Going back home

Today was our last day so after packing our stuff and eating breakfast most of us gathered in the courtyard one last time for a short service and a reflection while some stayed with the few of us that had gotten sick :(. In the short service some of us prayed for each other: Dear Lord, on our journey we have experienced many new things. We take these situations with us as memories. The view over Palestine, many different kinds of food, many many churches and arab words. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to meet new people, old…
The final day

The final day

In the morning we started taking the bus to Bethlehem and visited the organisation „wings of Hope“, wich works with traumatized persons in palestine. It was very interesting to hear about the work they are doing and the traumas that are caused by the political and cultural situation. Afterwards all of us decided to visit the Banksy museum and hotel next to the Wall in Bethlehem. Visiting it was a really special experience, it was a museum full of the history of palestine and banksy´s drawings and graffities. The building is full of paintings about peace and the deep hope for…
The "long" walk

The "long" walk

After a great night in our guestfamilies, where we enjoyed the possibility to sleep longer than throughout the last days, and where we had a delicious breakfast and arab lunch we all met again in Talitha Kumi. From there we started our hiking trip to the valley of Battir. We walked through the fantastic nature of Makhroor to learn about fields where the Romans used to grow plants by building irrigation systems and terraces, some of them still existing today. We could finish the hike nearly without any casualties, still the whole group worked togehter to get everyone to the…

The centre of religions

Because of us having breakfast at 7:30 we had to get up early. After breakfast we drove by public bus to Jerusalem, where we first went to the western wall, there we saw a jewish festivity. Afterwards we went to the Al-Aqsa Mosque on top of the Temple Mount. There we were told, that not only the buildings are mosques, but the whole Mountain is holy and all of the small openair buildings are mosques. The next stationon that day, was also the second station on Jesus´ way to his crucifixtion, so the Church of the Condemnation, here Jesus first…

Hebron

After our second night at Tabgha we woke up early to have breakfast and pack our stuff. We really enjoyed our time there together and saying goodbye was really hard. Three and a half hours later we arrived in Hebron, where our first stop was a traditional glass factory. Back in the bus we started our citytour, which was interrupted by a short lunch-break. By foot we continued our tour and went to a rooftop, where we had a first glance at shuhada street, a part of the city palestinians are not allowed to enter. We also visited Machpela, the…

Sea of Galilee

Our first night at Tabgha was very nice. Those who woke up early were able swim in the pool to wake up properly. After breakfast we started another church rally. First we went to the beatitudes church which has a very beautiful architecture. The flowers in the garden and the awesome view made it even more enjoyable. We also went to Caphernahum (the town of Jesus) and Saint Peters church. It was very touching to see the places where Jesus lived and bulit his church. After lunch and another jump in the pool we went on a boat ride on…

Where Jesus walked

We started our day by leaving Talitha Kumi at 7:55. We drove to Nazareth. We visited 3 churches on our way, the first one was built on a place where Maria saw an angel who told her that she will be pregnant. Then we walked through the old city and visited the synagogue church after that we went to the basilica of the annuciation. It was a big church. It has 43 national mosaics of Mary. Then we drove to the jumping mountain. There we had Manakesh for lunch and we enjoyed the panorama view. It was amazing so we…

Jerusalem - a city of ...

Today we had to get up very early after a short bus drive we visited a service at the church of the redeemer, then we went on a trip with a guide of ICAHD through east Jerusalem. He told us, what the isrealian goverments official reason for building a wall in a completely different place than the border from 1976 is. But seeing all the illegal settlements, hearing about them and the weird location of the wall makes clear that there can´t be a good explanation for all of that. And he told us some things about the organisation he…

A roller coaster of emotions

Today was a day full of several diversified emotions.Our first step today was the lutheran school of hope in ramallah where pastor Imad sharedwith us the problems faced by this school being built in an industrial area where a lot of loud noises and bad smells are present. We also had to remember how important education is for new generations. Because it needs a lot of strength to not reply to the conflict of their reality with anger. Around noon we went to visit the graveyard of the former president of palestine which had several symbols all around to resemble…

The hot weather

The day began very early and we headed directly through a checkpoint to Jericho. It was very hot and we reached the Sea Level, we saw the desert and the Israeli settlement too. In Jericho we went for a 15 minute walk to buy some fruits, and the bananas it´s known for.  After that we walked to the tree of Zacharias, and we discussed his story. Then we went to the mountain of temptation, where a church was built. We had a very beautiful view, because the church was built very high, so we were able to see Jordan. After…

Bethlehem & Refugee Camp

We started the day visiting the Dheisheh Refugee Camp, located south of Bethlehem, where we talked with a man, who grew up in the camp. He told us the stories of the refugees, their eviction from their orignal homes and their struggle for the right to return. After a small walk through we took the Bus to the Nativity Church in Bethlehem, where we saw the place where Jesus was born. We also visited the Milk Grotto. Then we had a rest to eat the wonderful falafel in the shadows of the trees of the manger square.After splitting into small…

Exploring the surrounding area

After the germans finally got some sleep, we started the day with some good breakfast. Then we had a look around Talitha Kumi and went on a very long hike to the winery Cremisan. On our way to Cremisan we took a break from the sun and the heat, as we enjoyed our Falafel in the shadows. When we finally arrived at the winery, we got to take a look behind the curtains. We basically melted on our way from Cremisan to the lutheran church of Beit Jala. There we were provided with cold drinks and Ashraf told us more…

The beginning

Our day started really early when we left home at 3 am, to get to the airpot in Munich.After a short waiting session at the airport, where we watched the sun go up, we took the flight to Vienna, where we waited another two hours and then flew to Tel Aviv.Because we woke up very early or some of us didn´t sleep at all, most of us slept the whole flight. When we got food, everyone was awake. At 14.50 we finally arrived in Tel Aviv. After we went through security, where we had to answer some questions, we went…

The day on Libi

The day on Libi    6. August 2014     First of all, it´s everything but normal that visitors are allowed to go on the Lindenbichliland. It´s a big youth camp with around 300 children and leaders which normally don´t want people to come on their island during the vacation. We prepared our day with a big and healthy breakfast and some short introductions by Volker who told us some basic behavior-things for example that we had to wear a sunprotection for the head. We started by car and drove around 45 min. to „Seehausen“ where we were waiting for…

The day in the memorial ...

The day in the memorial site of the concentration camp Dachau    5. August 2014     After we had our breakfast we prepared ourselfes to go to Dachau. At first we went by car and enjoyed looking out of the window at the beautiful places in Germany. But when we arrived in Dachau the thoughts started to be emotional… We met Abba Naor, a Jew who survived the holocaust. He told us his life story from the beggining in Lithuania and ended up with the surviving the death march in Waakirchen where the americans freed the prisoners. After the…

The fabulous rafting day

The fabulous rafting day    4. August 2014     After our longterm getting up we had our fabulous breakfast. Volker told us about Dachau. Then we drove to the rafting and made a stop at the supermarket for shopping. At the rafting place we ate our fabulous lunch and got our introduction for the very exciting rafting. But sadly three people couldn’t go with us 🙁  We still had our fun. After the rafting we were very wet and had a bright smile in our face 😀 We drove home and had dinner and spare time… In the late…

Another magnificent day

Another magnificent day    3. August 2014     After breakfast, we visited Miesbach for the sunday service. We also had lunch with some members of the parish in Miesbach. After some icecream we went back to Benediktbeuern to do workshops about famous people and a talk about peace. For example Mahatma Gandhi about streetart and its meaning. We finished the day with a movie about Banksy, a famous british streetartist.  Jakob and Johnny

Munich

Munich    2. August 2014     At Saturday the 02.08.2014 we woke up at 8 o’clock. The breakfast was so fabulous. We made lunch-packets by ourselves and it was very funny because the toast wasn’t toasted and there were fruitsticks and everybody loves them. So all the guys were standing around the bowl with the fruitsticks and it was a kind of „fight“ :-). At 9.51 am we took the train to munich. Our tour started with the first problem: we had to find the way to the underground. But we are the „champions“ so at last we get…

The first day

The first day    1. August 2014     In the morning we woke up and went to help making breakfast. Before having breakfast, we always start with singing songs like „pflanze einen traum in den Sand“. After having breakfast we went with the boys to play football together. Playing football with the boys was difficult because they are a LITTLE better than us. We were waiting for the other Palestinians to arrive.In this time, all of us played kicker, ping-pong, and billiard which were very funny. After a couple of hours, they arrived and we all ate lunch together.…

Ahlan w sahlan - willkommen!

Palästina-Jugendbegegunung 2014 vom 31. Juli bis 10. August 2014     Wir hatten es kaum noch zu hoffen gewagt, aber dann klappte es doch: Unsere palästinensische Partnergruppe von der Lutherischen Jugend der ELCJHL konnte ihre Reise mit einer leichten Verspätung antreten. Wir freuen uns auf spannende Tage in Benediktbeuern und berichten hier in unserem Blog über den Verlauf. Auf dem Bild seht ihr die deutschen Teilnehmer/innen, die ein Willkommensplakat für unsere arabischen Freunde malen.

Arabic Evening

Today we had a great Day. We had late breakfast at 9:00 o’clock .After that we discussed about the day that we spent together at Dachau and talked about how we felt ! Then we decided to go to kochel see were some of us canoed and then we swam a bit in the ice cold water ! The people who had to cook and do things for the Arabic evening had to leave earlier then the others , thez cooked and designed a bit the room the our party began the food was really great! we started Dancing and…

Memorial Site in Dachau and ...

Today we went to Dachau. First of all we had a small tour and we saw many places there, were and how so much people died not a long time ago, and also we saw the crematory, which was really sad everybody felt really sorry for what happened. Then we met Max Mannheimer, a 91 years old man, who survived this horrible camp. He told us about his experiences and his history which was really interesting, we enjoyed the time with him and learned a lot, and now we have more information about what happened, and how it was really…

everyday there's sth to learn...!

lection one: as humans and as christian we are responsible for our history! because of that we want and have to raise our voice wherever there is any case of injustice or crime against humanity. lection two: just if somebody tell’s you you’re not clever – that doesn’t mean he’s right. so don’t give a damn he may have no idea… lection three: life is like the weather in germany!! (so go and enjoy every sunny moment!!) … and at least go on dancing and singing inside the kitchen while washing the dishes……….. 🙂 jud

Munich day 🙂

On the third of august, we went to meat Mr. Fouad Hamadan, the leader of the One-World-House in munich and we talked to him and asked him some questions about the situation of foreigners and their problems in the germany. After a delicious lunch we had a citytour in the old city of munich and we watched the cityhall, the „alten Peter“ and the „Frauenkirche“. But at least the important thing for us guests was the shoppingtour in the end. Also the thunderstorm couldn’t stop us here… 😉 on our way back we thought that we lost somebody while changing…

the amazing "we" ;

and like always we’ve been just „selig“!

football-fun

Today, we got to know each other more through games. For example we played a very funny game, where one chair is unoccupied and person is in the middle of the circle. The person has to try to get on a chair while the others move from chair to chair. In the afternoon we discussed the short-movie called “strangers”, we watched on Sunday. The discussion was very interesting, because everyone had a different opinion. When the sun came out in the late afternoon we went to the footballfield and played football. It was a very funny game because, although one…

حياة الخلاء/Outdoor life

The third day: In the morning the girls had their laugh While sitting at the breakfast table they recognized that the room was quite empty. All the boys were missing, still lying in their beds and sleeping. Then we had to leave soon to catch the train. Only the ones who had washing mission came afterwards by car. At the Staffelsee we visited Libi the youth camp of the dinary. The leaders said they want to teach the kids there Christian believes in an easy way and then to show our Palestinian guests we played „Daumen raus, Ellenbogen ran,…“ The…

The Arrival

The first morning. The first things where those typical things you’re doing in the first days: Tiredly having Breakfast and playing more games to remember names. Finally we got to know each other more than just by name. Everyone was drawn on paper and you could fill yourself with details of you’re personality. A film was watched: ”Strangers” (“Star of David” provokes “person with Arabian newspaper”, but then they both have to flee of “skinheads”). Lunch was bread again. First wondered as there would anytime something else, but they were calmed in the evening. Some lady showed us a small…

Marhaba w ahlan w sahlan

Hey guys and friends the partnership between our „Dekanat Bad Tölz“ and the congregations is now several years old. after the visit of our youth group last summer(everybody likes to remember these days btw :D) we are happy to welcome our friends here in Germany and spend with them the next days.Together we’ll stay in Benediktbeuern; from there we will go for some trips and have some great adventures. inshallah….:)Yesterday we picked our guests up at the Franz-Josef-Strauss-airport in Munich. In the evening after finally arriving at „Maierhof“ we checked the location and soccered on the table.To see what we…