Encounter Programs 2021

The Jesuit community of the Holy Land proposes a series of encounter programs to get to know better the three great religious traditions of the Holy Land: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Ten days spent with the Jesuit community in Jerusalem provides the occasion to study in depth each one of these religious traditions, encountering members of the  religious community and visiting sites and institutions that are central to them. In the course of the program, members of the Jesuit community share their experience and knowledge in the context of the Holy Land today.


An encounter with modern Judaism

The ten-day program blends academic study (lectures, readings) with encounter (meetings, field trips, visits, cinema) in order to get to know the diversity that constitutes modern Jews and Judaism. Using Jerusalem and its environs as a backdrop, the Jesuit community in the Holy Land proposes an intensive learning experience that will offer insight into who are the Jews today, what is Judaism and what role does the State of Israel play in the lives of Jews in the 21st century. 

Dates: From Monday, April 5, 2021 to Friday, April 16, 2021

Accommodation: Course participants will be based at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in West Jerusalem, situated close to the Old City of Jerusalem, home of the Jesuit community. 

Program: 

  • The parting of the ways, Jewish Scriptures, and the meaning of Torah
  • Varieties of modern Judaism
  • Forms of Orthodoxy in Judaism today
  • Other forms of modern Judaism
  • The role of the synagogue in contemporary Judaism
  • The Sabbath
  • Jewish mysticism
  • Zionism and the State of Israel in Jewish life
  • The Shoah and its impact on Jewish life
  • Diaspora Jews and Jews in Israel
  • Challenges of modernity for Jews and Judaism
  • Jews and Christians: dialogue and confrontation

Lecturers: Lecturers will be drawn from the Jesuit community of the Holy Land, led by David Neuhaus SJ, Roberto Lopez Facundo SJ and Luc Pareydt SJ. Local guest lecturers will be invited to address specific themes. 

The program will include guided field visits, trips to Galilee and Tel Aviv. 

Number of participants: The maximum number of participants is 20. 

For more information: Contact Rev. David Neuhaus SJ (superior): neuhaussj@gmail.com


An encounter with modern Islam

The ten-day program blends academic study (lectures, readings) with encounter (meetings, field trips, visits, cinema) in order to get to know the diversity that constitutes the modern Muslim community and Islam. Using Jerusalem and its environs as a backdrop, the Jesuit community in the Holy Land proposes an intensive learning experience that will offer insight into who are the Muslims today, what is Islam and what role do Jerusalem and Palestine play in the lives of Muslims in the 21st century. 

Dates: From Monday, May 3, 2021 to Friday, May 14, 2021

Accommodation: Course participants will be based at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in West Jerusalem, situated close to the Old City of Jerusalem, home of the Jesuit community.. 

Program: 

  • Introduction to Islam
  • Modern currents of Islam
  • The Quran
  • Muslim prayer
  • Muslim mysticism
  • Islamic law
  • The role of the mosque in Muslim life
  • Islam in Jerusalem and in Palestine
  • Islamic resurgence in the modern world
  • Islam and the West
  • Challenges of modernity
  • Muslims and Christians: dialogue and confrontation

Lecturers: Lecturers will be drawn from the Jesuit community of the Holy Land, led by David Neuhaus SJ, Roberto Lopez Facundo SJ and Luc Pareydt SJ. Local guest lecturers will be invited to address specific themes. 

The program will include guided field visits, trips to Hebron and Ramleh. 

Number of participants: The maximum number of participants is 20. 

For more information: Contact Rev. David Neuhaus SJ (superior): neuhaussj@gmail.com


An encounter with Christianity in the Holy Land

The ten-day program blends academic study (lectures, readings) with encounter (meetings, field trips, visits, cinema) in order to get to know the diversity that constitutes contemporary Christianity and the Christian communities in the Holy Land today. Using Jerusalem and its environs as a backdrop, the Jesuit community in the Holy Land proposes an intensive learning experience that will offer insight into who are the Christians in the Holy Land today and how the current situation affects the Christians and the Church in the very place where Christianity was born.

Dates: From Monday, May 31, 2021 to Friday, June 11, 2021

Accommodation: Course participants will be based at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in West Jerusalem, situated close to the Old City of Jerusalem, home of the Jesuit community.. 

Program: 

  • Getting to know the diversity of the Church in the Holy Land today
  • Ecumenism in the Church of Jerusalem
  • Christians today in Israel and Palestine
  • Arab Christianity, its heritage, and the living reality today
  • The Church of the Resurrection (Holy Sepulcher)
  • The diversity of liturgical traditions
  • The challenges of Christian life in the Holy Land today
  • The New Christian communities, migrants and asylum seekers
  • Christians and Muslims: dialogue and coexistence
  • Holy Land Christians and Jews: dialogue and confrontation

Lecturers: Lecturers will be drawn from the Jesuit community of the Holy Land, led by David Neuhaus SJ, Roberto Lopez Facundo SJ and Luc Pareydt SJ. Local guest lecturers will be invited to address specific themes. 

The program will include guided field visits, trips to Galilee and Bethlehem. 

Number of participants: The maximum number of participants is 20. 

For more information: Contact Rev. David Neuhaus SJ (superior): neuhaussj@gmail.com

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