Trip Itinerary

The staff, before their trip, in front of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
The staff, before their trip, in front of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

The staff in Bethlehem’s Manger Square, outside the Church of the Nativity.




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Wednesday March 9
Depart JFK 4:45PM and arrive Istanbul at 9:25AM Mar 10
Connect Thurs. Mar. 10 leaving Istanbul at 12:15 PM and

Thursday March 10
2:15 p.m. Arrive Tel Aviv
4:30 p.m. Arrive Jerusalem; panoramic view of the city
7:00 Dinner at hotel
O/N: Abraham Hostel, Jerusalem

Friday March 11
8:30 Religious Jerusalem, Part 1: Major sites of Judaism and Christianity (Old City)
3:00 p.m. Free time / preparation for Shabbat
5:00 Departure for Ades (Syrian) synagogue (candle-lighting 5:03)
7:00 Shabbat dinner in synagogue (Mizrahi menu)
O/N: Abraham Hostel, Jerusalem

Saturday March 12
Free morning
2:00 p.m. Walking tour
5:15 Debriefing with Gershom Gorenberg and Ophir Yarden
6:30 Havdalah and brief conversation with Ron Kronish Interreligious Relations in Israel
O/N: Abraham Hostel, Jerusalem

Sunday March 13
7:30 Depart for Religious Jerusalem Part 2:
8:00 – 9:30 Islam, Visit Haram-al-Sharif
10:00 Travel north
12:00 Religious Zionism, Rabbi David Bigman, Ma’aleh Gilboa
2:00 p.m. *Lunch in Bet Shean
3:30 – 5:00 Beatitudes and/or other Christian site(s) on Sea of Galilee
7:00 Dinner at hotel
O/N: Restal Hotel, Tiberias

Monday March 14
8:00 Departure
8:45 Nazareth: Church of the Annunciation
9:45 – 11:30 Christian – Muslim relations: Meeting with Muslim and Christian
*Lunch en route
1:30 p.m. Safed, city of Jewish mysticism
4:00 – 5:00 Meron: Tomb of Shim’on Bar Yokhai
5:45 Introduction to the Druze, Sheikh Jamal Khatib
7:00 Druze dinner
9:00 Return to Tiberias
O/N: Restal Hotel, Tiberias

Tuesday March 15
8:00 Depart Tiberias
9:15 Haifa: Bahai shrine
11:00 Coexistence Walk with Bet Hagefen
2:00 p.m. Travel to Jerusalem
4:30 Meet Qadi Iyad Zahalka of Haifa Shari’a court
6:00 Travel to Bethlehem
O/N: Shepherd Hotel, Bethlehem

Wednesday March 16
9:00 Hebron (with Breaking the Silence)
3:30 p.m. Ezion Bloc AV presentation
Eve Kairos Palestine, Fr. Jamal Khader
O/N: Shepherd Hotel, Bethlehem

Thursday March 17
8:30 Church of the Nativity, Toine van Teeffelen
9:15 Free time in Bethlehem
10:30 Return to Jerusalem
11:30 *Lunch
12:15 p.m. Yad Vashem (A. Holocaust & Israeli Society; B. Historical Museum @ 13:30)
3:45 Walk to Mt. Herzl
4:00 – 5:30 Civil Religion of Israel, Mt. Herzl
Public bus back to city center
O/N: Abraham Hostel, Jerusalem

Friday March 18
9:00
11:00 – 13:00 Mea Shearim, Rabbi Avraham Greenbaum
Rest of day free for reporting
7:00 Shabbat dinner at hotel
Eve Attend tisch
O/N: Abraham Hostel, Jerusalem

Saturday March 19 (Eve of Purim outside Jerusalem; Eve of Purim in Jerusalem)
Free day for reporting

O/N: Abraham Hostel, Jerusalem

Sunday March 20 Purim—outside Jerusalem
9:00 Depart for Holon for ad lo yada
2:30 p.m. S’udat Purim / program final festive lunch
5:00 Arrive back in Jerusalem
O/N: Abraham Hostel, Jerusalem

Monday March 21 (Purim — in Jerusalem)
Depart Tel Aviv at 6:15AM and arrive Istanbul at 8:35AM
connect Mon. March 21 leaving Istanbul at 10:50AM and arrive JFK at 3:45PM same day Mon.3/21