NOTICE: Although the 2020 Israel travel course was canceled due to COVID-19, we are optimistic that we will all be able to travel again in the future to study and learn together. We are already planning our May 2022 travel course and do have a waiting list for students to apply to join us. If you would like to have your name added to this list please contact Dr. Deidre Butler at You will be contacted as soon as we start accepting applications in Summer/Fall 2021. By placing your name on the waiting list you have your spot reserved if you are accepted to join us in 2022 in Israel!

Join Professor Deidre Butler on a trip to Israel for course credit in May 2022!

Students will learn through a geographical exploration of famous sites all over Israel: Biblical Israel at the Temple Mount; origins of Christianity out of Judaism in the Galilee and in Jerusalem; Second Temple Judaism at Qumran and Masada; Rabbinic Judaism in ancient synagogues and in a special exhibit at the Israel Museum: Crusades at the ruins of a Crusader fortress; Jewish mysticism in 17th century Safed; the Holocaust at Yad Vashem. We will also learn about religious diversity in Israel by hearing from Women of the Wall, learning with local Arab, Jewish and Christian university students, spending time with Druze and Black Jews, share a traditional Shabbat in Jerusalem, explore a modern kibbutz, visit the Baha’i Temple in Haifa, and observing the meeting of secular and religious life on the beaches of Tel Aviv.

2020 Promo Video