Starting in Jerusalem, the sixth form RS group experienced one of the most vibrant and holiest cities in the world; the startling differences in culture appealed to all the senses. What a range of connections they made with their own studies: amongst other activities, they discovered the old city, the birthplace at Nazareth, walked in the footsteps of Christ on the Mount of Temptations at Jericho, visited an ancient palace and fort at Masada and sailed on the Sea of Galilee. In stark contrast they spent time together at the Holocaust Memorial of Yad Vashem in sober reflection on how we have treated each other.
This trip was an amazing opportunity to learn about religion, culture and politics. My favourite day was when we visited the different religious sites in Jerusalem, including the Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and the Dome of the Rock. Seeing some of the holiest sites for Judaism, Christianity and Islam in such close proximity really made me think about the similarities and differences between the religions, and consider the amount of conflict over such a small area of land that has occurred over the last 3,000 years. Jerusalem is a very perplexing place!
Clara Tuffrey Y12
Travelling to Israel left a great humbling feeling in you. Its history is so present in people's everyday lives. Visiting the different religious sites was both beautiful and emotional. What I found so interesting was the complex and diverse scale of religious groups. The city of Jerusalem is strikingly different from any other place in the world, and its political social and historical meaning is felt every day, within the city and throughout the world.
Amy Gordon Y12