Advent: A Virtual Pilgrimage
PREPARE THE WAY… to welcome Jesus into our world and lives
Prepare for the birth of our saviour Jesus, join our
We will be visiting Holy sites in Jerusalem, Nazareth, the Judean
desert and Bethlehem with professional tour guides in the Holy
We will also have 5 lectures by well known Holy Land based Jewish
and Christian scholars to deepen our understanding of our faith
and the Holy Scriptures.
We will have the opportunity to interact with the lecturers.
To round off each weekend of activities, there will be an
opportunity of guided spiritual reflection - either individually
or in a group on the relevance of what we have heard and what this
means for us in our relationship with God and with one another.
Saturdays 13.00-14.30 GMT: A 90 minutes excursion with a local
tour guide (Holy sites in Jerusalem, Nazareth, the Judean desert
Lecture and spiritual reflection
(Sunday 13.00-15.00 GMT):
A lecture by a biblical scholar based in the Holy Land followed
by a short guided spiritual reflection.
The Sunday Session
50 min - Lecture
15 min - Question and Answer session with the speaker.
10 min - Break
10 min - Guided Spiritual Reflection
15 min - Personal prayer
15 min - Sharing (No obligation only share if you feel
05 min - Closing prayer
||Annunciation to Zachariah
||Jerusalem during the second temple period
||Dr. Debbie Weisman
||Annunciation to Mary
||Rev. Yohanna Katanacho
||Birth of St. John the Baptist
||The desert of the Holy land
||Waiting for the Messiah
||Dr. Marcie Lenk
||The revelation to Joseph when the angel
appeared to Joseph in a dream
||The mystery of Joseph the Just
||Fr. David Neuhaus
||Preparation for celebrating Jesus's birth
||Wings of hope
Jared Goldfarb - Based in Jerusalem
Originally from the woods of New Hampshire, USA, Jared
moved to Jerusalem in 1996 not long after completing his
degree in Russian Theatre at Brandeis University.
After then studying at Machon Pardes, the Hartman
Institute, and the National Tour guide Course, he served
for 8 years as the Program Director of Ta Shma:
Pluralistic Jewish Learning.
He now works as a freelance Jewish/Israel educator for
numerous institutions around the country.
Besides working as a tour guide, Jared is also a theatre
addict, an avid biker, and an environmental activist.
Hana Bendcowsky - Based in
Hana Bendcowsky is the programme director of the
Jerusalem Centre for Jewish-Christian Relations (JCJCR).
She holds a M.A. degree in Comparative Religions from
Hebrew University and has 20 years of practical
experience in interfaith activities in Israel and
She teaches in varied institutions, colleges, academic
programmes and Christian seminaries, including the IDF,
governmental offices and institutions.
She also works as a tour educator in Jerusalem.
Her expertise is the Christian Communities in Israel and
Jewish-Christian Relations in the Israeli context.
Nizar Halloun - Based in Nazareth
Christian-Palestinian Israeli citizen, photojournalist and
licensed tour guide.
While devoted to Jerusalem, his roots are in Galilee.
Specializing in the Byzantine and Crusader periods in the
Holy Land and has a soft spot for Christian denominations,
liturgies, and world religions.
Kamal Mukarker - Based in Bethlehem
Is a licensed tour guide in the West Bank for the
German, English and Arabic speaking tourists. He has
been working as a tour guide for the last 10 years.
He first graduated from Talitah Kumi a German Lutheran
school. after which he studied accounting in Bethlehem
University a Catholic University, in Germany in the city
of Ingolstadt achieved his MBA Masters in International
project Management, and did his further studies in USA
in the city of Boston as a Certified Public Accountant.
Kamal worked in Bethlehem University as a lecturer and a
project manager for a World Bank project in the area of
business incubation, where after that he diverted to
tourism as that is the field where he did find himself
explaining and lecturing about his Christian community
in specific and about peace in the holy land in general
and teaches at the bible collage the tour guide course.
His focus is on the biblical geography, history of the
land, and life in Palestine, he is married and a father
of four 3 girls and a boy. Kamal is also a basketball
player in the Palestinian league and trains women and
young men basketball.
Dr. Deborah Weissman - Based in
Born in New York City, Debbie settled in Israel in 1972.
Her Ph.D. is from the Hebrew University on the social
history of Jewish women's education.
She is one of the founding members of Kehillat Yedidya, an
Orthodox synagogue in Jerusalem's Bak'a neighbourhood
which integrates Halacha (Jewish religious law) with
feminism, tolerance and pluralism.
Debbie is involved with Jewish religious feminism,
interfaith dialogue and the religious peace movement.
Fr. David Neuhaus SJ - Based in
Born in Johannesburg. Religious profession in the Society
of Jesus (Jesuits) 1994. Ordained to the priesthood in
Jerusalem in 2000.
Completed BA, MA, and PhD (Political Science) at Hebrew
University in Jerusalem, and degrees in Theology at Centre
Sèvres in Paris and Scriptures at the Pontifical Biblical
Institute in Rome.
Appointed Patriarchal Vicar for Hebrew-speaking Catholics
by Patriarch Fouad Twal from 2009 – 2017.
He was also Coordinator of the Pastoral Care for migrant
workers and asylum seekers until 2017. Teaches Scriptures
at the the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem Seminary and in
the Religious Studies Department at Bethlehem University.
Dr. Marcie Lenk - Based in Jerusalem
Dr Marcie Lenk devoted her intellectual life and career to
organizing educational programs and teaching Jews and
Christians (and people of other faiths) to understand and
appreciate the basic texts, ideas, history and faith of
the other. She lives in Jerusalem, where she currently
serves as the Academic Director of Institute Saint-Pierre
de Sion, Ratisbonne: Bat Kol Christian Institute for
Jewish Studies. She teaches patristics at the Studium
Theologicum Salesianum at Ratisbonne Monastery, and Jewish
and Christian texts at Ecce Homo Convent, and the Tantur
Ecumenical Institute. For the last six years she served as
director of Christian leadership programmes at the Shalom
Hartman Institute. She received her Ph.D. at Harvard
University in 2010 and earned an M.T.S. from Harvard
Divinity School, as well as an M.A. in Bible and B.A. in
Mathematics and Jewish Studies from Yeshiva University.
Dr. Lenk has lectured in Europe, Israel, and the United
States, and has taught Early Christianity, Hebrew Bible,
and Rabbinic Literature at institutions such as Boston
University and City College of New York, as well as at
Jewish and Christian seminaries in Israel and the United
Rev. Yohanna Katanacho - Based in
Rev. Yohanna Katanacho is currently a full professor of
Biblical Studies and academic dean at Nazareth Evangelical
He is a Palestinian Israeli Evangelical who studied at
Bethlehem University (B.Sc.), Wheaton College (M.A.) and
Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (M. Div.; Ph.D.).
He has authored many books in English and Arabic including
"The Land of Christ: A Palestinian Cry".
Dr. Katanacho is an Old Testament editor for Arabic
Contemporary Commentary and Asia Bible Commentary.
He is also one of the authors of the Palestinian Kairos
Rev. Katanacho is married to Dina, the director of the
Arab Israeli Bible Society, and they have three boys:
Immanuel, Jonathan, and Chris.
Ursula Mukarker - Based in Bethlehem
Ursula is the general manager of the organization “Wings
of Hope for trauma” in Bethlehem since 2011, a holder of
three master degrees in Translation and Political Science
from the Rheinischen Friedrich-Wilhelms University, Bonn-
Germany, in Community Mental Health from Al Quds
University Abu-Dies, and in Clinical Psychology from
For the last ten years Ursula is a trainer and supervisor
Part of her work is raising awareness about mental health
issues, especially trauma in Palestine and its effects in
society, she also works to enhance the social and
psychological environment in her community. She believes
in the principles of human rights, gender equality,
integrity, transparency, and combating all forms of
She is married, a mother of two girls Leen and Zeina,
lives in the city of Bethlehem and belongs to its
The guides, have been suffering
from loss of income with few pilgrims to the Holy Land this year
because of Covid19.
Therefore we invite our virtual pilgrims for donations, the
majority of which will go to support guides, speakers and
charities in the Holy Land.
Register now for our pilgrimage by clicking box above