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Biblical In-Sites

An on-site textual encounter with patriarchs, matriarchs, judges, kings, prophets and soldiers - and the land itself - for new insights.


Tour Highlights

  • As per itinerary

Tour Includes  

  • 10 nights' accommodation at select hotels
  • 9 days of a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking Melton educator
  • 1 group transfer and assistance from/to the airport
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Daily breakfast, 6 lunches, and 5 dinners 
  • Portage at the airport and hotel

The Biblical In-Sites Seminar, taking place in Israel from July 8, 2019 to July 18, 2019, will be led by Haim Aronovitz, Director of Melton Travel Seminars, and accompanied by Rabbi Robert B. Slosberg of Congregation Adath Jeshurun in Louisville, is open to all adults who enjoy in-depth educational travel, including Melton students and graduates.

Monday, July 8-Thursday, July 18, 2019

DAY ONE: Monday

Study Session at Hebrew University, Mount Scopus, overlooking Jerusalem

Opening Dinner at Eucalyptus, a unique restaurant providing Biblical-style meals

Overnight: Jerusalem


DAY TWO: Tuesday

How Do We (Re)Read Our Texts?  Abram and Sara
Study Session with Dr. Howie Deitcher, Academic Director of the Melton School

Travel to Eretz Bereishit and then to the Southern Dead Sea region

Abraham and Lot at S'dom: The Ethical Imperative 

Lunch on your own

Nomads or Farmers? Joshua Brings The Israelites Over the River

Visit the Jericho region

Group Dinner in Jerusalem

Overnight: Jerusalem


DAY THREE: Wednesday

In the Vale of The Song of Songs
Excursion to Ne'ot Kedumim, the Biblical Landscape Heritage Gardens

Group Lunch

Of Caves and Layered Memory: 
Drive to and through southern Judea, including 
Hebron, city of Matriarchs and Patriarchs (security situation permitting)

Dinner and evening at leisure

Overnight: Jerusalem


DAY FOUR: Thursday

The Period of the Judges: The Samson Cycle 
Travel from Jerusalem through Beit Shemesh region

Field trip and study sessions overlooking Tsora

Continue to Ashkelon National Park:

Who Is a Philistine? (Study session)

Lunch on the Mediterranean

... And on the Way Back, Kings
David: The Shepherd Become Leader: Clash of Giants in the Valley of Elah 

Group Dinner

Overnight: Jerusalem


DAY FIVE: Friday

The Ark of the Covenant Returns to Israel 
Study session at Tel Beit Shemesh 

Following David from Kiryat Ye'arim to Jerusalem

David in "Ir David, that is Jerusalem
Field trip and study sessions on way


Kabbalat Shabbat and Dinner

Overnight: Jerusalem




In Jerusalem with many synagogue options, much rest, good food and good company

Parshat Hashavua - Midday study session

Lunch at the hotel

A Remarkable Discovery: The oldest Biblical text ever found
Walk to Ketef Hinnom, overlooking the Hinnom Valley

Se'udah Shlisheet - late afternoon snack and schmooze


Dinner and evening at leisure

Overnight: Jerusalem



Travel via the Via Maris

Afek: Of Philistines and Raiders of the Lost Ark

Lunch at leisure

Testing for Leadership: Gideon's Brook, Jezreel Valley

Deborah, Yael and the Tent Pegs: Women for all Seasons?
Giv'at HaMoreh and surroundings OR

Of Biblical Themes and Israeli Art
The Ein Harod Museum of Art (time permitting)

Check in at Kibbutz Lavi Hotel

Processing and review session at kibbutz prior to dinner

Dinner in Tiberias

Overnight: Kibbutz Lavi



Dan as Capital
Study on site at Tel Dan Nature Reserve

Lunch at leisure at Dag Al HaDan

Hatzor: Royal City 
Visit Tel Hatzor, ancient throughway for regional superpowers

Dinner at Kibbutz Lavi

The Bible and its Place in Our Identity
A discussion with kibbutz members

Overnight: Kibbutz Lavi


DAY NINE: Tuesday

(i)  Bubble Bubble, Toil and Trouble… Saul, Tragic figure 
(Mount Tabor, overlooking Ein Dor)

(ii)  Behind Every Successful Man…
Jezebel and Ahab at Jezreel

Lunch on own at Yokneam Mall

(iii) Apocalypse Now: The War to End All Wars

Visit site and study session at Megiddo

Dinner in Binyamina en route to Jerusalem

Overnight: Jerusalem


DAY TEN: Wednesday

Day commences at 8:00 a.m.

Travel to Mount Scopus

8:30 - 10:00 a.m. Between Isaiah and Jeremiah Study session

11:00 a.m. Oh Jerusalem! The Prophets and the Vision of Jerusalem Rebuilt
An exploration of the Rockefeller Museum and Zedekiah's Cave, and a consideration of the nature of the prophetic message regarding the "city on the hill"

Break for lunch in Ein Kerem

3:30 p.m.    In the Footsteps of Isaiah:
Visit Sataf, on the outskirts of Jerusalem, and hike

Evening Free

Overnight: Jerusalem


DAY ELEVEN: Thursday
The Song of Songs, Rachel, and Jeremiah's Promise
Day commences at 8:00 a.m.
Travel to Goldman Promenade

8:15 a.m. "Who Is That Coming Up From the Desert?"
Meet with Rabbi Benjamin Segal, author of "A Woman in Love: A Commentary on the Song of Songs"

Continue to Kibbutz Ramat Rachel

10:30 a.m. Of Destruction and Rebirth:  Rachel as Comforter and Symbol of Optimism

Visit Kever Rachel (Rachel's Tomb)

If I Forget Thee, O Jerusalem…(Psalm 137)
Return to Goldman Promenade, overlooking Jerusalem and discussion of visit to Rachel's Tomb

Lunch at leisure and afternoon break

5:15 p.m.   Closing Session

6:15 p.m.   Festive Farewell Dinner

NOTE: Please try to arrange flights from 11:30 p.m. on, so as to enjoy the dinner with the group.

For more information or to be notified when travel dates and prices are available for this seminar, please contact us.


Need to Know

  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 20 full paying participants per bus. Should the number of participants drop below the minimum listed above, we will adjust the cost of the trip to reflect the additional expense of operating the program.
  • Tour prices are per person in U.S. dollars. All hotel accommodations, motor coach transportation, special dinners, sightseeing, admissions, luggage handling and the services of local guides, drivers, and the tour guide/educator are included.
  • A $300 deposit (unless otherwise indicated) per person is due at the time of reservation. The deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable. Online payment of the deposit can be made by credit card only (AMEX, VISA or Mastercard). To pay by check or wire transfer, please call our customer service center. Completion of the payment can be made by credit card, check or wire transfer. After the deposit is paid, you will receive an invoice which includes full details on how to complete payment.
  • Hotel Accommodations: The tour price includes all hotel accommodations, in hotel rooms with private baths. Our standard is to provide the best available hotels while considering value. Although the level of the accommodations may differ slightly from hotel to hotel, we are committed to your comfort. Two-bed rooms are reserved in most hotels. Triples are two-bed rooms with a rollaway cot where available and are not recommended when considering the comfort of those in the room. King-size beds are not available in most hotels; what is considered king-size usually consists of two single beds pushed together and made up separately, but with one headboard. Some two-bed rooms may have two twin - not full- or queen-size - beds.
  • Meals are included as specified in the itinerary.
  • Expedition Director / Tour Educator or Guide: All trips are conducted by our tour educators or local guides who remain with the group throughout the tour.
  • Gratuities Included: All gratuities for restaurant staff are included.
  • Baggage: All tour packages / group tours allow one piece of luggage per person and one carry-on bag. Excess luggage will be subject to charge of up to $100 per piece. The Travel Agent and/or Tour Operator, shall not be held responsible for any damage to or loss of luggage/personal items. All damage/loss must be reported at time of incident and documented in writing by local authorities for submission to the insurance company. With regard to airline baggage allowance, different carriers have different regulations for business and coach, please check with your individual carrier with regard to permitted number of pieces, weights and dimensions. The tour operator is not responsible for fees levied by any air carrier for the transport of personal belongings of any kind.

Not Included

  • Personal Expenses: All personal expenses such as: laundry, valet service, cables, telephone calls and postage are not included.
  • Tips to the guide and driver (recommended guidelines vary based on number of participants)
    • For a group of 20 passengers and more:
      $8 per participant per day for the tour educator & $4 per participant per day for the driver
    • In the case where a hostess is included in the package:
      $2 per participant per day for the hostess or a minimum of $50 per touring day in total
  • Guests at meals.
  • Luggage: All tour packages allow one pieces per person and one carry-on bag. Excess luggage will be subject to a charge of up to $100 per piece. Da'at shall not be held responsible for any damage to or loss of luggage/personal items. All damage/loss must be reported at time of incident and documented in writing by local authorities for submission to the insurance company.
  • Transportation in evening when dinner is on own.
  • Amendments to the program: In the event that any sites, programs or meals etc are added to the program, an additional fee may be required.
  • Personal extras: Items of personal nature such as laundry, wines, mineral water, beverages, coffee, tea, food other than the table d'hotel menu, passport and visa fees, insurance, and foreign port taxes, unless otherwise specified.
  • Water or snacks on the bus.
  • US and foreign airport taxes, Q fuel surcharge and border taxes when applicable.

Additional Information

  • Airline Security Measures: In the U.S., you must provide identification in the form of a passport at the time of airport check-in for travel to international destinations. Your passport name must match the name on your tour reservation and airline ticket or you may be denied boarding.
  • If you are traveling from an airport outside the jurisdiction of the U.S, you will need to determine what travel documentation and identification is required for that particular airport.
  • Due to heightened security regulations, certain items such as a metal nail file, pocketknife, cigarette lighter or tweezers, and some liquid, gel, or aerosol items may not be permitted in your carry-on luggage. Please call your airline prior to departure to obtain current information on non-permissible carry-on items and recommended airport check-in times. You may also wish to visit the Transportation Security Administration website at www.tsa.gov to obtain more information on acceptable identity documentation and prohibited luggage items.
  • Air Services: Once issued, tickets are non-refundable. Airline schedules and flights are subject to change without notice. We will not be responsible for penalties incurred for tickets, international or domestic, not issued by us due to schedule and/or flight changes. Airlines reserve the right to demand immediate issuance of tickets whenever they determine that specific flights are heavily booked even when normal ticketing rules do not require tickets to be issued until a later date. In this instance, we will require immediate and full payment of the airfare and airport taxes and fees as itemized on the invoice. This situation overrides invoice terms and conditions and payment due dates. If full payment is not received, seats will be cancelled by the airline and may not be available to be rebooked on the same flights or at the same airfare. Any replacement air arrangements and airfare will be the sole responsibility of the passenger. We suggest you contact your travel agent or the carrier several weeks prior to departure for seat assignments. Passengers are responsible to reconfirm their flights 72 hours prior to departure for all flights. Package is based on discount fares for group travel. Group members deviating from group dates will be charged a $75 deviation fee per person.
  • Holidays and Museum Closures - Museum visits and personal shopping time may be disrupted due to unforeseen circumstances or the many religious, state and local holidays locally observed in the destinations being visited.
  • Photography for Promotional Purposes: We may use for promotional purposes photographs, images or videos taken by tour participants or by anyone associated with the tour operator. No payment or compensation will be made for use of this material. If you do not want images of yourself or your tour party to be included in our marketing activities, you are required to notify us by the start of your tour. 

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