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Saint John Orthodox Church

The memory of the righteous is celebrated with songs of praise, but the Lord's testimony is sufficient for thee, O Forerunner. Thou wast shown indeed to be the most honorable of the prophets, for in the waters thou didst baptize him who had been proclaimed. After suffering in behalf of the truth, thou didst proclaim even to those in Hades the God who appeared in the flesh, who takes away the sin of the world and grants us the Great Mercy.


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Welcome to the official website of St. John Orthodox Church of Levittown NY. We intend to make it an educational tool to all who seek to use it. This website can be used for information on our church. We are located on a spacious private property with our own parking lot on 80 Water Lane North in Levittown, NY. Our Sunday Divine Liturgy begins at 10:30 AM. All are welcome.

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Saint John's Dabkeh Group


St John Dabkeh Group

St. John's Dabkeh Group performs a traditional Palestinian folklore dance. Although the Dabkeh is extremely popular in the Middle East, it was not very well-known to our community years ago. Ruba Kaywood decided to pursue a Dabkeh group as an opportunity to get the children involved, whereby youth from all ages can become more familiar with their Arabic culture. Ruba's vision has a personal background: While she was a young girl she took part in another Dabkeh group, Al-Rowad Al-Faneh in Palestine. Possessing a cultural element, in the folklore, with Dabkeh in mind, is yet another facet of our church community.

We started off with a fair group of children who worked very hard in order to perform at any occasion that was offered to us. St. John's Dabkeh Group first performance took place on 21 October 2006, during our Church's Consecration ceremonies at Banquet Night. The audience was absolutely amazed with our children's talents and passion for their culture at such a young age.

We resumed our rehearsals and performances at many other occasions and places, and soon we realized that we should open it up to other children within the community to take part in this joyous and fulfilling vocation. At present, we still do performance and strive to achieve our finest, by sharing our culture and showing others what we can accomplish together, and we hope to expand our group to the limit. As always, we anticipate adding new members. We are looking for children from the age of 5 to 18.

If you are interested in learning the Palestinian folklore dance, please contact: Ruba Kaywood 631-796-3846 - Email: amira77ny@aol.com


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