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Home From the Rabbi From the Rabbi - May 2010
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Dear Friends,

Would it be an understatement to say that Israel and the Middle East are complicated and difficult places?  The conventional wisdom is summed up in the phrase: “If it were easy, it would have been solved a long time ago.”  In fact, there are conflicts, not only between Israel and the Palestinians, but also between Israel and its Arab neighbors, and within both the Israeli and the neighboring societies.  Just when you think that you have a handle on one part of this multifaceted dilemma, another part rises up and confounds you.  I am minded to think that it’s like digging a hole in a sandy beach; no matter how careful you are, the sides almost always cave in and fill up part of the hole!

So, you might think that it’s not a good time to visit Israel.  Frankly, it’s as good a time as any and maybe better than most.  And that’s why Phyllis and I are leading another congregational and communal trip to this fascinating area of our globe.   We’ll be leaving Corpus Christi on Saturday, February 26, 2011.  We’ll have the opportunity to see Tel Aviv and the Israeli port at Ashdod, then drive up the coast with a stop at the fabulous archaeological site of Caesarea and then into Haifa.  In Haifa, we shall be hosted at the Leo Baeck High School, a school for all the children in the neighborhood, but run by the Reform movement.  From Haifa, it’s across the northern tier of Israel to the Galilee and Golan, then down to Jerusalem and the Dead Sea.

In addition to the regular itinerary, we are offering an optional extension to see the UNESCO World Heritage site of Petra in southern Jordan.  Look on-line at Petra and you’ll see why we want to make this extra excursion possible.

To find out all the details of the itinerary and how to sign up, follow these simple steps on your computer:

Enter www.ARZATravel.com in your search box.
Click on the entry that is titled “ARZA – Travel to    Israel.”
On the black line of titles, put your cursor on “Travel to Israel.”  A box will drop down that says “Israel Tours.”  Click there.
In the upper right of the screen, there is a box entitled “Tour Search.”  Fill in the search box with “Congregation Beth Israel” and click.
You will find an entry for Congregation Beth Israel of Corpus Christi.  Click on that entry and you will have all the information you need.  It will even provide you with both on-line and phone directions for becoming part of our group.
                   
There will not be a group flight for this tour.  Group flights require that everyone in the group follow exactly the same itinerary.  You cannot upgrade or use miles or use a different airline or schedule.  So we shall handle air reservations individually.  The earlier you sign up for the trip, the more flexibility and options will be available to you in terms of travel arrangements.  More information will be provided once you register for the trip.

Phyllis and I very much look forward to having you with us for this exciting adventure.  We’ll learn a lot about historic Israel, but we’ll also have the chance to explore modern issues with outstanding speakers.  So, maybe, next year in Jerusalem.

Shalom,

Kenneth D. Roseman, Rabbi
        



 

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