• July 14, 2009
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    Every month evangelical pastors and ministers in Israel meet to have a breakfast meal together in a different church every time. These ministers come from Baptist, Pentecostal, Nazarene and Brethren churches. They eat, sing, and discuss important issues that are relevant to their ministries. They represent 5000 people in Israel. This month’s meeting was held on the 11th of July in a small Brethren church in Ibillin, a small town in Galilee. Twenty three representatives from different evangelical churches and parachurch organizations met. Pastors, Evangelists, Professors, Administrators and other ministers met to pray together.

    Special For "Come and See", July 11, 2009
    The Monthly Breakfast of Evangelical Ministers
  • July 04, 2009
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    On July 3, 2009 at 5 PM Bishop Elias Chachour, Bishop Botrus Mualem, Peter Wigglesworth – the director of the Bible Society in Europe and the Middle East - and several other priests, pastors, and leaders who come from Catholic, Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox and Evangelical backgrounds met to celebrate the inauguration of the Bible Society for Arabs in Israel.

    Special For Come and See, July 3, 2009
    The Inauguration of the Bible Society for Arabs
  • July 01, 2009
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    A Jew for Jesus who demanded kashrut supervision from the Chief Rabbinate won a Supreme Court decision on Monday likely to spark another confrontation between the nation's highest legal arbiter and the Orthodox rabbinical establishment.

    In its verdict, based on a precedent that found belly-dancing to be unrelated to kosher food, the court ruled that an Ashdod baker's belief that Jesus was the messiah did not make her baked goods unkosher.
    Court declares Jew for Jesus 'kosher'
  • June 30, 2009
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    A Norwegian family of actors has been denied entry to Israel, because the Interior Ministry believes they may try to settle here.

    The family members play the main roles in the musical "The Covenant," which tells the story of the People of Israel. They were planning to perform around Israel this summer.

    By Yuval Azoulay, Haaretz, June 30, 2009

    Family of actors from Norway denied entry
  • May 25, 2009
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    Three Messianic Jews on Wednesday petitioned the High Court of Justice to force the Interior Ministry and the Jewish Agency to allow them to immigrate to Israel under the Law of Return, and halt what they call "the humiliating and discriminatory treatment" by the government.

    The petitioners, John Christopher from California and Nina and Kevin Ayres, a husband and wife from the U.K., identify themselves as Christians. They base their petition on the assertion that they have documents showing their grandparents were Jewish. In their petition, submitted by attorney Michael Decker, they claim this makes them eligible to immigrate to Israel (or make aliyah) according to the Law of Return - regardless of their current religious denomination. Barring them from realizing this right, they say, is illegal and discriminatory.

    Cnaan Liphshiz, Haaretz, May 23, 2009
  • May 02, 2009
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    How live the quadruple identity of being Arab, Palestinian, Christian, Israeli? 120,000 Arab Christians living in Israel must meet this challenge every day. Father Rafiq Khoury from the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem traces some lines along which an answer might be possible.

    Fr. Rafik Khoury, Custodia Web Site, April 16, 2009
  • April 06, 2009
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    Nearly 1.8 million of the 3 million tourists who came to Israel last year were Christians, the ministry said. In 2000, 1.5 million Christians came. The number of Christian visitors from Eastern Europe and Africa was up dramatically in 2008 compared to 2000, while the figures for Western Europe and Asia fell.

    ETGAR LEFKOVITS, Jerusalem Post, Apr 3, 2009
  • March 13, 2009
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    Recently, I caught word that an exciting new educational initiative in Israel between the Messianic community and Arab Christians was underway involving up to 3,000 students from K-12 schools through college and seminary. Botrus Mansour, head of the Nazareth Baptist School, filled me in about the details. He told me by email:

    On Monday, Feb. 23, 45 Arab and Jewish representatives from all the Messianic and Evangelical educational organizations in Israel met at the Israel College of the Bible (ICB) in Jerusalem and unanimously approved setting up the Israel Education Forum (IEF). (Right photo, left to right, educators Bryson Arthur (Nazareth Seminary), Erez Soref (ICB), Yohanna Katanacho (Galilee Bible, Bethlehem Bible colleges) at the kickoff event.)

    By Tim Morgan, Christianity Today, March 9, 2009
    Messianic, Evangelical Educators Create New Forum
  • February 24, 2009
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    The vast majority of Israeli Jews does not have negative feelings toward Christians living in Israel, but nearly the same proportion believes the state should not allow land to be used for constructing new churches in Jerusalem, according to a study published Thursday.

    Nadav Shargai, Haaretz, Feb 20, 2009
  • February 19, 2009
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    Leading Christian and Muslim clergymen are calling on Pope Benedict XVI to postpone his planned visit to Israel, which is scheduled for May, in protest of a comedy skit seen on the late-night variety television show hosted by comedian Lior Shlein.

    In a press conference held on Wednesday in Nazareth, religious leaders denounced Shlein for a spoof entitled "Like a virgin" which depicts two characters who play Jesus and the Virgin Mary.

    In the skit, Mary is heard saying she had slept with many men and that she was not a virgin at all.

    Special For "Come and See", Feb 19, 2009
    Christians angry on comedy skit broadcasted on TV