November 2021
Physics stars at Christ Episcopal School shine in Nazareth and beyond
“We always have our doors open to any member of the faculty who wants to take our students to new places.” 
— Archdeacon Samuel Barhoum, director of Christ Episcopal School
When five physics students at Christ Episcopal School in Nazareth are the first students in the region and the first in the Arab community to achieve the milestone of ten units in physics, it’s something for the school community to cheer.

When two of those students are the first students in Israel’s history to achieve 15 units in physics with their original research, it’s a full-blown celebration.
Dr. Osama works with Christ School's advanced physics students
In the midst of the challenges of the 2020-2021 school year, four senior girls and one senior boy took the opportunity to do original research under the tutelage of Christ School’s physics teacher Dr. Osama Al-Muallem. Donia, one of the two top-achieving students said, “It showed me who I am.” She continued, “The teachers sent me words of support and encouragement. This gave me the push forward and one sweet word was enough to help me continue and not give up.”

“My message to the students who have distinguished themselves is not to be satisfied with this,” said Archdeacon Barhoum. “This is just the beginning. Fly, soar, and grow in what you love.”

Students enrolled in the school’s media department who produced the professional video below demonstrate their impressive achievements as well.

Congratulations to all! 
Food for Families program offers a lifeline to families at Beirut's St. Luke's Rehabilitation Center 
After 18 months students and parents welcome the reopening of St. Luke's, a safe haven in the midst of chaos in Lebanon
Ms. Ikhlas, a veteran teacher of autistic children at St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Center, is the sole source of income for her two daughters and husband. With the re-opening of St. Luke’s on November 8, she returns to the job she loves with gratitude for the support she has received from American friends throughout the pandemic. The economic hardship brought on by the financial crisis in Lebanon and the impact of the pandemic is compounded by the chronic, genetic blood disorder that both she and one of her daughters manage with costly and difficult to obtain medication. 

Thanks to your support and a $40,000 grant from the Holy Land Christians Society, St. Luke’s director, Archdeacon Imad Zoorob, has been able to offer 28 staff families and 54 student families food vouchers from a supermarket owned by a local Christian family. 

In total 202 families from St. Luke’s, the All Saints Episcopal Church community, and the Armenian Church community will receive four monthly $50 food vouchers through December. 
Ms. Ikhlas (at left) often asks to do additional jobs around the school to supplement her income. The food vouchers have been crucial to her family's survival.

For Saja (top) and Elio, both of whom have mild cognitive disabilities, St. Luke's offers a safe haven. Many students' families suffer extreme poverty, food insecurity, addiction, abuse, neglect, and mental illness. The food vouchers, which preclude the purchase of tobacco or alcohol, have made a huge difference for the families of these vulnerable children.
Fr. Imad added, “When our teachers come to me, asking when the next voucher will come, it breaks my heart. That these educated, sophisticated women are so desperate shows how hard it is in our country right now. How much more so for impoverished families like the ones our students come from. This is a disaster. We have to help in any way we can.”

Our Holy Land Advent Calendar opens a new door on the lives of those we serve
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Opportunities to return to the Holy Land in 2022
After nearly two years without travel to the Middle East, many pilgrimages are planned for 2022.

Click here for a list of upcoming pilgrimages in 2022.

St. George’s College, located on the campus of St. George’s Cathedral in East Jerusalem, will reopen in January to offer study pilgrimages.

Visit St. George's College website for a schedule of upcoming pilgrimage programs in 2022.
“After almost two years of the absence of pilgrims, Jerusalem is not the same. I miss greeting pilgrims who come from around the world to be with us, the Living Stones. We become more alive by the visits of people who come to join us in worship. They come to join us in mission and they come to join us in living out our Christian faith in the place where it happened.”

The Most Rev. Hosam Naoum
Archbishop of Jerusalem
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