Ronny, from the community of the Vicariate, reports on a trip to Tabgha on Rosh Hashana, from September 20 to 23, 2017.

On Sunday, September 24, 2017, the Filipino community of San Lorenzo Ruiz in Jerusalem celebrated the feast of their patron in the Ratisbonne Salesian monastery in Jerusalem.

On Saturday, September 23, 2017, Father Rafic, coordinator for the Pastoral among Migrants, celebrated mass for the Sri Lankan community in Our Lady Woman of Valor Pastoral Center.

Sister Agnese reports on the New Year celebration held at Kuchinate in south Tel Aviv on Tuesday, September 19, 2017.

The country's population has grown by 156,000 people over the past year, according to data published by the Central Bureau of Statistics ahead of the holiday.

The Saint Rachel Day Care welcomes twenty-eight babies each day, allowing the migrant and asylum seeker mothers to look for work. There are seven strong women who look after these little ones.

A group of children in Italy, in catechism class with Sister Sara of the Little Family of the Annunciation, friend of the kehillot, worked hard in order to collect money for the children in the Holy Land. They tell of their project:

On September 16, 2017, Andrea Bergmini, long time friend of the kehillot in Israel, was ordained a priest in the Cathedral of Bologna, Italy, by Archbishop Matteo Zuppi.

Suzanne, a young French woman sent by the Oeuvre d'Orient association, spent one month during the summer of 2017 with the children who attend the Saint Rachel Center in Jerusalem.

Unitaf, the Israeli NGO committed to the welfare of migrant babies and the close collaborator of the day care center in Our Lady Woman of Valor Pastoral Center in Tel Aviv, had a New Year party on September 13, 2017, at which Father David was honored.

Veteran member of the Jerusalem kehilla and pioneer of the kehillot in Israel, Brother Yohanan Elihai informed us that a new volume of his was released on September 11, 2017 – a comprehensive Arabic-Hebrew dictionary.

One of our young people, Elena Nimer from Tiberias is competing in the Miss Progress Israel competition and you can support her on their website.

On Saturday September 9, 2017, hundreds of Indians participated in the traditional Monti Fest celebrations in Tel Aviv.

On Friday, September 8, 2017, the Indian community in Beer Sheba celebrated the Onam Festival, a harvest festival originating in Kerala, India.

On Saturday, September 9, 2017, the children from the Our Lady Woman of Valor Pastoral Center gathered for the first catechism classes of the new school year.

On Tuesday, September 5, 2017, members of the Coordination of the Pastoral Among Migrants met at the Latin Patriarchate in Jerusalem to discuss the Church’s work with the migrants and asylum seekers.

The new school year also signals a new year in the day care centers run by the Vicariate in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

Paul Hewerdine, 65 years old, passed away peacefully Friday, August 18, 2017 at Loyola Medical Center in Maywood, Illinois from complications during a liver transplant. He and his wife Mary had been members of the Saint James Vicariate for many years.

Father Rafic Nahra was named on Saturday, September 2, 2017, as interim responsible for the communities of Hebrew speaking communities and coordinator for the migrant worker and asylum seeker communities in Israel.

On Saturday, September 2, 2017, while awaiting the approval of the Holy See, Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, has appointed Father Rafic Nahra to run the Saint James Vicariate for Hebrew Speaking Catholics in Israel.