Encounter a land of extraordinary beauty and belief, of spirit and story, history and hospitality. From modern Tel Aviv to the scenic Upper Galilee, ancient Tiberias and storied Nazareth to Jerusalem, "City of Gold," we engage all our senses in a small group encounter with this extraordinary and holy land, with a five-night stay in Jerusalem for in-depth discovery.
* Touring of Tel Aviv including the "White City" of Bauhaus architecture
* Visit Jaffa's ancient port and the artists' village of Ein Hod
* Stay overnight on a working kibbutz
* Tour Jerusalem including Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, Old City, Western Wall, Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Israel Musuem, Ein Kerem, Dead Sea Qumran Caves and the Fortress ruins of Masada
Day 1: Depart U.S. for Tel Aviv, Israel
Day 2: Arrive - Tel Aviv
Day 3: Tel Aviv
Day 4: Upper Galilee
Day 5: Tiberias
Day 6: Tiberias
Day 7: Jerusalem
Day 8: Jerusalem
Day 9: Jerusalem
Day 10: Jerusalem
Day 11: Jerusalem
Day 12: Depart Tel Aviv for U.S.
Optional 5-day Post-Tour Extension: Jordan - Petra and Amman
**Itinerary and pricing subject to change up until date of brochure publication**
Moderate. Intended for active people in general good health. Activities may include walking up to 4 hours a day, possibly on uneven terrain, sea or ocean voyages, stair climbing, multiple hotel stays, and/or city visits.
Susan Ackerman '80, the Preston H. Kelsey Professor of Religion, joined the Dartmouth faculty in 1990 after completing her graduate work at Harvard and after brief stints teaching at Winthrop College, in South Carolina, and the University of Arizona. Although she is a specialist in the religion of ancient Israel and the religions of Israel's eastern Mediterranean and ancient Near Eastern neighbors (Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Canaan), she is also very interested in Europe's religious heritage and has given lectures related to aspects of this heritage on several previous Dartmouth Alumni Continuing Education trips (e.g., Alumni Campus Abroad in Scotland in June 2002 and "From Lisbon to London" in May 2004). Professor Ackerman received the Faculty Award for Service to Alumni Continuing Education in 2006 in recognition for her work on these trips and in other alumni events.
Professor Ackerman's publications include several articles and three books, "Under Every Green Tree: Popular Religion in Sixth-Century Judah", about ancient Israelite ritual behaviors; "Warrior, Dancer, Seductress, Queen: Women in Judges and Biblical Israel", which examines the social roles described for women in the book of Judges and the analogs of these roles found elsewhere in biblical tradition and in eastern Mediterranean literature; and "When Heroes Love: The Ambiguity of Eros in the Stories of Gilgamesh and David".