Elijah Interfaith
Summer School and Interreligious Leadership Seminar
Return to Jerusalem
24th - 29th July, 2022
31st July - 4th August, 2022
Jerusalem
After two years of only being on Zoom, we are able to offer the real-life experience of community-building and encounter with the holy city of Jerusalem that characterises an Elijah summer school, while continuing to offer the opportunity to participate on Zoom to those who cannot join us in person.
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Location

Live from Jerusalem
peta@elijah-interfaith.org

Do you yearn to return Jerusalem? Is the Jerusalem of your imaginings one you have visited in person or is it a vision, that you have visited in your dreams and in your prayers? Will you turn the dream into a reality by coming to the Holy City or will you return to it virtually?

What makes Jerusalem a site of pilgrimage to which believers return time after time?

What is “return”?

Is it to be where you have been before or is that impossible? Is “return” reliving previous encounters? Is it restoration or consolation? Is it about recommitment? What is the connection between “return” and repentance, purification and reunification? How do we understand theological concepts of “exile and return” in different religious traditions?

What is the connection between prayer and return to oneself? Is true prayer always a form of return?

What is a genuine prayer experience?

Topics include:

  • Jerusalem in Judaism, Christianity and Islam and in other traditions
  • What is the meaning of “return” in theological and spiritual terms
  • Loss and consolation
  • Exile and return 
  • Return to oneself – return to one’s identity
  • Return to sites of pilgrimage
  • Concepts of time
  • The meaning of real prayer

Summer school activities include:

  • Academic lectures
  • Panels of scholars and religious leaders from 6 different faiths
  • Small group textual study
  • Prayer and meditation
  • Workshops
  • Guided group discussion
  • Touring, visiting holy sites

Program

Day 1
24 Jul 2022
Day 2
25 Jul 2022
Day 3
26 Jul 2022
Day 4
27 Jul 2022
Day 5
28 Jul 2022
Day 6
29 Jul 2022
Day 7
31 Jul 2022
Day 8
01 Aug 2022
Day 9
02 Aug 2022
Day 10
03 Aug 2022
Day 11
04 Aug 2022

Jerusalem in Judaism

Rabbi Ian Pear

The need for “return”

Loss and restoration – grief and consolation. Exile and loss in our key narratives. Presentations from 4 different religious leaders/ scholars  

The concept of “return”

Repentance, purification, reunification, forming identity, return of individual to collective; dialogue and reconciliation. Textual studies (1 hour) followed by panel.

Returning to sacred places – pilgrimage

What makes a site holy and a magnet for pilgrimage?

Return to self

And processes of return as part of interior psychological map, activated in prayer.

Returning to historical roots

Different understandings of time/ history and the implications for religious life and for understandings of “return.” Echoes – Does shabbat turn into something universal?
Rabbi Alon Goshen-Gottstein

Touring

(will extend beyond 13:00)
Peta Jones Pellach

Touring

(will extend beyond 13:00)
Peta Jones Pellach
It is possible to register without payment. Please choose the full payment option if you plan to pay later or to request a discount or group price. If you live in Jerusalem, host an overseas visitor and receive a full scholarship to attend the summer school.

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