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With a history dating back to 1841, the Nazareth Trust is the 21st-Century expression of a Scottish Christian charity originally established to support the work of international medical missions. The founding, in 1861, of the Nazareth Hospital, the oldest hospital in present-day Israel, was a direct result of that ambition, and now 160 years on, the Trust has been responsible for the ongoing work of the hospital, and the associated ministries that have been developed in the intervening years. In all its work, and its planning for the future, the Nazareth Trust, the largest Christian ministry in the Holy Land, finds inspiration and direction in Jesus’ proclamation, made at the start of His ministry in the town where we now serve in His name.
Hospital Patient Visits per year
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Over 400 students enrol each academic year (100% pass rate in 2020)
Since opening in 2000, over 1 million tourists have visited the Nazareth Village
Over 500 international volunteers (2017 – 2020)
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In more recent years, the Trust has broadened its services, which now incorporate four distinct ministries:
Healthcare – Nazareth Hospital EMMS
Nazareth Hospital EMMS is the main trauma centre offering acute care for the people of Nazareth and its surrounding area. Each year, over 180,000 patients visit the hospital, including nearly 65,000 people to its 24-hour Accident & Emergency department – the only one providing around-the-clock care in the city.
The hospital operates a wide range of services including Accident and Emergency, General Surgery, Maternity and nationally accredited Neonatal Intensive care, Paediatric Surgery, Psychiatry and Intensive care. There is also a busy Renal Dialysis service and a modern Cardiac Catheterisation suite.
The hospital, which is affiliated with the Bar Ilan Medical School, maintains education, training and research programmes and serves a catchment area exceeding 500,000. It aims to provide the highest standards of excellence in healthcare – aspiring to be a hospital of choice not only for patients, but also for doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals.
Healthcare Education – Nazareth Academic School of Nursing
Established in 1924 to address a national shortage of nurses, the Nazareth Academic School of Nursing offers opportunities for vocational work to the local, underserved and predominantly Israeli Arab population.
Each academic year, up to 400 students are enrolled at the school. The programmes available range from Nursing diplomas to BA Nursing degrees taught in partnership with Emek Israel College. Since its establishment, the Nazareth Academic School of Nursing continues as the only Arab nursing school in the state of Israel.
Christian Witness – SERVE Nazareth
SERVE Nazareth provides volunteer ministry opportunities in the Galilee – in recent years growing to be the largest programme of its kind in Northern Israel.
Out of the many opportunities available, volunteers can serve in the hospital chaplaincy or Pastoral Care team, volunteer in the hospital wards, guide at Nazareth Village, or provide other vital support within the Nazareth Trust or local Christian ministries.
Biblical Education – Nazareth Village
Nazareth Village gives the opportunity to experience Nazareth as it was in the first century during the time of Jesus. Tour guides share Biblical stories, bringing them to life using a working farm, traditional buildings – including a synagogue – and authentic 1st century meals.
The Nazareth Village is well established as a major Christian ministry and tourist operation in Northern Israel.