The only all Christian village left
in Palestine continues to seek creative ways to survive.
After battling with complete closure since 2000, collapsed
economy and over 50% unemployment, the Taybeh Brewing
Company suggested a strange celebration never known
to Palestine. Leaders in making history since the brewery
was founded in 1995 as the only micro brewed beer in
the Middle East, Taybeh Beer became the first Palestinian
product to be franchised and produced in Germany under
the Taybeh license. Nadim Khoury initiated a dream come
true by talking all the local civic organizations into
having the Taybeh Oktoberfest in 1995 when his brother
became the first democratically elected mayor of the
town. The last three years the tiny Christian village
has seen three successful village festivals that boost
the economy where all four of the local women cooperatives
sell more items during the festival than the whole year.
The theme of the festival is support for local products
and it has received amazing international media coverage
with thousands of people attending in support of Taybeh
products including Taybeh beer, olive oil, honey, ceramic
lamps, candles, olive woods and embroidery.
The Mayor of Taybeh, David C. Khoury, on behalf of the
local municipality has announced that Saturday and Sunday,
October 11 and 12, 2008 will be the 4th Annual Taybeh
Oktoberfest with the opening celebration at 11:00 am
Oct 11th at the Taybeh Municipality. This peaceful event
gives hope to the local community for its future survival
since the Christian presence and investment in the village
is considered a peaceful resistance.
The Taybeh Oktoberfest is also announced to encourage
people who have travel plans to include Taybeh on their
list of places to visit since Taybeh (near Ramallah)
known as Biblical Ephraim is noted as one of the most
ancient places in Palestine going back five thousand
years before Christ came into the village before His
crucifixion (John 11:54).
Directions to Taybeh on www.taybehmunicipality.org.
The Oktoberfest in Taybeh was such a great success that
it truly reflects the democracy and diversity in Palestine.
The Taybeh Brewing Company serves as the main organizer
of the festival in cooperation with the Taybeh Municipality,
four women’s organizations, local parishes, Olive
Branch Foundation, Taybeh Scouts, and the Society of
Christian Heritage in the Holy Land establishing a new
tradition in Palestine to support local products and
hoping that other towns can emulate an effort to support
and celebrate specific products throughout Palestine
creating a positive nationalist feeling.
Also, the most magnificent site in Taybeh is the Byzantine
ruins of St. George Greek Orthodox Church now a national
protected archeological site; and the stone school newly
renovated by RIWAQ in their efforts to preserve architectural
heritage in Palestine. Thus, with this rich Christian
presence and roots, the local residents hope to share
their cultural heritage with others this fall season
during the 2008 Taybeh Oktoberfest, Oct 11 and 12.