DAY 12 – THURSDAY, JULY 23
Today we enjoyed a free day in Jerusalem. We a leisurely start of 8:30, the entire group left the hotel bound for the Old City. Our first stop was the Holy Sepulcher Church. While the church is architecturally impressive, this is a place where many worship the “place” rather than the “Person.” From here we walked to the Jaffa Gate where we bought passes for the rampart walk. The walk offered a unique perspective of the city. We descended off the wall at Herod’s Gate.
From here, some walked back to the Jewish Quarter for a visit of the Temple Institute, while others walked out of the Old City through the Lion’s Gate. From here we walked south along the Eastern Wall of the Old City. Walking past the Eastern Gate, we then ascended the western hill called Mt. Zion. Here we visited Oscar Schindler’s grave as well as the Upper Room. We returned to the Jewish Quarter for lunch and a visit to Moshe’s store.
The afternoon was great as well. Some walked around and shopped while others went back to the hotel. Still others took a taxi to the Temple Mount Sifting Project. Here we spent two hours sifting through debris from the Temple Mount.
We all returned to the hotel where we boarded the bus for our farewell dinner. It was a great “last supper.” After dinner and a few “goodbyes,” six of us drove to the airport for our night flight home (* Note – we are presently awaiting our 12:15 a.m. flight). The rest of the group went back to the hotel. Some plan on flying home tomorrow while others in a day or two.
DAY 13 – FRIDAY, JULY 24: TEL AVIV, ARRIVE BACK IN THE U.S.A.