LWF Article Highlighting First Female Judge Adv. Scarlet Bishara in Ecclesiastical Court

Click on the link below to read the LWF article which highlights the ELCJHL and our first female judge on the Ecclesiastical Court. https://www.lutheranworld.org/news/palestine-women-trust-woman-judge-understand-them?fbclid=IwAR0O5UO6H6AQliAgZjnwK2XXKpn3-LQwxtklsySbX2a5UyIwyMVJybdcNjs

Jewish-Christian Dialogue in Partnership with Church of the Rhineland

During the week of November 15th, the ELCJHL welcomed both Jewish and Christian leaders from around the world to partake in meaningful conversation concerning the topics of theology, religion, politics, and faith. Both bishop Ibrahim Azar and bishop Munib Younan partook in conversation, as well as Reverend Doctor Munther Isaac, Reverend Ashraf Tannous, and Pastor … [Read more…]

2021 Confirmation

The ELCJHL confirmed 21 youth from the Jerusalem and Ramallah congregations during the month of November! To quote Reverend Doctor and Director of the Swedish Theological Institute in Jerusalem Maria Leppäkari, “To be confirmed in the Lutheran Church is to fully understand and embrace the discipleship of Christ. It is to confirm one’s step into … [Read more…]

Zero Waste Environmental Initiative

When it comes to Environmental Stewardship, the ELCJHL walks the walk. Just this past week, we launched the “Zero Waste” initiative, which will eliminate all plastic use from 3 of our 4 schools. The Environmental Education Center facilitated this movement, and greatly aided by providing reusable lunchboxes and water bottles for each student. Plastic is … [Read more…]

Reformation Day School Celebration

Happy Reformation Day! Our 8th graders came together in community on Monday, November 1st, in celebration of this special Lutheran holiday. Students enjoyed some fun sport competitions, a video about Martin Luther’s life, a discussion about what reformation in the church looks like today, and some arts and crafts.Our bishop Ibrahim Azar, our Director of … [Read more…]

Reformation Sunday

We rejoiced in Reformation Day as we recall the reformative ministry of our past, and continue to reform our church so it may one day reflect the ministry of our loving and just Christ. We further rejoiced in the long-delayed formal installation of Probst Joachim Lentz.

21st Annual Olive Harvest Festival

The Bethlehem community filled Manger Square with Joy on October 30th to celebrate another Palestinian olive harvest! Festivities included opening words from Bishop Azar among other community and political leaders. Attendees shopped among the many market booths open selling local Palestinian foods and homemade goods. Students from the Evangelical Lutheran School of Beit Sahour as … [Read more…]

Palestinian National Olive Harvest Day

Today marks the Palestinian National Olive Harvest Day. On this day, farmers, community members, and students all throughout Palestine picked olives in celebration of this annual tradition that is very important to the culture and history of Palestine. The ELCJHL was represented today by the executive director of the ELCJHL’s Environmental Education Center Simon Awad, … [Read more…]

Olive Harvest 2021

This week, students from all ELCJHL schools participated in an olive harvest campaign. In Palestine, olive picking is a joy and an important part of the Palestinian identity, but it is a lot of work. Often, farmers recruit many family members, friends, and volunteers from the community to help harvest all the olives and ensure … [Read more…]

Youth Fall Retreat

Unlike the Dead Sea, our Youth Ministry is full of LIFE!This Monday and Tuesday, youth from four of our five ELCJHL congregations gathered together in the wilderness to celebrate community, youth, and faith.Reverend and Youth Ministry Leader Rodny Said , with the help of Reverend Doctor Munther Isaac , organized a trip to Arab Il-Rashaed, … [Read more…]