Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Arrival Welcome to Israel

  • Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport, on LY # 28 with assistance by our representative and light refreshments upon arrival.

  • Ascend to Jerusalem via the Judean Hills.

  • Stop at the Haas Promenade overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem for an Ecumenical Arrival Worship Ceremony.ן

  • Enter the Old City through the Jaffa Gate of the Old City and walk along the marketplace Rooftops, exploring the multi-ethnic weave of the city, with a birds eye view of the walled city, continue to the Jewish Quarter Walk through the Old City to today’s Jewish Quarter for a guided visit through the Upper City of 2000 years ago., concluding at the Western Wall.

  • Exit the Old city through the Zion Gate and drive to the hotel for check-in.

  • Festive Welcome Dinner and Orientation at the Hotel.               

Overnight: Jerusalem

 

Thursday, January 18, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Heavenly and Earthly Jerusalem – Two Faiths on the Ground, Two Faiths in the Heavens, dialogue with, Rabbi David Rosen, Director of Interfaith Relations at the AJC.

  • Meet Very Revd. Hosam E. Naoum , Dean of St. George for a discussion on the challenges of interfaith discussion in Jerusalem.

  • Special visit to the Muslim complex on the Temple Mount – Harem eh Sharif, hosted by a representative of the Waqf, the Muslim Holy Trust.

  • Visit the Etzion Settlement Block south of Jerusalem and meet the Israelis and Palestinians of Shorashim  - Judhur (Roots), a grassroots project which brings together Palestinians and Jewish settlers in a realistic and unique coexistence dialogue/living project, with Ali Abu Awad, and Shaul Yudelman.

  • Return to Jerusalem.

  • Dinner at the Hotel, followed by a processing session.

Overnight: Jerusalem

 

 Friday, January 19, 2018

Memories for the Future

  • The Memory of the Holocaust in contemporary Israeli society, with scholar Rachel Korazim.

  • Visit Yad Vashem, Israel’s National Memorial to the six million victims of the Holocaust

  • Memorial Service amidst the trees of the Righteous Among the Nations.

  • Visit the Machane Yehudah Market as residents prepare for the Sabbath, with late lunch on your own.

  • Free time to explore Jerusalem on your own or in organized groups.

  • Depart the hotel by bus for the Kotel (Orthodox Western Wall) as Jerusalemites and guests gather to welcome in the Sabbath.

  • Continue to the Azarat Yisrael (Egalitarian Western Wall), for a group led explanatory Kabbalat Shabbat (Service to welcome the Sabbath).

  • Return to the hotel by bus or on foot.

  • Festive Sabbath Dinner at the hotel.     

Overnight: Jerusalem

 

Saturday, January 20, 2018

A Sabbath in Jerusalem

  • Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Optional Synagogue Hopping Tour Sabbath Morning Services - visit to synagogues of various traditions around Jerusalem.

  • Sabbath Lunch at the hotel.- Main Dining Room

  • Depart for guided visit through the Christian Quarter of Jerusalem for a walk along the Via Delarosa and a visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, including a dialogue with Christian theologians.

  • Free time for personal exploration and an optional walking tour of Mount Zion, with Dormition Abbey, the Room of the Last Supper and King David’s Tomb.

  • Havdallah end of the Sabbath ceremony overlooking the Old City.

  • Visit the Jerusalem Night Spectacular Sound and Light Show at the David Citadel Museum, followed by a free night and dinner on your own.

  • Free night and dinner on your own.

Overnight: Jerusalem

 

 Sunday, January 21, 2018

Plying a Path to Peace?

  • Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Depart hotel.

  • Christian Worship Services in English at St. Georges Cathedral (Episcopalian) or Notre Dame Cathedral (Catholic).

  • The Geo-Politics  of Jerusalem, explore the realities on the ground along the boundaries between Jewish and Arab neighborhoods and their influence on international diplomatic dialogue, while en route to Shilo, 

  • Visit Shilo, for a guided visit through the archaeological site where according to tradition Hana prayed and the Tabernacle stood, followed by My Israel,  lunch at Shilo, followed by a dialogue with Yisrael Meidad, a longtime resident of Shilo, on why living in the Biblical heartland of Israel, is imperative for the continuation of the State of Israel

  • My Palestine, Depart for Rawabi, the new Palestinian city north of Ramallah for glimpse at this unique project, a synthesis between private enterprise, and public resources, to create one of the anchors of the future Palestinian State, including a meeting and dialogue with developer, Bashar el Masri.

  • Drive to Nazareth and visit the Church of Annunciation continuing to the Sea of Galilee to check in to Tiberias hotel.

  • Dinner at the hotel.

  • Interfaith as a Way of Life, with Deacon Jiries Mansur, a deacon in the Greek Catholic Church, and principal of St Anthony’s.

Overnight: Tiberias

 

Monday, January 22, 2018

Theology, Nature and Art

  • Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Checkout and Depart hotel.

  • Guided visit through Capernaum, where Jesus taught during the days of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, including the ancient synagogue and church, with time for personal worship.

  • Continue to Tabaha, traditional site of the multiplication of loaves and fish and conclude the visit around the Sea of Galilee with an overlook on to the Sea from atop the Mount of Beatitudes, where the Sermon on the Mount took place.

  • Lunch on your own en route.

  • Continue to Tel a Safi to gain a better understanding of the events of Israel’s wars in 1967 and 1973 and the current realities facing Israel in the wake of the Syrian Civil War.

  • Art and Identity, drive along Wadi Ara to the city of Umm el Fahem and visit the Um el Fahem Art Gallery, hosted by Israeli Arab artist and founder Said Abu Shakra.

  • Visit the Jaffa Overlook for an introduction to Tel Aviv

  • Return to the hotel, followed by dinner and a group processing session.

  • Free time and dinner on your own – small groups, including sites such as: Rothschild Blvd, the Tel Aviv Port, the Sarona and Market, the Jaffa Port and the Tachana, Old Train Station

Overnight: Tel Aviv

 

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Tel Aviv: The First Hebrew City

  • Breakfast at the hotel.

  • “Love the Stranger,” an exploration of how Jews and Christians relate to other.

  • Drive to the neighborhood of Neve Sha’anan and the Levinsky Park, for a glimpse at the complex realities of Israel’s African Asylum Seeker/Refugee population and a discussion of some of the challenges facing Israeli society in light of the Global and local Israeli Refugee Crisis.

  • Visit one of Israel’s Hi Tech hubs in central Tel Aviv.

  • Visit Independence Hall, site of the signing of Israel’s Declaration of Independence,

  • Walk along Rothschild Boulevard, where the Tel Aviv began, exploring the old and new, including the UNESCO Bauhaus White City, with lunch on your own.

  • Optional visit Old Jaffa and the Traditional Jaffa Flee Market.

  • Bringing Your Community to Israel – Let’s Get Started, with Makor and IGT staff.

  • Wrap up discussion

  • Dinner, followed by The Jewish Architecture of Peace: Creating Dialogue in the Context of Interfaith Belief, with Alick Isaacs, founder of Siach Shalom – Talking Peace, which creates opportunities for dynamic group dialogue about peace inside Israel between conflicting perspectives within Israeli society.

Overnight: Tel Aviv

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Memories for the Future

  • Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Depart for Ben Gurion Airport.

Departure

  • Depart on El Al flight 027 bound for Newark at 12:30 a.m.