Israel Seminar Programs
Program Models - Customized to the Interests and Concerns of Each Group

This program focused on faith, place, and conflict, designed for graduate students who would be teaching a course on this topic.  They met with Jews, Christians and Muslims who can be described as moderates and extremists, including Jewish settlers and Palestinian activists.

Day 1 -  Holy Sites in the Old City of Jerusalem

  • 9:30 Church services (St. George’s Cathedral); 
  • Excursion: Holy Places and Controversy– Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Western Wall, Temple Mount / Haram al Sharif, Mount Zion – discussion with Marcie and professors
  • Evening: Process over dinner

Day 2 -  Whose Jerusalem?

  • 9:00 Conversation with a local Christian author: Being Christian in Jerusalem (Ecce Homo)
  • 12:00 Lunch and conversation with Israeli Jewish writer
  • Excursion to East Jerusalem (including Silwan) led by a local Palestinian guide
  • Text study – Jerusalem: Intersections of Holiness(Marcie)

Day 3 

  • Text Study: Ramadan– Muslim professor
  • Meet with a representative of the Waqf on the politics of the Temple Mount / Haram al Sharif
  • Excursion: Bethlehem (Dar al-Kalima University College): 12:00 Lecture / Discussion: Christian Palestinian Experience– Dr. Mitri Raheb
  • Evening – Israel Memorial Day Ceremony

Day 4 -  War, Occupation, Settlements

  • 8:00 departure from Damascus Gate
  • 9:00 Lecture/Discussion about settlements with resident of Efrat 
  • Excursion to Hebron (Old City, Jewish museum, Tomb of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs/Ibrahimi Mosque for noon prayer (around 1 pm), Palestinian women’s craft cooperative, Palestinian non-violent resistance group) – led by local Palestinian community leader.
  • Late afternoon: time to rest and process at a local home. 
  • Iftar with local Muslim organization

Day 5 - Palestinian Citizens of Israel and West Bank Palestinians

  • 9:30 Lecture/Discussion: Palestinian Citizens of Israel– Dr. Mohammad Darawshe
  • 5 pm departure from Damascus Gate
  • Iftar in Dura (near Hebron) at the home of Palestinian peace activist

Day 6 -  The Land

  • 8:00 am: Meet with the Very Reverend Hosam Naoum, Dean of St. George’s Cathedral
  • 9:00 am: Hike in Judean Hills with a local scholar; Text study in situ
  • Kabbalat Shabbat service at Jerusalem synagogue
  • Shabbat dinner at a Jewish home

Day 7

  • Excursion:Old Traditions New City: Walking tour of west Jerusalem 
  • Shabbat lunch at a local Jewish home
  • Closing discussion, reflections, dinner at Marcie’s home