Subscribe for text, Facebook messenger or email updates on content drops.
A Coptic Christmas
Join us for a Coptic Christmas! Mina Abdelmalak was born and raised in Egypt. He gives us some perspective on how Christmas is celebrated by the Coptic Christians in Egypt.
Israel’s New Law: A Tale of Two Nation States
With Robert Nicholson
On July 19, Israel’s Knesset members passed a law called the Nation-State Law. Join Robert Nicholson, the Executive Director of The Philos Project, and learn more about its possible implications.
How Israel Changed Me
With Ian Swanson
Ian’s experience in Israel affected him dramatically and helped prepare, equip, and further his current and future careers. Join us today on Passages Voice to hear his story.
The Jewish High Holidays
With Dr. Faydra Shapiro
What are the Jewish High Holidays? Dr. Faydra Shapiro joins us on Passages Voice to answer some questions we had about the Jewish High Holidays.
Terror & Hope: Christians of the Middle East
With Rachael Reynolds
We are randomly giving away several copies of Rachael’s book to our Pulse community in October! Tell your friends to subscribe for a chance to win! After listening to the stories of Iraqi Christians fleeing ISIS, Rachael created a project featuring their portraits and stories. Buy her book on Amazon and 100% of the proceeds go to Christian families fleeing ISIS. (sponsored by The Philos Project)
Life and Death
With Navy Schrock
“A family member dying from cancer had rapidly lost all strength in the ten days I had spent away from home. During my last day in Israel, while I was wading along the shores of Caesarea and cherishing time with new friends, she took her last breath.”
Join Navy as she shares about how her time in Israel changed her perspective to a more heavenly one.
Theological Approaches to Israel
With Luke Moon
What are the different theological approaches to Israel? Why do they matter? Join Luke Moon, the Deputy Director of The Philos Project and Jeremy Rivers, the Managing Director of Passages as they dive deep into this topic.
Leadership Retreat: Fellow Talks
With Passages Fellows
All weekend we trained our next round of Passages Fellows. We love getting to know each of them better and watch them develop as leaders. We caught up with a couple of them this week to ask them about some favorite Israel memories!
Women in the Middle East
With Rebecca Gonzales
Today Rebecca Gonzales the Constituents Relations Director at The Philos Project joins us to discuss the reality that many women face in the Middle East today.
Passages Stands with Pittsburgh
With The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh
Will you put feet to your prayers by sending an unequivocal message of support to our Jewish friends? Donate today to the victims, families, and to the community of those affected by this tragedy, and Passages will send all proceeds directly to the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, who will be providing targeted relief where needed.
Middle Eastern Christians, Refugees and ISIS
With Juliana Taimoorazy
Juliana works tirelessly to help her people rebuild their lives that were torn apart by ISIS. Join her as she gives us some perspective about what the Christians of the East are facing as they try to return home.
Summer Contest Winners
With Passages Alum
Each travel season, we challenge our alumni to tell their stories. Out of hundreds of submissions, these three participants were chosen because of the way they grabbed our hearts and brought us into their stories. Watch and read their journeys! Rachel Bullard – Video Winner > Zachary Palmer – Essay Winner > Jon Rothermel – Photo Winner
Alumni Feature – Danielle Price
With Danielle Price
“The song ‘Oceans’ kept coming into my head… When I was in Israel again, after just returning from Iraq, the first song that played on our Sea of Galilee boat ride was ‘Oceans’. It brought me to tears as I realized how much God had brought me through.” Join us today as we hear from Passages Alum, Danielle Price, about her journey.
Philos Language Scholarship
Are you interested in learning a Middle Eastern Language? Check out this scholarship opportunity from the Philos Project! The deadline for applications ends December 14. Apply today!
The Lord’s Prayer in Aramaic
Passages fellow Christina Roldan, learned the Lord’s prayer in Aramaic and then transformed it into a beautiful song. Join her as she shares her incredible talent and sings at the church in Jish, Israel.
We are kicking off the New Year by serving others! This winter our participants visited the Joseph Project warehouse to hear about the vital work the organization is doing to serve those in need in Israel. They got hands-on experience, volunteering time in the warehouse to prepare materials needed for the work of the Joseph Project. Join them for some of the fun!
New Year – New Philos Chapter
Happy New Year! We hope that 2019 will bring many adventures for you. Jump start your New Year with us today as we learn more about how we can become better educated and involved in Middle Eastern issues by joining a Chapter with The Philos Project.
Encounter at the Wall
“It’s easy for things you haven’t experienced to feel abstract, like just a story somebody’s told. Your imagination paints a picture, and that’s all you’ve got. Experiencing Israel was the way the Jewish story became real to me.”
Read more to learn how Jacob’s encounter at the Western Wall changed his perspective.
The Aleppo Codex
Are you ready for a book that combines mystery, intrigue, and conspiracy with ancient history? From the desk of Robert Nicholson, the Executive Director of the Philos Project, join the journey of the survival of an ancient Jewish Manuscript that will keep you turning pages. Add it to your 2019 book list!
Music Brings us Together
“Music brings people together.”
Megan is a talented musician and her training in music changes her view of Israel and the conflict. Don’t miss hearing about her journey.
What is Shabbat?
Shabbat is an age-old tradition for Jewish people. Watch Rabbi David Nekrutman as he gives us some insight into why and how Shabbat is still observed.
The Jewish & African American Communities
Racism scars communities. Kristina King, our African American Affairs Director, saw these deep scars in two communities and sought to create a connection between them.
U.S. Presidents & Israel
Many Presidents stood hand in hand with Israel since its beginning. Learn more about the history of US Presidents and Israel!
2019 Middle East Update
30 MIN and 3 THINGS you need to know about the Middle East! 🤔 Don’t go through 2019 not knowing what the situation on the ground is.
“I was scared to death!” 😳 – Jena Powell | Passages Alum
See how that fear didn’t stop her but inspired her epic journey months later.
Queen Esther, Purim, and Women’s History Month
“For such a time as this.”
Find out why Chelsea felt these words deeply, and how it brought her where she is today.
We are at AIPAC! Some of our participants from around the US joined us in DC for this conference. Check out this highlight reel of our trip to DC!
with Robert Nicholson
Jews are the #1 victims of hate crimes worldwide, even though they make up a tiny percentage of the world’s population. Take a stand with The Philos Project and Christians everywhere and sign the #WeResolve resolution against antisemitism.
The Rise of Antisemitism
Looking for a new podcast? Check out this episode from Providence Magazine and Robert Nicholson on the rise of anti-semitism.
To Bring Us Peace
with Caroline Wilson
Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection gave us hope and peace! “…we have all had the same heart as Peter. We have denied Jesus in our thoughts, words, and deeds. We have not proclaimed to know the truth or reflected that we are people who live in the light. But praise God the end of the story is not our sinfulness or a dark Friday. Sunday came and will keep coming.” Read Caroline’s reflection on her time in Israel!
Spring Leaders Conference
Spring Leaders Conference 2019 is in the books! We gathered participants and faculty from around the US to train them for the coming travel season! Check out some of the highlights.
Youth Ministry, Teaching & The Middle East
Life is surprising! From full-time Youth Ministry to working with minorities in the Middle East, Brittany’s life completely changed. What propelled this change!?!
with Jenalynn Weed
What does The King’s College, Santa Claus and Israel have in common? Jump into Jennalyn’s journey to hear more!
Spring Essay Winner
with Kaylee May
Congrats Kaylee May on inspiring us and winning Passages Spring 2019 Essay Contest!
“As I tossed the stone from hand to hand, a wholly new and lovely realization entered my mind. God equipped a young, inexperienced boy with the precision and force he needed to kill a nefarious giant. Little people can win big battles.”
Spring Video Winner
with Lindsay Lannone
Congratulations Lindsay on winning our 2019 Spring Video Contest! We are officially #OnTheGround for the summer. Join the fun on our social media as we cover our trips live from Israel!
We are #OnTheGround in Israel! The first several days have been a huge success. Check out some of the highlights!
Trump’s Peace Plan
with The Philos Project
“Is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict fundamentally about land and territory?”
Our friends at the Philos Project take people from different fields and careers to the Middle East. Check out this article from one of their recent trip participants.
with Bryn Wicklas
Visiting Israel comes with many moments of joy but also moments of hard reality. Join Bryn as she reflects on one of those memories.
“Hope is an elusive concept, especially through painful mourning. But, when we look to God as we lament, it becomes worshipful.”
Summer Reading List!!!
Join us this summer as we dive into some great books! Learn more about the conflict, Israel’s history and the people of modern Israel.
- Israel: A Concise History of a Nation Reborn by Daniel Gordis
- Israel Matters: Why Christians Must Think Differently about the People and the Land by Gerald R. McDermott
- Letters to my Palestinian Neighbor by Yossi Klein Halevi
- Islamism and the Future of Christians in the Middle East by Habib C. Malik
with Yossi Klein Halevi
When neighbors meet and share their stories, it changes their perspective.
Join the author of “Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor” in this video series as he dives into one of the letters that his neighbor wrote back to him.
with Madeline Moler
Tension. This is the word she used to describe her time in Israel. Join Madeline as she reflects on her journey through Passages, The Philos Leadership Institute, and The Galilea Fellowship.
Summer highlights from Jerusalem! Hear from our participants as they tell you their favorite part of their trip this summer.
Ignorance is not Bliss
with Chloe Shoemaker
Traveling to Israel brings us all revelation in different ways. Read about Chloe’s revelation.
“Ignorance, whether that be our understanding or comfort, is not bliss in the eyes of God; rather it is a sign of a hardened heart. There is no faith without fear of the Lord just as there is no wisdom without fear of the Lord.”
Alumni in Israel
with Mattanah Dewitt
Our Managing Director, Jeremy, bumped into one of our alumni in Israel as she was working with a Christian minority in Jish. Learn more about her experience.
12 Principles of Communications for Leaders
with Jeremy Rivers
Communication. We all communicate, but as leaders what we say and how we say it is essential. Join Jeremy and Josiah as they break down the 12 principles that every leader should know about communication.
Back to School Rhythm
with the Passages Team
School is almost back in session! On many of your lists is studying, working out, and eating healthy. You’re jumping into a schedule, a plan, — let’s call it a rhythm for this fall. Here are a few ways you can include us in your fall schedule.
Happy Labor Day
with Russell Davis
Happy Labor Day! We hope you are enjoying it with family and friends. We wanted to introduce you to one our alumni today, Russell Davis. He has a big heart for people and Passages! Join him today as he shares his journey & how Passages has influenced him.
Handwritten Gospel in Greek found in Mosul!
“A rare copy of the Gospel, handwritten in Greek and translated into Aramaic, was found in the debris of a destroyed Orthodox church in Mosul, Iraq, the Association of Orthodox Journalists reported recently.”
What is your Calling?
with Scott Phillips
We all have a calling and passion. How do we know what it is and how to pursue it? Join Scott, as he tells his story of how he became the Executive Director of Passages. Listen all the way to the end for a few personal insights on how to advance and pursue your calling.
How To Make Challah Bread
with Naomi Kisel
Want to have some fun in the kitchen?! Challah is a special bread in Jewish cuisine, usually braided and eaten on ceremonial occasions such as Shabbat and major Jewish holidays. Check out the tutorial video and make your own!
How A Worldwide Crisis Is Connecting And Building The Global Church
with Serene Hudson
The opportunity before us as believers is great. How delighted and grateful I have been these past few days to witness my church activate its members. We have jumped into this ocean of opportunity to increase engagement and impact both in our immediate community and beyond.
A Modern-Day Exodus Story: Passover and Easter Holidays in COVID-19
with Dr. Faydra Shapiro
Dr. Faydra Shapiro discusses the helpful connections that both Christians and Jews can make between Passover, Easter, and this time of quarantine.
Watch Marco Rubio Speak On Leadership In Crisis
with Scott Phillips
Senator Marco Rubio shared his insights with us on leadership and faith during a time of crisis, as part of the 2020 Digital Speaker Series. If you missed the live webinar, watch it here!
How To Make Hummus
with Naomi Kisel
Do you love Israeli hummus? Well, you can now enjoy it from home thanks to Naomi Kisel’s video tutorial. Click below to learn how to make your own hummus, and don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more videos like this one.
Join The Self Leadership Challenge
with Jeremy Rivers
All great leaders must first learn to lead themselves, and right now is a great time to invest in the practice of self-leadership. Jeremy Rivers, our Managing Director, will host this challenge: a four-part podcast series encouraging us with ideas and reflective questions that prompt us to think, journal, and engage.
[email protected] Alumni Testimonies
with Luke Agase
In this four-part podcast series, Luke Agase interviews Passages alumni who share how God has impacted their lives. Our prayer is that hearing from amazing Christian college students who traveled to Israel with us, you will be encouraged to reflect on the Lord’s faithfulness in your life too.
Watch Dr. Nathan Thielman Speak On Faith & COVID-19
with Scott Phillips
Dr. Nathan Thielman, an expert on medicine and global health from Duke University, shared his insights with us on COVID-19 and how we as Christians can respond. If you missed the live webinar from the 2020 Digital Speaker Series, watch it here!