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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: , , , , , , |

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