Auction Items

Silent auction items

1. Cremisan Star of Bethlehem Wine 2013 

The Cremisan Cellar, located between Jerusalem and Bethlehem, inherits its namesake from the hill from which the grapes have been harvested since 1885. Modern wine-making equipment was introduced in 1997.  All Cremisan wines are organically produced, with vines being tended without the use of pesticides and chemicals. Vines are pruned, sorted and picked by hand.  World renowned enologist Riccardo Cotarella – most noted for his Falesco winery in Italy – is now part of the Cremisan Winery, lending his professionalism and talent.

2.  Elia Photo items

The late Elia Kahvedjian (1910 – 1999) was a legendary Armenian photographer who began documenting the history of the Holy Land in 1924 through the lens of his camera. He also collected various older pictures from as far back as 1860. Elia passed on his passion to his son and in turn his grandson as well. Their shop in the Christian Quarter of the Old City has been a landmark for tourists and art collectors for decades. However, today, the shop may close. Just last May Elia’s son, Kevork, passed away. The grandson is doing his best to keep it open but means are limited. This historic record may no longer be available very soon. Their website only has low resolution images of the collection. This link has higher resolution images .

We procured two items. One item to be auctioned and other for a gift during the reception:

  • “Jerusalem Through My Father’s Eyes” A collection of pictures taken by the late Elia Kahvedjian in the early 1900s.
  • Black & White portrait of Jerusalem




3. Lena Seikaly performance 

Named “one of Washington’s preeminent jazz singers” and “brightest voices in jazz” (The Washington Post), as well as a “major league young talent in jazz” (Duke Ellington’s biographer, Dr. John Hasse), jazz vocalist and Washington, DC area-native LENA SEIKALY is already making her mark in national and international jazz circles as a revivalist of traditional jazz vocals, as well as an innovator in contemporary vocal jazz styles. Unfortunately, due to a scheduling conflict, she will not be able to perform during the fundraiser. However, she has generously offered to “donate” a live performance for the silent auction. There  will be bids for duo, trio or quartet performances.


4. Tour with VisitPalestine Tour Guide, Noor A’wad 

Tour of Bethlehem covering the Church of the Nativity, the Separation Wall, Walajeh and the outskirts of Bethlehem in Area C for up to 19 people for 5-6hours. This guided tour will include explanations of the history, religious events, significance, and geopolitics of the region.



5. Original Painting by MPP Resident Artist, Ahmed Hamedaat 

In the Compass, Ahmed honors the strength, courage, and perseverance of Palestinians who challenge and resist the oppression of the Israeli occupation on a daily basis. The woman’s profile represents the beauty and purity of Palestine before the occupation, while the illuminating compass in the woman’s earring represents the Palestinian right of return as an inalienable right. Ahmed gives the key, a common symbol of the Nakba, a more active and powerful role in The Compass. Instead of representing hope continually suffocated by oppression, the keys surround the oppression as a reminder that right will always triumph over wrong.

6. Society of Inash Al Usra items

Founded in 1965, the Society of Inash Al Usra is a Palestinian voluntary organization established in 1965 in Al Bireh – Palestine. The Society offers services and programs to the Palestinian women and other marginalized sectors of the community as a means of empowering them and enhancing the family institution, thus contributing to the development of the Palestinian society as a whole. Their work is also known for its craftsmanship as well as using high quality materials. (Shawl embroidery, 4 wall hangings, embroidered purse and eye glasses purse)

7. Gift Certificates (2) from Hartcorn Studios, high-end portrait studio in Annapolis

Certificates include the following:
•       one in studio Family Portrait Session
•       one 8″ gift print
•       one signed copy of Mr. Hartcorn’s Hurricane Isabel print

8. 1 Gift Certificate from Jerusalem Restaurant 

Enjoy a dinner for two at this renown Palestinian restaurant in Falls Church, VA

9. Print of the museum poster 









10. Za’atar from Zayt and Za’atar 

Z&Z has donated 5 bundles of 3 jars of their fabulous Za’atar, perfect for giving away with friends and using some for your own cooking as well! Z&Z says, “Z&Z za’atar is bursting with the delicious flavors of all natural wild thyme, toasted sesame seeds, and sumac. Our family works with local farmers in Jenin, Palestine to harvest and deliver the best tasting za’atar availabe to you. Za’atar is one of the most popular and traditional spice blends in the world, and is found at the heart of every pantry, table, and gathering in the Middle East. It’s more than just a spice mix – it’s a cultural icon, a symbol of hospitality, and a staple of any good meal.”



11. Original Painting by Manal Deeb

Title:  The Longing
Medium:  Digital painting on stretched canvas
Size:  24”X24”
Year: 2017
Gallery:  Y Galleri, LLC (