Modern State of Israel
There is no limit to the interesting and exciting people and places to visit, to gain a better insight into the modern State of Israel and it's fulfillment of Biblical prophecy. We will mention a few highlights here. Please feel free to ask us if you have particular people, places, or activities in mind that you would like to include in your visit.
During the late 1970s the Lord began stirring the hearts of believers across the world concerning the nation of Israel and its prophetic role in modern times. Then, in the summer of 1980, the Israeli Parliament declared the city of Jerusalem to be the undivided, eternal capital of the State of Israel, established as such by King David almost 3,000 years earlier. Protest resounded across the international political spectrum, resulting in the closure of thirteen national embassies in Jerusalem. A number of Christians living in Israel were then hosting a Christian celebration during the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles. They sensed Israel's deep hurt over the withdrawal of the foreign embassies and felt the call of the Lord to open a Christian Embassy in this, the City of the Great King. They called it the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ) and it represents Christians from around the world, speaking words of comfort and support to Israel (from the ICEJ website). Visit the beautiful embassy, and hear more about the great work the ICEJ is doing. It's possible to reserve a meal and visit the bookshop at the Embassy as well. Books on sale at their shop include: Remember, Observe, Rejoice A Guide to the Jewish Feasts, Holidays, Memorial Days and Events by Petra van der Zande and Israel, History in a Nutshell by Hela Crown-Tamir.
Shalom Jerusalem Center
The Shalom Yerushalayim's goal is to inspire and educate both Christian decision-makers and grassroots support, in order to strengthen their support of the united city of Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel. A visit to the Center includes 4 parts: an educational lecture, an inspiring film, a question and answer session, and a ceremony in which everyone can sign the Jerusalem Covenant (the original is encased in glass in the Knesset today). The Shalom Yerushalayim Center is the advocacy wing of the Israel Allies Foundation and is associated with the Knesset Christian Allies Caucus.
Meet Member of Knesset (Parliament)
Knesset members are often able to greet visiting friends of Israel and discuss current issues. Let us know if you would like to meet a Member of Knesset, and we will do our best to arrange a meeting.
AIPAC’s mission is to strengthen the ties between the United States and its ally Israel. As America’s leading pro-Israel lobby, AIPAC works with Democrats, Republicans and Independents to enact public policy that enhances the U.S.-Israel relationship (from the AIPAC website). The AIPAC office in Israel is generally available to meet with American friends of Israel. If you are interested in a meeting to learn more about the work AIPAC does and how to get involved, let us know and we will arrange one.
Christian Friends of Yad Vashem
Christian Friends of Yad Vashem (CFYV) was established in October 2006 in cooperation with ICEJ. Today, Christian Friends of Yad Vashem is active in many countries world-wide and works with a variety of denominations and Christian ministries to build bridges between Jews and Christians. In accordance with Yad Vashem's general mission, CFYV strives to: promote the wide-ranging activities of Yad Vashem, act as a facilitator in bringing the universal lessons of the Shoah (Holocaust) to the Christian world, build bridges beween Jews and Christians to fight Antisemitism, teach the history of Christian Antisemitism, and educate about the legacy of the Righteous among the Nations. In addition, CFYV makes Yad Vashem's many resources available to the Christian communities, arranges tailor-made programs including workshops on topics of interest to visiting Christian groups, invites Christians to participate in the program to maintain the Trees planted in honor of the Righteous Among the Nations, and brings Christian educators/leaders to Yad Vashem's international seminars on how to teach the Shoah. The Director of CFYV visits churches and communities world-wide with presentations and films.
Please let us know if you would like your group to have a special tour at Yad Vashem with Christian Friends of Yad Vashem
Yad LaKashish - Lifeline for the Old
Since 1962, Yad LaKashish has dedicated itself to providing Jerusalem's needy, elderly, and disabled with the opportunity to remain active, integral members of society. Five mornings a week, hundreds of elderly and disabled men and women make their way to Yad LaKashish, where they find stimulating and creative work opportunities in an array of artisitic workshops. They produce beautiful, professional-quality handmade Judaica and craft items, which are then sold in Yad LaKashish's world renowned gift shop. Take your group to tour the workshops and visit their gift shop.
Shooting Range and Anti-Terrorism Training
Some groups really enjoy some target practise or perhaps a special session about how to respond to terrorism.
Visit IDF Base
Meet Israeli soldiers in person.
Meet Local Residents of the Golan Heights or West Bank
Sit with Israeli residents of various regions of Israel, and hear their thoughts and impressions about living in these areas.
Many people count Independence Hall among the holy sites in Israel. In this modest art museum, which was the former house of the Mayor of Tel Aviv, the State of Israel was declared on Friday, May 14, 1948. Understanding this event is key to understanding many other sites in Israel, so it's a great stop to include in your tour.
This site at the edge of the Mt. of Olives Ridge, was the location of a pivotal battle in the 6 Day War in which Jerusalem was reunited. Today, it serves as an induction site for soldiers entering the IDF and a memorial. The original battle site between the Jordanians and Israelis has been preserved and can be toured. There is a fascinating movie detailing the events of the war. The musuem memorializes the 182 solidiers who fell in the battles around the Jerusalem. It contains some amazing original artifacts including the actual flag that was flown over the Western Wall when the paratroopers took the Old City. This flag is particularly meaningful because a woman in the Beit HaKerem neighborhood of Jerusalem gave it to a soldier and said, "Put it in your pocket. You will fly this flag on the Western Wall." At that time, no Jews had been inside the Old City for 19 years. No one could have imagined what would happen, including these young soldiers. A short while later, when the paratroopers arrived to the Temple Mount, this soldier had the flag ready to go.
See with your own eyes the borders between Israel and her neighbors: Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, the PA as we drive through this beautiful country. Drive or walk along the pre-67 border and understand the issues that are so often discussed in the news.
Golan Heights Lookouts
See where battles and miracles took place in the 6 Day War and the Yom Kippur War.
Visit an important battle site from the War of Independence. See a moving memorial and film about women soldiers who have served in the IDF.
Latrun Armored Corps Musuem
Latrun was a devestating battle site in 1948, which Israel turned around in 1967. Visit the Tower of Tears memorial. Look out over the Ayalon Valley where God stopped the moon for Joshua. One can't help but feel the connection between the ancient and modern battles.
Sapir Water Pumping Station
See the pumps -- built in 1967 -- that still pump water from the Sea of Galilee through the National Water Carrier. Learn about Israel's advances in desalinization and recycling sewage water, making it a world leader in maximizing water resources in an arid country.
Sound and Light Show of Gush Etzion
Learn about the heroic defenders of Gush Etzion who guarded the way to Jerusalem until they were defeated by the Jordanians on May 13, 1948, the day before the State of Israel was declared.
Tour the Knesset
It's exciting to tour the Knesset (Parliament). See a short film with highlights from historic moments in the Knesset some of which you will surely remember. Sit in the hall where major decisions are made that effect Israel and her relationship to the world. See the Chagall artwork and archeological finds that adorn the building and tell the story of the Jewish people and the establishment of the modern State of Israel. Tour the new wing of the Knesset including committee rooms where you'll get a better insight into Israel's parlimentary democracy. Enjoy a cup of coffee in the cafeteria among Israeli leaders. Note: There is strict security to enter the Knesset, so a visit to the Knesset requires extra time and everyone must bring their passports.
The Supreme Court of Israel was designed to reflect Biblical themes and historic Jerusalem architecture. Inside the court is a museum dedicated to the three types of law that make up Israeli law today: Ottoman, British, and Jewish. Sit in on a court case. Enjoy a pastry in the Court cafeteria. The Supreme court is just a short walk from the Knesset. Note: There is strict security to enter the Supreme Court and they do not allow backpacks inside.
This is a very exciting, albeit a bit noisy, museum in Tel Aviv. It's a must see for younger groups. Your group will literally walk into modern Jewish history with this audio/visual show that explains the development of the Palmach, the elite strike force of the Haganah (which later becomes the Israel Defense Forces). Your group will gain a better understanding of life in Israel in the 1940s during the British Mandate and War of Independence.
Yad Vashem is Israel's national (and international) Holocaust Memorial. It was established by an act of the Knesset in 1953. Every foreign diplomat visits Yad Vashem upon first coming to Israel. Yad Vashem is a large campus which includes the Historical Museum, Children's Memorial, Avenue of Righteous Among the Nations, a large bookstore, restaurants, educational facilities and more. The name comes from Isaiah 56:5 "And to them will I give in my house and within my walls a memorial and a name (a "yad vashem")... that shall not be cut off."
This beautiful museum was established by survivors from the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising who came to Israel and established a kibbutz that thrives until today. This museum has a special memorial for the over 1 million children who were killed in the Holocaust, and the memorial in general is appropriate for all ages. The booth that Eichman was tried in during the 1961 proceedings here in Israel, is housed in this museum.
Chamber of the Holocaust
If you have already been to Yad Vashem, this memorial on Mt. Zion is a must see. It's dark, raw, and very spiritual. This memorial was one of the first responses to the Holocaust, set up by survivors themselves who came to Israel. They made tombstones for entire communities that were wiped out. They also display here original artifacts such as miniature tefillin, prayerbooks written from memory, a chanukah menorah made from potato skins and a Torah scroll soaked in blood. Survivors and US solidiers who liberated the camps donated original photographs that you won't see in most other memorials.