“I have been privileged to travel to Israel more than thirty times, ranging from 1-2-week tours for leadership groups (students, academics, clergy and community leaders) to intensive study abroad programs of 6-10 months duration. I enjoy introducing graduate and undergraduate students to the Israel I know and love, with its multi-faceted tapestry of ethnic, cultural and religious identities. I’m especially excited to serve as an instructor for the upcoming AJRCA/LMU seminar in Israel, and I look forward to our group bonding in what promises to be an unforgettable experience in Israel.”
I am looking forward to seeing more of the country, I have been to Israel on previous trips but they have all been for a specific learning program which has kept me in Jerusalem with few exceptions. This trip will not only give me an opportunity to visit places that I have yet to visit but it also provides a unique opportunity to visit as see these ancient sites with a group of interfaith students. I am looking forward to the interaction with students that do not share my faith but share my love for the land and being led through this journey with a Rabbi and a Priest.
I signed up for this trip to get exposed to the many facets of Israel and to observe the many diverse ways that Jews live a Jewish life.
The AJRCA study tour will be held in association with “Faith and Literature in the Holy Land,” a biennial tour of Israel sponsored by LMU’s Jewish Studies Program. Participants include LMU students, faculty members and community supporters. The LMU tour is led by Prof. Holli Levitsky, Prof. of English and Chair of the Jewish Studies Program, and joined by Fr. Alexei Smith, Director of the Office of Interreligious and Ecumenical Affairs of the L.A. Archdiocese, and Prof. Victoria Aarons of Trinity University, San Antonio.
Some Highlights of the Trip Include:
- 13-nights in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Arad, and on a kibbutz in the Galilee
Tours of Tel Aviv, Jaffa, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Tiberias, Safed, Nazareth and Haifa
Visits to Jewish, Christian and Muslim sites, including the Kotel, Jerusalem’s Jewish Quarter, Masada, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Mount of Olives, Capernaum, Bahai Gardens, Ahmadiyya Muslim community (Haifa), Caesarea, Church of the Nativity
Guided tours of Rabin Square, Yad Vashem, Machaneh Yehudah, Tower of David Museum, Israel Museum, Save a Child’s Heart
Shabbat services in Jerusalem
- Shabbat home hospitality in Jerusalem, dinner on a Bedouin ranch, a Druze dinner feast, and a gala farewell dinner
Study sessions on modern Israeli literature, including S.Y. Agnon and Yehudah Amichai, led by Prof. Holli Levitsky and Prof. Victoria Aarons.
Interfaith study of beliefs and practices of the three Abrahamic faith traditions led by Rabbi Mark Diamond and Fr. Alexei Smith