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Visiting Jerusalem and looking for Christmas tidings? Or perhaps you are planning to tour Bethlehem and wish to find some authentic olivewood carvings or ornaments to take home.
Jerusalem offers two wonderful Christmas Bazaars which are open to the public on November 30th:
1. Jerusalem Expat Women's Charity Bazaar - 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, American colony hotel Jerusalem Saturday November 30th. Proceeds benefit the UN Sabaya Programme aimed at empowering rural women. Many handmade tunics for women, children and other handmade textiles will be available for purchase. Entrance is free.
of the Redeemer - in the courtyardof the Church on Muristan Road from
1:00 - 4:00 pm with childrens activities, Santa Claus, gift items and
more. Cost 5 shekel to enter.
Bethlehem is also hosting a number of Christmas bazaars which are wonderful for the whole family:
1. Join the Christmas Market (01-08/12/2013) that will take place on the Manger Square in Bethlehem, just in front of the Nativity Church as well as the Childrens Parade. The market will open on the 2nd of December at 11 am. The first part of the day is organized by the Bethlehem Peace Center and features inte
Millions of Christians worldwide will be participating today, October 6, in the Annual Day to Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem event which is held on the first Sunday every October. The event, to be broadcast live on God TV beginning at 6:30 pm Israel Time, 11:30 am EST, will be watched by well over 100 million viewers worldwide.
According to Robert Stearns, senior pastor of Eagles' Wings Ministries based in Buffalo NY and the founder of the annual Day to Pray, "Christians from China to Germany and from Kenya to Brazil will be raising their voices in fervent intercession with His Son, on behalf of Jerusalem and all her inhabitants, both Jew and Arab alike in response to what is happening in the world today, and in alignment with God's word in Psalm 122:6-7:
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
"May they prosper who love you.
Peace be within your walls,
Prosperity within your palaces."
The live event will be taking place in Jerusalem at the Clal building in the heart of the city. The important Day of Prayer was established by Stearns to remind people of Jerusalem and to pray for the peace of this all important city.
Despite the recent tensions in Syria, over 5,000 Christian pilgrims from nearly 100 nations will descend on Jerusalem for the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem's annual celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles. The festival begins Friday evening (20 September) in Ein Gedi at the Oasis Hotel and continues to Jerusalem's International Convention Center for the remainder of the week of Sukkot. The weeklong celebration is expected to generate $16 million in revenues, and is the largest annual tourist event to Israel.
"We are thrilled that thousands of Christians from all over the world will be arriving in Jerusalem this week to take part in our annual Feast gathering, despite the recent tensions in the region over the Syrian conflict," said Dr. Jürgen Bühler, the ICEJ's Executive Director. "Their visit to Jerusalem is a timely message of solidarity with the people of Israel." According to David Parsons, the ICEJ media director, there have been no cancellations to this years event.
Many key Christian leaders from around the world will be speaking during the feast. Billy Wilson, Rene Terra Nova, Lance Lambert, Howard Flower, and Susan Hattingh are just a few of the notable pastors scheduled to speak at the celebration.
Nearly 1,000 Christians gathered at the base of the Sea of Galilee to declare "Israel is forever" in a concert that kicked off a massive eight-day tour of the Holy Land with the Christian satellite channel, God TV.
"I welcome you to the homeland of your faith," Tourism Minister Uzi Landau told the crowd.
Kim Clement, a prophet and musician based in California, orchestrated the concert which dramatically recounted the restoration of Israel as a state through vivid images of the Holocaust and Middle Eastern music and dance.
Clement was joined - in a touching moment and perhaps the highlight of the evening - by members of a musical band from Shalva, an organization for children with special needs. The two teenage singers and musician from the Shalva band sang a version of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah and a song written especially by Clement for the Shalva children.
Shalva kids performing with Kim C
In the vision of Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat and deputy mayor Naomi Tsur, green is the new gold. The two politicians hope to bring 10-million tourists and pilgrims to Jerusalem by the end of the decade, up from the current four million, by branding the holy city as both an environmental mecca and pilgrimage destination for the world's four billion Jews, Christians and Muslims.
Pursuing that agenda, Tsur - who founded the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel before entering municipal politics - orchestrated the First International Jerusalem Symposium on Green and Accessible Pilgrimage which opened here Sunday at a multi-faith gala at the landmark YMCA.
Amongst the highlights of the five-day congress, which coincides with Earth Day on April 22, was the display of 18 "Cool Globes" on exhibit at the nearby Mamilla Mall. Each of the five-foot diameter orbs artistically showcases a different solution to climate change - from solar power to rooftop gardens, and green buildings to fuel efficiency.
Initiated in Chicago in 2006 by environmental activist Wendy Abrams as a public art project dedicated to increasing awareness of global warming and climate change, "Cool Globes: Hot Ideas for a Cooler Planet" sponsored an exhibit of 125 sculptures decorated with solutions to global warming. The works were on prominent display in Grant Park near the Field Museum of Natural History, the Shedd Aquarium and the Lake Michigan bike path
Beginning at sundown on April 14, Israel will begin its annual Memorial Day celebration (Yom Hazikaron. Across the country relatives of fallen soldiers and victims of terrorist attacks will gather at cemetaries and at their homes in remembrance of their loved ones. At 8 pm this evening a siren sill sound for one minute marking the beginning of Memorial Day. At 11 pm tomorrow, April 15, a two minute alarm will sound after which memorial day services will be held at locations across the country.
Each year Israel stops to remember those who fell in its defense and in terror attacks. As the sirens sound, people will stop on the street, halt their vehicles and get out of their cars, stand in their places of work, or at school, in order to remember those who have been killed.
In honory of Memorial Day, Prime Minister Netanyahu met today withBen Reuven (David Herman), the song writer that wrote "The Yonatan Victory March", in 1976 which was written in memory of the Prime Minister's brother, Lt.-Col. Yonatan Netanyahu, and sing it.
Reuven told Prime Minister Netanyahu, "Like I wrote on the back of the disc, I am among the millions of people around the world who were deeply impressed by the daring and heroism of the Entebbe operation. I wrote the song and set it to music almost 40 years ago out of the urge to express my admiration for the great achievement of the Entebbe operation and the late Yoni Netany
Lina Makhoul, became the first Christian Arab girl to win Israel's popular televised talent show, "The Voice", which completed its second season last night. The 19 year old girl from Akko sang Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah beating out a young Orthodox girl from Ashdod. Israel's reality show, "The Voice" is a franchise of the international version of "The Voice", based on the singing competition launched in the Netherlands. The show features renowned popular performing artists who initially hear the singers in blind auditions where they cannot see, only hear the auditioner. If selected as part of their group, the artists then train the contestants who are then judged by the audience in a number of rounds until one is eventually selected as the winner.As the winner, Makhoul receives a record contract and a scholarship to attend music school.
Photo credit: screenshot of Channel 2 television, Israel.
With around the clock news coverage of Obama's historic first visit to Israel as United States President, its pretty difficult not to have one of the millions of photographs or videos about Obama's arrival. But most news organizations didn't take the time to show the actual arrival so if you are interested in catching a glimpse of the first words and hugs at Ben Gurion airport yesterday watch this video covering the first couple minutes of President Obama's arrival including the comments with Prime Minister Netanyahu, President Peres and Ambassador Dan Shapiro. If you listen closely you'll hear President Obama telling Prime Minister Netanyahu that its "nice to be away from Congress".
This morning President Obama visitied the Israel Museum to view the ancient Dead Sea Scrolls discovered in Qumran in the 1940's. The ancient scrolls include the complete manuscript of the prophet Isaiah as well as the Aleppo Codex, among other findings from the 3rd century BC to the first century AD. Israel Museum Director James Snyder, guided Obama through the Shrine of the Book exhibit, which is located within a separate building on the Israel Museum campus.
President Barak Obama is scheduled to arrive on his first-ever visit to Israel as President of the United States on March 20, 2013. His delegation will be staying at Jerusalem's prestigious King David Hotel.
The president's three day itinerary includes visits to several sites in Jerusalem including Yad Vashem, Israel's Holocaust Memorial, Mt. Herzl, to visit the grave sites of notable Jewish figures including Theodor Herzl, the founder of modern Zionism as well as Yitzhak Rabin, Israel's Prime Minister who was assassinated 17 years ago by Yigal Amir, a Jewish extremist. The itinerary also includes a visit to Israel's most renowned museum, the Israel Museum, which among other artifacts, is also home to the ancient Dead Sea Scrolls on display within the famous Shrine of the Book building.
President Obama will also be giving a speech to approxiamtely 2,000 students at Jerusalem's International Conference Center.
Church of the Nativity - Bethlehem; courtesty Travelujah
On March 21, the Ecumenical Society will be hosting part VI of their Lecture Series at the Salesian Institute in Jerusalem. The lecture, to be given by Dr, Chrysi Kotsifou, is entitled "The Daily Trials and Tribulations of Ascetics in Late Antique Egypt". Dr Kotsifou is a Polonsky Postdoctoral Fellow at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute.
In Late Antique Egypt, monks and nuns often faced various troubles that infringed on their ascetic practices. Hagiographical and papyrological evidence demonstrate that a life of poverty and solitude was difficult to be achieved or maintained. The numerous people who joined the Egyptian monastic establishments inevitably brought into the daily life of these settlements their knowledge and expertise and were prepared, together with their ascetic practices, to continue with their former professions in order to keep their monasteries running. The monks' hard work combined with donations from pious persons resulted in a surplus of wealth in monasteries, which was used for their daily needs and the workings of their hospitality network. Contact with the outside world was also enhanced by the fact that an immense number of monastic establishments were situated close to each other, to surrounding cities or villages, transport routes, and the Nile.
Dr. Kotsifou will explore the strains and demands imposed on ascetics by the social and economic functions adopted by