Israel Field Studies

The Master’s Seminary frequently offers field studies in Israel. The first format for these field studies involves focusing on the land of the Bible, where students traverse the Holy Land, with adventures and lectures from faculty along the way. Dr. Michael Grisanti, an OT professor at TMS, plans and leads the trip. He serves as the “guide” for the trip, providing the instruction at all the sites. He has studied at the Institute of Holy Land Studies and has led numerous trips to Israel.

Link to helpful blog post: Is It Safe to Travel to Israel?

The second format of our Israel studies program involves archaeological digs. TMS works with Associates Biblical Research who will be conducting a dig at the biblical site of Shiloh in May/June 2017. See their website for details of how you can participate. At this point in time, we don’t have a professor who will be working on the dig for the 2017 season. https://www.biblearchaeology.org/page/Volunteer-to-Dig-at-Shiloh.aspx

This webpage also contains information about an optional 4 day trip to Jordan right after the TMS Israel study trip (click here to see).

2017 TMS Israel Study Trip Overview

2017 TMS Israel Study Trip—May 15–June 4, 2017

Full cost: $4550.00 (check/cash price—$4395.00)

Land-only Price: $3105.00 (check/cash price—$3000.00)***

Download the trip registration form

Please note there are only 40 spots available for the Israel studies trip and first preference is for current TMS students and TMS Alumni. A $500 deposit is required for all participants as part of registering for the trip. Registration is initially open for TMS students and wives as well as alumni and wives (given first consideration for the available spots).  Then registration will be accepted by those have no direct affiliation with TMS (with certain parameters). If you are not a TMS student (or wife) or a TMS alumnus (or wife), you can send in your registration form with a deposit right away. However, you will be put on a waiting list until December 9, when all deposits are due.

*** If you prefer to make your own flight arrangements (leaving from a different departure city closer to your home or want to leave or return 2-3 days before or after our group reservation itinerary), you can make that reservation on your own or work through our travel agent, Shirley Fleig: groupadvantage@me.com.

1. If you are making your own flight arrangements but arriving on the same day as the group:

Unless you want to pay for your own transportation from the Ben Gurion airport to Jerusalem and from Jerusalem to the airport and you are arriving the same day as the group arrives in Israel, you must arrive at the Ben Gurion airport (TLV) before the group is scheduled to arrive and must schedule your departure for after the group departs.  That way your bus transportation after arrival and before departure is covered by the trip costs.  You would pay the “land-only” price presented above.

If you arrive or depart on a different day than the group, the shuttle/taxi cost will be your responsibility.  Dr. Grisanti can help explain what to do when the departure date gets closer.

2. If you want to fly out of and return to a different city than LAX or depart/return a different day:

If you want to travel with the group, but are much closer to JFK (New York City) than LAX (Los Angeles), our travel agent will help you arrange for a “deviation” from the group itinerary.  Sometimes a person wants to arrive in Israel a day or so before the group to get some rest before the trip begins.  In that case, you would not pay the land-only price, but the full price (and your flight costs would be part of the trip costs).  Sometimes, there is an additional charge required by the airline for “deviations” from the group reservation.  If that is the case, you would pay that charge to our travel agent who would be handling that “deviation”.

If you arrive or depart on a different day than the group, the shuttle/taxi cost will be your responsibility.  Dr. Grisanti can help explain what to do when the departure date gets closer.

Important considerations:

1. This is a study trip.  The only way for Dr. Grisanti to be the “guide” without a licensed Israeli guide (which would add to the trip price) is to have everyone on the trip taking notes and the tests—being his students. So EVERYONE on the trip is required to pay attention, take notes, look at the maps the guide refers to, and take the exams/quizzes during the trip. Dr. Grisanti will provide review sessions. The exams will not be difficult for anyone who plays attention during the trip and reviews the material. You don’t have to receive academic credit for TMS, but I need to be able to say that you are my students with honesty.

2. Each one coming on the trip must be prepared for a LOT of walking (including steps up and down). It would not be correct to think of this trip as a vacation. We generally are on the bus no later than 8 a.m. and done by 5-6 p.m. It we are in Jerusalem, we are walking the streets by 8 a.m. You will be tired at the end of the day, but will be overjoyed at what you are learning and blessed by the fellowship by fellow-students of the Word. I don’t mean to suggest that you need to be in shape to run a marathon! I am not in that kind of shape. However, the trip will involve a lot of walking. Plan on getting a good set of walking shoes and put together a walking regimen.

3. For non-TMS students or alumni, you need to be in general agreement with the TMS doctrinal futuristic statement. Dr. Grisanti can speak with individuals about this as needed. I will be teaching from a premillennial, dispensational perspective, expecting the nation of Israel (made up of believing Israelites) to be established once again in the land of promise. I refuse to lead a trip that is like a rolling theological dispute.

4. As the trip roster gets settled, Dr. Grisanti will add study suggestions to the trip webpage or through emails to the group.

5. To protect the seminary from liability issues, please complete the liability release form.

Passport information:

If you are even considering going on the trip, please begin the process of obtaining a US passport if you don’t have one. If your passport is scheduled to expire on or before December 2017, you need to renew your passport for this trip. If you are not traveling on a United States Passport, please check with your consular office for VISA requirements to travel to Israel. If you are a TMS student, be certain to advise your consular office that this trip is being done in conjunction with your seminary studies.

Recent news alerts have stated that passport processing time seems to be longer than normal. Don’t delay in getting your passport.

http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports.html

Basic Payment Plan:

1. First phase of registering for trip—TMS students (and wives) and TMS alumni (and wives):

Send completed registration form and $500.00 deposit to Dr. Grisanti (see below address) by December 9.  After December 9, non-TMS individuals will be permitted to be added to the trip list.  The deposit is non-refundable unless some life tragedy prevents a person from going on the trip.

2. Second phase of registering for trip—Non-TMS individuals:

Send completed registration form and $500.00 deposit to Dr. Grisanti (see below address) by December 9. If there are still spaces available, you will be added to the trip list based on the date your registration form and deposit are received. The deposit is non-refundable unless some life tragedy prevents a person from going on the trip. If you are not added to the trip roster, we will refund your deposit.

3. First trip payment due—$2,000.00—by January 9

4. Full payment for trip (less $2500.00 already paid)—by March 9

All check payments (deposit or payments) must be payable to The Master’s Seminary and mailed to Dr. Michael Grisanti (see below address) or paid by credit card (see registration form for information).

***If you are interested in a shorter trip, Dr. Grisanti leads a 10 day trip to Israel in mid-March every year: http://www.masters.edu/academics/undergraduate/ibex-family-friends-program/

Academic Features:

Up to four units of TMS credit are available for current TMS students who are enrolled in a degree program who are going to participate in the TMS Israel study trip at TMS:

• Two units for the spring semester Geography of Israel Class (BI652- optional—taught at TMS)

• Two units for the summer school Field Studies in Israel course (BI653- optional—part of TMS Israel trip)

For students who take either or both courses for credit, the tuition rate charged will be accordance with the normal tuition cost (different for the M.Div. or Th.M. program, as well as a student’s full-time or part-time status).  For the sake of simplicity, scholarship funds will be paid at a rate of $375.00 per credit hour or $750.00 per course.  Finally, by the time the spring semester course begins, the student will have paid their deposit and first major payment (totally at least $2500.00), indicating their intention to travel to Israel in May with Dr. Grisanti (a requirement if the student will receive these scholarship funds).

1. For students who take BI652 in the spring semester and participate in the TMS Israel study trip:

The student will be charged normal tuition for that spring semester course, but scholarship funds ($750.00) will be applied as a payment to the student’s Israel trip account.

2. For students who take BI653 as part of the TMS Israel study trip:

The student will be charged tuition for that summer school course, but scholarship funds ($750.00) will be applied to the student’s seminary account in early September 2017.  The IRS does not allow schools to provide scholarship for tuition during summer sessions.

In both cases, money that the student would have normally paid for those credit hours will help cover the amount of money a student would have paid to cover the trip costs.  The timing of covering those costs with scholarship funds is the only thing that varies.

*This is not a “money-maker,” but makes the trip more feasible for students who will benefit from these elective hours by TMS providing scholarship funds that equal (or come close to) the amount of tuition the student would have paid for those courses. This will cut down a student’s out of pocket money to pay for the Israel trip.  Tuition money they would have paid for these elective courses will be put toward their Israel trip costs through scholarship funds.  This represents the potential of a $750.00 or $1500.00 reduction in the money they need to raise for the trip.

**As I say in the trip explanation, everyone on the trip will need to do all that is involved with taking the trip “for credit,” whether or not you are actually applying those course credits to a degree program. These scholarship funds are only for TMS students who are applying these credits to their TMS degree program. Course Credit can be applied to M.Div. or Th.M. programs.

Exciting Features:

1. Nearly three weeks in Israel

2. Special lecturesisraeltrip_3

3. Daily instruction from Dr. Grisanti

4. Several “free” days in Jerusalem for personal exploration (and shopping).

5. A half day of digging at Shiloh.

For all trip related questions, please contact:

Dr. Michael A. Grisanti 
Director of Israel Studies
13248 Roscoe Blvd
Sun Valley, CA 91352
818-909-5649
mgrisanti@tms.edu

The faculty secretary, Patricia Hensley, will handle most the logistical issues: phensley@tms.edu

Download Sample Itinerary

Download Registration form (due with initial deposit)

Trip Details–Summary

Tour Price Explained:   Credit Cards (Master/Visa) Accepted! Payment Deadlines (no later):

Regular price:  $4550.00 per person, double occupancy

Dec. 9—Non-refundable deposit ($520.00)

Jan. 9—First installment ($2070.00)

March 9—Final payment (remaining amt.)

Check Discount price:  $4395.00 per person, double occupancy

Dec. 9—Non-refundable deposit ($500.00)

Jan. 9—First installment ($2000.00)

March 9—Final payment (remaining amt.)

Single room supplement is $1250.00 (regular price) or $1200.00 (check/cash discount).

DEPOSITS: To reserve your place on this study trip, complete this form (sign and initial) and return it with a $520.00 (or $500.00 cash/check discount price) non-refundable deposit to the above address by December 9, 2015. Please make checks payable to The Master’s Seminary and mail them to Dr. Michael Grisanti, Director of Israel Studies, The Master’s Seminary, 13248 Roscoe Blvd., Sun Valley, CA  91352.

For credit card payments, use the following web address to access the payment portal: https://masters.formstack.com/forms/seminary_israel_trip_card_processing. Put “2016 TMS Israel Trip” in the comments area.

TMS Israel Study Trip flight Itinerary

We will be flying to and from Israel on Delta airlines.  Here is the itinerary:

Flight Date Departure Destination Take-off Arrival
DL 40 May 15 LAX JFK 11:25 pm 7:55 pm
DL 468 May 15 JFK TLV 10:31 pm 4:15 pm (May 16)
DL 469 June 4 TLV JFK 00:40 am 5:30 am
DL 472 June 4 JFK LAX 8:15 am 11:50 am

For those who live in other parts of the country, you can travel from and back to LAX with the majority of the group, make your own reservations from your home airport to Israel and back, or join us at JFK.  If you need help with flight reservations, contact our travel agent, Shirley Fleig: groupadvantage@me.com.

1. If you book your own flights, see the land only-price explanation above.

2. If you want to fly out of and return to a different city than LAX or depart/return a different day:

If you want to travel with the group, but are much closer to JFK (New York City) than LAX (Los Angeles), our travel agent will help you arrange for a “deviation” from the group itinerary.  Sometimes a person wants to arrive in Israel a day or so before the group to get some rest before the trip begins.  In that case, you would not pay the land-only price, but the full price (and your flight costs would be part of the trip costs).  Sometimes, there is an additional charge required by the airline for “deviations” from the group reservation.  If that is the case, you would pay that charge to our travel agent who would be handling that “deviation”.

If you arrive or depart on a different day than the group, the shuttle/taxi cost will be your responsibility.  Dr. Grisanti can help explain what to do when the departure date gets closer.

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Photo by Todd Bolen (BiblePlaces.com)

The “FINE PRINT”

The TRIP PRICE: $4550 (or $4395 cash/check discount price)- Each registered participant agrees to pay the tour price indicated here in a single payment OR in payments that correspond to the payment schedule provided above. Single room supplement is $1250.00 (regular price) or $1200.00 (check/cash discount).

The price(s) listed are based on current airline transportation and fuel surcharge taxes, and are subject to change without notice until the airline tickets are issued. In the case of a fuel surcharge tax increase, each passenger will be responsible to pay the difference before departure.

INCLUDED IN PRICE: coach airfare from/to Los Angeles International Airport, double-occupancy** accommodations in 3-4 star hotels, entry fees, drivers, breakfast and dinner buffets, climate controlled buses, taxes and tips (drivers). **Single room supplement is $1250.00 (regular price) or $1200.00 (check/cash discount).

NOT INCLUDED IN PRICE: trip insurance, lunches, a la carte beverages at buffets (e.g., bottled soft drinks and alcohol), daily water or snacks, souvenirs or personal expenses, any expenses resulting from illness or accident, passport costs, or any other expenses not specifically mentioned above as included.

ITINERARY CHANGES: The trip itinerary is subject to change, order, or content according to local conditions, which may include, among other things, mechanical problems, weather, security, and crowd considerations. If an itinerary change necessitates extra overnights, each traveler is responsible for the added costs.

AIRLINE TICKETS and FLIGHT TIMES: All flight times are subject to change by the airlines without advance notice. The Master’s Seminary is not responsible for such changes or delays and does not reimburse expenses resulting from such delays. The Master’s Seminary recommends travel interruption insurance. Please see www.travelinsured.com for additional information, agency number 458167.

REGISTRATION: Complete this registration form and send it and a $500 non-refundable deposit to the address below by December 9, 2016. Late registration requires an additional $25 non-refundable late fee. Registrations submitted after January 9, 2017 require an additional $50 non-refundable late fee.

PAYMENT SCHEDULE:By December 9th 2016, $500.00 deposit. By January 9th 2017, $2,000.00 initial payment. By March 9, 2017, final balance (whatever amount that has not been paid yet). Late payment requires an additional $100.00 fee. Of course, without full payment, the traveler cannot participate in the trip and would receive no refund.

CANCELLATIONS: 

  • Any cancellation from registration until 121 days (ca. 4 months) prior to departure will result in a $200 cancellation fee.
  • Any cancellation between 120-61 days (ca. 2-4 months) prior to departure will result in a $700 cancellation fee plus any airline penalties.
  • Any cancellation between 60-45 days (ca. 1 ½ to 2 months) prior to departure will result in a $1500 cancellation fee plus any airline penalties.
  • No refund will be given for any cancellation that occurs less than 45 days prior to departure.

Cancellation requests must be made in writing and sent to:

Dr. Michael Grisanti, Director of Israel Studies, The Master’s Seminary, 13248 Roscoe Blvd., Sun Valley, CA  91352

Cancellations WILL NOT be accepted by any means other than in writing. For your protection, it is recommended to use registered mail or courier service.

THE “DISCLAIMER”

The Master’s Seminary (TMS) acts only as an agent for the various companies whose accommodations are utilized. TMS assumes no responsibility or liability in connection with the services of any automobile, airplane, boat, or other conveyance which will be used either wholly or in part. Neither will TMS be responsible for any act, error, omission, or any injury, loss, accident, or any delay which may be occasioned by reason of defect in any vehicle or through neglect or default of any company or person engaged in the conveying of passengers. TMS accepts no responsibility for losses or additional expenses due to delays or changes in motor coach, train, airplane services, or that of any other conveyance, sickness, accident, weather, strikes, war, quarantine, or other causes; and all such losses or expenses must be borne by the passenger. The airlines and/or other transportation companies concerned are not to be held responsible for any act, omission, or event that may occur during the time the passengers are not aboard the airplane or conveyance. The passage contract, as issued by the airlines or other transportation companies involved with the tour, shall constitute the sole contract between the purchaser and the airlines or transportation companies and limit the responsibilities of the tour sponsors concerning the related travel and accommodations. Prices and schedules that appear in any brochure or website are based on current schedules and tariff rates and are subject to change without notice. Payment of a deposit or fees, in whole or in part, constitutes a declaration of full understanding and acceptance of the terms and conditions outlined in this brochure, including the “FINE PRINT” and “DISCLAIMER.

Jordan Itinerary—June 4-7, 2017

For the second time, TMS is offering an optional extension right after the Israel study trip.  Since we are in the Middle East, those who want to add this 4 day trip to the country of Jordan can stay in the area for an additional few days and then fly back to the US.  Dr. Michael Grisanti, the guide for the TMS Israel trip, will be the trip host.  If enough DTS students come on the trip, a DTS faculty member will serve as a trip host as well.

Sun, June 4, We take a bus from Jerusalem to the Allenby bridge in the Jordan Rift Valley and cross Jordan River into the country of Jordan (cost of visa and dinner included; departure tax from Israel not included)

Our bus and guide will be waiting for us at the Jordan side of the border. Visit Jerash. Overnight in Amman.

Mon, June 5, Amman City Tour, Mt. Nebo, Madaba. Overnight at Petra (Breakfast and Dinner included)

Tues, June 6, Full day Petra Tour. Overnight at Petra (Breakfast and Dinner included)

Wed, June 7, Transfer to border. Cross to Israel (Breakfast included)

After we cross the border (departure tax from Jordan not included), we will ride our bus back to Jerusalem. Later in the day, we will take a bus to the airport for our departure for the US. For most of the Jordan group (part of the TMS group), our flight itinerary will match that taken by the group that left Israel on June 4:

Flight Date Departure Destination Take-off Arrival
DL 469 June 8 TLV JFK 00:40 am 5:30 am
DL 472 June 8 JFK LAX 8:15 am 11:50 am

Of course, if you made your own flight reservations, you will return according to your own flight itinerary.

Price Includes:

  • 1 night at hotel in Jerusalem before we head to Jordan
  • 1 night at 4 star Days Inn Hotel in Amman (or similar)
  • 2 nights at 4 star Petra Panorama Hotel in Petra (or similar)
  • Daily breakfast and 3 dinners at the hotels
  • Meet and assist on arrival and departure by travel agency representative
  • Free group collective visa on arrival
  • Transportation and tours in Air-conditioned modern Buses, with English-speaking driver
  • English-speaking Escort Guide from arrival till departure
  • Entrance fees to all sites mentioned in program
  • 1 horse ride and 1 entry in Petra
  • Porterage at hotels and borders
  • Bus transfer between Jerusalem – Allenby Bridge, bus transfer to Ben Gurion airport.

Price does not include:

  • Departure tax at Allenby Bridge (From Israel into Jordan) – $50 per person paid to police officers at the border
  • Departure tax at Allenby Bridge (From Jordan into Israel) – $15 per person paid to police officers at the border
  • Lunch meals – supplement $15 per person per meal
  • Tips for guide and driver (about $5.00 per day for driver and for guide)
  • Expenses of private nature
  • Bottled drinks during meals or at hotel rooms

***I put this trip together as an optional trip for The Master’s Seminary and Dallas Theological Seminary. Current students, alumni, and friends of TMS and DTS who are on those schools’ Israel study trips are welcome to participate in this extension trip as well. We will stay in a hotel in Jerusalem the same night that the rest of the students head to the airport and home.  The next morning, we will take a bus from Jerusalem to the Jordan Rift Valley,where we will cross into Jordan over the Allenby Bridge. After our time in Jordan, we will cross back over the Allenby Bridge and take a bus back up to Jerusalem. From there, later that evening, we will head down to the Ben Gurion Airport for our flight home. How long we stay in Jerusalem will depend on the time of our departure flights.

Download Jordan Extension registration form

Total Price:  $920.00

Single room supplement: $150.00

PAYMENT  PROCEDURE : 

Deposit on or before January 23, 2017—$100.00 (non-refundable)—with submitted registration form

Remaining Payment on or before March 17, 2017$820.00

***Payment must be made with checks payable to The Master’s Seminary and mailed to:

(No Credit Card payments)

Dr. Michael Grisanti
The Master’s Seminary
13248 Roscoe Blvd.
Sun Valley, CA  91352
RE: Jordan Extension trip