In 1990, a small group of believing Israeli parents began to explore alternate educational options for their children who were currently being educated by the secular Israeli school system.
As a result, Makor Hatikvah Messianic Day School was born. The name means “Source of Hope,” and the idea was to create a spiritually healthy environment for children that would shut out many ungodly influences which dominate other schools in Israel.
What began with a handful of children in a private home soon mushroomed into 30-40 children using an old church facility in the Old City of Jerusalem. After outgrowing those accommodations, the school moved to the property of International Anglican School in the heart of Jerusalem where it is currently located. In this location its numbers have grown to well over 100 students.
Consequently, our staff has grown as well. We employ 15 teachers who teach subjects including; math, English, Arabic, geography, science, language and literature, music, art and sports. We also offer private tutoring both for special education and for the children of new immigrants who are learning the Hebrew language. Makor HaTikvah also has a school choir and offers the option of after-school piano lessons.
Our Messianic faith is central to all we do at the school. Each day begins with a morning assembly which includes worship, prayers and the Word of God. We seek to be doers of God’s word and not only hearers as we teach the principles of love and respect for one another and appropriate responses to authority. As the only Messianic school in Jerusalem, we have a singular responsibility to equip our children to live as believers in this world. We know that this is never easy and often especially challenging in Israel.
At present, we have close to 100 children attending first to ninth grades and ranging in ages 6-15.
These students come from a variety of backgrounds and countries although many were born here in Israel. However, all the children are united through the common language of Hebrew which is the only language spoken in our school.
Since our school teaches the regular Israeli curriculum, this has enabled our children to transfer easily into or out of Makor HaTikvah if families relocate. New Testament studies is also an integral part of our curriculum. When we celebrate the Feasts, we specifically emphasize the ways in which they have been and are being fulfilled in Yeshua, our Messiah.
Many of our Makor HaTikva graduates have gone on to excel in regular Israeli high schools. Some have even gone on to serve in the Israeli armed forces and/or further study in higher education.
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