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"Wedding feast at Cana," Greek Catholic Patriarchate, Jerusalem (Photo: James Heinsch, OFM)

The following web sites marked by * are institutions, places, and groups which have been visited on the 1996, 1999, and/or 2001 study tours. Other sites have related information. The sites are divided into the categories of "General," "Women," and "Education and Children," but topics often overlap from one category to the other.

To develop understanding and skills in critical analysis, one needs to read sources from many perspectives. While one may disagree, it is valuable to be aware of differing points of view.


Al-Haram al-Sharif, the Noble Sanctuary


Alternative Information Center

*Alternative Tourism Group

*Applied Research Institute Jerusalem :

A menorah, reminiscent of Jewish women kindling the festival lights, is used as a symbolic sculpture in front of the Kenneset. (Photo: Martha Ann Kirk)

*Archeological Sites in Israel

*Bible Lands Museum

 *Biblical Resources Center

B'Tselem: the Israeli Information Center

Churches for Middle East Peace

*Christian Information Centre

*Christian Peacemaker Teams

Compassionate Listening Project


*Eastern Rite Churches

Foundation for Middle East Peace

Gush Shalom

The pools of Bethsaida, according to an ancient story were where Anne and Joachim the parents of mary lived and prayed for a child. Jesus worked a miracle there and the Crusaders built St. Anne's Church there. (Photo by Alan P. Bowslaugh)
Hague Appeal for Peace

Holy Land Alternatives

International Fellowship of Reconciliation HTTP://WWW.IFOR.ORG

Israel Ministry of Tourism

*Israel Museum

Israel-Palestine Center for Research and Information

Israeli-Palestinian Human Rights and Peace Groups

Jewish-Palestinian Living Room Dialogue Group

Jewish Peace Fellowship

*Knesset, the Israeli Parliament

*Kol Haneshama Synagogue

Middle East Report

New Israel Fund

Nonviolence Web

Not in My Name

Palestine Media Watch

Palestinians for Peace and Democracy


These millstones at Capernaum give an image of Jesus' saying about two women turning them and grinding grain together.

*Rapprochement Center

Rabbis for Human Rights

Refusnik Watch

*Sabeel Theology Centre


*Tantur Ecumenical Center

Tikkun, a Bimonthly Jewish Critique of Politics, Culture & Society

Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum

We Are Jews, Not Zionists

Welcome to Palestine




Arab Association for Human Rights, Women's Human Rights

"Tradition Continued," a painting by Salwa Arnous Elaydi.

*Bat Shalom

*Women's Center of Berzeit University

*Coalition of Women for a Just Peace

Gender Issues and Feminism in Peace Building

Machsomwatch, Women for Human Rights

*New Profile

United Nations Development Fund for Women

*Women in Black



The story of David seeing Bathsheba taking a bath is more understandable as one sees the views of the houses on the side of the hill in this area of David's city. (Photo: Alan P. Bowslaugh)

*Berzeit University and

*Bethlehem University

Defense for Children International/Palestine Section

Givat Haviva

*Hebrew Union College Jerusalem

*Hebrew University

Hope Flowers School

One can understand better the parable of the women loosing her coin seeing this this rough floor of an excavated house in Chorozain. (Photo: Martha Ann Kirk)

International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Nonviolence for the children
of the world.

Israel Children's Rights Monitor

Kids' Drawings for Peace

Middle East Children's Alliance

Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam

Open House



(A list made by Martha Ann Kirk from the New RSV Translation as printed in the Oxford Annotated Bible and indexed in the computer program.)

As preparation for the Holy Land Tour, try to read all of Mark's gospel from beginning to end (which can be done in about two hours). This seems to be the gospel closest to the time and life of Jesus.

Read some of the citations on the list below which refer to the main areas that we will be visiting. Since Jerusalem is mentioned over 900 times and Jordan almost 200 in the Bible, only some of the citations are being included. Click to see the list.

Egaria, the woman pilgrim who kept a diary about the holy places she visited in the 380's wrote of this stone where Christians remembered Jesus' multiplication of the loaves and fishes. Benedictine Church, Heptapegon. (Photo: Roberto Mueller)

Study a map from the time of Jesus and a current map of the region, circle the places that we will visit, and read the biblical citations about these places.

Study charts and history about Eastern Christian Traditions:

Most of us in the U.S. are only familiar with the Western churches, Catholic and Protestant, that came out of the Roman branch of Christianity. Ninety percent of the Christians in the Holy Land are from the older Eastern branches of Christianity. Try to do some reading about Orthodox Christians and Eastern Catholic Christians.