CUFI West Pastor Leadership Trip
March 24 – April 2, 2020 | Israel – the Holy Land
Day 1 ~ Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Depart home city to Los Angeles, CA for group check-in, flying overnight to Israel.
Day 2 ~ Wednesday, March 25, 2020 Tel Aviv/Tiberias
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 ~ Thursday, March 26, 2020
The morning will be spent with Elliot Chodoff, a political and military analyst specializing in the Middle East conflict and the global war on terrorism, to the border outpost to meet Israeli soldiers who keep Israel safe along her northern border with Lebanon. 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, special speaker Lt. Col. Eyal Dror, former commander of a Golan Heights team.
Day 4 ~ Friday, March 27, 2020 Tiberias/Jerusalem
This morning, meet with Greek Orthodox Priest, Father Gabriel Naddaf, spiritual head of Israeli Christian Recruitment Forum. 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. Welcome the Sabbath at the Kotel, Western Wall. Enjoy home hospitality and Shabbat dinner together with a host family.
Day 5 ~ Saturday, March 28, 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. Next, visit to the Israel Museum to view the Model of Ancient Jerusalem, a miniature of the city during the Second Temple period. Following dinner, enjoy an evening excursion to Ben Yehuda Street.
Day 6 ~ Sunday, March 29, 2020
This morning, visit the archaeology site unearthing Ir David, City of David, taking the tunnel to the Temple Mount. Continue with time of worship at St. Anne’s Church. 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. Tour the excavated base of the Western Wall Tunnels on the Herodian street from the time of Jesus.
Day 7 ~ Monday, March 30, 2020
Begin the morning with a stop for a photo opportunity at the US Embassy in Jerusalem. Next, visit the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu, Caiphas’ House and the site of the Upper Room of the Last Supper. Then, enter the Jewish Quarter at the “Cardo”, meaning the “heart” of this ancient Byzantine city and into the Christian Quarter. Hear from Rabbi Ken Spiro, before returning to the hotel. Following dunner, meet with special speaker Jonathan Schachter.
Day 8 ~ Tuesday, March 31, 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. Depart 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 ~ Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Take part in a special communion service at the Garden Tomb. Onto the unforgettable Memorial to the Holocaust at Yad Vashem. A visit to the Friends of Zion Museum is the last stop, dedicated to the outstanding contributions of Christians to the State of Israel. Enjoy a farewell dinner together before transferring to the airport with assistance in departure for the flight to the United States.
Day 10~ Thursday, April 2, 2020
Arrival in the United States later today.