Jerusalem Notebook

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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.

Four Generations and 100 Years of Ceramic Artistry: The Balian Design Studio

Photographer Mustafa al-Kharouf reveals his love for Armenian ceramic art as part of our series on Jerusalemites’ favorite places in the city.

Ramadan Moments: Old City of Jerusalem

A short vlog that evokes the sights and sounds of Ramadan in the Old City of Jerusalem, from morning into night—those moments that are not darkened by violent encounters.

Ramadan, Nonetheless

While Ramadan 2022 was marked by repeated confrontations between the community and the police, Jerusalemites still managed to celebrate their holiday in traditional ways, as these photos show. 

The Holy Light: From Jerusalem to the World

The Miracle of the Holy Fire in Jerusalem thrilled worshippers who managed to get in to see it, but thousands were blocked by new police restrictions that caused community outrage.

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.

Who Are the Palestinians of Jerusalem? Creator of Long-Beloved Children’s Puppet among Hundreds Facing Expulsion in Sheikh Jarrah Neighborhood

Music educator and puppeteer Yacoub Abu Arafeh uses creative education to serve society and confront challenges, including those facing his own neighborhood, targeted for forcible expulsions.