In July, T’ruah is hosting three tiyyulim for rabbis and cantors (and their partners), planned around the Shalom Hartman Institute’s Summer Rabbinic Programs (but open to any Jewish clergy in Israel at the time). Click here to register.

The tiyyulim touch on the issues of the development of the Israeli policy in the occupied territories over 50 years of occupation; the emergence of the settlement enterprise; the first and second Intifadas (Palestinian uprisings) and the Oslo process; and the IDF’s methods of operation in the territories from the Second Intifada onward. We will explore how the occupation has impacted the lives of Palestinians through land policy, planning and civil policy, as well as the consequences of having two separate legal systems for Israelis and Palestinians.

We will view the places we visit, the people we meet, and the issues we encounter through the lenses of human rights, the lived experiences of Palestinians and Israelis, and through Jewish text. We’ll also explore how we might bring these stories back to our communities.

We will not be entering Area A of the West Bank, and we will be monitoring the security situation and make any appropriate changes to the itineraries as necessary.

The trips’ logistical coordinator is Itamar Haritan, Truah’s Israel Program Manager. Each trip leaves from and returns to Jerusalem, and each trip fee of $54 includes all transportation and a kosher, vegetarian lunch.

 

Sunday, July 1 (8 a.m. – 6 p.m.), South Hebron Hills Tiyyul

On Sunday, July 1, we invite we invite rabbis and cantors (and their partners) to join T’ruah and Breaking the Silence for a tiyyul in the South Hebron Hills, one of the most rural areas of the West Bank. We’ll:

  • Meet with the residents of the Palestinian village of Susya, who are in near-constant danger of displacement through threatened demolitions.
  • Explore the origins and practice of Israeli security and settlement policies with the IDF veterans of Breaking the Silence who were tasked with carrying these policies out during their military service.
  • Learn about the impact of these policies on the Palestinian population, including issues of access to water, land and housing.
  • Study relevant Jewish texts with T’ruah’s Rabbinic Educator Rabbi Ian Chesir-Teran. Click here to register.

 

Monday, July 2 (8 a.m. – 6 p.m.), Bedouin Rights Tiyyul

On Monday, July 2, we invite rabbis and cantors (and their partners) to join T’ruah on a tiyyul exploring the struggle of Israel’s Bedouin citizens for human rights and recognition. We’ll:

  • Tour an “unrecognized” Bedouin village, one of dozens of Bedouin communities weathering house demolitions and discriminatory planning and trying to cling to their traditional lifestyle and get access to basic water, transportation, education and health services.
  • Visit a Bedouin township, which represents the Israeli government’s “solution” to Bedouin settlement, and learn about the impact of forced urbanization on Bedouin life and culture.
  • Meet Bedouin-Israeli and Jewish-Israeli activists trying to develop the Negev as a region where both Jews and Arabs can thrive.
  • Study relevant Jewish texts with T’ruah’s Rabbinic Educator Rabbi Ian Chesir-Teran. Click here to register. 

Please note that this tiyyul takes place entirely within Israel proper and is offered in conjunction with T’ruah’s Bedouin Rights campaign.


Friday, July 13 (8 a.m. – 5 p.m.), Hebron Tiyyul

On Friday, July 13, we invite rabbis and cantors (and their partners) to join T’ruah for a tiyyul with the IDF veterans of Breaking the Silence who served in Hebron and feel it is their duty to talk about their experiences there. We will:

  • Tour the Hebron city center, which has become a “ghost town” due to massive military curfews, restrictions and other policies aimed at Palestinians.
  • Visit the gravesite of Baruch Goldstein, the Jewish-American settler who massacred 29 Palestinian worshipers in 1994, in the aftermath of which the Hebron city center was effectively closed off to most Palestinians.
  • Meet with Palestinian activists from Youth Against Settlements and hear about what life in Hebron is like for them. 
  • Study relevant Jewish texts with T’ruah’s Rabbinic Educator Rabbi Ian Chesir-Teran. Click here to register.

Please contact T’ruah Congregational Organizer Salem Pearce with any questions. See you this summer in Jerusalem!