The History of Immanuel Tours

To start new life in a country, far from where you were born, is never easy but I praise God that as a new immigrant to Israel in April 1962 I was relatively quickly able to stand on my own feet. To find a place of work it was important to learn the Hebrew language and I was accepted to work and study the language in a kibbutz on Mt. Carmel, Kibbutz Ramat Hashofet, which had an Ulpan for new immigrants. The other people in my class were mostly Jews from Rumania, a Jewish couple from Brazil and a few odd Jews from European countries. The members of the Kibbutz and my fellow classmates soon found out that I was a believer in Jesus as the Messiah and there were some who found it very difficult accept me but on the whole [...]

Pontius Pilate’s Name Found in Egyptian Mine

More and more discoveries are being made that bring the Bible to life. Pontius Pilate's ring was found in 2018, and now they have found an inscription speaking of him in an Egyptian amethyst mine. The discovery, made at Wadi el-Hudi, was among other inscriptions. The mine fed the massive demand for amethyst in Egypt, where people loved the purple stone. Being that the mines were in Southern Egypt, the opposite side of the country that is close to Israel, it serves as evidence of Pilate's reach and notoriety. The history of the Bible gets clearer and more vibrant every day!  

Purim: Honoring the story of Esther and Mordecai

While there are many holidays that include costumes around the world, if you see children in adorable costumes in late February or early March in Israel, it is likely Purim! Purim takes place about a month before Passover every year on the 14th- 15th day of the Jewish month of Adar (likely March on the Gregorian calendar) and celebrates the story of Esther and the saving of Jewish people from Haman in the Persian Empire. Esther, an orphan raised by her loving uncle, Mordecai, concealed her identity as a Jew when she was chosen by the Persian King to be the new Queen. Haman, the King’s Grand Vizier and descendent of Agag, king of the Amalekites who were largely wiped out by David and Saul, despised the Jews. He wished to have all the Jews of the land wiped out and cast lots, or [...]

Making the Most of Your Trip to the Holy Land

For many, visiting the Holy Land is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and this leaves an immense desire for the trip to be as meaningful and fulfilling as possible. Many ask what they can do to achieve the most from their trip, both before, during and after their journey. Here are some tips on how to make your trip the best it can be!   Before the trip: Choose your trip well. Make sure you have joined a tour that will meet your needs for teaching, sites you want to make sure to see and the type of people who might be on your tour. The tour you choose will make or break your experience. Check our JOIN A TOUR page for available tours with descriptions to find the tour that would best suit your needs. Check the weather forecast for your trip…and remember to look at [...]

Group Reception at Susan’s Home

We appreciate all of our groups so much, that sometimes they are invited to our homes and host them as friends! Reverend Dyson arrived with a wonderful group from St. Paul's Episcopal Church. The last tour he brought was in May 2018, less than a year ago! Susan, Immanuel Tour's General Manager, and Lior, the group's tour guide, wanted to do something special and decided to surprise them with a reception at Susan's home in her backyard. Those who journey with us are family!

Jesus Celebrated Chanakuah (and Seven Other Facts about the Feast of Dedication)

Every December, we see Christmas trees displayed prominently around the world in homes, shopping centers, civic areas and places of worship. Then, nearby and often much smaller will be a 9 pronged candelabra known as the menorah.   Often seen as a symbol of inclusion or even a consolation prize to Jewish people during the Christmas season, many have no idea about what it means.   Here are 8 facts for the 8 days of Chanukah…     Chanukah celebrates the re-dedication of the 2nd Temple after the 7 year Jewish revolt against Hellenistic influence by invaders from the ancient Seleucid Empire which was ruled by Antiochus lV Epiphanes. The triumphant warriors won against all odds using guerilla warfare tactics and when they went to the Temple to light the menorah, they only found 1 sealed bottle of oil, enough for one night. The miracle [...]

A Covenant Experience: Weddings and Renewals in Israel

Destination weddings are a very popular way today to make your day special, unique and meaningful. Many trips around the world now include vow renewal options as couple take the time together to recommit themselves to each other. Marriage is used to explain our relationship with God time and time again in the Bible. Jesus even did His first miracle at a wedding. Where else then better to celebrate the covenant of marriage than in Israel, inviting God to be in your marriage! Immanuel Tours has organized many vow renewals and even weddings as part of tours! Imagine standing under a chuppah overlooking Jerusalem recommitting yourself to God’s gift of your marriage with your spouse. Many who have done this have said it is one of the most memorable and meaningful moments of their entire trip. Vow renewals overlooking Jerusalem.  Recently, we were [...]

A Family Adventure of Biblical Proportions!

Today's blog post is from our friends, Pete and Linda McCarthy of Green Bay, Wisconsin whom we had the pleasure of assisting during their family tour to Israel! Many people don't think of what an amazing experience this can be for a family to share and the McCarthy's had such a great experience, they all wrote their thoughts on the trip, even six-year-old Ben!    Boker Tov! Here we are, Oma and Opa with our children and grandchildren, ages from 75 to 6, on The McCarthy Family Holy Land Tour with our very own bus! Susan Eshed and her staff of Immanuel Tours completely arranged our itinerary including our own personal choices of cities and sites. They gave us invaluable advice on how much we could cram into our 11 days in Israel. The itinerary was flexible enough so we could make changes on [...]

Jaffa: Port City of Biblical Meaning

When landing in Tel Aviv at Ben Gurion Airpot, you will see a sprawling metropolis of state-of-the-art buildings housing the start-ups that Israel is known for around the world. Nothing about what you see looks like something to be included in a Christian pilgrimage, and you won’t find the name of Tel Aviv in the Bible. That doesn’t mean it isn’t there, however. One of the first stops on most of our tours occurs right after you arrive, just moments from the airport… a tour of the port city of Jaffa, known in the Bible as Joppa. Located at the southern most part of Tel Aviv, Jaffa was originally inhabited sometime around 7500BC. It is a natural harbor that has held great military and monetary significance since it’s inception, with a broad view of the coastline that allowed for easy departure and defense. The [...]

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