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Israel Study Tour with Taft Avenue Community Church

September 12-23, 2022

Led by Craig Hill
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Trip Blog Posts

Day 09 - Mount of Olives, Gethsemane, Israel Museum, Saint Anne’s, Pool of Bethesda, Via Dolorosa, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, farewell dinner

posted on Thursday September 22 2022 at 8:00 pm UTC

Today was an amazing final day in Jerusalem and in Israel! We went to so many places to end this wonderful trip. Today we started at the Mount of Olives which has an amazing view of Jerusalem. It's cool to experience the same place that Jesus will come back to. In the more modern day Mount of Olives...

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Day 08 - Jerusalem: City of David, Hezekiah’s Tunnel, Pool of Siloam, Southern Steps, Yad Vashem (Holocaust Museum)

posted on Wednesday September 21 2022 at 6:00 pm UTC

We began today in the ancient City of David, which was built to the South of what is now known as the Temple Mount. It is an archeological site showing remnants of David’s palace and giving us an idea of how the city was constructed with his palace at the top, the officers home just below, the...

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Day 07 - Jerusalem: Temple Mount, Western Wall, Rabbinic Tunnels, Herodium, Bethlehem

posted on Tuesday September 20 2022 at 6:00 pm UTC

We are finally ready for Jerusalem! The noise and congestion of the city on the hill is in sharp contrast to the peaceful rolling hills of Galilee. Today we toured the Temple Mount.  We learned so much history about King Solomon...

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Day 06 - Galilee - Jerusalem: Beth Shean, Megiddo, Mt. Carmel, Caesarea Maritima

posted on Monday September 19 2022 at 9:00 pm UTC

Shalom from Israel.  We had another fantastic day full of Israel history (old and new), great vistas and focusing our minds on scripture in light of our surroundings.   Our first stop today was entering Beth She’an from the backside. In this Tel, 19 levels of civilization...

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Day 05 - Galilee: Katzrin, Mount Bental, Caesarea Philippi, Tel Dan

posted on Monday September 19 2022 at 12:00 am UTC

Matt 16:18 - And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. That verse summarizes day 5 so well. It was a day of remembering the spiritual battle going on between our Creator, Redeemer God and Satan that shows up in almost every...

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Day 04 - Galilee: Mount Arbel, Tabgha, Capernaum, Chorazin, Mount of Beatitudes, Ancient Boat, Galilee Boat Ride

posted on Saturday September 17 2022 at 8:00 pm UTC

We are ending our day riding on a boat across the Sea of Galilee. Doing a similar crossing that Jesus did from Capernaum to Susita (the city Hippos if you spoke Greek). We are staying in a hotel just south of here in Ein GeV. Susita is the approximate area where Jesus went and cast out the two demon...

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Day 03 - Negev: Ein Gedi, Qumran, Lower Jordan

posted on Friday September 16 2022 at 9:00 pm UTC

It is hard to keep track of the days on a trip like this because of the time difference and the jam-packed agenda, but I’m pretty sure this is Friday – the third full day of our Israel adventure. Our first stop of the day was in En-Gedi (or Ein Gedi) which...

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Day 02 - Negev: Masada, Bedouin Hospitality, Tel Arad, Dead Sea

posted on Thursday September 15 2022 at 7:00 pm UTC

Today we got to go to Masada, the stronghold of Israel, which towers over the eastern border and the Dead Sea. Several of us were looking forward to hiking up the famous Snake Path, but they had it closed for the day. So we all loaded up into a cable car to begin our ascent. On top of the solitary mountain,...

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Day 01 - Shephelah: Yad Hashmonah, Beth Shemesh, Azekah, Beth Guvrin (Maresha)

posted on Wednesday September 14 2022 at 6:00 pm UTC

Today was our first full day in Israel and we spent most of the day getting oriented with our new environment and learning more about the geography, landscape, customs, and traditions that are native to Israel.   Our tour guide, Ronen, walked us through Deuteronomy 8, and we saw, based off...

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Day 00 - Arrival

posted on Wednesday September 14 2022 at 12:00 am UTC

We made it to Israel! We’re looking forward to getting into our hotel and resting and having a great first day tomorrow! ...

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Preparing for Israel

posted on Saturday September 10 2022 at 8:27 pm 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 along...

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