Talitha Kumi Evangelical Lutheran School in Beit Jala
Mr. Rolf Lindemann, Principal
Beit Jala, Palestine
Talitha Kumi Evangelical Lutheran School 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.
For the 2011-2012 school year 865 students are enrolled at Talitha Kumi Evangelical Lutheran School with a makeup of: 48% boys and 52% girls; 59% Christian and 41% Muslim.
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.
2013-2014 Quick Facts:
Moved to Beit Jala: 1961
Principal: Mr. Rolf Lindemann
Gender: 54% male / 46% female
Religion: 51% Christian / 49% Muslim
Known for: offering the German DIAP exam to students who excel in languages.