Israel Trip – Spring 2019

Members and supporters of the Columbus Center are invited to attend our 2-week trip to Israel this coming spring. 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.

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Costs and Fees

Cost per participant: [$3,500 – subject to change]

What is included?

  1. Meals
  2. Hotels
  3. Travel within Israel

The costs cover 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?

  1. Airline fees to and from Tel Aviv
  2. Lunches on tour days [dates TBA]

Students may solicit donations to subsidize their trip. Donations made on behalf of specific individuals are not tax-deductible. Donations made on behalf of groups of participants are tax-deductible.* Instruct donors to make checks payable to the Columbus Center for Constitutional Studies. The memo must state the student’s name if the donor wishes to forego the tax deduction and provide the full amount to the individual. The memo should state the name of the participant and the word “group” if the donor wishes to receive a tax-deduction for the donation.

*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. Donations intended to benefit individual students exclusively are not tax-deductible.

Deadline

A security deposit of $250 is required to reserve a spot. This down payment reduces the fees to [$3,250 – subject to change]. Payment in full is due [date TBA]. It is recommended that payments and donations be made incrementally leading up to the deadline. You may pay online (subject to a Stripe convenience fee) by clicking hereMake checks payable to the Columbus Center for Constitutional Studies and mail to 149 Rountree Dr. Cedar City, Utah 84720.

Donations made on behalf of students or the group can also be made online here.

Additional Information

Use this page to find answers to common questions. Please direct all questions to Jacob Householder at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Organizations Involved

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

Contacts

Jacob Householder, Director of International Outreach – email hidden; JavaScript is required | (480) 599-8572
Tara Kimber, Executive Secretary – email hidden; JavaScript is required | (435) 691-5047
Glenn Kimber, President – email hidden; JavaScript is required

Flights

Look for flights that arrive in Tel Aviv early Wednesday evening [TBD] and that leave late Monday evening on the [TBD] or early Tuesday morning the [TBD]. 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.

Useful websites:

Useful apps: Hopper & Skyscanner

Preparing to Teach

Study and practice teaching the Healing of America Seminars and the 28 principles in The 5,000 Year Leap.

Disclaimer
Due to the turbulent nature of social and political conditions in the Middle East, Dr. Kimber’s health, and other unforeseeable events, the trip is subject to being cancelled or postponed. 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. Payments made for cancelled trips will be refunded. It is highly recommended that you purchase refundable or transferrable plane tickets.

Application

To reserve your spot, please complete the form below.

The spot will be reserved once a security deposit of $250 is received as a down payment towards the trip. Make checks payable to the Columbus Center for Constitutional Studies and mail to 149 Rountree Dr. Cedar City, Utah 84720, or click here to pay online (subject to a Stripe convenience fee).

Agenda

The following is a general overview of the agenda of the trip:

DateTentative Agenda
Tuesday (TBD)Leave for Tel Aviv, Israel
Wednesday (TBD)(Evening) Arrive at Tel Aviv and meet with the group.
Stay at a hotel in Tel Aviv.
Thursday (TBD)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 (TBD)Beit Lehi Excavation
Saturday (TBD)Church services at the BYU
Jerusalem Center Tour Jerusalem
Sunday-Wednesday (TBD)Tour Jerusalem and central Israel (Bethlehem, Masada, Qumran, etc.)
Purchase snacks while touring for lunch (breakfasts and dinners provided at the hotel)
Thursday-Friday (TBD)Excavation at Beit Lehi
Saturday (TBD)Early breakfast
Drive to Galilee for church services
Saturday-Sunday (TBD)Tour Galilee, Golan Heights, Nazareth, Qumran, the Mount of Beatitudes, etc.
Take a boat onto the Sea of Galilee
Monday-Tuesday (TBD)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

  • Departure
  • Which Airline(s) will you be using for this trip?
  • When will you leave on your first flight?
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  • When will you land in Tel Aviv?
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  • Return
  • Will you be leaving Israel Monday night or Tuesday?
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  • Personal Info

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.

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