Knesset, Beit El, Shiloh, Shechem
Our morning begins at the Knesset, the seat of the Israeli parliament and the only representative democracy in the Middle East. Our tour includes a view of some amazing works of art, including a tapestry by Marc Chagall.
Beit El / Bethel
Our next stop will take us to Jerusalem’s northern shoulder and the site of Beit El (Bethel). Here, not far from the sacred Temple precinct, Jacob dreamed of a ladder stretching to heaven, and Jeroboam erected a pagan altar.
We journey on to Shiloh to walk through the Tabernacle area and see a multi-media presentation against a backdrop of the hills of Ephraim.
Mount Gerizim and Shechem
Time permitting, we will visit the Samaritan synagogue on Mount Gerizim. Then, we will stand over Shechem in the valley below, and declare the blessings as we walk in the footsteps of the Tribes of Israel.
Western Wall Tunnels
After dinner, we enter the Western Wall Tunnels beneath the Old City. We will touch the giant stones of the Temple Mount wall, observe a Hasmonean aqueduct, and reach the Strouthion Pool. This bedrock-hewn pool was open to the sky during the Second Temple period, and covered with twin barrel vault roofs in the second century.