Welcome Tareq Samman, Co-Director of K4P Jerusalem

Tareq Samman

Jerusalem native and Brandeis alum joins Kids4Peace staff

Kids4Peace is excited to welcome Tareq Samman as Co-Director of the Jerusalem office.  A Palestinian Muslim originally from the Wadi Joz neighborhood of Jerusalem, Tareq will be responsible for all youth, parent, and community programs.

For 14 years, Tareq was a public school teacher in Kufr Aqab and then pursued masters degrees in Coexistence/Conflict Resolution and Sustainable International Development from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.

He has been a volunteer with the Interreligious Coordinating Council of Israel and was a facilitator and seminar leader for Auburn Seminary’s interfaith youth program Face to Face, Faith to Faith.

Tareq has taught Hebrew to Palestinians and Arabic to Israeli students. He considers language a tool of communications and bridging the gap between the two people.  Tareq lives in Shuafat and has been working with Kids4Peace this summer as part of his graduate school program.

I am very grateful for being given this opportunity to work with youth, as well as to be a member of Kids4Peace in order to achieve a positive change in our city. There is a lot of work to be done regarding support for the Palestinian community, and other communities in Jerusalem. I strive for Kids4Peace to expand, and to one day have a chance to include all Arab and Jewish children in our efforts.  – Tareq Samman

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Meredith Rothbart

Tareq will work alongside Meredith Rothbart, who will continue permanently as the other Co-Director of the Kids4Peace Jerusalem office.  Meredith is primarily responsible for external relations, communications, fundraising, and strategic development.

Meredith Rothbart moved to Jerusalem in 2007, and joined Kids4Peace as a volunteer in 2009. She holds an MA in Community Development from Hebrew University and a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from University of Pittsburgh.

Meredith’s previous work includes government relations, project management and communications with NGOs, the Israeli Ministry of Defense, and other government agencies, including projects at the grassroots level as well as national and international initiatives. She lives in East Talpiyot with her husband and children.