Christian Friends of Yad Vashem Tour in 2017

Prayer & Study Tour - Itinerary

Day 1 – Thursday May 18, 2017

Thus says the Lord:‘I will return to Zion, And dwell in the midst of Jerusalem.Jerusalem shall be called the City of Truth, The Mountain of the Lord of hosts, The Holy Mountain.’ (Zacharia 8:2-3)

  • Arrival at Ben Gurion airport, Tel Aviv
  • Airport transfers
  • Arrival in Jerusalem, Gods city. The city whose history can be heard in the whispering of the wind along the walls, where every stone tells a wondrous story of a city that has drawn millions of faithful pilgrims for thousands of years. Arrival in Jerusalem and check-in at the hotel.
  • Free time until welcome dinner
  • Welcome dinner at the hotel
  • Orientation
  • Overnight in Jerusalem

Day 2 – Friday May 19, 2017

So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy. (Genesis 2:3)
The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever. (Isaiah 40:8)

  • Start the day with prayer & devotion
  • Visit to the Israel Museum Dead Sea Scrolls and Second Temple Model
  • Visit Bible Lands Museum. Through maps, sketches, Biblical quotations and priceless exhibits the museum creates a greater understanding of the historic context of the Bible
  • Free afternoon
  • Shabbat, the 7th day of the week and a resting day, is a day apart. Visit the Western Wall, as thousands of Jews and visitors from around the world, gather to welcome the Sabbath. Join in Shabbat prayers with thousands of others.
  • Enjoy a “Shabbat of a Lifetime”, the hospitality of a Jewish home and a real Shabbat dinner.
  • Overnight in Jerusalem


Day 3 – Saturday May 20, 2017

By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating he had done (Genesis 2:2-3)

  • Prayer, devotion and reflection
  • Free day
  • Dinner at hotel
  • The Walls of the David Citadel serve as a stage for a nighttime show that tells the story of Jerusalem, through a celebration of light, images and sounds. Enjoy the Tower of David Sound and Light Show.
  • Overnight in Jerusalem

Day 4 - Sunday May 21, 2017

The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor the ruler's staff from between his feet, until Shilo comes: and unto him shall be the obedience of the peoples be. (Genesis 49:10)

"For on My holy mountain, on the mountain height of Israel", says the Lord God, "there all the house of Israel, all of them in the land, shall serve Me..." (Ezechiel 20:40

  • Start the day with prayer and devotion
  • Travel to Samaria, the Biblical Heartland, and an area of highly strategic as well as historical and spiritual importance.
  • “Until Shilo Comes”- visit the ancient excavations of the Biblical city of Shilo and explore the place where the Tabernacle stood for 369 years
  • See the fulfillment of the prophecies in front of your eyes
  • In the Bible, Elon Moreh is where God told Abraham that the land of Canaan is given to his descendants (Genesis 12:6). Today a small community of Jews reestablished Elon Moreh, just outside Sechem – now Nablus. A visit to the community of Elon Moreh.
  • An outlook over Nablus, biblical Sechem, with Jacob’s well and Josephs tomb from Mount Gerizim. Mount Gerizim is the Biblical Mount of Blessing from the book of Joshua and the religious center of the Samaritans.
  • Dinner at the hotel in Jerusalem
  • Evening Lecture
  • Overnight in Jerusalem


Day 5 - Monday May 22, 2017

And after this, Abraham buried Sarah his wife in the cave of the field of Machpelah before Mamre (which is Hebron), in the land of Canaan. (Genesis 23: 19)

And David took the stronghold of Zion; the same is the city of David. (2 Samuel 5:7)

And Rachel died, and was buried in the way to Ephrath, the same is Bethlehem. (Genesis 35:19)

  • Start the day with prayer & devotion
  • Visit to Hebron. Walk in the footsteps of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, Joshua, King David and the Maccabees. Visit the Tomb of Machpelah. This Tomb of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs attests to the antiquity of Hebron’s traditions – its walls date back at least 2,000 years.
  • Visit the Tomb of Rachel, just outside Bethlehem.
  • Walk through the Biblical City of David, the very roots of Jerusalem, one of the most fascinating archaeological sites in the world, the number 1 place in the world where archaeology confirms the Bible.
  • Dinner near the Old City
  • Visit the Western Wall, the last remnant of the Jerusalem Temple destroyed 2,000 years ago by the Romans. 440 meters of the wall await you at the nearby Western Wall Tunnel
  • Return to hotel
  • Overnight in Jerusalem



  Day 6 - Tuesday May 23, 2017

Your word God, is eternal! (Psalm 119:89)

And David went up from thence, and dwelt in the strongholds of En-gedi. (1 Samuel 23:29)

  • Depart hotel
  • Descend to the lowest point of the earth at -400 meters below sea level
  • Prayer & devotion at Qumran
  • Visit to Qumran, where archaeologists found the oldest bible ever found, the Dead Sea Scrolls.
  • Masada: Heroism or just a Best-seller? Herod’s desert fortress Masada, a symbol of Jewish resistance against the Romans. Ascend Herod’s mountain fortess of Masada by cable car. Explore how this story affects Israeli society and military to this very day.
  • The Hebrew word for desert ‘Midbar’ comes from the Hebrew word ‘daber’- to speak. During the ages, the desert has always been a place to pray and hear Gods voice.
  • Descend by cable car.
  • Visit to the nature reserve of Ein Gedi with its beautiful waterfalls and the place were David hid from King Saul.
  • Swim and float in the Dead Sea, bathing yourself in the mineral rich water and mud
  • Return to the hotel for dinner
  • Free evening
  • Overnight in Jerusalem



Day 7 - Wednesday May 24, 2017 YAD VASHEM DAY & YOM YERUSHALAYIM

Behold, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, O my people; and I will bring you into the land of Israel. (Ezekiel 37:12)

I will say to the north: give up! And to the south: Keep not back! Bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the end of the earth. (Isaiah 43:6)

  • Start the day with prayer and devotion.
  • Visit Israel’s main Holocaust remembrance and education center, the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Center. Spend the day learning and remembering at Yad Vashem
  • Tour through the Museum, the Avenue of the Righteous and the Children’s Memorial
  • Meeting with a survivor of the Holocaust
  • Donors ceremony
  • Visit to the Garden Tomb. This ancient cemetery is a moving site in which to recall the crucifixion and burial of Jesus. Spend time in these peaceful garden surroundings in prayer and fellowship and communion.
  • Dinner at hotel
  • Celebration of Yom Yerushalayim, Jerusalem Day
  • Overnight in Jerusalem

Day 8 - Thursdays May 25, 2017

No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of God, and their righteousness which is of me, saith God. (Isaiah 54:17)

  • Check out of hotel
  • Start the day with prayer & devotion
  • In 1897, referring to the first Zionist congress in Basel, Theodor Herzl said: At Basel, I founded the Jewish State. Perhaps in five years, and certainly in fifty, everyone will realize it. 50 years later, the UN voted in favor of a Jewish State. At the multi-media Herzl Museum, learn more about the father of modern Zionism, Theodor Herzl, a modern-day prophet
  • A visit to the Knesset, the Israeli parliament. Discover the essence of the Israeli democracy and the role and responsibilities of the Knesset. The tour also relates to the principle art works in the Knesset building. Halt at the big Menorah outside the parliament building, picturing several biblical scenes.
  • Meeting with a minister of the Israeli government, or a member of the Israeli parliament.
  • Visit the Menachem Begin Heritage Center, the official state memorial commemorating Israel’s sixth Prime Minister. The museum tells the story of the life of Menachem Begin, from his childhood in Poland, his years as the commander of the Irgun, the Leader of the Opposition in the Knesset, and as Prime Minister of the State of Israel
  • Dinner at the hotel
  • Evening lecture on Ethics of the IDF
  • Overnight in Tel Aviv


Day 9 Friday May 26, 2017

‘Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things? Shall a land be born in one day? Shall a nation be brought forth at once? For as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children’. (Isaiah 66:8)

  • Start the day with prayer & devotion
  • The long way to an own state: visit the Diaspora Museum of the Jewish People. The exhibition tells the history of the Jewish people outside Israel, longing to return to the Jewish state of Israel. Different facets of Jewish life in the Diaspora are illuminated: family life, community life, religious life, culture, contacts to non-Jews and the return to Zion.
  • Visit to the Independence Hall. On the 14th of May 1948, the Declaration of Independence of the State of Israel was signed in a small hall on Rothschild Avenue in Tel Aviv. This Independence Hall is part of the famous UNESCO World Heritage buildings in Bauhaus style.
  • Evalution and reflection on the tour. Summary & Conclusions.
  • Optional departure to airport or free time
  • Dinner & Overnight in Tel Aviv



Day 10 - Saturday May 27, 2017

Transfer to Ben Gurion airport for departing flights

  • Listed activities and speakers are subject to confirmation.
  • Program will be staffed by a Keshet Israel Tour Educator

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