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An Interfaith Multi-Narrative Listening Tour to Israel/Palestine

An Interfaith Multi-Narrative Listening Tour to Israel/Palestine

PLEASE NOTE: The 2020 tour has been postponed until further notice. Please be in touch with Karen Nell Smith for more information on the postponed tour.

An 8-day journey to the Holy Land and its people that will engage your mind, body, and soul. Join a group of Jews, Christians, and Muslims for a unique opportunity to explore sacred terrain, both geographical and spiritual.  At the heart of this trip is listening with an open heart and mind to the life stories representing many different perspectives and experiences including Muslims in East Jerusalem, Christians in Bethlehem, former combatants, Jewish settlers, Palestinian refugees, and Jewish and Arab peacemakers. Our Israeli and Palestinian guides will model respectful dialogue and disagreement as they offer their respective points of view. Come to expand your understanding of the complex reality of this land that means so much to each of us as people of faith and strengthen relationships with other peacemakers and interfaith “bridge builders” from central New England and beyond. Teams of interfaith colleagues are encouraged to come together and return to their local communities to share from this experience.

More information about this tour is on the webpage of  the Open Spirit Center.

For more information on the group leaders for this tour, check out their bios here: Group Leader Bios

Check out the detailed tour itinerary (also located at the bottom of this page).

Check out a four minute TED talk by the founder of MEJDI in which he outlines the history and philosophy behind the company.

Before you Register:

  • Read through the Terms and Conditions
  • Do not book your flight until you receive the tour confirmation email from us. This tour requires a minimum number of travelers to run and we will send out the tour confirmation (and update this note on the webpage) as soon as we have met that number.
  • If you are registering for more than one person, please email Shannon Okuonghae ([email protected]) with the following information for each traveler:
    • Name (First and Last)
    • Email (If they would like to receive pre-trip communication from us)
    • Phone Number
    • If you are requesting single or double rooms. There is a single room supplement fee of $655 as the tour price is based on double occupancy in a hotel room.

$3000 per person

Trip Includes

  • 8 nights’ accommodation (double occupancy) in hotels listed in itinerary or similar as necessary
  • 2 MEJDI-Trained Guides for 8 days: Muslim Palestinian guide and Jewish Israeli guide in conversation throughout tour program
  • 7 days private bus transport, including 1 group departure
  • Meals as listed in itinerary
  • Entrances, sites, and honorariums for speakers
  • Audio headsets on touring days
  • Water on bus throughout tour
  • Customary tips for drivers, guides, hotel, and wait staff
  • Dedicated pre-trip customer service and on-ground support

Trip Does Not Include

  • Travel insurance-HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
  • International airfare
  • Single room supplement of $655, while available
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary, or listed as “on own”
  • Individual airport transfers outside of the group transfer
  • Anything not explicitly mentioned in the included section


Final Payment: Final payment is due 90 days prior to departure.
Prices: Prices are per person and are based upon shared double occupancy (unless
otherwise noted). Prices are also based on travelers holding a B2 tourist visa.
Additional VAT will be collected if traveling on any other type of visa/documents. In
case of human or computer error, MEJDI LLC reserves the right to re-invoice for the
correct price or service. A full refund will be made to passengers who choose not to
pay an increase, provided MEJDI LLC receives a written cancellation within five days
of the price increase notification.
Travel Insurance: Travel insurance is not included in the tour price. MEJDI LLC
strongly recommends the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance package,
which covers health, lost luggage, trip cancellation and trip interruption. Please note
that we cannot accept responsibility for any losses or expenses, which you or any
member of your party may incur as a result of failing to secure adequate coverage.
We can recommend travel insurance companies upon request.
Passport and Documentation: Your passport must be valid for at least six months
following your entry date to your travel destination. MEJDI LLC is not responsible to
provide any travel documents to any of our destinations, including visas. It is the sole
responsibility of the traveler to confirm with the consulate of each country visited,
about any necessary travel documentation/visas required to enter these countries.
Airlines and Air Tickets: Passengers are responsible to ensure MEJDI LLC has the
correctly spelled names for air tickets reservations. Due to newly introduced security
measures, any name change including minor spelling corrections may require airline
reservations to be canceled and re-booked. MEJDI LLC will not be held responsible for
the denial of services by a carrier due to any name discrepancy. Subsequent name
corrections will be subject to an airline re-booking fee of up to $300 per ticket. Air
reservations are subject to availability at the time of re-booking. All airline tickets
issued in conjunction with this tour are subject to air penalties per individual carrier’s
rules and regulations which will be applied.
Airport Taxes and Fees: All airline tickets are subject to a variety of foreign and
domestic government taxes which include security charges, the September 11th
Security Fee, airport facility charges, customs and immigration fees, inspection fees,
fuel surcharges and more. Taxes and fees are subject to change. Airport taxes & fees
which appear on the invoice reflect the taxes and fees that are applicable when the
original reservation is completed. These taxes and fees may vary prior to airline
tickets being issued. We reserve the right to amend the airport taxes & fees to reflect
any changes prior to ticketing.
Baggage: Luggage is the responsibility of the passenger/s and that of the airlines. For
lost/delayed luggage claims, the passenger is responsible for notifying the airline
directly. If travel insurance policy was purchased, all damage/loss must be reported
at time of incident and documented in writing by local authorities for submission to
the insurance company. As all airlines differ and restrictions change periodically, we
recommend that you call the airline directly with questions about your baggage
allowance. MEJDI LLC shall not be held responsible for any delay or damage to or loss
of luggage and/or personal items.
Tour Itinerary: MEJDI LLC reserves the right to change the itinerary due to
unforeseen circumstances. In all cases, MEJDI LLC will do its best to maintain the
content of the tour. If the tour services as indicated by the itinerary cannot be
supplied or there are changes in the itinerary for reasons beyond the control of
MEJDI LLC we will arrange for provision of comparable services. MEJDI LLC reserves
the right to make changes in the itinerary whenever MEJDI LLC deems it necessary to
the comfort, convenience and safety of the participant at any time. No refund will be
paid for unused services such as: transfers, sightseeing, meals, hotel accommodation,
entrance fees, and others that are listed in the tour program.
Meals: Meals are based on the hotel's or restaurant's buffet or set menu. In general,
beverages are not included, unless specifically stated.
Hotels Accommodation: Hotels will be provided in accordance with the itinerary or
similar. We reserve the right to make substitutions with hotels of equal standard.
There will be no refunds for any difference in the cost of those accommodations. All
rooms are standard twin-bedded rooms with private facilities, unless specifically
stated. Special requests such as bed types, smoking preference and connecting rooms
are subject to availability. Room selection in all cases, unless otherwise reserved, is
strictly at the discretion of the hotel's management on a run-of-house basis. Triple
rooms consist of standard twin beds plus a sofa/folding bed or cot for third person.
Not Included: Items of personal nature such as laundry, wines, mineral water,
beverages, coffee, tea, meals other than described in the tour details, any other
service not described as included, passport and visa fees, insurance.
Emergency Numbers: 1-703-349-1554 (USA) or 011-58-454-4847 (ISRAEL)
Documents: Your tour documents including: paper air tickets or E Ticket receipts,
tour confirmation voucher and all other related information will be sent
approximately two to three weeks prior to departure provided full payments have
been received.
Customer Service: All customer service issues and refund requests must be
submitted in writing and received no later than 30 days after your return. Refunds
are subject to a processing fee of $50 plus any hotel and/or supplier charges incurred.
Airline flight cancellations and delays for any reason are not the responsibility of
MEJDI LLC Submit your claim directly to the airline. MEJDI LLC does not guarantee
airline response.