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Abraham's Children Listening Tour, June 14-28, 2014

Conference Start Date: 
Saturday, June 14, 2014 to Saturday, June 28, 2014
Abraham's Tours focus on listening.
Abraham's Tours focus on listening.
Inter-religious dialogue
Inter-religious dialogue is a central part of our mission.

Abraham’s Children in Contemporary Israel and Palestine
A two-week listening tour, June 14-28, 2014


TRIP BROCHURE (pdf file)
TRIP FLYER (pdf file)


Tour participants will listen to a diverse array of Israeli Jews tell their stories, and then Christian and Muslim Palestinians, and finally the Samaritans, Druze, and Bahá’í. Participants will explore how the followers of the six religions of Palestine and Israel live in a land where ethnic and religious preference is state-sanctioned.

Trip Highlights
*Overnight stays in Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth, Ramallah and Haifa
*The most geographically far reaching of any tour in Palestine and Israel
*The most religiously inclusive of any tour in Israel and Palestine
*Visit with groups like Sabeel Christian Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center, The Christian Peacemakers, Rabbis for Human Rights, Bethlehem University, the Druze social service organization Golan for Development, and Adalah—the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel.
*Visit with rabbis, imams, priests, pastors, settlers, and refugees. Listen to people like Jeff Halper of ICAHD, Jean Zaru of the Ramallah Friends, Sufi Sheikh Ghassen Manasra, Samaritan Priest Abu Wisam, and an official of the Palestinian Authority.
*Explore places such as refugee camps, settlements, the Seraj Children’s Libraries, Masada, the Dead Sea, the Dome of the Rock, the Western Wall, the Bahá’í Gardens, the Holocaust museum, the Old City and market of Nablus, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, and the mosques of Omar and of Ibrahim.


Tour Leaders
Dr. Paul Parker is a professor and the chairperson of the Department of Religious Studies at Elmhurst College where he teaches courses on Christian Social Ethics, World Religions, and Religion in America. He has led this specific tour twice previously and has experience leading adult tours and student courses in India, Turkey, Jordan, Israel, and Palestine.
Dr. Linda Kateeb is a literacy consultant with the Chicago Public Schools and facilitator for the Chicago Area Writing Project at University of Illinois. The daughter of Palestinian Muslim parents, she has participated in a variety of travel-study groups, including 4 trips to Palestine and Israel.
Both are pleased to serve as volunteer tour leaders through the Siraj Center for Holy Land Study, Beit Sahour.


Cost Summary
Total cost is $2500. This includes hotels; two meals/day; a licensed tour guide; entrance fees; and ground transportation. This price does not include airfare, personal expenses, or travel insurance. Prices are based on double occupancy or $550 additional for a single room. Prices are based on a minimum of 16 travelers, and subject to change should circumstances arise beyond the organizer’s control. Travelers are to arrange their own flights and must have a passport valid six months beyond the date of reentry into the US. Paul and Pauline will assist in coordinating flights to and from Israel/Palestine. A deposit of $500 is required by March 14, 2014.

More Information? Please contact:
Paul: (630) 617-3559 or paulp@elmhurst.edu
Linda: (708) 207-6272 or lkateeb1@gmail.com