her many relatives, the husband was shocked to discover a side of his wife he had never seen before. You see, they had met and married in America, therefore, he had never seen her interact with her family.
Most people only know Jesus from modern Western viewpoints and culture. But the facts are that Jesus was a Middle-Eastern man who lived 2000 years ago and interacted with His people in Middle-Eastern ways. Like the American man in the story, going to visit the people of the Master may help us discover some sides of Him we were not aware of. It is our hope that experiencing the land where He was born, lived, died, resurrected, ascended, and will return to, with the people who are still His people today, will provide you with an unforgettable experience as well as a deeper dimension of His words and teachings.
During our journey, as we visit both Jewish and Christian sites, we will discover the authentic Jewish Jesus as well as the movement He created, starting from its very origins, until today in the modern Israeli Messianic congregations.
Here is a basic proposed itinerary. We try to visit major places while keeping a comfortable and enjoyable pace.
*NOTE: while departure for this plan is from the USA, people from other countries can join in by paying for their own fare from wherever they are, and applying for the land only tour.
Day 1: Depart the USA
Day 2:Arrive TLV
Transfer to hotel / Caesarea if early arrival
Overnight: Tel Aviv Area
Day 3: From the Mediterranean to the Galilee
Caesarea | Mt Carmel | Megiddo | Mt. of Precipice | Cana
Day 4: Jesus in the Galilee
Sepphoris | Sea of Galilee Boat Ride | Ancient Boat at Nof Ginosar | Capernaum | Magdala | Mt. Arbel
Day 5: South Along the Jordan
Beit Shean | Kasr El Yehud (Jordan River) | Qumran | Ein Gedi | Dead Sea
Overnight: Dead Sea
Day 6: Masada & Jerusalem
Masada | Mt of Olives | Palm Sunday Road | Gethsemane | City of David + Hezekiah’s Tunnel | Pool of Siloam
Day 7: Jerusalem
Temple Mount | Pool of Bethesda | Holy Sepulchre Church , Jewish Quarter | Cardo | Western Wall | Mt. Zion | David’s Tomb | Israel Museum | Western Wall Tunnels After Dinner
Day 8: Jerusalem, Bethlehem & Samaria
Yad Vashem | Bram Center | Bethlehem (Shepherds’ Field + Nativity Church) | Jacob’s Well | Shiloh – Will need a hop-on Arab Christian guide for West Bank sites
Day 9: Jerusalem
Southern Steps & Davidson Center | Messianic Synagogue Netivyah | Jerusalem Intercultural Center |Temple Mt Plazza; Free Time in Old City
Day 10: Jerusalem
Wohl Archeological Museum | Valley of Elah | Jaffa Old Port and Old Town the House of Simon the Tanner | Farewell Dinner | Airport Transfer
Day 11 Return to USA
WHAT IS THE COST?
A ballpark cost would be $4500 which includes:
- Both way airfare from LA
- Four to Five stars hotels
- Copious breakfasts and dinners
- All entrance fees and tips
- Air Conditioned bus with wi-fi and USB chargers
- Guide fees
Each person will pay for their own lunch as we stop at places along the way.
There will be time for shopping for souvenirs.
It is possible to use the "Land only" option if you want to use personal miles to pay for your fare.
It is important to reserve your place as early as possible. As an incentive, "Imagine", the company we use for the tour, provides early bird discounts.
$150 Early Bird Savings When Registered with a $500 deposit by: 15 months prior
$100 Early Bird Savings When Registered with a $500 deposit by: 12 months prior
$75 Early Bird Savings When Registered with a $500 deposit by: 10 months prior
$50 Early Bird Savings When Registered with a $500 deposit by: 8 months prior
The exact date will be established soon, but for now we are thinking about the 3rd week of June.
I hope this gives you a good idea of what we are looking at. Do not hesitate to email me for questions, just write "Israel 2024" in the subject line.
You can also text or whatsapp me at 503 515 2033