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Thanksgiving Israel Style

It is nearly Thanksgiving for all of our American friends! In Israel, the giving of thanks to the Lord is a very important holiday that stretches an entire week, known as Sukkot. But did you know that the American Thanksgiving is patterned after the Sukkot? So what can you do to celebrate Thanksgiving Israel style? The Pilgrims saw themselves in a a version of replacement theology where they saw themselves as akin to the Hebrews being taken to the “Promised Land” but instead of the Promised Land being Israel, in this case it was the “New World” of America. The Pilgrims had taken refuge in Holland before leaving for America and had likely seen Sukkot be celebrated by their Jewish neighbors who had fled persecution in Spain. It’s likely they adopted the celebration as their own act of thankfulness. With that in mind, how [...]

The Twelve Disciples

The land of Israel is a treasure trove of artifacts and locations of the Bible, including those to do with Jesus’ closest followers and friends, the Twelve Disciples. Throughout the country, from the Galilee to Samaria and Jerusalem, there are places you can still visit that tell the story of the men who were part of Jesus’ life and ministry and spread Christianity to the world, carrying out Jesus’ Great Commission. Who Were the Twelve Disciples? Peter- Born Simon, Jesus began to call him Peter when he chose him to be the leader of His Church. He was a fisherman on the Sea of Galilee. James- Brother of John and Son of Zebedee, referred to by Jesus as “Sons of Thunder”.  A fisherman on the Sea of Galilee. Was the first to be martyred of the twelve. John- Brother of James and Son of [...]

Acre Israel

Acre Israel, also known as Akko is a port city in Northern Israel at the end of Haifa Bay. It has been continuously inhabited since 2000 BC, making it one of the longest continuously inhabited citied on Earth. What else makes this ancient city stand out? The Founding of Acre Israel While it has been continuously inhabited since 2000 BC, the first evidence of civilization goes back to 3000 BC, during the early bronze age. It was likely just a farming community that lasted a few centuries before disappearing. It was re-established during the Middle Bronze Age and has been continuously occupied since. The History of Acre Israel With such a long history, Acre of course has had its share of interesting world history. One of these was being conquered by Alexander the Great. It became an important place of positioning for his invasion [...]

The Quarters of Jerusalem

The Old City of Jerusalem is a city that is said to be the “center of the world”. This city which is relatively small at just .35 square miles holds cultural and religious significance for at least half the world’s population. There is truly nowhere on earth like it. A city that the world converges on however is divided… into four distinct quarters of Jerusalem. While Jerusalem proper is actually much much larger than the .35 square miles at 48.3 square miles, most of the world immediately thinks of the Old City when it comes to Jerusalem. Within it are four distinct quarters of Old City Jerusalem; The Jewish Quarter, The Christian Quarter, The Armenian Quarter and the Muslim Quarter. Where Did the Quarters of Jerusalem Come From? The quarters of Jerusalem are actually a very common system in cities in the Middle East. [...]

The Western Wall Tunnels: The Rest of the Wall

While the Western Wall is known for being the focal point of prayer in Judaism as the only remainder of the Second Temple destroyed in 70 AD, there is actually an area closer to the Holy of Holies than many people realize. The Western Wall Tunnels. The Western Wall Tunnels are the continuation of the Western Wall, which was actually about 1500 feet long, though the wall we know think of is only a small portion of about 150 feet of the wall. The rest of the wall is now covered by the Muslim Quarter. In its time, during the Second Temple Period, this underground area would have largely been open air, and was the civic center of life in Jerusalem. Jesus would have walked in this very area! The Western Wall Tunnels Discovery and Exploration The tunnel takes you north under what is [...]

Beer Sheba Israel: History, Highlights, & Meaning

Beer Sheba: Everything You Need to Know About this Historical City Tourists to Israel often make cultural sites like Jerusalem and Haifa their first stops. However, there’s an alternative city that you might have overlooked: Beer Sheba. If you haven’t heard of this city, you’re not alone. Even Israelis don’t visit this city much, which is a shame. This biblical and Ottoman city is a cultural destination in its own right, offering a unique cultural and historical charm.  To discover more about Beer Sheba, read on as we highlight why this city should be on your Israeli itinerary.  Where is Beersheba Located? Beersheba (also spelled Beer Sheba or Beer Sheva and referred to depending on who you are talking to) is a city in the southern region of Israel. It’s located in the northern tip of the Negev desert, roughly 115 km from Tel [...]

A Message from Our CEO, Phillip Meyers

Greetings to all our friends and clients in the United States and throughout the world, A few days ago we joined with our Japanese friends in a day of prayer for the "Peace of Jerusalem". The event took place on Sunday, October 4, 2020, in Tokyo, and we were really moved by their love and devotion for the people and the Land of Israel. The particular group from a Church in Tokyo has sent a large group to Israel every year for the past 28 years, and this year they were to have arrived on the last day of October,  but they held on for as long as possible before cancelling,  believing that God was able to deal with the corona virus. We also believe that God is able to do so but it will be in His time, not in ours. Already eight [...]

The Israel Museum: Five Interesting Things to See

The history of the land of Israel is carefully curated and cataloged at the Israel Museum, located in Jerusalem. The museum is a point of national pride, residing adjacent to the Israeli house of government, the Knesset, the Hebrew University, the Supreme Court and the Bible Lands Museum. The museum began in 1965 and has since grown to include 500,000 objects and 50,000 square feet. It welcomes 800,000 plus visitors ever year. What Exhibits are at the Israel Museum? With 500,000 items cataloged, there is plenty to see! Here are ten interesting things to see and include in your itinerary. Second Temple Period Jerusalem Model This impressive model of Jerusalem during the Second Temple Period brings the entire tour and bits and pieces of the ancient world into perspective for participants. You may walk in the City of David, but seeing a model of [...]

Sukkot: The Festival of Tabernacles

What is Sukkot? The festival of Sukkot, lso known as “The Feast of Tabernacles” or the “Festival of Shelters, is the final of the feasts called upon by God in the book of Leviticus to be celebrated by His people. It is a very exciting and meaningful celebration that actually lasts a full seven days. When is Sukkot? Itt’s celebration timing is dictated, like all of the feasts and observances, by the Hebrew Calendar. Sukkot takes place on the fifteenth day of Tishrei, the seventh month. In 2020, it will be celebrated from October 2-October 9. What Does the Bible Say about Sukkot? The Bible speaks of Sukkot in Leviticus 23:33-44: 33 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 34 “Speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the Feast of Tabernacles for seven days to the Lord. 35 On the first day there shall be a holy convocation. You shall [...]

Day of Atonement: Yom Kippur

Just 10 days after the festive Rosh Hashanah welcomes the new year on the Hebrew calendar, the holiest day of the Hebrew calendar comes, in the middle of what is called the High Holy Days. The High Holy Days are a series of holidays celebrated on the Hebrew calendar in the the month of Tishrei. The reason for the day is to make an atonement or penance for sins. This would have been one of the main holidays that people would travel to Jerusalem for, to the Temple when they stood and now to the Western Wall. The book of Leviticus mandates the observance of this day of atonement in Leviticus 16:29 and Leviticus 23:27 to have a day of ceasing all activities to make an atonement for sins against the Lord. It is a very solemn day that including putting yourself in a [...]

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 [...]

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