German Evangelical Lutheran School Talitha Kumi – Beit Jala
The German Evangelical Lutheran School Talitha Kumi draws its inspiration from the story of Jesus resurrecting Jairus’ daughter from the dead: “And taking the child by the hand he said to her, “Talitha Kumi!” which means, “Little girl, I tell you to get up.” (Mark 5:41).
With deep roots in the German Lutheran missions that were the first to educate girls in Palestine and a history of adapting to the changing conditions of the twentieth century, Talitha Kumi’s ministry is still a beacon of hope and opportunity for the community it serves.
Until 1949, the school was located in Jerusalem; today, Talitha Kumi sits on a beautiful, wooded campus above the town of Beit Jala, adjacent to Bethlehem. As in all of the ELCJHL schools, Talitha Kumi provides a top-quality education to all students, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, or religion.
The school is proud of its educational traditions and relationship with the German churches, most notably the Berliner Missionswerk, the main financial sponsor. Talitha Kumi has recently begun offering students who excel in languages the chance to take the German DIAP exam, broadening their horizons for college and careers.
2017-2018 Quick Facts:
Moved to Beit Jala: 1961
Educators: 66, 11 German
Principal: Mr. Rolf Lindemann
Gender: 55% male / 45% female
Religion: 35% Christian / 65% Muslim
Streams: National Tawhiji Stream and International German DIAP Stream
Matthias Wolf, Principal
Beit Jala, Palestine