Jeff and I spoke with one of our favorite guides today, Sa'id Mreibe. He is based in Jerusalem and guides in the West Bank and Israel. As expected, he said that business is down. Don't be afraid to visit! We just welcomed new ELCA colleagues and we expect the Jerusalem/West Bank YAGM volunteers to arrive on September 7th. If you need a guide, you can contact Sa'id by email at firstname.lastname@example.orgThe photo below shows the area around Damascus…See More
Are you on Facebook? If so, consider liking the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land's Facebook page. There are excellent photos and you can follow what is happening in the lives of all of the ELCJHL churches and educational institutions. You might learn of an event that you'd like to attend when you visit.With prayers for peace with justice,JulieSee More
Before you lead a trip here, or before traveling to this region, consider these safety recommendations from the US State Department:We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza enroll in the Department of State's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) athttps://step.state.gov/step. STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy…See More
Yes, we've eaten at both the Tent and the Grotto. They're similar to each other and both nice. You can get a meal of salads, mixed grill, sodas, and coffee for about 50 NIS/pp. Both visitors and locals eat at these places. I tend…"
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Will you be in Jordan? If so, you might consider scheduling an overnight visit in Wadi Rum. (You might recall that…"
Hello Ning Trip Planning Group,What are your favorite places to visit when you bring a group to Israel/Palestine? What special things might you recommend to help visitors learn about this land and its people? What hints would you pass along to others bringing groups to the Holy Land?I'm interested to hear what you have to share.With peace,JulieSee More
If you'd like to stay in the heart of Jerusalem's Old City, consider the Lutheran Guesthouse. It is walking distance to Redeemer Church and to many important Christian, Muslim and Jewish sites. Rooms include breakfast and Internet. There is a seminar room for use by groups. One drawback: this would not be a good choice for guests with limited mobility. For more information, contact email@example.com or go to their website at…See More
I think that most of you have heard that on May 19, 2014, the Israeli military brought in bulldozers and illegally destroyed approximately 1,500 fruit-bearing apricot and apple trees on land belonging to the Tent of Nations. Located in the hills near Bethlehem, Tent of Nations is an organization that brings people from all around the world to learn about working together for peace and nonviolent resistance. The land is owned by the Nassar family, members of Christmas Lutheran Church in…See More
Many visitors enjoy attending worship in English in Jerusalem at Redeemer Lutheran Church's English-speaking congregation. Often groups can arrange for the pastor to speak to groups after the worship service. Redeemer's English-speaking congregation will have a new pastor at the end of July, the Reverend Carrie B. Smith. In addition to pastoral duties at Redeemer, Pastor Smith will be Assistant to the ELCJHL's Bishop Younan. Look for Pastor Smith's contact information in the near future.…See More