Interfaith Spiritual Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

Start Your Journey: March 29 - April 12, 2016

interfaithpilgrimage2016-isr.jpgJoin 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 challenge of NOW. 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 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.

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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 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 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.jpgRev. Linda Daniels-Block, a pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) for 37 years, is currently 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.jpgRev. Larry Daniels-Block has served as a pastor of the ELCA for 42 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.

Together, they 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.

Rabbis Nadya & Victor and Pastors Linda & Larry will be joined by a Muslim leader TBD.

Itinerary

The following is a projected itinerary, which is subject to minor change and will be re-confirmed about two months prior to departure. Meals Included: B = Breakfast / L = Lunch / D = Dinner

Tuesday, March 29 | Departure for Israel

  • Depart for Israel on your self-booked flight

Wednesday, March 30 | Arrive in Israel!

  • Land at Ben Gurion Airport – Complimentary transfers to our hotel in Jerusalem is included for all travelers arriving today
  • Orientation, welcome program and Moroccan- style dinner at Jerusalem’s Darna Restaurant
  • Overnight: Prima Royale Hotel, Jerusalem [D] Thursday, March 31 | Old City
  • Intro to Jerusalem from the Haas Promenade
  • City of David – Founding of Jerusalem
  • Enter the Old City at Zion Gate and explore the Jewish Quarter, including the Hurva Synagogue
  • Descend to the Western Wall complex and explore the Kotel Tunnels under the Old City
  • Dinner at Lavan in the Jerusalem Cinemateque
  • Overnight: Prima Royale Hotel, Jerusalem [B / D]

Friday, April 1 | Jerusalem

  • Ascend the Mount of Olives straddling the desert and the city
  • Explore co-existence efforts in the Kidron Valley
  • Re-enter the Old City at Jaffa Gate and explore the Armenian, Muslim and Christian Quarters
  • Free time for shopping in the Arab Bazaar
  • Kabbalat Shabbat service followed by dinner at our accommodations
  • Overnight: Prima Royale Hotel, Jerusalem [B / D]

Saturday, April 2 | Shabbat in Jerusalem

  • Relaxed day to explore Jerusalem on your own
  • Lunch included at accommodations
  • Afternoon: Optional tour of Bethlehem
  • Overnight: Prima Royale Hotel, Jerusalem [B / L]

Sunday, April 3 | Modern Jerusalem

  • Yad VaShem Holocaust Complex
  • Picnic-style lunch and processing discussion
  • Travel to Hebron – Visit to the Cave of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs
  • Tour of Ein Karem Village (time permitting)
  • Overnight: Prima Royale Hotel, Jerusalem [B / L]

Monday, April 4 | Along the Coast

  • Depart for the Galilee via the coast
  • Visit Nazareth and the Church of Annunciation
  • Harvesting project for the hungry with project
  • Leket at Moshav Nahalal
  • Mt. of Beatitudes and the Sea of Galilee
  • Dinner included at accommodations
  • Overnight: Haon Guest House, Galilee [B / D]

Tuesday, April 5 | Mystics of the Galilee

  • • Tour of Tsfat – Center of Kabbalistic Judaism
  • Meet a Kabbalastic artist in the Artists’ Quarter
  • Panoramic regional view from Kibbutz Manara
  • Explore the Hula Valley Nature Reserve – Center for migratory birds between Africa and Europe
  • Dinner at Dag El HaDan along the Dan River
  • Overnight: Haon Guest House, Galilee [B / D]

Wednesday, April 6 | Acco & Rosh Hanikrah

  • Travel to the Western Galilee region – Stop en route to view Keshet – natural stone arch
  • Explore Rosh Hanikrah’s ocean caves • Walking tour of the Acco – Ancient Seaport, Templar Tunnels and Bahai Gardens
  • Traditional Druze-style dinner and hospitality in the central Galilee village of Pekiin
  • Overnight: Haon Guest House, Galilee [B / D]

Thursday, April 7 | Masada & Dead Sea

  • Travel down the Jordan Valley to the Dead Sea
  • Floating at the Dead Sea’s Mineral Beach
  • Walking tour Masada mountaintop – Herod’s mountaintop fortress (via the cable cars)
  • Continue south down the Arava Valley
  • Check-in & dinner at kibbutz accommodatiomns
  • Overnight: Kibbutz Ketura, Arava [B / D]

Friday, April 8 | Desert Wanderings

  • The Kassui sand dunes and the Red Canyon Trail
  • Lunch on own at Yotavata dairy farm
  • Guided snorkeling at Coral Beach on the Red Sea
  • Return to accommodations –Dinner on kibbutz
  • Overnight: Kibbutz Ketura, Arava [B / D]

Saturday, April 9 | Desert Ecology

  • Tour of the kibbutz and the Arava Institute – Leader in desert ecology and co-existence
  • Evening: Desert star-gazing and dinner
  • Overnight: Kibbutz Ketura, Arava [B / L / D]

Sunday, April 10 | Ramon Crater & Lakiya

  • Travel north through the Negev Desert to the Ramon Crater – Stop at the Crater Visitor Center
  • Visit the Bedouin town of Lakiya and learn about their weaving collective -- Lunch included
  • Explore the Bell Cave at Beit Guvrin
  • Arrive to the Tel Aviv area - Check-in to accommodations by the beach
  • Rest of day on own to enjoy Tel Aviv
  • Overnight: Basel Hotel, Tel Aviv [B / L]

Monday, April 11 | Exploring Tel Aviv

  • Co-existence walking tour of Jaffa with an educator from Beit Daniel
  • Browse the Nahalat Binyamin street festival and the Carmel Marketplace
  • Reflections at the Rabin Square Memorial
  • Neot Kedumim Biblical Reserve – Group tree planting ceremony and closing dinner
  • Return to Ben Gurion Airport for overnight flights back to the USA [B / D]

Tuesday, April 12 | Farewell!

  • Arrive back in the United States in the morning

Register Now

In order to reserve your place on the program, a $250/person deposit is due with your registration by no later than December 1, 2015 and subject to availability. Your trip deposit is fully refundable up until December 10, 2015.

Download the form (PDF) and register today!