Join Our 2020 Holy Land Jewish Christian Pilgrimage
Journey to the Holy Land on this unique Jewish Christian interfaith Pilgrimage led by Project-Genesis comprised of, Roman Catholic Priest, Father Roy Tvrdik, and Jewish Rabbi Gadi Capela. During the trip, Fr. Roy Tvrdik will offer opportunity for Mass each day and Rabbi Gadi will lead prayer and reflections. They will both offer commentary on the tour guides explanations with Jewish and Christian insights. In this most Holy Land, dive into the rich religious historical roots of the Holy Land with this Jewish Christian Pilgrimage
Tel Aviv · Jaffa · Caesarea · Capernaum · Magdala · Emauss · Ein Gedi ·Atlit · Nazareth · Tiberias · Sea of Galilee · Tabgha · Tzfat · Jerusalem ·Mount of Olives · Gethsemane · Bethlehem · Dead Sea · Red Sea · Eliat
Day 1, Sun, Feb 23, Departure
– Check in for your overnight flights to Tel Aviv, Israel
Day 2, Mon Feb 24, Arrive Tel Aviv
– Arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport.
– Bus tour through Tel Aviv: exploring the second most diverse populous city in Israel, where is the economic and technological center of the country.
– Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Tel Aviv.
Day 3, Tue Feb 25, Tel Aviv – Jaffa
– Independence Hall where the Declaration of Independence was signed.
– Lunch (on your own) on Dizengoff Street: One of the city’s most iconic streets.
– Bus tour introducing the Hebrew architecture in Tel Aviv.
– Arriving to Shuk HaCarmel (Carmel Market), one of the most famous markets in Israel.
– Tour of Old Jaffa, including Mass at St. Peter’s church.
– Dinner at a restaurant in Jaffa.
– Bus ride back to the hotel with stop at Rabin’s Square.
– Overnight at the hotel in Tel Aviv .
Day 4, Wed, Feb 26, Galilee
– Drive up along the Mediterranean coast to ancient Caesarea, a strategic port of the Roman Empire.
– Atlit Detainee Camp Museum, a coastal town located south of Haifa, where many legal and illegal Jewish immigration took place in 1930s and 40s while under British Mandate. This is a very significant site in the history of Israel.
– Lunch at Atlit. (on your own)
– Walking tour of Nazareth Village, a first-century Galilean village presenting the life and teachings of Jesus, including a mass at the Church of the Annunciation.
– An interfaith prayer event at Magdala.
– Dinner and overnight.
Day 5, Thu, Feb 27, Galilee
– Mount Beatitudes and the remains of the fishing village of Magdala.
– Visit Primacy of Peter, the scene of John 21.
– Mass at Capernaum, the most mentioned town in the New Testament.
– Drive to Tzfat, the highest city in Israel, and one of the Judaism’s four holy cities and center of Kabbalah, Jewish mysticism.
– Visit Ari Hakodesh Synagogue and Yosef Caro Synagogue, including Jewish prayers.
– Explore the artists’ colony and meet a Kabbalist artist.
– Dinner and overnight.
Day 6, Fri, Feb 28, Jerusalem
– Boat ride on the Sea of Galilee (Kinneret), the lowest freshwater lake on Earth and the second lowest lake in the world after the Dead Sea. . Visit Bet She’an, the magnificent Roman city remains.
– Lunch at Cafe’ Bet She’an, (on your own)
– Drive to Jerusalem through Mt. Scopus and recite the appropriate Psalms.
– Arrive at the Kotel (Western Wall) before sundown to participate in a festive Kabbalat Shabbat (welcoming the Jewish Sabbath).
– Walk to the hotel with Rabbi Gadi (25 mins), or take the bus with Fr. Roy.
– Check into Leonardo Plaza Hotel
– Festive Shabbat Dinner at the hotel with Shabbat prayers and traditions.
Day 7, Sat, Feb 29, Inside the Old City
– Enjoy Shabbat morning services at the conservative synagogue and also the orthodox synagogue near the hotel.
– Festive Shabbat lunch at the hotel.
– Walking tour of Jerusalem neighborhood Rehavia.
– Visit the King David Hotel and the YMCA, two major landmarks in Jerusalem.
– Walking tour of the Old City, the Jewish Quarter, Christian Quarter and the colorful Arab market.
– Dinner on your own.
– Walk back to the hotel or take a taxi.
– Overnight at Leonardo Plaza.
Day 8, Sun, Mar 1, Outside the Old City
– Visit Mount of Olives and follow the Palm Sunday Walk.
– Visit Church of the Ascension.
– Visit Church of Pater Noster.
– Mass at Dominus Flevit Church.
– Visit the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of All Nation.
– Bus ride to Lions’ Gate of the Old City.
– Lunch at the Old City. (on your own)
– Visit the Pool of Bethesda.
– Walk the Via Dolorosa, the Stations of the Cross.
– Mass at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.
– Bus ride back to the hotel and dinner.
Day 9, Mon, Mar 2, Greater Jerusalem
– Visit the Temple Mount, a holy site to both Jews and Muslims. Traditionally said to be the site where Abraham demonstrated his devotion to God by taking his son Isaac to be sacrificed. Also, the site of both ancient Jewish temples. Also, According to Islamic tradition, the Temple Mount is the site of Muhammad’s ascent to heaven.
– Visit the City of David where over 3000 years ago, King David established a unified capital of the tribes of Israel.
– Tour of Ein Karem, an upscale trendy neighborhood where has both Jewish and Christian history. Ein Karem is best known as the birthplace of John the Baptist.
– Lunch at Ein Karem. (on your own)
– Mount Hertzel’s National Cemetery.
– Drive to Bethlehem and visit of the Nativity Church.
– Mass at the Nativity Church.
– Back to the hotel + Dinner.
Day 10, Tue, Mar 3, From the Dead Sea to the Red Sea
– Drive to Qasr Al Yahud, where the Israelites crossed the Jordan River, Elijah was ascended to heaven, and the Baptismal site of Jesus.
– Visit Ein Gedi National Park, an oasis.
– Float in the Dead Sea, the lowest spot and the saltiest and most mineral-laden body of water in the world.
– Lunch at the Dead Sea. (on your own)
– Visit Masada, King Herod’s fortress, because of its history and its symbolic importance as determination and heroism, today many Israeli soldiers are sworn in here.
– Arriving Eilat for dinner and overnight.
Day 11, Wed, Mar 4, Eilat
– Enjoy a free relaxing day at your hotel at the Red Sea.
– Explore Eilat at your own leisure.
– Choose an excursion trip to Petra in Jordan, or go snorkeling in exceptional underwater world of Eilat. (not included)
– Maximize your relaxation and book a spa service. (not included)
– Dinner and overnight in Eilat
Day 12, Thu, Mar 5, Farewell
– The journey of “From Egypt to Rehoboth”.
– Drive through Ramon Crater, the unique and magical world’s largest erosion crater in the Negev Desert.
– Explore Mitzpe Ramon, a town located on the edge of Ramon Crater in the Negev Desert.
– Lunch in Mitzpe Ramon. (on your own)
– Mass at Emmaus, a town mentioned in the Gospel of Luke.
– Last stop is Rehoboth, Rabbi Gadi’s home town.
– Visit the Jewish Yemenite Heritage Center in Rehoboth.
– Jewish Yemenite Farewell dinner & Final event of the peace proposal “From Egypt to Rehoboth” on pilgrimage 2020.
– Bus ride to Ben Gurion airport for departure.
Note: Based on time of flight departure, this schedule may be adjusted, It is anticipated that your departure from Tel Aviv airport will be late on March 5, with an arrival return the following morning.
Holy Land Jewish Christian Pilgrimage
About Rabbi Gadi Capela:
Rabbi Gadi, born and raised in Israel, moved to New York in 1995 after his military service. He graduated from Yeshiva University with a Master’s Degree in Jewish Philosophy. After a career in business he entered the Jewish Theological Seminary and was ordained in 2012. He has been serving as the rabbi of Congregation Tifereth Israel in Greenport, NY. During our journey he will share his personal knowledge of the history and geography of the country, and his passion for it.
About Fr. Roy Tvrdik:
Father Roy, was born and raised in the NYC area and relocated to Washington, DC where he entered the seminary with the Montfort Missioinaries at Catholic University and was ordained in 1993. He has since served as a parish priest, as a hospital and college chaplain, taught theology at St John’s University in NY, preached parish missions and retreats and is now the Director of the Shrine of Our Lady of the Island on Long Island. He has led many pilgrimages throughout the world and especially enjoys accompanying people as they encounter their biblical roots.