Palestinian Summer Celebration 2009

January 22, 2009

You are invited to "Celebrate Palestine!" this year. The Palestinian Summer Celebration is a unique annual program that gives people from all over the world the chance to encounter the life, culture, and politics of Palestine. Participants in this two-month-long program will learn Arabic and study Palestinian history at Bethlehem University, spend time with local families, and volunteer with a community organization.


The Palestinian Summer Celebration 2009 will take place in Bethlehem from June 14 to August 16. The program consists of two terms: June 14 to July 12, and July 13 to August 16. Program participants may choose to stay for one or both terms.


The celebration is organized by Siraj Center for Holy Land Studies, in partnership with Bethlehem University ( and the U.S.-based Society for Biblical Studies ( Program participants will have the opportunity to meet and learn with accomplished speakers, experts, activists, and officials.


For more information visit the Siraj Center website: just paste the URL into your web browser.


You may also contact George S. Rishmawi, Coordinator, at the Siraj Center for Holy Land Studies, Beit Sahour, Schoold Street / P.O. Box 48, Palestine; Tel: +972 2 274 8590, USA number: 1 989 607 9480; email


Rishmawi housed two United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) team members from the California-Nevada Annual Conference at his home, last February. That team was led by David Wildman and Linda Lahr-Lewis, and included Doug and Kathy Smith, Dean and Gloria Fearn, and Peg Langer, all from Stockton, California and Doug Sibley of Martinez, California, all of whom are members of the Conference's Israel-Palestine Task Force.