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NDC Travelers Blog from the Holy Land

Alumni, students, faculty and friends of Notre Dame College are currently embarking on an educational and spiritual adventure to the Holy Land. Until March 4, the group is exploring Israel from the lowest point on earth at the Dead Sea to the lofty heights of Jerusalem.

Presented by the Abrahamic Center, the 27 travelers are exploring the origins of the three great monotheistic faiths – Judaism, Christianity and Islam – as they visit Bethlehem, Nazareth, the Jordan River and the Sea of Galilee; they are experiencing both ancient and modern Israel as they sleep in Bedouin tents and enjoy the nonstop nightlife of Tel Aviv.

The group is blogging about its experiences daily. Check out the travel blog at NotreDameCollege.edu/blogs/israel-trip-2011

“There’s a real sense of adventure here,” said Associate Professor of Health Science and Psychology Roslyn Scheer-McLeod, who has organized Notre Dame’s educational travels for 15 years. “But there will also be spiritual engagement and time for reflection and prayer.”

This spirituality is what sets the upcoming trip apart from past ones, as the travelers will explore the origins of the three great Monotheistic faiths – Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

The experience is organized by Scheer-McLeod and Professor Mike Bloom, the director of the Abrahamic Center, which develops educational programs for the College and the Greater Cleveland community celebrating religious, racial and cultural diversity.

“I remember the first time I touched the Western Wall,” Bloom said. “You can’t fully understand the Torah and biblical text until you have experienced it.”

For Bloom, the trip is a chance to experience dialogue between different religions.

“You look at your own religion through somebody else’s lenses,” he said. “This is what the Abrahamic Center is trying to do.”