Interfaith pilgrimage of possibility

Dear Congregation Beth Israel members and friends,

I’m writing to share with you word of an amazing trip to Israel which will be taking place next spring.

From March 3 – 14, 2013, Rabbis Victor and Nadya Gross (of congregation Pardes Levavot in Boulder, Colorado; both are among my teachers from rabbinic school) will lead a retreat in Israel designed to help participants imagine the possibilities which exist between Jews, Muslims and Christians in the Holy Land. This pilgrimage will bring together people of different faiths and backgrounds in an exploration of the sacred sites and rituals of each faith.

Included in the experience will be a Shabbat in Jerusalem, the celebration of a Eucharist Mass in the historic Synagogue Church, and the breaking of bread at the home of a local Palestinian. Additionally, there will be visits to various Israeli and Palestinian communities who are actively committed to educating children in order to grow the next generation who will be able to work toward a new and better tomorrow.

Rabbi Nadya and Rabbi Victor will co-lead the trip along with the Reverend Dr. Gwynne Guibord, Imam Jihad Turk, and Shepha Shneirsohn Vainstein.

For more on this trip, you can email or call her at 1-818-219-4698. Information, applications and the retreat itinerary can also be found at Interfaith Pilgrimage For Possibility.

This is a wonderful opportunity to experience Israel in a unique and powerful way. If you’re interested in the trip and want to talk with me about it, please don’t hesitate to reach out! I’m not able to go, but I would be delighted for CBI folks to take part.

Blessings to all,

Reb Rachel


One response to “Interfaith pilgrimage of possibility

  1. This is so interesting! It must be a part of the series that my Deans from Seminary are going to! Several of the students from my year are going, along with many others. It’s an incredible thing to be doing, and I so wish I could go. :)

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