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“We all gathered there for the same reason, to make peace and still keep our own identity, while also sharing it with one another” – Alona, 9th grade K4P participant

On Sunday, Kids4Peace participated in an interfaith prayer and dialogue event called Praying Together in Jerusalem. Over 150 Jerusalem faith-based activists gathered at Tantur and spent three hours together, praying side by side, engaging in dialogue about constructive conflict in religion and sharing a meal at the end to the soft and poetic music of the Oud. The beautiful simplicity and also staggering rarity of seeing Muslims, Jews and Christians praying simultaneously, side by side, in their own groups, but in the same room, was striking, and set the stage for what was a moving, empowering, and engaging evening.

Seven Kids4Peace staff members helped facilitate a few of the dialogue groups and 30 youth, parents and community members from Kids4Peace participated in the evening. The dialogue was led by two facilitators of two different faiths with groups of 10-15 participants from all over the world. We examined sources from the three Abrahamic faiths as well as a modern conflict resolution studies text, which all discussed how to engage in conflict and how to do it in a constructive way. We mused on how to take these pieces of wisdom and bring them to our daily lives, how to be more compassionate and engaged in conflict, and how to continue working towards a more peaceful and inclusive Jerusalem.

For Adam, a Jewish 10th grader in K4P, it was an interesting evening: “It was great to have a dialogue with different people from different religions, and not only with the kids I know from K4P.”                                                                                                                                              Anton, a Christian 12th grader in K4P, was really happy to find out that “there are way more communities that support peace than I thought! I was glad to meet them, and it was nice to talk about my experience in k4p!”

The prayer part of the evening was almost indescribable in its simultaneous simplicity and courageously unique bravery. In one big room: Muslims set up their prayer mat and began praying facing Mecca. Next to them one Jewish group had a traditional prayer service, facing the Western Wall. Next to them was an egalitarian Jewish prayer circle, and next to them was the Christian prayer service, being led by the director of Tantur, Father Russ McDougall. Each group could be heard singing, chanting and praying silently, simultaneously, in a moment of awe-inspiring holiness and beauty.

“Watching the joint prayer from the side was an unforgettable experience. The hall was lit up by people filled with love and hope.” – Yael, Pathways to Peace coordinator

“It was a very special experience. There was one moment that was the most meaningful for me. The Muslim, Christian and Jewish prayers that were just right next to each other felt so strong and full of faith. We all gathered there for the same reasons, to make peace and still keep your own identity, while sharing it with each other.” – Alona

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Kids4Peace staff members had the privilege to spend time with Dr. Johnny Mack over the last two weeks, a social entrepreneur with expertise in the subject areas of peace, conflict, social change and social movements, at a conference for Israeli and Palestinian NGOs in Haifa and a panel discussion at the American Center in Jerusalem, where we learned about Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy of nonviolence and social change.

The topic of nonviolence as MLK Jr. saw it is overarching and greatly studied, yet a simple explanation or definition of it still seems to elude many. We discussed nonviolence as being an evolving spectrum, which includes a framework of values, the most important to MLK Jr. being the fundamental commonality of humanity. The logic of nonviolence is rooted in our history, of the violence embedded within it and dismantling that violence. Among the panelists there seemed to be a consensus that the main takeaway from MLK Jr. was equal opportunity. If you give people equal opportunity, they will flourish. That concept really resonated with us at Kids4Peace, as that is a main goal we strive for here.

At the conference, Dr. Johnny Mack explained to us that civil society has a lot to do with the individual, the idea that I should do those things that only I can do that must be done. Nonviolence can be seen then, as a means whose end is community; It is far more than contentious politics or physical resistance. It is a means of managing conflict, of social change and human development. The logic of nonviolence is built between these principles: personhood, freedom, and community. Dr. Johnny Mack discussed how one’s personhood and freedom is only relevant with respect to community. So our question was how do we work together as a community to build a larger community and support other communities? If conflict is resolved at the neighborhood level, we need to work together to create a civil society.

We act in accordance with the truth as we perceive it or believe it to be. So, if we can change the way we think, we can change the way we act. For us at Kids4Peace, our main takeaway from the conference was think globally, act locally: building community is building a structure and culture of nonviolence, based on the shared values mentioned above: personhood, freedom and community.

The panel discussion was also filled with resonance and interesting perspectives. Something said that was interesting was that the greatest impact we can have is on ourselves; that we should work on fine-tuning our inner intentions so they are not filled with hate. Ronit, a director from ACRI, named MLK Jr.’s main values as: equality, liberty, dignity, humanity, and justice. Someone said that tragedy presents opportunity, and in today’s tumultuous environment, both statements and those values ring truer than ever. Now is the time to make sure we are filled with love, not hate, for our fellow humans, to aim higher, to fight for justice and equality, and to keep moving forward even in these politically-charged times.

Another panelist discussed the need for a revolution of values, which MLK Jr. also grounded his work in. We have to dare to be committed to the truth; we have to view nonviolence as not only a tactic, but a principle of how to behave in the world.

Here at Kids4Peace we look forward to continuing our work with Dr. Johnny Mack and following the values and goals set forth by Martin Luther King Jr. and those that follow in his footsteps today.

Written by Liana Rothman, Community Engagement Coordinator for Kids4Peace

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JohnnyMack1.jpg Johnny J. Mack is a social entrepreneur with expertise in the subject areas of peace, conflict, social change and social movements. His professional expertise includes serving as senior executive in healthcare, mortgage banking, community development, and nonprofit organizations. Dr. Mack has traveled extensively throughout the Americas, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and Asia working in the fields of peace, development, conflict, and nonviolent social change. In addition to holding degrees in business and theology from Oakwood University, Dr. Mack is a certified public account. He is the Henry Hart Rice Fellow at the School for Conflict Analysis & Resolution at George Mason University in Virginia, where he earned both the masters and doctorate degrees in Conflict Analysis and Resolution.

This year’s annual winter event was bigger and more inspiring than ever. With a musical performance, guest speakers, and our youth leading the way with several activities, the Kids4Peace community ended the evening feeling inspired, proud, and energized. This was in big part thanks to Adan and Omri, a Christian and Jewish participant, respectively, in the Youth Action Program (grades 10-12) who got up to speak at the end about growing up in Kids4Peace, learning about advocacy and social change in DC, and the strength and power that young people today hold. Read the speech for yourself below!

Kids4Peace Winter Event ‘17

Palestinian Youth Representative Speech

By Adan

Hello,

I hope everyone is having a wonderful evening.

My name is Adan. I am 15 years old, and am currently in my 5th year in Kids4Peace. I’m Christian. I am Palestinian, and proud to identify as one. I love my people; I love our customs, traditions, language, food, strength, integrity, generosity, and most of all, I love the dignity found in everything that we do. I love my land and I love every olive tree my people have ever planted, because my land is my home.

Being in Kids4Peace doesn’t deny any part of my identity, yet in the past 5 years, I was constantly being told that it does. I have been called a traitor, liar, and coward. I was stigmatized – accused of being fake, accused of being aggressive, accused of being a terrorist. I have thought of quitting Kids4Peace multiple times, because I thought I would no longer be singled out if I did.

I am constantly told that I’m still young, I have no idea what I’m talking about, this will never work, and that my little, 15 year old voice will never bring forth any change. Last year in particular, I defied the limits those claims set for me. We travelled to Washington DC, and were up at 6:00 AM, every single day, out of the hotel at 7:00 AM (if we were lucky, 8:00), and had 3 meetings a day with the most influential leaders of today – including Shaun Casey, Dave Harden, ambassadors and diplomats of the highest positions, and the heads of the National Security of The United States of America). I gave a speech about inequality in the United States’ Institute of Peace (USIP), and was absolutely petrified of sharing it, because I feared people’s reaction. Mustering up the courage to give a speech that I wrote at 2:00 AM (practically got 3 hours of sleep because I had to stay up writing it) and managed to make one of the most controversial speeches presented in last year’s program was a defining moment for me. But, it came from my heart and touched theirs.

I shed more tears than I’d like to admit in Kids4Peace. In my second year, I regretted ever joining the organization, because the War on Gaza was taking place and I was not with my family – I was out there, at camp in Houston, Texas, the only member of the family to be guaranteed safety, while everyone back home was fighting merely to stay alive.

Understanding just how much I regretted my decision helped me realize that the young don’t rank the controversy of who’s right and who’s wrong above the significance of our emotions. I think that’s just as crucial as selflessness when resolving an issue, because we take those stories, emotions, and experiences, and turn them into personal motivation, which we later use to seek change.

That is why I love the fact that Kids4Peace is youth based. Kids4Peace understands that our dreams are the future’s reality. They know that our voices are the media and will later become the news. I ask every adult sitting in the audience to do the same. I ask you to acknowledge the voices of your kids, the youth. I ask you to realize what we are capable of because we are works of art. I ask you to recognize that not only can we be strong, but that we are strong. I ask you to remind us that not only are we enough, but that we are more than that. Don’t give up on us, because, at the end of the day, the leaders of tomorrow are today’s youth.

Thank you.

On November 15th, twelve staff members from Kids4Peace – Muslim, Christian and Jewish, Israeli and Palestinian – left for a five-day learning delegation tour in Ireland. We went for several reasons, a main one being with the intention to learn from politicians, academics, and the Irish people about the conflict they had in Northern Ireland, the peace process that was finalized just ten years ago, in 2006, and what lessons we can learn to take back with us to Jerusalem. Another purpose of the trip was to share with people the stories and lives of us in Jerusalem, our histories, our conflict, and the ways in which Kids4Peace is trying to end the conflict and create a more peaceful society in Jerusalem and beyond. With high expectations and great excitement as we embarked, the trip surpassed every expectation we held, and was an incredible experience.

When we first arrived, we had a wonderful day with our Irish host and another friend, exploring the city center of Dublin and getting to know the city and the people little by little. The streets were beautifully decorated for Christmas, and immediately we felt welcomed and comfortable there.

Day two was even better. Breakfast was wonderful and we started our day by meeting the Lord Mayor of Dublin and hearing from a few high-school students about their activist initiatives. We then climbed onto a bus and made our way to a beautiful little seaside town called Wexford. The next five hours were amazing!! With about 100 people in attendance, we rotated between Kids4Peace speakers telling their stories and Wexford students telling theirs. It was empowering, inspiring, moving and a great experience. The Wexford city council was there to meet us as well as Amnesty International members. Everyone was so kind and gracious and so happy to meet us. This made us all feel very welcomed and happy to be there. Afterwards we went to dinner with many new friends and finished the night at a wonderfully traditional Irish pub with live music and beautiful energy.

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One of the most amazing things of this trip was very clearly the bond we created as a group. By day two, we already felt that this trip was incredibly exciting. We were learning about each other’s stories and identities in a deep and meaningful way, and sharing true experiences of enrichment, empowerment, and unhindered fun. We were laughing and feeling so happy to be together, in Ireland, meeting the kindest people, and learning about the hope and optimism that exists in this country because of the peace agreement and the way it has been upheld. Day two left us feeling hopeful, and eager to continue the journey together.

The next day was a full day as well. We came back to Dublin from Wexford and headed to the senate directly to meet with Senator David Norris over lunch. He was very interesting, and had many stories to tell us about the peace process. Then we met with Richard Barrett Boyd, another politician, who was impressed by the work we do. His opinions challenged us to go back home and face questions within our organization and within our own societies and also helped us to understand more about politicians perspectives on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We also visited Trinity College library and saw the Book of Kells exhibition as well as the Long Room, both very famous and very beautiful! We ended the day with a press conference at the chamber of commerce where 10 of us spoke about our own stories and experiences of growing up in Jerusalem.

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On Friday, we started our day by visiting the Provost of Trinity College. We then had a tour in Chester Beatty library where we saw a beautiful exhibition on religion and ancient religious manuscripts. We spent the afternoon learning about the Northern Ireland conflict from politicians, Tim O’Connor and Pat Hynes, who had been involved with the peace process and had been present for the signing of the Good Friday Agreement. It was fascinating learning from them, and they had many important and poignant tips and advice for us to take back to Jerusalem. We have so much to learn from Ireland as a country and from the amount of patience and tolerance the people have here towards each other. We felt so inspired after this learning session. We also had the chance to watch a short documentary that had been made about one of our group-members, Ahmad. Afterwards there was a question and answer session with him and some students of Trinity College who had come for the screening. On Friday evening, we went to a beautiful Shabbat dinner and service at the Dublin Progressive Synagogue. We had the opportunity to speak a little about our work and also to mingle with people who were really interested in hearing from us and learning more about our lives.

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Saturday morning we started our day with a beautiful walk from the hotel to the mosque. We were greeted at the mosque by Jamil, the Imam who showed us around and explained both about the culture of his mosque and the congregants, as well as the culture of the interfaith community leaders in Dublin. It is truly inspiring how much collaboration and communication exists between the various religious leaders here, and how much respect and trust there is. The religious tolerance there is amazing, and in fact we had nothing but positive interactions with people there who seemed impressed and interested in our group and our purpose. Everyone was so warm and open hearted to us. After the mosque we went to the beautiful St. Patrick’s Cathedral and had a tour, which the Dean of the Cathedral, William Morton, joined. It was beautiful to see the different sides of the city, and to understand the rich religious history. Everything we learned is just a small taste of the full picture, but we do feel like we gained a rich understanding of Dublin and Irish history, particularly when pertaining to the conflict in Northern Ireland and the peace process.

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One of the days, we had a staff dialogue, and spoke about some of the takeaways from this trip. Many said they feel like we are truly on the right path, albeit on a long journey. As the Irish have been putting it, we are on the Long Road to peace. But after this trip, the long road doesn’t feel as long or distant as it did before we left. I know I speak for all of us when I say we are returning to Jerusalem with fresh energy and new perspectives, which will only serve to aid us in our efforts. We also will be able to better help the youth, with stronger optimism and a tighter bond among the staff, because of this meaningful, memorable experience together.

The Kids4Peace community could not be more grateful to have the supporters that we do, who made this trip and experience achievable; you are such a big part of what makes our work in Jerusalem possible. Thank you thank you thank you.

  • Written by Liana, Michal and Mohammad

We got up super early this morning for a sunrise bike ride around the date fields and solar fields of Ketura. We biked to the Jordan border, and saw that in this area, the border is a low fence. Our guide told us that before the kibbutz switched the fruit fields with solar fields, they used to give fruits to the Jordanian soldiers on the other side. The kids had lots of fun and learned a lot even before breakfast!

After breakfast, we headed to Kibbutz Lotan, which is located very close. in Lotan there is an “Eco-village,” where students live sustainably in mud houses. We learned (and felt!) that mud houses are very insulated in hot weather, so they actually stay cool. We got dirty and helped build mud houses ourselves by making mud bricks. The kids started thinking about what it means to live devoted to on lifestyle, and what small things we can do each day to minimize our impact on the environment.

Then, of course there was swim time. After swimming, we did a session where we learned about the specific environmental problems in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We talked about water, sewage, land, and air pollution and together designed solutions for each issue. We discussed how the environment doesn’t know borders  and realized that we are all dependent on each other, so environmental solutions can help solve political issues too. We all are looking for ways to make our environment better.

Later this evening, the group will do group sports outside after dinner. Tomorrow we will read and discuss environmental justice and we will have a session about the environmental problems in our different neighborhoods in Jerusalem and how to design and publicize solutions. We are looking forward!

Check out the Kids4Peace Jerusalem Facebook Page for more pictures!!

 

Jerusalem Roots Camp had a blast today in water sports in Eilat. All of the kids sat on the boats and had crazy rides in the sea! It was a beautiful day, and everyone had a fun time jumping and swimming in the ocean. Then, we had lunch in the (air conditioned) mall and drove back to Ketura. On our way back, Muhammed and Gayil led a fun activity, where the kids had to divide into pairs and teach each other a sentence from their favorite song in their language. We also had a singing competition – lots of songs on the bus! Each day, a pair of kids work together to prepare a 5-10 minute activity for the whole group. So far, we have been so impressed by everyone’s creativity and responsibility in creating activities together.

Once we got back to Ketura, we did a session about the environment and tradition. We started the session by talking about different inventions and how technology has affected our lives. Then, we got into smaller groups and learned about changes from the past until now in agriculture, cooking, and compost. We learned about our friends’ families by talking about how our grandparents use to cook and farm, compared to today. The kids continue to think about what problems could have environmental solutions, and how we can work together to be mindful of the environment and how we hurt or help it.

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After dinner, we continued a conversation about the different neighborhoods we live in Jerusalem and how the differences can affect how we act in the group. We learned from each other’s experiences, thoughts, and feelings, and everyone is curious to continue learning from each other, about each other, and about the environment.

We finished the day, of course, with free time on the playing fields. It was another wonderful day down here in Kibbutz Ketura!

Our second day of Roots Camp began with a tour of Kibbutz Ketura. We talked about the shared lifestyle of the kibbutz and toured the algea factory and solar field. Ketura’s most valuable natural asset is its sunlight, so we learned about solar energy and sustainability. The group worked in pairs to answer as many questions as they could about the kibbutz and the its environment.

Then, we moved inside to start our opening session on the theme of environment, and started to talk about how we affect the environment and how it affects us. The kids started to think about how they use water and other resources, and did a lot of games related to learning about the science of the environment.

We shared about our own neighborhoods in Jerusalem, and what we shared and is different between the different neighborhoods. It was interesting to hear about all the different environments within Jerusalem and how we feel about them.

After the sessions inside, we headed to the sand dunes to do an activity and to make our own dinner. We then star-gazed and went to bed!

Roots Camp started its first day with a visit to the Qaser el Yehud Baptism site on the Jordan River. We met Malik from EcoPeace, who spoke to us about the national and religious importance of the Jordan River to all of the communities in the region. A lot of the water from the Jordan River is diverged for domestic use in Israel and Jordan and the countries even discharge their wastewater into the River, so there is not much clean water left in the Southern part of it. We learned about the quality of the water in the Jordan River and the religious importance of the baptism site in Christianity. Then, we divided into three groups, each representing a different village with different water sources, to discuss water usage. You can see some of our ideas in the pictures below.

Then, we drove close by to the site of the old Lido Inn, which has a beautiful view of the Dead Sea. We discussed the drainage of the Dead Sea, and the political and environmental issues caused by the factories that take minerals from the Dead Sea. We took a whole group picture that you can see below.

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Finally, we arrived at Kibbutz Ketura. We got settled in our rooms and had a pool party with a group of American high-schoolers were were visiting as well. Omar and Meytav shared their experiences at Kids4Peace and explained the program to the American kids. After the BBQ and swimming, the kids went to bed to get ready for your next day!

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By Michal Ner David and Selina Petschek, Kids4Peace staff

We – Michal and Selina – two Kids4Peace Staff, are here together at EXCEL: Training for Trainers program, hosted and facilitated by Jerusalem Peace Builders. Along with the other participants, we just completed the first part of our program facilitated by Dr. Paula Green, the founder of the Karuna Center for Peacebuilding.

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In trying to analyze conflict, we studied a number of theories. One of them affirms that when human needs are not met, it inevitably leads to cycles of violence. These basic needs include security, recognition, water, food, shelter, etc. While this feels obvious, it took us thinking about this deeply while feeling appreciative for having all our needs met, to make the disparities that exist in our world come alive.  Here we are enjoying the tremendous hospitality of Nicholas, co-founder and executive director of JPB and his wife Dorothy, who are opening their home and land, feeding us, sheltering us, and taking care of every little comfort we could possibly ask for. It is thanks to Nicholas and Dorothy that we are able to be together, to discuss and dialogue about the peace work that we do. This would not be possible without the environment where we have found ourselves.   

In discussing the causes for violence and trying to understand the conflict in Jerusalem –in trying to untangle the mess– we realized that when the needs of one of these groups are not met, it creates despair, loss and anguish. One piece of guidance that our trainer Paula offered, is that pain should not be made into a competition, it just is. So often, the people involved in a conflict tend to vie for the position of most victimized in a reflex of self-protection against the pain you may have inadvertently caused someone else. If we’re able to stop competing, or stop comparing, if we’re able to contain all the pain without judging where it is coming from or how great it is, we can hold the space for a different kind of reality.

After asking one of our Palestinian participants about his experience thus far, he reflected on how much impact being here in a space that can contain all of us – all of our pain and suffering and our hopes and creativity – had on the freedom of our conversation. In his words: “back home, it would be harder to find people who are willing to listen and understand”. In contrast, everyone who is here came with a willingness to be open and engage in dialogue. He went on to say that, “it’s even slightly interesting that we are acquainted with people back home who don’t know very much about the conflict.” He was further surprised that there are people who don’t live in Israel-Palestine [i.e. Americans], and perhaps have never even visited, but know so much about it and have their own ideas on how to address the conflict.

On thinking about what he is taking away from this training he added that “perhaps we’ve been able to gain a new kind of approach to this conflict, a new way of discussing it. We are not leaving with a collective plan of action per say, but rather a whole new approach that each one of us will carry back home individually. We are more capable than we were before.”

 

by Jill Levenfeld, K4P Jerusalem and Global Institute

That’s what Kids4peace is doing: making noise, a lot of noise, in hopes of making change.

Our Jerusalem young leaders this week took to the streets of Beit Safafa, during this holy month of Ramadan, to share Iftar and their neighborhood with our wider community. Charlie and Omri, two of our Kids4peace Palestinian residents shared their personal stories and perspective on growing up in the neighborhood as they led us through their streets. They spoke out on the issues that matter to them as they described the history and landscape of their ancient village pointing out local landmarks of the mosque, cemetery and original water source. Not often enough do Jerusalemites cross boundaries with a curiosity to learn and visit each other’s neighborhoods. At Kids4peace, we plan to traverse many more Jerusalem communities, of and led by our kids.

13502886_846413595464704_1080654258153148322_o“Big visions is what you kids teach us” said Dave Harden, Mission Director of USAID West Bank/Gaza who attended our Iftar. We are grateful to their continued support and belief in the work we do.  Harden encouraged our kids “not just to teach each other, but to teach your brothers, sisters, parents and grandparents.” We believe at Kids4peace that it “takes a village” to bring change. And it starts with the family unit.

Countless families, passionate participants in our various  programs over the last 15 years, filled the Beit Safafa Elementary school who graciously hosted our event last night.  Over 200 people from our community  joined  together to share the Iftar meal,- Muslims, Christians and Jews. Our fasting Muslim friends waited to hear the cannon blast at7:51 PM, the precise time  which indicates that the festive meal can begin with the traditional madjul date. The non-violent association  of the Ramadan cannon is a pleasant irony in a city overly polluted with frequent noise of helicopters and ambulance sirens.

13490852_846414552131275_4713328403162325711_oCharlie and Omri ,honed their public speaking skills developed in our Leadership program, inviting us  to think  beyond our given  narratives. Next month, they will travel to Washington, DC to join the Global Institute, a new program designed for thirty K4P young leaders, actively involved over the last three years in chapters around the globe.

As evolving young leaders, they will be invited to speak and share their stories as Israeli, Palestinian and American youth committed to faith -based social change. They will learn more about US civic engagement as they meet the  powerful centers of influence in Washington and in the Government. They will  meet staff from legislative offices, the State Department, United States Institute of Peace, advocacy groups connected to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict and  ALLMEP, The Alliance for Middle East Peace, supporting our shared commitment in strengthening civil society. Together we believe that  bringing our  young leaders to Washington , eenshallah,  will help groom tomorrow’s leaders  bringing about a secure, just, and sustainable peace. The role of religion in conflict transformation is also a key element of our program as our youth will meet DC’s local leaders and their communities exploring faith in social change movements.

“You’ve got to get out there, stand up, and make some noise”, quoted Congressman John Lewis  at the Newseum exhibit on student advocacy and the civil rights movement of the 1960’s. Next month, we will take our K4P youth to Newseum stressing the importance of telling story, and to the MLK Monument to learn more about what it takes to “stand up on your feet and speak out”. Just like Charlie and Omri demonstrated this  last week in Beit Safafa.

We will journey back to our communities at the end of the summer with a shared commitment to make more noise as our young leaders take to the streets with their new skills. Advocacy projects of  community mapping  is  just one outcome that we hope from our young leaders once  back in Jerusalem. They will continue to map and share together Jerusalem’s  complex maze of neighborhoods “spinning round and round” from the Old to the New.

13528166_846413872131343_3348376271579868913_oYehuda Amichai, an Israeli poet, wroteSpinning Carousel, “Jerusalem is a carousel spinning round and round from the Old City through every neighborhood and back to the Old.”

Mahmoud Darwish, Palestinian  poet wrote, In Jerusalem, “where the prophets over there are sharing the history of the holy”.

We plan to spin “round and round”, here and “over there” inspired by  the writings of our national poets. We will engage with our youth in “the history of the holy” and how  it matters to each of them.

Recently, I have been asking our young leaders “here” in Jerusalem, and “there” in our American chapters, “Why does Kids4peace matter?” Inevitably, the answers resonate hope and safety. As Darwish said about Jerusalem, “if you don’t believe, you won’t be safe”.

We are a community of believers, and recognize that the impossible might  take awhile. But it is well worth the fight to make our children safe. We hold space at Kids4peace tolerating and accepting difference, united in standing up and  speaking out.

Get ready to hear us. We plan on making a lot of noise.