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The Areas B & C trip is a modi­fied form of our flag­ship Bethlehem program that only visits Areas B and C of the West Bank, remaining in Bethlehem’s suburban areas. This trip does not travel to Area A. 

The program includes:

  • Orientation with secu­rity briefing and commu­ni­ca­tion training
  • Meetings with promi­nent communal leaders, non-violent activists, teachers, Sheikhs, school­children, teenagers and ordi­nary people
  • Visits to local schools, neigh­bor­hoods and villages
  • Cultural activ­i­ties including games, music and dance with local Palestinians
  • Political presen­ta­tions on the current situ­a­tion from Palestinian leaders — exam­ining issues such as the sepa­ra­tion barrier, Palestinian polit­ical parties and history of peace negotiations
  • Safe, facil­i­tated dialogue within a plural­istic Jewish group
  • Home hospi­tality with Palestinian fami­lies (optional)
  • Jewish prayer, Torah study and kosher food
  • Follow-up sessions including struc­tured processing and inte­gra­tion of experience

Our time together forever changed my perspec­tive. As a result, I am wise, burning with courage to deeply explore the human condition.”
— Matt, CORO fellow 

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Areas B & C Program — Sample Itinerary

Thursday

7:45am Participants meet in front of Inbal Hotel
8:00am Depart from Inbal Hotel
8:30am Arrive at Tent of Nations
8:45am – 9:15am  Opening Circle at Tent of Nations
9:15am – 10:15am  Visit to Tent of Nations
10:30am – 12:30pm  Tour of the Bethlehem Area and Separation Barrier
12:30pm – 1:15pm  Lunch at the Everest Hotel and Restaurant
1:15pm – 1:45pm  Drive to the Murad Resort
1:45pm – 2:15pm  Minhah (optional) and Dvar Torah (mandatory)
2:15pm – 4:00pm  Personal Narratives Panel of Palestinian Activists
4:00pm – 4:15pm  Tea, Coffee & Snacks Break
4:15pm – 5:15pm  Small Group Discussions
5:15pm – 7:00pm  Games and Interactive Activities with Palestinian Youth Leaders
7:00pm – 7:15pm  Maariv (optional)
7:15pm – 9:00pm  Festive Dinner with host fami­lies at the Murad Resort
9:00pm Go home with host fami­lies, or retire for the evening at the Murad Resort

Friday

~7:20am Breakfast served at the Murad Resort or with host families.
7:30am Shaharit (optional) at the Murad Resort
8:15am Reconvene at the Murad Resort
8:30am – 10:00am  Overview: Changing Facts on the Ground and Possible Future Implications
10:15am – 10:30am  Drive to Battir Village
10:30am – 11:30am  Visit to Battir Village
11:30pm – 12:150pm Lunch at Battir Village
12:15pm – 1:15pm Economic Analysis of the West Bank
1:15pm — 2:15pm  Return to Jerusalem
2:15pm – 3:15pm  Closing Circle

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