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Cross-Cultural Program

Palestine-Israel Summer 2015

Program Description

The Middle East is a dynamic and exhilarating region in which to engage the complex nature of global religions, politics and culture. It is a place that feels far removed from our own contexts but is in reality an inseparable part of humanity’s story. It is here that we will consider the impacts of this land, its peoples and their lives on the continuum of history.

Ultimately, we seek to make connections in our own lives as followers of Jesus in the present contexts of global empire and occupation. We will approach this task through our own immersion in the complexities of the present Palestinian & Israeli conflict as we live with both Palestinian and Israeli host families, hike sections of the Jesus Trail, visit sites of archeological importance, and consider the connections between the current Palestinian-Israeli political situation and the life of Jesus under Roman occupation.

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This seminar is currently open to qualified applicants.


Seminar Leaders: Eric Trinka and Linford Stutzman, Bible & Religion Department

Eric Trinka is a public school teacher turned seminary student with significant international tour leadership experience. He has ventured abroad with groups of all ages to destinations in Central America, Europe and the Middle East. His passion for adventure remains rooted in the Middle East, as does his academic pursuit of understanding humanity’s spiritual connections to Place.

Estimated Cost:
$4,500 – (subject to change)

Dates: May 4 – 25, 2015

Course Information
CCSSC 201 Cross-Cultural Social Science: Palestine-Israel (3 SH)

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Immunization Information

  • Routine  MMR, DPT series with last booster within 10 years, IPV or OPV, Hep B
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Typhoid – oral or injectable at least 3 weeks before travel
  • Polio
    Adults who have completed a routine series of polio vaccine are considered to have lifelong immunity to poliomyelitis, but data are lacking. As a precaution, adults (≥18 years of age) who are traveling to areas where poliomyelitis cases are occurring and who have received a routine series with either IPV or OPV in childhood should receive another dose of IPV before departure. For adults, available data do not indicate the need for more than a single lifetime booster dose with IPV. People of all ages staying in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza for >4 weeks may be required to show proof of polio vaccination before departing Israel, including the West Bank and Gaza. This dose should be officially documented on an International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP).

Immunizations and prescriptions may be obtained at EMU Health Services by appointment.
Immunizations may also be obtained from your local health department or primary care provider.