Upcoming Events

Tampa Bay Men's Conference

Tampa, Florida
Higgins Hall

Date: 2/10/18

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Pilgrimage Updates!

April 2018 "Faith of the Irish" Pilgrimage

Registration Is Still Open for April 21-30, 2018 with optional pre-tour and Discipleship Seminar with Jeff Cavins. Tour Hosts: Jeff & Emily Cavins and Fr. Matt Guckin. Please register by January 29 to ensure pricing!

May 2018 "Time of Decision" Holy Land Pilgrimage

SOLD OUT! Waitlist only for May 14-24, 2018 pilgrimage with Fr. Mike Schmitz and Jeff Cavins. Click here for forms and more information.

January 2019 Annual Holy Land Pilgrimage:

Registration will begin in March of 2018. Please keep an eye on our website for the the registration forms!

Please view Cavins Tours photo gallery for a glimpse of some of our past pilgrimages.

Here is what a recent pilgrim had to say about our annual Holy Land pilgrimage!

 Thank you for a most wonderful, spiritual experience these past 2 weeks. The pilgrimage surpassed any expectations I had. Your teachings, Jeff, were so meaningful at each site. You are able to pull together all the history, the spirituality, the geography of the area, the archeological aspects, etc. so well to make the whole story make sense. You have challenged us to grow spiritually not only with questions to ask ourselves, but ways to ponder those question in our lives, and the wonderful "weapons" we have to tackle them, grow from them, and make necessary changes in our lives so that we may be better disciples of the Lord and spread the Good News to others. Certainly my times in adoration, and daily prayer will be enriched because of this Holy Land experience. ~~ Barb K

Please feel free to contact us at Cavins Tours phone number --763-420-1074.



Kelly Wahlquist

Kelly Wahlquist is the Director of Community Relations for The Great Adventure Bible Study Systems.   After serving as a nursing supervisor for ten years, Kelly began working for Jeff Cavins and has coordinated Great Adventure Bible studies at various churches in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.   She is the editor of Catholicism 101 and is currently pursuing a masters degree in Sacred Scripture at the Augustine Institute in Denver.


The Timeline in Solon, Iowa!

I had a wonderful time teaching the Bible Timeline this last weekend at St. Mary's parish in Solon, Iowa. Solon is a beautiful community just outside of Iowa City, IA. On Friday night we met with a few dozen educators who are interested in bringing the Timeline to their parishes. On Saturday we spent the whole day going through the entire bible.

(Hannah, Me, Joe Flanders, Sam, Madeline)

I want to thank Joe Flanders and his family for working hard at putting this event on. You guys did a great job. I also want to thank Julie and the fine people of St. Mary's for all their hard work.


Emily Cavins

I had the privilege of writing the book--My Heart Is a Violin. It is the autobiography of a Holocaust survivor and talented violinist, Shony Alex Braun. I am still amazed to this day of the character and depth of this man who suffered so much in his life. I feel very honored to have worked closely with him and his wife. I find it difficult at times to read portions of this book because of the great losses he suffered, but his triumphant soul is always a source of inspiration.

I hope you find this uplifting story and inspiration for your own life. I have heard from so many people that this has been one of the most powerful stories they have ever read.

To order copies of the book go to www.shonyalexbraun.com All royalties of this book purchased through his website go directly to support Shony's widow, Shari.

Or for an autographed softcover copy by Emily, send $19.00, (includes shipping) to:

PO Box 1533, Maple Grove, MN 55311

(Please be sure to include the name of person for whom the book is to be autographed.)


Emily is completing her degree in archaeology at the University of Minnesota. Over the summer she had the opportunity to dig at two sites in Israel. Here are a few photos of her experience!

This fragment of an overhanging rim jar was found at the Kedesh excavation.

This is a marble slab engraved with a cross that marked a family burial at the site of Hippos/Sussita during the Byzantine era.

Emily helped clean and restore the mosaic around the marble slab with cross.

Cleaning mosaic floors can be fun! After scraping layers of dirt off the mosaic, there really is a pattern under it all!


Shony Alex Braun

Shony Alex Braun

Shony Alex Braun first encountered the enchanting spell of the violin as a frightened four-year-old child, lost in the dark forests of Transylvania (Hungary-Rumania). Rescued by gypsies and taken to their camp, little Shony was comforted and fascinated by the "box that makes music." Six years later, he debuted on Radio Bucharest as a child prodigy violinist.Shony began composing music at the age of eleven. Two years later, he received a scholarship from the Budapest Academy of Music. His musical studies, however, were cut short when he was transported along with the rest of his family, to the concentration camp at Auschwitz and, later, Dachau.

Throughout the Nazi nightmare, the violin continued to comfort Shony and, on one occasion, literally saved his life. The day before Dachau was liberated by the Allies, Shony was shot in the chest and left for dead. But he survived and his music endured.

After liberation, Shony continued his music studies and graduated from the world-famous Mozarteum Academy of Music in Salzburg, Austria. He and his wife Shari, also a Holocaust survivor, immigrated to the United States, where he studied violin with Professor Josef Gingold at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He was awarded a Master of Arts degree in Music.

Shony Alex Braun is a gifted violinist and a prolific composer. He has written over two hundred compositions. They range from classic, romantic and gypsy music, to his stellar achievement, Symphony of the Holocaust, for solo violin and orchestra, nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Music.

Shony lived in southern California, where he had appeared in numerous films and television shows. He has recorded eleven albums and performed before kings, queens and royalty in the capitals of Europe. In 1984 he performed for President Ronald Reagan in the White House.

From concentration camps to concert halls, Shony Alex Braun's life is an extraordinary saga of survival and triumph. The magic of his violin and the intensity and joy of his music have stirred and inspired audiences around the world.

Shony's Music

Shony's Autobiography


Top Ten Hebrew Words

At the conclusion of the Adventures in Revelation study, someone asked if I could post the top ten Hebrew words Jeff uses in his teachings. This didn't seem too difficult a task, seeing as how I have the privilege of hearing Jeff's lectures over... and over... and over. What proved to be the most daunting aspect of this task was the request to limit it only to ten words. After reviewing the many times Jeff interjects Hebrew terms into his lectures, I realized it wasn't worth the added stress in my life to try and make a top ten list,so I didn't. Instead, I have put together a list of Jeff's top 39 most commonly referenced Hebrew words. So, without further ado, here's Jeff's Top 39 Hebrew Lexis List. (OK, so it doesn't have quite the ring of David Letterman's Top Ten List, but it certainly will be more helpful to you in your study of Scripture.)

Adonai: Lord. (Since pronouncing YWVH is considered sinful, Adonai is used instead in prayers.)

Al Beit: Above the House/Over the household. A reference to the one left in charge while the king was away. (i.e., Prime Minister) (See Isaiah 22:20-22; Mt16:18-19)

Beit: House

Bet Lechem: House of bread/Bethlehem

Bekhorah: Birthright

Berachah: Blessing

Chet: Archer's term meaning to miss the mark, to sin, to stumble.

El: God. Often used as an element in proper names. (Daniel, God is my judge; Gabriel, strength of God; Michael, He who is like God; Raphael, God's medicine.)

El Shaddai: God Almighty

Elohe Israel: God, the God of Israel

Elohim: First name used in Scripture for God.

Eliyahu: (Elijah) My God is my Lord

Gebirah: Official title of Queen Mother: a position of authority an honor.

Gehinnom: Gehenna in Yiddish. Literally a garbage dump in the narrow valley outside Jerusalem where a fire constantly burned in order to consume refuse and keep down the stench. (Syn. of hell) Ge bene Hinnom (Valley of the son of Hinnom): A place where children were sacrificed to the God Molech.

Halleluyah: Praise the Lord

HaShem: The Name. Word used by Jews as they will not pronounce the name of God out of fear of the potential misuse of the divine name.

Hekesh: Rabbinic teaching method which compares two scriptures that are mentioned together in one verse. Banging two Scriptures together to produce a greater effect.

Hillel: One of the greatest Rabbis recorded in the Talmud who lived during the reign of Herod (37 BC - 4 AD). Rabbi Hillel was considered to be more liberal than his counterpart, Rabbi Shammai.

Kadosh: Holy, separated, distinct, set apart

Manna: Literally translated as, "What is it?" Manna was the food that miraculously appeared and sustained the Israelites as they wandered the desert in the book of Exodus.

Nahash: Serpent

Rabbi: Great or distinguished (in knowledge). Teacher or great one. My master, my teacher, my great one.

Remez: Hint. Rabbinic teaching method which uses hints to express a point.

Shammai: One of the greatest Rabbis recorded in the Talmud who lived during the reign of Herod. Rabbi Shammai adhered strictly to Jewish Law.

Shem: Name

(The) Shema: Affirmation of the monotheistic message of Judaism. A Confession of belief in one God from Deut 6:7. Jews are required to recite the Shema twice daily. "Shema Yisrael Adonai Eloheinu Adonai Echad." (Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord.)

Sheol: 'Abode of the dead' Underworld. Comfortless place beneath the earth.

Sheva: Seven. To swear an oath.

Shlomo: (Solomon) Peace. Shalom

Tallit: Prayer shawl. Shawl-like garment worn during morning service with tzitzit attached to the corners.

Talmud: Authoritative record on rabbinic discussions on Jewish law, customs, legends and stories.

Todah: Thank You. Sacrifice of Thanksgiving (zevah todah).

Torah: Law. (From the root Yarah) Law of Moses. Five Books of Moses. Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. (In Greek, the Pentateuch)

Tzitzit: Long fringes on corners of tallit (prayer shawl) which serve as a reminder of the commandments

Yarah: Archer's term meaning to hit the mark.

Yehoshua: (Joshua) Yahweh (Jehovah) is my salvation. Also, Yeshua (Jesus)

Yehuda: Praise (Judah)

YHVH: God's name represented by four letters (Yod-Heh-Vav-Heh)