August 2015 newsletter

August Newsletter – Stop Press

Dear friends,

We had been set to send out our August newsletter fronted with a message from me about how we have had a record July introducing more than two thousand people from North America and Europe to dozens of participants of our Young Leaders program.   I was going to write about how the work excites and fires us, and I have my original draft with me now.   I was all set to tell you about a particularly exciting encounter we facilitated between four Arabic students from Yeshiva University Girls’ High School of LA and four of “our” Israeli-Arab high school girls.

But last Friday morning, expecting that we would finalize our newsletter and send it, we all woke up shocked and almost in tears to hear how two homes in the Palestinian village of Duma, south of Nablus, were set alight, and the words “Revenge” and “Long live the king messiah” were spray-painted in Hebrew on their walls, apparently by Jewish terrorists.   The attack killed 18-month-old Ali Saad Dawabsha and injured his parents, as well as his 4-year-old brother.   This inexcusable act of terror is an attempt to sew hatred and undo all the hard work of so many organizations and individuals, Jews and Arabs, Israelis and Palestinians, to improve understanding between us, build bridges, and create a safer more inclusive Israel.   But we shall not let it succeed in this aim.   And to the family we can only say: this act neither represents us, nor the values with which we educate our kids. We shall redouble our efforts to continue building a new reality of peace and safety through trust and understanding.  

So it is fortuitous that this month’s planned article is even more relevant today and, indeed, offers a ray of hope.   We hope you enjoy and take comfort in our fascinating insight into our Young Leaders program with an interview with the staff and the Young Leaders in their own words.
May we know only joy!
Executive Director

Young Leaders – in their own words
The Young Leaders of the future and their mentors speak out...

For more than 20 years known as Neighbors (a name we have retained for another of our Arab-Jewish projects), Young Leaders works with Jewish and Arab teenagers through the year with the goal of building a cadre of Young Leaders...
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