biblical in sites 375Biblical In-Sites Travel Seminar in Israel
Dates: November 30 - December 10, 2020 in Israel
Cost: $3,995 USD (land only). Single supplement: $$886 USD.

You think you know the story... until you study it at the very places mentioned, and the scene and scenery make you reread it and bring it alive! We encounter patriarchs and matriarchs, kings, prophets, soldiers and judges - and the land itself! – as we study Tanakh on site, discussing the text and its implications, with insights gained from being in the locations described in the Biblical text. This seminar visits sites not encountered in previous seminars, to further weave a rich tapestry in exploring the land and its narratives.


  • Biblical In-Sites Travel Seminar

    The Biblical In-Sites Seminar, taking place in Israel November 30 - December 10, 2020, will be led by Haim Aronovitz, Director of Melton Travel Seminars. The seminar is open to adults who enjoy in-depth Jewish educational travel, including all Melton students and graduates.   

    For more information about this seminar, please click the tab headings in this section or the icon on mobile devices.

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  • Tour Includes

    • 10 nights' accommodation at select hotels
    • 9 days of a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking Melton educator
    • 1 group transfer and assistance from/to the airport
    • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
    • Daily breakfast, 6 lunches, and 5 dinners
    • Portage at the airport and hotel
  • DAY ONE: Monday


    Convene and Introductions: Who Are We? (Lekh Lekha Moments)
    Overlooking Jerusalem and the Desert: The View as Text
    The Second Lekh Lekha: Study Session at Hebrew University, Mount Scopus, with Dr. Howie Deitcher, Director of the Florence Melton Institute.

    Opening Dinner: A Biblical Feast at Eucalyptus restaurant
    Overnight: Jerusalem

    DAY TWO: Tuesday


    The TaNaKH: An Overview with Rabbi Dr. Morey Schwartz, Director of Education and Innovation, The Florence Melton School
    Excursion to Ne'ot Kedumim, the Biblical Landscape Heritage Gardens:
    In the Vale of The Song of Songs  
    Exploring the Seven Species (Tour with texts)
    Group Lunch at Neot Kedumim

    Of Matriarchs and Patriarchs: Hevron as Layered Memory
    Drive to and through southern Judea 
    Visit Hebron (security situation permitting)

    Dinner and evening at leisure
    Overnight: Jerusalem

    DAY THREE: Wednesday


    Travel through the Judean Desert and then to the Dead Sea region
    Abraham and Lot at S'dom: Ethical Imperatives (study session)
    Lunch on your own

    (How) Did Joshua Bring The Israelites Over the River? The Jordan as Symbol
    Visit the Jordan River/Jericho region; study session

    Group Dinner in Jerusalem

    Overnight: Jerusalem

    DAY FOUR: Thursday


    Overview of the Book of Judges
    The Samson Cycle: A Journey Through the Tribal Lands of Dan 
    Travel from Jerusalem to the Beit Shemesh region
    Field trip and study sessions overlooking Tsora
    Continue to Ashkelon National Park:
    Who Is a Philistine? (Study session)
    Picnic Lunch on the Mediterranean

    ... And on the Way Back, A First Look at Kings…
    David, The Shepherd Become Leader: Clash of Giants in the Valley of Elah 

    Group Dinner in Jerusalem
    Overnight: Jerusalem

    DAY FIVE: Friday

    So Who Is David For Us? (study session)
    (i) The Ark of the Covenant Returns to Israel 
    Study session near Tel Beit Shemesh 
    (ii) Following David from Kiryat Ye'arim to Jerusalem
    (iii) David in "Ir David, that is Jerusalem
    Field trip and study sessions on way


    Evening – Lecha Dodi Likrat Kallah…
    Kabbalat Shabbat and Dinner
    Overnight: Jerusalem


    In Jerusalem with many synagogue options, much rest, good food and good company
    Parashat Hashavua - Midday study session
    Lunch at the hotel

    A Remarkable Discovery: The oldest Biblical text ever found
    Walk to Ketef Hinnom, overlooking the Hinnom Valley
    Se'udah Shlisheet - late afternoon snack and schmooze

    Dinner and evening at leisure

    Overnight: Jerusalem

    DAY SEVEN: Sunday

    Travel via the Via Maris, Strategic Route For Ancient Superpowers
    Afek: Between Israelites, Philistines and the Lost Ark
    Lunch at leisure

    Deborah, Yael and the Tent Pegs: Women for all Seasons?
    Mount Tavor and surroundings

    Check in at Kibbutz Lavi Hotel
    Processing and review session at kibbutz prior to dinner

    Group Dinner
    Overnight: Kibbutz Lavi

    DAY EIGHT: Monday

    Dan as Capital
    Study on site at Tel Dan Nature Reserve
    Lunch at leisure at Dag Al HaDan

    Hatzor: Royal City 
    Visit Tel Hatzor, ancient throughway for regional superpowers

    Dinner at Kibbutz Lavi
    The Bible and its Place in Our Identity
    A discussion with kibbutz member
    Overnight: Kibbutz Lavi

    DAY NINE: Tuesday

    (i)   Testing for Leadership: Gideon's Brook, Jezreel Valley 
    (ii)  Behind Every Successful Man… 
    Jezebel, Ahab and Elijah at Jezreel (bibliodrama)
    Lunch at leisure at Yokneam Mall

    (iii) Apocalypse Now: The War to End All Wars
    Visit site and study session at Megiddo
    Return to Jerusalem

    Group Dinner in Jerusalem
    Overnight: Jerusalem

    DAY TEN: Wednesday

    Day commences at 8:00 a.m.
    Between Isaiah and Jeremiah (Study session)
    Oh Jerusalem! The Prophets and the Vision of Jerusalem Rebuilt
    An exploration of Zedekiah's Cave, and a consideration of the nature of the prophetic message regarding the "city on the hill"  


    In the Footsteps of Isaiah: Visit to Sataf, on the outskirts of Jerusalem, and hike through its water system  

    Group lunch

    Tying it all Together: An Excursion to the Archaeology Wing of the Israel Museum

    Overnight: Jerusalem

    DAY ELEVEN: Thursday
    Mother Rachel and Jeremiah's Promise

    Day commences at 8:00 a.m.
    Travel to Kibbutz Ramat Rachel
    Of Destruction and Rebirth:  Rachel as Comforter and Symbol of Optimism
    Visit Kever Rachel (Rachel's Tomb)
    If I Forget Thee, O Jerusalem…(Psalm 137)
    Visit Goldman Promenade, overlooking Jerusalem; process visit to Rachel's Tomb
    Lunch at leisure and afternoon break

    Closing Session

    Festive Farewell Dinner
    NOTE: Please try to arrange flights from 11:30 p.m. on, and enjoy the final dinner with your group.

    Note: Itinerary subject to change. Museum visits and personal shopping time may be disrupted due to unforeseen circumstances or the many religious, state and local holidays observed in the destinations being visited.

  • In Jerusalem - Dan Panorama for the nights of November 30 - December 5 and December 8-9

    In the North: Lavi Inn (Kibbutz Lavi) for the nights of December 6-7

  • Flight Arrangements

    We will be pleased to assist you in any and all flight arrangements, including additional travel plans, through our partners at Gil Travel. Please contact Fred Bomze (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 215-568-6655 x 244) with your flight requests.

  • Need to Know

    • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 15 fully paying participants per bus. Should the number of participants drop below the minimum listed above, we may adjust the cost of the trip to reflect the additional expense of operating the program.
    • Tour prices are per person in U.S. dollars. All hotel accommodations, motor coach transportation, special dinners, sightseeing, admissions, luggage handling and the services of local guides, drivers, and the tour guide/educator are included.
    • A non-refundable sum of $500 is required for registration. This sum will be put towards the overall cost of the seminar. If the seminar is cancelled, the registration fee will be refunded.
    • Hotel Accommodations: The tour price includes all hotel accommodations, in hotel rooms with private bathrooms. Our standard is to provide the best available hotels while considering value. Although the level of the accommodations may differ slightly from hotel to hotel, we are committed to your comfort. Two-bed rooms are reserved in most hotels. Triples are two-bed rooms with a rollaway cot where available and are not recommended when considering the comfort of those in the room. King-size beds are not available in most hotels; what is considered king-size usually consists of two single beds pushed together and made up separately, but with one headboard. Some two-bed rooms may have two twin - not full- or queen-size - beds.
    • Meals are included as indicated in the itinerary. All meals provided in Israel are kosher. In travel beyond Israel, group meals are kosher unless otherwise specified. Participants can order additional kosher meals at prices set by our local agents.
    • All trips are conducted by a Melton educator who remains with the group throughout the tour.
    • Gratuities Included: All gratuities for restaurant staff are included.
    • Baggage: The Travel Agent and/or Tour Operator, shall not be held responsible for any damage to or loss of luggage/personal items. All damage/loss must be reported at time of incident and documented in writing by local authorities for submission to the insurance company. With regard to airline baggage allowance, different carriers have different regulations for business and coach, please check with your individual carrier with regard to permitted number of pieces, weights and dimensions. The tour operator is not responsible for fees levied by any air carrier for the transport of personal belongings of any kind.
    • Porterage at hotels. Please note that room service is not included.

    Not Included

    • Flights and personal insurance are not included.
    • Transfers from / to the airport unless as part of an organized group travelling together.
    • Personal Expenses, including meals not mentioned above or drinks during meals, unless specified above, or room service.
    • Travel and health Insurance.

    Additional Information

    • Airline Security Measures: In the U.S., you must provide identification in the form of a passport at the time of airport check-in for travel to international destinations. Your passport name must match the name on your tour reservation and airline ticket or you may be denied boarding.
    • If you are traveling from an airport outside the jurisdiction of the U.S, you will need to determine what travel documentation and identification is required for that particular airport.
    • Due to heightened security regulations, certain items such as a metal nail file, pocketknife, cigarette lighter or tweezers, and some liquid, gel, or aerosol items may not be permitted in your carry-on luggage. Please call your airline prior to departure to obtain current information on non-permissible carry-on items and recommended airport check-in times. You may also wish to visit the Transportation Security Administration website at to obtain more information on acceptable identity documentation and prohibited luggage items.
    • Holidays and Museum Closures - Museum visits and personal shopping time may be disrupted due to unforeseen circumstances or the many religious, state and local holidays observed in the destinations being visited.
    • Photography During Tours: We will occasionally use photographs taken by fellow guests or your trip director for promotional purposes. If you prefer that your photo not be used in any marketing activities, please notify us at the start of your tour.
  • We strongly recommend that comprehensive health coverage and trip cancellation insurance be purchased.

    Gil Travel recommends RoamRight Travel Insurance. Consider travel protection for:

    • Trip Cancellation
    • Trip Interruption
    • Emergency Medical Expenses
    • Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation of Remains
    • Trip Delay
    • Baggage & Personal Effects
    • Baggage Delay and more…


    For more information on the available plans or to enroll, visit RoamRight Travel Insurance or contact RoamRight at 1-866-891-6614 and reference Gil Travel.

    Please Note: To be eligible for the waiver of pre-existing medical condition exclusion, the protection plan must be purchased within 21 days from the time you make your initial trip deposit, the entire non-refundable amount of the trip must be insured, and you must be medically able to travel at the time the premium is paid. However, the travel protection plan itself can be purchased any time prior to departure.

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