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Israel: Today and Forever

The Land of the Book

January 15 – 25, 2018


Some of the unique experiences that tour participants will have while in Israel will be visiting several Jewish communities located in Judea and Samaria. This tour will also introduce people to the geographic areas of the Land from the Golan Heights in the north to the desert in the south.  It will truly be a trip that brings the past into focus with the present, the times from Abraham to modern day Israel. Every day there will be an optional opportunity to meet for a Mass at 7:30 am that will be led by a CCO priest.

As a bonus, we will be staying at Biblical Tamar Park, an ancient Jewish city south of the Dead Sea.  Staying at Tamar Park will provide an opportunity to see how people, from the times of Abraham, Moses, King David, and the Prophets, lived in the Desert and tended the land.  The visit to the Arava Desert Research Center, near Tamar, will give participants a vivid contrast to the ancient agricultural practices and present-day farming at the Moshav and Kibbutzim in Israel.

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Volunteer Experience (Optional)

Everyone who registers for this trip is invited to extend his or her tour experience and become a “Volunteer” at Tamar after the tour. This low cost experience is available for up to a maximum of 90 days. Long term volunteers pay only $20 a day for board and room and short term volunteers, who stay less than 30 days, pay $30 a day. Volunteers are needed in various areas such as, horticulture, cooking, housekeeping, mechanical, carpentry, and beautifying the Park.

Volunteering is a unique and special way to bless the Israeli people and the Land, while being able to experience 5,000 years of history. Presenting this history, and how it relates to our Creator, is the reason Blossoming Rose continues to develop Biblical Tamar Park. We are very thankful for all our volunteers and donations that help make this all possible.


Tour Guides & Hosts


Our tours are led by knowledgeable tour guides and hosts and it’s just one of the many benefits that makes our Israel Tours exceptional. Each tour is a unique experience and all of our tours include a visit to Biblical Tamar Park and have the option to extend your stay as a volunteer.



Fr. Paul Stewart

Fr. Paul Stewart is a founding member of the Community of the Crucified One’s priesthood.  He was commissioned as minister in 1979 and then ordained as a priest in 1983.  After being elected as Prelate, he taught in the CCO seminary for eight years. In 1984, he completed a church building program in Moretown, Vermont, and remained as pastor. He was appointed to the Eldership of the CCO in the late 80s and was dispatched to build mission houses in different cities in the United States.  In 1996, he was sent to Kenya to establish the Holy Cross Church, an international extension of the CCO.  He serves on the Board of Directors of the CCO and Everyone’s Child, Inc.  After making several trips to Israel with Dr. Coxon, his Biblical interests in the Hebraic roots of the church are leading him back to Israel.  His current studies have earned him several certificates in Hebraic roots studies.



Hanoch Young

Hanoch Young is a licensed Israeli tour guide, an Orthodox Jew, who is known for building bridges between people through his personal outreach.  His understanding of the historical relationship between the Jewish people and all who relate to Israel is part of what he shares in his speaking tours in the United States. He is a United States citizen who made Aliyah to Israel and he lives near Jerusalem. People who wish to learn more about the Hebraic roots into Christianity can learn a great deal from his teachings.



Tour Facilitator

Israel: Today and Forever


Day 1: USA to Israel

To begin our journey, we will fly together from JFK to Israel.  Meals will be served during our flight.  (Please arrive at the airport three hours early.)



Day 2: Israel – Ariel

We will land in Israel at Ben Gurion International Airport where we will be met by our Blossoming Rose host. He will have a bus waiting for us to take us to our first night in Ariel where we will be served dinner at our beautiful hotel, Eshel Hashomron.



Day 3: Shiloh, Beth El, Mount of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane, Western Wall, the Old City, and the Davidson Center

Our touring day will begin at Shiloh where the Tabernacle stood for 369 years. We will continue to Beth El where several Biblical events transformed the Jewish people into a nation. We are only fifteen minutes from Jerusalem where we will have a panoramic breathtaking view of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives. We will walk down to the Church of All Nations in the Garden of Gethsemane and then look across the Kidron Valley to the old city walls of Jerusalem. The Western Wall will be our next stop where we will offer prayers, and then we will go into the Jewish Quarter of the Old City, and the Cardo. (Lunch will be on your own in the Old City.) The Davidson Center protects the excavated areas around the southern walls of Old Jerusalem.  It is believed to be the area where the 3000 believers were baptized on the feast of Shavuot (Pentecost) and it will be a great experience as we sit on the original Temple steps. Our first day in Jerusalem will be busy, and we will have seen many of the historic sites before we return to our hotel for dinner and a leisure evening.



Day 4: Church of St, Anne, Via Dolorosa, Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Mt. Zion, Garden Tomb, and shopping

Once again, our touring day will begin at 8 am, at Stephen’s Gate. We’ll continue to the Church of St. Anne, singing together.  We will go to the Stations of the Cross, and into the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. We will continue to the Armenian Quarter of the Old City to Mt. Zion and the Upper Room.  The tomb of King David is in this area and we will visit that venerated site. We will finish our day with a visit to the Garden Tomb and have the evening free for you to choose what to do or where to go.



Day 5: Jericho, En Gedi, and Tamar

We’ll start our day with another great Israeli buffet breakfast, and then board our bus to go to Jericho. We’ll stop and see an old sycamore tree and tour ancient Jericho. Driving down to the Dead Sea will remind us of the history dating to the time of Lot, the nephew of Abraham, and to the burning of Sodom. We will continue our drive beside the Dead Sea to Ein Gedi, the mountain cave where David hid from King Saul, where we can buy a sandwich and then climb the ancient path to the beautiful waterfalls.  Later in the afternoon, we will drive to Biblical Tamar Park where we will be welcomed by the Park Supervisor and the volunteer workers.  After a wonderful meal, we will relax around a camp fire in the Sukkah.



Day 6: Masada, Dead Sea, and tel Tamar tour

We will begin the day with an American cup of coffee and serve ourselves at the breakfast bar. Early risers can climb Prayer Mountain or walk around the ancient walls of Tamar. At 8 am we will board our bus and head for Masada, arriving before the Jerusalem crowd gets there. The fortress was built by Herod the Great and it is known today as the site where 960 religious Jews died rather than going into captivity under the Romans. When we leave Masada, we will go down to the shores of the Dead Sea at Ein Bokek, where there are luxury hotels and shops, and where there is access to the warm waters of the Sea.  Afterward we’ll go back to Biblical Tamar Park where we will tour this historic city that dates back to at least the time of Abraham. We will learn more about the 26,000 artifacts that have been found at Tamar and about the plan for its continued development by Blossoming Rose. We will enjoy our dinner together and then there will be a time for the vision of Biblical Tamar Park to be shared as we sit around the campfire.



Day 7: Research Center, Timna, Eilot, Red Sea or a day to volunteer, rest, or meditate

We will be welcomed in the dining room anytime in the morning for coffee.  A breakfast bar is ready at 7 am where we choose what we would like to eat. This is a special day to “leave our mark” in Israel, a time set aside for doing the good deeds we read about in the scriptures.  Our Supervisor and his volunteers are ready to lead us into the fabulous old city of Tamar where we can help beautify the area. If anyone has special skills in electricity, plumbing, or carpentry, there are always small jobs that need to be done in this desert community.  Others might like to assist in the kitchen or dining room.  Then there will be those who need the day to rest and reflect.                

Another option is to visit the Research Center, Timna, and the Red Sea in Eilot. Everyone is free to choose!  We will finish the day sharing around the fire in the Sukkah about our experiences in the days since we arrived in Israel.



Day 8: Beersheva, Caesarea, Nazareth, and Tiberius

We will leave at 8 am and bid everyone who stays at Tamar goodbye. The bus will snake its way up out of the Arava and into the Negev and we will be on our way to Beersheva, the city of Abraham, where we will visit his seven wells. We will continue past Arad, Hebron, and the Valley of Elah to the ancient city of Caesarea and go into the amphitheater and walk the length of that great City, departing through the Crusader’s fortress. Then we will go past Mt. Carmel that overlooks Megiddo, stop at Nazareth, if time permits, and spend the night in Tiberius at the beautiful downtown Leonardo Club Hotel.



Day 9: Jordan River, Capernaum, Tabga, Caesarea Philippi, tel Dan, and the Galilee boat

We will eat a hardy Israeli breakfast, we will all go to the Jordan River and those who wish to renew their baptismal vows may do that. We will continue around the Sea of Galilee to the Mt. of Beatitudes, Capernaum, Tabga, Caesarea Philippi, and tel Dan.  We will visit the Golan Heights and Matulla, near the borders of Syria and Lebanon, where we will pray for Israel.  As the sun dips lower in the west over the mountains of the Galilee, we will all board our Galilee boat and listen to Danny Carmel sing, worshipping with him, and then returning to our hotel for dinner and a late stroll on the Sea shore in Tiberius.



Day 10: Jerusalem, the Old City, and The City of David

We will leave Tiberius and will drive to Jerusalem and visit David’s Village and the Old City again. There will be time for last minute shopping or relaxing. (We must leave for the Airport at 6:30 to catch our evening flights to the USA.)



Day 11: Arriving back in the USA

We will arrive back in the USA in the morning, having gained the seven hours back that we lost when we arrived in Israel.  We will check through customs and go to our connecting flights, thinking about this great experience. Shalom!



Tour Dates:

January 15 – 15, 2018

Price:

$2,350 (airfare not included)

Tours Include:
  • Hotels
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner (except January 24)
  • National Park Pass
  • All tips (except housekeeping)
  • Entry to all listed sites that we visit
  • Bus transfer to and from Ben Gurion Airport
Not Included:
  • Lunches
  • Flight insurance
  • Airline TIcket
  • Dinner January 24