Journeys / First hand experience

Since 2003, Tree of Life Educational Fund has organized annual, and sometimes semi-annual, inter-faith journeys to Israel/Palestine.  To date, more than 450 individuals have traveled with us to witness first-hand the injustices inherent in the Israeli occupation of Palestine, and of the role the U.S. continues to play in enabling the occupation. They have also witnessed the work of non-violent peacemakers in the region – Israeli and Palestinian – who strive to bring peace to the Holy Land.

Our journeys are inter-racial, inter-faith and inter-generational. We welcome all who desire to learn more about the history of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, and the steps required to foster justice and peace for all.

 

Tree of Life Journey: March 2020 – Draft Itinerary

  Itinerary Sketch – Additional meetings with activists and voices of conscience to be announced as confirmed March 8 Sunday – Departure (for those hoping to visit Gaza) March 9 Monday – Arrival in Tel Aviv. For those not going to Gaza, transfer from airport to hotel in either Bethlehem or Jerusalem. Visit Walled Off Hotel and Banksy Museum. Overnight...
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Tree of Life Journey: March 8 – 20, 2020

A Journey Toward Hope On a previous Tree of Life Journey, we met Ibrahim Khalil, a Muslim Palestinian olive farmer from a small town in the West Bank near Nablus.  He shared with us the tragedies he had recently suffered. Militant settlers had built homes above his farm, and one day as his wife and two young children were waiting...
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Tree of Life Journey: March 12 – 23, 2019

Mothers of a New Creation   In March 2019, 23 travelers journeyed with Tree of Life Educational Fund to Israel/Palestine. This journey had a special focus on the role of women, past and present, in their struggle to give birth to a New Creation. The Land of Canaan, sometimes called the “Holy Land” or the “Land of Promise”, is a...
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Tree of Life Journey – January 2018

The Right of Return: 70 Years of Refugees in Palestine, Israel, and Beyond | An Interfaith Journey sponsored by The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme and The Islamic Association of Greater Hartford Over the past several years, images of refugees fleeing war torn zones around the globe have galvanized people of faith and conscience, leading many to enact myriad...
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Tree of Life Trade Union Journey – September 2017

August 31 to September 9, 2017 Optional Extension to Golan Heights Sept 9- Sept 11 John Fussell, a labor attorney and TOLEF Vice President and The Rev. David W. Good, Founder of Tree of Life Educational Fund led a labor delegation to the Palestinian West Bank.   A Brief Report This was the Tree of Life Educational Fund’s second labor...
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Tree of Life Journey – March 2017

March 8 to March 18, 2017 | Extension to Bosnia, March 18 to March 22 This interfaith journey was be led by Dr. Reza Mansoor, President of the Islamic Association of Greater Hartford, The Rev. David W. Good, Minister Emeritus for The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme and Mary Tomassetti, Coordinator, First Congregational Church of Old Lyme.   Reflections...
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