(JNS.org) The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ), a Christian Zionist organization based in Jerusalem, has announced that it will hold its weeklong “Feast of Tabernacles” celebration at the new Jerusalem Payis Arena in mid-October, marking the first major international gathering at the arena.
For the past 33 years, ICEJ has hosted the Feast of Tabernacles celebration at the Jerusalem Convention Center to coincide with the Jewish holiday of Sukkot. The event draws tens of thousands of Christian Zionists from across the world.
“Our move to this new facility in Jerusalem is a very exciting development which will allow us to further grow the Feast of Tabernacles,” said Dr. Jürgen Bühler, ICEJ’s executive director. “We believe that in the years to come, this new hall will be filled every Sukkot with even more pro-Israel Christians from around the globe. So this is a thrilling moment for the city of Jerusalem and for our ministry.”
The new 15,000-seat arena, which includes a massive LED screen and several luxury executive suites, was inaugurated by Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat last month. Barkat described the arena as “the most advanced, state-of-the-art venue of its kind in the Middle East.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent a letter to ICEJ in September that thanked the organization for its support of Israel during Operation Protective Edge in Gaza. ICEJ raised more than $277,000 for nine public bomb shelters for Israelis living near Gaza and sent hundreds of southern Israeli residents on vacations within the Jewish state and abroad to escape from the rocket fire.