PHOTOS: School of Hope Kindergarten Class of 2015 Graduates

RAMALLAHThe Evangelical Lutheran School of Hope in Ramallah‘s Kindergarten Class of 2015 graduated on May 25th, 2015.  The graduates sang songs, danced both traditionally and to “Let It Go” from Disney’s Frozen.  Graduates also performed “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” in English.

Mabrouk and congratulations to the graduates!

PHOTOS: Easter Celebrations at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hope in Ramallah

RAMALLAH – The Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Hope in Ramallah celebrated Easter Sunday on April 12th, 2015.  The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hope – as well as the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Amman, Jordan – celebrate on an ecumenical calendar.  These two congregations celebrate together with their Orthodox brothers and sisters for Easter while Orthodox congregations celebrate on the Lutheran/Western calendar for Christmas.

The Mayor of Ramallah, Mr. Mousa Hadded, attend the service.  After the sermon, Rev. Imad Haddad honored Mr. Muneer Zananiri for his care of the church over the years.

 

PHOTOS: Easter Egg Hunt at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hope in Ramallah

RAMALLAH – The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hope in Ramallah held a short prayer service and Easter egg hunt on April 11th, 2015.  The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hope – as well as the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Amman, Jordan – celebrate on an ecumenical calendar.  These two congregations celebrate together with their Orthodox brothers and sisters for Easter while Orthodox congregations celebrate on the Lutheran/Western calendar for Christmas.  Because of this, The Church of Hope and the Church of the Good Shepherd celebrated Easter one week after the rest of the ELCJHL congregations.

 

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: 2014 Ramallah Christmas Bazaar

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.

Al-Raja Folkloric Dance Troupe Leaps to Incredible Heights

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RAMALLAH/JERUSALEM, 26 May 2012 – With spinning bodies, whirling traditional costumes, and powerful leaps the more than 45 high school students that make up Al-Raja Folkloric Dance Troupe of the Evangelical Lutheran School of Hope in Ramallah wowed the packed audience during their 12 May performance.

As living witnesses to the “hope” for which they are named—al-Raja means hope in the Arabic language—the students performed with a joy and enthusiasm that was irresistible to the crowd.

The evening’s performance also included traditional songs performed by students from the Evangelical Lutheran School of Hope in Ramallah.

The al-Raja Folkloric Dance Troupe was founded in 2004 with the partnership of the Grefsen Videregaende Skole in Oslo, Norway, and has performed both locally and internationally in Norway and the United States of America.

Today, more than 45 high school students—Christian and Muslim alike—participate in al-Raja Folkloric Dance Troupe, practicing six hours each week.

Al-Raja Folkloric Dance Troupe Performs with Flying Colors

JERUSALEM, May 20, 2011 – The al-Raja Folkloric Dance Troupe of the Evangelical Lutheran School of Hope in Ramallah soared to new heights with its performance last week.

The more than 45 high school students come together after class to practice Dabke, the traditional dance of the Palestinian people, many hours per week during the school year, and their love for the art shone through their passionate performance.

Their name—al-Raja—means “hope” in the Arabic language, and through their bold movements, traditional embroidered costumes, and lively Arab music they convey both the history of the Palestinian people and their hopes and dreams for freedom and peace in their land. In their dancing students Evangelical Lutheran School of Hope in Ramallah—Christian and Muslim alike—offer a powerful witness that the ELCJHL is proud to support.

The al-Raja Folkloric Dance Troupe was founded in 2004 with the partnership of the Grefsen Videregaende Skole in Oslo, Norway, and has performed both locally and internationally in Norway and the United States of America.

To learn more about the al-Raja Folkloric Dance Troupe of the Evangelical Lutheran School of Hope, visit their page right here on elcjhl.org: al-Raja Folkloric Dance Troupe

Younan joins local leaders at iftar with The Elders

Carter and Younan in Ramallah

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter (left) and Bishop Munib Younan posed for a photo after sharing an iftar meal in Ramallah on Aug. 26. Carter was in the region with The Elders, an independent group of eminent global leaders seeking to use their collective influence and experience to support peace building, help address major causes of human suffering and promote the shared interests of humanity.

Their Aug. 25-28 visit to Israel-Palestine was intended to allow the group to listen to the people affected by the conflict here and to offer their support to all those working for peace.

For more about The Elders, go to their website at www.theelders.org.