by Michal, Jewish Advisor
We – the K4P staff, went through a very important learning and growing experience together. We all took part in a weekend dialogue seminar, with the goal of strengthening ourselves amidst the challenges we live in, and getting to know each other a little bit better. A challenging “issue” we deal with as Kids4Peace educators, is that we spend so much time and energy on working with the kids, that we sometimes forget about how important our relationships are with each other. If we cannot model friendship, peace and acceptance to the kids – how can we expect it from them? Realizing this, we took a few days together and traveled to Jaffa.
At the seminar we were honored with the presence and facilitation of Dr. Shafik, not only a well known Palestinian psychologist and group facilitator, but a humble Kids4Peace parent. Shafik helped us look into ourselves, express our own complexities of existing in multiple worlds, and understand more about each others backgrounds, personalities, culture and faiths. He also took the time in the second part of the seminar to talk more about different ways of approaching different challenges of working with youth in conflict.
“The seminar was inspiring, healing, positive and helpful. Being with all the other staff gave us the opportunity to get to know each other on a deeper level by sharing what we were feeling about the situation in Jerusalem. I left feeling positive, grateful, and with a strong belief that we (K4P) will find a way that will lead us through the darkness we have been living with for the past two months.” -Nadine, Christian Advisor