Arab – Israeli Reconciliation Events

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Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom Leadership Retreat

In partnership with the Dialogue Institute of Temple University and

The Foundation for Ethnic Understanding Women’s Weekend of Twinning

November 2, 2014 9:30am-5:00pm

The Dialogue Institute of Temple University, Philadelphia, Pa


As women, we are blessed with brains that work differently from men’s, giving us more capacity for consensus building and the ability to have conversation to negotiate closeness.  The process of Muslim and Jewish women sharing their faith and other life experiences as women with one another creates a community that promotes understanding and acceptance of any differences while embracing what is shared in common.

Come create community and participate in the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom Inaugural Leadership Retreat for Muslim and Jewish Women who want to build interfaith communication and engagement. This retreat is being offered by the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom, The Dialogue Institute of Temple University and the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding as part of their Annual Women’s Weekend of Twinning.  At this retreat, you will hear from women who are the voices of advocacy, share in interfaith experiences and expand your sisterhood to include relationships with new women.  Participation in this retreat will strengthen our ability to be change agents as we create a stronger voice of mutual trust, respect and friendship between Muslim and Jewish women.

The retreat will begin on Sunday, November 2nd at 9:30am and will conclude at 5:00pm.  If you want to extend your stay, we will have a meet and great event on Saturday night.  On Monday morning, we will explore Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly and Sisterly Love, as we visit the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and Constitution Center.   Lodging is available at the Conwell Inn, located in the center of Temple University (888-379-9737, and we will also happily arrange for home hospitality.

This retreat is open to all Muslim and Jewish women, not just Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom members, who are committed to building sustainable relationships through interfaith dialogue and interaction.  Register now on the attached form to guarantee your space by emailing this form back to the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom. The registration fee is only $25, thanks to the contributions of and partnerships with the Dialogue Institute of Temple University and the Women’s Weekend of Twinning from the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding.  Donations in excess of $25 are welcome to help subsidize transportation costs for women who will be traveling from outside of the Northeast corridor.


We are so hopeful that you will join us on this special day and invite you to complete the attached form and to provide us with the names and contact information of other Muslim and Jewish women who we should invite to this retreat.

We look forward to seeing you at the Leadership Retreat!   More information regarding the retreat will be sent shortly.

In Sisterhood,

Sheryl Olitzky

Founder and Executive Director Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom



The Alliance for Peacebuilding, Georgetown University Conflict Resolution Program, the Foundation for Middle East Peace and the Israeli-Palestinian Parents Circle – Families Forum would like to invite you to a discussion:

Two Unlikely Friends


On September 11, an Israeli mother whose son was killed by a Palestinian sniper will share her story of devastation and grief, and the unusual path she found to making peace with the permanent hole in her heart. With her will be a Palestinian father whose daughter was shot and killed by an Israeli soldier. He will share his long journey through pain and anguish, and the unusual choice he made to reach out to Israeli parents who had suffered the same fate.”


Join the Parents Circle – Families Forum’s Robi Damelin and Bassam Aramin as they share their stories of loss from both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and present their unique framework of conflict resolution through reconciliation.


To learn more about the Parents Circle – Families Forum visit and view their short film on youtube.

September 11, 2014

5:30 – 7:00 PM

Georgetown University

McShain Lounge

McCarthy Hall

37th and O St., N.W.

Washington, DC 20057

Enter at the Main entrance to Georgetown and follow campus maps to McCarthy Hall

For detailed directions visit



The venue has limited space, please RSVP here


The Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program for the tenth year in Israel, is seeking 20 Israeli Arab secondary school students to participate in a Study-in-the-USA initiative for high school students during the 2014-2015 school year, (August 2014 –June 2015)

YES Program scholarships, funded by the US Department of State and Bureau of Cultural Affairs give secondary school students in many countries with significant Muslim population an opportunity to study at American high schools and live with American host families for one academic year. The 20 Israeli Arab students of the ninth batch are successfully engaged in academic activities in various States of USA. We are now looking forward for a similar talented group of youth for the 2014-2015 of the YES exchange program.

Students will be enrolled in a full academic year of high school study in the United States, attending classes, labs and extra curricular programs with their American classmates. YES students will also participate in special enrichment activities, including community service, youth leadership training, a Civics education program and other activities that will develop a well-rounded understanding of American culture through interaction with diverse groups of Americans. Likewise, participating students will act as cultural ambassadors to their American host communities, becoming invaluable resources for Americans, whose contact with YES students will provide them with an opportunity to learn about the Arab culture. Through these substantive, personal encounters, YES students will be able to both teach and learn, while strengthening their English communication skills.

Students will be selected on the basis of applications, scores in the SLEP test (Secondary Level English Proficiency Test) and interviews. The students will be placed in carefully chosen American host families by experienced youth exchange organizations, which will also monitor and advise the students throughout their stay in the United States. All expenses in connection with the study tour including airfare, room and board, pocket money and most other costs will be paid for by the YES Scholarship. It is our pleasure to invite you to participate in the ‘Youth Exchange and Study’ Program (YES).

The following are basic requirements for eligible applicants:


  • Must be 15 years old, and must not be older than 17.6 years, by August 1,2014 .
  • Must have an Israeli passport.
  • Must NOT have an American passport.
  • Should score 50 or higher on the SLEP — Secondary Level English Proficiency test (equivalent to 480 or higher on the Institutional Testing Program- “Institutional TOEFL” exam).
  • Should demonstrate flexibility and a commitment to promoting cross- cultural understanding.
  • Should have a minimum grade of 80 in all subjects for the past year ;overall 80 average for the past 3 years.
  • Excellent English language ability; fluent in oral English proficiency.
  • Agreement to attend classes as a full-time student and maintain at least a “B” (80) average in an American high school.
  • Willingness to experiment and develop a taste for American style and to participate in their host family daily life.
  • Willingness to do their own work like making their own beds, clean their own room, laundry and iron their own clothes and give a hand to other household chores.


Application and Selection Process for 2014-2015

Students who fulfill the selection criteria can apply for the scholarship by submitting the primarily application form to iEARN office, After the initial application evaluation, the short listed candidates will be invited to take up the Secondary Level English Proficiency(SLEP®) test, and writing an essay task. The SLEP test measures nonnative speakers’ listening and reading comprehension abilities. Students who score 50 or higher on the SLEP test (equivalent to 480 or higher on the Institutional Testing Program–“Institutional TOEFL” exam) will be asked to complete and submit the full 24 page YES application. After submitting the full YES application, applications are reviewed and evaluated, then students are invited for an individual and a group interview. After a final review and evaluation of the applications and applicants, the students selected as YES finalist will be notified by the YES Program Director. The students selected will be enrolled in a compulsory ‘Pre Departure Orientation’ program during summer vacations prior to traveling to USA.

If you are interested in participating in the YES program please fill out the pre-application form and send it to the given e-mail  as it appears on the form. For further information, please contact the YES program staff:

GLADYS MONAYER                                                                     

Mobile Phone: 052-3590932  (Monday-Friday 9:00 -17:00)


We look forward to your participation in the Youth Exchange and Study Program.

Nov 25, 2013  Israeli, Palestinian Seeds explore shared water resources, environmental issues
JERUSALEM | Forty Israeli and Palestinian Seeds participated in Water Matters, a four-day seminar in late November focusing on the geopolitical, historical, environmental, and economic dynamics at play in the management of water resources in their region. The four-day event was held in Wahat al-Salam/Neve Shalom, an intentional, binational village located outside Jerusalem.“This is groundbreaking work,” said Donna Stefano, Director of Middle East Programs. “We presented the Seeds with new information which they’ve never been exposed to in their education systems.”Seeds learned about the reality of the water situation in Israel and Palestine from environmentalists at Friends of the Earth Middle East, an organization that seeks to advance sustainable regional development as well as lasting peace in the region. Seeds also participated in a series of interactive workshops led by Seeds of Peace counselors. A workshop on sustainability provided Seeds with practical solutions that they could put into place in their own lives and communities. As with most Seeds of Peace activities, dialogue sessions were a core part of the program. The sessions allowed Seeds to debrief and reflect on what they learned throughout the seminar, as well as to continue learning from each other and discussing the conflict more broadly. Many Seeds shared that the highlight of the seminar was a hike to an overlook of Wadi Fukin, a Palestinian village at the foot of Beitr Illit, one of the largest Israeli settlements in the West Bank. Two local tour guides, a Palestinian and an Israeli, spoke about the numerous water and pollution issues in the area, and pointed out the environmental cooperation between the Palestinian village and the nearby Israeli town of Tsur Haddash. On the hike back, Seeds reflected on what they saw and asked each other questions about water use and availability in their own households and communities. An idea generation session at the event encouraged Seeds to think creatively about how to put their newfound knowledge to action. Seeds worked together and came up with several cross-border project ideas focused on awareness raising, small infrastructure, and reusable resources – See more at:
Rally for Peace in the Middle East

                    Time: October 1, 2013 from 5:30pm to 8pm Location: Lafayette Park, North of White House                                             Street: H and 16th                         City/Town: Washington, DC                                                 Phone: 4107038650 Event Type: rally, for, peace                     Organized By: Chic Dambach                     Latest Activity: yesterday

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Event Description

Help build public support for the negotiations for a two-state solution and join us for a candlelight rally / celebration. Enjoy the music of Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul and Mary) and the inspiration of Harriet Fulbright, Princess Basmah bint Saud of Saudi Arabia, Marcia Dyson (Ambassador at Large for the Global Campaign for Middle East Peace), Bassam Aramin and Robi Damelin of the Parents Circle – Families Forum a grassroots organization of bereaved Palestinians and Israelis, and others. Members of Congress are also expected to participate.

Video: Creative coexistence at Arab-Jewish Theatre
The Arab-Hebrew Theatre of Jaffa was created by a partnership between the Al-Saraya Theater, an Arab theater troupe, and The Local Theatre, a Jewish troupe. Together, the two companies work on independent projects as well as collaborative productions in both Hebrew and Arabic, drawing on the performances of Arab and Jewish artists, to increase understanding between people and bind the audiences and the actors in a common, fun experience… View the video, courtesy of the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs. (The Arab-Jewish Theatre is featured in Acting Together, Volume 1.)

Qatari emir calls for national reconciliations
Oct 23, 2012 – Why shouldn’t brothers sit together and reconcile?” The emir, who is rare among Arab rulers in having met senior Israeli officials, denounced 

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