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The Exodus of Palestinian Christians from the Holy Land

The Holy Land between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea contains some of the most sacred spaces for Muslims, Jews, and Christians alike. Jerusalem is the holiest site in Judaism, the home of Jewish patriarchs and prophets since the 10th century BCE. On the same land, Muhammad both received revelation and

August 2nd, 2018|

Jerusalem: The City of Hope, Mercy, and Peace

The compilation of 23 essays by Christian leaders in “What Jerusalem Means to Us” reveals an intimate portrait of the City of Jerusalem as a living being whose story is complex and unfinished. Religious and secular authorities with ties to the Holy Land describe their relationship with a city whose

July 23rd, 2018|

BSCC has concluded another workshop to empower women in Birzeit

Birzeit, Palestine – On June 14, 2018 the Birzeit Social and Cultural Development Center (BSCC) concluded its three month workshop focused on crafts and arts skills, led by Sister Hanriette Mansour, from the Congregation of the Rosary Sisters and one of our very active BSCC members. The closing session included

June 22nd, 2018|

Ramadan Eid greetings from HCEF

Dear Brothers and sisters,   On this Eid al-Fitr, we wish to send our best wishes to our Muslim brothers and sisters on the occasion of this joyous feast, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan. May the Almighty accept your fast and prayers, enlighten all people

June 15th, 2018|Tags: , , |

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: , , , , , , , |