Al-Mahaba Kindergarten on the Mount of Olives
Al-Mahaba Kindergarten, or “Kindergarten of Love,” located on the Lutheran World Federation campus is a ministry of the ELCJHL with over 30 years of service to children in Jerusalem. With its bright and well-equipped classrooms, new playground, and quiet location on the crest of the Mount of Olives, Al-Mahaba Kindergarten is a safe, exciting place to learn, offering services and facilities otherwise scarce in East Jerusalem neighborhoods.
Al-Mahaba Kindergarten serves diverse Palestinian and international families, both Christian and Muslim. Teachers are dedicated to helping children develop holistically, attending to their physical, emotional and spiritual needs. Al-Mahaba Kindergarten offers a positive atmosphere for each child to learn at his or her own pace through a variety of games, art projects, music, and language activities.
Children ages 4 and under attend the kindergarten 6 days a week, Monday through Saturday. After graduation from al-Mahaba Kindergarten, children enroll in private and public kindergarten programs throughout East Jerusalem for an additional year before entering Grade 1.
In 1978, the Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Mission (FELM) opened two kindergarten facilities just outside the Old City of Jerusalem, one to serve Israeli children and one to serve Palestinians. After a brief stay in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Wadi al-Joz, the kindergarten serving Palestinians relocated to the LWF Mount of Olives campus in 1980. The kindergarten changed its name to al-Mahaba in 1997, when the ELCJHL became the sole administrator of the preschool program. In recent years, FELM and other international donors have continued to help the kindergarten improve its facilities by builing a colorful new playground.
Ms. Margaret Younan Qirri, Director
c/o Lutheran Church of the Redeemer
PO Box 14076
Jerusalem, Palestine 91140 (via Israel)