The Israel Travel Course is entitled ‘Israel Travel Course: Religion in Historical and Contemporary Contexts in Israel.’ Students will learn through a 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 and in a special exhibit at the Israel Museum: Crusades at the ruins of a Crusader fortress; Jewish mysticism in 17th century Safed; the Holocaust at Yad Vashem. We will also learn about religious 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, share a traditional Shabbat in Jerusalem, explore a modern kibbutz, visit the Baha’i Temple in Haifa, and observing the meeting of secular and religious life on the beaches of Tel Aviv.

Each trip will be approximately three weeks in length. This will be 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 universities through transfer credits. Each Israel Travel Course will have 17-22 students and the total cost per student is $2500 (USD) land plus $1600 (CAN) airfare.

The next Israel Travel course is scheduled for May 6-26, 2020.

Philanthropic support is required to make the Israel Travel Course a reality and for the program’s long-term sustainability. Your donations would 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 all other administrative costs.

The Israel Travel Course will introduce students to the Israel behind the headlines. By bringing Jews and non-Jews together in a positive encounter in Israel, we hope to help them understand their historical relationship with each other, to appreciate the variety of people who live in Israel, and the ways in which the present and past are intertwined, and to experience the rich cultural diversity of the modern state.