Israel Trip

Jewish – Presbyterian Geo-Political Trip to Israel and the West Bank
January 8 – 19, 2017

Israel Trip 2017

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Land Package Includes:
9 nights; Herods hotel, 2 Scots St. Andrew’s in Galilee, 4 Dan Boutique hotel Jerusalem, 1 Intercontinental hotel, Bethlehem
Daily Israeli buffet breakfast
Daily dinners
VIP airport assistance upon arrival and departure
Arrival and departure transfers
9 full days sightseeing deluxe bus
Tour educator-guide from arrival to departure
Bethlehem guide
Entrance fees to all visited sites as per itinerary;
Airport and hotels porters
Meeting and assistance throughout trip

Total cost, including round-trip airfare from Toronto to Tel Aviv:
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Itinerary and details:

Sunday January 8: Depart USA
Monday, January 9: Setting the scene
Arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport.ETA: 11:55 AM
Meeting and assistance. Transfer to Tel Aviv.
Hummus lunch. Tour of old Jaffa (Joppa) where Peter lodged at the house of Simon the Tanner.
Dinner and discussion with Rachel Korazim, one of Israel master educators, for her take on where Israel is today and how we got to where we are.
Overnight: Herods hotel, Tel Aviv
Tuesday, January 10: The Mosaic – Living together
We will spend the first part of the day looking at an area rich in the complex narratives which come out of the War of Independence. Tour of Ben Shemen Youth Village. Visit Lod; looking at the difficult part of the story of the war of Independence: Palmach square, The Damchash Mosque, the Shuk, The Great Mosque and St. George’s Church.
Lunch at Halil in Ramle (own)
Visit Yaar Hameginim; The defenders forest, the price of war expressed through artists work.
Dinner at Erez Studio located at Tel Kabir – An Arab neighborhood being protected for its owners by the Israel Guardian, hear the story of Tel Kabir and Tel A – Rish.
Overnight: Herods hotel, Tel Aviv
Wednesday, January 11: Minorities and Majorities
A Jewish Democratic state: Is this a contradiction in terms? How do “we” live with this?
How do “they” live with this? We will spend the day trying to understand the dilemmas faced by minorities today and in the past.
Depart Tel Aviv via costal highway to visit Caesarea; explore the beautiful Roman city and Crusader town.
Continue to Giv’at Haviva; the center for shared society. Despite the escalating tensions and violence, a workshop with Jews and Arabs refusing to give up on a shared society.
Lunch (own). Drive to Acre, Arab-Jewish Community center – conversation with MuhamedFahili about another way of viewing life as a member of minority group. Kibbutz tour followed by discussion. Drive to Tiberias.
Dinner and overnight: Scots hotel St. Andrew’s Galilee
Thursday, January 12: Dreamers and visionaries
Visit the ancient boat from the time of Jesus at Ginossar, followed by a visit to Jesus ministry center – the Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, Tabgha and Mount Beatitudes.
This country has always been the place for dreamers and visionaries. Our story deepens when we read the warning from the ancient text book “out of the north evil shall break”.
Geo political overviews and very local perspectives including a meeting with “Israel eyes” at Misgav Am. Looking into Lebanon: “A Geo – political, big picture view”Drive to
Dinner and overnight: Scots hotel St. Andrew’s Galilee
Friday, January 13: Freedom of speech, different views
Drive to Nazareth, visit Mary’s well and the church of Nativity. Meet Father Gavriel Nadaf discussing the relations between Christian and Muslims in the mixed city of Nazareth. Continue to Haifa Wadi Nisnass, for a co-existence walk with one of Beit Hagefen team followed by random meetings and discussions with the residents of the neighborhood. Falafel lunch (own).
Drive to Jerusalem. View the disputed, golden, holy city from atop Mount Olives.
Friday, January 13 (con’t)
Boycotting Israel; anti-Semitism? Hate the Jew? The high cost of academic, artists, Israeli products, disinvestments boycotts. Kabbalat Shabbat at the Western Wall followed by Shabbat dinner.
Overnight: Dan Boutique hotel, Jerusalem
Saturday, January 14: Bethlehem
Free Morning.
We will drive to Gilo to view post # 300, crossing point between Israel and Palestine where Palestinians cross daily to work and commerce with Israelis. Drive via Jerusalem seam neighborhoods; Armon Hanatziv overlooking Tzur Bacher and Jabel Mukaber.
Visit Bethlehem, Shepherd’s Fields and the Church of Nativity. Meet Sami Awad, Elias Chakour.
Dinner in Bethlehem with Bethlehem residents.
Overnight: Bethlehem (or if there are security concerns then at the Dan Boutique hotel, Jerusalem).

Sunday, January 15: The Holy Bowl
One small place, three great religions. We will consider the reasons behind the disputed space, and spend some time looking at the complex stories of this city.
Our visit to the Old City will take us to the Southern Wall excavations, the Western wall, the Western Wall Tunnel, the Via Dolorosa, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher walking along the Arab Shuk and the Cardo to Mount Zion, Room of the Last Supper and King David’s tomb.
After lunch (own), we move out of the Old City via the Jaffa Gate to see the modern reality of the “Seam”, the thin ribbon of land, once No Man’s Land that connects West and East Jerusalem.
Late afternoon: we will meet Israeli settlers, visit one of the settlements and hear their side of the story.
Dinner and overnight: Dan Boutique hotel, Jerusalem

Monday, January 16: Memory and its Demands
Israel not only lives in the present tense. The present and future are in many ways determined by the holocaust memories and their impact on Israeli society.
Guided tour of YadVashem, the Holocaust memorial including; Children’s Pavilion, archives and discussion with Holocaust survivor. Lunch (own).
Study session at the Shalom Hartman Institute introduces prominent Christian leaders and change agents from North America to the central ideas of Jewish ethics and faith, the diverse ideologies and practices of contemporary Jewry, the meaning of Israel for world Jewry, foundations of religious pluralism, and interreligious
Dinner and overnight: Dan Boutique hotel, Jerusalem
Tuesday, January 17: Qumran, Massada and Dead Sea
Head to Qumran to view the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls where found. Travel along the Dead Sea shores to Massada, Visit King Herod’s Fortress and the Jewish Zealots last stronghold. Ascend by cable car to the summit of the remote location of this mountain fortress. Lunch (own) and freshen up at one of the Dead Sea Spa. Return to Jerusalem.
Dinner and overnight: Dan Boutique hotel, Jerusalem
Wednesday, January 18: The two sides of the barrier – Can we live together
Free Morning.
Optional: Culinary tour of Machne Yehuda Market.
Drive via Jerusalem seam neighborhood French Hill adjacent to Issaweeya, meet with local residents from both sides of the barrier and hear their stories surviving the unimaginable “daily routine”.  Drive to Abu Gosh meet Brother Olivier at the church of Resurrection and hear the echoes of the splendid music.
Farewell dinner at Abu Gosh and wrap session.
Transfer to Ben Gurion airport. Meeting and assistance. El AL flight 029 departs at 00:45
Thursdays, January 19: Arrival Toronto

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