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Belnick Tour Plan, June 2014

June 3, Tuesday (Eve of Shavuoth)

MOUNT OF OLIVESArriving early that morning, we meet at noon to go for lunch at  Mahane Yehudah Market   where we can also experience the special pre-holiday shopping atmosphere.

We then drive along parts of Mea Shearim, and end the day at the Mount of Olives Viewpoint , and if time and will permits, visit some of its sites.

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June 4, Wednesday (Shavuoth)

saint george monastery viewWe start at the Good Samaritan Inn   site, which presents a rare and special exhibition of ancient mosaic floors; continue to a view of Saint George Monastery  ; and head to a view of the caves where the famous Dead Sea Scrolls were discvoered.

After lunch, we tour  Qumran  and areview its possible links to the Dead Sea Scrolls,  and possibly end the day with a swim at the Dead Sea.

If time and will permits, we will also visit the Ein-Gedi ancient Synagogue  (I excavated part of it in the 2000’s).

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June 5, Thursday

A view of the acropolis of Herodium from the lower cityToday you are joining with Dr. Oren Gutfeld. A friend and a colleague.

He will take you on a tour to sites he is invloved in their excavations. You will start the day visiting Herodium  , and after lunch (in Gavna), Oren will take you to his special site kh. Beit-loya, where he is leading a unique and interesting excavation financed by the Mormoms.

On the way back you will pass by several sites of interest in the Shephela, including the battle site of David and Goliath.

* See here Oren appearing in a National Geographic documentry on Herodium. from 36:10.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPFL6xpYjbg

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June 6, Friday

sifting projectThe morning is deovted to experiencing a participation in the  Temple Mount Debris Sifting Project  .

Who knows what we might find!?..

We then head into the old city, have lunch, and possibly join a הכנסת ספר תורה at the Hurvah Synagogue .

After lunch we drive to visit Rachel’s Tomb , and if time permits, appreciate also the  Olives Columns environmental sculpture  near kibbutz Ramat Rachel.

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June 7, Saturday

Shabbath Shalom

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June 8, Sunday

beth shearimAn early start as you need to get to Tiberias.

Driving along the road 6 (ancient “Via Maris”) we learn about historical sites along the way, and make one stop at Beth Shearim , reviewing the most important Jewish cemetary in Talmudic times, including the possible tomb of R. Yudah “Hanasi”.

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