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Answering the urgent call from Palestinian Christians 
~ in Kairos Palestine:  A Moment of Truth ~ for effective action to end the Israeli occupation and achieve a just peace in the Holy Land.

January 9–19, 2016 

Led by:

Rev. Dr. Steve Jungkeit, Senior Minister of the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, Connecticut
Dr. Reza Mansoor, President of the Islamic Association of Greater Hartford
Dr. Bob Gelbach, Chair of the New Haven chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace

Jiries Atrash, Tree of Life Coordinator for Israel Palestine 

A Three-Fold Cord is Not Easily Broken:
A Tree of Life Interfaith Journey to Israel and Palestine 


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The tentative itinerary features workshops with Muslim clergy, Palestinian Christian clergy, and a Jewish Rabbi, visits to Al-Aqsa and to Silwan in East Jerusalem, the Jenin refugee camp and Jenin Freedom Theater, the Sea of Galilee, Lake Tiberias and the Mount of Beatitudes for the afternoon services, a visit to the Golan Heights and much more. See below to download the itinerary.

Spain extension: There is an optional extension trip to the Andalusia region of Spain, an opportunity to explore the gifts that Islam provided to European culture.  It is also a chance to learn about a region in which the Abrahamic faiths managed to forge powerful alliances for hundreds of years.  The extension will take place prior to our time in Israel and Palestine, from January 4-9th.

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2016 Journey Overview

Tentative Journey Itinerary

Tentative Spain Extension Itinerary

Tree of Life Journey Application (Word doc) – find it at the Tree of Life website page for this trip: 

Cost - $2,500 WITHOUT AIRFARE. This includes ground transportation, lodging, breakfasts, dinners, and few lunches, dinner with host families at a restaurant on Sunday night, speaker fees, and most tips.  Payments may be made by mail or online.

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