Pastor Leadership Trip
January 13 – 22, 2020 | Israel – the Holy Land
Day 1 ~ Monday, January 13, 2020
Depart New York, NY (EWR) flying overnight to Israel.
Day 2 ~ Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Arrive Ben Gurion Airport. Meet, assist and begin traveling north along the Israeli coastline stopping at Caesarea, the Roman capital of Judea. En route to Tiberias, stop at Mukhraka, where Elijah faced off against the false prophets of Baal and where God sent down fire from Heaven to vindicate him.
Day 3 ~ Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Following breakfast, morning CUFI orientation. Next, meet with Elliot Chodoff, a political and military analyst specializing in the Middle East conflict and the global war on terrorism. Continue to the Golan Heights, for a Northern Israel strategic tour. Enjoy a St. Peter’s fish lunch before crossing the Sea of Galilee by boat, with time for reflection and prayer. Then, visit to Migdal, for a visit to Magdala and the First Century synagogue on the Galilee. Then, onto the Mount of Beatitudes, the site of the Sermon on the Mount. Visit Capernaum, seeing the ruins of the ancient synagogue. This evening, meet with Greek Orthodox Priest, Father Gabriel Naddaf, spiritual head of Israeli Christian Recruitment Forum.
Day 4 ~ Thursday, January 16, 2020
Morning visit to Yardenit, Baptismal site on the Jordan River. Then, begin the journey up to Jerusalem, driving through the Mountains of Judea arriving in the holy city just in time for a special panoramic welcome ceremony atop the Tower of David, followed by a walk atop the Old City ramparts. Continue with time of worship at St. Anne’s Church. Next, visit the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu, Caiphas’ House and the site of the Upper Room of the Last Supper.
Day 5 ~ Friday, January 17, 2020
Morning meeting with Khaled Abu Toameh, Palestinian Affairs Journalist. Enjoy an overview from atop Mount of Olives, before walking down Palm Sunday Road to the Garden of Gethsemane. Welcome the Sabbath at the Kotel, Western Wall. Enjoy home hospitality and Shabbat dinner together with a host family.
Day 6 ~ Saturday, January 18, 2020
This morning, tour of the Security Fence and IDF Check Points with Danny Tirza – Col. (Res.). Danny Tirza is in charge of planning the security fence between the West Bank and Israel, Israel’s largest infrastructure project. Stop for a photo opportunity at the US Embassy in Jerusalem. Onto the unforgettable Memorial to the Holocaust at Yad Vashem, followed by a visit to Mount Herzl, the site of Israel’s national cemetery and burial place of Theodor Herlz, the founder of modern political Zionism. End the day with a visit to the Israel Museum. Following dinner, enjoy an evening excursion to Ben Yehuda Street.
Day 7 ~ Sunday, January 19, 2020
This morning, meet with special speaker Jonathan Schachter. Then, enter the Jewish Quarter at the “Cardo”, meaning the “heart” of this ancient Byzantine city and into the Christian Quarter. Tour the excavated base of the Western Wall (tunnels) on the Herodian street from the time of Jesus. Hear from Rabbi Ken Spiro, before visiting Yvel. Yvel is a luxury jewelry brand recognized worldwide for its distinctive creations featuring nature’s most treasured resources. Stop for a guided tour and visit the factory, created for the absorption of Ethiopian Immigrants, where Yvel’s master artisans create one-of-a-kind jewelries while witnessing the unique combination of quality Israeli creation and social-impact investments.
Day 8 ~ Monday, January 20, 2020
Morning departure to the city of Sderot including overviews of Gaza for a strategic tour of the area. En route to Sderot, view the Elah Valley, the place described in the Bible where the Israelites were encamped when David fought Goliath. Stop at the 9/11 Living Memorial Plaza, which features a 30-foot tall bronze Living Memorial. It is the only monument outside the U.S. to list the names of all of the nearly 3,000 victims, including five Israelis.
Day 9 ~ Tuesday, January 21, 2020
This morning, visit the archaeology site unearthing Ir David, City of David, taking the tunnel to the Temple Mount. Next, be one of the many volunteers who have participated in this incredible operation of the Temple Mount Sifting Project at Emek Tzurim Park where, so far, there have been over 3,500 finds from ancient times. A visit to the Friends of Zion Museum is the last stop, dedicated to the outstanding contributions of Christians to the State of Israel.Then, a special communion service at the Garden Tomb. Enjoy a farewell dinner together before transferring to the airport with assistance in departure for the flight to the United States.
Day 10 ~ Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Arrival in the United States later today.