Israel 2017 Application Israel Brochure
May 14 Departure from JFK New York
May 15 Arrival in Israel - Orientation
May 16 Jerusalem - New City - Modern Sites
May 17 Jerusalem - New City - Hills and Valleys
May 18 Jerusalem - Old City (Moslem, Christian, Armenian Quarters)
May 19 Hill Country of Judah (north)
May 20 OFF
May 21 Jerusalem - Old City (Jewish Quarter)
May 22 Hill Country of Judah (south)
May 23 Hill Country of Ephraim
May 24 The Shephelah (north)
May 25 The Shephelah (south)
May 26 The Jordan Valley
May 27 OFF
May 28 The Sea of Galilee
May 29 Lower Galilee (east)
May 30 Lower Galilee (west)
May 31 Lower Galilee (north)
June 01 The Hulah Valley (Departure from JFK for 2 week tour)
June 02 The Golan Heights (Bashan) (Arrival of 2 week tour participants)
June 03 OFF
June 04 Upper Galilee (east) (1:00 am departure for 3-Weekers)
June 05 Upper Galilee (west)
June 06 The Plain of Asher
June 07 The Plain of Sharon
June 08 The Plain of the Philistines
June 09 The Negev (west)
June 10 OFF
June 11 The Dead Sea
June 12 The Negev (east)
June 13 The Arabah
June 14 OFF
June 15 The Negev (central)
June 16 Miscellaneous locations
June 17 OFF
June 18 Departure from Israel for New York
RESERVATION DEPOSIT To be sent with your reservation.

If the trip is already full, you will be waitlisted.
This payment must be made by all participants and should be sent immediately with completed application to secure your reservation. Reservations will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Any reservation accepted after the deadline may be subject to additional fees. No reservations can be held without this fee.
SECOND PAYMENT January 15, 2017   This payment must be made by all participants.
FINAL PAYMENT March 1, 2017   3-Week Tour Final Payment.
      5-Week Tour Final Payment.
      2-Week Tour Final Payment.
The 2017 Israel Study Tour is conducted and managed by Dr. Arnold G. Fruchtenbaum independently of Ariel Ministries.
Make checks payable to Israel Account and write Israel Tour Account 2017 on the memo line. Price includes round-trip airfare between JFK and Israel, and all tour expenses in Israel (room, three meals per day, van rentals, gas, admission fees). Send your payment to the address listed on the application. For those who wish to make a direct deposit, see the application for routing and account number information. Please notify Dr. Fruchtenbaum's Assistant at 210-344-7707 when your payment is sent. Unfortunately we are not able to accept credit card or debit card payments.
Price does NOT include transportation between your home and JFK, money for souvenirs, insurance, and personal incidentals (such as snacks, entertainment, etc.). On days off only breakfast is provided.
NOTE: If you are not coming from North America, you will need to arrange your own transportation to and from Israel. Furthermore, you may deduct $1,200.00 from the cost.
REFUNDS: There will be a total refund of the money received if a reservation is cancelled by March 15, 2017. Any cancellations thereafter will incur a $500.00 penalty.
CONTACT INFORMATION: For phone numbers and mailing information please see the ISRAEL 2017 BROCHURE.
RESERVATION APPLICATION: To hold your reservation, COMPLETE THIS APPLICATION and mail with your reservation fee.

In a general sense, this tour allows us to reenact the journey of the twelve spies: ...see the land, what it is; and the people that dwell therein... (Numbers 13:18). More specifically, it will illuminate your understanding of the Old Testament and the Gospels through (1) examining the geography of Israel in relation to biblical events and themes and (2) studying Jewish history, especially the history of the State of Israel.

Qumran CavesIntroduction

This five-week study tour is an overview of the land of Israel from a biblical, historical, and geographical perspective. There is also a three week option for those who cannot stay all five weeks. The study group is limited to 25 participants, which increases accessibility to the various locations, and provides an intimate group setting. You will see everything that the typical tourist sees and much more.

The tour can be rigorous at times. You should be prepared for some long — very rewarding — travel days. Large air-conditioned buses could not possibly “fit” into many of the places we visit. Therefore, we use minivans, which are small enough to go everywhere.

The Dome of the RockAt the end of each travel day, the tour group meets for a half-hour review session. Each evening Dr. Fruchtenbaum will give a one-hour lecture on historical geography and Jewish history, and reading is assigned for the next day. This journey is indeed a study tour and, as such, will demand more of you than most trips to Israel.

Study is truly an integral part of your participation. If you are interested in sight-seeing only, this tour is not recommended. Those, however, who give full participation will be greatly rewarded with a wealth of knowledge that is life changing.

The tour is purposely designed for the students to experience the people’s Israel. As such many of the accommodations will include both hotels and kibbutz settlements. Dr. Fruchtenbaum surprises every tour with unique experiences that will give you a greater insight to the life of the Israeli.

Leader and Guide

Dr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum is a leading Messianic Jewish scholar. Because of his expertise on the Scriptures and the Nation of Israel, he is in great demand as a conference speaker and tour guide. Dr. Fruchtenbaum is also the Founder and Director of Ariel Ministries, which is dedicated to the principles of evangelism and discipleship of Jewish people.


Tour participants should always keep the tour goals in mind and prepare accordingly. Setting different personal goals and expectations will only cause disappointment and adversely affect the group. If you cannot agree to these goals, then it would be wise to choose another tour. Participants must be at least 18 years old; children are not permitted to attend. Couples need to make certain that both partners are totally interested in a study-tour of this nature. Only those who are truly committed to such a trip should apply. Those with serious health problems (i.e. heart trouble, kidney disease, etc.) should not attempt this kind of trip. If you are taking medication, be sure to bring enough for the duration of the tour.

Reading provides the most important preparation for this journey. It will provide a vital understanding to both the teaching and touring aspects:
READ THROUGH THE FOLLOWING BOOKS OF THE BIBLE, underlining or highlighting all geographical names:
Genesis 12-38, Joshua - Nehemiah, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and Acts 1-10.
The Land of the Bible by Yohanan Aharoni (Westminister)
The Carta Bible Atlas by Yohanan Aharoni and Michael Avi Yonah (Carta Jerusalem)
The Yom Kippur War 1973 (1 and 2) The Golan Heights by Simon Dunstan (Osprey Publishing)
Six Days of War by Michael B. Oren (Presidio Press)
The Routledge Atlas of the Arab-Israeli Conflict (eighth edition) by Martin Gilbert (Routledge Taylor & Francis Group)
Jesus Was A Jew by Dr. Arnold G. Fruchtenbaum (Ariel Ministries)
The Remnant of Israel: The History, Theology, and Philosophy of the Messianic Jewish Community by Dr. Arnold G. Fruchtenbaum
The Arab-Israeli Wars by Chaim Herzog (Vintage Books)
O Jerusalem by La Pierre and Collins (Pocket Books)
Israel: A History by Martin Gilbert (William Morrow)
  The History of the Jews by Dr. Arnold G. Fruchtenbaum
History of Hebrew Christianity by Dr. Arnold G. Fruchtenbaum
The Holocaust: History and Theology by Mottel Baleston
Jewish History by Mottel Baleston (DVD)
Zionism: What It Is and What It Is Not by Dr. Arnold G. Fruchtenbaum
Do some vigorous walking a month or two before departure as we will do a great deal of this throughout Israel. Use this as an opportunity to break-in your walking shoes if they are new and to be sure that they are not only comfortable but will function properly for your trip to Israel.
01. Limit luggage to one regular and one carry-on.
02. Bible (easy-to-carry)
03. Notebook (sufficient for copious notes); pens: 1-3 regular pens and one felt pen (important).
a. Two pairs of jeans.
b. Two pairs of shorts (these must be durable; i.e. jeans, khakis or cut-offs, not dress shorts).
c. Shirts/blouses (short-sleeved or sleeveless).
d. A good pair of walking shoes (sneakers will do).
e. A large head covering for sun protection.
f. Regular shoes (loafers or sandals)
g. WOMEN: Two scarves, one for the head and one to cover the shoulders (or one 43"-46" piece of light cloth to cover both); one all-purpose dress or a skirt/blouse combination (a culottes skirt or wrap-around skirt is highly recommended).
h. MEN: One pair of dress slacks (or two) and shirts (do not bring any suits, ties, or sport coats).
05. Sunglasses.
06. Swimsuit and at least one beach towel (but not more than two).
07. One medium-weight sweater and/or jacket.
08. Video or Digital Camera (optional).
09. Small flashlight (optional).
10. Lomotil, Imodium, or Parepectolin (in case of common "travelling" intestinal problems).
11. Water canteen.
Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem