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Friday, March 07, 2008

Holy Land Trust, Upcoming Programs, Fall and Winter 2008.

Holy Land Trust, in partnership with Middle East Fellowship, is proud to announce four opportunities to visit the Holy Land in 2008. Please forward this information to anyone you think might be interested in visiting Palestine this Fall or Winter.

New Jersey Presbyterian Church Delegation Days 1 , 2 and 3

A delegation of ten people from the New Jersey Presbyterian Church arrived in Tel Aviv on Sunday, March 2. Their first day was spent in orientation in Jerusalem where they went on a walking tour of the Old City and visited the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. The next morning the group toured Jerusalem, including a visit to the Dome of the Rock, St. Anne's Church, and the Mount of Olives. They also met with the Reverend Hussam Naoum of St. George Anglican Church. After lunch at the International YMCA they toured Yad Vashem (the Holocaust Museum) and also visited the Garden Tomb, the Protestant traditional spot of the empty tomb of Jesus. After eating in their hotel, the group met with representatives form Parents' Circle-- an organization that brings together Israeli and Palestinian parents who have lost children in the conflict.

For more information on our upcoming tour visit

Upcoming Programs :

5th Annual Palestine Summer Encounter 2008

Holy Land Trust in partnership with Middle East Fellowship invites you to participate in the fifth annual Palestine Summer Encounter, a one-to-three month experiential learning program in Bethlehem offering volunteer opportunities, Arabic language training, and educational lectures and field trips.

The purpose of the program is to encourage dialogue between Palestinians and members of the global community. During the program, participants will study beginner or intermediate Arabic while partnering with a Palestinian non-profit organizations as a volunteer. Participants will also have the opportunity to meet Palestinian and Israeli peace activists and visit many sites of historical, religious, and contemporary interest.

For more information visit :

2nd Annual Home Rebuilding Camp in Bethlehem

Holy Land Trust in Partnership with The Israeli Committee Against House Demolition (ICAHD)invites you to visit Palestine this summer to assist in re-building the demolished home of a Palestinian family. This August 1-14, 2008, you can help restore hope to a hurting family, learn more about the situation in the region, and work hand in hand with Palestinians, Israelis and internationals who are working for justice and peace.

For more information on the camp please visit or a watch a promo video here:

1st Annual Birthright Palestine Tour
December 5-19, 2008

Holy Land Trust invites Palestinians immigrants around the world to re-discover Palestine today through a Palestinian Roots tour. This unique program sheds a new light on the Palestine you hear about in the news, and allows you to discover the beauty and pride of Palestine amidst the hardships of the current conflict. You will have an opportunity to visit important cities from Palestinian history, learn about traditional Palestinian culture, discover the dynamics of the current conflict, and return to your historical village to re-connect with your roots.

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Fall Olive Harvest Pilgrimage
October 2008

Join us on a journey in the Holy Land and take part in the olive harvest which is an integral part of the very fabric of life in Palestine and Israel. When the olive harvesting season begins, the hillsides of Palestine crawl with families and bring the hills alive with people working to gather their precious crop. Family members, to this day, make an effort to travel to one another from all over the country to help in the olive harvest. We will pick olives in lands that have been separated from the farmers and Olives are picked by hand as they have been for thousands of years. We will also discover the ancient church as we take an historical pilgrimage in the footsteps of Jesus, learning to respond as He would to the needs of the people and build relationships of encouragement and support. Meeting with Jewish and Palestinian organizations that are working for peace, we will consider the current situation and the role of the Church today and seek ways of building bridges of peace through interfaith dialogue. This will be a rich cultural experience as we meet with many organizations, stay with local families in their homes, taste fabulous Middle Eastern delicacies and receive their incredible hospitality.

If you Want Peace , You Never Build Walls But Bridges.

Rafat Shomali
Travel & Encounter
Operations Manager & Spanish Language Liaison
Holy Land Trust
Bethlehem - Palestine
Cell: + 972 (0) 599 255 569
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