Day 1, January 8

Tel Aviv  ~  All our flights arrived safely in Tel Aviv in the morning to late afternoon at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport.  During the day, Jeff & Emily taught a course to Israeli guides on how to guide Catholic groups. The pilgrims arrived by coach at Dan Panorama Hotel on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea for dinner & overnight. A big storm is passing through with rain and wind. There hasn't been a storm of this size for 20 years, so we brought the blessings of rain to Israel, an always welcomed thing in a country that is often short on water. After dinner we had mass and a brief introduction of the staff. There are 175 pilgrims including staff for this year! Though we're tired, we're excited to begin in the morning by heading toward the Galile.