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L’Shanah Tov! (For a Good Year!)- Rosh Hashanah

It's Rosh Hashanah! This marks a new year on the Jewish calendar.  Most people are ready to see the start of a new year, as this has certainly been a difficult year, but we look into the next year with anticipation and trust the Lord for better days to come! So if you wish we could fast forward to the new year in January, why not celebrate the Jewish new year and turn a page early! As you may have heard, Rosh Hashanah will be celebrated differently this year, as the Israeli government has decided to lockdown the country again for the next three weeks in response to rapidly growing Covid-19 cases. This means many families will not be able to be together as they normally are, or go to worship and pray the same way. We ask for your continued prayers as we [...]

2021 Tours to Israel

While travel to Israel and many countries in the world continues to be difficult or even prohibited, many have a deep desire to travel, especially for 2021 tours to Israel! People are longing to connect with their faith in a deeper way and also to support Israel, which we so appreciate! The question that we often get is, “Can I plan a 2021 tour to Israel?”. The answer is: Yes! We are actively planning 2021 tours to Israel, and beyond. We are still figuring out what that may look like when the time comes and there are many questions we are hoping for answers to soon as the government sets up guidelines and offers guidance on how to safely open. However, until that information becomes available, we are continuing to plan tours and prepare for their arrivals and while we may not be able [...]

The Red Sea

The water is just as important to Israel as the land, holding much of their ability to survive as well as ties to the culture and faith. The Jordan River, Mediterranean Sea, Sea of Galilee and Dead Sea all have deep history, meaning and importance in to the people of Israel. There is another body of water that helped lead the Israelites into the promised land, the Red Sea. The Red Sea is a large inlet of the Indian Ocean that is about 170,000 square miles. It has an average depth of 1600 ft but reaches depths of 10,000 feet deep. It’s the worlds northernmost tropical sea. It is bordered not only by Israel in the Gulf of Eilat or Aqaba, but also include Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Egypt, Sudan, Jordan, Djibouti, and Eritrea. History of the Red Sea The Red Sea has a long [...]

Discoveries Made By Kids In Israel

It’s back to school time, even if remotely, around the world! With all the uncertainty and frustrations surrounding school right now (and just about everything else!), one benefit has presented itself… parents are able to be more involved in the what their children are learning! What better time to spur an interest in kids in Israel and its history? We think this is an excellent time to teach your kids to love Israel, and highly encourage you to do so! One way to do this is to get them excited about the adventure that waits for all who visit, even adventure for kids in Israel! One thing that is unique about Israel is the exciting discoveries made every day. Just below the surface, and sometimes above it, ancient discoveries are made by ordinary people. Sometimes even kids in Israel make these discoveries. Here are [...]

Tel Dan: Connect to Ancient History

One of the most desired aspects of visiting Israel on a Holy Land Tour is to encounter the ancient and connect with the hero’s of the Old Testament who lived thousands of years before. Tel Dan is one of the best places to do this. Tel Dan is located in the very north of Israel. In fact, the saying was “from Dan to Beersheba” and was used nine times to describe the size of Israel. Today it is a nature preserve that is the site of the headwaters of the Jordan River, ancient ruins, and a close view of Lebanon. Tel Dan was one of the longest running archeological dig sites, with digs happening from 1966 until the very end of the 1990s. Massive amounts of finds were located here that cemented this as the location of Dan. History of Tel Dan Dan was [...]

Popular Places to Visit in Israel

While there so many places to visit in Israel that many people struggle to visit them all in several trips, there are a some popular places to visit in Israel that are considered “must visits”. While this list will be rather small in comparison to what a full list would be, here are five popular places to visit in Israel to include on your Christian Holy Land tour. Five Popular Places to Visit in Israel The Western Wall One of the most popular places to visit in Israel is the Western Wall, also known as the Kotel or “Waling Wall” (though that is actually a derogatory term meant to mock Jews who went to mourn the loss of the Temple). Being the closest place that Jewish people can get to the Holy of Holies to pray, this site is flocked to by visitors from [...]

The Mount of Olives

The Mount of Olives is one of the most recognizable names in the Bible. It holds major  significance for the Jewish and Christian faiths. Here is why Mount of Olives has always been and continues to be so important to believers around the world. Location of Mount of Olives The Mount of Olives is located just outside of the eastern gates of the Old City of Jerusalem. To its north is Mount Scopus and to its south is Mount of Corruption. It is about 2600 feet at its peak. The Mount of Olives in the Old Testament The Mount of Olives is first described when David was fleeing from his son Absalom. It says in 2 Samuel 15:30: “But David continued up the Mount of Olives, weeping as he went; his head was covered and he was barefoot. All the people with him covered their heads [...]

Beit She’an: The City of Ruins

Many of peoples favorite moments of their Christian Holy Land tour comes from moments where they feel that they are able to really absorb and put themselves into ancient Israel. There are few places that allow for this to happen as much as Beit She'an. Beit She'an National Park is located in northern Israel. It offers some of the most intact ancient ruins of anywhere in the world. When you look out onto the park, you will be astonished at the amazing views of Roman columns, roads and structures. Here are some of the things that makes this place so special! History at Beit She'an A large tel overlooking the ruins had extensive excavations in it and within this slice that was taken from the hill, an astonishing history revealed itself. This city has a history that goes back to prehistoric eras. It was [...]

What are the Eras of Israel’s History?

When you visit the Holy Land you are confronted with many amazing ancient sites and relics and often times you hear them described as from particular eras of Israel's history. For example, something from being from the Roman era or the Byzantine era. At certain parks, such as Meggido, you will see different layers that depict different eras of Israel's history. But what are these eras of Israel's history? Today we will break them down for you, era-by-era! The Canaanite Era (3300-1000 BC) The Canaanites ruled the land from 3300-1000 BC. During this time there was also some ruling of the Egyptians in the area. This period of time would have been when the patriarchs of the faith lived, such as Abraham and Jacob. This is also the time that Moses led his people into the Promised Land of Israel. Other names this is [...]

Eilat: City on the Red Sea

Eilat is a city in Southern Israel that lies on the famed Red Sea. It is a town with a population of about 51,000 people, however it’s population and economy are heavily dependent on tourism to the area. It is the southernmost city in Israel, and is a well-known resort area frequented by Europeans. Many of our Christian Holy Land Tours visit this town if they will be crossing over into Jordan or Egypt, both of who closely border the town. Geography of Eliat Eliat is located in the Negev Desert, and is on the coastline of the Red Sea, a seawater inlet that is the northernmost tropical body of water in the world. It is known for being where Moses led the Israelites across from enslavement in Egypt. It has a very hot and dry climate, ranging from and average of the 70’s [...]

Coronavirus Safety Tips: How to Stay Safe on a Holy Land Tour

Coronavirus Safety Tips for Holy Land Travel While the country of Israel is still closed to incoming travelers, many people are starting to think about future travel to Israel but realize that Coronavirus is going to be around for quite some time. Many are looking  for coronavirus safety tips for having a safe and enjoyable time in Israel!  When that happens, it will be be important to know how to stay safe while you are traveling, both to Israel and while traveling about the country. What travel precautions should you take when traveling when Israel reopens? What is Immanuel Tours doing to make sure you will be safe? We will explore some potent coronavirus safety tips to keep you and your family safe while traveling. Protecting You and Your Tour Members Are you wondering how to have a safe tour in the wake of [...]

Jerusalem, The Center of the World

Jerusalem: The Center of the World Jerusalem is a city steeped in importance for many reasons for many people from many backgrounds. It is arguably the “center of world” with an importance so great that people have been fighting over this city for thousands of years. What is it about Jerusalem that has made it such an important city? Location of Jerusalem Jerusalem is located in the Judean hills with the Old City at approximately 2490 feet of elevation. It is about halfway between the Mediterranean Sea and the Dead Sea, about 37 miles from Tel Aviv. It is made of many hills and valleys, including well-known locations such as the Kidron Valley, Mt of Olives and Mt. Scopus. It has a naturally defensible location that made it very attractive for conquering. It has very hot and dry summers and cool, wet winters. A [...]

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