Israel Trip – Fall 2019

Members and supporters of the Columbus Center are invited to attend our 2-week trip to Israel this coming fall. The trip is being hosted by Dr. Glenn J. Kimber, President of the Columbus Center for Constitutional Studies, and Jacob Householder, Director of International Outreach for the Columbus Center.

This experience will provide attendees with valuable exposure to the history, cultures, and political climates of middle eastern nations.

This page is optimized for desktop viewing. Please use the information below to apply and prepare for the trip:

Costs and Fees

Cost per 10 students (for full educational experience):

  • $35,000 (if collected IN FULL 30 days in advance, BY midnight September 4th, 2019)
  • $38,500 (if collected AFTER September 4th, 2019)

Alternative educational trips may be designed according to the available budget. Donations are essential to the success of our trips. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation here.

What is provided?

  • Meals
  • Hotels
  • Travel within Israel (and other countries)

The fund covers our expenses pertaining to hotels, meals and tips, admission to tourist locations, professional scouts for safety, professional archaeologists, military trucks to get people to and from sites, restroom facilities on site at Beit Lehi, etc.

What is not included?

  • Airline fees to and from Tel Aviv
  • Lunches on tour days (see “Agenda” tab)


To ensure the success of the trip, students should also solicit donations to help subsidize the educational program.

Payments made on behalf of specific students are not actually donations and are not tax-deductible. Donations made on behalf of large groups of students are tax-deductible. Selected participants will be segmented into families or groups of students. Tax-deductible donations made on behalf of a family or group of students will be distributed and will reduce the cost of the trip for each student equally. Payments intended to benefit specific, individual students exclusively are not tax-deductible.

Instruct donors to make checks payable to the Columbus Center for Constitutional Studies and include “Israel Trip” in the memo.


The number of attendees selected to participate, the duration of the trip, the selection of guides, and the specific educational opportunities that will be available for each trip (such as destinations) purely depend on the volume of donations raised 3 months before the date of the trip. A low budget would prevent us from providing the full experience for the students.

For the full educational experience, the Columbus Center’s international outreach team must keep the following deadlines:

  • 50% of total funding 6 months in advance to secure reservations
  • 100% of total funding 3 months in advance to secure our agenda and educational guides

In the case that these deadlines are not met, the Columbus Center will announce plans for an alternative educational experience in the Middle East according to the amount of funding raised. Different educational guides may be selected according to the available budget.

Payment Options

Make checks payable to the Columbus Center for Constitutional Studies and mail to 241 S 1200 E Payson, Utah 84651.

Although large donations are requested to be made by check, small donations can be made online here.

Additional Information

Use this page to find answers to common questions. Please direct all questions to Jacob Householder at [email protected]

Organizations Involved

Columbus Center for Constitutional Studies
Netanya Academic College
Utah Valley University
Hebrew University
Israeli Antiquity Authority
Beit Lehi Foundation
Fun-4-Less Tours


Jacob Householder, Director of International Outreach – [email protected] | (480) 599-8572
Tara Kimber, Executive Secretary – [email protected] | (435) 691-5047
Dr. Glenn J. Kimber, President – [email protected]


Look for flights that leave late Monday evening on the (October 7th) or early Tuesday morning the (October 8th) and arrive in Tel Aviv early Wednesday evening (October 9th). When looking for low prices, consider flying out of various airports. For example, some flights have been significantly cheaper flying from LAX instead of SLC.

We have seen flights as low as approximately $740 for round trip tickets from LAX to Tel Aviv. Most round trip tickets range from $1,000-$1,300. Quality airlines often charge as much as $1,800 for round trip economy tickets.

Useful websites:

Useful apps: Hopper & Skyscanner

It is highly recommended that students purchase refundable or transferrable plane tickets.

Purchasing Food & Souvenirs in Israel

There will be plenty of opportunities to buy food and souvenirs in Israel. Make sure to tell your bank that you will be using your card(s) internationally and provide relevant travel dates and location information so your debit and credit accounts don’t get locked.

Cell Phone Service

Many cellular plans have either a pay-as-you-go international plan or a daily unlimited cell & data international plan. For example, Verizon has a $10/day plan for unlimited cellular and data and a pay-as-you-go that charges a very high fee for texts, minutes, and data, but may be cheaper if cell usage is monitored extremely carefully.

International Travel Health Insurance

This is optional and attendees are encouraged to use their own judgement in whether to sign up for international travel health care coverage.

Climate and Packing List

*See “Packing List” in the menu.

Preparing to Teach

Study and practice teaching the Healing of America Seminars and the 28 principles in The 5,000 Year Leap. It is highly recommended that each student takes the Middle East in History and Prophecy course in the Columbus Center Student Portal and study from Middle East and European History Volume 1 and Volume 2 prior to the trip.

Disclaimer / Trip Cancellation Policy

Due to the turbulent nature of social and political conditions in the Middle East, Dr. Kimber’s health, and a number of other unforeseeable events, the trip is subject to being postponed until the following spring or fall. Payments made by those applying as guests will be refunded in the case of the trip being cancelled. However, according to U.S. tax code, donations cannot be refunded and the funds will be reserved for future trips.

Anticipating Trip Cancellations / Adjustments

The Columbus Center can take 10 students for every $35,000 in donations raised 90 days prior to the trip. Because hotels, buses, and other essential accommodations must be reserved at least 3 months in advance (sometimes as much as 12 months in advance), it becomes impossible to take large groups of students to the Middle East without the receiving sufficient donations by the 90 day mark. As a policy, the Columbus Center will announce to applicants the specific size and type of trip to be offered 3 months before the date of the trip. An official list of selected participants will be announced at this time. The Columbus Center team will do their best to keep everyone who has expressed interest or paid for the trip in any amount informed as the date approaches. It is highly recommended that students purchase refundable or transferrable plane tickets.


To apply for the trip, please complete the form below.

Applications to not guarantee admission onto the trips. The Columbus Center reserves the right to select the students best qualified and prepared to participate in our international outreach and foreign studies programs. Students will be selected by the deadlines described on our “Misc. Info” tab.


The following is a general agenda for a typical educational trip to the Middle East. Trips that have not been fully funded may experience significant adjustments to the agenda. View the “Costs” and “Misc. Info” tabs for more information about our contingency plans.

DateTentative Agenda
Tuesday (October 8th)Leave for Tel Aviv, Israel
Wednesday (October 9th)(Evening) Arrive at Tel Aviv and meet with the group.
Stay at a hotel in Tel Aviv.
Thursday (October 10th)Breakfast at the hotel Take trucks to Beit Lehi (1.5 hour drive)
Spend the day at the Beit Lehi excavation site
Travel to Jerusalem, arrive by midnight
Friday (October 11th)Beit Lehi Excavation
Saturday (October 12th)Church services at the BYU
Jerusalem Center Tour Jerusalem
Sunday-Wednesday (October 13-16th)Tour Jerusalem and central Israel (Bethlehem, Masada, Qumran, etc.)
Purchase snacks while touring for lunch (breakfasts and dinners provided at the hotel)
Thursday-Friday (October 17-18th)Excavation at Beit Lehi
Saturday (October 19th)Early breakfast
Drive to Galilee for church services
Saturday-Sunday (October 20th)Tour Galilee, Golan Heights, Nazareth, Qumran, the Mount of Beatitudes, etc.
Take a boat onto the Sea of Galilee
Monday-Tuesday (October 21st-22nd)Check out of hotel
Conference at Netanya College
Fly out of Tel Aviv Monday evening or Tuesday morning

NOTE: This is a tentative schedule designed to help attendees prepare with regard to packing. Events are subject to change due to fluctuations in the weather and other very dynamic conditions.

Click below to learn more about Beit Lehi:

Submit Travel Information

  • You MUST use separate emails for each attendee. If multiple family members are attending, they need to be registered under SEPARATE emails from the parents and one another. Contact Jacob Householder with questions at (480) 599-8572.
  • Departure
  • Which Airline(s) will you be using for this trip?
  • When will you leave on your first flight?
  • When will you land in Tel Aviv?
  • Return
  • Will you be leaving Israel Monday night or Tuesday?
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  • Personal Info
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Packing List

  • Passport
  • Work gloves
  • A hat (baseball cap style or boonie/sun hat)
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Scriptures and journal
  • Walking shoes
  • Type H electrical plug adapters
  • At least 1 head lamp per family
  • Sunday dress clothes for church
  • Pens/pencils and highlighters
  • Money for souvenirs and lunches on tour days (Withdrawing cash is highly recommended. Many locations do not process cards. Israeli stores accept US dollars but vendors sometimes round up so they don’t need to provide change in USD. Paying in shekels generally gets you the better deal. Make sure to inform your banks of your international travel plans so your cards do not become locked. Some bathrooms charge 2-3 shekels, so keep change handy.)
  • Rain protection (rain jacket and/or umbrella)
  • Two plastic bags for soiled or wet clothing
  • Enough clothing for the 2 weeks (If you want to travel light, you can pay to have laundry done by the hotels or you can wash clothes in the tubs. Plan to wear the same clothes for each day of the excavation.)
  • Swim gear. Modest swim suits (1 piece suits for women) and a beach towel for the Dead Sea. Water shoes for walking in the Dead Sea (the sea floor is solid crystalline salt)
  • Children’s clothing, games, and school supplies to donate to needy Bedouin families (We suggest bringing a large check-on suitcase filled with items to donate. After donating the items you will have plenty of space for souvenirs and you won’t have to pack so tight for the trip home. This will also save you a lot of time packing at the end of the trip.)
  • A bag for touring and carrying daily supplies (large enough to carry an 8.5″x11″ spiral notebook)
  • Several large Ziplock bags (for collecting salt balls from the Dead Sea and other needs)

Climate and Dress

In spring and autumn, daytime temperatures in Israel range around 60-70F (15-25C) in higher elevations but can still be hot around the Dead Sea. Jerusalem will be in the 40-50F (5-10C) in the evening. There will be some rain – nothing torrential. 1 medium coat or windbreakers are recommended.

Please remember that modest clothing must be worn by ALL. You will be bending over, working on your hands and knees, using shovels, rakes, brooms, buckets, etc. Please dress accordingly.

Beit Lehi

Among the many activities and sights attendees will experience with be Beit Lehi (House of Lehi). Beit Lehi, or Beit Loya, is an active archaeological site southwest of Jerusalem, about an hour and a quarter’s drive by car. It is situated within a geographical region known as the Judean Shephelah, or Lowland, sandwiched between the Judean Hills in the east and the coastal plain in the west. Throughout antiquity, a major road that led to and from the coastal port city of Gaza passed by the site.


“Beit” in Hebrew means “house or dwelling of,” while “lehi” means “jawbone.” The name “Lehi” seems to have originated in biblical times, apparently referring to the traditional resting place of Samson after he slew one thousand Philistines with the jawbone of an ass. “But God clave an hollow place that was in the jaw, and there came water thereout; and when he had drunk, his spirit came again, and he revived: wherefore he called the name thereof En Hakkore, which is in Lehi unto this day” (Judges 15:19). Thus, Beit Lehi means “dwelling place of Lehi.”

Students will spend several days participating in the excavations at Beit Lehi as they seek to understand the history of the region. More information pertaining to the schedule is available below under the heading Agenda.

Click below to view more picture and video footage of the Beit Lehi discoveries. Many of the findings have been photographed with 360-degree virtual reality technology.

For more information on the Beit Lehi excavation, click here

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