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Israel Handbell Tour – Final Post

Final Image Slideshow It is the final day of the tour and everyone is either home, on their way home or in Jordan (one went on to Aqaba). The day began by departing from Nazareth and then visiting the excavations at Meggido, which overlook the fertile Jezreel Valley. This ancient “tel” has evidence of 20 different read more…

Israel Handbell Festival – Day 6

Today was a relaxing and very interesting day, especially after the past couple of busy ones. Beginning at 9:00 (what a luxury!), we left for the Negev Desert and Dead Sea area. The first stop was at Qumran, the place where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in 1947. Qumran was home from 150 BC read more…

Israel Handbell Festival – Day 5

O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it!  How often would I have gathered your children together under her wings and you would not!  Behold, your house is forsaken.  And I tell you, you will not see me until you say, “Blessed is the one who read more…

Israel Handbell Tour – Day 3

Day 3 started out with a walking tour of the Neveh Tzedek neighborhood of Tel Aviv, the first Jewish settlement of the future city of Tel Aviv. While visiting the Suzanne Dellal Centre for dance and drama a siren was sounded throughout all of Israel in remembrance of the Holocaust. Sounding for 2 minutes, all read more…

Israel Handbell Festival, April 6 – Day 1

Well, all are here (with one exception whose flight was cancelled…don’t you love the airlines!)!  Group USA arrived about 40 minutes early (great tailwind in the upper stratosphere) and Group Canada arrived on time.  Group Hong Kong arrived yesterday, along with several others.  So, with the one exception, we are good to go.  All are read more…

Pilgrimage to Israel

Led by Pastor Bill VandenBosch and his wife Lyn Preparing for a pilgrimage is vital to getting the most out of it and Pastor Bill and Lyn did an excellent job in getting us ready.  Soon after we signed up (6 months before we left) in September (the tour was sold out soon after), Pastor read more…

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