Interfaith Pilgrimage to Israel: March 29 – April 12, 2016

Join us as we journey with open hearts to The Holy Land, to walk in the footsteps of men and women of faith who carved the pathways that continue to entice Pilgrims and Seekers, Children of Abraham and Sara, to come and drink the Milk and Honey and breathe in the Holiness and Hope.

Israel 4 panelWe will walk, explore, pray, learn and open to the challenge of NOW. We will come, not as mere tourists, but as visionaries; a group representing many faith traditions, engaging with one another’s Sacred Story, and leaving seeds of the wisdom that is Deep Ecumenism.

Along with the itinerary articulated below, our group leaders will engage participants in shared spiritual practice, study and debriefing of daily experiences, powerful encounters with residents pursuing grassroots relationship building and peacemaking – all with the goal of manifesting meaningful and healing interfaith relationships in our lives at home and in the dynamic Israel/Palestine region.

Download the Registration Form now. We have a few places still remaining on the bus!

More information and the registration form is here: http://www.authenticisrael.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/InterfaithPilgrimage2016.pdf

In addition to traveling with a local guide and dedicated driver, our pilgrimage is led by:

Screen Shot 2015-01-06 at 1.43.39 PMRabbi Nadya Gross was initiated in childhood in an oral, feminine mystical tradition she transmits in a two year wisdom school, and is the ground and framework for her calling as a rabbi, spiritual director, program director, educator, and mother of four remarkable young adults – always in partnership with her beloved, Rabbi Victor Gross. Reb Nadya is the Director of the Hashpa’ah (Spiritual Direction) Training program in the ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal Ordination Programs.

Screen Shot 2015-01-06 at 1.43.45 PMRabbi Victor Gross is a congregational rabbi and educator dedicated to paradigm shifting and guided by these teachings of two sages: Morrie Schwartz, in Tuesdays With Morrie, says: “we must love one another or die”; Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi teaches: “in order to get it together we have to get together.” Reb Victor serves as a Director of Studies and teacher of Deep Ecumenism, Jewish History, and Jewish Thought in the ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal Ordination Programs, and is the author of: Educating for Reverence: The Legacy of Abraham Joshua Heschel.

Together, Rabbis Victor and Nadya serve as rabbis of Pardes Levavot: a Jewish Renewal Congregation in Boulder, CO which shares its sacred space and an ecumenical relationship with Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, a relationship which they owe to their beloved “co-conspirators”, Pastors Linda and Larry Daniels-Block. They are co-Directors of Programs for ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal, continuing to develop programs that promote the spiritual unfolding, or Paradigm Shift, to which they, and the Jewish renewal movement, are devoted, and co-Directors and faculty for the ALEPH Sage-ing® Program.

Screen Shot 2015-01-06 at 1.43.52 PMRev. Linda Daniels-Block, a pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) for 37 years, is currently serving as Senior Pastor in north St. Louis. She has worked extensively in women’s and children’s advocacy for 40 years and was one of the leaders of a global “Ecumenical Decade for Churches in Solidarity with Women in 1988-98”. In 1998 she spent a month in the African sub-Sahara living in traditional homes as an observer on the situation of women for the World Council of Churches. She has served on community shelter boards, in political advocacy and as a pastoral counselor in areas of domestic violence, sexual abuse, and at-risk families. She has been a keynote speaker, facilitator, workshop leader and chaplain in racism, sexism, and classism and other areas of justice and empowerment. Her passion is encouraging more expansive images of God.

Screen Shot 2015-01-06 at 1.43.56 PMRev. Larry Daniels-Block has served as a pastor of the ELCA for 42 years and is known as a biblical scholar and teacher. He has an additional Masters in New Testament and end-time literature, and PhD work in cultural anthropology and religion. He has a passionate interest in the archeology of the Holy Land. Pastor Larry served on the national staff of the ELCA in the Commission for Women with his wife Linda, working on male-female partnership, and racism/sexism/classism. Larry has rebuilt 3 houses and is on the home stretch of their fourth. Linda and her husband Larry found a home in Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi’s “Deep Ecumenism” teachings when they invited Rabbis Victor and Nadya Gross to bring Pardes Levavot Synagogue into their Boulder, Colorado church building to “share the space”. In Rebbes Nadya and Victor, Pastors Linda and Larry have found kindred spirits, and beloved colleagues and friends.