A View of Umm al-Fahem
The trip to Umm al-Fahem, an Arab Muslim city in Israel, takes place during the holy month of Ramadan. Umm al-Fahem, which was established as early as the early 13th century, has a rich history and culture, which we explore on our one day field-trip with a local guide.
The trip begins in the afternoon with a walking tour of the village of Barta'a, an Arab village divided by the Green Line. Students will see how this boundary line has affected the lives of the villagers as they walk through the Barta'a market and observe preparations for the Ramadan feast.
Then, students proceed to Umm al-Fahem to watch a breathtaking sunset over the city before enjoying a Ramadan feast with a family in their home.
After the meal, students take a walking tour through Umm al-Fahem and visit a bakery to have Ramadan sweets for dessert. Along the way, students learn about grassroots organizations in Umm al-Fahem and surrounding villages, as well as the history of the area.