PHOTOS: School of Hope’s 2014 Christmas Program

RAMALLAH – The Evangelical Lutheran School of Hope in Ramallah held their 2014 Christmas program for friends and family.  Held at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hope, the program featured song, dance, poetry, as well as Nativity plays.  Thank you to all the students who participated!

PHOTOS: Beit Sahour Celebrates Christmas

BEIT SAHOUR – The Evangelical Lutheran School in Beit Sahour held their annual Christmas program at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Beit Sahour, adjacent to the school.

PHOTOS: Reformation Day In The Lutheran Schools

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BETHLEHEM – On Friday, October 31st, 2014, the eighth grade students of the Evangelical Lutheran Schools participated in the Reformation Day celebration at Dar Al-Kalima School in Bethlehem. The day opened with a service guided by Bishop Munib Younan and continued with a number of different activities including art, lectures on Martin Luther, sport, music, and questions about Martin Luther and Lutheranism in general.

To listen to music from the Reformation Day celebration, you can visit the ELCJHL’s SoundCloud gallery.

PHOTOS: Beit Sahour Kindergarten Visits Olive Press

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BEIT SAHOUR – During the fall, the ELCJHL schools pick olives and visit olive presses as part of their learning. On Wednesday, October 29th, 2014, The ELS Beit Sahour kindergarten visited an olive press in Beit Sahour to learn more about how olive oil is made.

PHOTOS: School of Hope in Ramallah Holds Student Elections

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RAMALLAH – The Evangelical Lutheran School of Hope in Ramallah held elections for the 2014-2015 student council on Monday, September 20th. Students from grades 7 to 12 voted for a handful of student representatives and then gathered at the end of the day to watch the counting of the votes and wait for the results.

ELCJHL and Evangelische Kirche im Rheinland Host Second Jewish-Christian Dialogue

Participants of the Jewish-Christian Dialogue pose for a photo during a pause in sessions.
Participants of the Jewish-Christian Dialogue pose for a photo during a pause in sessions.
Participants of the Jewish-Christian Dialogue pose for a photo during a pause in sessions.

JERUSALEM – From April 29th to May 1st, 2014, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land and the Evangelische Kirche im Rheinland continued the discussion started in 2013.  The Jewish-Christian dialogue, led by Bishop Munib Younan of the ELCJHL and Rev. Barbara Rudolph and Rev. Dr. Volker Haarmann of the Evangelische Kirche im Rheinland, was a  conference on the meaning of land and water to both faith traditions.  The participants spent three days of discussion on land and water in Scripture and what the passages means for Jewish and Christian self-understanding, the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, and the occupation. Participants included Jewish and Christians leaders from around the world, including Germany, The United States, Palestine, Israel, and Holland.

Bishop Munib Younan opened the conference with readings from the Book of Isaiah and a greeting to all of the participants.  The participants not only discussed water and land, but also visited the Evangelical Lutheran School in Beit Sahour, where they learned about the ELCJHL Schools and the Vocational Program in Beit Sahour.  Bishop Younan was grateful for the civility and openness of dialogue and stated that he hoped the discussion with the Evangelische Kirche im Rheinland would continue.

To see photos from the conference and from the visit to the Evangelical Lutheran School in Beit Sahour, you can visit the ELCJHL’s photo gallery.

Diyar Consortium and Dar al-Kalima Inaugurate Sports Hall

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — Canadian speed skater Cindy Klassen, a six-time Olympic medalist, has helped inaugurate a $1.2 million indoor gym for Palestinian women in the biblical town of Bethlehem.

Women’s participation in sports is still relatively unusual in Palestinian society, which encourages gender separation in much of public life.

Several women’s soccer teams have formed, but they lack training facilities.

The 1,300-square-meter (14,000-square-feet) sports center opened Sunday, with funding from Canadian Lutheran World Relief and the Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in the Canadian city of Calgary. The center will also offer space to volleyball and basketball teams as well as tennis players.

Klassen, 34, says that “women here in the West Bank don’t get many opportunities in sports.” She says she hopes the center will enable Palestinian women to train and build confidence.

To read the article in its original format, you can visit the AP website.

To read articles about the inauguration in Arabic, you can visit any of the links provided here:
Dar al-Kalima Schools
Palestine News Network
Atlas Sport

ELCJHL Model United Nations Teams Prepare For Competitions

Students from the Model United Nations teams from Beit Sahour, Beit Jala, and Ramallah pose for a photo.
Students from the Model United Nations teams from Beit Sahour, Beit Jala, and Ramallah pose for a photo.
Students from the Model United Nations teams from Beit Sahour, Beit Jala, and Ramallah pose for a photo. (© ELCJHL)

The ELCJHL schools have been preparing a handful of students to participate in Model United Nations (MUN), in Jerusalem, Ramallah and, hopefully, around the world.

The Model United Nations, operating much like the formal version, gives student delegates the chance to develop their debating skills, as well as learning more about world politics and issues.  The ELCJHL is hoping that this will not just teach their students about global issues, but also be part of their peace education by learning about the other.

In 2014, the students are participating locally at the Rosary Sisters’ High School in Jerusalem and the Friends School in Ramallah.

The ELCJHL is hoping to send the MUN delegation to Malmö, Sweden for the Model United Nations of Sweden (MUNOS) conference on May 26-28, 2014. A Palestinian delegation to this Model United Nations would be a first and it would be especially advantageous since a topic of this conference is the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Fundraising is ongoing for this trip.

Not only is the ELCJHL hoping to send students internationally for MUN conferences, but is also hoping to conduct their own MUN conferences. In April 2014, the ELCJHL is hoping to have an MUN conference for all ELCJHL schools and, if funding can be secured, an international LuthMUN in 2015.

We wish our students luck in their upcoming competitions!