Christianity, Islam, Judaism. This is the birthplace of world religion. Join your fellow Princetonians on an exploration of Israel, Jerusalem & the Holy Land, March 17-27, 2017. Discover the biblical, archaeological and cultural heritage of the stunning lands of Israel and Palestine. Begin in Jerusalem, with its unique interplay of Jewish, Christian and Muslim cultures. Take an excursion to Bethlehem, on the edge of the Judean desert, to see the Church of the Nativity. Visit Herod's great Roman port city of Caesarea. Discover Tzefat, which was once the center of Kabbala, and the beautiful mountains of Golan Heights. Visit ancient Capernaum, where Jesus studied and preached, and historic Tiberias, built on the Sea of Galilee by King Herod Antipas. Marvel at the multi-layered archaeological legacy that is Megiddo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Conclude in vibrant Tel Aviv on the sun-drenched Mediterranean coast.
For those wishing to see the home of some of the world's oldest civilizations, a post-lude program to Jordan visiting Amman and Petra is available.
Rabbi Julie Roth, the Executive Director of the Center for Jewish Life and the Jewish Chaplain at Princeton University, will serve as the study leader for this journey. Rabbi Roth holds Rabbinic Ordination and an M.A. in Hebrew Letters from the Jewish Theological Seminary and a B.A. in Comparative Religion from Brown University. She is a recipient of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship and the Richard M. Joel Exemplar of Excellence from Hillel International, its highest professional honor. Under her leadership, the Center for Jewish Life has grown into a leading and innovative Hillel, nationally recognized for its educational vision.
Rabbi Roth has led numerous trips to Israel, including an undergraduate trip she developed with Professor Daniel Kurtzer, former U.S. Ambassador to Israel and Egypt, highlighting multiple viewpoints on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. She has also led Muslim-Jewish dialogue trips and taught classes with Princeton’s Imam Sohaib Sultan. Rabbi Roth is a Fellow at the Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, focusing on bringing a values-based approach to the most difficult conversations about Israel. A national thought leader on interfaith dialogue and fostering constructive conversations about Israel on campus, Rabbi Roth brings more than 25 years of experience living in and traveling to the region.