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Opera Festival at Masada

The Masada Opera Festival will take place for the fifth year running with productions of “Tosca” by Giacomo Puccini, conducted by world renowned Maestro Daniel Oren as well as “Carmina Burana” by Carl Orff, conducted by James Judd.  Following four highly successful productions in 2010, 2011 and 2012 and 2014,  the Israeli Opera Festival at Masada has earned itself a place on the international summer open air opera circuit and is the largest cultural and tourism event in Israel.

Babylonian Jewry Reborn

The exhibition By the Rivers of Babylon opens this week at the Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem. This exhibition sheds new light on one of the most important episodes in biblical history: the Babylonian Exile. The pivotal focus of the exhibit is the Al-Yahudu Archive: a collection of over 100 cuneiform tablets, original documents from the Judean exilic community, which are on display to the public for the first time. Written in the ancient Akkadian language, they document the daily lives of the first generations of exiled Judeans following their deportation to Babylon.

Video: First day of Pope Francis' visit

"Invoke from God the gift of peace"

From the speech of Pope Francis at the Western Wall in Jerusalem on the second and final day of his visit to the Holy Land. He reiterated messages of fraternity, mutual respect and tolerance

Blessed by the Pope

On May 26th in Jerusalem, during his historic visit to the Holy Land, His Holiness Pope Francis blessed the tabernacle of the “Duc in Altum” Church in the Magdala Center, a pilgrimage and spirituality center on the shores of the Lake of Galilee. The first phase of the Magdala Center was officially inaugurated on May 28th with a Mass presided by the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, His Beatitude Fouad Twal in the Spirituality Center.  The tabernacle blessed by Pope Francis was placed in the Church. 

Pope Francis in the Holy Land

Pope Francis arrived in Israel and implored its leaders to leave no stone unturned in their quest for peace

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Holy Sites to be Visited by Pope Francis on His Historic Holy Land Pilgrimage


During his historic pilgrimage to the Holy Land (May 25-26, 2014), Pope Francis will visit many of the most sacred sites and meaningful landmarks in and around the holy city of Jerusalem: Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Via Dolorosa, Mount of Olives, Mount Zion and the Cenacle, the Pontifical Institute Notre Dame Center, Yad Vashem, Mount Herzl, Heichal Shlomo and the Western Wall.


May 25, 2014


The Church of the Holy Sepulcher (7:00 p.m.)

Holyland Magazine 2016

Christian visitors to Israel are constantly telling me that their relationship with their faith and the scriptures is transformed by their trip to the Holy Land. Last year– 2015 –more Americans came to the Land of Israel than in any year in three millennia.