Alumni & Friends Programs
An Ignatian Journey to the Holy Land: Historical, Cultural, and Interfaith Perspectives
The state of Israel and the Palestinian Territories often dominate the news, but few in the West understand the story as told by Jews and Arabs living in the land itself. In this pilgrimage we seek to put a human face on the conflicts many face in this fraught region.
Through visits to archaeological sites and holy places in Israel and Palestine, and through listening to Christian, Jewish, and Muslim residents, participants will learn not only about the past but interfaith and intercultural life today, the sources of conflict, and the strategies by which distinct peoples seek to survive.
We'll visit key sites in the Galilee, West Bank, and Jerusalem. We'll workshop in a Palestinian Church and in an Orthodox Jewish synagogue, and meet with Islamic, Jewish, and Christian leaders. We'll reflect as a group on each days' adventures. Ignatius's own pilgrimage to the Holy Land is an important part of the Ignatian spiritual heritage, and will be an emphasis of our journey.
A four-session webinar will be offered on March 1, 15, 29, and April 12, with reading assignments to meet your leaders and fellow travelers, become oriented, and prepare for all that we will see, hear, and experience.
Leaders for the journey are the Rev. Dr. Patricia Tull, the Rev. Dr. Sarah Melcher, and the Rev. Dr. Kristine Suna-Koro.
Trip cost is $3,345, and includes:
- 13 nights lodging, double occupancy
- breakfast and dinner every day; 10 lunches
- all ground transportation and guiding
- entrance fees, lecture fees, porterage fees, and tips
- travel insurance (for optional additional coverage, click here)
Please note: Airfare is not included. The journey begins at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv on May 16, and concludes with return transfer to airport on May 29. You will receive guidelines for purchasing plane tickets by late February. Please do not purchase tickets until the program is confirmed.
A deposit of $500 by February 10 confirms your registration. Final, nonrefundable payment is due April 2.
Passport must be current and valid through November 29, 2017. Please begin any needed passport procurement upon registration for the trip.
Here are important links:
- Download Itinerary
- Find Vital Information
- Meet the Tour Leaders
- Read Comments from Previous Participants
- Download Program Flyer
- See Mejdi Travel Agency Website
- Learn about the Pre-Trip Webinar Meetings and Readings
- Read about Included and Optional Travel Insurance