Some favorite pics of some of our favorite people (but not all)
11 March 2018
Some random photos
1. Outside King David’s tomb and the upper room where the last supper was held
2. Inside of the oldest Synagogue
3. Outside on top of the old synagogue
4. Dylan with the chef from the Restuarant where we celebrated Dylan’s Bar Mitzvah
Goodbye Israel. We will be dreaming of you.
Last trip to the Kotel.
10 March 2018
Goofing around in Jerusalem
Old City ramparts walk
Graffiti art on the Palestinian side of the border wall
The Church of the nativity: Bethlehem
Church of the Nativity:
One of the holiest sites in Christianity is the manger where Mary gave birth to Jesus. Helena, the mother of the emperor Constantine, built a church in 385 over the site and the mosaic floors can still be seen. In 565, the emperor Justinian erected the building as it stands today. The mosaics on the walls, the wax paintings on the columns and the decorations date back to the Crusader period. The church is administered jointly by Roman Catholics Greek Orthodox and Armenians.
The Garden of Gethsemane, with its grove of ancient Olive trees, holds an important place in Christianity. It was here that Jesus taught his disciples during his mission in Jerusalem; here he wept for Jerusalem and here he was betrayed by Judas and arrested. The Church of all Nations, also called the Basilica of Agony, was built in the 1920’s with contributions from 12 nations on ruins of Byzantine and Crusader churches.
View from the mount of Olives looking over the cemetery into the old city. It is believed by the Jewish people that the Messiah will first appear at the top of the Mount of Olives and then go down to the Old City from there, resurrecting the dead as he goes down. Because if this, many people wish to by buried on the Mount of Olives.
Shabbat at the Kotel.🙏💕
9 March 2018
Everybody shares the Jerusalem market, from new Chabad friends to young musicians and even the Shabbos bride was there!
Jerusalem markets (Mahane Yehuda)
The upper room (room of the last supper)
Until the mid 19th century, the 15,000 person population of Jerusalem lived within the walls. The gates of the city were shut at dusk and only reopened at sunrise. Then, in 1860 Moses Montefiore built a windmill and a new neighborhood outside the walls of the city which he called Mishkenot Sha’nanim, “peace habitations”. Soon other neighborhoods were established outside of the walls and the entire area became known as West Jerusalem.
Thousands of people ran the Jerusalem marathon while we were there.
Yad Vashem is the Israeli Holocaust museum.
I don’t have many photos as we are not allowed to take pictures in this sacred space.
The Hurva synagogue in Jerusalem and the view from the top: The Hurva is a historic synagogue located in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem. The synagogue was founded in the early 18th century by followers of Judah heHasid, but it was destroyed by Muslims a few years later in 1721. The plot lay in ruins for over 140 years and became known as the Ruin, or Hurva. In 1864, the Perushim rebuilt the synagogue, and although officially named the Beis Yaakov Synagogue, it retained its name as the Hurva. It became Jerusalem's main Ashkenazic synagogue, until it too was deliberately destroyed by the Arab Legion after the withdrawal of Israeli forces during the 1948 Arab–Israeli War. After Israel captured East Jerusalem from Jordan in 1967, a number of plans were submitted for the design of a new building. After years of deliberation, the newly rebuilt synagogue was dedicated on March 15, 2010.
8 March 2018
Bar Mitzvah celebration dinner. We all toasted Dylan and Dylan became a sous chef.
Feeding the hungry of Israel mitzvah project
Western wall tunnels
After the Bar Mitzvah
Dylan’s Bar Mitzvah
Dylan is called to the Torah. Mazel Tov!
For Dylan’s Bar Mitzvah, we were accompanied to the Kotel by musicians while hundreds of onlookers took video and photos. It was quite exhilarating and it helped to relax Dylan before he was called to the Torah.
Bar Mitzvah day
7 March 2018
Waterfalls at Ein Gedi
Masada- a scribent creaties a Torah
First walk through the old city with a stop for some yummy pizza.
6 March 2018
Dead Sea: The Dead Sea is the lowest spot on earth, 1290 feet below sea level. Containing 30% of magnesium, sodium, calcium, potassium chloride and other salts, it has the highest mineral content of any body of water in the world. The book of Genesis describes it as the Salt Sea.
View of Syrian border from Golan Heights
Experiencing life in the first century
Camel rides with the Judean hills in the background
5 March 2018
lunch at a kibbutz
Lunch and tour of a kibbutz
Golan Heights looking over the Syrian border where United Nations officers keep a lookout at all times.
Arriving in Jerusalem with a first look from Mt Scopus.
After the waterfalls we had lunch at kibbutz Ortal and took a tour, including a visit to the largest cowshed in Israel where our clothes took on the lovely smell of the cows.
Today we had an exciting ride up the Golan Heights where we learned about the six day war and the strategic importance of the Golan heights. we learned that without the Golan, Israel would be under constant attack by the Syrians as it was in pre-1967 days.
We visited the highest point in the Golan from which we could see into Syria.
We visited the largest cow shed in Israel where we saw cows being milked on a carousel (we called it a cowacell)
Hag Sameach. Happy Purim everybody.
4 March 2018
On the bus
Tzfat: The home of Jewish Mysticism
Safed (Hebrew: צְפַת) is a city in the Northern District of Israel. Located at an elevation of 900 metres (2,953 ft), Safed is the highest city in the Galilee and in Israel.Due to its high elevation, Safed experiences warm summers and cold, often snowy, winters.
Safed has been identified with Sepph, a fortified town in the Upper Galilee mentioned in the writings of the Roman-Jewish historian Josephus. It is mentioned in the Jerusalem Talmud as one of five elevated spots where fires were lit to announce the New Moon and festivals during the Second Temple period. In the 12th century, Safed was a fortified city in the Crusaders' Kingdom of Jerusalem. Safed has been considered one of Judaism's Four Holy Cities, along with Jerusalem, Hebron and Tiberias; since that time, the city has remained a center of Kabbalah and Jewish mysticism.
Swimming at an oasis. (More info to come)
Swimming at the natural pool
Banias falls in the Golan Heights is one of the three sources of the River Jordan.
I can’t believe the hike we did up to see the Banias waterfalls. Spectacular
The town was built by Herod the Great about 25–13 BCE as the port city Caesarea Maritima. It served as an administrative center of Judaea Province of the Roman Empire, and later the capital of the Byzantine Palaestina Prima province during the classic period. Following the Muslim conquest in the 7th century, in which it was the last city to fall to the Arabs, the city had an Arab majority until Crusader conquest. It was abandoned after the Mamluk conquest. It was re-populated in 1884 by Bosniak immigrants, who settled in a small fishing village. In 1940, kibbutz Sdot Yam was established next to the village. In February 1948 the village was conquered by a Palmach unit commanded by Yitzhak Rabin, its people already having fled following an attack by the Lehi. In 1952, a Jewish town of Caesarea was established near the ruins of the old city, which were made into the national park of Caesarea Maritima.
Caesarea: Antiquity- Caesarea Maritima was built during c. 20–10 BCE near the ruins of a small naval station known as Stratonos pyrgos (Straton's Tower), founded by Straton I of Sidon. It was likely an agricultural storehouse station in its earliest configuration. In 90 BCE, Alexander Jannaeus captured Straton's Tower as part of his policy of developing the shipbuilding industry and enlarging the Hasmonean kingdom. Straton's Tower remained a Jewish settlement for two more generations, until the area became dominated by the Romans in 63 BCE, when they declared it an autonomous city. The pagan city underwent vast changes under Herod the Great, who renamed it Caesarea in honor of the Roman emperor, Caesar Augustus.
In 22 BCE, Herod began construction of a deep sea harbor and built storerooms, markets, wide roads, baths, temples to Rome and Augustus, and imposing public buildings. Every five years the city hosted major sports competitions, gladiator games, and theatrical productions.
The flowers of Israel
A beautiful day in Old Jaffa and then dinner at the Tel Aviv Port
3 March 2018
So many beautiful spices in the Tel Aviv market
Old Jaffa offer so many beautiful views.
More Tel Aviv
Oh my goodness, Israel has so many steps!
Walk from Tel Aviv to Old Jaffe
Biblical Joppa was named after Japhet, the son of Noah. An ancient Canaaite city and port, it has many associations with the Bible. Jaffa was part of the allotment of the tribe of Dan and as the only Mediterranean port served all the rulers of the Holy Land. Solomon imported cedars from Lebanon through Jaffa to build the Temple in Jerusalem. From here, Jonah set off on his journey to Tarshish and was swallowed by the whale (Jonah 1:17). The New Testament tells us that Peter raised Tabitha from the dead and it was home of Simon the tanner. The port lost its importance for a while when Herod built his harbor at Ceasarea but was always used by European visitors and settlers. During the crusader period it was the center of fighting and Napoleon’s troops were quartered here after their retreat from Acre in 1799.
After Tel Aviv was founded, most of the Jews moved away but the 2 cities merged into one in 1951. Today, we enjoyed browsing in some of the many art galleries found here.
Breakfast in the hotel in Tel Aviv
2 March 2018
Archeological dig in the Judean hills where the Maccabees fought for our freedom and took back our temple.
The gift shop after the dig
Archeological dig cont.
The place where the Maccabees defeated the Babylonians and reclaimed their synagogue
Archeological Dig - Beit Guvrin / Maresha
Archeology is almost a religion in Israel. Digging up the past of thuis country reveals complex layers of civilizations and Vives U.S. vital insights into those who came before us.
At Tel Maresha, an important City From the Hellenist period (The time of the Channukah story, around 2300 years ago), we participated in a live dig.
All of us goofballs on the bus
The view from the hotel
1 March 2018
A walk along the beach in Tel Aviv
This “ice coffee” is really coffee ice cream. Diet shmyet!
More Old Jaffa
First day in Tel Aviv. A walk on the beach
The only place you can find half of a challah on a bench
28 February 2018
First falafel of the trip. Yummy!
The view from our hotel at night. Tel Aviv Sheraton on the beach.