Special Fam trip from Norway – SABRA FOKUSREISER
At the beginning of February 2015, 43 Norwegian active long term tour leaders visited the Holy Land on an 8 day FAM tour. This tour was based on new and different sites that could be introduced and promoted in their itineraries for second-comers and/or people interested in something different to the regular biblical and historical sites in the Holy Land.
They visited Ashkelon National Park, drove through the Elah valley which is the site of the famous battle between David and Goliath and then visited Beit Guvrin. Included in Beit Guvrin National Park are a number of important sites amongst them is Tel Mareshah which was fortified by Rehoboam the son of King Solomon.
In Beer Sheva the group met with representatives of the local municipality. Other places of interest they visited in the area were Ben Gurion’s home on Kibbutz Sde Boker.
During a visit to the Negev town of Yeruham they met with the Mayor Mr Michael Biton. And then continued via Dimona to Kibbutz Almog on the Dead Sea. They also visited the traditional baptismal site at Qassar El Yahud baptism site and the Adam excavation site before continuing on to Jerusalem where they attended a special presentation “The Lands of Israel" - a unique concept of the journey to the Holy Land. A carefully planned spiritual and cultural experience.”
In Jerusalem the group visited the City of David, the Menachem Begin heritage center, Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial and the Garden Tomb.
They drove via the West Bank to Mount Gerizim which is the biblical city of Shechem and is sacred to the Samaritans. 90% of the world’s Samaritans live near this site, most of them in their main village of Kiryat Luza, and Mount Gerezim continues to be the centre of the Samaritan religion. They also visited the important archaeological site of Sebastia with its remains dating back 10,000 years, before continuing on to Tiberias where, in the evening, they attended a lecture by Rina Reich.
Before completing their tour, the agents visited Nazareth where they met with Fr. Emil Shufani at the Synagogue church as well as visiting Beit Shearim where there is dramatic evidence of Jewish life in the second century CE., and finally the archeological sites in Caesarea.