Michael Medved Trip to Israel 2020

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Availability : September 1 to 9, 2020
Tel Aviv (Ben Gurion Airport)
Tel Aviv (Ben Gurion Airport)

Join National Talk Show Host and New York Times Bestselling Author Michael Medved for an in-depth tour of Israel. 

 Our trip will take us to sites of Biblical Israel, exploring the Biblical view of Divine Providence.  Michael’s newest book, God’s Hand on America: Divine Providence in the Modern Era serves as the inspiration for this tour, which follows Divine Providence in the Holy Land from the time of Abraham and Sarah through modern days.

 This tour will take us to sites of religious, historical and cultural significance, as well as great vistas of natural beauty in Israel. In the amazing journey going back and forth between biblical prophecies and their fulfillment in our time, we will also Meet Israelis who are a part of this incredible shared story of Israel and America, including American Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, former ambassador to America, Michael Oren, Mega-entrepreneur Jonathan Medved* (yes, Michael’s brother), and Israeli residents of all kinds with the shared experience of  “Once again shall elderly men and women sit in the streets of Jerusalem, each of them with cane in hand because of their age.  The city streets will be filled with boys and girls playing therein.” (Zechariah 8).

 Well enjoy Michael Medved’s unique perspective and insight into Israel, its history and its role in divine Providence for Israel and America.

 Stay in fine hotels, enjoy fine food with a famed Israeli breakfast every day and travel up-close and personal alongside Michael Medved and his family as we explore Israel together!

Your Tour Host Michael Medved
God’s Hand on America and Israel: Nations Connected From the Roots to the Fruits With Guest Host Michael Medved

Travel Date

Tuesday September 1 to Wednesday September 9, 2020

Departure & Return Location

Tel Aviv, Ben Gurion Airport (TLV)

Customer Service Contact

Esther Ochana
Director InnovatioNation
Phone: +972 54 313 3727
E-Mail: esther@keshetisrael.co.il

Itinerary
(Subject to change)
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
Day 6
Day 7
Day 8
Day 9

Tuesday, September 1, 2020 – Bruchim HaBa’im (Welcome)!

  • Arrive in Tel Aviv.
  • Optional walking Tour of Neve Zedek and the American Colony neighborhood of Tel Aviv.
  • Cocktails and Dinner with Michael Medved overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Michael Medved Live Radio Broadcast

Overnight: Hilton Hotel, Tel Aviv 

Wednesday, September 2, 2020 – Divine Providence in Modern Israel

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Divine Providence in Modern Israel: Meeting with Jon Medved, Michael’s brother and one of Israel’s leading entrepreneurs.
  • “The wilderness will rejoice and blossom… it will burst into bloom” (Isiah 35). Visit the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation. We will witness the miracle of a 72-year-old country in the Middle East, bursting with energy to be a world leader of technology and solutions for wildernesses of all kinds.
  • “I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to me” (Exodus 19): Visit the Immigration Pier in Jaffa, where tens of thousands of immigrants took their first steps upon their arrival in modern Palestine – Eretz Yisrael.
  • Walk through the beautiful alleys of the artist colony of ancient Jaffa, the port of Jerusalem from the times of King Solomon to the times of St. Peter.
  • Lunch on own in Jaffa
  • “Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them” Joshua 1.
    Visit the Palmach House to engage and learn about Israel’s struggle for a state in the War of Independence
  • Meet a Palmach fighter from Israel’s War of Independence in 1948
  • Tour Rothschild Boulevard and hear the story of the immigrants who built the first Modern Hebrew city on the sand dunes at 1909, as well as the story of Israel’s Declaration of Independence in Tel Aviv in 1948.
  • Travel to Kibbutz Sde Boker in the Negev Desert.
  • Dinner at hotel
  • Michael Medved Live Radio Broadcast

Overnight: Kedma Hotel, Kibbutz Sde Boker

Thursday, September 3, 2020 – The Abrahamic Advantage

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • The wilderness and the parched land shall be glad; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose. It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice, even with joy and singing” Isaiah 35:1-2. Visit the home of David Ben Gurion, first Prime Minister of Israel, at Kibbutz Sde Boker. Continue to his grave overlooking the Wilderness of Zin. Explore his vision of the re-birth of the Biblical Children of Israel and the Zionist endeavor, struggling to fulfill Isaiah’s prophecy of making the desert bloom.
  • Hike the trail of Ein Ovdat in the Zin Valley, where the 13 tribes of Israel made their way through the desert to the Promised Land.
  • Modern Homesteaders in the Desert: Visit a modern Solitary Farm in the Negev to learn about pioneering life in the 21st century, and taste the produce of the farm.
  • “Slice your bread for the hungry and provide the poor wanderer with shelter” (Isaiah 58) Visit Beit HaShanti, a desert home for Youth at Risk including dinner and meeting with the founder Mariuma Ben Yosef.
  • Michael Medved Live Radio Broadcast

Overnight: Kedma Hotel, Kibbutz Sde Boker

Friday, September 4, 2020- An Ancient Blessing

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Visit the world heritage site of Tel Be’er Sheva, the city of the patriarchs and a wonderful example for daily life and water technology in Biblical times.
  • Abraham’s First Purchase in the Land of Canaan: The Cave of the Machpela. Visit the city of Hebron and visit the contested burial site of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs.
  • Home hospitality with residents of the Hebron Hills.
  • Continue to Jerusalem
  • View the city of Jerusalem from the Haas Promenade and try to see it through the eyes of Abraham “On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place from afar” (Genesis 22).
  • Pre-Shabbat (Sabbath) session with Michael Medved on the meaning of Shabbat observance.
  • Visit the Kotel (Western Wall) with dance and prayer as Jerusalem welcomes the Shabbat.
  • Walk back to the hotel through the streets of Jerusalem to absorb its unique Shabbat atmosphere. (Bus will be available to take you back if you choose not to walk).
  • Enjoy a festive Shabbat dinner with Michael Medved and family.

Overnight: Waldorf Astoria Hotel, Jerusalem

Shabbat, September 5, 2020 – Dawn of Christianity 

  • Breakfast at the hotel

OPTION 1: Mount of Olives

  • Tour the of Olives, the mountain of the triumphal entry on Palm Sunday and of the Ascension. We will visit the Chapel of Ascension, Dominus Flevit and the Garden of Gethsemane.
  • Lunch in the old city on own.
  • Visit the Garden Tomb to remember the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus.
  • Walk through the Christian Quarter and visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, layered with history and religious significance.

OPTION 2: Bethlehem and Ein Kerem

  • Visit the Spring of Mary at the village of Ein Karem in the Judean Mountains and continue to the birthplace of John the Baptist.
  • Lunch in Bethlehem on own
  • Tour Bethlehem, including the Church of the Nativity and Shepherds’ Fields.

OPTION 3: Shabbat in Jerusalem

  • Shul hopping in Jerusalem
  • Shabbat lunch at local families
  • Walking tour of the New neighborhoods of Jerusalem

BOTH GROUPS:

  • The Third Meal (dinner): Enjoy a shared dinner towards the end of the Sabbath.
  • Havdalah service, commemorating the conclusion of Shabbat followed by a free evening

Overnight: Waldorf Astoria Hotel, Jerusalem

Sunday, September 6, 2020 – Jerusalem in the Times of Jesus: the Second Temple Period

  • Breakfast in the hotel
  • Tour the Model of the Second Temple at the Israel Museum.
  • Tour Jewish homes from the Second Temple Period in the Herodian Quarter.
  • Lunch at the Jewish Quarter.
  • Visit Aish HaTorah to learn about the spiritual meanings of the Western Wall.
  • Walk where Jesus walked to the Temple environs of the Jerusalem Archaeological Park.
  • Dinner overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem with former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. and former MK, Michael Oren.

Overnight: Waldorf Astoria Hotel, Jerusalem

Monday, September 7, 2020 – Jerusalem, the Eternal Capital

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Meeting at the United States Embassy in Jerusalem with Ambassador David Friedman.
  • Tour the Ammunition Hill with Yaki Chetz, veteran of the Battle for Jerusalem in the 1967 Six Day War.
  • Melting Pot Israel: Culinary tour of the Machneh Yehuda Market to meet the different groups of immigrants that have come to Israel and created its rich ethnic tapestry.
  • After lunch we’ll have 2 options:
    • Option 1: Visit and stand in solemn memory at Israel’s Yad Vashem memorial to the Holocaust including the Children’s Memorial and the Historical Museum.
    • OR
    • Option 2: Tour Capitol Hill, including visits to Israel’s Supreme Court and Knesset (parliament). Continue to the National Cemetery and Military Cemetery at Mount Herzl.
  • Visit the Friends of Zion Museum, celebrating non-Jewish Zionists and their contribution to Israel.
  • Visions of Redemption: Visit the home of visionary spiritual leader, Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook to explore his understanding of the hand of Providence in the founding of the modern State of Israel.
  • Time permitting: Visit the Israeli Twin Towers 9-11 Memorial, the only such memorial outside of the United States.
  • Free evening and dinner on own.
  • Michael Medved Live Radio Broadcast

 Overnight: Waldorf Astoria Hotel, Jerusalem

Tuesday, September 8, 2020 – The Judean Desert

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Visit the Inn of the Good Samaritan to discuss biblical morality and see the collection of mosaics from ancient synagogues, churches and Samaritan sites throughout Judea and Samaria.
  • Swim at the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth and world-famous medicinal swim site.
  • Visit Qasr El Yahud, site of entrance to the Promised Land by the people of Israel, the ascension of Elijah and the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist.
  • Visit Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu to learn about the Kibbutz and see how its spirit of innovation continues into the needs of the 21st in the new industry of “Bio Bee“.
  • Travel to Tiberias on the Sea of Galilee for a sunset cruise and dinner.
  • Michael Medved Live Radio Broadcast

Overnight: Pastoral Kfar Blum hotel

Wednesday, September 9, 2020 – In the Galilee

  • Breakfast at the hotel

Today we’ll have 2 options in the morning through the early afternoon:

OPTION 1:   Jesus’ Ministry around the Sea of Galilee

  • Tour Capernaum, home base of Jesus’ Ministry.
  • Visit Tabgha where the miracles of the loaves and the fishes is commemorated.
  • Continue to the of Beatitudes to remember and see the geographical context of the Sermon on the Mount.
  • Explore the newly excavated Migdal Synagogue, home town of Mary Magdalene with Associatate Director Father Eamon Kelly

 OPTION 2: Ancient and Modern Israel

  • Begin the day at Tel Dan the northernmost city of the ancient Kingdom of Israel. We will walk by the beautiful landscape of the Dan River to one of the most important sites of Biblical archeology
  • Continue to Kibbutz Elrom for an introductory movie on the last pan-Arab attempt to destroy Israel in 1973.
  • Overlook the Emek Habacha (Valley of Tears) battle site from the Yom Kippur War of 1973, when a handful of Israeli tanks stopped over 500 Syrian tanks.
  • Visit the incredible ancient synagogue at Um el Kanatir.

BOTH GROUPS:

  • Meet at the Talmudic Village of Katzrin, an ancient Jewish city in the Golan Heights to visit its reconstructed buildings and participate in workshops on Jewish life in ancient Israel.
  • Early farewell banquet at the ancient Synagogue.
  • Continue to Ben Gurion International Airport for departure back to the US.
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Prices
all prices in USD

Land Package (not including flights and $180 tips)

Double occupancy
US$5400/person

Land Package (not including flights and $180 tips)

Single occupancy
US$6600/person
Services

Price Includes

  • All group transportation in Israel on air conditioned, deluxe private chartered coach as per the itinerary
  • 8 overnights in 5 star deluxe hotels according to the itinerary
  • All site admissions, programs and speakers as per the itinerary
  • Keshet Israel Licensed, English speaking Tour Educator - tour guide
  • Keshet Israel Hostess
  • Lavish Israeli breakfast plus 8 dinners and 2 lunches
  • Tips for driver, guide and local hotel staff
  • Keshet Customized Sourcebook, Hat, insulated water bottle holder, Map of Israel and backpack
  • Access to all relevant tour information on custom-made travel app

Price Excludes

FAQ
Tour Operation
Registration
Price and Payment
General Israel

WHO IS KESHET JOURNEYS?

Keshet Educational Journeys  is the travel agency and local tour operator in Israel coordinating the booking process and the land operation for your tour. Keshet can provide assistance for all questions regarding registration, payments, lodging, and flights. You can contact Keshet’s InnovatioNation Director Esther Ochana 
Phone: +972 54 313 3727
E-Mail: esther@keshetisrael.co.il

 

HOW DO I JOIN THE MICHAEL MEDVED TOUR?

You can reserve your place on the Michael Medved Israel Tour by going to this link https://keshetisrael.formstack.com/forms/medved_deposit_2020

WHAT IS THE MINIMUM NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS?

The minimum number of participants for this tour is 50 people.

WHEN IS THE REGISTRATION DEADLINE?

All registrations must be made by June 1, 2020. Registrations beyond this date will only be accommodated based on availability.

WHAT DOCUMENTATION IS NECESSARY FOR TOUR REGISTRATION AND TRAVEL TO ISRAEL?

A current passport, valid for at least six months beyond the tour, is required. There are no exceptions to this policy. A travel visa is required for some countries. Please find out more about Israel’s visa policies regarding your country here: Israel’s Visa Policy.

HOW IS THE LODGING DETERMINED?

The registration pricing per tour participant is equal for double occupancy (two people sharing a room), or single occupancy.  If you want to share a room with a specific roommate, you must register together as a two guest registration. Different bedding arrangements can be requested. If you wish to add a roommate to your registration later on, please contact Keshet directly to do so.

WHAT IS THE PAYMENT SCHEDULE?

The full price of the land package is: based on double occupancy $5580.  A $500 non-refundable deposit per person is due at the time of registration.  Full payment is due 90 days before the start of the tour.

AM I REQUIRED TO PURCHASE TRAVEL INSURANCE?

We urge you to purchase cancellation insurance and supplemental medical coverage (which covers preexisting conditions).

WHAT HAPPENS IF I HAVE TO CANCEL MY PARTICIPATION?

In addition to the Contractual Conditions of Keshet Educational Journeys the following cancellation policy is valid for your trip:

Deposit & Payment Schedule   

March 1, 2020

Deposit of $1000 per participant  (applied to total payment)

April 1, 2020

50% payment due

June 1, 2020

Payment due in full (including tips)

 Refund Schedule For cancellation or non-participation for any reason 

Cancellation after

Refund

March 1, 2020

Full refund less $500 per person

April 1, 2020

Full refund less $ 1,500

June 1, 2020

Full refund less $ 2700

July 15, 2020

No Refund

Cancellation of additional services:

Unless otherwise stated, all additional services, pre-booked by the client, are non-refundable after booking and subject to the cancellation policy of airlines, hotels and tour suppliers.

WHAT MEDICAL PRECAUTIONS SHOULD BE CONSIDERED BEFORE TRAVELLING TO ISRAEL?

There are no specific immunizations or medications that are recommended or required for travel to Israel, but we advise you to connect with your primary care physician regarding his/her recommendations for you specifically. Please keep in mind that you can purchase the equivalent of most standard over-the-counter medicines in Israel. We would also encourage you to inform your health insurance provider that you will be traveling out of the country to determine your coverage and medical care options while in Israel.

HOW SAFE IS TRAVELING TO ISRAEL?

Your safety is our top priority. Israel is a very safe country to visit and tour, and we use a variety of measures to ensure the safety of all the participants on the ACC Senior Pastors Israel Tour. We also encourage you to take all the normal precautions as you would when traveling to any other city or country.

WHAT IS THE TIMEZONE IN ISRAEL?

Israel Standard Time (IST), is the standard time zone in Israel. It is two hours ahead of UTC and seven hours ahead of EST.

CAN I DRINK TAP WATER IN ISRAEL?

Tap water is safe to drink in Israel, but bottled water will also be available.

WILL I HAVE ACCESS TO WIFI?

Most hotels in Israel have WiFi available for hotel guests at standard rates. Many cafes and restaurants also offer complimentary WiFi services. Since September 2013, Tel Aviv offers a citywide free WiFi network which provides 80 free internet “hot spots”across the city. Most of the touring buses also have complimentary WIFI available.

WILL I BE ABLE TO USE MY CELL PHONE WHILE IN ISRAEL?

Please check with your mobile phone service provider to determine if you will need to purchase an International plan to use your phone in Israel. Local Israeli SIM cards with phone/data plans can be purchased during the registration process and will be delivered upon arrival in Israel. To make use of this service, your phone has to be “unlocked”.

ARE CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTED IN ISRAEL?

You can use your credit/debit card to obtain NIS (New Israeli Shekels) at ATMs throughout Israel. Most Israeli hotels, restaurants and stores accept American Express, MasterCard and Visa cards as well. American dollars are accepted in many places in Israel; however, in most cases, change will be given in NIS.

WILL I NEED TO BRING A POWER ADAPTER?

Almost all hotel rooms are equipped with hairdryers, and all have shaver sockets. For other appliances, Israel’s electricity is 220V A/C, single phase 50-cycles; 110V-220V transformers can be used. Israeli outlets have three prongs, but European two-prong adapters usually work.

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