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11.22.13 Issue

by Sara Juster, Chair, Schwalb Center for Israel & Jewish Studies Advisory Board

The Natan and Hannah Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies at UNO is pleased to announce a study-tour to Israel in the second half of May 2014. This “Historical Preservation and Archaeological Treasures” tour will provide participants with the opportunity to engage in a scholarly understanding of the significance and history of a diversity of sites in Israel. As Nate Schwalb said, “We are delighted that the plans for the first official UNO Center for Israel and Jewish Studies tour to Israel are now finalized. What a tremendous opportunity for students and adults from UNO and the Omaha area to participate in this learning experience. It will be a memorable experience for those who join.”

Dr. Moshe Gershovich, Director of the Schwalb Center will lead the trip. A native of Israel, Gershovich is very excited to return to his home country with a group of students and members of the community. “This study tour and the UNO class on Israel associated with it will provide a great educational opportunity,” he said. “It will bring together Jews and non-Jews who are noted in their interest in and desire to learn more about Israel.” Dr. Gershovich and several other Israeli academics will provide the participants with an educationally oriented program to enrich their understanding of Israel and its culture. The group will include 15-25 participants from a number of backgrounds, including UNO students, alumni, and faculty, as well as members of the Jewish and greater Omaha community.

The tentative itinerary includes in-depth tours of Tel Aviv and Jaffa, the Roman-Port city of Caesarea, the Crusader Stronghold of Acra (Akko), the Ghetto Fighter’s Museum, Nazareth, Tiberius, the Sea of Galilee, the UNO-led archaeological site of Bethsaida, and Beit Shean’s Archaeological Park. The trip will conclude in Jerusalem, where participants will enjoy a variety of tours ranging from the Western Wall and the Old City to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the Shrine of the Book and the Israel Museum. While in Jerusalem, the group will also visit the fortress of Masada near the Dead Sea.

If you wish to participate in this study-tour or want more information, please contact Dr. Moshe Gershovich by email at or Kasey Davis at or by phone at 402.554.3175.