East London Three Faiths Forum

Holy Land Pilgrimage 2016

We are now taking bookings for our 2016 trip to the Holy Land (Israel and the Palestinian Territories).

Wednesday 26th October Ė Wednesday 2nd November 2016

Previous pilgrimages to the Holy Land were organised in 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014: follow the links to see photos. The three faith leaders this time will be:

  • Rabbi David Hulbert of Bet Tikvah Synagogue
  • Mohammed Omer of Gardens of Peacem Hainault
  • Revd. Jude Bullock of St Anne's CofE Church, Chingford

Donít miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit places in the Holy Land sacred to our three faiths: Caesarea

  • Jerusalem: Al-Aqsa Mosque and Dome of the Rock, Church of the Holy Sepulchre (Jesusí tomb), Western Wall, Yad Vashem (Memorial to Holocaust victims)
  • Dead Sea: Masada (King Herodís palace), swim in the Dead Sea
  • Bethlehem: Jesusí birthplace
  • Hebron: Tombs of the Patriarchs
  • Nazareth: Jesusí home-town; site of the angel Gabrielís announcement to Mary
  • Caesarea: Capital of Judaea and major port in Roman times
  • Galilee: boat trip
  • And many more!

COST £1,300 per person, sharing twin room.

Includes:

  • Return coach from Woodford to Luton Airport
  • Return flights
  • Half-board in top-quality, modern hotels
  • Travel in comfortable air-conditioned tour coach
  • Qualified tour guide, with us for the whole week
  • All entrance fees
  • The cost is made up of a deposit of £300, payable immediately, that will buy your EasyJet ticket. The flight tickets will go up in price as the plane fills up, so it is important to commit yourself and secure this price as soon as you can.

    The balance of £1,000, covering the hotels and the tour, will be payable at the beginning of October. This price is very unlikely to change, unless there is a major fall in the value of the £ against the $.

    If you would like to come, send your name and full postal address to david.hulbert@whsmithnet.co.uk and you will be sent all the details and the booking form, with full terms and conditions.

    FURTHER DETAILS:

    The Middle East is the cradle of all three Abrahamic faiths and Israel/Palestine is full of holy places sacred to all three faiths. Jerusalem is a holy city, a place of pilgrimage for Jews, Christians and Muslims. The magnificent Dome of The Rock is the earliest mosque in the world, marking the Night Journey of the Prophet from Makka. Many of the present-day inhabitants of the Holy Land are still guided by their religious faith in their lives. Visiting the Holy Land, and praying to God there, in the company of other people of faith, is the journey of a lifetime.

    We have tried to include as many significant sites of religious pilgrimage as possible in the seven days available, and we have also tried to achieve a good balance of sites of Jewish, Christian and Muslim interest. But members of the Three Faiths Forum will recognise that the trip is an opportunity to learn about the holy sites of the other two faiths, as well as venerating their own. The weather will be warm and beautiful. Although the tour is quite intensive, there will be some free time and there will be plenty of opportunities to nap on the coach!