AACI Study Tour to the Dead Sea Region   

11 May 2020 - 14 May 2020

 May 11-14, 2020 (includes Lag B’Omer)

Highlights include:

  • The Moshe Castel Museum of Art was established along the main highway from Jerusalem to the Dead Sea, on a mountainside in Maale Adumim, overlooking a spectacular view of Jerusalem. Displayed in the museum is the artwork of Moshe Castel, one of Israel’s best-known artists, who has won international recognition.
  • Explore the Masada Museum this unique, dramatic exhibit takes the museum experience to a new level with an innovative combination of archeological artifacts, theatrical elements, informative audio explanations and a dramatic radio play.
  • In the days of the Great Revolt, the last of the rebels against Rome entrenched themselves at Masada, and turned their desperate fight into a symbol of the struggle for freedom. Because of the enthralling historic events that took place on the mountain, and the archaeological finds that have been revealed there, UNESCO has declared Masada National Park a World Heritage Site.
  • Masada from Dusk to Dawn – The new night show is projected on the mountain’s western slope. It features video mapping technology in one of the largest such shows ever created in Israel, along with special lighting effects. The moving soundtrack was composed especially for the show by Shlomo Gronich, with many soloists, a stirring orchestra and a choir – all breathing new life into the saga of Masada and its heroes.
  • Visit the Balm Of Gilead Farm which cultivates biblical plants such as dozens of different species of frankincense and myrrh. One of them is the true frankincense of the Temple (Boswellia sacra), a tree in danger of extinction which has no agricultural cultivation anywhere else in the world except in this farm.
  • Dead Sea Revival Project – In the 20th century, the water level of the Dead Sea went down over 35 meters. Scientist are saying that by the year 2050, only a little pool of salt will remain. Explore the history of the Dead Sea and changes over time in its water level and topographical features; learn about efforts to rehabilitate the historical water flow to the Dead Sea from the Sea of Galilee and the Jordan River.
  • The Botanical Garden of the Ein Gedi Kibbutz, located on the edge of the Dead Sea, contains a rich variety of, local plants and plants imported from other continents and different climatic regions. The botanical garden was established by the members of the kibbutz through strenuous and loving labor, and today it is a unique and beautiful desert oasis at the lowest place on earth.
  • Explore Tel Arad – one of the most important archaeological sites in Israel, on which were found the remains of a fortified Canaanite city and fortresses from the time of the Kings of Judah

Cost: 2350 NIS/person in a double room; 3250 NIS for a single room (200 NIS/person additional for non-AACI members).

Price includes: bus transportation from Jerusalem and professional English-language tour guide for 4 days, half board (breakfast and dinner) and lodging for 3 nights, and all entrance fees to sites. Kashrut observed. Cancellation fees apply 1 month before departure. (itinerary subject to change)

For more information or to make a reservation, please contact Jeff Rothenberg at