The Palestinian village of Taybeh, was visited by Jesus seeking refuge shortly before his crucifixion. Economic and political pressures have forced some 12,000 residents of Taybeh to emigrate to the Americas, Europe and Australia. To ensure jobs for those who remain (only 1,300!), the churches and the Taybeh Municipal Council are working to improve the local economy. Map.
In order to sell their olive oil, the created a ceramic workshop to make dove-shaped peace lamps. A school to train stone-cutters. And finally a microbrewery, the only one in the Middle East. Their beer is even brewed under franchise in Germany. An annual beer festival in October, backed by church and community organizations as well as by diplomatic missions, promotes local products, culture and tourism. The Taybeh Oktoberfest attracts thousands each year, including Christians, Muslims, Jews and overseas visitors from as far away as Japan and Brazil.
Jesus went to Taybeh, called Ephraim those times, after he raised Lazarus to life and the Jewish leaders planned to put Jesus to death. Taybeh hosts three different communities (Greek Orthodox, Roman Catholic (Latin) and Greek Catholic (Melkite)). When they celebrate Christmas, they celebrate this on December 25 according to the Western calendar and Easter according to the Eastern calendar.
The town was first created 4,500 years ago by the Canaanites. The biblical name was Ophrah of the tribe of Benjamin. In 1187, Muslim sultan Saladin changed the biblical name to Taybeh (meaning “good and kind” in Arabic). The villagers regard St George as their patron. The Greek Orthodox and Melkite churches are both named in his honor.
An excellent corporation between Palestinians, Christian church and international diplomatic missions leads to welcome income for Taybeh.