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U.S Black Leaders Peacemaking Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

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Jerusalem, Israel 10 DAYS $5000
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Overview

This unique pilgrimage to the Holy Land will allow you to explore the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We will hear from a wide spectrum of voices across Israeli and Palestinian society. We will visit ancient holy sites as well as experience the vastly different realities of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim communities in the midst of a conflict zone, and how those differences present both opportunities and obstacles for peacemaking. We will enjoy an opportunity to build new relationships with our Israeli and Palestinian counterparts and experience the vibrant cultures of the people in the Holy Land.

*Please note the itinerary below is only a draft and will likely change closer to the trip.

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Travel to Tel Aviv

Please book your flights into Tel Aviv (TLV) Ben Gurion airport arriving no later than 4pm on 12th November 2022. You may also choose to arrive before the official Telos program begins and we will be happy to help arrange sites, visits and hotel accommodation should you be in need of it. 
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Check-in Nazareth

Location : Nazareth, Israel

We'll drive from the airport to our first hotel in Nazareth. 

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Welcome Dinner

Location : Nazareth, Israel

Join us on the first night as a group to enjoy a meal and get to know each other. You will be introduced to the Telos staff and review the trip program for the week.

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Telos Historical Briefing

Location : Nazareth, Israel

Whether you're an expert on Israel/Palestine or you're brand new to this topic, we'll spend some time exploring a multi-narrative history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in order to ground us for the upcoming visits and experiences throughout our trip. This will be a great time to begin thinking about questions you're curious to learn more about and ask our different speakers.

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Church of Annunciation

We'll visit the Church of Annunciation in Nazareth with a local guide. 

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Capernaum

With a local guide we'll visit the ancient synagogues of Capernaum.

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Mt of Beatitudes

We'll visit the serene Mt of Beatitudes and read the Sermon on the Mount.

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Boat ride on Sea of Galilee

Location : Ginosar Beach

We'll take a relaxing boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. 

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Nazareth Market Tour

Location : Nazareth, Israel

A local guide will take us on a tour of the sights and smells of the market - with stops at a family spice shop, the community mosque, an ancient Synagogue and the Church of Annunciation. 

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House of Grace

Location : Haifa, Israel

House of Grace opened in doors as the first rehabilitation center for prisoners in Israel in the 80's. They have a unique story and powerful approach to peacemaking. We'll meet with the founder's son who currently runs the center. 

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Labor-Zionist Perspective

Location : Haifa, Israel

We'll meet with a leader of one of the oldest Zionist youth movements that were integral in the establishment of the state of Israel. We'll learn briefly about this Zionist history and where the ideology and missions of the movement is today.

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Check-in Jerusalem

We will drive down from the Galilee to our hotel in Jerusalem.

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Dinner with Israeli civil society

After our arrival in Jerusalem we'll share a dinner with Israeli guests from different areas of civil society. This is a great chance to get to know locals and ask questions about their perspectives. 

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Israeli Knesset Visit

We will have the chance to visit the Knesset (Israel's parliament) and meet with an Israeli politician to discuss the conflict and official Israeli perspectives.

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Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial

We'll visit Yad Vashem, Israel's Holocaust Memorial and take a guided tour with a local Israeli in order to better understand this dark period of history and the important role Holocaust trauma plays in Jewish Israeli society today.

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Antisemitism Workshop

Telos staff will lead a workshop to dive deeper into Antisemitism in the context of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. 

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Israeli Settlement Visit

Israeli settlements are a controversial topic in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We'll discuss the recent political history of settlements and then visit an Israeli settlement to better understand the perspectives of these communities. 

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Palestinian Refugee Camp

Location : Nablus

We'll meet with a Palestinian refugee who will give us a walking tour of the refugee camp and share their personal story as we learn about the perspective of Palestinian refugees, which is a central issue in the conflict. 

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Jacob's Well

Location : Nablus
We'll visit the church of Jacob's Well in Nablus, an important site not visited by many tourist groups. 
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Tomorrow's Youth Organization

Location : Nablus
We'll meet with Tomorrow's Youth Organization in Nablus, who are working tirelessly to support Palestinian refugees and marginalized communities to build resilience and mental well-being amidst conflict.
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Hebron Tour

Location : Hebron
We'll have a guided tour of the old city of Hebron with former Israeli soldiers who served in these territories and are now activists against the occupation. 
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Church of Nativity

Location : Bethlehem

We'll have a guided tour with a local Bethlehemite to the Church of Nativity, the birthplace of Jesus in Bethlehem. 

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Meeting with a Palestinian Christian

Location : Bethlehem

We'll dive deeper into understanding the experiences of Palestinian Christians with a non-violent peace activist who sees peacemaking through his faith. 

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Banksy hotel

Location : Bethlehem

We'll walk along the wall and stop by "The Walled Off Hotel", created by the famous British street artist Banksy. 

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Dinner with a Palestinian family

Location : Bethlehem

We'll end the day with a traditional Palestinian dinner in the home of a local family from Bethlehem. 

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Old City Tour

A local Jerusalemite will guide us through the magical old city of Jerusalem, sharing the history and stories of the different people that have inhabited this holy place. On the tour we will visit many beautiful and interesting places including the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Christian quarter. 

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Western Wall at Sunset

We'll visit the Western Wall which is the holiest site in Judaism due to it's proximity to Temple Mount. On Friday night at sunset, we'll experience groups of Jews coming to pray, sing and dance at the wall to welcome in the Shabbat (the Jewish day of rest). 

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Shabbat dinner with a Jewish family

The group will be welcomed into a local Jewish family's home to share a Shabbat meal.

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Palestinian Sustainable Farm

Location : Bethlehem

We'll visit a Palestinian sustainable farm and hear from the family about their approach to non-violence and peacemaking. 

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Check-in Tel Aviv-Jaffa

We will drive to the Mediterranean coast to check into our final hotel in Tel Aviv-Jaffa.

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Former Israeli Army Personnel

To gain a better understanding of the role the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) plays in society, we'll meet with a former IDF General and security expert. 

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Panel with Israeli Activists

On the last day of the trip we'll dive deeper into social issues within Israeli society with local activists from African Aslyum Seeker communities, Ethiopian Jews and Mizrachim (Jews of Arab or North African descent). 
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Meeting with Bereaved Parents

Our last meeting of the trip will be with a joint organization of Israeli and Palestinian bereaved parents who have lost a direct family member to the violence of the conflict and instead of choosing revenge advocate for reconciliation. 

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Final Processing & Wrap up

We'll take some time as a group to reflect on our experiences and wrap up the trip before heading to our final group dinner!

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Farewell dinner

We'll share a final farewell dinner as a group before heading to the airport. 

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Jerusalem, Israel
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