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The Palestinian Summer Celebration 2021

 
 

Come and celebrate Palestine! The Palestinian Summer Celebration is a unique annual program that gives people from all over the world the chance to encounter the life, culture, and politics of Palestine.

Dates:
From 02 July – 31 August 2021
July 2021: from 02nd to 27th of July 2021 (1st month)
August 2021: 06th to 31st of August 2021 (2nd month)
 
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Learn Arabic at Bethlehem University, spend time with local families and volunteer with a community organization.

The Palestinian Summer Celebration 2021 will take place in Bethlehem from July 02 to August 31. The program consists of two terms: July 02 to July 27, and July 06 to August 31. Program participants can choose to stay for one or both terms. The celebration is organized by Siraj Center for Holy Land Studies in partnership with Bethlehem University (www.bethlehem.edu). Program participants will have the opportunity to meet and learn with accomplished speakers, experts, activists, and officials.

Read about some of our participants' experiences:

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2008

The dates of the program are subject to change due to the dates of the Arabic course at Bethlehem university 

Programs are subject to change.

FIRST Month (July 2 - July 27, 2021):

Friday 02 July 2021: Arrival and orientation 

Guests will arrive at their accommodation in Bethlehem.  

At evening Orientation for the participants at Siraj Center by Siraj Center staff 

Saturday 03 July 2021: Classes and volunteer work.

AM: Class at Bethlehem University.

PM: Volunteer work or free afternoon

Sunday 04 July- Monday 05 July 2021: Classes and volunteer work.

AM: Class at Bethlehem University.

PM: Volunteer work or free afternoon

Tuesday 06 July 2021: volunteer work and maybe cooking class

Wednesday 07 July 2021:  Day Tour – Hebron 

We will tour the old city of Hebron and meet with Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT Palestine) organizations committed to peace and reconciliation in Palestine. We will visit traditional glass and pottery factories, Ibrahimi Mosque, The Tombs of the Patriarchs, and converse with locals. On the way back to Bethlehem we will stop at the Tent of Nations to hear stories about the conflict. Back to Bethlehem 

Thursday 08 July 2021: Free Day

Friday 09 July 2021: volunteer work and maybe cooking class

Saturday 10 July 2021: Free day

Sunday 11 July 2021: Day Tour – Jerusalem

We will explore the Mount of Olives and the Old City of Jerusalem, Al Aqsa Mosque, the Western Wall, and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. In the afternoon we will meet with the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) for a tour and lecture regarding the geo-political situation in Jerusalem. After that we will go to B’Tselem—an Israeli NGO committed to documenting and educating the Israeli public about human rights abuses in Occupied Territories—and meet leading figures in the fight for human rights.

Monday 12 July – Wednesday 14 July 2021: Classes and volunteer work. 

AM: Class at Bethlehem University.

PM: Volunteer work or free afternoon

Thursday 15 July 2021: volunteer work and maybe cooking class

Friday 16 July 2021:

Saturday 17 July 2021: Free Day

Sunday 18 July – Tuesday 20 July 2021: Classes and volunteer work. 

AM: Class at Bethlehem University.

PM: Volunteer work or free afternoon

Wednesday 21 July 2021: volunteer work and maybe cooking class

Thursday 22 July 2021:  Day Tour – Jericho and the Dead Sea

On this day-trip we will visit the world’s oldest continuously thriving city—Jericho—whose settlements date back to 9000 BCE. In the early morning we will hike Wadi Qelt, the Mount of Temptation, and Tel Jericho. In the afternoon we will float in the famous, salt-dense and mineral rich Dead Sea.

Friday 23 July 2021: Free Day

Saturday 24 July – Monday 26 July 2021: Classes and volunteer work. 

AM: Class at Bethlehem University.

PM: Volunteer work or free afternoon

Tuesday 27 July 2021: Departure date 

 

SECOND MONTH (August 06th - August 31st 2018):

Friday 06th August 2021: Arrival, transfer to your accommodation. 

At evening Orientation for the participants at Siraj Center by Siraj Center staff 

Saturday 07th August 2021: 

AM: Class at Bethlehem University.

PM: Volunteer work or free afternoon

Sunday 08th August – Monday 09th August 2021: Classes and volunteer work.

AM: Class at Bethlehem University.

PM: Volunteer work or free afternoon

Tuesday 10th August 2021: volunteer work and maybe cooking class

Wednesday 11th August and Thursday 12th August 2021: Day Trip – Nazareth and Galilee 

We will travel to Nazareth and Galilee for an overnight excursion, and participants will learn about the current state of Israel and the 1948 catastrophe. Along the way we will meet with Ittijah, a coalition of Arab community organizations, tour destroyed and unrecognized villages, see Haifa, Jaffa, and Akko, and visit a number of holy sites. We will return to Bethlehem late on Sunday night.

Friday 13th August – Monday 16th August 2021: Classes and volunteer work. 

AM: Class at Bethlehem University.

PM: Volunteer work or free afternoon

Tuesday 17th August 2021: volunteer work and maybe cooking class

Wednesday 18th August 2021: Day Trip –Jericho 

This day we will have a tour to Jericho, hike in the Wadi Qelt or tour Jericho (Hisham’s Palace), Cable car to lunch on Mt. of Temptation and visit monastery and Elisha’s Spring, visit the traditional baptismal site; float in the Dead Sea. Drive back to Bethlehem.

Thursday 19th August 2021: Free Day

Friday 20th August – Monday 23rd August 2021: Classes and volunteer work. 

AM: Class at Bethlehem University.

PM: Volunteer work or free afternoon

Tuesday 24th August 2021: volunteer work and maybe cooking class.

Wednesday 25th August 2021: Day Trip – Northern West Bank

In the Northern West Bank, we will tour the cities of Qalqilieh, Tulkarem and Jenin. In Jenin, we will visit the Arab American University. We will also meet with local organizations and officials, see refugee camps, and learn about regional living conditions.

Thursday 26th August 2021: Free Day

Friday 27th August – Sunday 29th August 2021: Classes and volunteer work. 

AM: Class at Bethlehem University.

PM: Volunteer work or free afternoon

Monday 30th August 2021: free day

Tuesday  31st August 2021 : Departure