Happy Holidays from Israel (and a recipe)

by Sarah on December 23, 2010

Santa chocolates sold in the old city of Jerusalem, Christian Quarter

“Christians here want to play an active role in making Israel a better place for all of its citizens” says Wadee Abunassar, a political consultant who lives in Haifa “We are an integral part of the society in which we live,” he said. “We are neither Muslims nor Jews, but we are Israeli.” 

With falling birthrates and high emigration, Christians now make up only 2% of the population in Israel. Despite dwindling numbers, Christians are one of the most educated groups in the country, trying to integrate into Israeli society while preserving their heritage. 

To the Christians living in Israel and abroad, happy holidays

Here is a tour of some of the Christian sites I have visited over the past year. 

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The Carmelite Monastary near the Druze village of Dalyat El Carmel


Statue of Elijah at the Carmelite Monastery

ramle church

The Hospice of St. Nicodemus in Ramle

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Church of St. Gabriel, Nazareth

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Interior of Church of St. Gabriel, Nazareth

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Monastery of St. George, Wadi Kelt

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Monastery of St. George, Wadi Kelt

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Views from the Monastery of St. George, Wadi Kelt

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Bet Gemal Monastery, near Bet Shemesh

A Recipe 

x-mas potatoes 

X-mas Roasted Potatoes

Here is an easy side dish for the holidays (or anytime) taught to me by our friends Yael and Erez


Olive oil 

Butter (optional) 

Salt and Pepper 

Preheat oven to medium-high, 220°C. Peel the potatoes and cut them in half. Slice a thin x on the top part of the potato (not the sliced side). Place down on a baking tray and drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Wedge a pat of butter in the x. Roast in the oven for about 35 minutes or until golden brown. If the tops brown too fast, move tray away from heat source, cover with aluminum foil or reduce heat. 

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Yael the Finn December 23, 2010 at 2:10 pm

Nice pictures Sarah! A few days ago I visited the Lutheran church near Eilat street,Tel Aviv,a lovely place.(for a Finnish music thing..)They have a lovely Xmas concert on the 25th,which is nice whether one celebrates Christmas or not.


Sarah December 23, 2010 at 9:53 pm

During Succot there are also beautiful renaissance concerts in the churches of Abu Gosh


turkey's for life December 23, 2010 at 2:15 pm

Lovely post Sarah. Thinking of you over the Christmas and New Year period. Looking forward to lots more recipes – and markets! – in 2011.


Deeba December 24, 2010 at 1:17 am

Happy Holidays dear Sarah… and thank you for sharing the simple yet very yummy roasted potatoes. I especially like the butter fed little crosses on top. How novel indeed. Thank you too for sharing the tour of the city. Couldn’t stop marveling at the Monastery of Saint George. Just beautiful!


Grace @ Sandier Pastures December 28, 2010 at 6:18 am

Great photos of the churches. I wish I could see them one day. Hey, I will be in Jordan in March 2011. I’ll wave at you from the other bank of the Dead Sea! :-)


Sarah December 28, 2010 at 6:54 am

so close, please come visit!


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