Israel 2012

The trip to Israel is going to be exciting and exhausting. Planned visits to Tel Dan National Park located in the Upper Galilee, the Dan River is the largest and most powerful of the Jordan Rivers’ three tributaries. Also planned are visits to Safed, one of the four “Holy Cities” to Judaism.

The following day, Metulla (Israel’s most northern town) and Dado observation point, a strategic overlook and also Mt. Bental, an extinct volcano that overlooks the Israeli/Syrian border.

In Jerusalem, the biblical capital of Judah we are expected to  tour the archaeological garden abutting the Temple Mount to the South?West and South. Also before Shabbat a trip to the largest open air market in Israel–Mahane Yehuda. We will return to the Old City to have a Kabbalat Shabbat program, on the roof of a house near the Western Wall.

The next day we visit YadVashem, Mt. Herzl, The Southern Wall Excavations and the Western Wall Tunnels. There are also plans to visit many of the Christian sites including the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.

The next day a visit to Masada – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. I am excited to visit the construction of Herod the Great’s desert fortress and the last stand of the Jewish Zealots in 73 AD. The day will conclude with a visit to the Dead Sea and then off to Tel/Aviv and 2 days exploring the city including the Old Port of Jaffa.

So this trip looks like a challenge for me and my equipment. I do not have an student assistant on this one, so I will be “schlepping” all the equipment by myself. Including a Panasonic HPX370, Lectrosonics wireless, Miller Carbon Fiber tripod and batteries. This promises to be both exciting and exhausting.

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