Sunday, September 15, 2013

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Italy: Since 2011, many cities in Italy have introduced an Overnight Accommodation Tax, such as Rome, Florence, Venice, Montecatini Terme, the Mestre area, and many others. The tax amount changes from city to city and depends on the number of stars of the hotel. The fee applies to everyone, even where agreements stipulate the exemption from payment of hotel bills (for example: group guides, tourist coach drivers, etc.). Please note that the tax cannot be included in the invoice and must be paid directly at the hotel reception.
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Interfaith 2014 Schedule

Interfaith Journey to the Land of the Bible Co-led by:
Rabbi Stanley Davids and Father Thomasz Borkowski February 9-19, 2014

Day 1: Sunday, February 9
Depart Boston on your flight to Israel.

Day 2: Monday, February 10
Overnight: Flight
Arrival at Israel
Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport. After airport formalities, drive through Tel Aviv - the city that never sleeps. View historic landmarks of both modern and Biblical times. First stop visit the Independence Hall, site of the 1948 signing of Israel’s Declaration of Independence. Pause for a moment of reflection at Rabin Square. Proceed to Old Jaffa to see the old port of Jaffa. St. Peter’s Church and the House of Simon the Tanner. Check in at your hotel and relax.
Enjoy a welcome dinner with your tour guide. Discuss your expectations from the tour.
Overnight: Tel Aviv

Day 3: Tuesday, February 11 Along the Coastline
After Breakfast, drive along the coastline to visit Caesarea, where we view the amazing Roman ruin including the Roman Theater and Aqueduct. Continue to Haifa and see the beautiful view of the Bahai Gardens from atop Mt. Carmel. Visit “Af Al Pi Chen”, the naval museum of the illegal immigration to Israel at the time of the British mandate. Proceed to Nazareth, the Virgin Mary’s home village, the Church of Annunciation and Mary’s well. Pass Cana where Jesus performed the miracle of changing water into wine and Mt. Tabor, the site of the transfiguration. Check in at our kibbutz in the Galilee. Enjoy dinner and learn about the Kibbutz; its philosophy, history and changes in the modern Kibbutz. Overnight: Galilee

Day 4: Wednesday, February 12 Around the Sea of Galilee
After breakfast, visit the Ancient Boat Museum. Take a boat ride to the ancient site of Capernaum. Archaeological excavations have revealed two ancient synagogues built one over the other. A church near Capernaum is said to be the home, where Jesus lived as a boy and started to preach. Continue to the Mt. of Beatitudes where the miracle of the loaves and fishes took place. Celebrate Mass on the hillside overlooking the Sea of Galilee. In Tabgha, visit the Church of Multiplication and view the intricate ancient mosaics. Visit the Baptismal site at the Jordan River. Return to our kibbutz for dinner.
Discussion group- discuss today’s tour- from the ancient Synagogue of Capernaum- to Christianity Overnight: Galilee
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Day 5: Thursday, February 13 Safed & the Golan Heights
This morning drive to the Golan. Visit Safed, the center of Kabbalah study and practice, where we visit the Ha’ari & Caro Synagogues and have time to shop among the many artist studios and galleries. Continue to see the Banias Springs, the source of the Jordan River. Proceed up to the Golan Heights, passing old Syrian bunkers along the way. View Syria from atop Har Bental and discuss Israel security today and the strategy of the Golan. Overnight: Galilee

Day 6: Friday, February 14 Arrive at the Holy City of Jerusalem
Depart the north and stop to see the intricate mosaics of Beit Alpha. Drive along the Jordan Valley; stop to see the border fence and learn about the political issues that it creates. Upon arrival to Jerusalem, stand on the Mount of Olives where Jesus stood as he wept over Jerusalem. Pray the traditional “Shechyanu” blessing overlooking the city of Jerusalem. Arrive at your hotel for check- in. Tonight we welcome the Jewish Sabbath, with the people of Jerusalem at the Western Wall before enjoying Shabbat dinner at our hotel. Overnight: Jerusalem

Day 7: Saturday, February 15 Celebrate Shabbat in Jerusalem
This morning we attend Shabbat service at Hebrew Union College. Enjoy Shabbat Lunch at Beit Shmuel. Next, take a tour of Jerusalem's Old City, where you will walk through the Jewish Quarter and continue down to the Western Wall and Temple Mount area. On the Via Dolorosa we note the Stations of the Cross as we walk through the colorful bazaars, ending at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Leave the Old City and continue to Mount Zion to see King David's Tomb the Upper Room: the site of the Last Supper, and Dormition Abbey, the site commemorating the death of the Virgin Mary. Celebrate Havdala at Yemin Moshe. Overnight: Jerusalem

Day 8: Sunday, February 16 Celebrate Mass in Bethehem & the New City of Jerusalem
Drive to Bethlehem where you will pass by Rachel’s Tomb and stop at the Church of Nativity and celebrate Sunday Mass. See Sheppard’s Fields as you return to Jerusalem. Visit the Yad Lakashish workshop where you will meet the elderly working on different projects. Next, visit Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Memorial. Continue to Ein Kerem, a pastoral village on the outskirts of Jerusalem, and the birthplace of John the Baptist. End the day at the Garden of Gesthemane and the Church of the Agony, said to enshrine a part of the bedrock where Jesus prayed before his arrest. Overnight: Jerusalem
Day 9: Monday, February 17 Masada & the Dead Sea

Early morning departure to Masada; ascend King Herod’s fortress and castle atop Masada by cable car. Visit the remains of the walls, palaces, synagogue and the bathhouses, learning about the Jewish Zealot’s last stand against the Roman forces. Next, hike to the waterfall at the desert Oasis of Ein Gedi. End the day floating in the healing salty waters of the Dead Sea. Drive to Tel Aviv, check in at the hotel and enjoy dinner. Overnight: Tel Aviv
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Day 10: Tuesday, February 18 Modern Israel
After breakfast, visit Wolfson Hospital in Holon where you will learn about the “Save a Child’s Heart” foundation. Visit Mini Israel and the Tank Museum. End the day at Neot Kedumim, where you will plant a tree to symbolize your connection to the Land of the Bible. Farewell dinner will take place at a local restaurant. Overnight: Tel Aviv

Day 11: Wednesday, February 19
Transfer to the airport for your flight back home arriving the same day. Hotels (as detailed below or similar level)
Back Home


1. Grand Beach
Tel Aviv

 Kibbutz Guest House

3. King Solomon

Air: Round trip with UNITED AIRLINES - depart BOSTON on Sunday February 9th Return from Tel Aviv on February 19st
UA1065Q UA 84Q UA 85Q UA 994Q
Package Includes
1029A 1213P
355P 920A 10FEB 1120A 440P
800P 922P
 Round trip flights Boston, including current airport taxes (subject to change by the airline)
 Meeting and assistance on arrival by our local representatives
 Escorted group transfers on arrival and departure
 Portage at airport & hotels of 1 piece of luggage per person
 Touring & sightseeing as per program
 Government licensed English speaking tour guide
 Air-conditioned coach
 Entrance fees to sites per itinerary
 9 nights’ accommodations at the above-mentioned hotels or similar
 Daily breakfast & dinner at hotels. Farewell dinner on last night in a local restaurant in
Tel Aviv
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Not Included
 Expenses of a personal nature
 Increase in airport taxes and fuel surcharge (Currently: $622 per person)
 Change of airfare for people arriving from different gate cities
 Tips to drivers, guides, hotel staff to any of the tour participants (paying or free)
 Any airline charges for checked baggage are to be paid directly to the airline at check in
 Any item/service that is not mentioned as “Included”
 Travel Insurance is recommended (available for purchase through our office)
Dina Aharon


AN INTERFAITH JOURNEY TO ISRAEL AND THE HOLY LAND” By Rabbi Seth L. Bernstein and Father Tomasz Borkowski


As a result of a local Jewish woman, Barbara Kupfer, meeting a Catholic travel agent, Dick Duffy, twenty-three Jews and Catholics from California, Maryland, and mostly Central Massachusetts traveled to Israel and viewed Jewish and Christian sites throughout the Holy Land from March 7-16. One of the co-leaders of the trip was Father Tomasz Borkowski, Chaplain at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and temporary resident at St. Rosa of Lima in Northborough where he is a full-time doctoral student at Boston College. The other co-leader of the group was Rabbi Seth L. Bernstein of Temple Sinai in Worcester who is also the Jewish Chaplain at UMASS-Memorial Hospital.
With Carol Ann Bernheim as the local guide, the group visited forty religious sites and 12 cities throughout Israel, including the town of Bethlehem in the Palestinian Authority. The trip covered the land of Israel from the Golan heights and the Galilee in the North, to Masada in the South, from the Dead Sea in the East to the Mediterranean Sea in the West. They traveled the 14 stations along the Via Delarosa in Jerusalem including the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Gethsemane, and the Mt. of Olives. The group attended Kabbalat Shabbat (Welcoming the Sabbath festivities) on Friday evening with prayers and dancing at the Western Wall. They celebrated Mass in Capernum on Sunday morning at the Church of St. Peter above the site of the house of Peter’s mother- in-law where Jesus visited and spent the night. Next door to the church is a fourth century C.E. Byzantine era synagogue built upon the remains of a synagogue from the time of Jesus.
The group visited a number of museums: the Museum of the Diaspora, Yad Vashem—the memorial to the six million Jews who died in the Holocaust,--and the sites at the ancient port of Caesarea that flourished before, during, and after the time of Jesus In the fourth century Caesarea was the capital of the Holy Land. The group visited the Qumran cave area where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered and Masada, the first century fortress where the last group of Jews chose martyrdom rather than to surrender to the Romans who captured Masada soon after the destruction of the second Temple in 70 C.E. The group visited the archaeological site at Jericho, the oldest city in the Western World. Five couples renewed their wedding vows in a church in Cana, at the site of where Jesus and Mary attended a wedding and Jesus performed the miracle of turning water into wine.
Edith Morgan of Worcester said, “This interfaith experience as we delved more and more deeply into the layers of our faith has given us a deeper understanding and dedication to each other.” Ed and Sharon Bouvier of Northboro shared, “We could not have imagined renewing our vows at the site of Jesus’s first miracle with a priest and then receiving a special blessing from a rabbi.” Bob and Betty Verrengia said the renewal of vows was one of the most spiritual feelings of the trip. Rita Lawrence of Northboro said it was a great experience walking in the footsteps of Jesus and sharing the rich history of Israel and the Jewish religion.” For Deacon Patrick Stewart of Whitinsville, “This trip to the Holy Land was one trip I felt called to do.” Finally, Lee Zawacki, of Northboro said, “The eyes of my heart opened up.” All of our eyes opened up throughout the ten days we traveled a. most memorable spiritual journey.

A Trip to Israel 2013 by Pat O'Hearn

A trip to Israel...a reflection.
There it ad in the St Rose Sunday bulletin... an Interfaith Trip to Israel.
It beckoned to me again just as it had the year before. What harm would there be to attend a gathering to find out more about this unique trip? I listened attentively as last year’s participants described their experiences. Christians and Jews alike shared in the wonder of being together...something that many of them had never done before. Praise for the itinerary, the guides and the organizers was unanimous. Walking in the Holy Land held a special meaning for all and somewhat different for everyone. Their references to the Torah and the Bible or the ancient and new history of Israel brought to life for me the legacy handed down to me by my grandparents, my parents and my church. Perhaps this was an opportunity for me to connect who I am today as a Christian to the roots of my faith.
I viewed this opportunity as a knock on the door that had to be answered. How often would such an occasion arise to do an interfaith trip? The decision was made. I wanted to learn more about the land and times when Jesus lived and taught. In a way I wanted to walk in His footsteps.
National Geographic in 2012 had published a book that I bought to prepare for the Jewish, Christian and historical sites we would see. It was a good choice. With so much to see and take in I wanted to have a deeper sense of meaning by preparing in this way. A couple of months later as we walked the holy places in Jerusalem, touched the waters of the Jordan River, dipped into the Dead Sea, experienced life in a village in Nazareth, rode in a fishing boat on the Sea of Galilee, I knew I had prepared well.
Inspiration was in the rocks and in the walls that centuries of history had built and carved into a country that millions revere as their own spiritual home. It became that for me, too. I am connected in a new way with the messages and readings of Scripture. I feel a deeper sense of past as present, of thoughts and teachings spoken hundreds of years ago important and relevant as they are to me now.
The Jewish-Christian-historical focus of this Interfaith trip allowed all of us to find a perspective and a focus that brought meaning to our experience. We have shared those perspectives and our thoughts and memories at two dinners since then. The dialog that we have fostered at these gatherings has enriched my life and broadened my appreciation for the Jewish-Christian connection.
Another trip is in the planning right now led again by a Catholic priest and a Jewish rabbi. Their Scriptural knowledge and spiritual insights enhance the visitor’s experience. The local tour guide completes them by exploring the ever changing history of Israel and its influence on the people .
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