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Mothers of a New Creation:
A Tree of Life Interfaith Journey to Israel and Palestine
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We welcome representatives from all religious traditions to join us, as well as travelers from no particular religious tradition.
Tree of Life Educational Fund will offer its next journey in March of 2019. This journey will have a special focus on the role of women, past and present, in their struggle to give birth to a New Creation. The Land of Canaan, sometimes called the "Holy Land" or the "Land of Promise", is a place replete with the sacred stories of women who by their love, courage, resilience and determination endeavor to make their communities a place where all God’s children could learn to live together in peace.
The voice of Rachel weeping for her children can be heard in the lamentations of Palestinian and Israeli mothers who have lost their children in the violence. In organizations such as Women in Black, in those Israeli women who, despite being ostracized by members of their own families, courageously keep vigil at checkpoints in solidarity with Palestinians and their quest for human rights, we will be reminded of how Naomi said to Ruth, “Your people shall be my people.”
The dignity of Hagar can be seen in Bedouin women who in weaving beautiful carpets also weave a new and better future for their children. They have opened a school in Hagar’s name where Palestinian and Israeli children can learn together.
We will see the face of Mary, the mother of Jesus, in those who everyday “magnify” God’s love in the love and compassion for those victimized by a brutal occupation. In Nabi Saleh, in the home of 17 year old Ahed Tamimi, we will be reminded of a young woman from Magdala who refused to be intimidated by those in power.
In Nablus, we will be reminded of a Samaritan woman who offered a cool drink to Jesus, a Jew, and in that hospitality reminded us of how crossing boundaries and comfort zones and transcending stereotypes can help to build a new and better future for us all.
ln traditional Palestinian Dabke Dances, singers and ancient instruments such as the oud, we will remember the spirit of Miriam who with her tambourine and dance helped to keep alive the hopes and dreams of her people.
This journey will be led by 2 remarkable women, Ghoufran Allababidi, President of Tree of Life Educational Fund and Mary Tomassetti, Executive Director of Tree of Life. Serving as chaplains for the journey will be Colleen Keyes, former Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs at Zaytuna College and Muslim leader in the interfaith community and Laura Fitzpatrick Nager, Senior Associate Minister of The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, CT.
Although this journey will have a special focus on the role of women from biblical times to the present; all — men and women — are welcome!
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March 12-23, 2016
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Palestine/Israel Itinerary Only
$2800 per person and reduced to $2,250 for students
Single occupancy supplement for Palestine/Israel – $400
$900 per person
Single occupancy supplement for Jordan – $200
Cost includes accommodations, ground expenses in Israel and Palestine, most meals and some tips.
Airfare is not included in the Journey cost.
For further information please contact Ann Perry at email@example.com