Taybeh OktoberFest 2011

2012 OctoberFest 
6th & 7th October

October 1st & 2nd, 2011 • Departures daily

From Tel Aviv: 12.30 (12.30pm) - 175 shekels
Meeting place:
Alrozorov (Merkaz) rail station see map 

From Jerusalem: 14.00 (2pm)  - 140 shekels
Meeting place: 
Notre Dame Hotel, Jerusalem - see map

Return at 20.00 (8pm)
21.00 (9pm) Arrive back in Jerusalem
22.00 (10pm) Arrive back in Tel Aviv

The Taybeh Oktoberfest is two days filled with Palestinian music, culture, and of course, beer. This festival is an annual tradition that brings together thousands of visitors.

The Taybeh Brewery, just north of Jerusalem, was established in 1995 by the Khoury family and produces fine beers on a par with the best microbreweries in Europe and the USA. Taybeh, a Christian Palestinian village, is also famous for its handmade olive oil soap, ceramic 'peace lamps', and crafts cooperatives.

Taybeh today is a dynamic village which welcomes visitors with hospitality and warmth. The festival will feature local crafts and music, and tours of the brewery, churches, and archeological site.

The history of Taybeh dates back 5000 years ago as one of the most ancient places in Palestine established originally with the name Ofra (Ophrah) mentioned 11 times in the Torah (Old Testament, Book of Joshua 18:21-23: "The tribe of Benjamin, clan by clan, had the following cities: Jericho, Beth Hoglah, Emek Keziz, Beth Arabah, Zemaraim, Bethel, Avvim, Parah, Ophrah...").

 Later the town was called Ephraim and mentioned in the New Testament (Christian Bible: Gospel of John 11:54.  "Jesus therefore walked no more openly among the Jews; but went thence unto a country near the wilderness, into a city called Ephraim..."). The modern name Taybeh is coined from Saladin (12th century).

Today Taybeh is a modern village with grand traditions. As a Christian village in the West Bank, the residents educate their children at one of the local Church-run schools, and have become relatively prosperous amid the challenges of the ongoing Occupation.

The Festival is sponsored by
    Green Olive Tours will be running tours from Jerusalem and Tel Aviv on both days of the Oktoberfest. Reservations can be made online. Don't miss this great event!

    Saturday October 1st

    11:00 am Opening Celebration:  Ecumenical Prayer & National Anthem
     Under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism & Antiquities,   Her Excellency Dr. Khouloud Daibes. 
    Welcome by David C. Khoury, Mayor of Taybeh
    Rodrigo Lessa Trio / Brazil
    Greek Orthodox School Folklore Show
    Sri Lanka Traditional Dancer
    Taybeh Folklore Dance Group

    1:15 pm Sri Lanka Traditional Dancers
    1:30 pm  Rodrigo Lessa Trio / Brazil
    1:30 pm Taybeh Walk
    3:30 pm Hajj MC Generation of Peace
    4:15  pm Taybeh Beer Competition
    4:45 pm Toot Ard/Golan Heights
    6:00 pm Ramallah Orthodox Club
    7:00 pm Cultureshoc
    8:00 pm Egtya7 Underground/Jerusalem
    8: 15 pm Amer Zahr, 1001 Laughs in Taybeh (Greek Catholic Hall)
    8:30 pm Taybeh Folklore Dance Group
    9:00 pm Ramallah Band with Jack Tanous
    9: 15 pm Amer Zahr, 1001 Laughs in Taybeh (Greek Catholic Hall)

    Sunday October 2nd
    11:00 am  Palestinian National Theater/formerly Al-Hakawat, Children’s program, “Happy Van”
    11:00 am Taybeh Walk
    1:00 pm “Mr. Rule, Abu Nizam” Sanabel Theatre
    2:00  pm Palestine Street/Bethlehem
    3:00 pm Zababdeh Dance Troup
    4:00 pm Beer Competition
    4:30 pm Eurasica Band/Jerusalem
    5:15 pm Al-Rowwad Culture and Theater Society
    6:15 pm Old City Soldiers Hip Hop/Jerusalem
    7:00 pm Taybeh Folkore Dance Group
    7: 15 pm Amer Zahr, 1001 Laughs in Taybeh (Greek Catholic Hall)
    7:45 pm West Bank Group with Adam D
                    Mina Band with Nazal Zanyed
    8: 15 pm Amer Zahr, 1001 Laughs in Taybeh (Greek Catholic Hall)
    8:45 pm DAM – Palestinian Hip Hop

  • Nablus Day Tour
    Visit the Samaritans and their holy temple on Mount Grizim. Hold a discussion with the Director of a youth organization in Balata Refugee camp. Explore the sights and sounds of the Old City of Nablus
  • Masada, Dead Sea & Southern West Bank
    An overview of the southern West Bank, the ancient Roman complex at Masada, a drive along the entire length of the Dead Sea, and an opportunity to dip in the healing sea waters.
  • Taybeh Village
    Come and explore Christian Palestine through the beautiful village of Taybeh located between Jerusalem, Ramallah and Jericho.
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