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.
Travel to Tel Aviv
Telos Historical Briefing
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.
House of Grace
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Panel with Israeli Activists
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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