Twenty-three women joined Sabeel on an inter-faith day and educational trip to learn more about the Samaritan faith and to visit the communities in the north, including isolated villages with a small Christian population.
The women met with the head priest of the Samaritan community and learned about the faith and the traditions of the Samaritans in the Nablus area. The women were surprised to see how the Samaritian traditions have been preserved from ancient times until today.
The Samaritans are adherents of Samaritanism, an Abrahamic religion closely related to Judaism. They practice the religion of the ancient Israelites prior to the Babylonian Exile, preserved by those who remained in the Land of Israel. Judaism, on the other hand, is a related but altered and amended religion brought back by those returning from the Babylonian exile.