January 30, 2012 |
An Montgomery County man admitted in federal court this morning that he flimflammed elderly church members with promises of booking them on trips to the Holy Land. Federal prosecutors said John B. Baird, 73, defrauded 138 church members out of $423,577. Sentencing for Baird, who pleaded guilty to four counts of mail fraud, is set for May 7. Baird, of Elkins Park, formerly owned and operated Christian Pilgrim Tours, Inc., which organized trips to various Holy Land sites in Israel, Italy, France, Poland and other places, the government said.
October 5, 1986 |
Dogged by controversy since its inception, the exhibition of cultural artifacts from Israel called "Treasures of the Holy Land" finally has arrived at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, its first stop on a three-city tour of the United States. It's not a particularly glamorous production, since most of its approximately 200 objects are small and not intrinsically precious. If they were mixed in with the museum's regular collections, they probably wouldn't attract more than passing attention.
September 16, 1993 |
The '90s could qualify as the new age of miracles. First came the incredible collapse of Soviet communism and the liberation of Eastern Europe. Liberty, as the western world has known it, arrived miraculously in Moscow and spread throughout what President Reagan once called "The Evil Empire. " It is holding on, despite serious problems like the civil war in Yugoslavia. And now, Israel and the Palestinians are willing to live together in the land called Holy - holy because the great founders of Judaism, Christianity and Islam lived and taught there, holy because it is the land of mighty miracles, holy because of the endless prayers said at its cherished shrines.
November 5, 2000 |
When atheists and believers argue, at least one line is likely to come up: "Look at all the wars started in the name of religion. " Neither debater ever needs to look far, and especially not recently. This fall has seen an area that many people call the Holy Land degenerate into savage bloodletting. Professor Norman Stillman, an eminent historian of Jewish-Arab relations, is no foe of religion. Although, like many, he believes the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has veered dangerously from a political fight to a religious one, he does not think the turn was inevitable or irreversible.
August 18, 2009 |
LADY GAGA is toning down her holey costumes in the Holy Land. Gaga (aka Stefani Germanotta) says that her visit to Jerusalem will be "an emotional and spiritual experience. " She also has plans to swim in the Dead Sea. In a nod to local fans at a news conference yesterday, Gaga covered her skimpy top with a black leather jacket emblazoned with a Star of David made of silver spikes on the back. She said that she is more excited to see Jerusalem than to "get drunk in a bar," although she didn't rule out getting drunk in a bar. Lady Gaga will perform the last show of her Fame Ball tour in Tel Aviv tomorrow.
March 31, 2013 |
It took 104 years, but Bucks County resident Eleanor Hall is finally making a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. She leaves Wednesday, along with her daughter, two granddaughters, and other members of the Addisville Reformed Church in Richboro. "I haven't seen many pictures of Israel, so everything is going to be new and exciting," Hall said. Her daughter, Evelyn Sellers, is looking forward most of all to the Garden of Gethsemane and being baptized in the Jordan River. "There's just so much excitement with everything.
September 28, 2010 |
IT WASN'T the Jews, it was the booze. As Ozzy Osbourne prepares for his first concert in Israel, the former Black Sabbath (in Israel, Black Shabbot ) front man says it was alcohol, not politics, that has kept him away. Ozzy is in Israel as part of this year's international Ozzfest tour, along with Soulfly and Korn . Today's performance will be his first in the Holy Land. "I try to stay away from politics," Ozzy said Sunday in Tel Aviv. "They don't understand me and I don't understand them.
March 30, 1997 |
Easter is a subdued holiday this year for Khalil Jekoman. His children will dye Easter eggs at home. They will go to Mass at nearby St. Catherine's Church, then sojourn at his mother's house for a small supper of the traditional holiday recipes, lamb stewed in yogurt and cookies stuffed with dates. This year, Jekoman didn't even bother to buy new Easter outfits for the children. Why should he? They have no place to go. "We, the Christians, are like little birds in a cage," lamented Jekoman, 40, a Roman Catholic, one of the diminishing minority of Christians in the Palestinian population.
May 17, 1987 |
The Promised Land; the Holy Land; a land of contrast, conflict and compromise. The country's very name calls to mind images that stretch back nearly four millenia. It is a tiny country, this Jewish state, poised tenuously on the cusp of Asia. But it looms large throughout the history of man, sacred to three of the world's great religions and many of their offshoots. And it is largely because of its religious significance that Israel draws more than a million visitors a year - travelers who may describe themselves as pilgrims or tourists - for whom this land holds deep meaning.