Bethlehem

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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Of Olive Trees and Family Trees

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 25.02.2006:

By Leyla Zuaiter

This article first appeared in the November 2005 issue of This Week in Palestine.

A casual tourist passing the sign for the Badd Jaqaman Museum on Bethlehem's narrow Najajra Street may vaguely wonder what evil deeds were done by an Italian outlaw in America's Wild West to merit a museum named after him-- and why it is found in Bethlehem, of all places. If he is (...)

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Exploring Your Personal and Cultural Identity through Family History and Genealogy

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 25.02.2006:

By Leyla Zuaiter

This article first appeared on AEI's Family History and Genealogy Page

Recognizing that the study of Family History and Genealogy has the power not only to enrich lives at the individual and community level but also to serve the interests of the Palestinian people, Arabic Educational Institute-Open Windows in Bethlehem (AEI) recently offered a 15-hour workshop i(...)

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Paradox, Perversity and Promise: A Journey into Palestinian Genealogy

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 25.02.2006:

submitted by Arab Educational Institute 31.01.2006

By Leyla Zuaiter

First published in This Week in Palestine, January 2006.

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If I initially demurred when approached by Toine Van Teeffelen to give a workshop on Family History and Genealogy to the women’s group of the Arab Educational Institute (AEI) in Bethlehem, it's (1) not that I wasn't in(...)

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