Hidden Treasures, a travel series prepared by Trio Orange, a Canadian company based in Montreal, Quebec, recently completed a Palestine-themed program, with Siraj Center providing logistical support as well as other on-site expertise. 

 

Hidden Treasures is focused on promoting Middle East countries and everything they have to offer, from well-known tourist attractions to "hidden treasures,"  with the programs focus on the rich history, people and must-see attractions of each nation. The film production crew

filmed scenes in places such as the old city of Jericho, Nativity Church in Bethlehem , Arafat's Tomb in Ramallah, the Muslim pilgrimage shrine of Nebi Musa, and much more; often using off-road jeeps in the Jerusalem Wilderness and also among the Bedouin communities within the Dead Sea region. The series will be broadcasted on the Canadian channel Evasion in Fall 2019 - stay tuned and let us know what you think of the program!

Wednesday, 22 August 2018 20:05

"Abraham's Children" Visit the Holy Land

This past July, Siraj was pleased to host an educational program entitled Abraham's Children: Searching for Justice in Israel & Palestine.

This intensive 14 day tour was led by Ann Fortin and Paul Parker, and focused on exploring many of the most important socio-political questions of the region through meetings, discussions and site visits.

Some of the organizations that "Abraham's Children" met with included the Educational Bookshop, Rabbis for Human Rights, Zokrot, Sabeel, WIAM, Tent of Nations, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the Edward Said Conservatory, and many more. And as with all of our programs, the participants were able to encounter everyday people and gain an on-the-ground perspective from the local "children of Abraham."  

Wednesday, 22 August 2018 20:00

"Cousins Tour" Returns Home to Palestine

We love all of our programs, but it's a special labor of love for Siraj staff to help Palestinians living or born abroad reconnect with their homeland through a heritage tour.

This July, Siraj worked with two Palestinian families from the United States to make use of a family trip to their hometown of Ramallah to visit such places as the historic Palestinian cities of Akko, Haifa and Nazareth as well as many of the key religious, cultural and historical sites of Jerusalem and the West Bank.

We hope the tour sparked a desire of the participants to return as often as possible and to encourage other Palestinians in "Amreeka" to take their own "Cousins Tour" with us.

Wednesday, 22 August 2018 19:55

Cambridge University Palestine Trek

Once again, Siraj was able to work with Cambridge University for another in-depth journey for its students through Palestine.

Their 8-day program brought them across the region, meeting with a range of local Palestinian civil society leaders in Jerusalem, the West Bank, and historic pre-1948 Palestinian communities in Israel.

Some of the highlights included meetings with diplomat and negotiator Dr. Sa'eb Erekat and Hanan Ashrawi, visits to the Old City of Jerusalem and the Samaritan community of Nablus, and even organizing Skype calls with Palestinian youth in Gaza. In the words of the program leader:

"The Cambridge University Palestine Trek facilitated by the Siraj Center brought 22 students on an unforgettable trip--getting to meet with and learn from everyone from local artists to politicians, journalists, top businessmen, and of course, talented young Dabkeh dancers! The group was so glad Siraj could take care of so many details for the trip they designed and only dreamed of!"

Have you thought of joining one of our Bike Palestine programs, but just have never found the right time to do so? Now is the time!

Our friend George Snow, filmmaker, teacher and enthusiast of all things Palestine and cycling, is returning once again to Palestine for an 8 Day, 7 Night cycling excursion through Palestine.

The program will begin in Jenin and end in Jerusalem, passing through the heart of the West Bank from big cities such as Nablus, Jericho and Bethlehem to small villages as Aqraba, Duma, Taybeh and more.

Along the way there's plenty of picturesque views, places of cultural and historical interest, and opportunities to experience the local cuisine, culture and hospitality.

We are in need of at least three more cyclists to join this program, with possibilities for more to join.  Interested?  Contact George Snow at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit bikepalestine.com

Wednesday, 22 August 2018 19:37

Siraj Autumn Volunteer Wanted

Siraj Center is looking for international volunteers to come and work with the Siraj team, starting in late September and lasting through the early winter.

Volunteers will work with our staff and local partners to help with administrative, media and development projects both at the Siraj office with opportunities to explore Palestine through site visits and occasional program accompaniment.

Volunteers must have proficiency in English, a basic ability to assist with English-language social media, content and report writing, and marketing, and a willingness to learn new skills.

We are able to offer letters of recommendation and notices of completion of a certain number of hours for those seeking a formalized work-study program or internship.

Volunteers must make a commitment to a set number of hours with Siraj, a willingness to abide by local laws and cultural norms, and be motivated to both work individually and also as a team player, and above all, possess a positive attitude!

For more information on volunteering, please contact name at email.

Until the olives are ready to be harvested....Siraj wishes you a pleasant (and temperate) end to the summer.

Wednesday, 22 August 2018 19:32

E-Bike Bethlehem Tour Now Available

Siraj Center is pleased to announce that the Bike Bethlehem Tour is now available.

This program was launched in response to an expressed interest in more alternative tours in the Bethlehem area,  We have added an inventory of battery-operated bicycles with all the necessary safety equipment, and have laid out an exciting new route for discovering the Bethlehem area as few international travelers have. Battery-powered bicycles have been an increasingly popular means of transportation for Palestinians as well as foreigners in the Bethlehem area.

Our program participants will enjoy the unique opportunity to discover all the sites and locations that our beloved Bethlehem has to offer.  this program can be a stand-alone day tour, or can be incorporated into a larger Siraj Center Tour. For more information on booking a Bike Bethlehem Tour and the tour itinerary, visit www.bike-bethlehem.com