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Learning trip to Israel set for next summer

September 06, 2010

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Rev. William Harter, retired Presbyterian minister and specialist in Jewish-Christian and Middle Eastern studies, is partnering with Chambersburg Area School District Superintendent Joseph Padasak and Ian Jacobs, Chambersburg Area Senior High School teacher, to offer a learning experience in Israel from July 24 to Aug. 7, 2011.

This advanced seminar is designed for teachers, administrators, counselors, social workers and other educational professionals to learn about cultural and educational practices in Israel. Families, youth and other community members are welcome to participate.

Harter received his Ph.D. in Judaism and Christian origins, and has traveled to the Middle East on 43 trips. As an expert on the region and culture, he will work with Padasak, who has arranged for Wilkes University to sponsor the trip as a Special Topics in Education graduate course and provide three credits for each interested participant.

Special arrangements will be facilitated by the America-Israel Friendship League based in New York City, which specializes in educational, cultural and professional exchanges between the United States and Israel. Teachers will have the opportunity to meet with professional counterparts in specific vocational areas.

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The 15-day trip will include whitewater rafting on the Jordan River; an early-morning climb of Masada; a walk-through of Hezekiah's Tunnel, which is a major water source underneath the city of Jerusalem; and the opportunity to spend a day at a working archaeological site.

For more details and registration information on this summer seminar, go to http://www.avivtours.com/100724_Cover.html.

Harter can be reached by calling 717-264-3828 or e-mailing rter1551@comcast.net">wharter1551@comcast.net.

Padasak can be reached by calling 717-261-3300 or e-mailing padasjos@chambersburg.k12.pa.us">padasjos@chambersburg.k12.pa.us. Jacobs can be reached by calling 372-0946 or e-mailing jacobian@chambersburg.k12.pa.us">jacobian@chambersburg.k12.pa.us.

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