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Our trip to Palestine/Israel is guaranteed be a unique experience that will provide visitors with an opportunity to see places and meet people not generally included in the usual tourism offerings to the Holy Land.  This fall’s journey to Palestine and Israel will take place between October 17 and 27, 2017. One of our major activities we will be picking olives on a beautiful farm near Bethlehem. We will also be traveling throughout Palestine and Israel to visit many religious and historic sites as well as important environmental spots of vital importance in the region.

We will depart from New York to Tel Aviv on October 17th, arrive the next day then travel to Nazareth to visit the Basilica of the Annunciation; Mary’s Well and walk in the Old City. Other sites we intend to visit include the Sea of Galilee, Lake Tiberius, Mount of Beatitudes, Church of the Loaves and Fishes ,Capernaum , the Golan Heights.

We will go to the ancient city of Jericho, the Jordan River and the baptism site. In Jericho, we will visit Hisham’s Palace and the Mount of Temptation. In Jerusalem we will see the Church of Resurrection, Al-Aqsa Mosque, the Wailing Wall and take a ramparts walk along the Walls surrounding Jerusalem for a bird’s eye view of the Old City.

There many other things, walks, markets and historic sites, to see and do in Jerusalem. In Bethlehem we will visit the Church of Nativity and the Shepherd’s Field 2017 Environmental Program. As part of our environmental program, we will learn about the Jordan River Rehabilitation Project; the reason sinkholes are appearing in the Dead Sea and about the Red-Dead Project. We’ll take time to swim in the Dead Sea and explore the Dead Sea Desert and the Bedouin community that has resided there for centuries. Bring your work clothes because we will be picking olives at Sami Abed's Farm outside of Bethlehem. Sami, whose farm is surrounded by Israeli settlements, will help us understand how operating a farm and caring for life-giving land are acts of non-violent resistance.  Evenings will be spent in the Bethlehem where we will hear from Palestinian water, land and environmental experts.

This journey to Palestine and Israel will be led by Dr. Shanon Sterringer and Jiries Atrash.

Dr. Sterringer is the founder and Executive Director of The HILDEGARDEN www.thehildegarden.org a non-profit holistic spiritual center in Northeast Ohio.  She earned her Ph.D. in 2016 at Union Institute & University (Cincinnati, Ohio) and wrote on the topic of ethical and creative leadership using the example of St. Hildegard of Bingen. Her dissertation was the recipient of the 2016 Marvin B. Sussman Dissertation Award.  In 2012 she earned a D.Min and in 2007 a MA in Theology, both at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Seminary and Graduate School of Theology (Cleveland, Ohio). Simultaneously with her studies at the seminary she completed a 2nd MA in Ministry in 2011 at Ursuline College (Pepperpike, Ohio) where she has served on the faculty as an adjunct professor of religious studies.  She was certified as a Cleveland Diocesan Roman Catholic Lay Ecclesial Minister in 2011.   


Journey to Palestine, Israel, Golan Heights & Bedouin Communities 0ctober 17th to 27th , 2017(10 days, 9 nights)

Jiries Atrash born and raised in the West Bank town of Beit Sahour until he  left for Spain to attend university. He later earned a B.A. in Political Science and a Masters degree in Economics from the University of Denver in Colorado. Jiries taught Economics at the University of Bethlehem from 1977-1981. Jiries has dedicated his adult life to raising awareness about the plight of Palestinians living under Israeli occupation. As a Christian Palestinian, he has focused on the problems facing the Christian community in the Holy Land. For the past 12 years, Jiries has organized annual trips for Americans to visit Israel/Palestine in order to raise awareness and to encourage people to support a peaceful solution.

Prices
3 night – Rimonim Hotel, Nazareth  6 nights – Paradise Hotel, Bethlehem
$1495 double room       $1895 single room

These prices include: Half-board, breakfast, dinner; all taxes, tips for hotels and Bus transportation throughout trip, Speakers  fees, all entrance fees .

Not included in price:
All drinks and other personal expenses;  tips for the bus driver.$ 30 per person for the trip.
Airfare is not included. We can arrange for your roundtrip airfare from New York to Tel Aviv,  for less than $800.