Olive Tree

Julia Fisher’s weekly radio broacast

Programme 259 – Yohanna (part 2 of 2)

Today we return to Nazareth in northern Israel to talk to Yohanna – a Palestinian Christian and the academic dean for both the Nazareth Evangelical College and the Bethlehem Bible College.Yohanna was born and brought up in Israel – he is an Israeli citizen. As a Christian he has had to come to terms with how to respond to living in a land divided by conflict and strong feelings of injustice. So how does he respond?

Programme 342 : 'N' (Palestinian Christian leader) (Part 1 of 2)

Recently, in a noisy coffee shop in the Old City of Jerusalem I met a Palestinian Christian – let’s call him ‘N’… As well as working to support his young family, ‘N’ works tirelessly teaching and encouraging his own people, meeting with Jewish believers, and working amongst Muslims to share his faith – he is a bridge builder, working on the front line of what God is doing in the region. I asked him to share with us some of the latest news and developments he has witnessed in Jerusalem.

Programme 341: Avi Mizrachi

Come with me to Tel Aviv, to the 12th floor of a tall sky scraper and look out over this modern city, home to almost 4 million people representing half the population of Israel. It is then amazing to realise that just over a 100 years ago, Tel Aviv as a city did not exist – the area was covered in sand dunes – the people in those days lived in neighbouring Jaffa. However, at the beginning of the 19th century, 66 Jewish families decided to leave the overcrowded confines of Jaffa and build a new city – and that’s exactly what they did. I met Avi Mizrachi on the 12th floor of the sky scraper – he is the pastor of a congregation in Tel Aviv and as we looked out over the modern city of today, he reflected on the story that is Tel Aviv. 

Programme 340: 'Benjamin'

On the programme today, the story of an American teenage Jew who found himself living in Israel. Imagine leaving the freedom of life in America to move to the Middle East where religious identity defines who you are and where you are expected to conform to Israeli life, which for an 18 year old means entering the Israeli army. I met Benjamin, not his real name, in Tel Aviv recently and he shared his story. 

Programme 339: Itzhak Mor Haim (Part 2 of 2)

My guest today is Itzhak Mor Haim. A few years ago he had a dream to open a music school in Israel where people could come and learn how to play an instrument of their choice and also where musicians could come and play music together. The dream was inspired by King David who played a harp and wrote many Psalms which he set to music. Itzhak believes David’s skill as a harpist was not just about playing wonderful music, it was also a powerful emotional and spiritual tool.

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