Local Photography

Making Taboun

Contributed by Artas Folklore Center on 01.03.2006:


What a treat it is to eat freshly baked tabooun bread, baked on hot pebbles in the tabooun oven. Original Content Creator: Artas Folklore Center

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A Member of the Arab Women’s Union Showing her Women’s Group the Old Bethlehem House Museum

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 27.02.2006:


This participant in the Arab Educational Institute's women's group, a member of Bethlehem's Arab Women's Union, says she had tried in vain to get the women to visit the Old Bethlehem House Museum. They finally went there, some for the first time, during the workshop "Exploring your Personal and Cultural Iden(...)

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The Olive Press at Bethlehem’s Badd Jaqaman

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 27.02.2006:


The Arab Educational Institute's women's group contemplate the olive press at the Badd Jaqaman press, which played such an important role in the lives of their ancestors. Many of the women are from the same extended family or clan as the that for whom the press is named, though most spell their name "Giacama(...)

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Iyad Hamdan, Curator of Badd Jaqaman Museum with the Arab Educational Institute’s Women’s Group

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 27.02.2006:


Badd Jaqaman's curator Iyad Hamdan discusses every aspect of the olive and olive oil production to the Arab Educational Institute's women's group on a fieldtrip during their workshop,"Exploring your Personal and Cultural Identity through Family History and Genealogy. By the time he's through, they know why e(...)

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AEI Women Compare Answers to Treasure Hunt at Maha Saca’s Palestine Heritage Center

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 27.02.2006:


Maha Saca's Palestine Heritage Center was one of the local cultural centers or museums where the Arab Educational Institute's women's group tried to find and identify artifacts in common use in Palestine in previous generations. The smiles on their faces and the fact that some of them were caught "cheating" (...)

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Maha Saca holds the book of Heritage Keeper Hanna Giacaman

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 27.02.2006:


Maha Saca calls attention to an important book on the history and genealogy of Bethlehem's families (in Arabic) by Hanna Giacamman, (seated on the right) to the women's group of the Arab Educational Institute (AEI) in Bethlehem. The women visited her on a fieldtrip for their workshop "Exploring your Personal(...)

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Learning about Embroidery at Maha Saca’s Palestine Heritage Center

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 27.02.2006:


The Arab Educational Institute's women's group learns about the deep-rooted tradition of embroidery from Maha Saca, founder of the Palestine Heritage Center in Bethlehem during a field-trip taken during a workshop on family history and genealogy. Maha explains how the traditional Palestinian dress or thob is(...)

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Sitting in the Bedouin Tent at Maha Saca’s Palestine Heritage Center

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 27.02.2006:


The Arab Educational Institute's Women's group enjoys sitting in the tent at Maha Saca's Palestine Heritage Center. Maha herself used to hate the tent, since she felt that it promoted stereotypes of Arabs. Not enough people knew about the other two main groupings in the Arab World: city dwellers and the pea(...)

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Entrance to St. Gerasimus Monastery, or Deir Hogla near Jericho

Contributed by Leyla Zuaiter on 26.02.2006:


This monastery in the desert just outside Jericho is a good example of how many religious, social, historical, cultural and touristic and recreational aspects revolve around religious monuments in Palestine-and of course, lots of stories to go with them. See the other entries on St. Gerasimus Monastery to ge(...)

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Wax dolls under Painting of Madonna and Infant, St. Gerasimus Monastery or Deir Hogla, near Jericho

Contributed by Leyla Zuaiter on 26.02.2006:


Seen here is a ledge below the painting of the Madonna nursing the infant, where there are a few framed photos of children, for whom the Madonna’s intercession is sought for cures. If you look hard you will be able to make out some rather eerie wax dolls or body parts. These represent the ailing parts of the(...)

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