2013 Region 9 Assembly & Convention Invitation

    INVITATION TO OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS REGION 9 ASSEMBLY –ISRAEL– Wed , NOVEMBER 6 – Fri, NOVEMBER 8, 2013 

    The Assembly will be followed by a Convention.

    For those of you who are new to this sort of service and fellowship and to explain what the Assembly & Convention are –

    The Assembly takes place over 2 days (Wed, Nov 6 – Fri, Nov 8, 2013) and covers the ‘business’ part of carrying the message within Region 9 – representatives from Service Bodies within Region 9 are asked to attend on their Service Bodies behalf. There will be a formal agenda of business which entails what is happening in Region 9 service at the present and which will include – Committee Reports & Meetings (Literature & Translations, 12th Step Within, Public Information, Electronic Communications, Bylaws & Finance), Board Member Reports and feedback on activities at WSBC and other OA Regions, as well as debate & voting on motions that service bodies may present to the Assembly. There will also be workshops, presentations, and discussions.

    You will find all you need to know about registering and attending the Assembly in November within this letter, Appendix A and the attached Assembly Registration Form. DO TRY TO ATTEND – IT  ENHANCES YOUR PROGRAM IN ALL SORTS OF WAYS. The organizing committee will try to ensure that you feel at home and that you enjoy a wonderful time with enrichment to your program and much needed service for OA.

    Do not hesitate to ask questions if something is unclear or if you need more information.

    If your service body would like to propose any bylaw amendment or a business motion that affects OA Region 9, then they must make sure they reach our Bylaws Committee Chair, Siobhan. Email – bylaws@oaregion9.org  before August 6, 2013 (at least 90 days prior to the Assembly) – see Appendix C and use the attached draft motion.

    Please note that you will need to Register for the Assembly by August 14, 2013.

    The Convention follows (Fri, Nov 8 – Saturday, Nov 9, 2013) and again is spread over 2 days and promises wonderful OA meetings, workshops and various sessions to enhance your OA program. The Theme of the Convention is “Abstinence Comes First”.

    This letter (from the Region 9 Chair) invites your service body to attend The Assembly. A flyer is included with this invitation for The Convention. This year our hosts for our 2013 Assembly and Convention is Israel.  A special thank you to the NSB of Israel for all your motivation and service efforts to organize this assembly and convention for us.

    SERVICE TO OA REGION 9

    Giving service to OA Region 9 is vital to our continuing existence. We will be holding elections for the position of Region 9 Chair (2 year term),  Literature & Translations Committee Chair (2 year term), and Twelfth-Step Within Committee Chair (2 year term).  Other than the positions mentioned – all other service positions for Region 9 are filled and are ‘mid stream’ of their service term.

    You will receive information with the qualifications for Region 9 Chair, Literature & Translations Committee Chair, and Twelfth-Step-Within Committee Chair, and the method of application. Such elections are vital for the continuing existence of OA Region 9 – if you or your service body feel you could give service – please consider these positions and discuss it with your service body / sponsor prior to attending the Assembly.

    HOSTING OF FUTURE REGION 9 ASSEMBLY & CONVENTION

    The Region 9 Assembly this year will hear and vote on bids for the 2014 & 2015 Assembly & Convention. We are well aware that Israel is hosting the 2013 Region 9 Assembly & Convention. Please consider whether you can host us for the 2014 or 2015 Region 9 Assembly & Convention.

    Each year we hope to hear and vote on the Assembly two years in advance (in 2012 we did not have any bids for 2014). All bids should include the probable date of the Assembly and information about the venue (and its costs) and how to travel. Please encourage your service body to consider hosting the 2014, and the 2015 Region 9 Assembly so that we can make the best decisions for our Region and make these plans in advance (contact R9 Secretary).

    ATTENDANCE AT REGION CHAIRS COMMITTEE MEETINGS BEFORE WE MEET IN NOV 2013 –

    In April/May, I will be going to Albuquerque, New Mexico (USA), where I will attend the 1st Region Chairs Committee meeting, and World Service Business Conference (WSBC). The theme of WSBC this year is ” Searching and Fearless: A Fellowship Inventory”. My report will go out on the Region 9 website, email, and our May newsletter. The R9 delegates will report to their service bodies, but they will also contribute articles for our May newsletter.

    The 2nd Region Chairs Committee meeting, with the OA Board of Trustees, will be held in Cleveland, Ohio, in August, which will be during the World Service Convention. The beginning of Oct, the 3rd Region Chairs Committee meeting will be held – in Albany, New York. On returning home after these meetings, I will also send out reports so that Region 9 can be updated on World Service.

    I would like to thank you all for allowing me to do this service for Region 9.

    Susan

    Region 9 Chair

     

    REGION 9 ASSEMBLY & CONVENTION 2013 … APPENDIX A, B, C

    To attend the Region 9 Assembly your representative will need to:-

    a) Register with the Region 9 Secretary for the Assembly (form attached) by August 14, 2013.

    b) Book Hotel Accommodation (information included in the flyer from the NSB of Israel).

    c) Organise & Book Travel Arrangements (this is usually cheaper if booked well in advance).

     

    To attend the Region 9 Convention your representative will need to:-

    a) Register with the NSB of Israel for the Convention (information included in the flyer from the NSB of Israel).

    b) Book Hotel Accommodation (information included in the flyer from the NSB of Israel).

    c) Organise & Book Travel Arrangements.

     

    To bring a motion to the Assembly your service body must make sure the proposal reaches our Bylaws Committee Chair, Siobhan – before August 6, 2013.

    To apply for financial assistance – your service body will need to complete the form (as attached) and send it to the Treasurer, Isabella, by July 6, 2013.

     

    APPENDIX A – HOW TO REGISTER FOR THE ASSEMBLY

    A registration form FOR REPRESENTATIVES OF INTERGROUPS, NSB/LSB for The Assembly is attached. This will need to be completed and returned by regular mail or email to reach Region 9 Secretary, Mette.  Her email : secretary@oaregin9.org . Make sure the signature of the service board chair/secretary is on your form and received by the R9 Secretary by August 14, 2013.  

    A separate registration form is attached FOR REGION 9 BOARD MEMBERS (Susan, Mette & Isabella) AND COMMITTEE

    Committee chairs; (Bylaws – Siobhan, PI – Deborah, Literature & Translations – Irenne, 12th Step Within Acting Committee Chair – Doris, Electronic Communications – Fawn) – if representing service bodies, fill in the Representative’s registration form only.

    By completing your Assembly Registration form and sending it to the secretary – you are registering for the Assembly. You will need to book your hotel accommodation separately and register for the Convention separately – details included in the flyer from the NSB of Israel.

    APPENDIX B – HOW YOUR SERVICE BODY MAY APPLY FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE IN ATTENDING THE ASSEMBLY

    You will find attached – an application form for financial assistance, which you should submit to our Treasurer – Isabella. Email: treasurer@oaregion9.org by July 6, 2013.

    It is important that those service bodies requiring assistance return the application form in time so that we are able to provide financial help.

    The Region 9 Board will give you an answer by August 6, 2013. Wherever possible, the money will be given to you in cash (in Euros) during the Assembly. You will be asked to sign on receipt of the money.

    APPENDIX C – HOW YOUR SERVICE BODY MAY PROPOSE REGION 9 BYLAW AMENDMENTS OR BUSINESS MOTIONS. 

    Please note the following extract from our OA Region 9 Bylaws concerning any proposals to amend those bylaws:

    Proposed amendments should be submitted to the Region 9 Bylaws Committee at least ninety days (August 6, 2013) before the Region 9 Assembly, and are to be submitted, in writing, by this committee to the Region 9 Chair at least seventy-five days before Assembly (August 14, 2012).

    Those service bodies wishing to propose any bylaw amendments must make sure they reach our Bylaws Committee Chair, Siobhan.  Email – bylaws@oaregion9.org before August 6, 2013 (at least 90 days prior to the Assembly). Please use the attached draft motion.

    PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THE ASSEMBLY WILL START FROM WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON, NOVEMBER 6 (5.00 PM) THROUGH TO FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8 (5.00 PM). PLEASE TAKE NOTE – THE REPRESENTATIVE NEEDS TO BE PRESENT THROUGHOUT THE ASSEMBLY AND SHOULD ARRIVE BEFORE THE ASSEMBLY BEGINS. WE PLAN TO COLLECT THE REGISTRATION FEE BEFORE THE ASSEMBLY STARTS,  SO YOUR REPRESENTATIVE SHOULD ARRIVE EARLY

    REGISTRATION FORM FOR REPRESENTATIVES OF INTERGROUPS, NATIONAL / LANGUAGE SERVICE BOARDS TO REGION 9 ASSEMBLY

    DATE :  NOVEMBER 6 – 8, 2013.

    PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THE ASSEMBLY WILL START FROM 5:00 PM, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 6 THROUGH TO 5:00 PM, FRIDAY NOVEMBER 8, 2013. ENSURE THAT THE REPRESENTATIVE IS AWARE THAT HE/SHE SHOULD BE ATTENDING THROUGHOUT.

    A registration fee of 50€/£33 for the Assembly will be charged for the Representatives – this will be payable (in cash only please) upon registration – before the Assembly begins on Wednesday afternoon.

    Please arrive early so that this administration can be done before 5.00 p.m.

    Type of Service Board(Ring around selection): Intergroup  / National Service Board /Language Service Board Name of Service Body/ Board.
    Total number of  representatives :
    Name of Service Board Chair/Secretary
    Signature
    Date
    FIRST REPRESENTATIVE SECOND REPRESENTATIVE THIRD REPRESENTATIVE
    Name:
    Full address including zip code:
    Telephone:
    Email: (if available)
    Would you like the Assembly materials to be sent to you by – email or by mail (post).Please indicate which you would like.
    Please indicate if the rep you are sending has been to Region 9 Assembly before and if so is willing to mentor a person who is new to the Assembly.

     

     

    PLEASE SEND THIS REGISTRATION FORM BY REGULAR MAIL OR EMAIL, TO BE RECEIVED BY REGION 9 SECRETARY BY AUGUST 14, 2013 TO:

    Region 9 Secretary

    Email: secretary@oaregion9.org

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    NOTIFICATION – SERVICE BODIES IN REGION 9 – UNABLE TO ATTEND ASSEMBLY

    DATE :  NOVEMBER 6 – 8, 2013…ISRAEL

    PLEASE SEND THIS REGISTRATION FORM BY REGULAR MAIL OR EMAIL SO THAT THE REGION 9 SECRETARY CAN RECEIVE IT BY AUGUST 14, 2013.

    (NOT VALID WITHOUT A SERVICE BODY CHAIR/SECRETARY SIGNATURE) TO:

    Region 9 Secretary

    Email: secretary@oaregin9.org

    Type of Service Board(Ring around selection): Intergroup  / National Service Board /Language Service Board
    I confirm that I am sending apologies on behalf of the service body mentioned – we are unable to send a representative at this time because :-.__________________________________________  Name of Service Body : -Name of Service Board Chair/Secretary

     

     

     

     

    YOU CAN SEND THIS NOTIFICATION OF NON ATTENDANCE BY EMAIL OR REGULAR MAIL.

    PLEASE SEND IT, TO BE RECEIVED BEFORE AUGUST 14, 2013 IF YOU CAN TO:

    Region 9 Secretary

    Email:  secretary@oaregion9.org .

     

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    REGISTRATION FORM FOR REGION 9 BOARD MEMBERS AND COMMITTEE CHAIRS

     

    WHO ARE NOT REPRESENTING A SERVICE BODY

     

     DATE : NOVEMBER 6 – 8, 2013…ISRAEL

     

     

    Position:
    Name:
    Full address including zip code:
    Telephone:
    Email: (if available)

     

     

    PLEASE SEND THIS REGISTRATION FORM BY REGULAR MAIL OR EMAIL, TO BE RECEIVED BY REGION 9 SECRETARY BY AUGUST 14, 2013 TO:

    Region 9 Secretary

    Email: secretary@oaregion9.org .

     

    DRAFT MOTION

    REGION 9 ASSEMBLY 2013

     

    Proposal Item:

    Order of Debate Number:

     

     

    Region Nine Assembly 2013

    New Business Motions

     

     

    Motion:

     

     

     

     

    Submitted By:

     

     

     

    Intent:

     

     

     

    Implementation:

     

     

     

    Cost:

     

     

     

    Rationale:

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Please make sure this motion reaches our Bylaws Committee Chair, Siobhan.

    Email : bylaws@oaregion9.org by August 6, 2013. (at least 90 days prior to the Assembly)

     

     

     

     

    APPENDIX D

    How many Delegates can be sent to the Assembly?

    For service bodies that are not sure exactly how many delegates they are entitled to, the following is taken from our bylaws and defines membership of the Assembly:

    Article IV – Section 2

    The voting membership of this Assembly shall consist of

    a) Representatives from Intergroups who are registered with the World Service Office and who are within the geographical boundaries of Region 9.

    b) Representatives from National /Language/Virtual Service Boards, who are registered with the World Service Office and who are within the geographical boundaries of Region 9.  National/Language/Virtual Service Boards shall not represent Intergroups which have sent representatives to the Assembly, however if all Intergroups are represented the National/Language/Virtual Service Boards will still be entitled to one representative.

    c) Region 9 Board Members.

    d) The Chair shall not have a vote at the Assembly, except to break a tie and for elections.

    e) Committee Chairs, who are not Intergroup or National Service Board representatives.

    f) In the event of a Region 9 representative from a registered unaffiliated group receiving a voice as per Article IV Section 2 (II) c) of these bylaws, they may also be given a vote, subject to majority approval of the voting body.

    Article IV – Section 4   – Delegates.

    a) Each member Intergroup/National/Language Service Board shall be entitled to one representative at the Region 9 Assembly.  Intergroups/National/Language Service Boards serving more that 10 groups shall be entitled to two representatives.  Intergroups/National Service Boards serving more than 50 groups shall be entitled to three representatives.

    As you know, it is important for the planning of the Assembly to know how many delegates will be able to attend, so please, do send the Region 9 Secretary (Mette) your registration form as soon as possible. Mette’s address and email is on the form.

     

    DELEGATE  ASSISTANCE  APPLICATION  FORM

    Region 9 Assembly 2013

    Please fill in this form if you wish to be considered for financial assistance for attendance at the 2013 Region 9 Assembly in Israel. (Please note; priority to those IGs and NSBs that cannot afford to fund a delegate on their own, to those with the greatest distance to travel and to those attending their first Assembly). Consideration will be given to the overall financial position of the service body applying for funding in comparison with the other applications and therefore it is required that you attach the latest financial summary of the service body and give details of any funding for attendance at Region 9 Assembly from elsewhere.

    Name of Representative
    Email address
    Intergroup, National/Language S.B.
    WSO Registration Number
    Name of S.B.’s chair
    Signature of SB’s chair

    Please estimate your costs in Euros and provide a detailed breakdown of your expenses (please, see the Assembly and Convention flyer for cost of accommodation and food).

    It is important to vote in an alternate in case your representative is unable to go.

    Travel

    (airplane tickets, train tickets, mileage) €…………………………………………………

    Travel (taxi, subway, bus) €…………………………………………………

    Travel (visa, if needed) €…………………………………………………

    Registration fee €…………………………………………………

    Food €…………………………………………………

    Accommodation €…………………………………………………

    Total Cost €…………………………………………………

    Own S.B. contribution €…………………………………………………

    Funding received from

    other S.B.’s €………………………………………………..

    Funding requested from Region 9 €………………………………………………..

     

     

     

     

    Please submit this form, not later than July 6th,2013 to the Region 9 Treasurer and enclose a financial statement of your service body.Please note that once your service body has been granted delegate assistance, you still have to register with the R9 secretary in order to attend the assembly.

    Email: treasurer@oaregion9.org

    Postal address can be requested via e-mail.

    Late forms will only be accepted in exceptional circumstances.You will be contacted by August 6th, 2013 if you are to receive funding.  Any assistance will be paid in euros at the Assembly in November 2013.Please see notes below for details of dates

    extracted from the Region 9 Bylaws & P & P.

     

    Date of forthcoming Assembly in Israel : 6th – 9th November 2013

    Therefore dates to be extracted from the details below:

    Notification of Assembly should be by May 6 2013 (6 months before)

    Delegate Assistance form to be returned by July 6 2013 (2 months after date of sending).

    Region 9 Board authorized to make the payments for assistance by 6th August 2013 (3 months before).

    As per Region 9 Bylaws:

     

    ARTICLE V – MEETING TIMES AND NOTIFICATION.

     Section 2

    Notification of this Assembly shall be mailed or emailed to all member groups, Intergroups, unaffiliated groups and National Service Boards at least six months prior to the date of the Assembly

    As per Region 9 P & P 

    V  FINANCE AND BUDGET

    FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR DELEGATES TO REGION 9 ASSEMBLY

    Financial assistance be granted to delegates travelling to Region 9 Assemblies. Draft claim form approved. (1985b)

    That the mailings to all member groups and Intergroups as in article 5(ii) of the Bylaws, shall include applications for assistance. This application form will also be posted on the R9 website. Completed application forms will be submitted to the R9 Treasurer at least 3 months prior to the date of the Assembly. (2012g)

    The Assembly resolves that priority for financial assistance for Regional representatives travelling to the R9 Assembly will be given to those IGs and NSBs that cannot afford to fund a delegate on their own, to those with the greatest distance to travel and to those attending their first Assembly. (1996h)(2011c)

    It is required that the service bodies requesting such funds attach to the application form for assistance – the latest financial summary of the service body and that they give details of any funding for attendance at Region 9 Assembly from elsewhere. The Region 9 Board are authorised to consider (by email) those applications (2012g)

    The Board is authorized to make a decision on transferring up to EUR 2400.00 (GBP 1700.00) from Service to Delegate Assistance, 3 months before the next Assembly, whenever that takes place. (2007a)

    All Service Bodies, please take notice to what is written about Qualifications for Representatives at Region 9 Assembly, in the Region 9 Bylaws (in Article IV – Membership of Region 9 Assembly, Section 3 – Qualifications (page 6):

    Section 3 – Qualifications

    A Each representative shall be elected by the Intergroup, National/Language Service Board or unaffiliated groups they serve.

     

    B The term of Region 9 representative shall be designated by their Intergroup, National/Language Service Boards or unaffiliated Groups and each representative is always subject to recall by those who selected them.

     

    C Each representative should have a minimum of six (6) consecutive months of current abstinence.

     

     

     

     

     

    Region 9

     

     

     

     

     

    OA ISRAEL is happy and proud to host the 2013 Region 9 Assembly and Convention

    2013 will mark the 5th Region 9 Assembly to be held in Israel.  We invite all OA

    members in Region 9 and worldwide to participate in our international sharing of

    strength, hope and recovery. The theme of this year’s convention is: ABSTINENCE 

    COMES FIRST.

     

    We invite you to take this opportunity to tour our wonderful country which has much

    to offer tourists of all faiths and interests. November is the perfect time to travel to

    Israel.  You can expect mild and pleasant weather.   Enclosed is some information on

    typical tours run by EGGED TOURS. You can book in advance or at the hotel. If there

    is enough interest, we could arrange for custom tailored trips with a private guide at a

    slightly higher cost.

     

    Home hospitality will also be available to OA members before/after the Assembly-

    Convention.

     

    The Shefayim Kibbutz Hotel is located in Kibbutz Shefayim on the coast just North of

    Herzelia, in the centre of the country.  This location is ideal for OA events, having both

    excellent meeting facilities as well as a pastoral ambience. The facility is suitable for

    physically challenged visitors as well. Check out their web site at

    http://www.shefhotel.co.il/en/index.php for full details of the facility and attractions

    nearby.

     

    The Region 9 Assembly will commence on the afternoon of Wednesday

    November 6th, 2013.   Region delegates please ensure you arrive at the hotel before

    then. The assembly will close on Friday evening, November 8th. Full details of the

    assembly including registration forms, agenda and other material will be issued

    directly by the Region 9 Board.

     

    The Region 9 Convention will open on the evening of Friday November

    8th and close at 16.00 hours  on Saturday November 9th.  The theme for the

    convention is: ABSTINENCE COMES FIRST.  A special “abstinence workshop” will be

    held from the early afternoon prior to the convention opening. OA members are also

    welcome to attend the assembly as guests. The convention program will include

    sharing of strength, hope and recovery of OA members around the world, panels,

    workshops, and lots of fun and entertainment!  Meetings will be held in English and

    Hebrew with translations.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The cost of the hotel is as follows:

     

    Twin room :  $175 € 135 per room (2 people) per night including bed and breakfast.

    Price per person: $87.50/ € 65.50 per night.

    Third person in same room (pull out bed):  $74.00/ € 58 per night including bed and

    breakfast.

     

    Single room: $175 / € 135 per night including bed and breakfast.

     

    Cost of lunch and dinner: $20 / € 15 per person per meal.

     

    Other costs:

    Region 9 Assembly delegate fee – to be paid to the Region 9 Treasurer:

    Region 9 Convention fee: $20/ 20 to be paid at the Convention Registration 

    desk in foreign currency only.  

     

    ALL CONVENTION INCOME AFTER DEDUCTING EXPENSES 

    WILL BE CONTRIUBTED TO REGION 9 TO FUND THEIR 

    ACTIVITIES!

     

    Room reservations are to be made directly to the hotel on the enclosed reservation

    form. Please print on the form to avoid errors. It is not necessary to reserve meals in

    advance. You may reserve meals on arrival, on a daily basis or purchase a meal ticket

    whenever you like.

     

    Credit card details must be provided when making reservations although no payment

    will be applied at that time.  Actual payment to the hotel will be made at checkout

    from the hotel. Payment may be made via credit card, Travelers cheques or cash. The

    deadline for cancellation is 45 days prior to arrival date. After that cancellation or no

    shows will be charged 1 night’s B&B rate on your credit card.  Reduction in the number

    of nights may not be made after arrival.

     

    PLEASE FOLLOW ALL INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY TO ENSURE YOUR HOTEL AND

    CONVENTION REGISTRATIONS WILL BE PROCESSED CORRECTLY.

     

    There are various transportation options and web site links to information on

    transportation.  Full details will be sent to you by email once registration is received.

     

    If you have any questions or special needs not clarified herein please don’t hesitate to

    contact: Adele at asseoadele@gmail.com or info@oa.org.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    CONVENTION REGISTRATION FORM 

     

     

    PLEASE FILL IN ALL ITEMS BELOW. CIRCLE YOUR SELECTIONS WHERE RELEVANT.

     

     

    First Name
    Last Name
    Full Address
    Nationality
    I will be attending: Assembly onlyConvention onlyAssemble and Convention
    Accommodation I have reserved a room at the hotelI have made other accommodation arrangements
    Service – are you willing to do service at the convention? Lead a meeting/workshop. If so, please specify length of abstinence and some of your recovery story (add approx half a page.)Entertainment
    Home hospitality I would like home hospitality YES/NO
    If yes From (date) _______To (date) _________Number of nights ________Number of people ___________
    Are you bringing any guests? Yes/No
    If yes, name:

     

     

    Email this form to: asseoadele@gmail.com or fax to: 972-3-6762494 or mail to:

    OA Israel, P.O. Box 7250, Ramat Gan 52172 Israel

     

    Region 9 Convention fee $20/€20 to be paid at the Convention Registration desk (cash only, in foreign currency please).

     

    THIS FORM DOES NOT CONSTITUTE HOTEL REGISTRATION. PLEASE DON’T FORGET TO 

    FAX OR EMAIL YOUR HOTEL RESERVATIONS DIRECTLY TO THE HOTEL. 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    TYPICAL TOURS POSTED ON EGGED TOURS WEB

    SITE, BASED ON CURRENT PRICES AND 

    CONDITIONS. OA HAVE NO AFFILIATION WITH 

    EGGED TOURS OR TAKE ANY RESPONSIBILITY 

    REGARDING THESE TRIPS WHATSOEVER. 

     

    Jerusalem Old and New- Day Tour 

    Departure:

    Sun., Mon., Tue., Wed., Thr., Fri., Sat.

    Duration:

    10-12 Hours

    Finish point:

    Return to pick up points

    From us:$68

     

    Tour Description 

    This exciting one day tour of both the old and new sections of Jerusalem lets you see all of

    the city’s highlights in one day, making it a perfect city tour for travelers without a lot of time.

    The day tours highlights include the Mount of Olives, the Garden of Gethsemane, the Wailing

    or Western Wall, the Stations of the Cross (Via Dolorosa), Chch of the Holy Sepulchre, Mt.

    Zion and the Yad Yashem Holocaust Museum. Our daily Jerusalem bus tour begins with pick

    up in major hotels in Netanya, Herzeliyah, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. The trip continues with a

    panoramic overview of the old and new city of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives. The

    Mount of Olives offers a breathtaking view of the Temple Mount and the entire old city of

    Jerusalem.

    We then travel along the Kidron Valley to visit the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus and

    his disciples prayed the night before his crucifixion. We then proceed to enter the old city via

    the Armenian Quarter. Our first stop will be the Wailing (Western) Wall.

    We will then stroll through the local Bazaar to the Christian Quarter to follow the Stations of

    the Cross, otherwise known as the Via Dolorosa. Our tour guides explain and bring to life

    every stop along the way to the memorable Church of the Holy Sepulchre, site of the

    crucifixion.

    From the Chruch of the Holy Sepulchre, we walk along the 1700 year-old Byzantine main

    street, until we reach the Roman Cardo and the renovated Jewish Quarter. We then ascend

    to Mount Zion and on Saturdays visit the Hall of the Last Supper and David’s Tomb.

    Leaving the Old City we proceed to tour the new city by car en route to the Yad Vashem

    Holocaust museum, and then back to your hotels for the rest of your Israel trip.

    * Modest dress required: Covered shoulders / No shorts

    ** On Fridays, Saturdays and Jewish High Holidays the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum is

    closed. On those days the tour visits King David’s Tomb, Hall of the Last Supper and the 

    Garden of Gethsemane in lieu of Yad Vashem. 

      

    Masada and the Dead Sea 

    Departure:

    Sun., Mon., Tue., Wed., Thr., Fri., Sat.

    Duration:

    09-10 Hours

    Finish point:

    at all major hotels in Jerusalem and tel aviv

    From us:$100

     

    Tour Description 

    This one day tour takes you to Masada, the site of one of the most passionate historical

    stories in the region. The drama of Masada is followed by relaxation at the therapeutic Dead

    Sea.

    Our daily tour begins with pick up at major Tel Aviv, Herzeliyah, Netanya and Jerusalem

    hotels, and continues by descending to the Judean Desert via the inn of the Good Samaritan.

    This 19th century Turkish building now houses one of the world’s largest Mosaic museums. It

    includes mosaics and archeological artifacts of Jewish, Samaritan and Christian sites

    throughout Israel.

    Arriving at Masada, we ascend the mountain by cable car, to tour the 2000-year old palace

    built by King Herod. It was here that the Jews came to defy the Romans and in this remote

    spot are reported to have committed mass suicide in defiance after a long and drawn-out

    siege by the Roman army. We will take you through the important archeological sites bringing

    this dramatic historical moment to life for you.

    We leave Masada and head out to the Dead Sea. The tour concludes with time to enjoy

    basking in the sun at the beach or floating in the mineral-rich Dead Sea, located at the lowest

    place on earth (400m below sea level). You can also cover yourself from head to toe in the

    natural Dead Sea mud, which has unique therapeutic qualities and will leave your skin feeling

    soft and fresh.

    Leaving the Judean desert, we return to Jerusalem with an overview of Jericho and the Old

    Roman Road.

    Recommendations:

     

    Please bring hats, bathing suits, towels, comfortable shoes and beach thongs

     

    Jerusalem and the Dead Sea 

    Departure:

    Sun., Mon., Tue., Wed., Thr., Fri., Sat.

    Duration:

    09-10 Hours

    Finish point:

    at all major hotels in Jerusalem and tel aviv

    From us:$99

     

    Tour Description 

    This day trip takes you from the amazing historical sites of Jerusalem to the stunning desert

    views of Masada- two of Israel’s highlights in one day! This is a perfect option for travelers

    with limited time in Israel.

    We begin this exciting day with a panoramic overview of both the old and new city from the

    Mount of Olives. From here you will be able to see the Temple Mount Esplanade, as well as

    the entire old city and its surroundings. The Mount of Olives offers one of the most

    breathtaking views of Jerusalem.

    We then travel along the Kidron Valley to visit the Garden of Gethsemane, on the sight where

    Jesus and his disciples prayed the night before his crucifixion. We then proceed to enter the

    old city via the Armenian Quarter. Our first stop will be the Wailing Wall and the square in

    front of it.

    We will then stroll through the local Bazaar to the Christian Quarter, to follow the Stations of

    the Cross, otherwise known as the Via Dolorosa, a professional guide explaining and bringing

    to life every stop along the way to the memorable Church of the Holy Sepulchre, sight of the

    crucifixion

    From the Chruch of the Holy Sepulchre, we walk along the 1700 year-old Byzantine main

    street, until we reach the Cardo and the renovated Jewish Quarter.

    We return to our bus in order to descend to the northern coast of the Dead Sea through the

    beautiful Judean hills. Spending several hours in the Dead Sea we enjoy the distinctive

    experience of floating in the world’s southernmost body of water, heavily concentrated in

    salts. You may also immerse yourself in a mineral-rich all-natural Dead Sea mud bath, leaving

    your skin soothed and soft, and giving you an experience you won’t forget.

    Our return route to Jerusalem will stop at a viewpoint to see the city of Jericho.

    Recommendations:

    Please bring a bathing suit, a towel, a hat, and sun protection.

    Nazareth , Tiberias and the Sea of Galilee 

    Departure:

    Mon., Wed., Sat.

    Duration:

    09-10 Hours

    Finish point:

    Return to pick up points

    From us:$85

     

    Tour Description 

    All of the Christian highlights in northern Israel in one amazing day tour. Our journey begins

    with a ride along Israeli’s scenic coastal road, overlooking the stunning Mediterranean Sea

    and then over the Plain of Armageddon to holy Nazareth.

    The first stop in Nazareth is at the Church of the Annunciation. Originally a Byzantine and

    then Crusader-era church, it was beautifully re-constructed in 1969. According to Catholic

    tradition, the annunciation was held at this spot, and inside, the Church’s lower level contains

    the Grotto of the Annunciation, which is believed by Catholics to be the remains of Mary’s

    childhood home.

    The tour then visits the Church of St. Joseph’s Carpentry, believed to be the sight of Joseph’s

    carpentry workshop. Beneath the church lies a cave used by the early Roman dwellers for

    storage of food and water.

    From Nazareth we proceed via Kafer Cana for a view of the Mount of Beatitudes, where,

    according to tradition, Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount. Then, at nearby historical

    Tabgha, located on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee, we visit the Church of the

    Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish. The Church stands on the sight of a 4th century church,

    and preserves a beautiful early Christian mosaic, in addition to the traditional stone where that

    special meal was consumed.

    Onwards, we visit the ruins of the ancient synagogue of Capernaum and the city of Christ.

    Overlooking Tiberias, we proceed to the site of baptismal on the Jordan River – the Yardenit,

    where there is an optional baptismal service.

    We end our day, returning back to central Israel via a scenic view of Mt. Tabor, site of the

    Transfiguraton.