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merk4p —  July 31, 2015 — Leave a comment

by Rachel, American Christian Advisor, North Carolina

IMG_5885Our group also asked a question about the hijabs or headscarves that many Muslim women wear. The Imam pointed out that people cover their heads in many traditions including Mary, mother of Jesus, who is almost always pictured with her head covered. He said that for Muslim women as well it is a personal choice and a sign of humility in front of God.

We ended our trip with a big selfie with our new friends who were so gracious and welcoming to us today at the Masjid.

Our next stop was Temple Kol Emeth where we met another board member, Erin. We sat in the first couple of rows and he explained some of the things we saw in the new space. Around the synagogue were windows depicting “a life dedicated to Torah.” The windows included the Passover story and the story of Noah among others. At the back of the sanctuary were plates with names of those who had passed away so that their memory could live on within the synagogue.

It was a great first day in Atlanta! We’re excited for tomorrow.

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by Rachel, American Christian Faith Adviser, North Carolina

IMG_5779After rock climbing this morning and a break for lunch, the 6th graders went to their daily Discovery session. The first activity involved everyone writing their names on mirrors. Then the campers got to choose someone else’s mirror and look at their reflections together through the shared mirrors. Finally, they got the place their mirrors someplace on a world map that is meaningful to them.

Maria placed hers on Canada because she would like to visit family there. Ariel placed his on Japan because he wants to practice the Japanese he’s been studying. Maya put hers on Thailand because she would like to visit there someday. We learned a little more about each other based on where each person placed their mirror.

The next activity was to trace over the old city of Jerusalem and the existing four quarters: the Muslim Quarter, the Jewish Quarter, the Christian Quarter and the Armenian Quarter. Each camper got to reimagine what the city layout would be if they could design it.

Haya drew her picture with five sections of the city. Haya said, “I made 5 parts and in the middle we can all share a place together.”

Many of the campers intentionally included a place in their city design where everyone could be together. For some it engulfed the whole city and for others they added a “peace quarter” for that purpose.

After discovery the group got to learn outdoor survival skills from the Camp Bob staff before a Faith Advising session led by Adli, Jerusalem Muslim Faith Adviser and Yair, Jerusalem Jewish Faith Adviser. The kids had so much fun playing games to get to know each other better. Working off of the mirror theme, one activity involved sitting across from partners and mirroring their actions. We talked about how difficult it can be to do exactly what someone else is doing, but also how fun it is to see things in a different way.IMG_5799

After dinner, we joined the LEAP group for a talent show. We had a few performances from both the 6th grade and LEAP as well as all of the counselors and the LEAP Faith Advisers. From music to cultural dances and skits, it was the perfect way to end the day together.

Speak Your Truth

merk4p —  July 30, 2015 — Leave a comment

by Rachel, American Christian Faith Adviser, NC 6th grade camp

IMG_5855This morning we said goodbye to the LEAP campers and staff as they boarded a bus for a long 8-hour drive to Washington, DC. There were more than a few tears shed as we said goodbye to the many friends we’d made over the past week at camp together. We wish them luck and productive, thoughtful meetings over the next few days as they get the chance to explore our country’s capital and  meet with some new friends.

After the bus pulled away we started our day with a Discovery cooperation course in the woods before lunch and today’s afternoon activities: archery and a tour of the nature center.

In our faith advising session today we finished an activity we started yesterday. The faith advisers had previously written three quotes from each of the holy texts of Judaism, Islam and Christianity. For each religion, one quote was written in Arabic, one in Hebrew and one in English so that the language would not give away which religion they came from.

In small groups, the kids discussed the quotes based on theme before attempting to organize them by religion. Surprisingly to many campers the task was harder than they expected. We asked them why it was so challenging to figure out which quote belonged to which religion.IMG_5860

Sami offered that “we all have different knowledge of all of our different religions,” and suggested that that made the task difficult.

Ariel said he wasn’t surprised that the task at hand was so difficult. “It’s not surprising to me because we all come from the same history of Abraham. We all have similar messages.”

The common messages of belief in one God, generosity, kindness, and hospitality towards those who are different from yourself bonds us together.

Yair, Jerusalem Jewish Faith Adviser, added “In every one of our religions there are verses that say we should let people live in the way they want to live.”

Throughout the afternoon we continued learning about one another’s religions and how they can exist together and even compliment each other. In the evening Samar, Jerusalem Christian Faith Adviser showed us how to make Baba Ganoush in the dining hall. Over dinner every camper got a chance to taste with pita bread. It was delicious!

Tonight we pack for our trip to Atlanta tomorrow! We’re so excited to apply what we’ve learned so far to the city where we are headed to next.

Brian SullivanBy the Rev. Brian Sullivan, President of Kids4Peace Atlanta.

As I am walking to my car about to leave Kanuga to prepare for the children to arrive in Atlanta, I had a familiar feeling.

I feel aspiration. It is the feeling I get when the actions of others cause me to take action.

Whereas, inspiration makes me think big thoughts, aspiration is a catalyst to make those thoughts a reality.

After 13 years of being involved with Kids4Peace, aspiration is the reason for our continued existence. People from all over the world have aspired to make Kids4Peace a reality.

People like you are what make Kids4Peace possible. You know Kids4Peace is about children coming together to see one another for who they are, not what they are. Kids4Peace makes space for simple questions, to get simple answers, but it also about experiencing the complex meanings behind those answers. What could me more simple than a child asking a new friend at the dinner table, “Why can’t you eat that?” The simple answer is, “because scripture says I can’t eat it.” But at Kids4Peace we are also exploring the more complex meaning, which is “because this makes me who I am.”

In today’s society we like clear answers, and Kids4Peace is giving us those answers along with the complex meanings.

Kids4Peace is a community of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim children. We are from the United States and Palestine/Israel. We love to play soccer, draw pictures, share thoughts, paddle canoes, and hike trails. We are also surrounded with conflict, confusion and sometimes violence.

However, by coming together and respecting the complexity of who we are, Kids4Peace is making peace a daily reality.

Clearly Kids4Peace is an inspiration. But the reason you are reading this has more to do with the fact that you want to be inspired. Whether you are reading this as a leader of your own chapter, volunteer at a camp this summer, or JUST AS IMPORTANT a financial supporter; I hope that you take action to help Kids4Peace remain one of the most aspirational programs many of these children will ever experience.

Rest.

merk4p —  July 26, 2015 — Leave a comment

by Rachel, American Christian Faith Adviser for NC

20150725_162038As we continue to learn from our Jewish friends about the tradition of Shabbat, we took on the theme of “rest” today. The Jewish kids and staff here at camp each have different traditions of how they keep Shabbat. Some staff and campers abstain from listening to music or doing work that might seem simple to some (like writing), other campers and staff take on the spirit of rest and Shabbat in different ways. It has been eye-opening to learn from each of them.

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This morning we had the privilege of seeing a Torah scroll unrolled led by Rabbi Laurie, the head of the 7th grade LEAP program. All of the campers sat in two rows of benches facing each other. We laid sheets and blankets across our laps so the Torah would not touch us or fall to the floor as it rolled by.

Laurie explained that we would be unrolling and rolling the entire Torah (about the length of an American football field) from start to finish. As the Torah was unrolled Laurie and Lauren, American Jewish Faith Adviser for the 6th grade, shared with us some facts about the Torah and how a Torah is written and purchased and meant to be treated.

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Two of the Jewish girls from Jerusalem, Arielle and Maya, recited their Torah portion from their bat mitzvahs when the group had scrolled to it. Some of the most beautiful moments this week have been when kids have had the opportunities to share these important moments with their new friends. Everyone listened respectfully and watched as the intricate Hebrew letters slid across their laps.

In the 6th grade morning session with our facilitator, Jill, we were able to spend some more time sharing our stories with one another. As part of a larger exercise, Jill laid maps of the campers homes out on the benches.

Among the maps were Jerusalem, North Carolina and Georgia. Each camper then got to choose a map to bring back to the larger circle and share. The second the campers had maps of home in their hands their faces lit up and they started telling stories to one another.

“This is my street!”

“That’s the pond near where I live.”

“This is how I walk to my school in Jerusalem.”

One conversation in particular caught my ear. Nick, one of the 6th grade counselors, was talking with our campers Yona and Nur. He was talking about his 3 minute commute from his home in South Carolina to work across the border in Georgia. He pointed at the map on the floor and traced his route.

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Jill, who was listening on helped facilitate the conversation to explain that in the US there are no checkpoints or police when you cross a border into another state.

Yona, an Israeli camper, was sensitive to something that many of the Palestinians and Israelis at camp and back home may have to face daily. Hearing his questions and observation struck a chord with each of us who overheard.

It’s through these moments of sharing and awareness of each other that we really begin to form deep understandings.

In the afternoon the 6th grade took some time for much needed rest with a silent meditation together by the lake. 20150725_162740

After the meditation the kids were able to come back as a group and get together in a way that we haven’t before. Seeing the kids playing games together this afternoon was a sign of the days ahead. Tomorrow we are looking forward to learning more about Christianity at an Episcopal Church in Asheville.

by Rachel, American Christian Faith Adviser, North Carolina

One of the big events of today was shaping and baking the challah for shabbat this evening. In the afternoon 6th and 7th grade campers gathered in the dining hall where Jill, our facilitator, distributed challah dough to each camper to shape before placing them all in the oven.

Jill shared that in her family the 3 braided strands of challah represent where the ideas of truth, justice and mercy join together in Psalms.IMG_0696

“Mercy and truth are met together; Righteousness and peace have kissed each other.” -Psalms 85:10

Arielle, one of the Jewish 6th grade campers from Jerusalem, shared her own experience baking challah and explained the significance of a tradition she continued with the challah today.

“When you bake the challah you use 1 or 1.5 kilos of dough and take a small piece out of the bread to set aside. When you finish, you can say a blessing and you can ask for wishes with the small piece you set aside (you can wish for a baby, or something for yourself, or for someone to feel better). My grandmother is sick so today I asked that she would feel better. When I made my challah today, I put the piece in foil and you can throw it in the oven with the challah. When the challah is finished you can throw that piece away.”IMG_0689

This small piece of leftover challah dough is called hafrashat challah and members of the Jewish community practice this tradition across the world.

After our 6th grade challah bake and lunch, all of the campers (6th and 7th grade) went to sit and observe as the Muslim campers, counselors and faith advisers practiced Jum’aa prayer. The whole camp was quiet and respectful through the prayers and service which was translated into English wherever possible. After the prayers, the Muslim campers and staff opened the floor for questions.

One of the questions the campers asked was, “Why do the men and women sit separately during prayers?”

A few of the Muslim staff offered answers saying that the primary purpose of prayers and service was to offer total, undivided attention to God. In their tradition, separating the genders is an effective way to limit distractions during such a reverent time.

In our faith advising session with the group, Kareem, American Muslim Faith Adviser for the 6th grade, led the activities. He asked the kids to come together in small groups to write down the stories of some of their religious traditions. The groups had time to record their stories in drawings and words before they were asked to share with one another.

“What’s something new you learned about someone?” Kareem asked the groups afterwards.

“Nazeeh told me that for Easter his family hides eggs in the garden and they search for them together and find candy inside,” Nur shared.

Today was filled with learning about each other’s religious stories and opportunities for the campers to get to know one another better. One of the fun activities today was taking the 6th grade to the lake for canoeing. The boys and girls had so much fun paddling around the lake together in the sunshine.

The day finished with a shabbat service run by the Jewish staff and campers as the rest of the Kids4Peace community sat as observers. Some of the Jewish campers spoke about the significance of shabbat to them after the service. They shared that the day of rest is reflective of God’s day of rest after he created the universe in the first book of the Torah. We got to spend time together as a camp community while we learned from our Jewish friends about some of their traditions.

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As we continue to get to know one another, the kids are becoming comfortable asking questions of one another. There were lots of moments of learning throughout the day from the challah bake this afternoon to the closing shabbat service. We are looking forward to learning more about how our stories are intertwined in the coming days.

by Rachel, Christian Adviser for 6th grade, NC

IMG_5620The campers woke up bright and early this morning in their cabins and got ready for their first full day spent together as a group. At breakfast we learned the morning routine from the incredible Camp Bob staff. Many of the campers and counselors from Jerusalem headed straight for the Cheerios cereal.

Carla, one of the counselors from Jerusalem, explained to me that many of the Jerusalem campers would add sugar to the cereal. She said there is a similar cereal in Jerusalem that is much sweeter to taste. Already many of the campers, from the US and Jerusalem, are seeking the familiarities of home in this new place and with this new group.

This morning the group had some time to get to know one another a little better with a session led by our facilitator Jill. Jill prompted the group to be accommodating and hospitable to one another.

“We have to begin to tune our ears to each other’s languages,” Jill explained.

Next to Jill one of the campers sneezed.

“This is a great place to start!” she said. And as a group we learned how to excuse a sneeze in all three languages.

English: “God bless you”

Hebrew: “La’briut”

Arabic: “Alhamdulillah”

IMG_0589Throughout the morning we took time learning how to pronounce each other’s names. Each camper received a journal for their use this week. On the cover they wrote their names in all three languages (with the help of their new friends). The morning activities wrapped up with the campers creating a recipe for success for use during their morning “Discovery” times this week. Some of the ingredients they named were: fun, respect, trust, community, listening and curiousity. They are excited about using these new ingredients to promote fruitful and multi-faceted discussions in the days to come.

The day was sprinkled with outdoor activities like swimming at the pond and playing games outside with Camp Bob staff.

In the Faith Adviser’s afternoon session the campers got some time to speak one-on-one with a new friend about the origins and meaning of their names. Next the campers discussed their intentions for this week and wrote them on a sheet of paper in all three languages. From these intentions, they got to pick a special camp name for themselves from their favorite intention and an element of nature that reminds them of themselves. They created necklaces with their camp names written on them and shared with one another.IMG_0666
The day ended in reflection. David Rowan, Director of the NC 6th Grade Camp, asked the campers to reflect on their new beginnings.

“I fell asleep in a new place and woke up in a new place,” one camper remarked. And tomorrow is a new day.

by Rachel, American Christian Faith Adviser, NC Camp

On Tuesday afternoon American K4P staff and volunteers began arriving at Camp Kanuga in North Carolina. Slowly over the course of the afternoon the main office filled with Jewish, Muslim and Christian leaders, counselors and facilitators from all across the east coast and as far as Jerusalem. Over the course of the next day and a half we spent time training and preparing for the arrival of the campers.

Early on in our sessions, Josh Thomas, K4P International Director, posed this question, “How does a two-week camp make peace?”

Throughout our sessions we began to delve into what that means and how we will be able to facilitate peace-making among the campers in the long-term. One of the major ways this two-week camp promotes peace is by connecting young campers with new friends who are different from themselves.

It is often difficult for us to get along with people who initially appear “different” from ourselves. In this program we are asking a group of nearly two dozen pre-teens to do it. They come from vastly different parts of the world with different religious and cultural upbringings and they will meet for the first time as a whole group here at camp. For many of the campers this camp will be their first exposure to some of the other Abrahamic traditions and to kids from other parts of the world.

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In the staff training we discussed what this experience will look like for them and how we can support each child in their own practices, facilitate their respectful observation of other traditions, and find a community in our diverse group.

“I think it will call for us as staff to model vulnerability for the kids,” Lauren, American Jewish Faith Adviser for the program shared.

Copy of IMG_5594We hope that by opening up about ourselves and our experiences the campers will learn to trust one another and do the same. We are looking forward to a fun, thoughtful and eye-opening two-weeks as we learn to live together, play together and have meaningful conversation together.

We jumped into some activities this afternoon when we welcomed our four American campers to Kanuga and Camp Bob. We toured the campus, swam in the pond and prepared a welcome banner in Hebrew, Arabic and English for the Jerusalem campers arriving late this evening. The kids spent the afternoon decorating envelopes for each participant. The campers will be able to drop positive notes, thoughts and encouragements for one another into these envelopes throughout the week.Copy of IMG_5597

The evening was spent around the campfire roasting marshmallows and telling riddles with the Camp Bob staff who will be an invaluable part of our community these next couple of weeks. We now wait anxiously to welcome all of the staff and campers from Jerusalem who should arrive late tonight.

 

Presentation to the Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service at Temple Kol Emeth, Marietta, GA
November, 2014

My name is Montaser Mohammad Mousa Khalil Suliman Mohammad Abdulrahman Mohammad Amro, but you can call me Mono. Recently, however, since returning to America, many people have had troubles with Mono, so I’m considering making it even simpler- Mike. Maybe even M. My story and the reason WHY I’m here, however, is not simple.

See, I’ve been an advocate for peace for almost ten years, and I believe that not only does peace come from within, but I believe that we can create change.

I was born in Bethlehem, Palestine on February 20, 1991 to Mohammad and Lamia Amro. My parents expected the best from me. This caused me to excel academically from a young age. When I was a sophomore in high school, I was selected to be an international foreign exchange student. I was elated because I was going to finally see the America that had starred in all of my favorite movies. But where was I going? Would I be heading to the city that never sleeps, New York? Or maybe I could spend my academic year in the Windy City- Chicago, Illinois. Maybe I could create memories that could only stay in the city of Las Vegas! I eagerly awaited the announcement of where my cultural learning would take place in the states.

However, my excitement came to a screeching halt when I read the name of a state I had never heard of before- Alabama. Little did I know, Alabama was the epitome of racial oppression, even in present day. My work was definitely cut out for me. I arrived in the fall of 2006 and quickly realized that I could not live in this state for long. I planned to return to Palestine and go back to the life I knew. I lived in an apartment where I shared a bedroom with 2 young children as well as another foreign exchange student. There were four of us sleeping on two beds in a house with no heat and hardly ever any hot water. This made the hot summers in Palestine look like a Florida vacation. However, I later met a family that took me in, gave me a much bigger room and a bed of my own. Things were looking up, except for the fact that I shared the house with the family’s mentally disabled aunt. We got along great! Until one day she decided she no longer wanted me in her house and decided to chase me with a knife! The only person’s number I had in my phone was a guy I had met a few weeks earlier- Corey. Corey and I didn’t like each other very much, but I knew that he was a loyal guy.

Corey ended up letting me move into his house, and even became my legal guardian while in the states! This experience dramatically changed my life, as well as my perception and tolerance of others, mainly because Corey and I hated each other in the beginning. After moving in with Corey, I slept in the same room with him on his couch. We spent many nights comparing Islam to Christianity, talking about racism and music. However, our deepest conversations stemmed around a subject that we both were passionate about- food. He soon started referring to me as his brother and showed me that not all Americans are the same. Corey got the school to allow me to go to prom, go to Panama City Beach for Spring Break, attend concerts, church meetings, late night movie screenings and even introduced me to the culinary delicacy known as Taco Bell.

Saying goodbye at the summer of 2007 was not an easy thing to do, even when just a few months prior, I was begging to go back home. After returning back to Palestine, I pursued a degree in Civil Engineering from Palestine Polytechnic University. After graduating university in 2013, I decided to set my sights on my true passion- bringing peace.

I searched around for different ways to help, and stumbled across an organization called Kids 4 Peace this organizations’ mission was a simple grassroots , interfaith concept dealing with youth , its main vision is to end the conflict and inspire hope , not just in Jerusalem but also in all societies around the world , kids4peace mission is to build interfaith communities that embody a culture of peace and empower a movement of change . I immediately enrolled to become an Advisor !

People often ask me what Kids 4 Peace means to me. There is no simple answer to this. When you truly have a passion for something, you’re following everything with your heart- not your mind.

Therefore, I can not quite put a simple answer into words. However, I reflect on my past. I think back to the days that I vowed to see Israel fall. I think back to the days that I viewed America as a corrupted country. I then think back not too long ago when my mind was changed and I realized I was wrong. I could not continue to live life generalizing every culture. I realized during my visit in 2007 that no two people are alike. However, it didn’t stop at someone’s nationality, it also extended to their religious beliefs. Famous, influential musician John Lennon said it best when he said, “I believe in God, but not as one thing, not as an old man in the sky. I believe that what people call God is something in all of us. I believe that what Moses , Jesus and Mohammed and all the rest said was right. It’s just that the translations have gone wrong.”

These spiritual leaders had many messages, verses and direction. However, every word ever spoken by them was deeply rooted by one simple message- love. Anne Frank believed that no matter the physical and psychological torture she and her family were put through people still had good in them , she said that despite everything I believe that people are really good at heart.  Despite everything a young girl who was beaten , starved , molested , witnessed hundreds of thousands of Jewish executions , this girl said despite of all that people still have a heart , as many know , the conflict between Israel and Palestine have gotten worse throughout our lifetime , there’s unnecessary killing and violence on both sides , there’s unfiltered hatred on both sides and will never be validated.

Imam Ali “ KAW “ even said , “ ignorance reveals itself in the following , being very angry without cause , speaking without need , rewarding the undeserving , not distinguishing between friend and foe , the ignorant never realizes his mistake “ , I believe change can happen , when you refuse change for humanity , you’re putting your own selfish agenda before anyone else .

As Leon Uris once said “After all, the only thing that is going to save mankind is if enough people live their lives for something or someone other than themselves.”  It was also John Lennon that helped coin the phrase “all you need is love.”

This message is so simple, yet so influential. All you need is love. The world does not need us. The world does not need the Bible, the Quran or any other religious text. Because that’s all it is- text. It is a tangible thing. However, love is intangible. It can not be physically touched, but can be felt. Love does not have an image, but can be seen. It can not make a noise, but can be heard. Love is the most complex, confusing, terrifying yet gorgeous and fascinating thing that will be a part of this Earth for eternity…as long as we let it.

Kids 4 Peace has helped me utilize my tools to show that love can overcome anything.

To quote another wise man, Master Yoda, “Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” Kids 4 Peace taught me that love can make us brave. Love can bring joy and can end the suffering.

During the Israeli-Palestinian conflict of 2014, there were 2200 reported deaths on both sides. However, the true numbers will never be known. What can be known is that during the same year, Kids 4 Peace held a camp with over 100 campers from both conflicting sides. If each camper told 10 people of their enlightened time spent with the organization, we could reach over half the number of the reported casualties…in one year. Amazing. The organization is still young, and so is my role within it. However, I plan on being an integral part of this organization for however long they allow me.

Rabbi Noah Weinberg said “ if you don’t know what you’re living for , you haven’t yet lived “ I feel my purpose on this Earth is to make change and bring peace. Change starts young, with kids. I can bring change with Kids 4 Peace.

I would love to thank kids4peace for helping me come back to where I now call home- America. I would also like to thank them for allowing me the opportunity to create the change that my heart aches for every day. Many people walk through life wondering what purpose does their life have. I’m privileged to not only know what my purpose is, but be able to fulfill it. I would also like to thank the congregation of Temple Kol-Emeth for the invitation to come and visit with you , as well as the acceptance of someone of my Islamic faith my faith in rooted in my love for mankind no matter their background.  Thank you

The mission and philosophy of Kids4Peace paralleled our beliefs and that which we are teaching our son. It is my greatest hope my child and his children will live in a world where all humanity can live in peace, accepting and celebrating each other’s differences.

My son, Eli, loves to tell the story of how he first learned of this organization. I am a little embarrassed, but appreciate the enthusiasm of his retelling. It was a day like any other, absolutely nothing unusual.297

Eli was taking a shower and I had just sat down to read The Voice, the monthly newsletter of our synagogue, Temple Kol Emeth [in Marietta, GA]. I saw an advertisement seeking children who would be entering the 6th grade to take part in an interfaith summer camp. Four interested children were to be chosen to participate in the summer camp, which would include children of the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths. These children would come from the Atlanta area as well as the Middle East. I could barely contain my excitement!

I immediately jumped up and ran into the bathroom as he was taking a shower to tell him of this exciting opportunity. I don’t think he was too excited, but that was more likely due to having me interrupt his shower! Later, we discussed the program and he agreed this was a fantastic opportunity not to be missed. Ours is a family very much interested in promoting peace through interfaith dialogue, education, volunteerism and good deeds.The mission and philosophy of Kids4Peace paralleled our beliefs and that which we are teaching our son.

Three other children in our congregation, who would also be attending the camp, joined Eli in the first meeting. At that time, the Atlanta area kids had an opportunity to meet each other and immediately began to learn of the differences and similarities of each other’s faith. The adult leaders had engaging and interesting activities to draw out the children into a lively discussion. A great sense of satisfaction came over me as I watched these children discussing religion without fear, distrust, or hate. It was clear this is where the dialogue for peace and understanding needs to begin, with our children.

Eli attended the week long camp during the summer, where he met other children from Israel. He was introduced to these religions and visited various houses of worship during this time. He engaged in activities and discussion of the various religions and how each other experiences and practices their faiths. At the conclusion of the camp, the parents were invited to Abraham’s Tent, a celebration of all the children had learned. We were treated to skits representative of various holidays of each faith. It was obvious the children had much fun in putting this together and took great pride in sharing what they had learned.

It is my greatest hope my child and his children will live in a world where all humanity can live in peace, accepting and celebrating each other’s differences. Kids4Peace is one very valuable method to attaining that goal and I am so pleased my family and I are able to participate. We look forward to a long relationship with this organization.

Jodi, Mother of Eli
Kids4Peace Atlanta