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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: , , , , , |

HCEF Celebrates World Fair Trade Day

Bethlehem, Palestine – On Friday, May 12th, the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation (HCEF) celebrated World Fair Trade Day by offering a workshop for local handicraft artisans on “Safety in the Workplace.” The workshop, co-organized by HCEF, Catholic Relief Services (CRS/JWBG), Holy Land Handicraft Cooperative Society (HLHCS), Bethlehem Chamber of

May 15th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

HCEF and Pontifical Mission for Palestine Launch another New Community Development Projects to Support the Christian Community

Bethlehem, Palestine – On Tuesday, May 2nd, the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation (HCEF) signed an agreement with its longtime partner, the Pontifical Mission for Palestine (PMP) to launch four new community development projects throughout Palestine. The projects will provide much needed support to Christian community organizations working for the

May 9th, 2017|Tags: , , |

Knights Of Columbus, Maryland State Council – District 18 In Partnership With HCEF Launches Committee To Support Persecuted Christians In The Middle East

On Thursday, April 27th, the Knights of Columbus, Maryland State Council – District 18 launched the Christian Solidarity Action Committee (CSAC) in partnership with HCEF, and in response to the incredible persecution, dislocation and distress affecting thousands of Christians in the Middle East. The launch was announced and followed by a lecture by

May 8th, 2017|Tags: , , , , |


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May 3rd, 2017|

Birzeit Senior Citizens Celebrate Mother’s Day in Style with the Young

The usual sleepy town of Birzeit erupted with laughter and music on Monday, as Elders gathered at Birzeit Senior Citizens Center (BSCC) to celebrate Palestinian Mother’s Day. The celebration has special significance to the elders at BSCC, many of whom have children living abroad as economic migrants. Community

March 23rd, 2017|Tags: , , , , , |

HCEF Breaks Ground on Well Restoration Project for Vulnerable Communities

HCEF recently broke ground on a collaborative project to restore 7 community wells in the Bethlehem area, providing clean, safe water to local non-profit organizations working with vulnerable communities. Last week, HCEF celebrated the restoration of its first water cistern of the project—a 200 cubic meter well at the Antonian

HCEF Renovates Water Cistern to Provide Drinking Water for 370 Children at Rosary Sisters School

On February 16, 2017, HCEF completed the renovation of a water cistern to provide drinking water for 370 children at the Rosary Sisters School in Bethlehem. The school, founded in 1893, was built to serve Christian and Muslim children from low-income backgrounds in the Bethlehem area. Many of the students

February 20th, 2017|Tags: , , , , |

HCEF Commits to Support Vulnerable Communities across the Holy Land

On Monday, January 30th, 2017, The Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation (HCEF), The Pontifical Mission for Palestine (PMP), and The Applied Research Institute, Jerusalem (ARIJ) signed an agreement with nine community-based organizations to restore local community wells and implement sustainable and environmentally friendly solutions for their agricultural and development projects.

HCEF Board of Directors member Hugh Dempsey receives the “Manifesting the Kingdom Award” from the Archdiocese of Washington

On January 8, 2017, Dr. Hugh Dempsey, KMOb was given the Archdiocese of Washington's "Manifesting the Kingdom Award".  The award, presented by His Eminence Cardinal Donald Wuerl during the celebration of Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, recognizes Dempsey for his strong dedication and

January 18th, 2017|Tags: , , , |

Taking Peace Seriously – A Must for the Holy Land

Rateb Y. Rabie, KCHS, and Saliba Sarsar, Ph.D.* A flurry of major diplomatic activities and declarations relating to Palestine and Israel is surrounding the transition in the United States from the Obama Administration to the Trump Administration.  It seems that relevant parties are trying to catch up with what they

January 8th, 2017|