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Rabbi Gary Mazo and Pastor Kevin Fleming

Israel Tour / Rabbi Gary Mazo and Pastor Kevin Fleming

Rabbi Gary Mazo and Pastor Kevin Fleming

$100

per person

Touring with one of Israel’s Top Tour Guide Educators in Deluxe Motor Coach Shechiyanu/Welcome Ceremony overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem, Old City, Temple Mount, City of David and so much more!

Touring with one of Israel’s Top Tour Guide Educators in Deluxe Motor Coach Shechiyanu/Welcome Ceremony overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem, Old City, Temple Mount, City of David and so much more!

Join in celebrating our Evansville Interfaith Israel Experience

Led by Rabbi Gary Mazo and Pastor Kevin Fleming

June 4 – 15, 2017

Application

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Sunday, June 4

  • Depart USA on an over night flight to Israel
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Monday, June 5

  • Entering the Land
  • Arrive in Israel to be met and assisted by your ITC representative. Ascend to Jerusalem through the biblical Ayalon Valley.Shechiyanu/Welcome Ceremony overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem and introduction to the Holy Basin. Check in to Dan Panorama Hotel or Prima Kings Hotel in Jerusalem Welcome dinner and orientation session at hotel.
  • Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel or Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem
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Tuesday, June 6

  • Exploring Ancient Jerusalem
  • Look out at the Old City and Temple Mount and City of David from the top of the Mt. of Olives – Jerusalem’s most iconic view. Visit the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus spent his last night of freedom and adjacent Church of All Nations/Church of the Agony. Visit to Mt. Zion – Find David’s Tomb and the Cenacle (Last Supper room) all under one roof. Lunch on own in Jewish Quarter. Tour of the Jewish Quarter including the Cardo and Broad Wall and rooftop panoramic view of Old City’s Four Quarters, each with its distinct form. Explore the City of David using the Bible and archaeology to make Jerusalem’s stones tell the story of the city’s ancient past. See its still flowing ancient water system, Warren’s Shaft and Hezekiah’s Tunnel (without getting wet). Dinner at hotel
  • Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel Jerusalem
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Wednesday, June 7

  • Into the Desert: Masada and the Dead Sea
  • Set out across the Judean Desert on the Good Samaritan Route. Ascend Masada by cable car to tour the ruins of Herod’s palace and last outpost of Jewish independence 2,000 years ago. Swim in the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth, at a local resort. The resort also has a fresh water pool and spa facilities. Massage and spa treatments available by prior reservation at own expense. Lunch at Dead Sea resort. Time permitting: Visit Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. OR: Walk in the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve – Opportunity to bath in waterfalls and hear how David hid there from King Saul. Dinner at hotel. Free evening Recommendation – Visit the First Station Compound, Jerusalem’s restored Ottoman railway station turned restaurant – cafe area.
  • Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem
5

Thursday, June 8

  • City of Three Faith
  • Early start to tour the Temple Mount/Haram Esh-Sharif – Islam’s holiest site in Jerusalem to see the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aksa Mosque. Discover the archaeological story of the Western Wall and vignettes of local life 2,000 years ago at Robinson’s Arch and the Southern Wall Excavations. Visit the traditional prayer area of the Western Wall. Walk through the Western Wall Tunnels to discover underground Jerusalem. Exit on to the Via Dolorosa and follow it to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Lunch on own. Tour of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, site of the crucifixion and tomb of Jesus. Dinner at hotel. Meeting with the Interfaith Encounter Association to hear about their efforts to build bridges in Jerusalem and its environs.
  • Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem
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Friday, June 9

  • Holocaust, Remembrance and Continuity
  • Tour of Yad Vashem – Israel’s national Holocaust memorial and museum, including the Holocaust History Museum and Children‛s Memorial. Lunch on own. Travel to Bethlehem to visit the Church of the Nativity in Manger Square. Then continue east to the Shepherds Fields in nearby Beit Sahur. Friday/Sabbath evening options: Take in Jerusalem’s special atmosphere by joining worshipers Greeting the Sabbath at the Western Wall. Option to pray together as a congregation in the new Ezrat Yisrael section, where men and women can stand together. OR: Attend Friday night services at a local Jerusalem Reform synagogue.OR: Enjoy leisure time and relax before dinner. Traditional Shabbat dinner at hotel.
  • Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem
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Shabbat, June 10

  • And on the Seventh Day… in Jerusalem
  • Optional Shabbat morning services at a local Reform synagogue. OR: Morning at leisure Lunch on own. Visit to the Israel Museum to see the Dead Sea Scrolls in the Shrine of the Book and the Model of Jerusalem in the first century. Free time to explore additional exhibitions on own – Recommendations: Modern Israeli art, Synagogue interiors in the Judaica section and the Archaeology Wing. Optional late afternoon walking tour to Mishkenot Sha’ananim, the first neighborhood built outside the walls of the Old City. AND/OR: Ketef Hinnom, a First Temple period burial site below the apse of St. Andrew’s Church of Scotland, where the oldest biblical text ever discovered was found. Dinner at hotel. Havdalah with Rabbi Mazo. Watch the Night Spectacular – Sound and Light Show at the Tower of David.
  • Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem
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Sunday, June 11

  • North to the Galilee – Travel north on the Trans-Israel Highway
  • En route see and discuss Israel’s Security Barrier with the Palestinian Authority. Visit to Nazareth, site of the Annunciation, and meet with a local Christian Arab to hear his perspective on ethnic relations in the city. Lunch on own. Travel through Cana, where Jesus performed his first miracle. Explore Jesus’ Ministry in the Galilee at Capernaum and at the Mt. of the Beatitudes, site of the Sermon on the Mount. Time permitting: See the ancient synagogue of Hamat Tiberias and ponder why its 1,500 year old mosaic floor features a wheel of the zodiac. Sunday evening church service (6:00 pm) at the Presbyterian Church of Scotland in Tiberias. Check in to the Nof Ginosar Hotel on Kibbutz Ginosar by the Sea of Galilee. Dinner at hotel.
  • Overnight: Nof Ginosar Hotel, Sea of Galilee
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Monday, June 12

  • The Sources of the Jordan and the Strategic Golan Heights
  • Tour the mystical city of Tzfat to see its quaint alleyways and ancient synagogues of the city where Kabbala (Jewish mysticism) flourished in the 16th century. Lunch on own. Please choose one of the following two touring options at the Jordan’s sources: Visit the Banias, one of the sources of the Jordan River and the site of ancient Caesarea Philippi, where Peter received the “Keys to the Kingdom of Heaven”, and the inspiration of cultic sites for several other religions in the region. OR: Walk in the lush Tel Dan Nature Reserve, one of the sources of the Jordan River, where you’ll discover biblical intrigue and one of the oldest arches in the world. Ascend to Golan Heights and lookout over pre 1967 Israel as Syrian soldiers once did. Then continue to Mt. Bental to look over Israel’s current border with Syria and appreciate the strategic significance of this region. Return to Ginosar. Time permitting: Swim in the Sea of Galilee at Ginosar’s beach. Dinner at hotel
  • Overnight: Nof Ginosar Hotel, Sea of Galilee
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Tuesday, June 13

  • Along the Mediterranean Coast
  • Program about coexistence in multi-ethnic Haifa with Rabbi Dubi Hayoun of the Haifa Conservative Jewish community and Imam Ahmed Odeh Sharif of the Ahmedia Moslem community. Lunch on own. Tour the ruins of Caesarea, where Peter accepted Cornelius as the “first gentile convert to Christianity”, including its Roman Theater, Amphitheater, Hippodrome and Promontory Palace. Ponder a rabbinic debate over Jews attending gladiator games. Travel to Tel Aviv – “The City that never stops”. Check in to the Crowne Plaza Hotel or Metropolitan Hotel on Tel Aviv’s Mediterranean Coast. Free time to swim in the Mediterranean Sea and enjoy beach side Promenade. Dinner at hotel. Free evening.
  • Overnight: Crowne Plaza Hotel or Metropolitan Hotel, Tel Aviv
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Wednesday, June 14

  • Jaffa: Separate, Together and Diverse
  • Visit the “Aliyah Bet” Memorial in London Square to hear the story of the illegal immigration operations which rescued Jewish refugees before the founding of the State of Israel. Meet with representatives of Jaffa’s joint Arab Jewish Community Center to hear about their efforts to bring communities together. Tour of Old Jaffa – The ancient port city once known as Zion Gate. Look out from the top of Tel Jaffa and hear about the vision for founding Tel Aviv. Then hear about Peter’s vision in Jaffa and its impact on Jewish – Christian relations. Remainder of afternoon free to enjoy beach and get in last minute shopping. ate check-out
  • Farewell dinner at Maganda Yemenite Restaurant.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport – See you again soon.
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Thursday, June 15

  • Arrive in U.S.A.
  • Itinerary Subject to Change

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  • (Check payment) Land Only $2755, Air* and Land Package $4635 Single Supplement: $1050 Reduction of third person in a room: subtract $300
  • Not Included: Travel Insurance $340 – tips for Guide, Driver and Restaurants $180 Tour pricing is based on 20 paying participants
  • For information and applications please call Rabbi Mazo 812.477.2577 or e-mail Rabbi at garymazo@gmail.com

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