Interfaith Pilgrimage in the Holy Land

Program Dates
October 11 – October 26, 2020
Join us as we journey with open hearts to The Holy Land, to walk in the footsteps of men and women of faith who carved the pathways that continue to entice Pilgrims and Seekers, Children of Abraham & Sara, to come and drink the Milk and Honey and breathe in the Holiness and Hope.

We will walk, explore, pray, learn and open to the present day reality. We will come, not as mere tourists, but as visionaries; a group representing many faith traditions, engaging with one another’s Sacred Story, and leaving seeds of the wisdom that is Deep Ecumenism.

Along with the program itinerary articulated below, our group leaders will engage participants in shared spiritual practice, study and debriefing of daily experiences, powerful encounters with residents pursuing grassroots relationship-building and peacemaking – all with the goal of manifesting meaningful and healing interfaith relationships in our lives at home and in the dynamic Israel/Palestine region.

PROGRAM LEADERSHIP

In addition to traveling with a local guide and dedicated driver, our pilgrimage is led by:

   Rabbi Nadya Gross was initiated in childhood in an oral, feminine mystical tradition she transmits in a two-year wisdom school, and is the ground and framework for her calling as a rabbi, spiritual director, program director, educator, and mother of four remarkable young adults – always in partnership with her beloved, Rabbi Victor Gross. Reb Nadya is the Director of the Hashpa’ah (Spiritual Direction) Training program in the ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal Ordination Programs.

Rabbi Victor Gross is a congregational rabbi and educator dedicated to paradigm shifting and guided by these teachings of two sages: Morrie Schwartz, in Tuesdays With Morrie, says:”we must love one another or die”; Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi teaches: “in order to get it together we have to get together” Reb Victor serves as a Director of Studies and teacher of Deep Ecumenism, Jewish History, and Jewish Thought in the ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal Ordination Programs, and is the author of: Educating for Reverence: The Legacy of Abraham Joshua Heschel.

Together, they serve as rabbis of Pardes Levavot: a Jewish Renewal Congregation in Boulder, CO which shares its sacred space and an ecumenical relationship with Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, a relationship which they owe to their beloved “co-conspirators”, Pastors Linda and Larry Daniels-Block. They co-founded Yerusha (Heb: legacy), an organization devoted to furthering the Jewish renewal legacy of Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, and sponsors these bi-annual Interfaith Spiritual Pilgrimages.

Rev. Linda Daniels-Block, a pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) for 40 years, is currently serving as Senior Pastor in north St. Louis. She has worked extensively in women’s and children’s advocacy for 40 years and was one of the leaders of a global “Ecumenical Decade for Churches in Solidarity with Women in 1988-98”. In 1998 she spent a month in the African sub-Sahara living in traditional homes as an observer on the situation of women for the World Council of Churches. She has served on community shelter boards, in political advocacy and as a pastoral counselor in areas of domestic violence, sexual abuse, and at-risk families. She has been a keynote speaker, facilitator, workshop leader and chaplain in racism, sexism, and classism and other areas of justice and empowerment. Her passion is encouraging more expansive images of God.

Rev. Larry Daniels-Block has served as a pastor of the ELCA for 45 years and is known as a biblical scholar and teacher. He has an additional Masters in New Testament and end-time literature, and PhD work in cultural anthropology and religion. He has a passionate interest in the archeology of the Holy Land. Pastor Larry served on the national staff of the ELCA in the Commission for Women with his wife Linda, working on male-female partnership, and racism/sexism/classism. Larry has rebuilt three houses and is on the home stretch of their fourth.

Linda and her husband Larry found a home in Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi’s “Deep Ecumenism” teachings when they invited Rabbis Victor and Nadya Gross to bring Pardes Levavot Synagogue into their Boulder, Colorado church building to “share the space”. In Rebbes Nadya and Victor, Pastors Linda and Larry have found kindred spirits, and beloved colleagues and friends.

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PROGRAM ITINERARY

The following is our projected itinerary, subject to reasonable change based on availability and local considerations

DAY #1 | Sunday, October 11, 2020

Depart for Israel on your self-booked flights

DAY #2 | Monday, October 12, 2020

  • VIP greeting at Ben Gurion Airport and private transfer to our accommodations
    A complimentary transfer is included for all travelers arriving by 4:30pm today
  • Orientation and welcome dinner at our accommodations

OVERNIGHT: Neve Shalom Guest House, Jerusalem Foothills
Meals included: Dinner

DAY #3 | Tuesday, October 13, 2020

  • Travel to the Neot Kedumim Gardens to explore the ecology of the Bible and take part in a tree planting ceremony
  • Continue on to the ancient seaport of Jaffa overlooking the Tel Aviv Coast with free time to explore the flea market and artists’ colony
  • Meet with Ihab Balha, a Suffi Imam based in Jaffa and learn about his Orchard of Abraham’s Children project
  • Evening: Experience a gourmet meal in the dark with new senses at Blackout in Jaffa’s Nalagaat Center

OVERNIGHT: Neve Shalom Guest House, Jerusalem Foothills
Meals included: Breakfast + Dinner

DAY #4 | Wednesday, October 14, 2020

  • Ascend to Jerusalem, stopping en route to visit Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35)
  • Panoramic introduction to the contours of Jerusalem from the Haas Promenade
  • Enter the Old City at Zion Gate and explore the ancient neighborhoods of the Jewish Quarter
  • Reflections at the Kotel — The Western Wall complex
  • Check-in to our hotel in central Jerusalem
  • Dinner at Picolino in the heart of western Jerusalem’s most famous pedestrian mall

OVERNIGHT: Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem
Meals included: Breakfast + Dinner

DAY #5 | Thursday, October 15, 2020

  • Visit the holy sites on the Mount of Olives, including the garden and grotto of Gethsemane
  • Re-enter the Old City at Jaffa Gate and explore the Christian Quarter, including the Via Dolorosa and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher
  • Break for lunch at Linna Hummus in the Christian Quarter
  • Free time to browse the shops of the Arab Suq (Bazaar) in the Muslim Quarter
  • Continue on to Mount Zion, site of King David’s Tomb and the Upper Room
  • Free evening and dinner on own

OVERNIGHT: Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem
Meals included: Breakfast + Lunch

DAY #6 | Friday, October 16, 2020

  • Yad VaShem World Holocaust Remembrance Center
  • Time for reflections over a picnic-style lunch at a nearby park
  • Mahane Yehuda — Experience Jerusalem’s colorful open-air marketplace
  • Evening: Kabbalat Shabbat (worship service welcoming the Sabbath) experience followed by a group dinner at our hotel

OVERNIGHT: Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch + Dinner

DAY #6 | Saturday, October 17, 2020

No bus or guide is provided today

  • Shabbat morning contemplative worship service with Rabbis Nadya & Victor
  • The rest of the day is a free day to relax and explore Jerusalem on your own (e.g. the Israel Museum, the Tower of David Museum, etc.)
  • Lunch is included at the hotel

OVERNIGHT: Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem
Meals included: Breakfast + Lunch

DAY #7 | Sunday, October 18, 2020

  • Morning worship service led by Pastors Linda & Larry Daniels-Block
  • Visit the Tomb of Rachel, the Biblical Matriarch
  • Continue on to Bethlehem in the Palestinian territories
  • Engage in a dialogue and search for common ground under the Roots Tent with a Palestinian and Jewish resident of the West Bank
  • Return to Jerusalem and enjoy a group dinner of traditional Moroccan-Jewish cuisine at Darna

OVERNIGHT: Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem
Meals included: Breakfast + Dinner

DAY #8 | Monday, October 19, 2020

  • Depart Jerusalem and enter Ramallah for a visit to the Palestinian Authority Headquarters
  • Enjoy lunch and a beer tasting at the Taybe Brewing Company
  • Meet with the people behind Canaan Fair Trade, and tour their olive farm and traditional oil press
  • Check-in to our hotel in the Carmel Mountains and dinner on own

OVERNIGHT: Beit Maimon, Zichron Yaakov
Meals included: Breakfast + Lunch

DAY #9 | Tuesday, October 20, 2020

  • City tour of Haifa, including visits to the Bahai Temple, Ahmediyya Mosque and the Stella Maris Monastery
  • Tour of a spice farm in Bethlehem of the Galilee and explore this restored Templar Colony village
  • Tasting, tour and dinner at the Tishbi Winery in Zichron Yaakov

OVERNIGHT: Beit Maimon, Zichron Yaakov
Meals included: Breakfast + Dinner

DAY #10 | Wednesday, October 21, 2020

  • Walking tour of Nazareth, including the Church of the Annunciation
  • View the Sea of Galilee from above at Mt. Arbel
  • Explore the Christian holy sites of the Sea of Galilee, including Magdala, Mt. of Beatitudes and Capernaum
  • Check-in and dinner at our accommodations in Tsfat

OVERNIGHT: Ruth Rimonim Hotel, Tsfat
Meals included: Breakfast + Dinner

DAY #11 | Thursday, October 22, 2020

  • Nature walk to the Banias waterfalls, one of the sources of the Jordan River
  • Ascend the Golan Heights and encounter with Druze culture over a traditional meal in the village of Ein Kinya
  • View the Golan Heights and Syria from the summit of Mt. Ben Tal
  • Learn the art of shofar-making at the Kol Shofar workshop
  • Return to Tsfat for a free evening and dinner on own

OVERNIGHT: Ruth Rimonim Hotel, Tsfat
Meals included: Breakfast + Lunch

DAY #12 | Friday, October 23, 2020

  • Ancient Tsfat – Explore the historic center of Jewish mysticism in the Galilee highlands and meet with local Kabbalistic artist, David Friedman
  • Afternoon nature walk on Mt. Meiron (time permitting)
  • Kabbalat Shabbat and dinner is included at our accommodations

OVERNIGHT: Ruth Rimonim Hotel, Tsfat
Meals included: Breakfast + Dinner

DAY #13 | Saturday, October 24, 2020

No guide is provided today, and a bus is only provided in the evening

  • Shabbat morning worship service with Rabbis Nadya & Victor
  • Free day to relax and explore Tsfat on your own
  • Lunch is included at our hotel
  • Evening: Travel to Tiberias for dinner on own and a cruise on the Sea of Galilee

OVERNIGHT: Ruth Rimonim Hotel, Tsfat
Meals included: Breakfast + Lunch

DAY #14 | Sunday, October 25, 2020

  • Sunday morning worship with Pastors Linda & Larry
  • Return to Tel Aviv and visit the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation
  • Walking tour of Tel Aviv’s historic Neve Tzedek and trendy Rothschild Boulevard neighborhoods
  • Closing dinner at Tel Aviv’s Goshen Restaurant
  • Evening: Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for overnight flights home or check-in to the hotel of your choice in Tel Aviv if you are extending

Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY #16 | Monday, October 26, 2020

Arrive back to your home destination in the morning

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WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • VIP greeting at Ben Gurion Airport and transfer to our Tel Aviv arrival hotel
    Included for travelers arriving by 4:30pm on October 12th
  • Return transfer to Ben Gurion Airport
    Included for travelers departing on the evening of October 25th only (i.e. for overnight flights)
  • 12 days with a licensed Israeli guide
  • 12 days with a luxury touring bus
  • Accommodations per the itinerary, including hotel porterage
  • Breakfast daily and additional meals according to the itinerary
    Including taxes and tips for restaurant meals
  • Entrance fees, guest educators, speakers and programming per itinerary
  • Gratuities at $100/person
  • All applicable taxes
    A 17% VAT (tax) applies for Israeli passport holders at hotels. Contact us to make arrangements

Not Included:

  • International flights
  • Hotel incidentals and beverages at group meals
  • Travel insurance (available during registration)

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WHAT IT COSTS

Sign up by December 31, 2019 to receive early registration savings of $100/person($3,620 total).

Land Package: $3,720/person
Double room hotel occupancy rate
Single Room Supplement: $990/person

The listed program cost is subject to a minimum participation of 20  travelers confirmed at least five months prior to the program start date

  • Should there be less than 25 participants, the cost of the program may increase
  • Should there be at least 30 participants, the cost of the program will decrease
  • Participants will be allowed to cancel without penalty if there is any such increase in the program cost


REGISTRATION
Sign up for the program by completing the online Registration Form

PAYMENT & CANCELLATION TERMS

  • To reserve your spot, a $250/person deposit is due at the time of registration
  • The deposit is refundable up to four months prior to the program start date, after which it is non-refundable
  • The balance is due no later than two months prior to the program start date, after which it is non-refundable
  • Cancellations must be made in writing, and we encourage you to obtain travel insurance*
  • A late registration fee of $50/person applies for enrollments within two months of the program start date
  • Payments may be made by check or credit/debit card, however, a 3.0% processing fee applies for credit/debit card payments (does not apply to the initial $250 deposit). Note: credit card fees are not refundable

*Our travel insurance policy must be issued before final payment is made. Some benefits are only available if the policy is purchased within 21 days of your initial registration.

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