Trip Itinerary: Day 6
Day 6: Saturday, March 24, 2012
“Jerusalem – City of Three sisters Faiths”
Optional tour of Shabbat services at different congregations with Rabbi Havivi
Enjoy an overview of Jerusalem from atop the Mount of Olives, traditional sites of Jesus’ ascension to heaven, for a view of the glorious old and new cities of Jerusalem, continuing to the Garden of Gethsemane.
Visit Gethsemane, where Jesus prayed the night before his crucifixion, and where he was captured by the Romans. The word "Gethsemane" is a Latin mispronunciation of the Hebrew "gat shmanim", or olive oil press. Some of the olive trees that can be seen today in the Gethsemane compound are 1800 years old
Lunch at the American Colony
The Garden Tomb is a complex of a garden and tombs which has been a major attraction of Protestant Christian pilgrimage. The cave was discovered in 1867 and was studied by Conrad Schick. In 1882, the hill was identified as Golgotha Hill, and the Garden Tomb is believed by many to be the garden and sepulchre of Joseph of Arimathea, and therefore a possible site of the resurrection of Jesus.
Visit to the city of Bethlehem, site of the birth of Jesus and the Church of the Nativity.
Visit the unique collections and expansive grounds of the Israel Museum, the country’s national museum. Linger over the renowned international and Israeli art, the world’s most complete Judaica collections and the charming Billy Rose Sculpture Garden. You can also visit the Shrine of the Book, home to the exceptional archaeological finds of the Dead Sea Scrolls and other rare ancient manuscripts. The dome covers a structure that is two-thirds below the ground, and is reflected in a pool of water that surrounds it. The striking juxtaposition of the white dome and black basalt wall, precise and opposing geometrical shapes, creates a monumental effect and contributes an extraordinary phenomenon in the Israeli landscape. Admire the glory of Jerusalem nearly 2,000 years ago – in miniature – at the Israel Museum's open-air Second Temple Period model that recreates Jerusalem in 66 CE. In that fateful year, the Great Revolt against the Romans erupted, resulting in the destruction of the city and the Temple. The ancient city was then at its largest. The model thus reflects ancient Jerusalem at its peak, just before all was lost.
The Bible Lands Museum is a unique collection depicting the cultures and civilizations of the ancient lands of the Bible. The museum’s extensive collection illustrates the cultures of all the peoples mentioned in the Bible - from Egypt eastwards across the Fertile Crescent to Afghanistan, and from Nubia north to the Caucasian mountains. You will learn of the Philistines and the Arameans, the Hittites and the Elamites, the Phoenicians and the Persians. The Mesopotamians, the pyramid builders and the ancient Phoenicians are no longer with us. But the Bible, God's gift to Israel, is today found throughout a far wider world than of the ancient Israelites. The biblical vision became the basis of western civilization and has shaped its history for centuries.
6:24 pm Shabbat ends
Ben Kodesh LeChol:
As the sun sets over the Jerusalem hills and Shabbat draws slowly to a close, come together with your group to take part in Havdalah. The ceremony of blessings and symbols ends the day of rest and separates the light of day from the darkness of nightfall, the higher beauty of Shabbat from the common pursuits of the week.
Enjoy dinner on your own in Jerusalem, at a choice of a wide array of restaurants.
Optional: The Night Spectacular at the Tower of David Museum – a celebration of music and light reflecting Jerusalem’s 3,000 year old story
Overnight: Inbal hotel, Jerusalem