BEMA Trip Israel Preparation

Welcome to the start of BEMA Trip Israel! This page will give you access to materials to help you prepare for your time there. None of these videos or exercises are required for participation, but they are made for your benefit. You will not hand any of them in and you are the grader of your own tests. Take it easy and use them at your own discretion to help you be ready.

The exercises are designed to introduce you to the basics of things like geography and terminology. We teach you some ancient Hebrew words, some modern Hebrew phrases, and send you exploring for definitions. It’s supposed to be engaging and educational. Along the way, there are “tests” so you can see how well you are learning and what you might want to go back and review.

So, the instructions are simple: Work your way down the list of videos and other materials in order, at your own pace. If you have any questions about content, please contact Marty at marty.solomon@impacttheu.com, and if you have any technical questions about the website or videos, contact Brent at bemacohost@gmail.com.

The orientation videos for both “low contact” and “full contact” trips can be found at the bottom of this page.


Prep Lesson #1

In this video I mention a couple of items which have better material available. The introduction class I mention in the video can be found here, and we also have a link to the “Jesus Sh’ma” that might be helpful for many of you.


Prep Lesson #2


Prep Lesson #3

The password for this video is trustthestory.


Prep Lesson #4

The password for this video is trustthestory.

The map needed for this video can be found here; it will also be used on the test that follows this video.


Prep Test #1


Prep Lesson #5

The password for this video is trustthestory.


Prep Lesson #6

NOTE: First, just a reminder that these were made for a past trip, so the trip details mentioned here do not apply to you. Second, at the end of the video when we go through modern Hebrew, one of the words is misquoted and written incorrectly. I had some bad material the first time around. What is shown as slakh li is incorrect. The correct pronunciation of “excuse me” is slikha (slee-HAH). Apologies for the error.


Prep Test #2

Additional materials for this test: Document for Prep Test #2


Prep Lesson #7


Prep Lesson #8


Prep Test #3

Additional materials for this test: Document for Prep Test #3


Prep Final Exam

Additional materials for this test: Document for Prep Final Exam


That’s it! You’re ready (at least a little more so than before) to go on this wild adventure into the Text. If you need either of the orientation videos, you can find them below.

“Low Contact” Orientation

“Full Contact” Orientation