A VISIT TO REMEMBER
I shall never forget the feeling of overwhelming joy which filled up my heart when
our principal informed me of our school's plan to host a German group of high school
students with two of their teachers. Indeed, for me the visit was wonderfully unique – it
was highly informative, educational, intensive, and, at the same time, we had a myriad of
Friendship is the most precious gift one can have in this life. Friendship is a flower to
be treasured for its lovely rare design. Our friendship with the German group began on
one beautiful morning with curious little smiles and a few words that kept rolling like a
snowball which became stronger than steel and deeper than the sea day after day. This
ball has never stopped, it has been growing with every thoughtful act, each laugh and
secret shared, and the little kindnesses that whispered "someone cared". Such friendship
shall bloom forever in hearts like theirs and ours.
The best moments were when we used to come back from a busy and hard day. My
colleague, Jorg Schurmann, and I would then sit, relax, enjoy traditional Arabic dishes,
and exchange information about our different cultures and societies – during these few
evenings, I learned about Germany more than I can find in any book. Another dazzling
evening was when Dr. Jurgen Schwark, and our principal joined me and my family for
dinner in our house: the Arabic traditional gourmet food, Johann S. Bach's enchanting
soft music, and Italy's best wine added another touch to the evening and turned it into a
highly sophisticated and unforgettable evening. We exchanged so much information
about our different cultures: German, Arabic and Italian, enjoyed the food, wine and
music, and even shared a few jokes and laughs.
I wish to thank our German friends for the joy of their company, the comfort of
knowing that they care, the inspiration they have given, and the love and kindness they
have shown. They are the dearest kind of friends.
Fahed S. Said
MOUNT OF THE BEATITUDES
On Monday 15/10/2008, I went with my friends and the German
group to my most favorite place in Tabaries, it is Mount of the
Beatitudes. It was a very nice trip.
Mount of the Beatitudes is an amazing place one can visit. This
Mount is a historical place. Hump of the Beatitudes attracts
millions of tourist around the world every year.
Moreover it is a very enter the Garden of Eden: a big garden full of
flowers and in the bosom of the garden you will see a magnificent
church, and you can see the eight Beatitudes written in the church:-
3"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of
heaven. 4Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
5Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
6Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for
they will be filled. 7Blessed are the merciful, for they will be
shown mercy.8Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
9Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.
10Blessed are those who are persecuted because of
righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.11"Blessed are
you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds
of evil against you because of me. 12Rejoice and be glad, because
great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they
persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Visitors From Germany
<By: Jaclin Layus>
First of all, I'd like to say that it was a great experience for all
of us, to get to know new students from another country.
Maybe in the beginning it was a little bit hard, because it was
the first time we meet and talk to each other, but with time,
we got used to them and became good friends. My
knowledge about the German language was very useful for
me and for my friends too.
October 14,2007 - was the beginning of our amazing project
with the German group of teenagers. In the morning we went
to school to pick up our partners. Later, Helwe and I took
them to a small trip in Akko; we showed them the market of
Akko, the marine, the new city, and many other places. Our
lunch was at De La Mer restaurant in Akko. They tasted
some of our Arabic food. In the evening my family and I took
my partner (Paula) to Nahariyya - a small city near Akko. We
went shopping in the centre, and ate falafel and pizza. Later
we walked on the beach.
October 15,2007 - Early in the morning we went on a trip,
with Father Querico and all the students, to Nazareth, and
visited some churches there. We also visited Tiberias, and
all the other holy places in the area. We took many group
pictures, which will stay a nice memory for all of us. It was a
very tiring trip for all of us. Later in the evening we had a nice
dinner in my house.
October 16,2007 - This day was reserved for visiting the
school. In the morning the German students went with us to
school wearing the same uniform like us. We had some
activities there with our teachers. Later we went to the ship
of Akko and made a nice tour around the whole city. At
noon, we ate lunch in a small restaurant in Akko, and
continued our trip in the historical milestones of Akko.
Moreover, we had many interesting activities with the school.
That evening we took them to the mall in Haifa and had fun
there with all the friends.
October 17,2007 - It was the last day for us together. In the
morning we visited the Jazzar Mosque and some other
places in Akko. We can't forget our visit to the Municipality of Akko.
There we took many pictures with people who work in the
Municipality, talked about Israel, and about our visit next year to
Germany. After visiting the municipality the German group visited the
Lohami-Geta'oot. In the evening we had a small party in the school,
with many activities and delicious food. Later we continued the party
at Haya's house and had a nice evening.
October 18,2007 - It was time to say "Good-Bye" and see you next
year in Recklinghausen!!
"Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God.  You will be with child and give birth to a
son, and you are to give him the name Jesus.  He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most
High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David,  and he will reign over the house of
Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end." Luke 1:26-38.
One of the amazing and enormous churches in Nazareth is the Church of The
Annunciation. We went with the German student's group to Nazareth and visited this
The Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth is a modern Catholic church built over the
remains of Byzantine and Crusader churches. It incorporates the cave in which the Virgin
Mary received the news from Gabriel that she would give birth to Jesus. The site has
been a pilgrimage destination since earliest times and remains an important stop for Holy
Land pilgrims today.
This church was rebuilt several times, the first time was debated (1600 years ago), and
then during the Crusades, then again during Franciscan, during the prince Fakhreddin's
rule 350 years ago, during the Franciscan again, in Zahir Alzeidani's rule about 220 years
ago and then the current large church built since 1955 until 1969 under the support of the
The Basilica of the Annunciation was designed by the architect Giovanni Muzio, consists
of two levels. The lower church contains the Grotto which, tradition holds, was the home
of Mary and the Site of the Annunciation, along with remnants of churches from the
Crusader and Byzantine eras.
And the upper church, which serves as the local Roman Catholic parish church, is
crowned by the stunning and majestic 170 foot high cupola through which natural light
flows to illuminate the entire interior.
This church is the first church considerate of attracting visitors to Nazareth. I recommend
all the people when they visit Nazareth to visit this awesome and magnificent place.
Written by: Eliane
The most wonderful city in the world along with its historical
heritage occupy a little place on the world’s map; it’s called
Acre. Acre is considered as one of the most important and
historical cities of the ancient world, because of its
Archaeological sites: The wall of the city, the fortresses, the
churches and the mosque.
Acre is a tourist attraction with its Oriental market, the
beaches and sea sports, fisherman’s port, the marine, the
restaurants and the hotels.
In Acre you will be able to see the fingerprints of many
peoples and religious movements: the Canaanites, the
Greeks, the Romans, the Byzantines, the Crusaders, the
Mamelukes, the Turks and the British.
If you ask me where to go in the summer holiday I will
tell you to go to Acre because you will enjoy and see the
smallest and most beautiful city in the world.
Our German Guests
The project between us and the German group was successful, I really
enjoyed the visit of the Germans, and they seemed to be very nice
At the beginning it was a little bit difficult to talk with them because I
was excited, but then I got used to them and after a couple of hours I
didn’t feel that they were strangers.
During their one-week visit here in Acre, we took them to so many
historic milestones, such as the famous walls of Acre, the Jazar Mosque,
"Khan Al Omdan" and the market (Bazaar).
We traveled together to Nazareth and Tiberias too. In Nazareth we
visited the Annunciation church and they were so excited, because all of
them were Christians and this church means a lot to them. They lit
some candles in the church. I admit that we got a little bit bored but my
classmates helped in making the atmosphere great and entertaining.
One of the best moments that I will remember from their visit was,
when I went to the "Jumbo" center, and we sat in Aroma restaurant.
We also sat in De La Mer restaurant, with Jaclyn, Katharine and Paula,
and at "pizza panorama" with some friends. I admit that it was a
typical girl's talk, because we talked a lot about Mexican Tle novellas,
the tasty food and Arabian traditions. They thought that most of the
Arabs are religious and they were surprised when they saw how we act
and dress up.
My parents and I also took them to the Penguin restaurant in Nahariya
and they enjoyed the food there.
I was sad when they left Israel, because we had great times together.
Now I'm waiting for April 2008, so we could go and visit them in
MORE THAN JUST A VISIT
I am extremely glad that I took part in the students' exchange program.
Because it has definitely given me better knowledge about other culture,
habits and lifestyles. It was really interesting to host a German girl that
barely knew anything about Arabs and the way we live here in Akko.
We went to many interesting and charming places that even I didn't know
they exist. Besides, we received information about every place we visited .
For sure, this program wasn't all about going to historical and religious
places and learning about them. We also had the chance to know each other
better and we built a new friendship that I hope would last for a long time.
We had lots of fun with them and even though our lives are extremely
different and our cultures have nothing in common, we found out that we-the
students- share many thoughts and personalities.
To conclude, this experience was overwhelming, remarkable, and fun. I'm
sure that all of us are very anxious to visit Germany to see out partners again
and get to know their own town.