Journey to Israel & Petra
"An Exploration of the Interaction of Psychology, Major World Religions and Culture"
Departure Date: May 12, 2010-May 20, 2010
Join us as we explore the land of Israel--one of the world's sacred lands, the holy land. It is a focal point of
the world where the major religions of the world reside along with its people, their values and cultural beliefs.
On this tour we will explore the nexus of psychology with religious beliefs, culture and behavior. We will explore
human nature as we examine peace and conflict.
Israel is the place where tradition and innovation create a unique culture. We begin our exploration of the
country and its people and culture in UNESCO World Heritage site,
Tel Aviv--a major metropolis with Bauhaus-style architecture.
We will continue on to Bethlehem, Nazareth and Haifa where the world headquarters for the Bahai
faith is located. We will visit the Qumran Caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found and
where the Essene Jews resided. We will spend considerable time in Jerusalem
where the world's major religions reside as well as the Papal Embassy; and, we will end our exploration in
one of the Seven Wonders of the World--Petra.
Overnight Flight to Israel
Arrival in Tel Aviv
After you are settled enjoy a walking tour of Jaffa, an ancient port city. This is the place
where the prophet Jonah started his journey before ending int he belly of a whale;
and, where Andromeda was tied to a rock as a sacrifice to a sea monster
before being saved by Perseus.
Tel Aviv and Haifa
Sightseeing of Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv was the first Hebrew City. We will visit the city's trademarks including Robin Square, Independence Hall and Rothschild Boulevard.
Transfer to Haifa via Caesarea and Acre
On the route to Haifa, we will stop in Caesarea to view the dramatic ancient ruins by the sea.
We will see the ancient theater and the Hippodrome. We will then travel to the UNESCO
World Heritage Site of Acre to visit Crusaders' Hall.
Arrive in Haifa.
The Bahai Headquarters, Haifa
Built on the slopes of Mount Carmel, Haifa offers a glimpse into the past, with some of
the most ancient remains in the region. Among the stops you will see Haifa Bay, Mount Carmel
and the Hanging Bahai Gardens. You will also see Elijah's Cave, where he hid from King Ahab
and found the false Baal prophets.
Excursion to Nazareth, Tiberius and the Sea of Galilee
Visit the famous place that is told in stories about "Jesus of Nazareth." Visit the Church
of the Annunciation and Old Synagogue with Mary's well, a holy Christian site where Mary
was told that she would be the mother of Jesus. Stop in Cana, site of Jesus' first miracle and the
place cited in many artists renditions of the wedding at Cana (Veronese et al.). Continue on
north to explore Mount Eremos (the Mount of the Beatitudes).
Boat Ride on the Sea of Galilee from Tiberius to ancient Capernaum
Visit the Roman ruins, including an ancient synagogue and the House of St. Peter. In Tabgha,
see the site where the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fish took place as you make
the final ascent to the summit of the Mount of Beatitudes.
Meet with Students at a local University
If possible, we will get the opportunity to have an exchange with students at a local university.
This is subject to confirmation of arrangements.
Transfer to the Dead Sea region
See Mount Carmel for the last time as you depart Haifa and drive along the Jordan Valley
toward the Dead Sea between Israel and the West Bank. Travel south to Qumran and visit
the Quarantal Monastery, the site where the first Dead Sea Scrolls were found in 1947.
If time permits, you may enjoy floating on the Dead Sea.
Bedouin Dinner & Camp
We will spend the night in a Bedouin camp and have an authentic Bedouin dinner,
including a camel ride, tea service and a chance to interact the residents.
Arrive in the Holy City of Jerusalem
We will stop at the Fortress of Masada, which served as the stronghold of the last resistance against the Romans. We will be able to journey up to the fortress by cable car and explore the site before continuing on to Jerusalem.
Walking Tour of the Mount of Olives
See a spectacular view of the city and visit several churches, including the Church of Pater Noster, the Church of Dominus Flevit and the Chapel of Ascension before entering the Garden of Gethsemane.
Jerusalem and the Dome of the Rock
Excursion to Bethlehem
Visit the birthplace of Jesus. Tour the Church of Nativity, the
Milk Grotto and the Shepherds' Fields.
Explore museums and historical sites with your instructor. Jerusalem is known as the
City of Peace. Next to Mecca and Medina, it is considered the holiest place on earth.
Sites worth exploring include the Kibbutzs, near Galilee, Monastery of the
Cross, the Golden Gate (old city gates), Damascus Gate and outdoor market
Dome of the Rock and more.
Walking Tour of the Old City
Visit the Temple Mount, one of the holiest sites for Jews and Muslins. Walk through the Jewish
Quarter to the Western Wall and the Via Dolorosa (the path of Jesus to his crucifixion) to the
Church of Holy Sepulcher. Visit the Muslim, Christian and Armenian Quarters prior to
arriving at the Oriental Bazaar.
Explore museums and historical sites with your instructor.
Return to the U.S.
or take extension
Jordan & Amman
Jordan and the Jordan Valley
Travel over the Sheikh Hussein Bridge on your way to Jordan.
Stop in the Greco-Roman city of Jerash before arriving in Amman, the capital of Jordan.
Jordan possesses relics of some of the world's oldest civilizations.
On the way to Petra, explore Madaba, the City of Mosaics and St. George's Church.
Next, travel to Mount Nebo, the burial place of Moses.Continue on to Wadi Mujib.
Entrance to Petra
Arrive in Petra
This is one of the newest Seven Wonders of the World. Enjoy a magical tour of
Petra by night.
Petra & Amman
Sightseeing Tour of ancient Petra
A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985.
Return to Amman for your lasst night in Jordan.
Return to the U.S.
Take flight home.
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For more information, please contact Dr. Rosalyn M. King at:
To Enroll Online:
1. Visit www.eftours.com and click on the tab “Parents/students”
2. Click on the circle which reads “Enroll”
3. Enter the Tour ID 443816...then follow the directions.
To Enroll Over the Phone:
1. Simply call 1-800-665-5364 (customer service)
2. Note the ID number 466273 and provide information and credit card payment.
May 13, 2010 to May 14, 2010
7 Nes Ziona Street
Aviv Israel, Tel Aviv
May 14, 2010 to May 16, 2010
61 Herzl Street
Haifa 33504 Israel
May 16, 2010 to May 17, 2010
(Bedouin Camp/Resort Between Arad and Masada)
May 17, 2010 to May 20, 2010
43 Yirmayahu Street
Jerusalem 94467 Israel
******DO NOT STAY AT THE JERUSALEM GATE HOTEL. THEY HAVE BEDBUGS!!
Nice Lobby and Great Food!
For great transportation in Jerusalem contact:
Moshe Taxi at 050-7742271
Study Abroad Requirements:
Major Study Questions
What is the role of religion in influencing human nature and culture?
What do the world religions have in common?
What are the conflicts that currently exist between cultures?
How can Israel as a seat of the world's major religions achieve diversity, unity, and peace without conflict within a diverse culture of people who reside there?
Is there a collective identity in Israel?
How is Israel working toward peace and tolerance?
What is the contrast between Israel and Jordan?
What role can the field of psychology play in achieving a one world community in this region of the world?
All tour members will answer the above questions and may designate an additional study
question of their choice around the study theme--the interaction of
psychology, world religions, culture and behavior; and other aspects of life in Israel, including history,
art, archaeology, architecture, political or social system , symbolism, values,
education system, etc.
Study tour members are studying on-line and visiting links about the
places to be visited. Students can also sign up for course credit for this tour.
If you are not taking this course for credit, there will be several required half-day meetings in
late April to early May in preparation for study abroad. During the study tour you will keep a
journal and take photos for a photographic journal on your studies and experiences.
At dinner, we will spend some time discussing the events of the day.
Students will be responsible for developing a report on their specific content area(s).
We will then compile our tour findings with pictures, essays and descriptions for publication
on the course Web site for public education and viewing. Tour participants will receive an
EF backpack and journal for the trip. Students will be asked to write up their summary
descriptions on the trip back home for submission before departing the airport in the US or no
later than 2 weeks after the trip.
Use this course web site and the tour web site for study. Enter tour site by going to:
On the EF site, you will find links, suggested reading, suggested movies.
Read destination profiles, pack for your tour and travel smart sections.
Pay particular attention to sections on appropriate clothing to take, money/currency, etc.
IMPORTANT TRAVEL LINKS
Related Learning Links
This is the official website of the Baptism Site of Jesus Christ. This unique site is where 2000 years ago Jesus came to see John to be baptized by him: Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him (Matthew 3:13). According to the Bible, it is just beyond the Jordan (John 3:26) i.e. on the East Bank of the River Jordan in what is now the modern day Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. The Bible says clearly: These things were done in Bethabara beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing (John 1:28).
The work of the institute of conflict resolution and analysis at George Mason University.
Provides detailed information on Israel, including demographics of its citizens, economy and more.
Provides detailed information on Jordan, including demographics of its citizens, economy and more.
An overview of the culture and ethnicities of Israel.
A selection of websites and writings on the topic.
Science, Psychology, Philosophy, Spirituality and Religion
Take a virtual tour of Israel.
Through award-winning media, community outreach and an array of educational tools, Just Vision informs, connects and engages people in Palestinian-Israeli civilian efforts to resolve the conflict nonviolently. See the trailers for their documentaries--Encounter Point and Budrus.
The Pyramid of Peace expresses the spirit of Kazakhstan, where cultures, traditions and representatives of various nationalities coexist in peace, harmony and accord.
The most comprehensive online Jewish encyclopedia in the world, covering everything from anti-Semitism to Zionism. So far, more than 13,000 articles and 6,000 photographs and maps have been integrated into the site.
An overview of the major premises.
To educate young people in a spirit of peace and tolerance, solidarity and intercultural and
Writings on the world religions.
The International Website of the Bahai Faith.
A monument and headquarters of the Bahai faith and its founders.
About Israel's 3rd largest city and northern capital sitting between the mediterranean sea and the Carmel mountain.
A Photographic Narrative about the life of one of the founders of the Bahai faith.
The University of Haifa spreads along a Carmel Mountain ridge southeast of the city of Haifa and is surrounded by the Carmel National Park. The University was established in 1963 under the joint auspices of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Haifa Municipality. In 1972, it gained academic accreditation as a separate institution from the Council for Higher Education.
The University of Haifa is the most pluralistic institution of higher education in Israel: sons and daughters of both veteran cities and development towns, kibbutzim and moshavim, new immigrants, Jews, Arabs, and Druzes, IDF officers and security personnel—all sitting together on the bench of knowledge in an atmosphere of coexistence, tolerance, and mutual respect.
Historical account of this once nomadic peoples.
Although a few Bedouin societies in Jordan have remained Christian since the early Islamic period, the vast majority of Bedouin are Sunni Muslims.
An overview of Israel's Bedouin citizens.
About the Bedouin people and their contributions in Jordan.
The photography and study of the Bedouin people by Vivian Ronay of Washington, DC.
It is almost a century since a small group of young Jewish immigrants from eastern Europe, inspired by Zionist and socialist ideals, set up the first kvutza ("group" in Hebrew, renamed kibbutz, "community" when membership grew) on the shores of the Sea of Galilee.
An essay on the history of the Kibbutz by Henry Near.
The Kibbutz movement is the largest communitarian movement in the world today. The first Kibbutz was founded in1910. By the end of 1997m there were 270 Kibbutzim with a population of 120,000.
The Guardian, April 2008)
(Dr. Ron Kronish, Rabbi)
(Documentary Film about the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict)