How would you like to spend 16 days in Israel before and during Sukkot 2018 for a shade more than $50/day per person? Oh, the $50 includes breakfast and dinner!! And, the trip does involve working four of the first five days. The balance of the time is experiencing Yom Kippur and Sukkot in the Land.
Three years ago, while in Jerusalem for Sukkot, I was taking in this amazing place and feast, but was bothered by trash on the ground in many public places in and around Jerusalem. I had a vision then of returning with a team to pick up trash before Sukkot and then to celebrate and tour.
Well, during our most recent visit, Pesach 2018, the Father suddenly began to open doors and assemble a team from Europe and North America to help support just such an endeavor. More exciting is that He expanded the vision from a team of 30 to a team of 100 and He made a way for the price to be a very reasonable, even cheap, $50/day.**
**Tours fees and transportation are ala carte and extra. I.e., As soon as we nail down individual prices for each of the five day tours, we will release that. Costs are site entry tickets and in the two day trips, a share of the bus cost, probably about $15/person or so for the two long day trips.
If this excites and interests you, here are the details:
We will be staying in Gi’vat Ye’arim, the moshav (village) that has been our host site our last two trips to Israel. (See posts from Pesach 2018 and Sukkot 2016) We have begun to build a bond with this Yemenite community that has welcomed us into their homes, sukkahs and synagogue. From Gi’vat Ye’arim it is a short 12 minutes by bus to the Mt. Herzl train station and a 15 minute ride to downtown Jerusalem and the Old City. Besides the work days in the shadow of the massive ancient stone walls, Kimberly Rogers-Brown is organizing the tours that will visit the Western Wall, the tunnels under the Old City, Hezekiah’s tunnels, the City of David (Ir David) and all the bustling streets and shops in the Jewish Quarter. Other tours she is planning include a day trip south to Masada, Ein Gedi and Qumran as well as a day trip north to Shiloh, Elon Moreh and Har Bracha, the winery on the Mount of Blessing.
Other adventures include navigating the crowds at the world famous Ben Yehuda Street market, meeting other Hebrew roots and Messianic brothers from all over the world who gather at Independence Park Shabbat, sitting in the sukkahs of welcoming families in Gi’vat Ye’arim and dancing under the starlight to a worship concert led by James Block.
Teams of 10-12 will be led into the city for work and tours by experienced travelers to Jerusalem. some of our leaders have even lived in the Land for multiple years!
Folks, I am telling you, this going to be dynamite!!
Our accommodations are several very large rooms (genders separated) and several bedrooms as well as several camp sites. See the pictures in the gallery.
Of important note: This is NOT a proselytizing ministry or mission! This in an opportunity to build friendships with Ephramites from across the planet and build bonds and goodwill with our brother Judah while helping prepare the city for Sukkot and then celebrating it in Jerusalem!!
The bottom line cost is $825 per person for 16 days. $50/day per person plus $25 for a couple t-shirts and minor other incidentals. You will need airfare to TLV, Tel Aviv.
Young people are welcome, however we strongly desire a responsible adult with any group of young people. Please ask for details regarding minors.
Sign up for more details and to reserve a spot! We only have 90 slots as 10 are already taken. Please fill out the Contact Form below if you are interested or want to reserve a spot. Details on how to pay to reserve a spot will be emailed in a couple days.
[Note: Initially, slots will be divided evenly between Europe and North America. We desire a multinational tour that helps us build bridges within Ephraim while on this trip. First come, first served.]
Following is a gallery of pictures from two of the three locations we will be staying in.