Holy Land Alternative Tour
Palestine & Israel
February 10-21, 2017
Many first-century realities that shaped Jesus’ life and ministry continue to shape the lives of Palestinians and Israelis. In addition to exploring the holy stones – the historic places and sites that have defined the three monotheistic faiths – pilgrims will engage the Living Stones: Jews, Muslims and Christians living in the land.
Led by experienced hosts Jeff & Janet Wright and a professional guide, explore the holy sites of Bethlehem, Jerusalem and Nazareth; visit the divided city of Hebron; hike in the Judean wilderness; commune along the shore of the Sea of Galilee; harvest olive trees at Tent of Nations. Visit Global Ministry partners at Sabeel, B’Tselem, Kairos Palestine, Rawdat el Zahur School, East Jerusalem YW and YMCAs, the Quaker Meeting in Ramallah and more.
Cost will be approximately $1900 per participant; specific amounts will be posted soon.
For more information, you may contact the Wrights directly (email@example.com or 970/217-3065).
Persons who have health problems or trouble walking are discouraged from participating in this tour. The tour is physically demanding and, at times, requires strenuous walks over uneven surfaces. A Tour Tips & Info brochure (info about what to pack, food, money exchange, etc.), along with occasional Tour Updates, will be sent as participants register.
We suggest that you consider purchasing trip insurance. While we don't recommend any particular company, we have found policies around $100/person that provide medical insurance, medical evacuation and trip interruption. Check with your own insurance carrier to discover what may be covered. A good comparative source for the various carriers is www.insuremytrip.com. If you are thinking about purchasing trip insurance, please read the plan's coverage carefully, including provisions for exclusions (such as travel to Palestine), limitations and the length of the period during which you are allowed to enroll after you complete your "In the Footsteps" trip registration.
Introduce yourself to some of the issues we'll be exploring by reading Blood Brothers by Fr. Chacour, I Am a Palestinian Christian by Mitri Raheb, Occupied with Nonviolence: A Palestinian Woman Speaks by Jean Zaru, and/or The General's Son by Mike Peled. Our favorites are Fr. Chacour's and Mike Peled's books. Once your registration is received, regular Tour Updates will be sent.
Experienced tour leaders Jeff & Janet Wright have served as short-term missionaries to Israel/Palestine through the Disciples of Christ/UCC Global Ministries, having traveled there many times. Janet is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Working near Bethlehem, she and colleagues created the first all-Arab training team in EMDR. Janet recently returned from Gaza, where she trained therapists at the Gaza Mental Health Center. Jeff is recently retired as lead pastor of Heart of the Rockies Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Fort Collins, Colorado. For more information, you may contact the Wrights directly (firstname.lastname@example.org or 970/217-3065).
Cancellation conditions: Siraj Center for Holy Land Studies will make every effort to recuperate program payments in the event of cancellation. However, our ability to do so is limited to the following schedule: 30 days prior to arrival, 80% refund of the total program cost; 29-15 days prior to arrival, 70% refund of total program cost; 14-3 days prior to arrival, 50% refund of total program cost; 2 days prior to date of arrival, 30% refund of total program cost; on or after day of arrival, 0% refund of total program cost.