WALK THE ANCIENT PATHS,
DISCOVER ANCIENT TRUTHS
VISION FOR THIS YEAR
BRIDGES FOR PEACE JOURNEY
3 New Cities 2022
This year's journey will have an ancient focus, both on places, teaching, and experience. Jerusalem, Old Jaffa, and ancient Safed will be make up our extraordinary journey to the land. Safed dates back more than 2000 years. This was a city occupied when the 2nd Temple of Jerusalem stood. It is a city that has been continuously occupied by various people and communities throughout the centuries. Considered the most mystical city due to its connection with Kabbalah, it contains some of the most ancient synagogues. When visiting Safed, you truly take a step back in time.
A Time To Celebrate
Safed is also a city where you can really get a feel for the many Jewish and Israeli holidays that come during the year. The artist's capital of Israel, magnificent shops, eateries, and ancient cobblestone streets welcome thousands of sojourners annually.
We will love wandering around Jaffa’s winding alleyways interspersed with art galleries, historic stone buildings, mosques, and churches, the Jaffa Flea Market (Shuk Hapishpishim), and the Jaffa Port.
But Jaffa is deeply significant in Jewish history. Jaffa is mentioned four times in the Bible, as a city opposite the territory given to the Tribe of Dan (Joshua 19:46) as the port of entry for Lebanon's cedars for Solomon's Temple ( 2 Chronicles 2:16). It is the place where the prophet Jonah embarked for Tarshish (Jonah 1:3) and again served as a port of entry for the cedar of Lebanon for the Second Temple of Jerusalem ( Ezra 3:7)
Jaffa is mentioned in the Book of Joshua as the territorial border of Dan's tribe, hence the modern term, "Gush dan." Unfortunately, Dan's tribe did not manage to dislocate the Philistines from Jaffa, but many descendants of Dan lived along the coast and earned their living from ship-making and sailing. In the "Song of Deborah," the prophetess asks: "Why doth Dan dwell in ships.
After the Canaanite and Philistine dominion, King David and his son King Solomon conquered Jaffa and used its port to bring the cedars sed in constructing the First Temple from Tyre. The city remained in Israelite hands after Israel's united kingdom.
Our Time In Jaffa:
Learning / Experiencing
There are lots of great things to see in Jaffa. Since its restoration, it has become a popular tourist attraction, with people visiting it as a part of Tel Aviv and as a city of interest on its own. Jaffa is a real melting pot of Jewish and Arab populations living and breathing the same closely-packed air. It always feels like Jaffa is in a constant state of flux as people rush about on their daily business. The Flea Market is a key site, and the sites, sounds, and smells of the small alleyways and streets which make up this city are lined with artists, galleries, and studios, as well as boutique and craft shops. Jaffa also has some unique and interesting restaurants.
Shilo was a city in ancient Samaria, which was the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Israel. It was also the name of the administrative district surrounding the city under later Greek and Roman administrations, referring to the mountainous region between the Sea of Galilee to the north and Judea to the south.
The territory of Samaria was the central region of the biblical Land of Israel. Human habitation in Samaria dates back to the fourth millennium B.C.E., but the town was formally founded as Israel's capital by King Omri in the early ninth century B.C.E. It was the residence of the northern kingdom's most famous ruler, King Ahab, and his infamous queen, Jezebel. Many of the northern kings were entombed there.
Between 884-722 B.C.E. Samaria endured several attacks and remained Israel's capital until it was captured by the Assyrian Empire and its leading residents were deported. Samaria later became the central city of the Samaritan nation and lent its name to the surrounding administrative district in Greek and Roman times. It was rebuilt by Herod the Great in 27 B.C.E.
In the New Testament, the territory of Samaria was where Yeshua met the "woman at the well" whom he revealed his identity as the Messiah. Samaria was also the origin of the traveler known as the "Good Samaritan" in one of Yeshua's best-known parables. In the Book of Acts, the city of Samaria was the location of the first successful Christian evangelical effort outside of Jerusalem. It is also traditionally believed to be the burial place of John the Baptist. In the twentieth century, the remains of Ahab or Omri's palace were discovered by archaeologists as were the later monumental steps of a major temple constructed by Herod the Great in Samaria.