Jerusalem and Bethlehem

The Calvin group decided to stay in the Middle East during interim break to visit a few places in Israel/Palestine. Much of the time was spent sightseeing. Popular destinations in Jerusalem were the Dome of the Rock, the Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, and the Mount of Olives. There was also a side trip to Bethlehem for one morning. Many students took that opportunity to shop but also visited the Church of the Nativity, the Milk Grotto, and the shepherds’ fields. The team also visited Silwan, a Palestinian neighborhood that is at the center of the Israeli-Palestinian controversy, and heard from a local man who works at a Silwan community center.

The Dome of the Rock and a Christian church - View from the Austrian Hospice where the Calvin group stayed.

People worshipping at the Western Wall.

Michael Valk in the tunnels by the Western Wall.

Michael Valk in the tunnels by the Western Wall.

Josh Betts at the Dome of the Rock.

Madi Goodman and Jake Ter Haar entering the Church of the Nativity.

Calvin student Amanda Kok and a Silwan resident who was paralyzed during riots in the neighborhood.

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