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The New Gate to Peace Foundation was established to promote, organize and provide:
-Pilgrimages, tours and visits to important cultural, historical and religious sites in the Holy Land,
-Educational and cultural activities, such as conferences, congresses and symposiums in order to create a greater awareness and understandig of the history, culture and meaning of the Holy Land to foster peaceful solutions to current challenges,
-Support for the construction, expansion and maintenance of the Notre Dame of Jerusalem Center and other similar center,
-Encounters between leaders of the different religious, national and ethnic groups in the Holy Land that foster mutual understanding and spirit of collaboration and dialogue.
* The New Gate to Peace Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization and certifies that no good or services, other than solely intangible and in nature, are provided in exchange for any contribution. Tax ID Number 55-0907295
The New Gate to Peace Foundation is receiving contributions for the Magdala Center a complex in Galilee including a pilgrimage hotel, spiritual center, multimedia center, and international woman’s center. This Center brings alive a centuries-long dormant place of immense historical importance to many faiths.
In 2006, the Magdala Center plans began with a very open intent, and included plans for an acumenical chapel. As providence would have it, this broadened into an interfaith peace focus in 2009 when a first century synagogue and the oldest menorah carved in stone was discovered in the footprint originally set aside for the ecumenical chapel. The Israeli Antiquities Authority has called this find “the most important archeological discovery everrelated to the 2nd Temple.”
We’ve made great progress to date through the generosity of many across the world community but we are far from done. To date, the land has been purchased (including additional land in order to preserve the synagogue), the hotel is under construction, and the excavation of the synagogue and adjacent first century town continues.
We have a deep respect of the positions of every visitor and participant regardless of beliefs. We will not expect to superficially suggest a level of communion we do not have, yet we will work hard to discover the level of commonality we too easily underestimate.
Coming to celebrate and dialogue together, shedding the inherited prejudices and cliché understandings, we want to discover and become ever more familiar with each other, interested and committed to help each other and, together, contribute to the tikum olam, the improvement of life on this planet for all humanity.
We look forward to increasing quality accommodation specifically for pilgrims and also providing inspiring virtual access to those who are unable to physically travel to the Center. We are enthusiastic about increasing tourism to Israel and the employment of local workers.