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Who Are the Palestinians of Jerusalem? In Sufism, Food Is a Divine Gift—Izzeldin Bukhari Offers It to Celebrate the Heritage of His People and His City

Izzeldin Bukhari founded Sacred Cuisine to celebrate Palestinian culinary heritage and his city, Jerusalem, and to express the essence of his Sufi religion, which views feeding others as a form of love. 

“Stand Up Jerusalem”: 26th Annual Jerusalem Music Festival Showcases Palestinian Talent from Near and Far

Under the theme “Stand Up Jerusalem,” the Jerusalem Music Festival returned for a 26th year featuring six days of music, drama, comedy, and dance.

In Batn al-Hawa, a Neighborhood Targeted for Forcible Expulsions, the Eyes Bear Witness

An art installation project in the Batn al-Hawa neighborhood of Silwan sends a message to the world.

What Is Jerusalem? Stories from the Old City: Matthew Teller’s Nine Quarters of Jerusalem

Matthew Teller’s biography of Jerusalem’s Old City goes beyond the surface to offer history as well as the lived experience of its Palestinian residents today.

The Origins of an Iconic Jerusalem Art Form: Armenian Ceramics

We review the book Feast of Ashes, by Sato Moughalian, which chronicles the origins of the Armenian ceramic tradition in Jerusalem, first introduced there by the author’s grandfather, a refugee from the Armenian genocide. 

Entranced by Dance, a Jerusalem Teen Founded a Professional Dance Troupe to Empower Others

A Jerusalem teen who was intoxicated with dance and its transformative capacities made it his mission to help Palestinian children soar; today they are Douban Professional Dance.

The Jerusalem Arab Film Festival (JAFF) Returns and Spotlights Jerusalem

Despite tumultuous events in East Jerusalem, the second annual Jerusalem Arab Film Festival successfully brought a wealth of films from the Arab world to the community.

Ma‘moul and Ka‘ek: The Anticipated Rewards after Fasting during Holidays

A holiday tradition for Christian and Muslim Jerusalemites alike, these delicacies date back centuries and reward those who abstained from food to grow spiritually.