In 2010, 2011 and 2012 the Light of Torah ministry, in collaboration with MennoJerusalem Bible Lands Tours and Harvest Pilgrimages, held a 19-day tour of Israel and parts of the Palestinian territories. This is an educational and inspirational journey, exploring the biblical text 'in context': the Land, the People, the Book.
A feature of this tour is its attention to the deep connections between Judaism and Christianity. Walking in the steps of Jesus we become aware of his Jewish identity and the traditions that formed him. We touch the sacramentality of the Land and taste the Scriptures as living texts. We listen to the stories of this unique place on earth, its peoples and their struggles.
For those in Sydney, the tour involves four preparatory gatherings and one follow-up session. Suitable reading material is provided for those geographically out of reach of these gatherings.
The tour is suitable as a renewal program for teachers, pastoral leaders and parishioners active in ministry with a desire to deepen their biblical awareness.
Another Tour is planned for 2013. Dates: 17 Sept to 5 Oct (including travel to and from Israel). More details here. (Note: some fine adjustments will be made to accommodate Sukkot festivities in Jerusalem closer to the date.)