• February 06, 2009
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    American pastor James Ridgway was honored late last month for bringing some 300,000 tourists to Israel since 1974 through his nonprofit organization, Educational Opportunities, which was also marking its 35th anniversary.

    The January 28 event at the Olive Tree Hotel in Jerusalem was attended by about 120 people.

    Ridgway first visited Israel in 1959 as an Interfaith Fellow at the Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. His visit made such an impact on his life that he felt called upon to bring other people here, he said.

    NADIA BEIDAS, the Jersualem Post, Jan 28, 2009

    American pastor honored for bringing 300,000 tourists
  • February 02, 2009
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    The Knesset's "Christian Allies Caucus" is marking five years of operation this month by redoubling its efforts to direct Christian faith-based support for Israel to legislatures around the world.

    The increasingly-influential parliamentary lobby, which currently numbers 13 MKs from seven parties across the political spectrum, epitomizes Israel's interest in garnering the support of the largely pro-Israel Protestant evangelical community.

    Etgar Lefkovtis, Jan 30, 2009, The Jerusalem Post

    Knesset Christian Allies Caucus marks its fifth anniversary
  • January 01, 2009
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    Pope Benedict XVI is expected to celebrate a Mass in Nazareth during a four-day visit to the Holy Land next May. The visit is to be the first by a pontiff since John Paul II prayed at Christian sites in the Palestinian territories and Israel eight years ago.

    Benedict's pilgrimage -- and the hundreds of thousands of Catholics who are expected to join him for it -- will be especially welcomed by Christians in Nazareth. Compared to Bethlehem, where Jesus was born, and Jerusalem, where he died, this community has often felt shortchanged in the biblical tourism sweepstakes.

    By Matthew Fisher, VancouverSun, December 21, 2008

  • December 16, 2008
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    A director of the US Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations and his wife were detained Sunday at Ben-Gurion Airport by Interior Ministry officials amid allegations he is involved in illegal Christian missionary activity.

    It is illegal in Israel to proselytize among minors. It is also prohibited to engage in missionary activities among adults when economic incentives are offered.

    After over eight hours of detention, Jamie Cowen, a former president of the union, and his wife, Stacy, were permitted to enter Israel only after they agreed to sign a document that they would not engage in missionary activities during their stay.

    By MATTHEW WAGNER, Jerusalem Post, Dec 15, 2008
  • November 28, 2008
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    Around 300 Catholics gather for mass every Saturday evening in the home of the Nigerian ambassador to Israel, in the luxury neighborhood of Kfar Shemariahu, north of Tel-Aviv.

    The people in attendance are mainly Filipinos and Indians who are domestic workers in the area of Herzliya, Herzlya Ha Pituah and Nof Yam.

    Written by Fr. Arturo Vasaturo ofm

    Director of the Holy Land Secondary School in Jaffa, Cutodia.org, Nov 20, 2008

    A Domus Ecclesia in Kfar Shemhariahu (Herzliya)
  • October 29, 2008
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    “Maariv”,the second largest Hebrew nationwide Israeli newspaper ran a 2 page article by Efrat Zemer on the 13th of October about best schools in Israel.

    Under the title “Being a Student – Schools That Have Amassed the Best Reputation” Maariv wrote the following in the subtitle:

    “Eight Israeli high schools enjoy a high standing in Israeli education. The formula for success is not clear – but with their sparkling lists of graduates, it’s hard to argue.”

    Special for Come and See, Oct 27, 2008
    Maariv: Christian Schools in Nazareth among best in country
  • October 16, 2008
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    Thousands of Christians from around the world are gathering in Jerusalem this week to celebrate the Biblical festival of Succoth.

    More than 7,000 Christians from about 100 nations are attending the International Christian Embassy’s annual Feast of Tabernacles celebration, which coincides with the Jewish holiday and is Israel’s largest single tourism event each year. The pilgrims will spend an estimated $18 million here.

    By Julie Stahl, CNS News, Oct 15, 2008

    Christians Gather in Jerusalem to Support Israel
  • October 11, 2008
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    Haaretz writes in its editorial section about its own responsibility in solving disputes between different Christian groups in Jerusalem.

    "Israel's responsibility for the holy places in Jerusalem sometimes involves it in disputes and power struggles between religious communities. There is no better example than the centuries-old dispute between the Ethiopian Orthodox Church and the Coptic Church over the control of the Deir al-Sultan Monastery on the roof of the Holy Sepulchre in the Old City"

    Haaretz, October 10, 2008
  • September 26, 2008
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    Violence against Christian evangelical and Messianic Jewish communities in Israel increased significantly during the period between July 1, 2007 and June 30, 2008, according to the US State Department's Annual Report on International Religious Freedom.

    The report, released last week, put blame for the "tensions" on "certain Orthodox and ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities."

    By Matthew Wagner, The Jerusalem Post, Sep 23, 2008
    US report: Rise in violence against Messianic Jews and Christians
  • July 09, 2008
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    Nazareth Baptist school delegation to the 58th annual gathering of holders of Nobel Prize in Physics in Lindau in Germany returned to the country early this week. The delegation consisted of Dr. Ousama Moalem, NBS principal and Physics teacher and two 12 graders Amin Asfour and Jeries Nashashibi.

    The invitation to this conference was sent to Dr. Moalem as a token of appreciation to NBS for the outstanding achievements in Scientific research in Physics and especially in the international contest “First Step in Nobel prize in Physics” where Students from NBS won 9 prizes in the last 12 years-a large number relatively to other schools and countries that participated in the contest.

    Special for "Come and See", July 8, 2008
    Nazareth School participates in prestigious Nobel prize holders gathering