Meet the Living Stones of Israel/Palestine with Pilgrims of Ibillin!

Registration is open for two pilgrimages led by Pilgrims of Ibillin in 2015: 

If you’ve read Blood Brothers by Father Elias Chacour or followed the unique Mar Elias Schools he founded in Ibillin, Israel, don’t miss this opportunity!   For a study tour that’s more than a tourist experience of Israel/Palestine, please join us! Contact the tour leader at or 608-241-9281. Click on either date for a full itinerary and registration information.

Pilgrimage Group after tree-planting at Mar Elias

Pilgrimage Group after tree-planting at Mar Elias

~Stay 4 nights in Ibillin on the campus of the Mar Elias Educational Institutions (located between Haifa, Akko, and Nazareth). Walk where Jesus walked by the Sea of Galilee, but get to know his brothers, sisters, and neighbors in today’s Galilee as well. Visit Abuna Chacour’s native village of Biram, and Jesus’ native “village” of Nazareth. Meet with Abuna if his schedule permits. Talk with students in Mar Elias classes and over meals together in the Guesthouse.

~ Share an overnight with a family in Zababdeh and visit upper West Bank programs (Canaan Fair Trade Olive Factory, St. George Melkite Church ministries in Zababdeh) and holy sites (Sebastia, Jacob’s Well, Church of the Ten Lepers).

~ Stay 6 nights in Bethlehem and visit sites in Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Hebron, and the Dead Sea. Meet leaders of Wi’am, the Diyar Consortium, B’Tselem, OCHA, ICAHD, and the Tent of Nations. Experience the Holy Land as “the Fifth Gospel.” Visit Ramle, meet Dalia Landau, co-founder, and leaders of The Open House in Ramle (story found in The Lemon Tree by Sandy Tolan).

~ Leave with new stories to share, realities to ponder, and Facebook friends to keep!

 Click here for a full brochure for May pilgrimage.  This pilgrimage will begin in Ibillin and end in Bethlehem.

Click here for a full brochure for October Pilgrimage.  The fall pilgrimage will begin in Bethlehem and end in Ibillin.


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