Beit Yeshua

Israel Trip
19 October 2011
Day 8





12 October 2011

13 October 2011

14 October 2011

15 October 2011

16 October 2011

17 October 2011

18 October 2011

19 October 2011

Yad VaShem

Harel Mall in
Mevasaret Tzion

Har Adar
Water Tower

Agrippas Street

Christian Friends
Of Israel

Zionist Center

20 October 2011

DAY 10
21 October 2011

DAY 11
22 October 2011

DAY 12
23 October 2011























































































































The Eastern Gate in Jerusalem's Old City



Isaiah 62
I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night:
ye that make mention of the LORD, keep not silence,
And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.


Psalm 122:6  Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: may they prosper who love you. 


Day 8




Yad VaShem

Our first stop for the 8th day of our trip to Israel was Yad VaShem.  We boarded the bus around 8:00 am.

Yad VaShem is Israel's official memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust established in 1953 by the Knesset, Israel's Parliament.  The origin of the name is from a Biblical verse in Isaiah 56:5, "And to them will I give in my house and within my walls a memorial and a name (Yad VaShem) that shall not be cut off".


Located in the western region of Mount Herzl on the Mount of Remembrance in Jerusalem, Yad VaShem is a 45-acre complex containing the Holocaust History Museum; memorial sites, such as the Children's Memorial and the Hall of Remembrance; The Museum of Holocaust Art; sculptures, outdoor commemorative sites such as the Valley of the Communities, a synagogue, archives, a research institute, library, publishing house and an educational center, The International School for Holocaust Studies. Yad VaShem honors non-Jews who saved Jews during the Holocaust, at personal risk, as the "Righteous among the Nations".


Yad VaShem is the second most-visited tourist site in Israel, after the Western Wall. It receives some one million visitors annually. Admission is free.


Getting off of the bus at the museum


Walking to the museum


Our first stop while we wait for the museum to open was the Avenue of the Righteous
This area is a garden where trees have been planted
for Righteous Gentiles who have helped the Jews at their own personal sacrifice



Each of these trees has a placard with the name of a "Righteous Gentile"
including Oscar Schindler




Everyone settles while our tour guide, Pamela, tells us about the garden


The placard (bottom right) for the tree in the center of the photo is for
Cornelia Blaauw of Holland - a gentile who hid Jewish children during WWII


The tree and placard for Corrie Ten Boom, her father Casper, and sister Elisabeth
The Booms hid Jewish families in their home in Holland
Corrie's father and sister perished in a concentration camp during the war







"The Last March" by Nathan Rapaport




Unfortunately we were unable to take photos inside of the museum
but I have found a few photos that have been released by the museum itself







Exiting the museum


View of Israel from the balcony as you exit the museum


Main entrance to the Memorial Hall



Memorial column for Jewish Heroes




Janus Korczak & the Children of the Ghetto memorial
near the Children's Memorial

Janusz Korczak, the pen name of Henryk Goldszmit (July 22, 1878 – August 1942) was a Polish-Jewish children's author, and pediatrician.  After spending many years working in an orphanage, he refused freedom and stayed with the children when the organization was sent to extermination camps.

To visit the Yad VaShem Website
Click Here


Harel Mall in Mevasaret Tzion near Jerusalem

After spending about 3 hours at Yad VaShem, we headed to the Harel Mall in Mevasaret Tzion for lunch.  We discovered on this particular trip that we could usually get by without shekels in Israel.  Most stores and restaurants took American dollars - but not this particular mall.  Since many of us didn't have shekels with us we had to use credit cards to purchase our meals.
We passed an IDF soldier as we drove to the mall
The Harel Mall in Mevasaret Tzion near Jerusalem
The mall was two stories with a multitude of shops and restaurants
We visited the same mall when we visited Israel in 2005
We had a wonderful lunch
A Flower shop near the exit of the mall

Har Adar Water Tower


After lunch we headed to Har Adar for a scenic view from atop the water tower there.  Har Adar is an Israeli settlement in the West Bank.  It was founded in 1982 and has a population of 3,200.  It is located on Road 425 next to Abu Ghosh and the Green Line, about 9.3 miles west of Jerusalem.  Har Adar is ranked high on the Israeli socio-economic scale.


We leave the bus and walk to the water tower area


The water tower had a nice observation deck near the top


The location of Har Adar was named Radar Hill for the World War II British military installation there which had an anti-air radar for the protection of Jerusalem. The installation was handed over to the Jordanian Arab Legion on May 10, 1948 by the British, prior to the second phase of the 1948 Arab-Israeli War.  Twenty-Three attempts by the Israeli Palmach's Harel Brigade to conquer it failed, although the Jewish force held the position for four days starting May 22, 1948.  It was finally captured during the Six-Day War by an armored brigade, also called Harel. A monument for the fallen soldiers of the brigade stands at the top of the town near the water tower.  All Israeli wars have occurred after Arab attempt to breech Israeli borders but with each attack God gave the victory to Israel and increased their borders.  Many Israelis have given their lives in order to defend their borders and yet the world insists that Israel give up more land to the Arabs.


The monument for fallen soldiers at the Har Adar Water Tower


Headed to the water tower


On top of the water tower from the observation deck


Views from on top presented a 360 degree panoramic view



Most people in Israel live in apartments - there are few private homes
These are $1,000,000 homes with tiled-roofs in the Har Adar community


Looking down from the observation deck

In 2009, the population of Har Adar was 99.3% Jewish,
with an additional 0.7% being other non-Arabs
To see the Video from atop the Har Adar Water Tower - CLICK HERE
Please excuse the windy conditions affecting the sound

Agrippas Street, Jerusalem


When we left Har Adar, we headed back to Jerusalem for a group meeting with Jim & Linda at Christian Friends of Israel - a humanitarian aid organization in Jerusalem.  Because of the Sukkot holiday, security was increased in Jerusalem and all buses were being routed up Agrippas Street - not only tour buses, but also public transit buses.  It took us an hour or more traverse this short street - actually spending more time on this street then we did at some of our other tourist destinations.  The bus would move 10 feet - stop - wait 2 minutes and move another 10 feet - wait 5 minutes and move 10 to 15 ft more.  As a result, it gave me an opportunity to take some photos of the street from the bus.


Notice the long line of buses headed up this street

If you live in an apartment building in Israel, your sukka typically goes on your small balcony
How many sukkot can you see in this picture?
There are 8 - notice the two on the bottom right
I enjoyed the numerous murals painted on the sides of buildings in Israel
This one depicts the Shouk - the "Open-Air Market"
Regrettably during this trip we did not get to visit the Shouk in Jerusalem
Because of the quickly approaching Sabbath at the end of Sukkot,
the Shouk was already starting to close when I took these photos
A merchant dumps the last of his daily products on the sidewalk for the best deals of the day
Customers move in to examine what he's selling
An Ultra Orthodox Jewish man shows another man
how to hold and wave the Lulav & Etrog during Sukkot

Christian Friends of Israel

Once we got off of Agrippas Street, we were finally able to move on toward Christian Friends of Israel.
Many Jewish people stereotype Christians because of past history.  On the other hand, most Christians never learn about the Jewish world.  Christian Friends of Israel Jerusalem along with their Representatives in the nations, has a special mandate to teach the Church her connection to her Jewish roots, and to reach out to the People of Israel with the love of God.  Ray Sanders is the Executive/International Director and Sharon Sanders is Director of Ministry and Teaching.  They attended Christ for the Nations Bible College, Dallas, Texas (USA) and are both ordained Ministers.  They are part of the original co-founders of Christian Friends of Israel-Jerusalem.  Through their vision for CFI-Jerusalem they have led the ministry in Israel since December of 1985.  From a small beginning - personally handing out clothing to the poor and needy - to the present time with nine outreach ministry projects, the Sanders have led the way in demonstrating God's love to the Jewish people.  After years in the Land, they were awarded Permanent Residency status by the State of Israel.  It is the Sanders' sincere desire that CFI would always maintain heart-to-heart ministries to the People of Israel and that fruit would remain.
Arriving at CFI headquarters
Ray & Sharon were out of town but Jim & Linda were there to greet us
Jim & Linda were wonderful friends of ours from North Carolina
Linda peeks out the door
We met in the upstairs conference room
Jim tells us about Christian Friends of Israel ...
... and we had the opportunity to pray for them while we were there
They took us on a tour of the building
Linda's desk and office
Jim's desk and office
I loved the numerous banners around the building
If you'd like to find out more about Chrisitan Friends of Israel - Jerusalem
Check out their website


International Christian Zionist Center

Our last activity for Wednesday, October 19, 2011, was to go to the Dan Hotel in Jerusalem for the last night of the International Christian Zionist Center conference.  Dutch born Jan Willem Van Der Hoeven is the director of the group that we first became aware of when we visited Israel in 2005. 

Jan Willem van der Hoeven was born in The Netherlands where his father was private secretary to Queen Juliana. He studied in London where he obtained his Bachelor of Divinity Degree from the London University.  Jan Willem has lived in the Middle East for 45 years, and today resides north of Jerusalem in Anatot - home of the biblical prophet Jeremiah. Both his children have served in the Israel Defense Forces. Initially he traveled widely through the Arab world, and later became the Custodian of the Garden Tomb in Jerusalem (1968 - 1975), where he spoke to thousands upon thousands of people at the site of the Empty Tomb.

In 1981 Jan Willem founded The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ) where he worked for nearly two decades as spokesman - the Embassy's voice to and on behalf of the people of Israel. Today he is director of The International Christian Zionist Center (ICZC), which has been established to stimulate and activate worldwide Christian interest in, and support for, the State and people of Israel. Other projects initiated by Jan Willem include the 'International Christian Zionist Congress', the 'Mordechai Outcry' for the homecoming of the Soviet Jews to Israel, and, with others, the annual celebration of the 'Feast of Tabernacles', which is held in Jerusalem. Jan Willem has personally met and known the last five prime minister's of Israel, and is acquainted with many leaders, Knesset members and influential institutions in the land.
Jan Willem is an inspiring and charismatic man with a deep love for Israel and the Jewish People. As a genuine Middle East specialist, has been a much-requested speaker in churches, synagogues and public meetings all across the world. He has addressed audiences of the AIPAC conferences, the International Congress of the Bnei Brit, the Zionist Organization of America and others. He has also appeared on numerous television and radio talk shows and interviews.
Jan Willem is a recipient of the prestigious Louis Brandeis Award from the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA). The International Forum for a United Jerusalem has honored Jan Willem van der Hoeven, by the hands of the prime minister of Israel, Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu (then during his first term in office), with the Guardian of Jerusalem Award for his ceaseless efforts for a united and undivided Jerusalem. Recipients of the Guardian of Jerusalem Award include the Chief Rabbi of Israel, Mr. Meir Lau, the former mayor of Jerusalem, Mr. Teddy Kollek and United States Senator Patrick Moynihan.
Jan Willem van der Hoeven is the author of "Babylon or Jerusalem." This prophetic book has been translated into several languages.  He is an awesome but sometime controversial speaker because of his views.
Decorations in the Conference Room at the Dan Hotel
A sukka set up at the back of the room
We were the first to arrive at the meeting that started at 8:00 pm
Jan Willem Van Der Hoeven has a love and passion
for Israel & the Jewish people like few others do

To hear Jan Willem Van Der Hoeven speak at the
International Christian Zionist Center Conference - CLICK HERE Part 1






To learn more about the International Christian Zionist Center
and Jan Willem Van Der Hoeven, check out their website



More Photos and Information From the 2011 Sukkot Trip

Day 1 - 12 Oct 2011

Day 2 - 13 Oct 2011
Day 3 - 14 Oct 2011
Day 4 - 15 Oct 2011
Day 5 - 16 Oct 2011
Day 6 - 17 Oct 2011
Day 7 - 18 Oct 2011
Day 8 - 19 Oct 2011
Day 9 - 20 Oct 2011
Day 10 - 21 Oct 2011
Day 11 - 22 Oct 2011
Day 12 - 23 Oct 2011