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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 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


    Study Session at Hebrew University, Mount Scopus, overlooking Jerusalem


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

      Overnight: Jerusalem

      DAY TWO: Tuesday, March 21, 2017


        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 Them Over the River
          Visit the Jericho region


            Group Dinner in Jerusalem

            Overnight: Jerusalem

            DAY THREE: Wednesday, March 22, 2017


              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, March 23, 2017


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

                    Lunch on the Mediterranean


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


                        Group Dinner

                        Overnight: Jerusalem

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


                          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




                              Kabbalat Shabbat and Dinner

                              Overnight: Jerusalem

                              DAY SIX: SHABBAT  - VAYINAFASH


                                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

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


                                      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


                                        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


                                          Dinner in Tiberias

                                          Overnight: Kibbutz Lavi

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


                                            Dan as Capital
                                            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, March 28, 2017
                                                THE TROUBLE WITH , KINGS...


                                                  (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


                                                    (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, 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.
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