Bishop Doctor Sani Ibrahim Azar

The fourth and current Palestinian bishop to the ELCJHL, Bishop Azar leads the ELCJHL with a spirit of justice and dedication to the church and God.

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Church of the Redeemer-Arabic Speaking Congregation

Church of the Redeemer-Arabic Speaking-Jerusalem One of four congregations who call our Church of the Redeemer in Jerusalem home, the Arabic-speaking congregation hails from all over East Jerusalem, including the Old City, Beit Hanina, Shu'fat, and more. Sunday worship for the Arabic-Speaking Co...

Church of the Reformation--Beit Jala

Church of the Reformation-Beit Jala One of the oldest congregations of the ELCJHL, the Lutheran Church of the Reformation houses a vibrant and dedicated congregation, the majority of whom claim roots in Beit Jala dating back centuries or more. The church compound of the Lutheran Church of the Re...

Christmas Lutheran Church - Bethlehem

The Evangelical Lutheran Christmas Church Located just up the street from the Church of the Nativity, the Evangelical Lutheran Christmas Church is at the heart of both the modern-day bustling city of Bethlehem and the biblical story of the incarnation of Christ. Living in the location of God’...

Environmental Education Center

The Environmental Education Center (EEC) The Environmental Education Center of the ELCJHL is located in Beit Jala right next to Talitha Kumi. Though the ministry of the center began in 1986 with a broad educational project, this project formally became an educational ministry of the ELCJHL in 199...

The Diaconal Ministry of the ELCJHL

The Diaconal Ministry of the ELCJHL Diaconal Ministry has always been a component of the ELCJHL, but in recent years we have been working with international funders and local organizations to centralize our diaconal work with the Diaconal Center. The restructured Diaconal Ministry includes our De...

Youth Ministry of the ELCJHL

The Youth Ministry of the ELCJHL Finding programs that allow young adults to connect with other youth in this walk of life is very important. Our youth are the next generation of leaders in the church, and supporting their faith journeys is one of the most important things we can do as a church com...

The School of Hope in Ramallah

The School of Hope The Evangelical Lutheran School of Hope draws its name from 1 Corinthians 13:13 (“And now abideth faith, hope, and love…”) and strives to provide an excellent education to the students of Ramallah. The School of Hope is located near the bustling center of the W...

The Evangelical Lutheran School of Beit Sahour

The Evangelical Lutheran school of Beit SahourConfidence. Responsibility. Excellence. Ambition. Aspiration.  Students at the Evangelical Lutheran School of Beit Sahour (ELS) learn to embody each of these qualities every day through their classes, activities, and daily devotions. ELS was founde...

Dar Al Kalima Lutheran School

Dar Al KalimaConstructive Dialogue. Belonging. Teamwork. Love. Justice. Faith. Hope. These seven values are the foundation of the educational ministry happening every day at Dar Al Kalima school, located in Bethlehem. Students at Dar Al Kalima (DAK) face a rigorous academic curriculum that is compl...

We Are Called

God calls the ELCJHL to proclaim the Gospel and minister to Palestinians in the difficult political and societal context of the Holy Land. Our proclamation of salvation is expressed both through witnessing to the Kingdom of God and through the ministry of active service.

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February 21
Hakimat Council Meeting

Today the Hakimat Council (Judge Scarlet Bishara, Judge Sumud Damiri, ELCJHL Gender Justice Ministry Program Manager Ranan Issa and Program Coordinator Shadin Nassar) held a meeting to discuss future ...

February 19
General Secretary of WCC Visits Jerusalem

Bishop Azar and the Heads and Patriarchs of Jerusalem welcomed WCC General Secretary Rev. Dr. Jerry Pillay this weekend. Church leaders spoke with Rev. Dr. Jerry about the dire situation in the Holy L...

February 15
Solidarity Visit from Bishop Christiansen and Dr. Lodberg of Denmark

Bishop Azar and the ELCJHL were honored by the solidarity visit of Bishop Marianne Christiansen from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Denmark and Danish Theologian Dr. Peter Lodberg. The Danish dele...

February 15
Ash Wednesday in Bethlehem

The Evangelical Lutheran Christmas Church in Bethlehem marked Ash Wednesday this year in a joint service with the Beit Sahour congregation. As we mark the beginning of the Lenten season we remember th...

February 06
World Day of Prayer--Palestine Committee Meetings

Over the last month, the World Day of Prayer - Palestine committee has been hard at work preparing for the World Day of Prayer. By chance, the country chosen years ahead of time for 2024 is Palestine,...

February 06
Palestinian Model United Nations 2024

This year, only out of the four ELCJHL schools were able to participate in the annual "PAL MUN" (Palestinian Model United Nations) conference, held in Ramallah due to harsh restriction of movement. Ou...