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A Messianic Journey through Israel with Dr. Michael Rydelnik and Rabbi Larry Feldman

March 19, 2017 - April 2, 2017

with Dr. Michael Rydelnik and Rabbi Larry Feldman


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Trip Description

Join Dr. Michael Rydelnik (Professor of Jewish Studies, Moody Bible Institute, host and teacher on Open Line, his nationally broadcast Bible Q&A radio program ) and Rabbi Larry Feldman (President of the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America, leader of Shuvah Yisrael Messianic Synagogue) for a trip of a life time to the Land of Israel.

This Messianic Jewish Journey, a unique tour of Israel, will explore the Land from Dan to Beersheva with an emphasis on discovering our Jewish, Messianic and Biblical heritage. Scripture from Genesis and the Prophets, to the Gospels, Acts and Revelation will come alive. Your time in the Land will enrich your walk with the Messiah Yeshua, and transform your Bible maps from lines on a page to experiential geography. Your reading and application of Scripture will go from black and white to color.

Explore the tombs of ancient rabbis from Judah HaNasii at Beit She’arim to Rambam in Tiberius. Visit beautiful Tzippori, center of Jewish life and learning in the Mishnaic Period. Stand in silence at the Acco British Prisioner’s Museum in, where our young freedom fighters paid the ultimate price for the restoration of Israel. Experience the Declaration of the State of Israel at Independence Hall, Tel Aviv, as you listen to Ben Gurion’s speech and sing HaTikvah as if it were 1948. Weep at Yad V’Shem as we recall our tragic loss, but rejoice at God’s faithfulness to preserve His people and bring us back to our Promised Land.

Visit the MJAA Forest, and go to the Joseph Experience. There you will see the work of the MJAA first hand. Then join the MJAA team in a service project providing both humanitarian aid and the Good News of Messiah to our needy Jewish brothers and sisters in Israel.

Take this unique opportunity to expand your Bible knowledge and deepen your faith on location. You’ll hike Tel Dan along the source of the Jordan, “sail” on the waters of the Sea of Galilee, survey Mount Megiddo (Armageddon), hike to the waterfalls at Ein Gedi where David hid from Saul, enjoy spa time at the Dead Sea, splash through Hezekiah’s tunnel, learn the Scriptures in Yeshua’s synagogue of Capernaum, pray at the Western Wall, and celebrate the Resurrection of the Messiah Yeshua in Jerusalem.

Join us on this Messianic Jewish Journey to where the key events of the Hebrew Bible and New Covenant actually occurred. Come to understand the Lord’s work in the land of Israel and the challenges faced by Israel among her neighbors. Explore your spiritual heritage and deepen your walk with the Lord as you pray, sing, worship, study, laugh and learn in “His Holy Land” (Psalm 78:54).

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Day 1 - Sunday - 03/19/2017

Shalom Israel

Depart for Israel to begin your Messianic Jewish Journey through Israel.

Day 2 - Monday - 03/20/2017

Chavurah and Orientation

Begin your time in the Land with an Orientation to the events ahead and a time of chavurah (fellowship) at dinner in our hotel.

Hotel: Dan Panorama, Tel Aviv

Day 3 - Tuesday - 03/21/2017

Ancient Joppa and Modern Tel Aviv

Walk the ancient alleys of the Biblical port of Joppa where Jonah tried to flee from God. In Joppa, hundreds of years later, the Apostle Peter saw an amazing vision on a rooftop. Experience the 1948 birth of the modern State of Israel in Independence Hall. Marvel at the transformation of the sand dunes outside Joppa to an ultra modern Tel Aviv.

Hotel: Dan Panorama, Tel Aviv

Day 4 - Wednesday - 03/22/2017

Mediterranean Coast: Caesarea, Megiddo, Mt. Carmel

Walk through Herod’s luxurious port of Caesarea, the seat of Roman government where the first Gentile, Cornelius came to faith in Messiah and where the Apostle Paul stood trial for proclaiming the Resurrection of Jesus. Sing God’s praises in the Roman amphitheater where Herod failed to give God the glory. On Mount Carmel, you’ll see where Deborah defeated the Canaanites and Elijah confronted the prophets of Baal. Explore Megiddo, the ancient guard city of the Jezreel valley and future site of end time events, Armageddon, the mount of Megiddo.

Hotel: Dan Panorama, Haifa

Day 5 - Thursday - 03/23/2017

Akko and the North: from the Mishnah to the Mandate

Discover historic Akko: ancient Jewish port from time of the Judges; Paul’s harbor on his final trip to Jerusalem; visited by Julius Caesar, Marco Polo, Richard the Lionhearted, and Napoleon. Explore the restored Crusader Kingdom of Acco to experience Medieval life. Witness the Underground Prisioners’ Musuem where the British imprisoned and even executed Jewish freedom fighters in the struggle for Jewish independence during the Mandate. Be refreshed at the natural Mediterranean grottos of Rosh Hanikrah. Explore Tzippori’s beautiful mosaics, like the Mona Lisa of the Gailiee, and its historic synagogue from the period of the Mishna and then view Beit Shearim’s historic tombs of the Rabbis who produced the Mishnah.

Hotel: Rimonim Galei Kinereth, Tiberias

Day 6 - Friday - 03/24/2017

Upper Galilee: Source of the Jordan to Caesarea Philippi

Splash through the streams of Tel Dan, source of the Jordan River. See the ancient Canaanite gate through which Abraham entered to rescue Lot. Hike around Jeroboam’s altar from the early Northern Kingdom. At Caesarea Philippi worship the Lord Jesus at the location where Peter declared: “You are the Messiah!” Survey the Golan Heights from Mt. Bental on Israel’s Syrian border. Climb through the bunkers and trenches of this strategic military position.

Hotel: Rimonim Galei Kinereth, Tiberias

Day 7 - Saturday - 03/25/2017

Walking with Messiah: Around the Sea of Galilee

Spend the day around the Sea of Galilee where Jesus the Messiah spent most of His ministry years. “Sail” the Sea of Galilee and worship the Lord upon the water on which Jesus walked. Learn more of Messiah Jesus as you study the Scriptures in His home base of Capernaum where the Gospels will spring from the pages of Scriptures to unforgettable spiritual transformation. Visit Migdal, home of Mary Magdalene (Miriam of Migdal) with its synagogue which Messiah Yeshua probably visited. Stand on the beach at Tabgha were the Resurrected Messiah Yeshua appeared to His Disciples and where 4th century Messianic synagogues were planted. After the AD 70 destruction of Jerusalem, Tiberius became one of the Four Holy Cities in Judaism and a center of rabbinic academies. Here the Mishnah and the Jerusalem Talmud was compiled, where the Masoretes consolidated the text of the Hebrew Bible, and where many sages were buried, including the great Medieval Jewish scholar Maimonides.

Hotel: Rimonim Galei Kinereth, Tiberias

Day 8 - Sunday - 03/26/2017

Beit Shean, Qumran and Dead Sea

Marvel at Beit Shean, important city in the life of King Saul, and later the capital of the Decapolis. At the springs of Ein Harod, see where Gideon selected his 300 warriors. Down the Jordan Valley, near Jericho, stand at the Jordan River where Joshua led the people of Israel across to the Promised Land, Elijah was taken into heaven on the fiery chariot, and John immersed the Lord Jesus. At Qumran, see where a Jewish sect wrote and preserved Jewish text as well as Scriptures known as the Dead Sea Scrolls. At the private beach of our luxury hotel, relax and float in the Dead Sea or enjoy a restorative spa session at the lowest place on earth

Hotel: Herods, Dead Sea

Day 9 - Monday - 03/27/2017

Masada and Ein Gedi: Wilderness of Judea

Cable car up Masada, Herod’s wilderness Palace-Fortress, to walk where the Jewish resistance made their fated last stand againt Rome, after the fall of Jerusalem. Worship the Messiah Yeshua in Masada’s ancient synagogue as you praise the LORD for His faithful preservation of His people. Be refreshed at beautiful Ein Gedi, largest oasis on the Dead Sea (maybe you will see ibex). Here David hid from King Saul and later, spared his life.

Hotel: Herods, Dead Sea

Day 10 - Tuesday - 03/28/2017

Beer Sheva, City of our Fathers: Up to Jerusalem

Visit Beer Sheva, the desert home of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; it was from here that Abraham journeyed to Mt. Morian (Jerusalem) to offer Isaac. Today this is a modern university city and capital of the Negev. The Biblical boundary of Israel is often referred to as “from Dan to Beer Sheva.” Stand in the stream bed of the Valley of Elah where David chose his five smooth stones. Go UP TO JERUSALEM to begin your time in the City of the Great King. Be part of the archaeological team at the Temple Mount Sifting Project. Who knows what ancient treasures you might discover from Biblical times in the rubble from the Temple Mount.

Hotel: Leonardo Plaza, Jerusalem

Day 11 - Wednesday - 03/29/2017

Jewish Quarter and Mount Zion

Gain an overview of Yeshua’s Jerusalem at Israel Museum’s giant Jerusalem model. See the Isaiah Scroll at the Shrine of the Book. Get a sense of the night Peter denied the Lord in the courtyard of Caiphas at the Wohl Museum archeological site. Continuing in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City, worship on the ancient Southern Steps of the Temple where Messiah Jesus walked and Peter healed the lame man. Go out the Zion Gate to the Upper Room, David’s Tomb and the site of a 1st century Messianic synagogue. Enjoy the souk (bazaar) to the Jaffa Gate, which encompasses the time line of Jerusalem from the Biblical era, through the Crusaders, to the Sultan Suleiman, WWI and the modern Jewish State. Experience the moving events and outstanding recovery of the Old City in the Six Day War at Ammunition Hill.

Hotel: Leonardo Plaza, Jerusalem

Day 12 - Thursday - 03/30/2017

Western Wall, City of David, Hezekiah's Tunnel

Pray at the Western Wall, and enjoy the beauty, antiquity and Biblical significance of the Jewish Quarter of the Temple area. Then walk below ground level to the bedrock of Biblical Jerusalem through the Western Wall Tunnels. Travel back in time to the days of Abraham at the Genesis Land experience Biblical life and lunch in Abraham’s tent. Explore the ancient City of David, the original Jerusalem, then wade through Hezekiah’s Tunnel to the Pool of Siloam where Jesus healed the blind man.

Hotel: Leonardo Plaza, Jerusalem

Day 13 - Friday - 03/31/2017

Yad V'Shem and MJAA Joseph Experience

At Yad VaShem mourn the death of The Six Million yet celebrate the faithfulness of the LORD in preserving His people. Spend the rest of the day serving the nation of Israel through hands on participation in the MJAA Joseph Experience. Become involved in the ministry of supplying physical and spiritual aid to the people of Israel in this unique way. Drive by the Government Complex and stop at the iconic Knesset Menorah.

Hotel: Leonardo Plaza, Jerusalem

Day 14 - Saturday - 04/01/2017

Mount of Olives, Gethsemane and Resurrection Celebration

Spend our last day in Jerusalem understanding more fully the Atonement of our Messiah Jesus. Walk down Mount of Olives and pray in Garden of Gethsemane. Enter the Old City via the Lion’s Gate to the Pools of Bethesda, the Upper Pool of Jerusalem, where Isaiah confronted Ahaz; and were Messiah Jesus healed the lame man. Have lunch (and shop awhile) in the Muristan, the ancient Crusader hospice area near the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Your Messianic Jewish Journey culminates in a celebration of the Resurrection of Messiah Jesus at the Garden Tomb. Enjoy a final time of Chavurah at the farewell dinner with new and old friends before the return flight home.

Hotel: Leonardo Plaza, Jerusalem

Day 15 - Sunday - 04/02/2017

Shalom! to Israel and Shalom! USA

Say Shalom (farewell) to Israel and hello (Shalom) to the USA! Enjoy your flight home. Get ready to process for years to come all you’ve experienced and learned of our King Messiah, the LORD’s Word, and God’s faithfulness to His Land and His people on this Messianic Jewish Journey.

Hosted by

Dr. Michael Rydelnik

Professor of Jewish Studies Moody Bible Institute & Open Line Radio Teacher

Dr. Michael Rydelnik is the Professor of Jewish Studies at the Moody Bible Institute and Radio Bible teacher on Open Line with Dr. Michael Rydelnik, answering listener Bible question every Saturday morning on the Moody Radio network. He is the author ofUnderstanding the Arab Israeli Conflict and The Messianic Hope: Is the Hebrew Bible Really Messianic, as well as the co-editor of The Moody Bible Commentary, with his friend Dr. Michael Vanlaningham. His favorite activities are teaching/studying the Bible in Israel, hiking in the Adirondack Mountains of NY with Eva and their two collies. Eva and Michael also enjoy reading classic literature and  watching black & white movies from the Golden Age of Hollywood.

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Rabbi Larry Feldman

President of the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America

Rabbi Larry Feldman is the President of the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America, as well congregational leader of the Shuvah Yisrael Messianic Congregation, Irvine, CA, and in leadership of Chosen People Ministries. He and his wife Fran have a lifelong love and deep knowledge of Israel.

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At a Glance

Michael Rydelnik and Larry Feldman Journey through Israel

Dates:  March 19-April 2, 2017
Trip Cost:  $4995.00
1st payment/ deposit due with registration =$995.00
2nd payment/Fall: September 15, 2016  = $2000.00
3rd payment/Winter-Final : December 15,  2016 = $2000.00
Single Room:  Single Room Supplement $1425.00 (if you do not want a roommate, chose a single room; the single room supplement is due with the Final payment; single rooms are limited).

Own Flights: If you want to make your own flights, there is a $700 deduction (flight credit) from the cost of the trip.  This flight credit will be applied to your Final payment.

Cost is all inclusive:  round-trip flight from Chicago/NYC/LA to Tel Aviv. Lodging in 4 Star Israeli Hotels (double occupancy/price is $4995.00 per person with 2 people per room). Meals included are breakfast and dinner (lunches not included). Touring with a licensed Israeli Tour Guide and Israeli Bus Driver in an air conditioned motor coach. The posted daily itinerary is an overview of planned events and sites, and is subject to adjustment as necessited at the time of the tour.  All taxes, fees and tips are included in the cost of the tour.
Registration & Payment is easy: You can register on line and pay with a credit card at this secure web site. 

If you want to pay by check, please call the Messianic Journeys office 773-761-1956. (Check payments are welcome, but do not send check payment without talking to our office.)

Physical Requirements: Read and consider carefully the Physical Requirements and Responsibilities under Terms and Conditions concerning seeing Israel with  Messianic Journeys. This is not a looking-out-the-bus-window-experience; it is a feet-on-the-ground adventure that requires travelers to be in generally good health and have independent mobility and strength.  If you require a cane, crutches, wheelchair or personal assistance to walk, so sorry but this is not the trip for you. You must be physically able to independently walk and travel with the tour group. If you have questions about this, please contact us.

Travel/Trip Insurance: After registering for the trip, it is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED you buy Trip/Travel Insurance. Messianic Journeys does not provide Travel Insurance; however if you want to speak with a person to secure insurance, we work with My Travel Agent (630-961-3606).  For more information about why we recommend Travel/Trip Insurance see the FAQ about Trip Insurance

Questions: See the FAQs tab at the top of the page for answers to many general questions you may have about coming to Israel with Messianic Journeys.

If you have specific questions contact our office. I look forward to hearing from you —

Eva 773-761-1956

Terms & Conditions

Messianic Jewish Journey thru Israel: MJAA 2017

$4,995.00 (March 19-April 2, 2017): Price Includes:
FLIGHT-Round-trip from Chicago/ Los Angeles/ New York City to Tel Aviv

LODGING – 4-Star  Israeli hotels (double occupancy = 2 people per room, each person pays $4995.00

SINGLE ROOM –  If do not want a roommate, the additional cost of a single room is $1425.00.  If you want a roommate, but do not have a roommate, we will try to place you with another single traveler of the same gender.  However, if no one is available to room with you, you will be charged for a single room. If you are traveling with (or have been assigned) a roommate who cancels, you will be responsible for a single room if no one else is available to be your roommate.

MEALS – breakfast and dinner daily with coffee, tea.

TOURING –  per itinerary (subject to adjustment) with licensed Israeli Tour Guide in private air-conditioned tour bus with Israeli driver

ALL TIPS  and FEES (for tour guide, driver, porters, dining & hotel staff),  taxes, entrance fees, transportation costs.

The price of this trip is ALL inclusive – it includes everything (except lunches)

Price Does Not include
Lunches, beverages (other than coffee and tea), personal expenses (snacks, phone, laundry, internet),  travel/trip insurance.

All cancellation notices must be received in writing.

Trip Registration Deposit is refundable less $300.00
September 18 – November  14: refund less $1500 cancellation fee.
November 15 – January 1: refund less $2000 cancellation fee.
After January 1:  sorry no refund.

Prices are based on existing U.S. dollar exchange rate, Current costs, fuel charges, and tariff rates are subject to change (beyond our control)  based on the dollar and international market.  Should prices change, you will be notified immediately, and you will be responsible to pay any additional costs.

Deviations and Changes
Requests for deviation from the itinerary are subject to a $500 deviation fee, plus any applicable airfare or ground transpiration surcharges. Itinerary changes cannot be accepted after November 15, 2016.

You are responsible for the accurancy of your Passport information.
Be sure to enter your Passport name EXACTLY (first, last and middle) as it appears on your Passport.
Your tickets will be purchased using the Passport Name you supply. If your name is not exactly the same on your ticket and your Passport, your ticket for this tour will be invalid and may have a substantial cost to reticket in the correct name.

You must havie a valid passport with an expiration date no less than 6 months prior to RETURNING to the U.S. If you need a new passport, it takes several weeks to secure one, so don’t delay applying/updating. Non-U.S. Passport holders, please contact Messianic Journeys.

Inoculations & Visas
No inoculations or visas (for U.S. Citizens) are required for Israel.

One piece of checked luggage, maximum 50 pounds.  Plus, one small personal bag (small enough to comfortably fit on your lap on the tour bus). Luggage is limited due to the tour bus luggage bay capacity.

Trip/Travel Insurance:
Messianic Journeys STRONGLY recommends Trip Insurance.

Messianic Journeys urges you to procure Travel/Trip Insurance immediately after registering for a tour. This type of insurance will cover the cost of your trip should you need to cancel because of an emergency prior to departure, or return mid-trip to the States because of an emergency, illness or injury. 

If you would like to speak with a Travel Agent about this type of Insurance, you could contact Chaim Limor or any of his staff at 630-961-3606 at “My Travel Agent” and tell him you are traveling with Messianic Journeys. He and his staff will be glad to help you with Travel Insurance. Please secure the insurance plan of your choice immediately upon registering with a trip and carry the information with you as you travel. 

Messianic Journeys acts only as agent for the various companies whose accommodations and conveyances are utilized for the tour.  It assumes no responsibility or liability in connection with the services of any train, carriage, automobile, airplane, camel or other conveyance which will be used either wholly or in part.  Neither will Messianic Journeys be responsible for any error, omission, act or any injury, loss, accident or any delay which may be occasioned by reason of defect in any vehicle  through neglect or default of any company or person engaged in the conveying of passengers or thier luggage.  The tour directors accept no responsibility for losses or additional expenses due to delays or changes in motor coach, train, airplane services, or that of any other conveyance, sickness, accident, weather, strikes, war, violence, quarantine, or other causes, and all such losses or expenses must be borne by the individual.

Physical Requirements  & Responsibility
Seeing Israel with  Messianic Journeys is not a looking-out-the-bus-window-experience. Our tours are a feet-on-the-ground adventure that requires travelers to be in generally good health, and are responsible to have independent mobility and strength.

There is a significant amount of walking over uneven archaeological terrain as well as up hills and stairs. To participate in this tour successfully, you should be able to climb two flights of stairs without assistance and walk at a modest pace for a mile, as well as be able to stand in possibly hot weather.

Individuals registering for this journey accept the responsibility for being in good health and able to walk without assistance – if you require a cane, crutches, wheelchair  or personal assistance to walk, sorry but this is not the trip for you. You must be physically able to independently walk and travel with the tour group. If you have questions about this, please contact us.

Messianic Journeys & the Tour Host reserves the right to limit participation in this tour at their discretion.

Payment of Deposit for this tour signifies full understanding and acceptance of all the above mentioned conditions and terms.

Questions?  contact
PO Box 59122
Chicago, IL  60659