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What Jerusalem Means to Us – Christian Perspectives and Reflections Book review by Dr. Stephen Corbin

Jerusalem, the shining city on the hill. We know you in antiquity, through song and scripture. We know you in our imaginations and our hearts. We know you in our contemplation, our prayers, and our anticipation. But, do we? In this new publication from the Holy Land Ecumenical Foundation (HCEF),

Easter Message from HCEF

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Once again it is that glorious Eastertide when hearts and minds of all Christians return to Jerusalem and the Holy Land.  It is the time of resurrection when Christian hope marks us all. The terrible events of Good Friday turn miraculously to the triumphant happenings of

March 31st, 2018|Tags: , , , |

HCEF and Wafaa Work Together to Support Women, Youth and Elders

Birzeit, Palestine – On Monday, March 12th, 2018, HCEF signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Wafaa, a capacity-building and microfinance organization that supports populations facing poverty and injustice. The partnership between HCEF and Wafaa will help HCEF’s Birzeit Social Development and Cultural Center (BSCC) to meet the demand for services

March 14th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

HCEF Poised for a Successful Year of Partnerships in the Holy Land During the visit of HCEF President, Rateb Rabie, KCHS

Bethlehem, Palestine—HCEF President, Rateb Rabie, KCHS, recently completed a two week visit to Palestine, meeting with long-time partners, dignitaries, and local supporters to put in place a plan for bolstering HCEF programming in Bethlehem, Birzeit, and beyond. The plan outlines ways in which HCEF can work collaboratively with local partners

February 5th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , |

The Christmas that Almost Wasn’t: HCEF Distributes over 450 Christmas Gifts to Children Around Palestine

Read this article in English - lea este artículo en español - إقرأ هذه المقالة باللغة العربية Bethlehem, Palestine—On Saturday, December 23rd, just a day before Christmas Eve, children around Palestine got the thrill of the season, after receiving an extra special visit from Santa with gifts, treats and festivities to

HCEF and BDF/AFBDF Galvanize Support for the City of Bethlehem

Washington, DC – On December 5, 2017, the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation (HCEF) held an event in Washington, DC to help launch a new initiative championed by the Bethlehem Development Foundation (BDF) called the American Friends of Bethlehem Development Foundation (AFBDF). AFBDF is a 501c3 charitable organization that will

December 21st, 2017|Tags: , , , , , |

Jerusalem: When will the Holy City witness Peace?

President Donald J. Trump’s declaration recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is problematic, to say the least. It is more pragmatic than principled, more political than ideological or religious, and more of a reward to his supporters at home than a wise decision based on a deep appreciation of the history

December 15th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , |

HCEF Statement on U.S. President Trump’s Unjust Decision on Jerusalem by Rateb Y Rabie, President/CEO

PRESIDENT TRUMP IS CRUCIFYING JERUSALEM, THE HOLY CITY OF PEACE U.S. President Donald J. Trump officially recognized Jerusalem as the political capital of the State of Israel. With a stroke of his pen – in one fell swoop of political posturing – he betrayed centuries-old international commitments to a shared

December 7th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , |

BSCC Celebrates Local Dheisheh Author, Osama Alayasa

Birzeit, Palestine — On Saturday, November 18th, 2017, BSCC hosted a book release celebration for Mr. Osama Alayasa’s latest novels entitled, The Cat of Bir Sabe and The Flower of Jericho. Mr. Alayasa is a beloved local author from Dheisheh Refugee Camp in Bethlehem, Palestine, who has won many awards

November 24th, 2017|Tags: , |

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: , , , , , , |