Peacemakers Respond to the Coronavirus Crisis
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is causing upheaval worldwide. Israel and Palestine are on lockdown. A third Israeli has died from the disease and cases are now being confirmed in Gaza as well. Invest in Peace peacemakers are scrambling to respond to the grim reality of life under the shadow of a pandemic. We've gathered a collection of statements and activities updates from these groups to help you understand the stresses for coexistence from those on the front lines:
- A New Dawn in the Negev
- Arava Institute
- Interfaith Encounter Association
- Hand in Hand School
- Parent’s Circle
- Project Rozana
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.
'Cold World' at Harmony + Hope
Project Level and The Jerusalem Youth Chorus premiere 'Cold World'
The Jerusalem Youth Chorus and Project Level performed for the first time their original, co-written song "Cold World" together at Harmony + Hope on January 9, 2020, at San Francisco City Hall.
FREE CONCERT IN SAN FRANCISCO
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.
Singing Together for Change
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. | Read More...
Harmony + Hope Sponsors Announced
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. | Read More...
Harmony + Hope on January 9
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for sponsorship details on how you can help support the "Harmony + Hope" benefit concert and these two organizations. RSVP today! Donations encouraged! Email email@example.com for sponsorship details on how you can help support the "Harmony + Hope" benefit concert and these two organizations.
Events with Parents Circle Families Forum
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. | Read More...
Debate for Peace to Visit Bay Area
Invest in Peace's newest Peacemaker, Debate for Peace, is planning to bring four of its inspiring student debaters to the Bay Area in August!
A unique conflict resolution and youth empowerment program for Israeli and Palestinian students of all backgrounds, Debate for Peace has had nearly 1,000 students participate in its programming over the past two years. These highly motivated high school students participate in Model United Nations events, practice peace negotiations simulations, and join leadership retreats such as the one coming here next month. | Read More...
Coexistence is Resistance: San Francisco Bay Area Responds to Hate
Dear Invest in Peace Community,
This weekend, the San Francisco Bay Area is coming together to express solidarity and love in the face of rallies with anti-Semitic and racist tones. The Bay-Area community has responded with a number of events, including interfaith dinners and discussions at two of our local synagogues on Friday night. Just as we are inspired daily by the work of our featured organizations building peace on the ground in Israel and Palestine, we look to them now for guidance, as conflict and fear finds its way to our local community.