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IBEX Family & Friends Program - Fall

Program Description

At the core of our Family and Friends trip to Israel are the parents and relatives who have children attending at The Master’s University IBEX campus. However, we also open the trip to those who may have no direct connection to IBEX or TMU. We invite you to join our field instructor, Dr. Greg Behle, for a ten-day trip to Israel in October 2021. The Family & Friends Program is arranged to make it possible for you to not only visit Israel and explore the historical and biblical sites, but to also be introduced to our IBEX program. Opportunities for several meals and fun times together with the students have been arranged. Some sites of significance on the itinerary include the Sea of Galilee and Galilee region, the Shephelah, the Dead Sea, the Jordan River, and of course, Jerusalem.

Our trip is not a slow-moving tourist trip, but a fun and engaging study trip with an emphasis on how the Land connects with our Bibles. Our desire is to help each participant better understand the land of the Bible through our time together and enjoy a sample of what our IBEX students are experiencing. We will provide a pre-trip orientation packet and field notes to help you follow along with the instruction. We will do a fair bit of walking to several sites and ride the bus for other stops.

Your Host

Dr. Greg Behle is a Professor at The Master’s University and Director of the IBEX program. He was one of the original founding members of IBEX. In addition to his administrative responsibilities stateside, he teaches as a field instructor for the IBEX short term programs. He has three decades of experience with teaching in Israel. Both of his children spent semesters at the IBEX campus while students at TMU. He loves the Land and is passionate about helping people understand their Bible in its historical setting.

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“The trip has transformed our lives and has given us a new, fresh perspective on our daily readings of God’s Word. Though we did not spend a month in Israel and only a week, the places we visited and knowledge we gained was an incredible blessing… Our trip to Israel left us with a yearning to return and as we read God’s Word to be able to visualize the words on paper in our minds!”

Jack Faust, 2015 F&F participant

Both my wife and I had been to Israel decades earlier, but we jumped at the chance to join the Israel study tour while our daughter was there for the semester studying through the IBEX program at The Master’s University. This trip was incredibly rewarding and more meaningful, as the resource material we received in advance and the Bible Atlas we received while on the tour added tremendous depth to our experience.

Jay Russell, 2017 F&F participant

Flight Itinerary

Date Departure location Destination location Dep time Arr time
October 22 Los Angeles(LAX) Newark (EWR) 12:15pm 8:38pm
October 22 Newark (EWR) Tel Aviv(TLV) 10:45pm 4:20pm - Oct 23
October 30 Tel Aviv(TLV) Newark(EWR) 11:10pm 4:20am - Oct 31
October 31 Newark (EWR) Los Angeles(LAX) 7:00am 10:09am

Be sure to direct any questions about flights to our travel agent Debby Ferrante -adventurefar@san.rr.com

Cost & Payment

Airfare Included:

$3,750 per person (credit card and check payments) - Secure Payment Portal

Credit Card Convenience Fee - $200

Land Only*:

$2,950 per person (credit card and check payments) - Secure Payment Portal

*Refer to the trip application for more information about the land-only price.

The following is included in the price:

  • Airfare to/from LAX*

  • Accommodations in double occupancy rooms**

  • Transportation by private air-conditioned bus

  • Daily breakfasts and dinners throughout the trip

  • Entrance fees to tourist sites and museums

  • Applicable taxes

  • Tips for the bus driver, hotel staff, and Israeli tour guide

*Not included in land-only price.

**There is a $550 (credit card) or $525 (check discount) additional fee for single room accommodations. The accommodations will be comparable to any good motel in America (3-4 star), with each double room having a private bath.

Dr. Behle will be leading the tour (teaching), but the law requires that an Israeli tour guide accompany the group. The trip employs an Israeli tour guide who will offer insight into modern Israeli history, as well as flora and fauna of the land of Israel.

The following is NOT included in the price:

  • Lunches throughout the trip

  • Travel insurance

  • Personal spending (i.e., for souvenirs and snacks)

Travel insurance is highly recommended.

Payment schedule:

Application Fee - $300 (credit card) or $300 (check discount) deposit due (non-refundable). One time fee of $200 for credit card use.

September 15 $3,450 (credit card or check)

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Application Process Descriptions

Download the Trip Application.

1. If possible, please complete the registration form legibly. This will help insure that we have accurate information and don’t incorrectly read someone’s handwriting. When we submit your personal information (full name, passport number and expiration date) to the airline, the information we submit must EXACTLY MATCH what appears on your passport. Otherwise, you will face challenges when you check in at the US and Israeli airports and likely have to pay some surcharge. Be sure to sign and initial the marked places and give the date you completed the form. You must provide your initials for the travel insurance line on page 1 of the registration form. You can scan the form and email it to ibexoffice@masters.edu or mail it to the IBEX Office (see below address).

2. Along with your registration, send a clear color scan of your passport face page (email a scan or mail the printed page). This helps Dr. Behle start to connect faces with names before the trip begins.It also is a kind of insurance.If anyone loses their passport (perish the thought!), the face page is a great starting point for getting that fixed ASAP in Israel.If you don’t have your passport when you submit your registration form, make sure to email or mail it to the IBEX office by September 1st.

3. To pay by credit card, please use our secure payment portal.

4. To pay by check, please make the check payable to The Master’s University and mail or deliver to the IBEX Office.

IBEX Secretary—Box #16 The Master’s University 21726 Placerita Canyon Road Santa Clarita, CA 91321

5. For any questions regarding logistical and payment details, please contact Jenna Friesen in the IBEX Office, 661-259-2616 or ibexoffice@masters.edu.

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Will I need a passport and visa?

A current passport IS REQUIRED and must not expire until six months after our return date. If you don’t already have a valid passport or have one that will expire less than six months after our return date, Please apply immediately, as it may take several weeks to process.* Don’t delay in applying for your passport!! A visa, however, is not required.

Are there any vaccinations required for this trip?

No vaccinations are required.

What should I bring with me on the trip?

After the trip roster is settled, Dr. Behle will email a file that provides some guidance on what to bring and what to expect for weather.

I live outside of California. May I travel directly to Israel, or do I need to join the group at LAX?

You can contact our travel agent (her contact information is found above) if you wish to make other arrangements. You are also free to use your own agent or book your own flight. It is possible to leave from other major airports and connect with the group. We generally discourage travel to Israel apart from the group due to potential scheduling conflicts.

However, we are not able to arrange ground transportation or hotels for alternative travel arrangements if your flight schedule does not match that of the Family and Friends group or your flight’s arrival in Tel Aviv is delayed for some reason. You will need to BE SURE you arrive before the group and depart after the group departs if you want to ride on the bus from or to the airport. You are also able to arrive a day(s) before or depart after the trip if preferred. If so, you can meet us at the Ben Gurion airport at the time of our arrival or arrange your own transportation to the Moshav where the IBEX campus is located. If needed, Dr. Behle will provide the address of the Moshav. If you arrive before or depart after the Family and Friends trip, of course, you must cover the housing and transportation costs.

Itinerary details are provided on this website, so you can make accurate flight plans if you choose to make your own flight arrangements.

In light of the current conflicts in the Middle East, how safe is it to travel to Israel?

Rest assured that the IBEX Office does not want to put you in harm’s way. We won’t let the IBEX students go to Israel if we are convinced it is not safe. We don’t go near Gaza during our trip, we don’t hang around border crossings, and we don’t match the profile that terrorists pursue (people in uniform).

In every part of the world, we cannot avoid random events over which we have absolutely no control. Nevertheless, Israel is an amazingly safe place to be. Dr. Behle has been dozens of times over the last 20 years and has never felt unsafe. In the end, we trust God’s providence and we are in continuous communication with people who know the status of travel in Israel.

What happens if TMU decides to cancel the Family and Friends trip?

This has never happened yet, but if we decide to cancel the F&F trip before the full payment is due (Sept. 1), we will fully refund the full deposit. However, after the full payment is made and that money goes to the airline and the land vendors, the money is out of our hands. If things get so bad at that point that we make the painful decision to cancel the trip (which I don’t at all expect), we have no access to that money. That is where the travel insurance kicks in. That is why we are encouraging concerned people to buy the travel insurance–making sure they understand the parameters of the policy they choose.

There have been times that a fall storm on the east coast has complicated flight connections. In that situation, if a person decides to call off the trip for themselves because bad weather will delay their arrival by a couple of days, that is their choice. However, in that instance, keep in mind that **TMU will have no money to refund **(already sent to air and land vendors) and most travel insurances will not refund trip costs because choosing not to travel does not serve as one of the conditions for refunding trip expenses.

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