This unique, international collaboration was facilitated by the San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) through its Invest in Peace initiative. The music video comes a little more than a year after the two organizations performed together at the Invest in Peace “Harmony + Hope” benefit concert held in partnership with the YMCA of San Francisco at San Francisco City Hall in January 2020.
“We’re so proud of what these young performers have accomplished. Far beyond our original vision of a benefit concert to raise awareness for our Invest in Peace initiative and funds for The Jerusalem Youth Chorus and Project Level,” said Karen Stiller, Director of the JCRC Middle East Project. “This amazing collaboration shows us what the future of coexistence initiatives can be, not simply focused Israelis and Palestinians, not simply raising up underserved youth in the Bay Area, but working together to forge a better world for cross-cultural communities everywhere.”
Project Level Co-Founders Danielle Banks and Richard (Big Rich) Bougere are also this year’s recipients of The JCRC Courageous Leadership Award, which will be awarded at JCRC Behind the Scenes 2021 on April 13, 2021.
“Working with The Jerusalem Youth Chorus was enlightening and a great learning experience. As a fellow artist it was great to work with such a talented group from the other side of the world,” said Big Rich, co-founder of Project Level.
“I’m always amazed by the power of young people and how they express themselves,” added Danielle Banks, co-founder of Project Level. “Collaborating with The Jerusalem Youth Chorus via Zoom pre-pandemic, and recording the song and music video in one day was so much fun.” “Making this music video with Project Level was a unique opportunity to see the world through someone else’s eyes – to understand the struggles that Project Level’s youth members go through and how we can join our voices together to sing out for a better world for all of us,” said Micah Handler, founder and artistic director of The Jerusalem Youth Chorus. “Thank you for opening up your world to our singers!”
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Looking for additional ways to learn and connect during this time of social distancing? Boston’s Partners for Peace has kicked off a Pathways to Peace Learning Series. This six-part series will feature Israelis and Palestinians telling their stories of identity, friendship, and cohesion even during a time of social distancing.
Note on the image: Photograph depicts ambulance staff in Beer-Sheva, Israel, as they pray together. Credit: by Mohamed El-Gabari / Motti Aflfalo. Source Peace Factory.
Harmony + Hope with The Jerusalem Youth Chorus and Project Level
The Jerusalem Youth Chorus, which empowers young Israeli and Palestinians singers to become leaders for peace in their communities, will join San Francisco’s own youth empowerment program, Project Level, in a one-of-a-kind performance at San Francisco City Hall on January 9, 2020.
The free concert, dubbed “Harmony + Hope,” is being organized by Invest in Peace in partnership with the YMCA of San Francisco. Donations in support of the event will go to the performing organizations. A list of sponsors and supporters can be found here.
Invest in Peace seeks to bolster and promote people-to-people efforts on the ground among Palestinians and Israelis to promote self-determination and a shared future for both peoples.
Join Invest in Peace peacemaker The Jerusalem Youth Chorus in the co-creation of music and story sharing at a multicultural workshop on Monday, January 6, 2020. The event will feature a special performance by Notre Dame’s Latinas Unidas Folklorica Dance Group. FREE and OPEN to the Public.
Today, we are pleased to announce our sponsors and supporters for the Harmony + Hope benefit concert, as well as the host and honorary committees. Thank you so much to all these supporters and allies for helping to make sure that The Jerusalem Youth Chorus and Project Level get the opportunity to perform January 9, 2020, at San Francisco City Hall.
If you would like to attend the performance or support the performing organizations yourself, please click here.
We are thrilled to announce that peacemaker organization The Jerusalem Youth Chorus, together with San Francisco’s own Project Level, will be performing in a one-time only benefit concert at San Francisco City Hall on Thursday, January 9, 2020!
Email email@example.com for sponsorship details on how you can help support the “Harmony + Hope” benefit concert and these two organizations.
On June 5, Representatives Nita Lowey (NY-17) and Jeff Fortenberry (NE-1) and Senators Chris Coons (DE), Lindsey Graham (SC), Tim Kaine (VA), and Cory Gardner (CO) introduced the Partnership Fund for Peace Act of 2019.
The Parents Circle Families Forum (PCFF), a joint Israeli-Palestinian organization made up of more than 600 bereaved families, will be sending Israeli and Palestinian members Robi Damelin and Mazen Faraj to the Bay Area for a few days this November. The pair’s common bond is that they have lost a close family member to the conflict. But instead of choosing revenge, they have chosen a path of reconciliation.