April 2015 Interfaith Partners for Peace Mission

Final Day

              We started the day with an early morning drive to Bethlehem, which is over the Green Line.  There we visited the Church of the Nativity, the traditional birthplace of Jesus—and members of our group engaged in a study session examining the range of importance that particular sites have in religious communities. Next, we stopped at
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Old City, New Hope

                  After a walking tour of the old city and a Havdallah service, we had a wonderful dinner at T’mol Shilshom, an adorable bookstore/cafe/performance space. There we had an intimate conversation with Yossi Klein Halevi, a scholar and author who wowed us with his frank and erudite reflections on the Arab-Israeli conflict, including the sobering but
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Tabgha, Capernaum, and the Church of the Annunciation

Wednesday was chock full, including Tabgha, the site that is traditionally believed by Christians to be where Jesus multiplied five loaves and two fishes to feed multitudes. We also visited Capernaum. There we studied together in a 4th Century synagogue built over what is believed to be a 1st Century synagogue, next to a church built over what
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First Full Day of the Trip

After arriving and getting to know each other over a feast at Goshen last night, we engaged in a fascinating session of talmudic study with former MK Ruth Calderon. As in Talmud, all narratives are complicated. There is not a single truth. We then met with current MK and former Ambassador Michael Oren, who discussed
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Traveling to Israel/the West Bank

We will be traveling with a multifaith group of Interfaith Partners for Peace soon. Please visit this blog frequently for news of our work on the mission, and photos. 
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