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ICEJ to host thousands of Christians for Feast of Tabernacles celebration in Jerusalem

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21 Sep 2015 (All day)
ICEJ to host thousands of Christians for Feast of Tabernacles celebration in Jerusalem

Flood of Christian pilgrims to include dozens of pro-Israel parliamentarians from more than 25 nations; Main events at Jerusalem Payis Arena

Over coming days, the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem will welcome over 5,000 Christian pilgrims from more than 80 nations for its 36th annual celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles, which begins next Sunday evening (27 September) at the Ein Gedi oasis and then moves up to Jerusalem's Payis Arena for the remainder of the week of Sukkot.

Besides a number of prominent Christian ministers from around the globe, this year's Feast will feature up to 50 pro-Israel Christian parliamentarians and government officials from more than two dozen countries. Many of these visiting government officials are affiliated with the Israel Allies Foundation, while several African nations are sending a large delegation of cabinet ministers and MPs to officially represent their countries at this year's Feast.

"We are excited about the very diverse and colorful array of Christians who will be arriving in Jerusalem over coming days from all continents to attend our Feast celebration," said Dr. Jürgen Bühler, the ICEJ's Executive Director. "Many countries are sending their largest groups ever, which reflects the rapid growth of the Evangelical movement and the accompanying rise in pro-Israel sentiment in these nations."

"This year our Feast is also drawing a record number of Christian parliamentarians and government officials from around the world, which means our message of solidarity with Israel will be stronger than ever," added Dr. Bühler.

Senior Israeli officials will address the Sukkot gathering and welcome the Christian parliamentarians and pilgrims to Jerusalem.

The week-long festivities are once again Israel's largest annual tourist event and the largest solidarity mission to Israel this year, injecting an estimated $16 million into Israel's economy.

The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem was founded during the first Christian celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles in September 1980, in response to the last thirteen national embassies leaving Jerusalem under threat of an Arab oil boycott. Today, the Christian Embassy is considered the world's largest pro-Israel Christian organization, with established branches in over 80 nations and a reach into more than 150 nations worldwide.

For more information, contact: David Parsons, ICEJ Media Director
Cell: 052-381-6214; E-mail: david.parsons@icej.org

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Ziv Goldfisher, Icon Media
Cell: 054 808 8260; Email: ziv@icon-smc.com

 

 

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