Arab Orthodox Society

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Cultural Centre of Arab Orthodox Society at David Street, Jerusalem

The Arab Orthodox Society is an Eastern Orthodox charitable organization located near the New Gate in the Christian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem. A part of the Greek Orthodox Church of Jerusalem, it provides its local community with medical care, employment, a cultural center, a museum, an embroidery shop, a bakery, and a coffee shop.


St. Benedictos Medical Center provides medical care to the needy. Payments for services are adjusted to the patient's ability to pay. The medical staff includes an on-site x-ray technician, a full-time dentist, and other specialists. The center also provides a doctor, nurse, and social worker to do home visits for elderly patients.

The Melia Art and Training Center provides employment for Palestinian women who hand-embroider traditional Palestinian designs and sell the finished pieces through the shop.[1]

The "Bint al-Balad" bakery (literally, "Daughter of the Country"), prepares traditional Palestinian dishes including pies, pastries, and salads. The shop also offers catering services for parties and celebrations.

Wujud (literally, "existence") is a cultural center and museum celebrating Palestinian heritage housed in a historic building donated by the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate.[2] The museum overlooks one of the two Old City dry pools, Hezekiah's Pool, also known as the Bath of the Patriarchs. Built during the Mamluk period, used by the Ottoman military, and then as a residential home at the end of the British Mandate, the building was neglected for 42 years before it was renovated and restored on May 14, 2010. Wujoud includes an ethno-museum, cultural center and a cafeteria.[3]

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  1. ^ Feldinger, Lauren Gelfond (9 March 2006). "A stitch across time and borders". The Jerusalem Post.
  2. ^ Kort, Nora. "". Arab Orthodox Society. Archived from the original on 20 June 2012. Retrieved 6 July 2012.
  3. ^ Qleibo, Ali (Aug 2011). "Jerusalem: Traces and Collective Memory A New Museum in the Old City". This Week in Palestine (160). Retrieved 6 July 2012.

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