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The Land of Israel: Past, Present and Future : A Journey of Discovery

Set out on the adventure of a lifetime as you learn the story of Israel, a land as ancient as the City of David, as complex as its underground caves and as buoyant as the Dead Sea.
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Program No. 14876RJ
Length
15 days
Starts at
5,299
Flights start at
925
Israel

The Land of Israel: Past, Present and Future : A Journey of Discovery

Set out on the adventure of a lifetime as you learn the story of Israel, a land as ancient as the City of David, as complex as its underground caves and as buoyant as the Dead Sea.
Length
15 days
Starts at
5,299
Flights start at
925
Length
15 days
Rating (5)
Starts at
5,299
Flights start at
925
Program No. 14876RJ

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Nov 6 - Nov 20, 2022
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5,299
Feb 5 - Feb 19, 2023
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Feb 19 - Mar 5, 2023
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Oct 15 - Oct 29, 2023
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Oct 29 - Nov 12, 2023
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Nov 6 - Nov 20, 2022
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6,579
Feb 5 - Feb 19, 2023
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7,069
Feb 19 - Mar 5, 2023
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7,069
Oct 15 - Oct 29, 2023
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7,559
Oct 29 - Nov 12, 2023
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At a Glance

King David swam here. Herod the Great sought its healing waters, too. Farmers used its minerals as fertilizer and the Egyptians used it in their balms for mummification. As you float in the Dead Sea, consider this region as a cradle of cultures and birthplace of world religions. With local experts and scholars to lead you, discover the holy sites, history and modern life of Israel and learn how the past informs the nation’s present and future.
Activity Level
Let's Go!
Walking up to two miles per day; some cobblestone streets and stairs. Hot, dry weather in Dead Sea region.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Join thousands of Israelis at the Western Wall to welcome the Jewish Sabbath.
  • Journey to the lowest point on Earth, the Dead Sea, and float in its buoyant and therapeutic waters.
  • Stay on a Kibbutz and talk with residents about their life in a collective community.
Featured Expert
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David Friedman
David Friedman was born in Denver, Colorado and raised in a Modern Orthodox family. He developed a talent for art at an early age and attended the Rhode Island School of Design before leaving art school to study Torah and Jewish mysticism. David immigrated to Israel in 1977, spent two years studying Torah in Jerusalem, got married and moved to Safed in 1979. David began practicing Jewish Meditation and focusing on the study of Kabbalah, and creates conceptual art in watercolors and pen and ink.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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David Friedman was born in Denver, Colorado and raised in a Modern Orthodox family. He developed a talent for art at an early age and attended the Rhode Island School of Design before leaving art school to study Torah and Jewish mysticism. David immigrated to Israel in 1977, spent two years studying Torah in Jerusalem, got married and moved to Safed in 1979. David began practicing Jewish Meditation and focusing on the study of Kabbalah, and creates conceptual art in watercolors and pen and ink.
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Cheryl Meskin View biography
Cheryl works as a "hostess" for many groups travelling in Israel. She “made Aliyah” (immigrated to Israel) in 2006 at the age of 60 from Queens, New York. Cheryl was the Director of the Early Childhood Department of the Board of Jewish Education of Greater New York. In her spare time she wrote, directed and starred “Shalom Corner a Jewish Romper Room.” She lives with her husband of 46 years in Jerusalem and is the proud mother of two daughters, two sons-in-law and seven grandchildren.
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Yaakov Selavan View biography
Captain (Res.) Yaakov Selavan recently discharged after serving nearly a decade as an Armored Corps Combat Commander. A Golan resident and an IDF Tactical Command College alumnus, Selavan is an experienced lecturer in Israel and abroad, and an official IDF motivational speaker for soldiers and draftees. He founded Slingshot Israel, which aims to educate and inspire by offering a unique insider’s look into the IDF.
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Ian Stern has been the director of the Archaeological Seminars Institute for 35 years and a government-certified archaeologist at Tel Maresha since 2000. He completed his doctorate in archaeology at Bar Ilan University, has a master’s in Jewish education from Hebrew Union College and a bachelor’s in Near Eastern Studies from Brandeis University. He has an extensive knowledge of ancient sources. Ian made Aliyah in 1978 from New Jersey and served as a medic in the Israel Defense Forces.
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Paul Liptz View biography
Paul Lipitz was born in Zimbabwe, the grandson of an early Jewish pioneer family. When Israel sent out a call to young Jews around the world to assist in the Six-Day War, Paul heard his call. Deciding to stay in Israel and study at The Hebrew University, he then moved to Tel Aviv University where he has been lecturing for almost 35 years. His main interests are topics dealing with Arab women as well as using movies and documentaries as educational tools.
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Rena Quint View biography
Rena Quint is an international speaker who reflects on her experiences as a Holocaust survivor, who after her birth parents and brothers were murdered by the German Nazis, was fortunate to be cared for by other “mothers” in the concentration camps and afterwards, finally being adopted by Jacob and Leah Globe in the United States. Her story is told in “A Daughter of Many Mothers” which explores her personal experiences as well as the social and psychological effects that survivors experience from those horrifying years.
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David Wexler View biography
David Wexler was born and raised in the U.S. He spent his formative years in Dallas, Texas, earned a B.A. from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and a Master’s from Boston University/Ben Gurion University. In 1986, he came on aliya (immigrated) to Israel. He served in the Israeli Defense Forces in a unit working with the foreign press. Before entering the tourism industry, David worked in various international marketing roles for Israeli high-tech companies for more than 15 years and is a licensed Israel guide.
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Gayle Meyers View biography
Gayle Meyers received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s from the Tufts University Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. She served as a policy analyst in the U.S. Department of Defense, fighting the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East, and staffing the U.S.-Israel Joint Political Military Group. She later directed the Middle East Regional Security Search for Common Ground. Moving to Israel, Gayle worked for organizations promoting peace and a shared society for Jews and Palestinians.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Walking the Bible: A Journey Through the Five Books of Moses
by Bruce Feiler
Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor
by Yossi Klein Halevy
Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor is one Israeli’s powerful attempt to reach beyond the wall that separates Israelis and Palestinians and into the hearts of "the enemy." In a series of letters, Yossi Klein Halevi explains what motivated him to leave his native New York in his twenties and move to Israel to participate in the drama of the renewal of a Jewish homeland, which he is committed to see succeed as a morally responsible, democratic state in the Middle East. This is the first attempt by an Israeli author to directly address his Palestinian neighbors and describe how the conflict appears through Israeli eyes. Halevi untangles the ideological and emotional knot that has defined the conflict for nearly a century. In lyrical, evocative language, he unravels the complex strands of faith, pride, anger and anguish he feels as a Jew living in Israel, using history and personal experience as his guide.
The Innocents Abroad
by Mark Twain
(Especially Chapters 51-56)
My Life
by Golda Meir
A moving autobiography by former Prime Minister of Israel, Golda Meir.
The Prime Ministers
by Yehuda Avner
Hannah Senesh: Her Life and Diary
by Hannah Senesh, Roberta Grossman, Marge Piercy, and Eitan Senesh
O Jerusalem
by Larry Collins, Dominique LaPierre
This is a classic and gives a great overview of Israel's War of Independence, before, during and after.
The Iron Cage: The Story of the Palestinian Struggle for Statehood
by Rashid Khalidi
Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East
by Michael B. Oren
Ambassador Oren is the Israeli Ambassador to the United State and regarded historian on the Middle East.
The Routledge Atlas of Arab-Israeli Conflict: The Complete History of the Struggle and the Efforts to Resolve It
by Martin Gilbert
Like Dreamers: The Story of the Israeli Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided a Nation
by Yossi Klein Halevi
"Like Dreamers" interweaves the stories of a group of 1967 paratroopers who reunited Jerusalem, tracing the history of Israel and the divergent ideologies shaping it from the Six-Day War to the present. This book gives insight into where Israel and Israelis are politically, socially, economically, and religiously.
Constantine's Sword: The Church and the Jews -- A History
by James Carroll
Islam: A Short History
by Karen Armstrong
Let There Be Water: Israel’s Solution for a Water-Starved World
by Seth M. Siegel
Let There Be Water illustrates how Israel can serve as a model for the United States and countries everywhere by showing how to blunt the worst of the coming water calamities. Even with 60 percent of its country made of desert, Israel has not only solved its water problem; it also had an abundance of water. Israel even supplies water to its neighbors-the Palestinians and the Kingdom of Jordan-every day.
A Daughter of Many Mothers: Her Horrific Childhood and Wonderful Life
by Rena Quint & Barbara Sofer
“A Daughter of Many Mothers” is the story of Rena Quint, a Holocaust survivor who, after her birth parents and brothers were murdered by the German Nazis, was fortunate to be cared for by other “mothers” in the concentration camps and afterwards, finally being adopted by Jacob and Leah Globe in the United States. To this day, Rena Quint continues to give testimony in Israel, the United States, and South Africa. This book explores not only her personal experience, but addresses the social and psychological effects on many of the remaining survivors of those horrific years.
My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel
by Ari Shavit
Israeli journalist Ari Shavit illuminates the issues and threats that Israel is currently facing and uses the defining events of the past to shed new light on the present. The result is a landmark portrait of a small, vibrant country living on the edge, whose identity and presence play a crucial role in today's global political landscape.
Start-up Nation: The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle
by Dan Senor and Saul Singer
Jewish Sources in Early Christianity
by David Flusser
Once Upon a Country: A Palestinian Life
by Sari Nusseibeh with Anthony David
The Case of Israel
by Alan Dershowitz
From Time Immemorial:The Origins of the Arab-Jewish Conflict Over Palestine
by Joan Peter
The Source
by James A. Michener
Power, Faith, and Fantasy: America in the Middle East: 1776 to the Present
by Michael B. Oren
Ambassador Oren is the Israeli Ambassador to the United State and regarded historian on the Middle East.
Jerusalem: The Biography
by Simon Sebag Montefiore
At the Entrance to the Garden of Eden: A Jew's Search for Hope With Christians and Muslims in the Holy Land
by Yossi Klein Halevi
Ancient Israel: A Short History from Abraham to the Roman Destruction of the Temple
by Hershel Shanks, editor
Israel: A History
by Martin Gilbert
Martin Gilbert is a prolific writer. He is an historian whose style is clear, comprehensive and interesting. Includes lots of maps.
The Illustrated Atlas of Jerusalem
by Dan Bahat
Christianity and Rabbinic Judaism: A Parallel History of Their Origins and Early Development
by Hershel Shanks, Editor





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