Israel Study Tour with Calvary Church Los Gatos

Nov 18-29, 2018

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Our last full day

posted on Thursday Nov 29 2018 at 2:30 am UTC

Today marked our final full day in Israel: a mis-mash of routine, reflection, and sentimentalism. Whereas our previous days of touring were primarily focused on the Old Testament and first century life, today the story of Jesus' final years and weeks on earth took center stage. We started our morning...

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First day touring Jerusalem

posted on Tuesday Nov 27 2018 at 2:30 am UTC

We made it to Jerusalem last night! Today was our first day touring Jerusalem. We had a full day with lots to see including the Temple Mount, Western Wall, Bethlehem, and Herodium. It was so surreal to be in this city that is considered a Holy site for three different religions (Christianity, Judaism,...

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The uniqueness of this land

posted on Sunday Nov 25 2018 at 2:30 am UTC

Our day started on the mountain of Arbel. This mountain overlooking the sea of Galilee, was a sight where the Jews, rebelling against Rome, made a stand. These cliffs give amazing views over the lake but at their heart are full of sadness. Sadness for the rebels who fought the Romans and were defeated,...

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Who do you say I am?

posted on Saturday Nov 24 2018 at 2:30 am UTC

Day 4 began in Qatzrin where we learned about the ancient Talmudic village and synagogue. We all dressed in the traditional clothing and were educated by a wonderful woman named Noga about the process of olive pressing. There are so many interesting facts about the olive and it’s benefits. The...

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Thanksgiving

posted on Friday Nov 23 2018 at 2:30 am UTC

I woke up today, knowing it was Thanksgiving, and it was going to be a very different one, being so far away from home, and not with most of our family. I was happy that Alicia was here too, and that we were going to be able to be share this time together. And I prayed to God that He would comfort me...

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Masada

posted on Thursday Nov 22 2018 at 2:30 am UTC

Beginning day 2 with our tour of Masada! Whether you bravely make your way up the snake trail or take the scenic gondola, once you reach the top the view is breath taking. It’s amazing to be able to walk through the ruins of this once mighty fortress build by Herod the Great in 37 BCE. Very grateful...

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On a hilltop in Azekah

posted on Wednesday Nov 21 2018 at 2:30 am UTC

After a short night at the hotel, we set off for the first stop: Kiriath-Jearim. Here we had a chance to prepare ourselves for the day ahead and open our hearts to be receptive of how God would speak to us as we visited the various locations (Kiriath-Jearim; Azekah; Maresha; Beth Shemesh) that many of...

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20 Years and Two Days!

posted on Friday Nov 16 2018 at 10:00 pm UTC

Less then two days away from our trip and we are excited to lead the first tour back to Israel in 20 years at Calvary. We have a great team who have been studying after church over the past 9 weeks preparing for everything we are going to learn. Check back on this blog for updates on our tour. Feel free...

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Preparing for Israel

posted on Thursday Sep 27 2018 at 2:30 am UTC

Our trip will be here before you know it! Once we're on the ground we'll post periodic updates and photos. Check back often or get update notifications using the subscribe options on this page. We'll be sharing our travel experiences online with you, our friends and family, to not only bring you...

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