Stowe Holy Land Interfaith Journey April 2023!
Dear Stowe Community Church members and friends,
As we continue our Holy Week journey following the footsteps of Jesus from his triumphant entry into Jerusalem continuing on through his arrest, crucifixion, burial, and resurrection, we turn to the Scriptures to remember and retell his story. What better way to engage in this narrative than by actually walking in the footsteps of Christ and exploring the places where Jesus lived, taught, served, and experienced his passion and resurrection….the Holy Land!
People of the Christian faith have made special pilgrimages to Israel for centuries, witnessing first-hand the historic sites of spiritual significance that have shaped us in our collective faith. Will you join me and other members of the Stowe Community Church along with our interfaith neighbors for the trip of a lifetime to Israel, next April 2023? Read for more details, below.
I wish you all a blessed Holy Week and Happy Easter!
Dear beloved faith communities,
We are delighted and moved to share some big news with you: the first-ever greater Stowe Holy Land interfaith journey to Israel!
This unprecedented trip for our community will take place April 16-24, 2023 (just one year from now) for eight days of touring Israel, plus a two-day optional extension to visit Petra, Jordan.
See the traditional site of Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem. Visit the town of Nazareth where he grew up. Explore the Ministry of Jesus around the Sea of Galilee. Follow his footsteps on the Via Dolorosa as he walked towards the cross. Experience an unforgettable Easter morning moment at Garden Tomb in Jersualem.
In addition to many more Christian locations, we will will sightsee the important Jewish religious sites: picture yourself at Shabbat services at the Kotel/Western Wall, touring the ancient architecture and contemporary art in Tzfat/Safed, and experiencing a somber visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial.
At the heart of this tour is the opportunity for meaningful connection and learning and relationship-building. In addition to the local friendships you will make, you have the chance to meet directly with Ahmadiyyan Muslims, Ethiopian Jews, Israeli Arab Christians, observant Jews for a home hospitality Shabbat meal, and Israelis and Palestinians taking important steps towards peace and reconciliation.
And of course, there’s the delicious food at the outdoor markets and in Bedouin tents in the desert, and great fun in cosmopolitan Tel Aviv on the beautiful Mediterranean.
For a land price of only $2,990.
Please check out the full itinerary and pricing here and register without any financial commitment now.
Or join us in person at St. John’s on Thursday, June 9, 6-7:30 pm for an evening of locally catered Israeli food for a program to learn more about the trip, available online also from 6:30-7:30 pm. Or be in touch with any of us with more questions.
A happy and meaningful Passover and Easter to you all!
Rev. Dan Haugh, Stowe Community Church
Rabbi David Fainsilber, Jewish Community of Greater Stowe, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rev. Dr. Rick Swanson, St. John’s in the Mountains Episcopal Church