Christian Guesthouses Start Hosting Israelis, Then Notice Something Strange

As pilgrim tourism vanished due to COVID, Christian guesthouses in Israel started wooing local tourists. That is how a church-owned facility in Tabgha, near the Sea of Galilee, wound up hosting its first bar mitzvah

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The Tabgha Pilgrim House by the Sea of Galilee.
The Tabgha Pilgrim House by the Sea of Galilee. Credit: Rami Shllush
Judy Maltz
Judy Maltz
Judy Maltz
Judy Maltz

The cleaning staff at the Tabgha Pilgrim House started noticing something strange this summer when they would come to tidy the rooms: The little wooden crosses hung over the beds would often be missing. Usually, after a quick search, they would turn up in the night table drawers, but occasionally in less likely hiding places. In at least one case, the famous Christian emblem was found stashed away in the minibar.

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