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The Fragrant Botanical Tour to Israel 2019

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The Fragrant Botanical Tour to Israel 2019

  1. 1. Do you have a moment to take a walk with The Fragrant Botanical Tour 2019?
  2. 2. Day One Flight to Israel March 10, 2019
  3. 3. Day Two Arrive in Israel March 11, 2019 The Fragrant Botanical Tour 2019
  4. 4. Golden Crown Hotel Haifa March 11, 2019 Day Two
  5. 5. Dinner at Garden Haifa March 11, 2019 Day Two
  6. 6. Breakfast for Kings and Queens Golden Crown Haifa March 12, 2019 Day Three
  7. 7. Baha’i Gardens Haifa March 12, 2019 Day Three The Fragrant Botanical Tour 2019
  8. 8. Spice Way Farm Kibbutz Hulata Beit Lechem HaGlilit Upper Galilee March 12, 2019 Day Three We were greeted with a cup of herbal tea and an introduction of the history of the farm. The aromas were amazingly and a wonderful way to begin The Fragrant Botanical Tour™ through Israel.
  9. 9. Bell Ofri Ein Nashut Winery Moshav Kidmat Tzvi Gadot, Israel March 12, 2019 Day Three The Fragrant Botanical Tour 2019
  10. 10. Bell Ofri Ein Nashut Winery March 12, 2019 Our hostess, Tami, cooked a spectacular meal. We were greeted with fresh cheese, an assortment of breads and spreads (pesto, tomato and olive), vegetable salad, hummus and olives. Her homemade ravioli and Mediterranean fish were cooked to perfection. The beverages of lemonade and wine were delicious. Just when we thought we had eaten enough she brought out biscuits with homemade sweet spreads. One was a preserved tomato . . . I need that recipe. The Fragrant Botanical Tour 2019
  11. 11. Bell Ofri Ein Nashut Winery March 12, 2019 The food was served on clay dishes made with Tami’s skilled hands. Her love of life’s pleasures was felt from the moment we arrived. Her personal story of how the farm transpired and built from recycled materials was inspiring as well as her passion to continue to take classes and learn even as we age.
  12. 12. I just had to share the picture of the very tasty ravioli. Each element of the meal was outstanding. Belle Ofri March 12, 2019 Day Three Ein Nashut Wine Cellar is an old Syrain Bunker.
  13. 13. The farm animals included goats, cats, dogs and peacocks. Belle Ofri March 12, 2019 Day Three The Fragrant Botanical Tour 2019
  14. 14. Our inn for the night, Vered HaGalil March 12, 2019 Day Three Vered HaGalilee (Rose of the Galilee) had amazing views of the Galilee. Birds chirping to wake us up encouraged us to sit outside to enjoy a cup of coffee before we began Day Four.
  15. 15. March 13, 2019 Day Four Vered HaGalil breakfast included salads, breads, cheeses, shakshuka (a favorite of Israeli’s). It is a flavorful dish of tomatoes, peppers and onions with baked eggs.
  16. 16. March 13, 2019 Day Four Galilee Boat Ride on Daniel Carmel’s boat “Faith”. Picture from
  17. 17. March 13, 2019 Day Four The drive down the beautiful Jordan Valley. Everything this spring was so green and lush, flowers blooming everywhere.
  18. 18. Moshav Netiv-Hagdud March 13, 2019 Day Four Oren Family Farm Chaim Oren gave us a peek of the life of an agricultural family in the Jordan Valley, and the difference between a moshav and a kibbutz. The farm’s main crop is the argan tree known for its amazing health and beauty benefits. I didn’t realize how labor- intensive work that is involved in the production of this miracle oil.
  19. 19. March 13, 2019 Day Four Biblical Tamar Park Our home for the next 5 nights. Photo Credit
  20. 20. March 14, 2019 Day Five Vidor Agriculture Center "Israel shall blossom and bud, and fill the face of the world with fruit ... the Holy One of Israel has glorified you" (Isa 27.6, 60.9)
  21. 21. March 14, 2019 Day Five Vidor Arava Research Agriculture Center Sage and other herbs grow in a tower Our tour at the ag center was very educational as we learned that about 60% of Israel’s vegetable exports come from the Arava region (Israel’s long, eastern valley between the Dead Sea and Eilat and where Biblical Tamar Park is located.) Israel manages to produce 95% of its own food requirements due to their sophisticated system that utilizes drip and micro irrigation. The lack of natural water resource, and the desert conditions, Israel now makes extensive use of desalination plants, reuse of treated sewage for agriculture, computerized early-warning systems for leaks, and computerized drip irrigation and micro-sprinklers. India and other countries come to the Arava region yearly and take home valuable technology to help feed their people.
  22. 22. March 14, 2019 Day Five Drive through the desert to Makhtesh Ramon The desert highway through the Wilderness of Zin, Paran and Kadesh Barnea has breath-taking views that change nearly around every corner as you approach the geological formation known as Makhtesh Ramon.
  23. 23. March 14, 2019 Day Five The first part of the Visitor Center has a museum dedicated to the service and remembrance of Israel’s first astronaut, Ilan Ramon. Space shuttle Columbia exploded upon reentry to Texas on February 1, 2003, all seven astronauts lost their lives.
  24. 24. March 14, 2019 Day Five The ruins of a large prehistoric stone structure known as Khan Saharonim are found in the makhtesh, as it lies along the ancient Incense Route that was used by the Nabataeans 2,000 years ago. These ruins acted as a way station for the traders and their animals (khan is the Arabic word for a caravanserai) as they proceeded further westwards to the Mediterranean seaport city of Gaza. An interactive area and a short movie is educational that explains how the earth has eroded over the years.
  25. 25. March 14, 2019 Day Five The Fragrant Botanical Tour 2019 2020 Tour info posted soon at This portion of the Ramon Crater Visitor Center is an emotional and moving experience. As you watch the video you hear Ilan Ramon continue to tell his family that he is coming home. Then there is the countdown of Columbia re-entering the earth . . . 60, 59, 58, 57, 56, 55, and . . . Then there are few pictures into the Houston command center and insight what they were feeling. Around 45 seconds . . . . The screen becomes full of static while you hear “Houston, can you hear me Houston?” . . . . Silence . . . . As the music begins to a song (that is known throughout the universe) the volume increases as the curtain opens up to the world’s largest crater “makhtesh”. Some are silenced, some burst into tears . . . Others try to process the moment. While this isn’t a “fragrant botanical” experience the lesson taught is our lives should be a “fragrance” remembering our lives are just a breath away of our time to pass.
  26. 26. March 15, 2019 Day Six We began our morning with a historical tour of Biblical Tamar Park with interim supervisor Ross Nichols. On the park tour Cynthia Hillson shared insight to where the future “Garden of the Ages” will be located behind the Tabernacle display.
  27. 27. March 15, 2019 Day Six In the afternoon we began our work to help beautify Biblical Tamar Park by pulling weeds out of the tel. Hard work but very rewarding.
  28. 28. SHABBAT at Biblical Tamar Rest, Eat, Presentation, Eat, Rest, Presentation, Rest, Eat, Good-Night Day Seven ~ Shabbat March 16, 2019
  29. 29. March 17, 2019 Day Eight Masada and Dead Sea It was breezy and cool, not many went in to float today.
  30. 30. March 18, 2019 Day Nine Balm of Gilead Farm with Owner Guy Erlich ~ Kibbutz Almog The Balm of Gilead Farm is growing thousands of ancient plants of myrrh, Balm of Gilead and Frankincense. Guy’s show and smell tour of these ancient plants was amazing as well as sharing many other medicinal plants grown in the Dead Sea area.
  31. 31. March 18, 2019 Day Nine Aromatherapist and Author Avraham Sand shared his heart with his passion beyond aromatherapy with thoughts from his forthcoming book. It was during the last few minutes when Avraham reflected the thought that his mentor, Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, believed the reason mankind isn’t walking “in love”. He said that it began in the garden and why we were thrown out of it? In short it is we are blaming each other. Adam blamed his wife. The woman blamed the snake. And, to this day we blame others and never take responsibility for our own actions.
  32. 32. March 18, 2019 Day Nine Evening Worship with Baht Rivka Whitten at the Jerusalem Hills Inn
  33. 33. Old City/Western Wall Tour with Hanoch Young March 19, 2019 Day Ten
  34. 34. March 19, 2019 Day Ten Moshe Kempenski from Shorashim Moshe’s talk with us was much like our time with Avraham Sand. Both are deep thinkers and share the message of the role of the Jewish people to love others, no matter the religion, and to be the repairers of the world. Perhaps that was the true essence of The Fragrant Botanical Tour . . . to walk in love to all as we see the day approaching.
  35. 35. March 19, 2019 Day Ten The Temple Institute Jewish Quarter The Temple Institute is an organization located in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem. Their mission’s focus and endeavor is to establish the Third Temple and construct the holy objects that will be used in worship. Table of Showbread Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people. Isaiah 56:7
  36. 36. Beautiful Levitical worship instruments and the garments for the High Priests have been constructed. March 19, 2019 Day Ten
  37. 37. March 19, 2019 Day Ten
  38. 38. March 19, 2019 Day Ten Behind the curtain is The Ark of the Covenant.
  39. 39. March 19, 2019 Day Ten Mahane Yehuda Shuk Shopping
  40. 40. March 20, 2019 Day Eleven The Mount of Olives
  41. 41. March 20, 2019 Day Eleven The Botanical Garden - Hebrew University – Mt. Scopus A day to walk in a garden with smiling spring blossoms and birds chirping
  42. 42. March 20, 2019 Day Eleven The Botanical Garden - Hebrew University – Mt. Scopus
  43. 43. March 20, 2019 Day Eleven Baptist Prayer Center
  44. 44. March 20, 2019 Day Eleven Baptist Prayer Center Welcome Room Mural Prayer Room
  45. 45. The Baptist Prayer Center gardens are a quiet place in Jerusalem. The picture on the right shows mums soon-to-bloom. March 20, 2019 Day Eleven
  46. 46. March 20 (21), 2019 Day Eleven and Twelve Flight and Arrival to our homes
  47. 47. The Fragrant Botanical Tour 2020 March 15 to 26, 2020 $2399.00 per person Double Occupancy Land only. Airfare is not included. Single supplement $499.00 Hosted by Apothecary Cynthia Hillson For more information please go to
  48. 48. Cynthia has made 41 journeys to Israel and she wants you to meet some of her friends who love plants and are making a difference in what they do with them. Join Cynthia on The Fragrant Botanical Tour 2020, a boutique tour where you will meet Israeli’s that will share their passions of the plant kingdom. You will sleep in quaint inns, the quiet of the desert and other places that are not-the-normal-tour hotels. Here are some of Cynthia’s friends from The Fragrant Botanical Tour 2019. Thank you for supporting these families!
  49. 49. Yes, you can support Israel! The Oren’s will ship to you, and the cost is very reasonable for their exceptional product. ARGAN OIL FROM THE OREN FAMILY Chaim and Silvi Oren
  50. 50. Yes, you can support Israel! Avraham will ship products to you! Essential Oils from Avraham Sand Avraham Sand, Aromatherapist and Author
  51. 51. Yes, you can support Israel! Guy Erlich will ship Balm of Gilead Farm products to you! Balm of Gilead products from Guy Erlich Guy Erlich, Owner of Balm of Gilead Farm
  52. 52. Yes, you can support Israel! Baht Rivka will ship her CD’s to you! Listen to Baht Rivka Whitten George and Baht Rivka Whitten Subscribe to