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Temple members head to Israel, Petra

Travelers will spend time sight-seeing, experiencing Shabbat meals, history

Posted: January 30, 2009 8:12 p.m.
Updated: January 31, 2009 4:55 a.m.
Temple Beth Ami members will head to Israel and Petra for a 12-day trip starting Feb. 15.

"Part of the importance of this trip is people want to show their support for what's going on in Israel right now," said Rabbi Mark Blazer. "We're going there literally a month after bombs were dropping, and we need to go there to show our support to the people of Israel."

Travelers will spend time together sightseeing, touring, experiencing Shabbat meals and more.

Some of the more than 35 location highlights include the Sea of Galilee, the Jordan River, Tel Aviv as the city celebrates its 100th anniversary, the Mediterranean Coast, and a visit to Old Jaffa.

"It's also an interesting time because obviously the economy is really tight right now," Blazer said. "People are stretching their wallets to go. It's not a cheap trip but when people care about Israel so much it's hard for people not to be there.

"The highest thing to do is go there and see people and let them know that people in America care enough about Israel that they want to be there, walking the streets, spending money in the shops, staying in the hotels and helping the Israeli economy by dollars we put into it by being there."

Temple Beth Ami member, Honre, never visited Israel and is excited to experience it for the first time. Honre did not want to reveal her full name for privacy reasons.

"There's lots of history," she said. "The history here in America is hundreds of years, and somewhere like that, it's thousands of years. At first I was a little apprehensive, but everyone said when you go there you just feel like you're home. Everyone I spoke to says you're safer there than most places because there's so much security around."

Temple member Joyce Stein will return to Israel for the third time. She plans on keeping a daily blog of the experience. Anyone can view it at

Stein is anxious to see Petra and Herodion.

"They're both ancient cities and I haven't seen either of them before," she said. "I'm just fascinated by it, so I'm looking forward to that."

Anyone interested in joining the trip can visit

An air and land package is $3,775 and a land package is $1,895. For other prices, visit the Web site.

Temple Beth Ami's phone number is (661) 255-6410.

The number for Israel Tour Connection, LLC is (800) 247-7235.


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