The Area

“Fear not, for I bring you good news that shall give joy to all people. There is born for you this day, in the city of David, a Savior, who is Christ The Lord”

The historic city of Beit Sahour, where the Angel appeared to the shepherds and asked them to go and greet Baby Jesus, lies to the east of Bethlehem and south-east of Jerusalem. The origins of the name Beit Sahour (the house of vigilance) stems from the Cananite words “Beit” meaning place, and “Sahour” meaning night watch, which reflected the importance of the area for shepherds. The land provided their flocks with good grazing during the day and safety in the caves at night.

Beit Sahour is home to around 14,500 residents, 80% Christians and 20% Muslim. The inhabitants engage in artisan craftsmanship, using olive wood, mother of pearl, and embroidery. Tourism and its related enterprises, is crucial for the economy. Unfortunately tourism is facing a major crisis due to the political instability which left entire families without work.