IsraelTrip 2006

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Day 1 Old Tel Aviv and Yafo

Day 2 Caesaria, Haifa and Acco

Day 3 Kineret Dan Golan Sfat

Day 4 Mt Gilboa Beit Alpha and Jerusalem

Day 5 Jerusalem and Old City

Day 6 Hartman Institute Yad Vashem Mt Herzl

Day 7 Qumran Ein Gedi Dead Sea

Day 8 Masada Wilderness Tabernacle

Day 9 Davidson Center Burnt House and Eclipse

Day 10 Supreme court, Ben Yahuda, Mini Israel

Monday

Chaim's notes

Thursday, Kinneret, Dan, Golan, and Sfat


Tiberias by the Sea of Galilee


Our Hot Spring Spa


Excellent weather for a cruise


Artistic Boat


Galilean Lizard


Dan National Park

The largest of four sources of the Jordan River, the Dan Spring emerges at the base of Mt. Hermon next to Tel Dan. It flows for four miles before joining the second largest source of the Jordan River, the Banias Spring.


Lollygagging by the River


Water from a Spring


Beautiful Park


Does this remind you of California?


Excavation reveals the ancient City of Leshem Dan

The mound of the biblical city of Dan is located at the foot of Mount Hermon [and is the northern most city of the Israelites]. The site extends over an area of 200 dunams (50 acres). Its location on the main trade route from the Galilee to Damascus made Dan the most important city of the northern part of the Kingdom of Israel ..


Walls of Leshem Dan


The foreground of this picture is the area of the discovery of the Dan Inscription which mentions the "House of David."


Sitting in the City Gate


Girls gather for photo


Mount Hermon on clear Day

Mt. Hermon is the southern tip of the anti-Lebanon mountain range. The highest peak of Mt. Hermon is 9,230 ft. The highest point inside Israel's borders today is Mizpe Shelagim, the “snow observatory,” at 7,295 ft. In the Bible it is known as Ba’al Hermon, Sirion, and Sion. Psalm 133 gives an image of the pleasantness and fruitfulness of this mountain. It speaks of the bounty of water, a place that receives much precipitation. Hermon, on average, gets 60 inches of precipitation a year (in 1992 it received 100 in).


Mt. Bental, an ancient volcano. This site was a defensive position for Isreal until the 73 war. A great lookout to see the Heights, and especially the Syrian side of the border, is from the now abandoned Israeli bunker 4,000 feet (1,200 m.) above sea level on Mount Bental. You can walk underground and see what accommodations were like for the soldiers manning the outpost.


Artilery Turret with Harmon in background


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Examining the Artilery Turret


Syrian Bunker overlooking Hula Valley

From 1948-67, when Syria controlled the Golan Heights, it used the area as a military stronghold from which its troops randomly sniped at Israeli civilians in the Hula Valley below, forcing children living on kibbutzim to sleep in bomb shelters. In addition, many roads in northern Israel could be crossed only after probing by mine-detection vehicles. Israel repeatedly, and unsuccessfully, protested the Syrian bombardments to the UN Mixed Armistice Commission, which was charged with policing the cease-fire, but nothing was done to stop Syria's aggression. Meanwhile, Israel was condemned by the UN when it retaliated. Today, you can visit former Syrian bunkers to see the view their gunners enjoyed of the valley below. This will give you an appreciation of the strategic value of the Golan that you cannot get without seeing it for yourself. Be sure to stay on the well-worn paths, because old Syrian mine fields remain uncleared beyond them.


Minefield near Bunker


Safed (Sfat)


Joseph Carao's Synagogue


Sfat Shopping


Candel Shop


Beautiful Sunset


Upper Galilee Dude Ranch

Friday, Mt Gilboa, Jordan Valley, Jerusalem

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