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Emmanuel Israel Expedition

Expedition ID: 23-05.1



Do you ever feel confused when you read the Bible?  Do you feel like you are missing things the author intended for you to understand? Would you like to gain clarity and confidence reading the Bible? Would you like to encounter God in the lands of the Bible?


Accompany Pastors Nate and Jodi Ruch,  Pastors Darin and Jayne Poli and Emmanuel Christian Center on this exciting nine day expedition of Israel. Walk in the footsteps of Jesus as you explore the lands where he and the disciples walked. Explore sites familiar from the Scriptures, such as Jerusalem, Bethlehem, the Sea of Galilee, and many more. 

Join us as we use the world of the Bible to help you understand the words of the Bible.


Expedition ID: 23-05.1




Tel Aviv

  • Hotels (+ breakfast and dinner)

  • All entrances per itinerary

  • Local English speaking guide

  • Biblical Expeditions Expert Instructor

  • AC Luxury Tour Bus

  • Hotel City Taxes

  • All tips (guides, hotels, and drivers)

  • Biblical Expeditions trip devotional and learning resources

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All expeditions include our industry-first unique concierge service. This service ensures your expedition operates at the highest level of service throughout the trip. Forgot something? Have a craving for something sweet? Looking to go into town after a day of touring? Have dietary restrictions? Our concierge is on hand throughout your entire trip ensuring your needs are met every step of the way. Our concierge's work directly for us and are there to serve you throughout your expedition.

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Expedition Hosts

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Nate and Jodi Ruch

Dr. Nate Ruch is the Lead Pastor of Emmanuel Christian Center, a multi-site church in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota. He has spent 30 years serving in youth ministry, teacher and Vice President of North Central University, and as Lead Pastor of Emmanuel for the last 9 years. Nate is a leader adept at inspiring people to embrace change, broadening multi-cultural relations and developing disciples through groups. A husband, Dad and Grandpa, Pastor Nate lives to inspire and guide people to live out God’s design and he is committed to developing future ready leaders. Pastor Nate is so excited for you to join him on this incredible trip and is praying that the Word of God comes alive to you in a fresh way through this experience!

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Darin and Jayne Poli

Pastor Darin leads Kingdom Builders and stewardship at Emmanuel. In addition to that, he serves on the Executive team. He and his wife Jayne have been blessed to lead teams of adults & young people to almost 40 nations of the world! They have led teams to Israel on two different occasions over the last 20 years and are excited for the opportunity to go to the Holy Land with you! 


Expedition Instructor

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Tracy Paino

Dr. Tracy Paino is filled with passion, humor, and a sense of adventure which bring life to his speaking and teaching.  Dr. Paino strived to be intentional, relational, and missional in his years as a youth pastor, church planter, pastor, college professor, dean, and motivational speaker.  He has traveled the world inspiring students, teachers, congregations, pastors, schools, and leaders in well-known companies such as 3M, General Mills, IKEA, and Jenny-O.  Fifteen years in pastoral ministry, over twenty years in higher education, a two year stint as a national ministry representative for a missions organization that helps meet the physical and spiritual needs of children in poverty-stricken areas of the world. 


One of his many passions is to challenge people to go deeper in their faith, to make the Bible come alive, and to serve as a teaching guide for trips to the land of the Bible. He enjoys opening up new paths of insight into the Bible and the Christian faith using the context of biblical history, language, culture, and spirituality. High School students, College students, pastors, church leaders, and people from all walks of life benefit from his unique style of combining these elements with a pastoral approach while using the geographical and archeological realities of the biblical setting. 


His educational background includes a B.A. from Evangel University (Springfield, MO) in Biblical Studies, a Masters of Divinity from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, a Doctor of Ministry from Bethel University (St. Paul, MN), and post-doctoral work in Biblical Languages, Biblical Geography, and Ancient Judaism.  Along with his wife, Debbie, he resides in Apple Valley, MN. They have two daughters, one son, and their families which include seven gorgeous granddaughters.   As a self-diagnosed adrenaline “junkie” he participates in many different outdoor activities like biking, climbing, hiking, skiing, and camping.  He enjoys traveling and continues to be a contributing professor and teacher on trips to Israel, Jordan, and other biblical locations. This unique combination of pastoral, biblical, and recreational acumen gives a sense of adventure to all of his teaching, guiding, and leadership. 


Expedition Itinerary - May 1 - 9, 2023


May 1

  • Depart USA

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May 2


•  Arrival Tel Aviv
•  Travel to Hotel By Bus
•  Dinner and Overnight on the

    Mediterranean Coast


May 3


•  Port-city of Caesarea
•  Mount Caramel

•  Valley of Jezreel

•  Nazareth

•  Church of the Annunciation

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May 4


•  Nature Reserve of Dan
•  Banias (Ancient Caesarea Philiippi
•  Mount Hermon
•  Golan Heights


May 5


•  Almagor
•  Beitsaida Valley
•  Chorazin
•  Baptism In The Jordan River
•  Capernaum
•  Magdala
•  Museum at Kibbutz Ginnosar

•  Evening boat ride on the Sea of Galilee

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May 6


•  Masada
•  Qumran
•  Visit and swim in the Dead Sea

•  Wadi Qilt Overlook


May 7


•  Israel Museum
•  City of David
•  Bethlehem
•  Church of the Nativity

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May 8

  • Mount of Olives
  • Dominus Flevit
  • Garden of Gethsemane
  • St. Anne’s Church
  • Jaffa Gate
  • Church of the Holy Sepulcher
  • Temple Mount
  • Western Wall
  • Farewell Dinner 
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for departure flight home


May 9

  • Arrive in USA

***Please note Visits, excursions, mentioned in the program are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances

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