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  • Day3

    Day in a very interesting national park Timna.
    It's close to Eilat and famous for its nature made figures: spiral, moushroom and a half, Sphinx and temple.
    Very beautiful place! Besides, it's the ancient copper mine known since the king Solomon.
    Really worth visiting!

  • Day9

    The Parliament (Knesset) of Israel is housed in a prominent building known by the same name, the Knesset. The Hebrew word Knesset means "assembly." The parliament has 120 seats (members) who are elected by the citizens of Israel on a proportional representation system. The State of Israel is a democratic parliamentary republic. The Knesset has the sole power to make or amend the laws. The Knesset building was inaugurated in 1966 and is open to the public. The Knesset first convened on February 14, 1949, following theJanuary 20 elections, succeeding the Assembly of Representatives that had functioned as the Jewish community's parliament during the British Mandate era.

    The Knesset sits on a hilltop in western Jerusalem in a district known as Sheikh Badr before the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, now Givat Ram. It was financed by James A. de Rothschild as a gift to the State of Israel. The cost, at the time was six million Israeli pounds. It was built on land leased from the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem. Before the construction of its permanent home, the Knesset met in the Jewish Agency building in Jerusalem, the Kessem Cinema building in Tel Aviv and the Froumine building in Jerusalem.
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  • Day12

    The Cenacle room on Mt Zion in Jerusalem is where two major events in the early Christian Church are commemorated: The Last Supper and the coming of the Holy Spirit on the apostles.

    Wherever the site, the original place of the Last Supper would have been a simple dining hall — quite different from those depicted in paintings by Leonardo da Vinci and other artists.

  • Day2

    The flight was long and sleepless for most. We hit many turbulent patches over the Atlantic. Going through customs was easy...of course, Strantz remembers the flight number to save the day! We are looking forward to the hotel and breakfast/lunch/dinner...whatever our jet lagged stomachs are looking for.

  • Day2

    We arrived at our hotel and we were greeted with refreshing lemonade. We then attended Mass led by Father Neil. Immediately following the service we were treated to the most amazing Mediterranean buffet. We then took a walk out along the Sea's boardwalk. We took a stroll through Old Jaffa Church of St. Peter and other sites. Can't wait to take our journey north tomorrow morning! Good Night Tel Aviv!Read more

  • Day3

    Our tour guide, Nadi, took us up to Caesarea this morning which is the former capital of Judea. This is where we were able to visit the archaeological remains of this ancient port. King Herod built this city as a luxurious city with streets, amphitheater, temples, and his own palace.

  • Day3

    Mt. Carmel, as sited in the first book of Kings is located in Haifa. This is a city of the Carmelites. The Stella Maris, a Carmelite Monastery, is located above the cave where Elijah, the prophet, once lived. "Wonder-worker" is painted on the ceiling. We also saw the Bay of Acco on our way to Nazareth.

  • Day3

    We are in Nazareth! My favorite place we have visited so be fair, it's our first day! This is the town where the Holy family once lived and where Mary grew up. We visited the Byzantine Church of St. Joseph. Tradition identifies this place as the workshop and home of the Holy Family. Father Neil led us in Mass of the Annunciation and found it very moving to pray in front of all the picturesNext to the Church of St. Joseph is the Church of the Annunciation, which stands over the cave of the home of the Virgin Mary. Below the Church is Mary's Well where the angel Gabriel announced to the Virgin Mary that she will bear the Son of God.Read more

  • Day4

    We started off our morning on a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. Father Neil read us the scripture of Jesus walking on the water and then calming the sea. Matthew 14:22-33. We then were able to stop along the seashore and view the remains of a boat that dates back to the time of Jesus. Our next stop was in Capernaum. We had the opportunity to see the synagogue of where Jesus taught and gave his sermon on the bread of life. There also stood, St. Peter's House where we celebrated Mass. We then ventured to Tabgha, which is an area next to the Sea of Galilee. At Tabgha, Jesus fed the crowd of 5,000 people from 5 loaves of bread and two fish. Another stop in Tabgha is St. Peter's Primacy. This is where Jesus bestowed church leadership upon Peter. John 21:9. After lunch, we drove up to The Mount of Beatitudes. It was A breathtaking sight overlooking the northern shores of the Sea of Galilee. This is where Jesus gave his "Sermon on the Mount". We then continued along the Sea to visit the birthplace of Mary Magdalene in Magdala. During the time of Jesus, this village was a prosperous fishing village that exported fish.Read more

  • Day5

    Mount Tabor is the site of the Transfiguration. "And as he was praying, the appearance of his countenance was altered, and his raiment became dazzling white. And behold, two men talked with him, Moses and Elijah" Luke 9:29-30. At this site, we celebrated Mass at the Church of the Transfiguration. Soon after, we were able to walk the grounds and take time to reflect on Christ's Humanity and Divinity.Read more

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