THE AMERICAN FRIENDS OF THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE OF JERUSALEM, our principal charity, is
devoted to building hope and peace by financially supporting education and
healthcare available to all in the Holy Land and raising awareness in the United States.
Peace begins at a school desk — by developing educated citizens who can sustain peace when it comes. The 16 Diocesan schools in Israel, Palestine, and Jordan educate more than 6,400 students each year. Many of these schools are top-ranking academic institutions in the region, educating the next generation of leaders. Every Diocesan school accepts students from all backgrounds — a core value. Education also includes high-quality vocational training to give youth the real-life skills needed to secure stable employment. All schools engage students in cross-cultural communication, respect for differences, critical thinking, and the fundamentals needed to build a future.
The Diocese operates two major hospitals — in two very volatile locations — with more than 200 beds, four outpatient clinics, and a growing number of mobile clinics. St. Luke’s Hospital in Nablus, Palestine, and Al Ahli Hospital in Gaza City, Gaza, serve the needs of more than 56,000 outpatients and 12,000 inpatients annually, in addition to hundreds of surgeries and thousands of lab tests and examinations. Through compassionate medical care, these healthcare professionals make respect and dignity for each patient part of the experience.
AFEDJ touches hundreds of lives each year by supporting four institutions serving children and adults with mental and physical disabilities. Disabilities still carry a heavy stigma in rural parts of the Middle East, and life for those with a disability, especially a child, can be extremely challenging. These institutions build hope and a future for the most marginalized and forgotten people in the Holy Land. The institutions are leaders in the field, and also advocates for integrated education and inclusive communities.
The Diocese provides critical pastoral care to 7,000 Anglicans in five countries through more than 23 parishes and 30 priests. These parishes sustain fragile Christian communities and are a bridge between cultures and religious traditions. In addition to providing pastoral services, several parishes also support schools, outpatient clinics, summer camps, and pilgrim guest houses, located on their grounds.
ST THOMAS CHURCH BACK-TO-SCHOOL PROGRAM
In 2015, the Priory donated $250 to the St. Thomas Church "Back to School Program", which provides back packs and other necessary items for school to children in need in New York City. Simple items such as back packs, pencils and notebooks, are items not provided by the school systems, both public and private, but are necessary for the insured education of our children, especially those most vulnerable due to economic misfortunes.
THE BENTLEY TRUST
The Bentley Trust is a legacy left to the Priory of St. Michael and St. George by the late Dame Charlotte Fowler Bentley, DGCTJ. She was the widow of Past Prior, Col. Chev. Robert A. L. Bentley, GCTJ, and a long-time benefactor of the Priory. Dame Charlotte died the 24th of June 2001, and in her will established a fund, from which the annual proceeds are to be used for the charitable purposes of the Priory.
For several years, the Priory contributed to the Knickerbocker Greys, an organization founded in 1881 , and is the oldest after school activity for boys and girls ages 6 to 16. Cadets undergo a series of experiences over the years that build leadership, self esteem, character, confidence, social skills, etiquette, patience, empathy, perseverance, enthusiasm, public speaking, and problem solving.