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Taybeh kicks off OktoberFest this weekend

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Taybeh kicks off OktoberFest this weekend

Taybeh kicks off OktoberFest this weekend One of the most popular festivals in Palestine kicks off this weekend Sept. 16 and 17 in Taybeh, Palestine just north of the Holy City of Jerusalem. Taybeh is one of the Middle East’s few remaining Christian villages and also the home to the world famous Taybeh Brewery By…

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Taybeh OktoberFest promises wide range of entertainment

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Taybeh OktoberFest promises wide range of entertainment

Taybeh OktoberFest promises wide range of entertainment Dr. Maria C. Khoury Taybeh Oktoberfest has been the stage for new musicians to be introduced to the world.  In staying true with this tradition that started in 2005, a very interesting new band that has formed this year is Maqdess, the handsome trio from Jerusalem. All young…

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Taybeh announces OctoberFest details, Sept. 16 – 17

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Taybeh announces OctoberFest details, Sept. 16 – 17

Taybeh announces OctoberFest details, Sept. 16 – 17 Stop by for a free Taybeh Beer Tour and Free Taybeh Winery Tour whenever visiting Taybeh, West Bank, Palestine. It’s a unique location and features the amazing Palestinian art exhibit at the Taybeh Golden Hotel By Maria C. Khoury, Ed. D. Returning one more time to Taybeh,…

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A visit to Saint George Church in Burqin

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A visit to Saint George Church in Burqin

A visit to Saint George Church in Burqin Writer Maria Khoury explores the traditions of Holy Land Christians in her writings. In this feature, Mrs. Khoury describes her visit to the St. George Church in Burqin, Palestine. Burqin is a Palestinian town in the northern West Bank located 5 km west of Jenin. According to the…

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Receiving the Holy Fire in Taybeh

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Receiving the Holy Fire in Taybeh

Receiving the Holy Fire in Taybeh Writer Maria Khoury shares the exhilarating Christian religions experience of the Holy Fire in Jerusalem, a Christian tradition dating back more than 2,000 years in Palestine. Khoury takes us through the emotions and excitement of the experience for Christians of Palestine and the Middle East By Maria C. Khoury, Ed.D….

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Taybeh Vinfest in Palestine

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Taybeh Vinfest in Palestine

Taybeh Vinfest in Palestine By Maria C. Khoury, Ed. D.  Jazz Trio will be the highlight of the Taybeh Vinfest 2017 on Friday night starting at 5 pm, February 24th at the Taybeh Winery in one of the most ancient locations in Palestine where good things continue to happen under harsh conditions with Mohammed Qutati on keyboard;  Stelios from…

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Reflection from my Christian Eyes

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Reflection from my Christian Eyes

Reflection from my Christian Eyes A Christian reflects on the challenges they face as a faith and community under Israeli occupation. Why isn’t Israel held to the same standards and laws as everyone else? By Dr. Maria C. Khoury The Day after Yom Kippur, I decided I should be more faithful in practicing my religion. I have…

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Holy Mother celebrated in Jerusalem

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Holy Mother celebrated in Jerusalem

Honoring the Mother of God. A Spectacular Day in Jerusalem in Honor of the Holy Mother of God By Maria C. Khoury, Ed. D It was a beautiful and solemn procession at four in the morning to walk the icon of the Theotokos, the Holy Mother of God, from the monastery next to the Holy…

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Palestinian Oktoberfest in Taybeh Sept. 24, 25

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Palestinian Oktoberfest in Taybeh Sept. 24, 25

Palestinian Oktoberfest in Taybeh coming September 24 and 25. This is one of Palestine’s most favorite cultural events at one of its most favorite villages. By Maria C. Khoury, Ed. D. Every time my husband  David Khoury starts up a new project, I sort of get a deeper culture shock.  It has been over twenty-three years…

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Palestinian Christians celebrate St. George Day in Taybeh

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Palestinian Christians celebrate St. George Day in Taybeh

Palestinian Christians in the Israeli occupied West Bank Village of Taybeh celebrate St. George Day in the community with the local Greek Catholic Church (Melkite Practice). Taybeh has one of the strongest Christian communities in Palestine with three churches, Ancient Byzantine Church and several enchanting chapels By Dr. Maria C. Khoury Today, May 6th was a…

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Christians celebrate Easter in Palestine

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Christians celebrate Easter in Palestine

Christians in Palestine prepare to celebrate Orthodox Easter, Sunday May 1 By Maria Khoury We are sending you sincere greetings from the sacred land of our Lord’s Resurrection on this most joyous Holy Saturday where the Miracle of the Holy Fire was received from the Holy-Life-Giving-Tomb-of-Christ in Jerusalem by the Greek Orthodox Patriarch His Beatitude Theophilos III….

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What are Christians Doing Today in the Holy Land?

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What are Christians Doing Today in the Holy Land?

How do you explain to the Israeli Authorities the ancient unbroken Christian traditions that should be carried out for pure witness and faith? Christians lucky enough to have permits to enter Jerusalem gathered from all corners of the Holy Land for the annual procession of the icon for the Holy Virgin Mary three days before the special…

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