We will travel through the land, visiting places where important biblical events took place. We will delve into the Scriptures in their original context to learn about God’s faithfulness to his people, past, present, and future. We will visit sites from both Old and New Testaments as well as gain an understanding of modern Israel, including some of God’s work among believers in the land today. Yeshua (Jesus) will always be the center of our studies, as we seek to better understand his ministry, his place among the Jewish people, and how to apply his teachings to our lives.

Tour Features

  • Our expert licensed tour guide provided by Shoresh Study Tours will be a believer in Yeshua/Jesus.
  • Your tour host, Messianic Jewish Pastor and Bible Teacher Alan Gilman, will provide additional teaching and worship leading, specially designed for this unique experience.
  • We will be staying at the Christ Church Guesthouse while in Jerusalem.
  • Our tour coincides with the end of Sukkot (the Feast of Tabernacles) and a plan to attend the Simchat Torah festivities at the Western Wall.
  • Airfare, tour fees, hotels, breakfasts and suppers, entrance fees, travel in Israel, and gratuities included.

All photos were taken by Alan Gilman during a previous tour. They are provided here for illustrative purposes.

Important! Itinerary details are subject to change due to local conditions, time restrictions, or other circumstances.

Departure (Tuesday, October 6)

Depart from Toronto (other departure cities available).

Day One (Wednesday, October 7): Arrival in the Land of Promise

We arrive at Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv, where we will be met by our guide and bus driver for the trip. From here we will ascend to  Jerusalem, the City of the Great King.  After dinner we will be treated to a short stroll for a rooftop panorama of the Old City and talk with the Director of Shoresh Study Tours.

Overnight:  Christ Church Guesthouse, Old City, Jerusalem

Day Two (Thursday, October 8)JERUSALEM IN THE TIME OF JESUS – The Temple at the Center

Today will be devoted to learning about Jerusalem in Jesus’ day, when the Temple in Jerusalem was the center of Jewish life. We will study how worship was performed in the temple, the Sadducees and Jesus’ attitude towards them, and generally enrich our insight into many important events in the gospels and book of Acts.  We will start with a visit to the Western Wall place of prayer, Judaism’s most holy site, we will take a trip to the subterranean Western Wall Tunnels to walk at what was street level in the time of Jesus. We then make our way through the Jewish Quarter of the Old City to see the Herodian Villas, the palatial mansions that were the home to the Sadducees, the ruling priesthood at the time of Jesus. We complete our day at the excavations near the base of the Temple Mount and discuss Pentecost on the Southern Steps where Jesus walked.

Overnight:  Christ Church Guesthouse, Old City, Jerusalem

Day Three (Friday, October 9): BETHLEHEM AND FREE AFTERNOON IN JERUSALEM

This morning we take the short drive to Bethlehem, where we will visit the Church of the Nativity, which marks the probable site of the birth of Jesus, and the “Shepherd’s Fields” where the angels heralded the advent of Messiah. The rest of the day is free for rest, reflection, shopping, or for the energetic, perhaps a walk on the walls of the Old City. Shoresh will provide a list of interesting options for those who want to explore on their own. In the evening we will have a special Shabbat meal with a special speaker. 

Overnight:  Christ Church Guesthouse, Old City, Jerusalem

Jerusalem Market

The Jerusalem Shuk (Market) on Friday. Shopping for Shabbat (Sabbath).

Day Four (Saturday, October 10 – Shmini Atzeret/evening of Simchat Torah): IN THE STEPS OF JESUS – Crucifixion, Death, Burial and Resurrection

Today we focus on sites related to the Biblical passages concerning Jesus’ last week in Jerusalem. Our goal is to understand why He was crucified, how He was buried, and what it meant to the Jewish people of the First Century that He was raised from the dead. We begin our day with a panoramic overlook of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, the site of Jesus’ ascension to heaven and His future second coming. After viewing a tomb from the time of Jesus, we will walk down the Mount of Olives to Gethsemane. Next we cross the Kidron Valley and enter the Old City through Stephen’s Gate, stopping to examine the remains of the Pool of Bethesda. From here we walk to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the most likely site of the burial and resurrection of Jesus. We end our tour with a reflective time at a site that wonderfully illustrates Jesus’ burial and resurrection, the peaceful Garden Tomb.  In the evening we can walk to the Western Wall to observe the Festivities of Simchat Torah including men dancing with the Torah scrolls.

Overnight:  Christ Church Guesthouse, Old City, Jerusalem

Dome of the Rock, Temple Mount

Learning about the Second Temple by the Dome of the Rock.

Mount of Olives view

View from the Mount of Olives.

Day Five (Sunday, October 11)WORSHIP SERVICES AND THE RESTORATION OF HOPE – A Garland Instead of Ashes

This morning we will have the opportunity to attend the Worship Services at Christ Church, the oldest protestant church in the Middle East.  In the afternoon we study both a great tragedy and the wonder of the Lord’s redemptive power. We will examine the systematic annihilation of six million Jews in the Nazi genocide, God coming to earth in the form of a man to save His people from their sins, and the loving witness of Christians committed to the Biblically prophesied physical restoration and spiritual rebirth of the Jewish people. We  travel to Yad VaShem, the Israel Memorial Museum to the Holocaust. Here we examine the spiritual and theological roots of the most notorious genocide in history and the connection between the Church, Jesus and the Jewish people.

Overnight:  Christ Church Guesthouse, Old City, Jerusalem

Day Six (Monday, October 12)THE JUDEAN DESERT – Seeking Refuge in the Wilderness

Our theme today is the wilderness and what it signified to the ancient Israelites. We begin our day early with a drive to Masada, Herod the Great’s magnificent fortress palace in the desert, and the site of the last stand of the Zealots, a Jewish revolutionary group at the time of Jesus. From Masada we drive north to the beautiful subtropical oasis of Ein Gedi, where David hid from Saul. Depending on conditions, we can walk into the nature reserve and possibly to the waterfalls. We may see some wildlife, including the furry rock badger and the graceful ibex. We will also discuss the temptation of Jesus in the Wilderness. Our last site will be Qumran, likely the home of the Essenes, a First Century Jewish sect which may have influenced early Christianity, and the site of the most exciting archaeological discovery ever made in Israel – the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Overnight:  Christ Church Guesthouse, Old City, Jerusalem

Qumran Cave

One of the caves at Quran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered.

Day Seven (Tuesday, October 13): Samaria: Ancient Israel

Today we journey into the northern homeland of the Patriarchs, of the Israelites under Joshua, and later the breakaway Kingdom of Israel.  Sites visited may include: Mt. Gerazim (the “Mount of Blessing” from Joshua’s time), Mt. Kebir and Alon Moreh (scenic overlook and one of Abraham’s campsites), Jacob’s Well, and Shiloh (long-time location of the Tabernacle and the ark of the covenant).  We will focus on our roots in the Old Testament, which are vital to our understanding of the New Testament.

Overnight: Eshel Hashomron Hotel, Ariel

Day Eight (Wednesday, October 14)LIGHT TO THE NATIONS – Jews, Gentiles, and the Messiah

Today we travel north, visiting a number of Biblical sites that testify to God’s faithfulness to His word, past, present, and future.  We continue along the route of the ancient Via Maris to Megiddo, one of King Solomon’s cities, and according the Book of Revelation possibly the assembly point for the armies marching to the battle of Armageddon. We then travel to Mount Carmel, with a spectacular view over the North of Israel, near the spot where Elijah confronted the prophets of Baal.  Our last visit of the day will be ancient Nazareth, Jesus’ boyhood home and place of His early ministry.  From here we will travel to our accommodation on the Sea of Galilee.

Overnight: Ein Zivan Village Resort, Golan Heights

Day Nine (Thursday, October 15)AROUND THE SEA OF GALILEE – Daily Life and Religion in the Time of Jesus

Our day will be spent visiting various sites around the Sea of Galilee as we try to picture daily life and religion in the First Century, and seek to better understand the miracles and teachings of Jesus in His original Jewish context. We will start the day at Chorazin, the well-preserved ruins of a typical Galilean village, where we study village life, Jewish religion, and the Pharisees. Our next stop will be the Mount of Beatitudes, traditional site of the Sermon on the Mount, where we will consider the Kingdom of God in Jesus’ teachings. After a short walk or drive down the hill we will arrive at Capernaum, the town where Jesus lived during the majority of His ministry. At lovely Tabgha, which commemorates the multiplication of loaves and fish, and where Jesus met the disciples after the resurrection, we will enjoy a contemplative time on the shore of the Lake. Later in the afternoon we will visit Kibbutz Ginosar to see the “Jesus Boat”, a Galilean fishing boat from the First Century. From here we will set sail for a boat ride on the Lake to enjoy the views and some worship, prayer and reflective time.  After dinner we will meet with a local believer.

Overnight: Ein Zivan Village Resort, Golan Heights

Day Ten (Friday, October 16)NORTHERN ISRAEL – “Who Do Men Say That I Am?”

Today we explore Northern Israel, one of the most beautiful regions of the country. We will seek to understand what the Jewish people of 2,000 years ago expected of the Messiah, and how that was fulfilled in Jesus. We begin by climbing up to the magnificent Golan Heights. In the morning we will visit a reconstructed Talmudic village at Katzrin, where we will take another close look at life in New Testament times and the use of everyday imagery in Scripture. Next we will travel along the lower slopes of Mount Hermon – Israel’s highest mountain, and the most likely site of the Transfiguration. Our next stop is Caesarea Philippi, in the region where Peter made his famous confession that Jesus is the Messiah. Along the way we will pass Druze Villages before coming to Mt. Bental, a lookout spot near the border with Syria and the area of the road to Damascus where the Apostle Paul met the Lord. Our final stop is the Dan Nature Reserve, where we see the incredible archaeological remains of the OT city of Dan, including the city gate from the time of Abraham, and consider ancient Israel’s apostasy. We will also enjoy a pleasant walk by a stream and discuss the meaning of “living water” in the Hebrew Scriptures and Jesus’ teaching.

Overnight: Ein Zivan Village Resort, Golan Heights

Ancient Temple in Dan

An excavated temple from the time of Abraham.

Day Eleven (Saturday, October 17)

This morning we will drive down the coast to the fabulous ruins of the Herodian city of Caesarea Maritima, the site of the conversion of Cornelius and the location from which Paul left the shores of Israel and set sail on his journey to Rome.  From here we will continue to the Independence Hall in Tel Aviv, where we will learn of the growth and struggles of this tiny country immediately prior to and since her independence. Time permitting, we may also visit the ancient port of Jaffa, from where Jonah tried to escape God’s call to warn the people of Nineveh as well as the location of Simon the Tanner’s house. Our final night will be spend at the CMJ facility in Jaffa called Beit Immanuel where we will hear about CMJ’s ministry to the Jewish people over the past 170 years.

Overnight:  Yad-Hashmona Country Hotel, Judean Hills

Day Twelve (Sunday, October 18)

This morning we will drive to the Ben Gurion airport to catch our flight home.