Interfaith Pilgrimage in the Holy Land

Program Dates
October 12 – October 27, 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.


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 are co-Directors of Programs for ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal, continuing to develop programs that promote the spiritual unfolding, or Paradigm Shift, to which they, and the Jewish renewal movement, are devoted, and co-Directors and faculty for the ALEPH Sage-ing® Program.

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.


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


Depart for Israel on a self-booked flight(s)
Participants planning to arrive to Israel prior to October 9th may be accommodated at our arrival hotel in Tel Aviv based on the group rate


  • VIP greeting at Ben Gurion Airport and private transfer to Tel Aviv
    Included for all travelers arriving to Israel by 4:30pm today
  • Introduction to the journey from the ancient port city of Jaffa overlooking the Tel Aviv coast
  • Welcome dinner at Jaffa Seaport’s Haj Khalil restaurant

OVERNIGHT: Hotel Metropolitan, Tel Aviv
Meals included: Dinner


  • Depart Tel Aviv and travel to the Neot Kedumim Gardens to explore the local ecology of the Biblical Era, take part in a tree planting project, and enjoy a traditional lunch
  • Ascend to Jerusalem, stopping en route to visit Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35)
  • Panoramic introduction to the contours of Jerusalem from the Haas Promenade
  • Check-in to our hotel in central Jerusalem and dinner on own

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


  • Enter the Old City at Zion Gate and explore the ancient neighborhoods of the Jewish Quarter
  • Reflections at the Kotel – The Western Wall complex
  • The Kotel Tunnels – Explore millennia of history deep under the Old City
  • City of David Excavations – Discover the foundations of Jerusalem dating back to King David’s time
  • Dinner at Jerusalem’s gourmet Eucalyptus restaurant overlooking the Old City

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


  • Visit to 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
  • 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
  • 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 + Dinner


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
  • Lunch is included at the hotel

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


  • Sunday morning worship service with Pastors Linda & Larry
  • Yad VaShem World Holocaust Remembrance Center
  • Group discussion and lunch at Modern restaurant on the Israel Museum grounds
  • The Israel Museum – The Dead Sea Scrolls, Temple Model, and more
  • Mahane Yehuda – Experience Jerusalem’s colorful open-air marketplace

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


  • Visit Bethlehem in the Palestinian territories on a locally guided tour, including a visit to Church of the Nativity and engage in a dialogue with local Palestinian residents
  • Stop at Rachel’s Tomb on the outskirts of Bethlehem
  • Meet over lunch at a local restaurant with a Jewish leader in the West Bank settlement of Efrat, one of the largest cities in the Israeli Gush Etzion region
  • 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 – The rest of the evening is free to explore on your own

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


  • Depart Jerusalem and travel south to the Negev Desert region
  • Visit Netiv HaAsara on the frontier with Gaza, and take part in a peace project on the border wall
  • Stop for lunch on own in Sderot, and discover how Israeli cities have adapted to their surroundings visiting a fortified playground
  • Encounter with a Bedouin women’s weaving cooperative in the desert village of Lakiya
  • Travel north along the Mediterranean Coast to the Carmel Mountains
  • Tasting, tour and dinner at the Carmel Winery in Zichron Yaakov
  • Check-in at our hotel on the slopes of Mt. Carmel in Haifa

OVERNIGHT: Dan Panorama, Haifa
Meals included: Breakfast + Dinner


  • City tour of Haifa, including visits to the Bahai Temple & Gardens, Ahmediyya Mosque and the Stella Maris Monastery
  • Tour of a spice farm in Bethlehem of the Galilee and explore this restored Templar Colony village
  • Explore the archaeological complex of Tzippori, former seat of Sanhedrin
  • Encounter with the Druze culture and share a traditional meal in the village of Daliyat al-Karmel

OVERNIGHT: Dan Panorama, Haifa
Meals included: Breakfast + Dinner


  • Travel to Kibbutz Harduf, a leader in co-existence initiatives and Israel’s largest organic farm
  • Walking tour of Nazareth, including the Church of the Annunciation
  • Explore the Christian holy sites of the Sea of Galilee, including the Mt. of Beatitudes and Capernaum
  • Cruise on the Sea of Galilee followed by a lakeside dinner at Kibbutz Ein Gev

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


  • Ancient Tsfat – Explore the historic center of Jewish mysticism in the Galilee highlands and meet with local Kabbalistic artist, David Friedman
  • Afternoon visit Peki’in, an ancient Galilee city that is holy to Jewish, Muslim and Druze faiths
  • Kabbalat Shabbat and dinner is included at our accommodations

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


  • 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 along the waterfront

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


  • Sunday morning worship with Pastors Linda & Larry
  • Cultural encounter and walking tour in the Arab-Israeli village of Shfar’am/Shefa-‘Amr
  • Return to Tel Aviv and meet with Ihab & Ora Balha in Jaffa to discuss opportunities for co-existence
  • Free time to explore the Jaffa flea market and tour the ancient port city
  • Experience a gourmet meal in the dark with new senses at Blackout in Jaffa’s Nalagaat Center followed by a performance of “Not by Bread Alone” (pending availability)

OVERNIGHT: Hotel Metropolitan, Tel Aviv
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner


  • Relaxed morning to enjoy and explore Tel Aviv on your own
  • Yitzhak Rabin Center – Trace modern Israel’s story through the life of one of its most famous leaders
  • Walking tour of Tel Aviv’s historic Neve Tzedek and trendy Rothschild Boulevard neighborhoods
  • Closing dinner at Liliyot – A gourmet Tel Aviv restaurant with a social mission
  • Evening: Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for overnight flights home
    Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner


Arrive back to your home destination in the morning

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  • VIP greeting at Ben Gurion Airport and transfer to our Tel Aviv arrival hotel
    Included for travelers arriving by 4:30pm on October 9th
  • Return transfer to Ben Gurion Airport
    Included for travelers departing on the evening of October 22nd 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 the itinerary
    Including taxes and tips for restaurant meals
  • Entrance fees, guest educators, speakers and programming per itinerary
  • Gratuities at $100/person
  • Security escort on October 15th for West Bank touring
  • 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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Land Package: $3,605/Person
Double room hotel occupancy rate
Single Room Supplement: $1,100/person

The listed program cost is subject to a minimum participation of 25 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

Sign up for the program by completing the online registration form


  • 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 3.5% processing fee applies for credit/debit card payments (does not apply to 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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