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Today was our last of touring.We began with the Ammunition Hill memorial. But first a photo op! ----- DSC 0049 ----- DSC 0053 ----- DSC 0054 ----- DSC 0057 ----- DSC 0061 ----- DSC 0063 ----- DSC 0065 ----- Next stop- Yad Vashem. The Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem. ----- DSC 0083 ----- DSC 0086 ----- DSC 0093 ----- DSC 0095 ----- The memorial to The Righteous Among the Nations. ----- DSC 0099 ----- DSC 0104 ----- DSC 0106 ----- Our last stop was Tel Azeka and an overlook of the Ela Valley where David slew Goliath. ----- DSC 0111 ----- DSC 0113 ----- DSC 0115 ----- DSC 0139 ----- And that's our tour. We had a nice farewell dinner at the hotel, said our good-by's and parted the next day with fond memories of our Israel Through Israeli Eyes tour. See you next time. ----- For more information about our next tour please call me at our office 210-226-0421 x147. Ask for RIck.

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Today we toured the Bible Lands Museum at the Israel Museum, the main market in the New City, Christ Church, the Western Wall Plaza and the Western Wall Tunnel.----- DSC 0010 ----- DSC 0012 ----- Tim Sigler, our Scholar in Residence in Israel, was our guide for the museum. ----- DSC 0015 ----- Tour host Efraim gave us a brief overview before Tim took over. ----- DSC 0018 ----- DSC 0029 ----- DSC 0031 ----- DSC 0039 ----- DSC 0045 ----- DSC 0055 ----- DSC 0058 ----- Our next stop was the main market area in the new city. ----- DSC 0062 ----- DSC 0064 ----- DSC 0073 ----- DSC 0076 ----- DSC 0078 ----- After a quick lunch and visit to the market, we entered the Joffa Gate for an afternoon in the Old City. ----- DSC 0082 ----- DSC 0085 ----- DSC 0090 ----- DSC 0091 ----- Christ Church, the oldest Protestant church in the Middle East. ----- DSC 0094 ----- DSC 0107 ----- DSC 0108 ----- DSC 0115 ----- In the Cardo in the Jewish Quarter. ----- DSC 0118 ----- The Western Wall Plaza or Kotel. ----- DSC 0122 ----- DSC 0133 ----- DSC 0145 ----- Our worker from London, Robert, had quite a conversation with this woman. ----- Our next stop was the Western Wall Tunnel. ----- DSC 0149 ----- DSC 0157 ----- DSC 0162 ----- DSC 0174 ----- DSC 0178 ----- DSC 0181 ----- DSC 0187 ----- DSC 0193 ----- DSC 0194 ----- Tomorrow is our last day of touring. Stay tuned...

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Today was our first day of touring in Jerusalem and we started with a visit to the Mt. of Olives for an overview of the City of Jerusalem.DSC 0025 ----- DSC 0034 ----- DSC 0016 ----- DSC 0019 ----- DSC 0036 ----- DSC 0040 ----- We took the Palm Sunday Path to the Garden of Gethsemane where we had a brief message from our worker in London, Robert Weissman, and a time of meditation. ----- DSC 0042 ----- DSC 0046 ----- DSC 0064 ----- DSC 0066 ----- DSC 0070 ----- DSC 0074 ------ DSC 0081 ----- DSC 0087 ----- Our next stop was David's City just outside the city walls. ----- DSC 0098 ----- DSC 0102 ----- DSC 0104 ----- DSC 0107 ----- The group toured the Hasmonean water tunnel while I left to prepare for Dr. Goldstein's induction ceremony at the Half House. ----- DSC 0109 ----- DSC 0118 ----- DSC 0119 ----- DSC 0133 ----- DSC 0137 ----- DSC 0151 ----- DSC 0154 ----- DSC 0172 ----- DSC 0202 ----- DSC 0205 ----- DSC 0191 ----- DSC 0212 ----- DSC 0214 ----- DSC 0226 ----- DSC 0233 ----- DSC 0244 ----- Dr. Efraim Goldstein ----- I will update the blog tomorrow with photos from Day 08 and Day 09- our final day of touring. Stay tuned...

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Today we left the Galilee and headed for Jerusalem. Our first stop was Tel Megiddo.DSC 0002 ----- Sunrise over the Galilee. ----- DSC 0006 ----- Our co-workers from London, Robert and Rosamund Weissman. ----- DSC 0012 ----- DSC 0016 ----- DSC 0028 ----- DSC 0031 ----- DSC 0037 ----- DSC 0042 ----- DSC 0043 ----- DSC 0049 ----- The view towards Nazareth across the valley. ----- DSC 0063 ----- To the well. ----- DSC 0065 ----- DSC 0068 ----- Our next stop was Mt. Carmel. ----- DSC 0078 ----- DSC 0084 ----- DSC 0088 ----- After lunch we headed for the coastal city of Caesarea. ----- DSC 0090 ----- DSC 0094 ----- DSC 0100 ----- DSC 0103 ----- DSC 0110 ----- DSC 0113 ----- DSC 0117 ----- DSC 0124 ----- DSC 0127 ----- DSC 0134 ----- DSC 0141 ----- DSC 0147 ----- DSC 0149 ----- DSC 0157 ----- Our last stop of the day was Jaffa and a view of Tel Aviv. One photo explains it all. ----- DSC 0171 ----- Tomorrow we'll begin our tour of Jerusalem. Stay tuned...

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Today we toured the Golan Hts. north of the Sea of Galilee.First stop- Tel Hazor. The ruins of an ancient city. ----- DSC 0003 ----- DSC 0005 ----- DSC 0008 ----- DSC 0013 ----- DSC 0014 ----- DSC 0017 ----- DSC 0021 An olive press. More about olives in a bit! ----- DSC 0022 ----- DSC 0029 ----- Next stop- Banias (Caesarea Phillipi). The headwaters of the Jordan River. ----- DSC 0034 ----- DSC 0040 ----- DSC 0042 ----- DSC 0052 ----- DSC 0053 From left- Rosemond and Robert Weissman listen to Pastor Rander Draper. ----- After lunch we tried to visit Mt. Mental but the rain and fog made it essential that we change plans so we visited the olive products factory at Kibbutz En Gev- Olea Essence. ----- DSC 0067 ----- DSC 0071 ----- Tomorrow we'll leave Tiberius and make our way to Jerusalem via the coast and Tel Aviv. Stay tuned...

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Today was a great day- we toured the Galilee.After a fine breakfast in our hotel on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, we made our way along the western coast to Kibbutz Ginosaur and the "Man in the Boat Museum where we visited the "First Century Boat" and boarded "Faith" for our cruise on the Galilee with Daniel Carmel. ----- DSC 0006 ----- DSC 0008 ----- DSC 0012 ----- DSC 0018 ----- DSC 0019 ----- DSC 0030 ----- DSC 0033 ----- DSC 0034 ----- DSC 0037 ----- DSC 0042 ----- DSC 0051 ----- DSC 0053 ----- DSC 0060M ----- DSC 0063 ----- DSC 0068 ----- DSC 0077 ----- DSC 0082 ----- Our friends and co-workers from Belarus, Henadzi and Natallia Brutsky. ----- Our next stop was the historic town of Capharnaum. ----- DSC 0084 ----- DSC 0086 ----- DSC 0097 ----- DSC 0106 ----- DSC 0108 ----- DSC 0112 ----- We continued our tour in Korazim. This ancient city appears to be a better representation of live in the first-century. ----- DSC 0119 ----- DSC 0123 ----- DSC 0125 ----- DSC 0127 ----- DSC 0131 ----- The ancient synagogue. ----- DSC 0132 ----- DSC 0135 ----- Our worker from Argentina, Marcos Morales, on the "Moses Seat." ----- DSC 0144 ----- DSC 0156 ----- DSC 0160 ----- DSC 0163 ----- Our next stop was a quick visit to the city walls of Akko (Acre) on the Mediterranean coast. ----- DSC 0167 ----- DSC 0170 ----- DSC 0173 ----- DSC 0176 ----- DSC 0177 ----- DSC 0187 ----- DSC 0197 ----- Our final stop of the day was a visit to Efraim's congregation in the north where we treated to some music, testimonies and a fine dinner. ----- Tomorrow we will tour the Golan Hts. for a historical perspective on the area. Stay tuned...

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Today we left the Dead Sea and headed north towards Tiberias on the Sea of Galilee.First stop- Qumran. Where they found the Dead Sea scrolls. ----- DSC 0003 ----- DSC 0005 ----- DSC 0012 ----- DSC 0014 ----- DSC 0015 ----- DSC 0016 ----- DSC 0020 ----- DSC 0036 ----- DSC 0042 ----- DSC 0054 ----- DSC 0056 ----- DSC 0093 ----- DSC 0099 ----- DSC 0108 ----- Next stop- Qasr-El Yahud. This is the baptism spot on the Jordan River just north of the Dead Sea. ----- DSC 0111 ----- DSC 0112 ----- DSC 0115 ----- We continued our journey north through the West Bank to Beir She'an- the ancient Roman City of the Decapolis and one of the largest archaeological sites in Israel. ----- DSC 0122 ----- DSC 0123 ----- DSC 0126 ----- DSC 0128 ----- DSC 0130 ----- DSC 0135 ----- DSC 0139 ----- DSC 0149 ----- DSC 0151 ----- DSC 0152 ----- DSC 0155 ----- DSC 0158 ----- DSC 0163 ----- DSC 0166 ----- DSC 0168 ----- DSC 0169 ----- After a shopping stop at the Galilee Experience we walked to our hotel for the next three nights. Tomorrow we'll tour the Galilee area. Stay tuned...

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Greetings. We had a great flight over to Israel from Newark, NJ and everyone arrived safely as did their luggage. We met our host Efraim and his wife Jeanie. After greeting our fellow guests from Belarus, London, Moscow and Argentina we boarded our bus for transit to our first hotel in the Dead Sea. Today we toured the springs at Ein Gedi and Masada.DSC 0003 This sunrise greeted me before breakfast. ----- DSC 0006 We made our way north past Masada to Ein Gedi. ----- DSC 0013 ----- DSC 0018 ----- Ein Gedi ----- DSC 0039 Efraim shared a passage from Psalms. ----- DSC 0047 And we were off to visit the caves and springs. ----- DSC 0048 ----- DSC 0050 ----- DSC 0051 ----- DSC 0054 ----- Our guide Ariel explains the areas geography as well as historical significance. ----- DSC 0058 ----- DSC 0060 ----- DSC 0066 ----- DSC 0067 ----- Next stop-Masada. ----- DSC 0071 ----- DSC 0078 ----- DSC 0087 ----- DSC 0092 ----- DSC 0095 ----- DSC 0100 ----- DSC 0106 ----- Cable cars to the top- 300+ meters up! ----- DSC 0107 ----- The view from the top. ----- DSC 0112 ----- DSC 0119 ----- DSC 0124 ----- The Captain of the Guards Quarters in Herod's time. ----- DSC 0132 ----- The storehouses and watch tower. ----- DSC 0134 ----- Frescos from Herod. ----- DSC 0137 ----- In the spa. ----- DSC 0140 ----- The view from the top- the Dead Sea with Jordan in the distance. ----- DSC 0149 ----- High above Herod's Palace. ----- DSC 0156 ----- At the waterworks demo. ----- DSC 0162 ----- DSC 0173 ----- Our friends from the FSU. ----- DSC 0178 ----- Viewing the ramp the Romans built for the final attack on Masada. ----- DSC 0181 ----- The end of a great day. Tomorrow we'll head north to Qumran, the Jordan River and the Sea of Galilee. Stay tuned...

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Today was officially our last day of touring. We visited sites that were outside of the Old City.----- First stop of the day was at Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Memorial. ----- DSC 0001 ----- DSC 0008 ----- DSC 0013 ----- DSC 0040 ----- Unfortunately, Yad Vashem doesn't allow photography inside the museums. ----- Our next stop was a quick lunch near the Ela Valley outside of Jerusalem before we visited the area where David slew Goliath. ----- DSC 0054 ----- DSC 0072 ----- DSC 0078 ----- DSC 0078 ----- DSC 0086 ----- DSC 0100 ----- DSC 0102 ----- DSC 0114 ----- DSC 0116 ----- DSC 0121 ----- DSC 0126 ----- Our final stop today was at Gordon's Garden, know as the Garden Tomb. ----- DSC 0129 ----- DSC 0132 ----- DSC 0137 ----- DSC 0152 ----- DSC 0150 ----- DSC 0161 ----- DSC 0168 ----- DSC 0174 ----- Tomorrow is a free day before our farewell dinner and then we will part ways for our journeys home. It has been a great tour, I hope you enjoyed sharing it with us. Shalom, shalom...

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Today we toured the Old City of Jerusalem.----- Our first stop of the day was the Mt. of Olives viewpoint. ----- DSC 0004 ----- DSC 0010 ----- DSC 0018 ----- DSC 0020 ----- DSC 0028 ----- DSC 0058 ----- DSC 0068 ----- We then walked down the Mt. of Olives to the Garden of Gethsemane. ----- DSC 0072 ----- DSC 0073 ----- DSC 0082 ----- DSC 0084 ----- DSC 0090 ----- DSC 0094 ----- DSC 0104 ----- DSC 0114 ----- Our next stop was the Davidson Center Archaeological Park and the Southern Steps of the Temple Mount. ----- DSC 0122 ----- DSC 0130 ----- DSC 0134 ----- DSC 0148 ----- DSC 0151 ----- DSC 0154 ----- DSC 0156 ----- DSC 0160 ----- DSC 0162 ----- DSC 0173 ----- DSC 0180 ----- After falafel lunch in the heart of the Jewish Quarter, we were off to explore the city. We stopped in a couple spots in the Jewish Quarter and then walked through the Muslim Quarter for a brief visit at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher before we followed the Way of the Cross (in reverse) to the Pools of Bethesda. ----- DSC 0184 ----- DSC 0186 ----- DSC 0194 ----- DSC 0195 ----- DSC 0202 ----- DSC 0204 ----- DSC 0211 ----- DSC 0221 ----- DSC 0224 ----- DSC 0232 ----- DSC 0237 ----- DSC 0238 ----- DSC 0242 ----- DSC 0244 ----- DSC 0250 ----- DSC 0266 ----- DSC 0270 ----- DSC 0274 ----- DSC 0286 ----- We exited the city through the Lion Gate and jumped on the bus for a short trip back to the Dung Gate so we could visit the Western Wall and the Western Wall Tunnel. Our last two stops of the day. ----- DSC 0300 ----- DSC 0305 ----- DSC 0308 ----- DSC 0315 ----- DSC 0320 ----- DSC 0326 ----- DSC 0341 ----- DSC 0345 ----- DSC 0351 ----- DSC 0353 ----- DSC 0356 ----- DSC 0362 ----- DSC 0372 ----- DSC 0376 ----- DSC 0382 ----- DSC 0388 ----- DSC 0391 ----- We had another great day. Tomorrow we'll visit sites in the new city including the Holocaust Memorial at Yad Vashem. Stay tuned...

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