Bus Trip to Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Bus Pickup from Ohr Kodesh Congregation, Chevy Chase

Dates: Monday, May 11, 2015
Time: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Speaker: To be Announced

Please join us for a trip to Pennsylvania Dutch country in Lancaster, PA, that will be rich in content and lush with beautiful scenery!

Why is the Foundation, dedicated to adult Jewish education, sponsoring this Jewish Learning on Wheels program to Amish and Mennonite communities? The Jewish community in the United States, Israel, and elsewhere is experiencing an explosive population growth of observant communities who have distinctive views on how to deal with tradition and how to limit the influence of what is known as “Modernity.” These largely self-contained communities have strong views about issues like primary and college education, their members’ role in the workforce, and where and how to live. These life choices are sometimes difficult to understand for Jews and others who live outside of these communities.

By going to Pennsylvania Dutch country, we will visit a non-Jewish community with its own traditions and views on education, group cohesion, and limitations on the influences of technology. Similarities and differences with other self-contained communities will emerge, and we will reflect on whether our attitude toward these distinctive communities is affected by comparisons with our Jewish co-religionists.

Our day includes a stop at the Mennonite Center of Lancaster, where the Mennonite community -- closely related to the Amish -- has created a small exhibit about their traditions, featuring a full-scale model of the Biblical Tabernacle.  Our group will take a special guided tour of the model.  After a short ride on our bus, we will arrive at the Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum, where participants can either bring their own food or pick up their pre-paid boxed lunches, for a lunch break in the village's dining area.  We will tour the village where crafts and foods are made using traditional methods, enjoy a lecture about the community's religion and lifestyle, and even sample homemade Pennsylvania Dutch delicacies like sticky buns, apple schnitz (dried apples), and apple cider.

A characteristic of all Wheels tours is a discussion with content while en route. We will utilize our time on the first bus ride to explore the ramifications of certain Jewish communities living separately from much of modern society. On the way back, participants may enjoy a film, or simply absorb the beautiful scenery in the region. The trip will be led by our experienced “Wheels” leader David Epstein, who has led six successful Foundation day trips. Join us!

If you're not sure if you are a Friend of the Foundation, call us!  Receiving Foundation emails does not guarantee that you are currently a "Friend of the Foundation,"  We can be reached at 301-770-4787.

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Friends of the Foundation - $80

General Public - $90

Tuna Wrap Cookie Chips Bottled Water - $10

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