HERITAGE STUDY PROGRAMS PRESENTS: An advanced bible study program and a fact finding expedition to Israel, focusing on the status of Jerusalem and the region’s security & defense.


Tom Trento, Ron Wexler & Dan Gordon

Jerusalem Jubilee 1967 - 2017 Celebration Tour
Jerusalem Day


Fourth Israel Fact Finding Mission to Israel May 20-30. 2017

The program is filled with visits and events that are not published or mentioned in the itinerary and will be given to vetted participants only.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Depart on an overnight flight to Israel.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Arrive Ben Gurion Airport. Assistance through customs by our airport representative. Transfer to the hotel in Tel Aviv. Check in to your hotel. Dinner will be served 7:00 PM in the main dinning room of hotel.
Overnight: Tel Aviv
Meals : Dinner

Monday, May 22, 2017

After breakfast we will have our orientation meeting with Tom Trento and Ron Wexler, as well as our guides and staff.

Today we will spend the day in the most recent Israel's "hot spot" - The Gaza Strip region. We will visit the cities and places that were most affected by the Hamas aggression of the last summer. Our visits will include Ashdod, Ashkelon, Sderot, Netivot, and Kibbutz Yad Mordechai. These cities and towns are in the 15-30 second warning zone (maximum time to get shelter at time of "Red" siren alerts). We will also visit a border military installation and the Erez crossing (the border crossing between Gaza and Israel). We will listen to expert analyses on Israeli military doctrine, new tactical issues (Iron Dome, drones, tunnels, the closure of Ben-Gurion Airport), and lessons learned. Dinner and overnight.

Overnight: Tel Aviv
Breakfast, Dinner

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

After breakfast we will prepare to depart from Tel Aviv, but before doing so we will stop to visit the historic hall (known as Independence Hall) in which David Ben-Gurion declared the establishment of the State of Israel. From here we will begin our journey to the community of Alfei Menashe. Our focus here will be the security and defense of this stronghold in the“west bank”, overlooking the heart of Israel. An incredible presentation is awaiting us here, which to our repeat visitors will be the "next semester". Then, after a short visit to Caesaria - the ancient Roman capital in the region, we will continue north along the coastal road to the top of the Carmel Mountains and a panoramic view of the Valley of Jesrael - Armageddon.. From the her we are on the Jerusalem to partake in the Jerusalem Day events.

Check into our hotel.

Dinner followed by Jerusalem Day events

Overnight: Jerusalem, Israel
Meal: Breakfast, Dinner

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Breakfast at our hotel. The highlight of today is participation in the Jerusalem Day Parade celebrating the 50 year unification jubilee 1967 - 2017 (Six Day War with men and women who took part in liberating Jerusalem.) This is a major event for the whole country, but especially in Jerusalem - not to be missed! Our activities will be in conjunction with the Jerusalem Day celebrations including the amazing Jerusalem Day Parade.


Jerusalem celebrates... Black & white image: Moshe Dayan and the Generals entering Jerusalem in the Six Day War (Lions Gate)


Late in the day we will start our northern Israel excursion which will include the Sea of Galilee, the Golan Heights (Syrian border) and the Upper Galilee region (Lebanese border)

Evening: Dinner followed Following dinner an informal discussion with Tom Trento and Ron Wexler.
Overnight: Tiberias, Israel
Meal: Breakfast, Dinner

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Breakfast at our hotel. This morning we will visit some of the biblical sites around the Sea of Galilee. We will then drive to the northern border of Israel. Here we will visit with members of one of the kibbutzim that are on the front line and meet with soldiers that are stationed at the border. As on our first visit here, once again, we get a first hand account to the current situation in this volatile region - the border of Israel, Lebanon and Syria.

Next we will drive up to the Golan Heights where we will visit Har Ben Tal and the Kunaitra border crossing between Israel and Syria. This border crossing was fought for and changed hands a number of times between the Asad army and the Syrian rebels. This place was also the site of the most heroic fight between the IDF and the Syrian army during the Yom Kippur war. Time permits we will view the film Oz 77 about the Yom Kippur War and discuss the security issues that persist 41 years since that war.

We make our way back to Tiberias stopping for a view of the Sea of Galilee and the Jordan valley from the Mount of Beatitudes.

Return to our hotel for dinner followed by a panel discussion.
“Israel - Western society's last line of defense"

Overnight: Sea of Galilee, Israel
Meal: Breakfast, Dinner

Friday, May 26, 2017

After breakfast we will leave the Galilee region making our way up to Jerusalem. Our first stop will be Mt of Precipice (Nazareth), a sheer cliff, 397 meters high, provides one of the best, observation points over the Jezreel Valley and the surrounding mountains: The Carmel, Moreh, Gilboa and Mt Tabor. We will continue our journey south to see the excavations at Beit Shean which houses some of Israel's most spectacular archaeological finds. We will continue along the Jordan Valley (and the Jordanian border with Israel) making our way to visit Jericho (pending security clearance) located in the Palestinian Authority. Continue to Jerusalem stopping atop Mt Scopus for our first view of the "Golden City of Jerusalem"..

Proceed to our hotel for check in.

This evening we are all invited to a “Kabalat Shabbat” the receiving of the Sabbath service. This is a unique and most fervent service at the Western Wall with many Jerusalem Jewish worshipers. This service will be followed by a traditional Shabbat Dinner with Ron Wexler.

Overnight: Jerusalem, Israel
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Saturday, May 27, 2017

We will start our touring program today on the Mt of Olives where we will have a view of the entire city spread out before us.

We will then continue on our way to the lowest point on earth, the Dead Sea. Driving along the coastal line we make our way to Massada. This was the last pocket of insurrection in the Jewish rebellion against the Roman Empire where 960 men, women and children defied the might of Rome and fought for three years after the destruction of Jerusalem. We will visit king Herod's Palace, the synagogue, and a very sophisticated water and irrigation systems 2000 years old. On top of the rock we will hear a presentation by Ron Wexler - “Never again”. Later in the day a special treat awaits us as we go bathing in the “heavy water” of the Dead Sea. Return to Jerusalem.

After dinner this evenings panel discussion is : “Jerusalem & Radical Islam”

Overnight: Jerusalem, Israel
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Sunday, May 28, 2017

We will start our touring program today on the Temple Mount, the site of El Aqsa and the Dome of the Rock.

We will see the southern wall excavations - this southern side of the temple was the main entrance for the common folk, whereas the priests and levites had their own entrance from the higher western side. We will then proceed to the Kotel Plaza area and plunge underground to the Rabbincal Tunnel which takes us underneath the Temple Mount. We continue through the Old City where we will trace some of the footsteps of Jesus on the Via Dolorosa, the way of the agony and the Stations of the Cross. Continue to the reconstructed Jewish Quarter. We will walk through the Cardo, the original roman street and see the remains of the massive wall built by King Hezekiah. We will exit the city and make our way to the Israeli Parliament-Knesset for a special tour and meeting with Knesset members.Return to our hotel for dinner.

Our program this evening: Jerusalem Jane gala dinner


Overnight:Jerusalem, Israel
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Monday, May 29, 2017

This morning we will begin with a visit to the Israel Museum, here we will view the famous Jerusalem model as of the Second Temple era (King Herrod era) and the shrine of the book where the Dead Sea Scrolls are kept. Next stop will be Yad Vashem, the memorial Center to the 6 million Jews that perished during the Holocaust.

We will then continue to Latrun, which is the official Israel Defense Force Commemoration Center and armament display. Latrun is the fortress that was strategically built on Israel's main crossroads and throughout history protected the City of Jerusalem. The program here will include laying a wreath at the "Wall of Names". Return to Jerusalem to visit Ammunition Hill, one of the most fierce battle grounds of the six day war in Jerusalem. In this side of Jerusalem, we will have an opportunity to visit another incredible site to many Christians - The Garden Tomb.

Evening program - closing meeting.
Overnight: Jerusalem, Israel
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Depart home

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