Israel 2013 – Travel Blog

Israel 2013 - Travel Blog

The Last Lunch

On our last day in Israel, around noon, we entered the Old City through the Jaffa gate. Turning left onto Patriarchate Street, we soon entered a small restaurant called Rossini’s. After climbing a small tight staircase, we entered a long, low ceilinged room where a table had been prepared for us. For our last lunch together, […]

Israel 2013 - Travel Blog

Dromedary Duo

If you are thinking that this is two camels, think again. These are dromedaries. There are no camels in the Middle East. Camels, which have two humps and long hair, are designed to live in colder climates. Dromedaries, with one hump and short hair, live in the Middle East.  The one hump consists of 80 […]

Israel 2013 - Travel Blog

Joan’s Story: Then and Now

by Geneva Chinnock I think it is fair to say that most Americans are fairly naïve about the history of the modern state of Israel.  This might also be true of those who actually visit the land of Israel, unless you are Jewish, of course. During the Bramson 2013 Tour of Israel, we were under […]

Israel 2013 - Travel Blog

Family Vacation

God sets the lonely in families, he leads out the prisoners with singing…Psalm 68:6 I used to wonder what God meant by setting “the lonely in families.”  As a fatherless only child of an only child, my family was pretty small. Besides my mother, I had one set of grandparents and two great aunts who […]

Israel 2013 - Travel Blog

Guns and Moses

by Geneva Chinnock When I first started talking about going to Israel, people immediately asked “Is it safe to travel there?” On one hand, I can understand their concern. Based on the news, Israel is a dangerous place, full of terrorists and bombings. (Nothing like that would ever happen on American soil…) In the news […]

Israel 2013 - Travel Blog

Sleeper Awake!

There was quite a protest when I posted a picture earlier* of you-know-who, looking like she was sleeping during her husband’s Dr. Bramson’s teaching. So to be fair I am posting this picture of someone else sleeping during Dr. Bramson’s teaching at the Mount of Olives.  Disclaimer: This is no reflection on Dr. B’s brilliant […]

Israel 2013 - Travel Blog

The Guitar and the Gospel

The word gospel has its origins in the Old English  word ‘god spell,’ which means ‘good news.’ We usually hear the word ‘gospel’ used in religious circles where its meaning can range from truth to blatant error.  One way to recognize the true gospel is this: if what you hear isn’t good news, then it […]

Israel 2013 - Travel Blog

Learning Hebrew

When traveling to another country, it’s always a good idea to know a few words in that country’s language. Just in case you decide to go to Israel, here are a few words to help your acclimation to Israel go a little smoother. Shalom. This is the common greeting in Israel, like our word “hello” […]

Israel 2013 - Travel Blog

The Jew on the Cross

I have been blessed to go to Israel twice, once with my husband and son in 2010 and again with the 2013 tour, this time with my daughter, Katie. (Just in case you are wondering about our other daughter Amy, she went in 2008 with a college group and stayed three weeks. Lucky girl!) In […]

Israel 2013 - Travel Blog

In Gratitude

One of the very special highlights of the Bramson tour to Israel is our guide Yehuda Hockman. Yehuda is an amazing man. At 70, he still leads tours in Israel. To become a guide in Israel is not easy. The training is extensive, similar to obtaining a Master’s Degree. In addition to being a tour […]

Israel 2013 - Travel Blog

Most Holy Place

This picture is taken from the area of the Eastern Gate looking west. Archeologists believe that the area under the small black dome to the left is where the Most Holy Place was in the original temple. There is plenty of room in this area for the tribulation temple to be rebuilt and still leave […]

Israel 2013 - Travel Blog

An unexpected surprise

Sometimes shopping leads to unexpected surprises. Yesterday afternoon was one of our free times here in Jerusalem. The bus dropped us off at Ben Yehuda street, which is a popular Jewish shopping area. It is similar to State Street in Redlands, but larger and without cars. Vera, Yehdua’s wife, had recommended this area as a […]

Israel 2013 - Travel Blog

Suffering

It was a cool, gray and rainy day this morning in Jerusalem as our bus pulled out of the hotel. Our day began with a visit to a quiet Garden of Gethsemene. As we gazed at the ancient olive trees and reflected on our Lord’s suffering, we also gazed at the Eastern Gate and anticipated […]

Israel 2013 - Travel Blog

Dead Sea Experience

Following our baptism at the Jordan River, we traveled south to the Dead Sea. The Dead Sea is fed by the Jordan River. Because there is no outlet, the mineral content has risen to such a high level that it makes all life forms impossible. But for tourists, this high mineral content produces a distinct […]

Israel 2013 - Travel Blog

Yom Ha’Shoa

Our day in Israel started as it always does with teaching from Yehuda. He told us that today, April 8, is the Memorial Day for the Holocaust. Israel sets aside this day in remembrance of those who died in the Holocaust. “It wasn’t so long ago, yet many people deny that it happened. It is […]

Israel 2013 - Travel Blog

Sabbath in Israel

Coming from a land that never stops to a land that makes a weekly stop can come as a surprise to many visitors to Israel. Yesterday we descended into Tiberias late Friday afternoon. Yehuda, our Messianic Jewish guide, told us that Tiberias is a religious Jewish city. The streets were already quiet when our bus […]

Israel 2013 - Travel Blog

Shalom from windy Israel!

Our day began with a delicious Israeli breakfast along the Mediterranean Sea. Afterward we headed north along the sea road to Caesarea, home of Herod’s summer palace as well as Cornelius, the Roman soldier who sent for Peter from Jaffa (where we were yesterday.) Next, we traveled to Mt Carmel site of the showdown between […]