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Biblical In-Sites | March 2017

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 accommodations
  • 2 meals daily (breakfast and additional meal)
  • 9 days of bus touring in luxury motorcoach with panoramic windows and headrests
  • Group transfer from airport upon arrival in Israel and upon departure from Israel
  • All entrance fees and programs as per the Melton program


 

Join this Biblical In-Sites Seminar taking place from March 20-30, 2017 (in Israel) which will be led by Haim Aronovitz, Director of Melton Travel Seminars, and accompanied by Rabbi Karen Strok, Melton director at Steven Wise Temple, Los Angeles. The seminar is open to adults who enjoy in-depth educational travel, including Melton students and graduates.


DAY ONE: Monday, March 20, 2017
BEREISHIT (IN THE BEGINNING...)

Afternoon

  • Study Session at Hebrew University, Mount Scopus, overlooking Jerusalem

Evening

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

Overnight: Jerusalem


DAY TWO: Tuesday, March 21, 2017
ENTERING THE TEXT...AND THE LAND

Morning

  • 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

Afternoon

  • Nomads or Farmers? Joshua Brings Them Over the River
    Visit the Jericho region

Evening 

  • Group Dinner in Jerusalem

Overnight: Jerusalem


DAY THREE: Wednesday, March 22, 2017
THE WORLD OF OUR (FORE) FATHERS

Morning

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

Afternoon

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

Evening

  • Dinner and evening at leisure

Overnight: Jerusalem


DAY FOUR: Thursday, March 23, 2017
AND THE LAND WAS QUIET FOR FORTY YEARS

Morning

  • The Period of the Judges: The Samson Cycle
    Travel from Jerusalem through Beit Shemesh to Ashkelon
  • Lunch on the Mediterranean

Afternoon

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

Evening

  • Group Dinner

Overnight: Jerusalem


DAY FIVE: Friday, March 24, 2017
DAVID: THE LEADER BECOMES KING...

Morning

  • 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

Afternoon

  • Free

Evening

  • Kabbalat Shabbat and Dinner

Overnight: Jerusalem


DAY SIX: SHABBAT  - VAYINAFASH

Morning

  • In Jerusalem with many synagogue options, much rest, good food and good company
  • Parshat Hashavua - Midday study session
  • Lunch at the hotel

Afternoon

  • 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
  • Havdalah

Evening

  • Dinner and evening at leisure

Overnight: Jerusalem


DAY SEVEN: Sunday, March 26, 2017
CHALLENGES OF LEADERSHIP...

Morning

  • Travel via the Via Maris
  • Afek: Of Philistines and Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Testing for Leadership: Gideon's Brook, Jezreel Valley
  • Lunch at leisure

Afternoon

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

Evening

  • Dinner in Tiberias

Overnight: Kibbutz Lavi


DAY EIGHT: Monday, March 27, 2017
ALTERNATIVE CENTERS...

Morning

  • Dan as Capital
    Tel Dan Nature Reserve
  • Lunch at leisure at Dag Al HaDan

Afternoon

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

Evening

  • Dinner at Kibbutz Lavi
  • The Bible and its Place in Our Identity
    A discussion with kibbutz members

Overnight: Kibbutz Lavi


DAY NINE: Tuesday, March 28, 2017
THE TROUBLE WITH , KINGS...

Morning

  • (i)  Bubble Bubble, Toil and Trouble… Saul at Ein Dor, Tragic figure 
    (near Mount Tabor)
  • (ii)  Behind Every Successful Man… 
    Jezebel and Ahab at Jezreel
  • Lunch on own at Yokneam Mall

Afternoon

  • (iii) Apocalypse Now: The War to End All Wars
  • Visit site and study session at Megiddo

Evening

  • Dinner in Binyamina en route to Jerusalem

Overnight: Jerusalem


DAY TEN: Wednesday, March 29, 2017
THE CLASSIC PROPHETS

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, March 30, 2017
BETWEEN PAST AND FUTURE
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: 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
  • 5:30 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.

 

Need to Know

  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 15 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.
  • 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.
  • All trips are conducted by a Melton educator who remains with the group throughout the tour.
  • Gratuities Included: All gratuities for restaurant staff are included.
  • Baggage: 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

 

  • Airfare to the tour departure point and from the tour ending point is not included.
  • Airfare may be purchased from us for travel originating in the United States. Please see Flights tab in the right-side toolbar.
  • Personal Expenses: All personal expenses such as: laundry, valet service, cables, telephone calls and postage are not included.
  • Guide and Driver Gratuities.


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 During Tours: We will occasionally use photographs taken by fellow guests or your trip director for promotional purposes. If you prefer that your photo not be used in any marketing activities, please notify us at the start of your tour.

 

  
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