Inspired by Love

Holy Land Trust works to build communities of trust and respect.

  • We travel and encourage others to go to bare witness and meet those who are marginalized and oppressed, carry their untold stories out in the world, and organize for a better future for all.
  • We create a space for all internationals to come and learn about the political, cultural, religious maps of the land.
  • We teach to help build communities where love, peace, justice, and equality are at their core. As a research center, we have learned and developed the tools to help those in need to address the daily challenges of violence they face. From personal transformation, spiritual awakening, nonviolent resistance, communication skills, trauma healing work – we want to serve by teaching as we continue to learn.
  • We open space for the healing of the historical wounds and narratives that have shaped us to live in fear, separation, and victimization.
  • We open up space for new visions of the future to become possible, visions that are not embedded in fear but are motivated by seeing the other as the same.

Meet the staff

Elias Deis
Executive Director
Holy Land Trust’s E.D., Elias Deis has worked for over a decade at Holy Land Trust. He was formally the Travel & Encounter Program Director and serves on the Beit Sahour City Council.
Lara Mitri
BLF Director
Lara Mitri is the Bethlehem Live Festival Director, ensuring that the festival creates an inclusive space that promotes a message of social justice on a global scale.
Said Zarzar
Creative Manager
Said Zarzar is the Creative Manager of Holy Land Trust, organizing the event planning for Bet Lahem Live, as well as the lead coordinator for the Travel & Encounter Department.
Sami Awad
Sami Awad
Founder | Programs Developer
Sami Awad, the founder and former executive director of Holy Land Trust, has spent a lifetime working the infield of community development and leadership training.

We celebrate diversity

Every year we have thousands of individuals and groups from around the world that come through Holy Land Trust to take our tours, receive our programing and engage in community transformation. Come join us!

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