Sometime ago I posted about Fr. Alexander Winogradsky, who heads a Hebrew-speaking Orthodox Christian congregation in the old city of Jerusalem. I just came across this article about a somewhat different – but, it sounds like, also Hebrew-speaking – Orthodox community in Israel, headed by an Arab priest and attended mostly by Russians. Not sure if the church still stands – the article is from 2006, and I have never heard of the church – but I hope so.
I will pray for both these communities, and for a day when Israel has Orthodox churches that, though they may spring from extended or evolved ministries to the Russian population such as these two churches, attract mostly “native” worshippers.