An update from two volunteers’ semester in Bethlehem Last February, John and Barbara Fritsche traded their downtown Chicago condo for a small apartment in the bustling center of Bethlehem. They’d wake every morning to the sounds of church bells, calls to prayer, and shop-owners hawking their goods. They found themselves immersed in an energy that […]
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Dar al Kalima graduate, Wisam Al Jafari receives 3rd prize at Cannes International Film Festival! The first Dar al-Kalima University of Arts graduate to be represented at this prestigious international films festival received a Cinéfondation prize, an award for emerging filmmakers for his film, Ambience. His film takes the unique approach of representing life […]
“This is a play that’s so important because it celebrates our Palestinian women. And we need to celebrate our Palestinian women,” shared a father, with his arms around his two sons. Dr. Victoria Rue recounts this memorable response to her play, Maryam: A Woman of Bethlehem. The play, based on interviews with 30+ Bethlehem residents […]
Wisam Al-Jafari’s short film, Ambience was one of 17 films selected out of 2,000 international submissions for a Cinéfondation award, a prize given to emerging filmmakers. The jury will award three Cinéfondation prizes on May 23 at the Palais des Festivals Buñuel Theatre. This recognition also marks the first time Dar al-Kalima is represented at […]
This April, Dar al Kalima University of Arts and Culture launched the first film festival in Bethlehem showcasing student films from across the world. From April 1-6, the college screened over 74 films from 16 countries and 18 schools. For six days straight, the college drew crowds from morning until evening to watch student films […]
WE ARE THRILLED TO ANNOUNCE MARC LAMONT HILL AS THE KEYNOTE SPEAKER FOR OUR 15TH ANNIVERSARY GALA CELEBRATION IN CHICAGO, SEPTEMBER 29! VIEW THIS ANNOUNCEMENT FROM REV. DR. MITRI RAHEB HERE- VISIT OUR EVENT PAGE HERE.
For most of us, food is a thing of heritage, connecting us to the kitchens of our childhood, our grandparents. Even for those of us with a survival-only relationship to food, we all have that one dish or holiday treat, that reminds us from where we came and where we’ve been. Food is about connections- […]
I recently returned from a Bright Stars trip to Palestine. Allow me to share my take-aways with you- Although I previously visited Israel, this trip was different. During the past trip, we mainly focused on historic and Biblical sites in Israel. During this trip, however, we spent much of our time in and around Bethlehem, […]
On February 5, Pope Francis held a historic mass in Abu Dhabi. This visit coincided with the pope’s signing, along with with Sheikh Al Azhar, Ahmed al Tayyeb, a document committed to building “Human Fraternity.” This gathering of the western and Arab world’s most prominent religious leaders was preceded by a 2-day “Conference on Human […]
We are delighted to introduce Hannah, a Young Adults in Global Mission volunteer who is serving part-time with Dar al-Kalima University of Arts and Culture! Young Adults in Global Mission, a program of the ELCA, sends 70 young people from ages 21 – 29 to nearly a dozen country placements, including to Jerusalem and the West […]