Old City

A Beautiful church adjacent to the Western Wall, a glimpse of the preserved narrow streets in the Old City (don’t be shocked by the cycles and electronic vehicles flying by you!). “Roam the streets of Jerusalem, search her squares, look about and take note.” Jeremiah 5:1 Not just the synagogues and marketplaces, the parks and […]

Church Holy Sepulchre

Indian tourists at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, a church in the Church in the Christian Quarter of the Old City. According to traditions dating back to the 4th century, it contains the two holiest sites in Christianity. Sisters praying in the site where Jesus was crucified at a place known as Calvary and […]


Lunchtime at the wall of Old City brings us to Jerusalem suburbia: Ein Rafa, a village west of Jerusalem that was founded in the 1940’s. In a co-existence project in Ein Rafa, children and teachers from the local school meet with Jewish children for joint activities in which they share food and games and become […]


A model of magnificent Masada, an ancient fortification in the Southern District of Israel situated on top of an isolated rock plateau. It is located on the eastern edge of the Judaean Desert, overlooking the Dead Sea. Herod the Great built two palaces for himself on the mountain and fortified Masada. A mile up, marvelous […]

Masada pt2

Proof of the Romans’ ramp to ascend Masada, Trojan Horse style, with arms, battering rams, etc., the ramp was built after two to three months of the siege. It allowed the Romans to breach the wall of the fortress. According to Josephus, when Roman troops entered the fortress, they discovered that its defenders had set […]


Jerusalem skyline, Shabbat sunset, and a real honor to schmooze with distinguished Israeli Professor Monty Penkower via NYC, Professor Emeritus of Jewish History at the Machon Lander Graduate School of Jewish Studies (Jerusalem), the prize-winning author of many books on the Holocaust, on American Jewry, and on the rise of the State of Israel in […]

Jerusalem pt2

Fell upon the Notre Dame Cathedral while strolling through beautiful Jerusalem, a Catholic chapel located in an old building of the sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Sion. The unique YMCA across the street from our King David Hotel was dedicated in 1933 with the words, “Here is a place whose atmosphere is […]

Dr. Az buys book/Church of Annunciation

Our friend Aziza, a pediatrician from Bangladesh now in Boston, buys “Not a Real Enemy” just before we visit the holy Church of the Annunciation. This church in Nazareth is one of the Holiest Christian sites. It stands in the site that was believed to be the house of Mary, where she announced that she […]

Baptisms at Jordan River

The beautiful, important, seemingly endless Jordan River flows roughly north to south through the Sea of Galilee and onto the Dead Sea. As the site of the baptism of Jesus Christ, the Jordan River is the source of all holy water in Christianity and has attracted pilgrims from across the world for centuries. The site of John baptizing Jesus, […]

Beit She’an near Jerusalem

Beit She’an National Park as we make our way to Jerusalem.  Beit She’an is considered one of the region’s oldest cities. It has played an important role in history due to its geographical location at the junction of the Jordan River Valley and the Jezreel Valley Theatre of Beth Shean (Scythopolis) Best preserved ancient theatre […]