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A few ago we organized a tour focusing on life within the Israeli border communities near the Gaza strip. It was a program Travelujah developed for many incoming tour groups coming from the United States which, in the aftermath of last summer's conflict with Hamas, are increasingly interested in learning more about the southern Israel communities that endured thousands of rockets and mortar attacks not only during the last war but on and off during the last 10 years since the Israeli pullout from the Gaza Strip left Hamas in charge. What was unusual about this tour, wasn't so much the sites but the fact that was unusual about this tour was that the tour was for locals, most of whom only traveled 60 kilometers from their homes in Raanana, Israel, a small community about 15 minutes north of Tel Aviv.
Billed as "Life on the Front Line" our tour educator, Yaakov, led the group on an in depth program focusing on the history of the southern region and its changing borders in context to the reality of life on the ground since the country's independence in 1948. Our day was to include a personal tour of a new museum documenting Israel's withddrawl from the Gaza strip, a look at how a unique community of families moved to Sderot in order to economically and emotionally strengthen the city, as well as a visit to Israel's most southern agricultural community (a mosh
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave his annual Christmas message yesterday and invited Christians to visit Israel, the only country in this region that has a growing Christian population.
On Sunday, October 4th, tens of
millions of Christians worldwide will unite
for the Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem, a day specifically set
aside by more than 1,200 global leaders (click here to view a partial list of
YOU can make your presence felt and pray for God's power and His peace to
During the last two weeks of August the period of "Prayer for Peace" begins, where individual Christian communities gather together to pray for peace and reconciliation in the Holy Land. The services are held at 6:00 pm daily in Jerusalem, beginning August 15th and running through the 28th of the month. Each day the services are held within a different community in the city.
Daily at 6 p.m.
Saturday, August 15th Armenian Catholic Church Old City, Via Dolorosa
Sunday, August 16th St. George's Anglican Cathedral 20, Nablus Road
Monday, August 17th Dormition Abbey, Mount Zion
Tuesday, August 18th St. James Church, Nab
Come and see "The Invocation" a feature documentary dealing with the interrelationships between connectivity, faith, unity, human rights and peace education. The film is an invitation to elevate our school of thinking and change our code of acting and relating with one another. The Invocation showcases the lamplight of the human desire for peace and tranquility, proving that it burns all across the world, no matter what circumstance, ethnicity, faith or nationality.
The producers of the film traveled throughout the planet to interview the world’s most influential Human Rights activists, Peace Educators, Spiritual Leaders, Scientists, Historians, Politicians, Philosophers and Entertainers, including The Dalia Lama, Mark Wahlberg, Malcolm McDowell, Oliver Stone, Stewart Copeland, Deepak Chopra, Desmond Tutu, Karen Armstrong and the leaders of the faith communities that reside in the Middle East. Through a combination of very powerful visuals and inspiring music, The Invocation inspires us to go beyond our differences and embark on a quest through time and space, through the body and soul of all of the people on the planet. The Invocation demonstrates how fear, greed, triumphalism and intolerance are destroying the planet we all share and challenges us to ponder the relative nature of what we have been educated to know, what we think
Situated well off the beaten path, in the heart of the American Colony neighborhood of East Jerusalem, set behind the gated walls of a a 120 year old building lies the home of the new Prayer House. Baptists have owned the building for the past 40 years. It has served as a university student ministry center, a New Testament Study Center, a YWAM base and various other ministries.
The setting is quite unique and its location is indicative of its mission of peace and co-existence. The north and south sides of the building are bordered by two schools (a Christian ARab school on one side and a Moslem school on the other). To the west, there is a view of the adjacent ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Mea Shearim. Inside the large two story home are several rooms available for prepare. On the main floor is the Prayer Chapel, offering a beautiful space for group worship and study. The central focus of the chapel is the 4.4 meter X 3.8 meter HARVEST FIELD mural. The mural features the "Seven Species" of Deuteronomy 8:8 and the words of Jesus in Matthew 9:37-38 "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field." with hand painted frescos on the walls.
As the first orthodox Jewish organizational entity to theologically and religiously dialogue with Christians, The Center for Jewish-Christian Understanding & Cooperation in Efrat, Israel has seen a rapid development of real fellowship between the two faiths. Nothing short of a divine moment is navigating the success of a center that just opened its doors in January of 2008. It was no easy task changing the status quo within our denominational movement to begin a long overdue conversation between Jews and Christians. The symbol of the cross has always been a challenge to Judaism for it conjures up images of contempt toward the Jewish people. Christianity, in the past, has been a religion that was not only unkind, but has conducted evil to my own people.
Founded in 2001, PeacePlayers International Middle East uses the game of basketball to educate and unite Arab and Jewish children between the ages of 10-16 and they base their work on the simple yet powerful premise that "children who play together, can learn to live together." The program has worked with over 2.400 children and uses basketball as a tool to unite youth in divided communities, to teach life lessons in sport and to develop leaders who will advocate peaceful coexistence with their friends and neighborhs. In addition to playing basketball on integrated teams, Arab and Jewish youth participate in dialogue, life skills sessions and leadership development. Christian and other organizations now have the opportunity to include an exciting peace-focued program as part of a tour to Israel and the Palestinian territories.
With a site visit to one of PPI - ME's programs, clients will come away with an intimate look into co-existence. Groups can visit teams in Jerusalem, Beit Shemesh, Abu Gosh, and Jaffa. PPI - ME teams are compri