Agudas Achim Congregation is sponsoring a trip to Israel led by Rabbi Hugenholtz with the participation of Prof. Robert Cargill from the Department of Classics at the University of Iowa. Prof. Cargill has lectured to us many times on biblical archaeology, biblical history and the origins of Christianity. He helped plan our trip, and he and his family will be in Israel on sabbatical during our visit there, so he will be able to spend a good deal of time with us. Based on surveys sent out to congregants, major areas of interest were archaeology/ history and origins of Christianity, and our itinerary has these areas as foci.
For the trip, we are working with Makor Journeys who, with us, put together the itinerary and will manage the details. For the basic trip, we will leave the US on Dec. 20, 2020 and arrive in Tel Aviv on the 21st. We have two options. The basic core trip will end the evening of Dec. 31, and you will fly back either late that night or the next morning. We also have a two day extension to Eilat and to Petra, the Nabatean city in Jordan. For those who elect the extension, the return will be in the evening of Jan. 2 or the morning of Jan. 3. Details of the trip including itinerary and pricing as well as registration can be accessed at https://makorjourneys.com/journey/agudas-achim/.
The itinerary is designed for people of bar/bat mitzvah age or older. Anyone whether congregation member or not or Jewish or not is welcome to sign up, so if you have friends, bring them along. If, after you visit the web site, you have questions, please contact me either at 319-337-3467 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope many of you will join us for this exciting adventure.
Peter Rubenstein, Chair Trip Committee Esther Hugenholtz, Rabbi