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: January 2 – 13, 2024

Optional Extension to Bosnia – January 13 to 19 In all his letters Mazin Qumsiyeh, our good friend, founder of the Palestine Natural History Museum, professor at Bethlehem University and author of “Sharing the Land of Canaan” closes with the important reminder to “Stay Human.” As we all struggle with so much inhumanity, we need that wise reminder now more than...
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Tree of Life Journey: February 15-25, 2023

Optional Extension to Saudi Arabia – February 25 to March 3 In the year 621, the Prophet Mohammad, Peace be upon him, made a journey by night from the Great Mosque in Mecca to what is now The Dome of the Rock, Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. On this journey, he rode a winged white horse, by the name of...
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Tree of Life Journey: March 8 – 20, 2022

In March of this year, I had the honor of leading 16 travelers on our Tree of Life Journey to Palestine and Turkey. We were proud to be one of the first groups to successfully embark on a journey since the closures necessitated by the Covid-19 pandemic. I was very grateful for our intrepid travelers who navigated considerable protocols and challenges...
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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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Fall Speaker Series – October 2018

Thank You for Supporting Tree of Life’s Rachel’s Children Fall Lecture Series! Since January of this year, more than 900 Palestinian children under 18 have been arrested or detained by the Israeli military. The primary charge is throwing rocks. Many of these children are arrested from their homes in the middle of the night – a terrifying experience that can...
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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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