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New Art Course at BSCC

Birzeit, Palestine—The Birzeit Social Development and Cultural Center (BSCC), a project of the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation (HCEF), recently launched a new art course for women that seeks to help community members engage their creative spirit while enhancing environmental awareness. The course, which will be offered every Monday, uses

November 17th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , |

Birzeit Senior Citizens Advocate for Palestinian Heritage

Birzeit, Palestine – On Saturday, November 11th, a group of American pilgrims from Boston, Massachusetts, led by Father John Predmore, visited Birzeit Social Development and Cultural Center (BSCC) as part of their HCEF-organized pilgrimage to the Holy Land. BSCC Elders warmly welcomed the 23 pilgrims, captivating them with their life

November 17th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , |

Birzeit Social Development and Cultural Center (BSCC): Where the Young at Heart meet the young from Friends School

Birzeit, Palestine – On Monday, September 13th, fourth grade students from the Friends School in Ramallah visited BSCC elders, where the students were treated to an afternoon of singing, dancing, and listening to oral histories of Palestine. With the eldest member of BSCC aged 96, our community elders have a

November 14th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , |

Palestinian Christians welcomed Boston Pilgrims and Broke Bread with them

Bethlehem, Palestine – On Tuesday November 7th, a group of American pilgrims from Boston, Massachusetts, led by Father John Predmore S. J.,, Chaplain of Boston College High School, arrived in Bethlehem to commence their HCEF-organized pilgrimage to the Holy Land. The 23 pilgrims representing parishes throughout the Boston metropolitan area

November 14th, 2017|

HCEF holds another successful educational international symposium, “Jerusalem: The city of Peace for All”

Symposium Report by Carole Monica C. Burnett and Saliba Sarsar The Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation (HCEF) held its International Symposium on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at the Jerusalem Fund for Education & Community Development. With the theme of “Jerusalem: The City of Peace for All,” the symposium was emceed

November 3rd, 2017|Tags: , , , |

HCEF, Brigham Young University (BYU) and The Mormon Church Partner to Work Together to Support Palestinians

Salt Lake City, Utah – President and CEO of the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation, Sir Rateb Rabie, KCHS, recently visited Utah to meet with representatives of the Mormon Church and Brigham Young University (BYU) concerning how to build ecumenical support for Palestinians living in the Holy Land. During his

Debut Screening of Judhuri (My Roots) in Jerusalem, a short documentary by Loubna Turjuman

Washington, DC—On Saturday, October 28, Holy Land experts from around the world will descend onto Washington DC to take part in the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation’s (HCEF) International Symposium on Jerusalem, entitled: “The City of Peace for All: Challenges and Opportunities.” The Symposium seeks to raise awareness about the evolving

Bethlehem Museum Celebrate Palestinian Heritage Day

Bethlehem, Palestine – On Thursday, October 12th, Bethlehem Museum welcomed people from throughout Palestine to celebrate Palestinian Heritage Day. The day’s events, presented in partnership with the Palestinian Ministry of Culture and the Arab Women’s Union of Bethlehem, focused on honoring Palestine’s unsung heroes who not only keep our cultural

Birzeit Social Development and Cultural Center (BSCC) opens its Doors to the Community

Birzeit, Palestine—On September 18th, 2017, the Birzeit Social Development and Cultural Center (BSCC), formerly the Birzeit Senior Citizens Center, reopened its doors to the Birzeit community after a short hiatus this summer. The Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation (HCEF) initially opened BSCC in 2005 with the goal of maintaining and

September 19th, 2017|Tags: , , |

Minister of Social Development meets with Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation

Ramallah – On Wednesday, July 26th, Dr. Ibrahim Shaer, Minister for Social Development, met with Mr. Rateb Rabie, President and CEO of the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation (HCEF), and Dr. Hanna Hanania, Board Member of the same. During the meeting, they discussed how to fortify the Ministry’s partnership with

August 2nd, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , |

HCEF holds meeting with its partners in Bethlehem in honour of Dr. Hanna Hanania

Bethlehem, Palestine - In presence of its board member and president of the American Federation of Ramallah, Dr. Hanna Hanania, the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation (HCEF) hosted a business lunch for a group of partner institutions in Bethlehem in particular, and Palestine in general, in an effort to strengthen

August 1st, 2017|Tags: , , , , , |

HCEF President/CEO speaks at International Conference on the Question of Jerusalem, Baku, organized by the United Nations

Baku, Azerbijan – Sir Rateb Rabie, KCHS, President and CEO of the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation (HCEF), addressed the International Conference on the Question of Jerusalem, on July 20 and 21 in Baku at the Hilton Baku Hotel. The conference was held under the auspices of the United Nations

July 22nd, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

HCEF, CRS and HLHCS Complete Rehabilitation of Bethlehem Area Handicraft Workshops

Bethlehem, Palestine – On Tuesday, June 20th, the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation (HCEF) completed rehabilitating three Bethlehem area olivewood workshops as part of a project aimed at supporting artisan livelihoods. The project was carried out in collaboration with the Holy Land Handicraft Cooperative Society (HLHCS) and Catholic Relief Services

June 23rd, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , |

HCEF Completes Restoration of 7 Wells Serving Vulnerable Communities

Bethlehem, Palestine - HCEF recently completed restoration of 7 community wells in the Bethlehem area, providing clean, safe water to local non-profit organizations working with vulnerable communities. In total, the wells will provide 1,073  cubic meters of re-fillable water to 1,271 people. In collaboration with its partners, The Pontifical Mission

Seeing the Light in the Birthplace of Monotheism?

Saliba Sarsar, Ph.D.  Chair of the HCEF Research and Publication Committee and Professor of Political Science at Monmouth University. In addition to the diplomatic, political, and strategic components of his first international trip, U.S. President Donald Trump is seeing the light by highlighting the faith or religious dimension.  Stops include

May 21st, 2017|Tags: , , , , , |