The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) and the Natan and Hannah Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies at UNO are pleased to announce an open call for the Omaha-Metro community to join in a study abroad experience to Israel, which runs Thursday, May 15, through Monday, May 26.
Schwalb Center Director Moshe Gershovich, who is a professor of history at UNO and an Israeli native, will lead the trip. Gershovich says that the experience will allow for participants to engage in a scholarly understanding of the significance and history of sites in Israel.
“This study tour, which will be part of a UNO class on Israel, is great educational opportunity for the community,” he explains. “It will bring together those who wish to learn more about the history and culture of Israel.”
Being called a “Historical Preservation and Archaeological Treasures” tour, the itinerary includes in-depth tours of many significant and important historical Jewish and Christian sites including:
- The UNO-led archeological dig site of Bethsaida
- Tel Aviv and Jaffa
- Caesarea (A Roman port city)
- Acra (A Crusader stronghold)
- The Ghetto Fighters Museum
- Safed (Tzfat)
- The Sea of Galilee
- Beit Shean’s Archaeological Park
The trip will conclude in Jerusalem, where participants will enjoy a variety of tours including the Western Wall and the Old City; the Church of the Holy Sepulcher; the Shrine of the Book and the Israel Museum; and a visit to the fortress of Masada near the Dead Sea.
The estimated cost of the trip, including airfare, is approximately $5,000. The tour will cost between $3,000 to $3,200, depending on the final number of participants.
The price of the tour includes nine nights of accommodations at high quality hotels; breakfast each day; as well as three lunches and six dinners. Included in the cost is transportation throughout Israel, and all fees for scheduled site visits. Airfare to Israel is estimated at approximately $2,000.
There are a limited number of spots open for the tour. Interested parties are encouraged to contact Dr. Gershovich by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or Kasey Davis at email@example.com. The Schwalb Center can also be reached by phone at 402.554.3175.
For media inquiries, please contact Charley Reed, UNO media relations coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 402.554.2129.
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