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South Bend City Church Peacemaking Pilgrimage to Israel/Palestine

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Jerusalem 10 DAYS $2,980 - $3,820 per person in Double occupancy
SAT 12 NOV 2022 - MON 21 NOV (UTC+02:00)
Register before 25 Aug 22 to hold your spot

Overview

This unique pilgrimage to the Holy Land will allow you to explore the Christian faith in the Israeli-Palestinian context. 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 also enjoy service opportunities alongside Israeli and Palestinian counterparts, giving participants an opportunity to build new relationships and experience the deep faith and 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) airport to arrive no later than 5 pm on DATE. 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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Arrival and Check-in Nazareth

Location : Nazareth, Israel

We'll arrive and check in to our 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 Pt 1

Location : Nazareth, Israel

Whether you're an expert on the Israel/Palestine or you're 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 experiences throughout the trip. 

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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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Magdala

Location : Migdal, Israel

We'll continue the day with a visit to the archelogical ruins of Magdala on the Sea of Galilee. 

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Capernaum

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

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Boat ride on Sea of Galilee

Location : Ginosar Beach

At the end of the day we'll take a relaxing boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. 

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Dinner with local Christian guests

Location : Nazareth, Israel
We'll have dinner in Nazareth joined by some local Christian guests. 
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Telos Historical Briefing - PT 2

Location : Nazareth, Israel

We will meet again to continue the historical briefing of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 

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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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Kibbutz visit

Location : Ginosar, Israel
We will visit a Jewish Israeli communal village known as a 'kibbutz'. The Kibbutz movement was a central element of early Jewish settlement across the 'Land of Israel' (Erez Yisrael)/historic Palestine. We will meet with a local resident to learn about their stories about Israel, Zionism and tour the communal village of shared living. 
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Arrival and 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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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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Telos workshop on antisemitism

We'll meet as a group to learn and process our understanding of antisemitism throughout history until today and how it relates to the modern 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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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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Palestinian Refugee Camp

Location : Bethlehem

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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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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Mt of Olives to Gethsemane

We'll walk down the Mt of Olives stopping along the way for teachings and bible readings, and will finish at the garden of Gethsemane.

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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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Brewery Tour

We'll visit a Palestinian brewery to taste some delicious beer and hear about the challenges of owning a business in the West Bank.  

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Dinner with a Muslim family

We'll be welcomed into the home of a local Muslim family to share stories and experiences over a homemade Palestinian dinner. 

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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 together on our last evening.

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Jerusalem
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