Carleton University’s College of the Humanities and the Max and Tessie Zelikovitz Centre for Jewish Studies are planning the THIRD Study Israel course for Spring 2020. A unique learning opportunity for students, the Israel Travel Course will give students meaningful learning experiences in Israel. Your support makes this course possible for students unable to afford the entire cost of the trip. Your support gives these students the learning opportunity of a life-time.

The Background

The Israel Travel Course, entitled Religion in Historical and Contemporary Contexts in the ‘Holyland’ is a 3-week geographical exploration of famous sites all over Israel: biblical Israel. at the Temple Mount; origins of Christianity out of Judaism in the Galilee and in Jerusalem; Second Temple Judaism at Qumran and Masada; Rabbinic Judaism in ancient synagogues; Crusades at the ruins of a Crusader fortress; Jewish mysticism in 17th century Safed; the Holocaust at Yad Vashem. Students will also experience the religious and cultural diversity in Israel by hearing from Women of the Wall, learning with local Arab, Jewish and Christian university students, spending time with Druze and Black Jews, sharing a traditional Shabbat, exploring a modern kibbutz, visiting the Baha’i Temple in Haifa, and observing the meeting of secular and religious life on the beaches of Tel Aviv.

This is a for-credit course, open to third-year undergraduate students and MA students from all religious backgrounds and in any academic program. It is also open to auditors and students at other university through transfer credits

The Israel Travel Course introduces students to the Israel behind the headlines. The positive encounter Jews and non-Jews experience together while in Israel helps them understand their historical relationship with each other. It also helps the students to appreciate the variety of people who live in Israel, and the ways in which the present and past are intertwined.

The Rollout

Philanthropic support is required to make the Israel Travel Course a reality for all students seeking this life-changing experience. Your donations will help alleviate the costs that are naturally incurred for an opportunity of this nature such as travel costs to and in Israel, pre-and post-departure activities in Canada, and other attendant costs.

Your donation will do the following:

$18 pays for a Falafel lunch after touring the tunnels under the Temple Mount or for one student to experience sifting Temple Mount rubble looking for archaeological treasures;

$36 pays for one entrance fee to Hezekiah’s tunnel or for 5 students to explore Masada;

$54 gains entrance for 18 students to visit the Pools of Bethesda where Jesus walked;

$72 pays for the entrance fee for 7 students at the Israel Museum where students can walk through synagogues from all over the world -including one transported complete from Suriname with sand on the floor;

$144 pays for 9 students to enjoy sulfur springs and slather themselves with mud at the Dead Sea;

$216 pays for 18 students to visit the Islam Museum;

$3600 lowers the cost of the trip for 18 students by $200 each;

$6012 gives one student their most cherished memory of learning at Carleton University;

The Impact

Your support will provide students with a life-changing educational experience. The Israel Travel Course is a transformative opportunity for donors. It will

  • Be unique in Canada;
  • See students bringing their knowledge of and enthusiasm for Israel back to Canada;
  • Introduce non-Jewish students to Judaism and Israel;
  • Give Jewish students the opportunity to see Israel with new eyes, gaining greater understanding of their personal relationship to Israel;
  • Use media, advertising and social media to bring public visibility to the history and contemporary culture of Israel;
  • Strengthen ties between Carleton University and Tel Aviv University, Ben Gurion University and Hebrew University.

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