Multi-Faith Israel Encounter

Multi-Faith Israel Encounter – In Cooperation with the Australian Council for Christians and Jews

October 24 – November 3, 2017

Tentative program – subject to change. Bookings have not been made

Join us for this unique experience where Christians, Jews and Muslims will explore Israel together while learning about the common roots of their respective faiths.

  • Our goal is to promote understanding and tolerance amongst Muslims, Christians, and Jews.
  • The program will enable participants to gain respect for and knowledge of both their own and others’ religions and beliefs while exploring Israel.
  • Get an up close and unfiltered view of Israel in all its diversity and vibrance.

You can register for the seminar here:

Tentative program – subject to change. Bookings have not been made

Tuesday 24 October, 2017

15:00 Meet at Beit Shmuel

15:30 Welcome program with “Father Abraham” meeting group overlooking Jerusalem – a multi-faith welcome

17:00 Orientation Program – Aims & Goals of program

18:30 Dinner

Overnight: Jerusalem Mercaz Shimshon

Wednesday 25 October, 2017

8:00 Breakfast

9:00 Jerusalem – Holy City to Many Faiths

13:00 Lunch on own in Old City of Jerusalem

16:00 Return to Beit Shmuel

17:30 Religious Diversity & Pluralism in Israel

19:00 Group dinner

Optional Tower of David Light Show

Overnight: Jerusalem Mercaz Shimshon

Thursday 26 October, 2017

8:00 Breakfast

9:00 Depart for Bethlehem

10:00 Tour of Bethlehem

13:00 Lunch (on own or hosted)

14:30 Tour of Efrat or other Settlement

18:00 Return to Beit Shmuel

19:00 Dinner at Beit Shmuel with small group processing

20:00 Group processing of day

Overnight: Jerusalem Mercaz Shimshon

Friday 27 October, 2017

8:00 Breakfast

9:30 Depart for Abu Ghosh

10:30 Muslim Encounter, study & Sabbath Prayer – to be determined

13:00 Lunch in Abu Ghosh

14:00 Benedictine Monastery tour

15:00 Return to Beit Shmuel


19:00 Jewish Encounter, study and Sabbath Prayer – to be determined

20:00 Dinner at Beit Shmuel

Overnight: Jerusalem Mercaz Shimshon

Saturday 28 October 2017

8:00 Breakfast

9:00 Text Study – Sabbath in our three Faiths

10:30 Walking Jerusalem with the Psalms and poetry of Yehuda Amichai

13:00 Lunch at Beit Shmuel

14:00 Israel Museum – optional visit

15:30 Break

17:30 Paul Liptz – Islam in the Middle East- theological and political components

19:00 Distinctions – Havdalah ceremony to end the Jewish Sabbath

19:30 Free evening & dinner on own

Overnight: Jerusalem Mercaz Shimshon

Sunday 29 October 2017

7:30 Breakfast

8:00 Check out & load bus

9:00 Christian Encounter, study & Sabbath Prayer – to be determined

12:30 Lunch on own

13:30 Travel north

16:30 Arab Jewish Youth Circus

18:00 Drive to Sea of Galilee hotel

19:30 Hotel check in

20:00 Group Dinner, walk along the Tiberius Boardwalk, enjoy the Sea of Galilee light show

Overnight: Sea of Galilee Hotel

Monday 30 October 2017

8:00 Breakfast

9:00 Load bus and depart

9:30 Visit Yardenite or Capernaum or Taghba

12:00 Depart for Kibbutz Ein Shemer

13:30 Lunch at Kibbutz Ein Shemer

14:30 Ein Shemer Environmental Greenhouse Program

17:00 Depart for Tel Aviv

19:00 Check in Tel Aviv hotel

19:30 Free evening and dinner on own

Overnight: Tel Aviv Gilgal Hotel

Tuesday 31 October 2017

8:00 Breakfast

8:30 Depart for Beer Sheva

11:30 Meet with Arab-Jewish SCHOOL Volunteers

14:00 Lunch on own en route

Be’er-Sheva Australian Light Horse Memorial

18:00 Depart for Dead Sea

Dinner on way to Dead Sea

20:00 Check in to hotel

21:00 Shared Stories of the Desert

Overnight: Ein Gedi or Massada

Wednesday 1 November 2017

7:30 Breakfast

8:30 Check out of hotel, load bus

9:00 Dead sea, Masada, Ein Gedi options

12:30 Lunch near Dead Sea

13:30 Depart for Tel Aviv

15:00 Check-in at hotel

18:00 Free evening & dinner on own

Overnight: Jerusalem Mercaz Shimshon

Thursday 2 November 2017

8:00 Breakfast

9:00 Depart for Jaffa

9:30 Two Peoples Sharing One City – duel narrative tour

12:30 Lunch on own in Jaffa

14:30 Visit to Independence Hall or Palmach or Rabin Museum or Rabin Square

17:30 Return to hotel

18:30 Depart for Na Laga’at Center for the Deaf and Blind – Show and dinner

21:30 Return to hotel

Overnight: Tel Aviv

Friday 3 November 2017

8:00 Breakfast

9:00 Depart for Yad Vashem

12:30 Return to Beit Shmuel

Closing Ceremony

The rates are in Australian Dollars per fully paying person sharing a twin room:

Double room with 20-29 paying participants $4150 AUD

Double room with 30-39 paying participants $3480 AUD

Single Supplement TBD

The above rates include the following tour services:

1. Accommodation: for a total of 10 nights:

  • 5 nights at Beit Shmuel/Mercaz Shimshon Jerusalem
  • 1 night at Kibbutz Ein Gev Guest House or similar
  • 1 night Prima Dead Sea Spa Club or similar
  • 3 nights Tel Aviv Gilgal or similar.

2. Meals: daily breakfast at hotel and following meals are included:

  • Tuesday 24 October Dinner Jerusalem Restaurant or Hotel
  • Wednesday 25 October Dinner Jerusalem Restaurant or Hotel
  • Thursday 26 October Dinner Jerusalem Restaurant or Hotel
  • Friday 27 October Lunch Abu Ghosh Restaurant
  • Friday 27 October Dinner Beit Shmuel
  • Saturday 28 October Lunch Beit Shmuel
  • Sunday 29 October Dinner Restaurant
  • Monday 30 October Lunch Kibbutz Ein Shemer
  • Tuesday 31 October Dinner Hotel or Restaurant
  • Wednesday 1 November Lunch Restaurant
  • Thursday 2 November Dinner Dinner Na Lagaat – Café Kapish

3. Transportation: As per itinerary. Does not include airport transfers.

4. Saltz Educator to be with group along with site guides as needed.

5. Entrance/Site fees included per your itinerary

Not included:

  • Meals not specified above
  • Drinks with meals
  • Extras at hotels
  • Tips to hotel & restaurants’ staff
  • Travel and baggage insurance
  • Medical insurance
  • Early check in and late check out of hotels
  • No free tour leaders
  • Airport transfers


  1. The rates are based on a minimum of 20 or 30 fully paying participants as listed above. In case there will be fewer participants, the rate will have to be adjusted accordingly.
  2. Please note that this proposal is based on current rates of exchange. Should there be a major change in the exchange rate, then hotels or suppliers may increase rates. Should this happen, our rates would need to be amended accordingly although we will do all possible to avoid this.
  3. Itinerary is subject to change based on availability of speakers and sites.

Payments & Deposit:

  1. $200 AUD refundable good faith deposit required with application.
  2. 20% non-refundable deposit is 6 months in advance (April 15th 2017).
  3. Payment in full is required no later than 1 month in advance (September 15th 2017).

 Payments and deposits can be made via cheque to the Council Christians and Jews 326 Church Street Richmond Victoria 3121.  To pay by Visa or Mastercard contact Dr. Philip Bliss (see below).

For More Information contact:

Dr Philip Bliss OAM (chair CCJ Victoria and treasurer ACCJ)

Rabbi Steve Burnstein        

You can register for the seminar here: