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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 […]

Support the Leaders You Hope For

Kids4Peace responds to controversy about Palestinian flag at camp Fr. Josh Thomas Executive Director, Kids4Peace International Earlier this week, a group of Kids4Peace youth was privileged to visit Camp Solomon Schechter near Seattle, Washington. They included Jewish, Christian and Muslim, Israeli, Palestinian, and American teens from Jerusalem and our local Seattle chapter.  They came to […]

Kids4Peace Visit to Camp Solomon Schechter

by Jordan Goldwarg, Northwest Regional Director Kids4Peace This week, a group of youth participants from Kids4Peace were privileged to be guests of Camp Solomon Schechter, near Seattle, Washington.These 13 youth, an interfaith group of Jews, Muslims, and Christians from Seattle and Jerusalem, visited Schechter as part of the Kids4Peace Global Institute, a leadership program for high […]

Pathways to Peace goes to Akko/Akka!

On Tuesday and Wednesday, the 6th and 7th graders (Pathways to Peace program) had the opportunity to explore Akko/Akka for the day with tour-guides and educators, Tamer and Carmiel. Our first stop was Napoleon’s Hill, a place to see the city from above and an interesting active archaeological digging site. They learned about the city’s […]

Roots Goes Camping – K4P Summer Camp 2017

Written by Liana Rothman, community engagement coordinator Yesterday, I embarked on my third Kids4Peace summer camp. Three years ago, I began the journey with the 8th grade Roots program at Kibbutz Ketura after spending the year as their Jewish advisor. Last summer, I went to Washington D.C. with the same group of then 9th graders, […]

K4P Keynotes Episcopal Youth Event: “Our Path to Peace”

By Liana Rothman Community engagement coordinator       Last week, Kids4Peace had the unique opportunity to join around 1300 American and international youth at the 2017 Episcopal Youth Event in Oklahoma for 5 days. Adam and Charlie, an Israeli and a Palestinian, incoming 11th graders from K4P Jerusalem, Lana, an incoming senior from K4P […]

K4P Jerusalem Leadership Transition

To the Kids4Peace Community – Over the last five years, Rebecca Sullum and Mohammad Joulany have led Kids4Peace Jerusalem with courage and commitment. In their partnership as Israeli and Palestinian co-directors, they have set an example of true friendship and solidarity in the struggle for a better future.  And thanks to their hard work, Kids4Peace […]

K4P Winter Event – “My land is my home”

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 […]

Learning about “The Long Peace” in Dublin

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, […]

Interfaith Youth Group Brings Message of Peace to Washington, DC

Youth Advocate for Israeli-Palestinian Peace at 14 Congressional offices  UPDATE:  August 2, 2016 – Washington, DC: Today, 28 young leaders from Kids4Peace will take to Capitol Hill, to support US efforts to achieve peace between Israelis and Palestinians. The interfaith group includes Muslim, Christian and Jewish teenagers from Jerusalem and across the United States.  They […]

Staff Development: Taking the competition out of pain

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 […]

From Ignorance to Change

by Rebecca Sullum, Kids4Peace Jerusalem Co-Director It isn’t often that I have a chance to reflect on my personal growth and see how a set of Kids4Peace experiences have changed me. Here is my Ramadan experiences and my growth. The Ignorance- 1981-2007 Until the age of 26, if I were asked to name any of […]

Make Some Noise! #MyNeighborhoodIftar2016

by Jill, K4P Community Leader 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 […]

Welcome New Board Members

The Kids4Peace International Board of Directors elected three new members this week.  Welcome to the Kids4Peace Team – Rokas Beresniovas, Jesse Raben & Kevin Rachlin.  Rokas Beresniovas Rokas Beresniovas works as a Vice President at the State Bank of India (California) in Washington, DC. Born in Lithuania, Rokas emigrated to the U.S. in 1999. From there […]

Day 1 – July 28

  Team-Building Interfaith Heroes State Department Visit Special Envoy Shaun Casey Religion & Global Affairs Tour of Monuments Projects for Change Welcome Dinner Keynote by Aaron Jenkins Director of Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships, Department of Commerce Former Executive Director, Operation Understanding DC

K4P Leadership Youth Meet Diplomats

by Hana, K4P Jerusalem Media Intern Last Thursday Kids4Peace Jerusalem’s Leadership youth (9th graders), met with diplomats from the US Consulate, the US Embassy, and USAID. The session started with each diplomat giving a brief presentation, explaining their jobs and responsibilities. Some of their positions are more political, linked to the Consulate, others more cultural. […]

Change on the Ground

by Yakir, DTA Project Director Dialogue to Action (DTA), the new initiative of Kids4Peace International, was created in order to ensure that in addition to speaking and having dialogue, we area also actively working together to create real change on the ground. During the last several months, 12 participants from each of the three Abrahamic faiths, Palestinians and Israelis are […]

Finding Common Ground in Seattle

by Jordan Goldwarg, Northwest Regional Director On Sunday, May 8, Kids4Peace Seattle held its first joint activity with students at Noor Academy, the Sunday school of the Muslim Association of Puget Sound. Over the course of three hours, our youth began the process of getting to know each other through a number of activities. There […]

Walk4Peace in Burlington June 2nd

Join us June 5th at 2pm Your donations support the Kids4Peace Vermont Summer Camp for youth from the USA. Come Walk4Peace Come support Kids4Peace and walk up and down Church Street. Pledge in honor of friends and family if you like. All funds raised will help to put on our summer camps in Burlington! Details: Sunday, […]

Speaking Up for What’s Right

By Jordan Goldwarg, Northwest Regional Director In Kids4Peace, we encourage our youth to be leaders, and one powerful way of exercising leadership is by speaking up for what you believe in. This is especially powerful when you speak up on behalf of another group. We called this being an upstander (as opposed to being a bystander […]

Moving Forward Together in Jerusalem

Program Report: Friday, March 11th, 2016 Goal: Introduce the K4P community to sacred places in Jerusalem.  Understand the importance of Jerusalem for each faith tradition – and why the old city is a place of so much conflict. Original Plan: “Jerusalem 360” – Interfaith Walk through the Old City (rescheduled due to violence) Revised Plan: Dialogue for […]

Tom Baskett

I have been an enthusiastic supporter of Kids4Peace since its earliest days. This grass roots program where everyone from the youngest kids to committed staff and faithful parents work passionately and compassionately engaging each other in the arduous, indispensable labor of peacemaking is exciting, courageous and creative. It is doing ground-breaking work that is dynamic and effective. I feel all involved take considerable […]

Lessons from the Lotus Pond

by Hannah Hochkeppel, K4P Seattle Program Director An Evangelical Christian Pastor, a Unitarian Minister, a Buddhist Monk, and a Jewish Business Woman walk in to a room … and it is not the beginning of a bad or confusing joke! A few weeks ago I had the privilege of attending Seattle University School of Theology […]

Meet Luke!

My name is Luke Froude and I am from New York State. I recently graduated from the State University of New York at New Paltz with a degree in Political Science. When I was eleven years old I was introduced to a peace education organization called CISV. For the past twelve years I have been […]

Introducing Emma, K4P’s DC Intern!

My name is Emma Yingst, and I have recently begun an internship with Kids4Peace! I am a freshman at American University, majoring in International Relations (with a focus in the Middle East and South Asia) and minoring in Print Journalism. I grew up in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and have always had an avid interest in the […]

Light in the Darkness: 137 Peacemakers

Last weekend, Kids4Peace Jerusalem brought 137 peacemakers (7th-12th grade) to Neve Shalom for a weekend full of learning, sharing, team-building, and mainly: Storytelling. Thanks to our generous donors, USAID West Bank/Gaza, and our incredibly inspiring hosts-Auburn Seminary, the youth dove deeply into their personal stories and practiced the art of self expression. Friday evening, after […]

A weekend seminar with K4P NH/VT

by Nancy, K4P NH/VT Art Teacher Many Vermont and New Hampshire campers, counselors and staff members of the three faiths met for an over-night retreat the last weekend of January. It was great to meet everybody, whether we shared common memories or made new ones with alumni from different first and second-year camps. “It made us feel […]

More than 350 people come together for the Kids4Peace annual winter event

On January 12th more than 350 people gathered for the annual winter event, We are so humbled, honored, and inspired by the beautiful evening featuring our youth, parents, generous supporters and many guests. Because of you, we are keeping hope alive for peace in Jerusalem. Thank you. Shukran. Toda. We would like to thank the youth, […]

Hala’s Story

At the K4P Jerusalem Winter Event last Tuesday, we were honored to hear from Kids4Peace parents Hala and Doron. Below is Hala’s story, a Christian mother of 2 Kids4Peace youth, Louis and Zeina.  أعزائي عائله K4P , الاولاد الاهل الطاقم الاصدقاء وكل الضيوف יקירי משפחת K4P , הילדים ההורים הצוות החברים וכל האורחים سأتكلم باللغتين العربية […]

Standing in Solidarity in Seattle

by Sarah Rose, K4P Seattle Counselor Kids4Peace Seattle’s overnight last weekend was one for the books! It was filled with laughter, fun, and bonding between the first and second year participants. We watched the Disney/Pixar movie Inside Out, and then tried to connect the ideas presented with the mission of Kids4Peace. We examined the importance […]

New Board Member: Dany Bahar

Welcome to Dr. Dany Bahar, our newest Kids4Peace International Board member, elected January 2016.  Dany Bahar is an economist affiliated with The Brookings Institution and with Harvard’s Center for International Development. His research is focused on topics related to economic growth and development. Dany Bahar was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela to second generation Jewish […]

A Weekend in the Life of Kids4Peace Seattle

by Jordan Goldwarg, K4P Northwest Regional Director There are times when the life of Kids4Peace gets so busy that time seems to warp in a way that allows us to do more than we ever thought possible. This past weekend was one of those times here in Seattle. Friday 8:30am: The work of Kids4Peace spans […]

K4P Announces New Global Programs

A Message from the Executive Director Empowering a Movement for Change Download as PDF For the past 13 years, Kids4Peace has provided life-changing interfaith peace education programs for Israeli, Palestinian and American youth.  More than 1,800 youth, parents and volunteers have participated in summer camps and year-round programs.  In the face of conflict, we remain […]

Kids4Peace NH/VT Reunite

by Nancy Stone, K4P NH/VY  Vermont and New Hampshire kids and parents of recent Kids4Peace local and national camps met Saturday November 21st for a much anticipated reunion.  Though some of us keep in touch via social media, it’s so much better to meet in person as we play outdoor games, listen to guitar music, […]

A night of hope and inspiration

Last Thursday night was a night of hope and inspiration. All of our youth, parents, and steering committee met and discussed different topics. Leap (7th grade) finished designing and decorating the candles they created at our Ein Gedi seminar. They then had a dialogue about: The different perceptions of Jerusalem. The importance of personal relationships […]

Video from Jerusalem: Keep Hope Alive

A Message from Jerusalem As a community of Palestinians and Israelis, we feel the pain of both sides like almost no one else. And most painfully of all, we see children – so much like our K4P youth – caught up in the violence and suffering. We cling to our common humanity, our hope for […]

USAID Awards $100,000 to Kids4Peace

Conflict Management and Mitigation Program New Awards Announcement |November 2015 The USAID West Bank and Gaza (WBG) Mission and U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv are awarding 15 new grants that focus on people-to-people activities.   These new grants, valued at $9 million, show an investment in bringing people together and promoting peaceful coexistence.  The Conflict Management and […]

USIP: Israeli, Palestinian Kids4Peace: ‘Stubborn Optimism’ in Violent Days

A Jerusalem Program for Understanding Feels Strain and Carries On By Fred Strasser Originally published by the United States Institute of Peace (http://bit.ly/usipk4p) To hear voices of peace challenged by a surge of violence, simply listen to a conference call held by Arab and Jewish parents in Jerusalem who are involved in the program Kids4Peace. The […]

Why I’m Shocked and Inspired by Kids4Peace

By Elana Sztokman Originally published in the Jewish Daily Forward (jd.fo/b8S6l) Last Thursday, at a meeting of parents of Kids4Peace, I had a remarkable experience that both shocked me and inspired me. It’s unique Jewish-Muslim-Christian camp for residents of Jerusalem and its environs, in which my daughter participated last summer. Over the last year, the children […]

The cycle of misunderstanding: Shared by a K4P Parent

by Charlie, father of Maytav a Jewish 8th grader Last night I joined about 50 families in a meeting between Muslims and Christians and Jews. The kids and parents met separately. Among the shared stories and feelings, I heard both Jewish and Arab women speak about their fear of saying goodbye to their children in […]

Changing Tires 4 Peace: An Inspiring Story

by Ismat, Kids4Peace Muslim advisor & father of Mohammad and Sewar Last night a friend and I were going out for coffee in Talpiyot, an industrial area of Jerusalem next to my village–Beit Zefafa. On the way we saw a young religious Jewish woman stopped on the side of the road next to her car trying […]

Parenting During Conflict

Kids4Peace’s head parent-facilitators, Shafiq and Jill, hosted a conference call for concerned parents of Jerusalem youth to check in about their feelings and gain some advice on how to speak to youth during these tense times. Below are reflections from the four parents who spoke and shared: Nazira, mother of Yousef, a Muslim 7th grader “Safety […]

My Palestinian Elijah

This article originally appeared in the Times of Israel Blog My work for peace in Jerusalem brought me last week to Sheikh Jarah, in East Jerusalem, on the Palestinian side of the city. I checked Google Maps for the bus routes from my apartment in West Jerusalem to my destination; the site showed two buses […]

Struggling with hope

by Noa, Jewish Advisor in Kids4peace Last week I went to an interfaith pray vigil held in Manhattan by my (our) friend Chelsea, who, besides being an interfaith advisor in NH/VT first year’s summer camp, is an interfaith minister. The prayer vigil was held for the Syrian refugees. It’s an important thing right now in the USA. Many organizations […]

Choosing to Deal with the Pain

Reflections on a Kids4Peace Seminar, sponsored by the US Institute of Peace, on the theme of resilience in the midst of conflict.  By Kalia Har-Tuv K4P alum Yesterday I spent my eavning in Jaffa, in a Kids4Peace seminar. I left Jerusalem tense and scared, and it was not until 10pm that I realized that I […]

Growing up in Kids4Peace

The past two summers, I found myself coming home from Kids4Peace camp with the same question: Why religion? Religion creates all of the problems in the world, I find myself thinking again and again. Let it go, forget about it, it only causes pain and suffering. Yet I always find myself coming back to it. […]

Small Acts of Courage on #PeaceDay

    On Monday, dozens of Kids4Peace community members marked the International Day of Peace by wearing our K4P t-shirts and polos to school and work. Putting on a T-Shirt may seem like an small and easy thing. But it’s actually a huge act of courage. To declare in public that you are on the side of peace […]

K4P Launches Jerusalem “Dialogue to Action” Initiative

New Project for Young Adults Focuses on Social Change Kids4Peace is excited to announce the Dialogue to Action Initiative, a new project in Jerusalem designed to engage young adults (age 18-25) in activism for social change. “After 13 years of interfaith youth programming, Kids4Peace is ready to take the next step,” Executive Director Fr. Josh Thomas said. […]

Camp 2015: Being a peacemaker

by Selina, Counselor/Social Media Coordinator The morning started off with mindfulness, a chance to “open your heart” as Itai, a Jewish camper from Jerusalem put it. The group practiced paying attention to their breath, inaudibly counting each intake and release, staying still and silent for a whole five minutes. Transitioning over to dialogue, four adults performed a skit […]

Camp 2015: Crossing the line

by Selina, Counselor/Social Media Coordinator A puzzling picture was presented to the kids when they arrived at dialogue. Some saw an elderly woman, while others found a young woman’s face. After some discussion and lots of explaining, most people were able to see both, but then had the confusing experience of switching back and forth. As a whole […]

Camp 2015: Word of the day: Empathy

by Selina, Counselor/Social Media Coordinator The word of the day was empathizing, which one Muslim camper from Jerusalem, Qais, defined as “feeling somebody else’s pain”. Sarah, who was leading the discussion talked about how when we show empathy, we support the other person. The kids then split into groups, writing down stories about something that had happened to […]

Parents4Peace: When the kids are away, the parents still play!

by Jill and Shafiq, Kids4Peace Jerusalem Parents Facilitators Shafiq and I want to share our enthusiasm, while it is fresh, following tonight’s meeting with the parents. This was the first time ever at K4P that we have created a space for the parents to connect and express their feelings WHILE their children are in the […]

Reaching new heights

by Selina, Counselor/Social Media Coordinator Mixing things up a bit, Monday was ropes course day! After a few big activities with everyone, the campers went into smaller groups to play cooperative games and meet their ropes course facilitators. Eventually everyone headed off to the woods, working with the low ropes, logs, swings, and platforms. At lunch Talia, a […]

Camp 2015: Church, Ice Cream, and a Test of Tenacity

by Selina, Counselor/Social Media Coordinator The day started early, finishing up packing before breakfast and getting dressed for church. It was a struggle to get all the luggage packed into the bus, but somehow everybody and everything made it in time to the Cathedral. Bishop Tom, a well-known face from the previous days and the ice cream […]

Camp 2015: Filling up in NH/VT

by Selina, Counselor/Social Media Coordinator The second full day of camp started off learning how to ask for a translation. Sarah, the dialogue facilitator, and Chelsea, the interfaith advisor, demonstrated with a little bit of frantic Spanish. In the next activity, kids stepped into the circle, telling the group something about themselves, sometimes in Arabic, sometimes Hebrew, oftentimes English. […]

Houston camp visits NASA

by Dala, Muslim Counselor, K4P Jerusalem It was our last day at Camp Allen, so we ate breakfast and headed to NASA and now we’re spending this one night at the Clear Lake Islamic Center. Our big adventure of the day began in NASA. We ate lunch there and we had a slideshow about the background […]

Roots Day 5: Building a Sustainable Earth

by Leah, K4P Summer Intern The theme of the day was learning about how to “go green”. We spent the morning at Kibbutz Lotan, a small Kibbutz that is just down the road from Ketura. There, we went on a tour of their eco campus where we learned all about composting and reusing our resources. […]

8th Grade Roots Camp Day 4: Awaiting the Big Surprise

by Leah, K4P Summer Intern Another exciting, hot, and action-packed day! The highlight of the campers’ day was definitely their movement session with Shuli. Shuli organized a session where they really got to explore their creative side. The unique part is that for the first time, they were told to make a mess. Shuli gave […]

Half way through Houston Camp!

by Dala, K4P Muslim Counselor, Jerusalem And we’re on the 6th day now, 5 more days to go. Today is our last night at Camp Allen so tomorrow we will be heading to the Islamic center to stay for one night. We had another morning with a birthday and it was Lutfi’s birthday, one of […]

Counselor Prep in Vermont

 by Selina, Counselor/Social Media Coordinator, K4P NH/VT camp Monday, August 10th was a full day of working hard and building group moral for the VT/NH staff. Individuals had trickled in throughout the previous day, including a big van from Boston bringing the Jerusalem Counselors and one of our lovely cooks Debby. They arrived too late […]

We will, we will SPREAD PEACE!

by Ariel, Jerusalem camper at NC camp We will spread peace (to the tune of ‘We will rock you’) Buddy you’re a boy making big noise playing on the streets Gonna be a big man some day You’ve got Ketchup on your face Amazing grace Spreading the peace all over the place Chorus Singing we […]

Dealing with the violent aspects of our Jewish tradition

by Yakir Englander, Kids4Peace Vice President (This article was originally posted in the Times of Israel. To see the original, click here.) As the story goes, in the thirties, a rabbi came to visit Prof. Leibowitz, a prominent philosopher and theologian, and criticized European-Christian culture for continuously harming Jews. The rabbi said: It is clear that […]

“All we need is here…”

by Dagan, Jerusalem Jewish Advisor, Seattle Camp “All we need is here…” This chant (led by our Christian faith advisor Malcolm) has become one of our camp’s many anthems.  I found myself contemplating the meaning of these simple words, and would like to share my thoughts with you on this blog post today. Since landing in […]

Boston trip 2015!

by Matt Loper, Kids4Peace Boston Director Another exciting, action-packed day at Kids4Peace! After an early start and a sad goodbye to Camp Merrowvista, our home for the last 8 days, we loaded our bags onto the bus and headed back down to Boston. The amazing singing talent of our kids was showcased all the way back from […]

8th Grade Roots Camp Day 1: This is the Desert!

by Leah, K4P Summer Intern It was an incredible and action packed first day at Roots Camp! We began the day at the Kids4Peace office at 6:30am. The kids came energetic as ever, hugging all their friends, singing songs, and eager to get down to Kibbutz Ketura. After a three and a half hour bus […]

Grateful in Boston

We spent the morning reflecting on our time here together through a camp-wide scavenger hunt that reminded us of everything we have done and worked on so far. Hidden on trees and rocks and by buildings and benches, campers found slips of paper with words and themes from our week, such as “perspective,” “community,” and “empathy” among others. […]

Sermon: A New 5,000

By Fr. Josh Thomas, Executive Director At St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Washington, DC May I speak to you in the name of God, who was and is and will be forever.  Amen. Good morning St. Mark’s and thank you for welcoming me, and our community of Kids4Peace, into this community of love and justice.  You’ve […]

Giving Thanks in Seattle

by Emily Holm, Kids4Peace Intern Eagerly awaiting our kids, at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. After a record-breaking Northwest heat wave, it seemed as though the sky gave a sigh of relief on August 5th, bringing forth clouds, sprinkles of rain, and the perfect cool breeze for moving heavy suitcases into new cabins. The American campers were […]

Soccer, cheer, talent and more in Kids4Peace Boston

by Matt Loper, Kids4Peace Boston Director Soccer before breakfast has become the usual. Everyone has learned where to find the Kosher, Halal, and vegetarian food options. We are all ready for the moment of silence before our meals, and we wait expectantly for the song challenges when camp finishes lunch and dinner. In the mornings we work through […]

The Great Hike

by Matt Loper, Kids4Peace Boston Director Yesterday was such a full day that we all had no choice but to fall asleep early and catch up on some much needed ZzzZZzzzz’s.  Our legs were happy for this extra rest since they did the hard work of hiking us all the way to the top of Mount Canaan. […]

#dayinthelife of a #k4pkid

 Can you believe that just one day at camp can hold all of this: – Sharing our sacred objects and learning from each other why they are important. – Kosher chocolate chip pancakes! – Sitting and listening to one another with care and intention.  Learning how to hear someone else’s pain and to heal together. – Feeling, firsthand, how frustrating injustice can be via a totally […]

Helping hands, Warm heart, Vivid seeing, Searching feet

by Matt Loper, Kids4Peace Boston Director It was another incredible day at Kids4Peace Camp – busy and full of meaning and FUN! We woke up happy and full of energy. The boys even got ready fast enough to play soccer before breakfast. It is amazing to see everyone engaging together, taking risks and sharing stories, listening intently […]

Tearful last day of Leadership Camp (K4P & JPB)

by Jiries, Christian Counselor, Jerusalem The boys woke up at 6am to finish packing their bags and getting ready for the last day’s activities. They showed each other the various gifts they bought for themselves and for their parents and siblings, right before putting them into their bags. Once they were finished, the campers and […]

Rock, Paper, Scissors, RAFT!

by Matt Loper, Kids4Peace Boston Director It was a perfect day in New Hampshire!  The sky was blue, a breeze kept the kids cool, and the lake sparkled in the sunshine. You’d never know these kids met each other only 3 days ago. Together, they sang (loudly) and laughed at meals, used photos to explore the importance of communication […]

Too much watermelon at Leadership Camp – JPB and K4P

by Lana (Muslim) and Yosef (Jewish), USA participants We woke up to a cloudy Saturday morning with all of us feeling tired and sad about leaving the next day. After breakfast, we split into three groups to complete our peace plans. Next, we completed our skits with Court. The skits are being preformed tomorrow, so […]

Blog from Lac Des Isles, Quebec Canada

by Diane Nancekivell, President of Kids4Peace International This past weekend Yakir Englander visited Tom and me and our family at our lake home in the Laurentian Mountains north of Montreal.  It was a joy to share with him so much of what the lake means to us; the early morning quiet and the glassy calm, […]

Journeying

by Rachel, American Christian Advisor, North Carolina Our 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 […]

Woodshop, Archery, and a Blueberry Bush

by Matt Loper, Kids4Peace Boston Director Friday was an amazing day! In the morning we selected activities that we wanted to do. Some of us went to the woodworking shop, others went to archery, and some chose to make challah bread for our celebration of Shabbat (the Jewish Sabbath). Others of us were adventurous, choosing activities with […]

Learning. Service. Sharing. Prayer.

by Yosef, Jewish, USA participant Today all the boys woke up at 7:30 AM, because we forgot to set an alarm for 6:30 AM for the morning run. After breakfast, we painted our masks. Each of these unique masks took shape along the contours of our faces. Likewise, the painting of the masks was unique. […]

“Seeing Beyond Myself”

by Rachel, American Christian Faith Adviser, North Carolina After 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. […]

Day 8 at Leadership Camp (JPB & K4P)

by David, Jewish participant, Jerusalem Jiries woke me up this morning at 7 AM, so I decided I might as well go and take a morning shower to wake me up instead of lying bleary-eyed in bed. When I got back to the yurt (Tent) I was already wide-awake most of the boys were up […]

Speak Your Truth

by Rachel, American Christian Faith Adviser, NC 6th grade camp This 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 […]

A day of courage for Leadership: K4P & JPB

by Nicole and Ayyoub, Muslim Participants, Jerusalem and USA Today we started the morning with delicious waffles. After that we had a Courage workshop put on by the junior counselors, Jiries and Christina. During the workshop, we had to admit our own fears to ourselves, and then some people admitted them to the whole group. At […]

Mapping Home

by Rachel, American Christian Faith Adviser for NC Camp This morning the 6th grade campers went on a hike on Eagle Rock trail with Jill, some Camp Bob staff and faith advisers. They climbed a mountain to a scenic overlook where they could reflect on the theme of the day: home. They were asked to […]

Just another day at Kids4Peace

by Rebecca Sullum, Kids4Peace Jerusalem Co-Director Took a ride from Jaffa to Jerusalem Spent most of it telling the arts student about the Kids4Peace community At the office cleaned up 8 years’ worth of papers, all related to peacebuilding Even found made original papers from the first time I meet a Palestinian when I was […]

US Consul General: Kids4Peace Gives Me Hope

June 4, 2015 Independence Day Celebration US. Consulate General, JERUSALEM As I was contemplating what I might say today, I ran across the words of the late Palestinian poet Taha Muhammad Ali, and thought he captured beautifully a sentiment that I think about here often. In a poem called “Revenge,” he imagined meeting the man […]

It’s Time to Stand Up for Each Other

A Message From the Executive Director Maybe you saw Kids4Peace in the news last week? Tahera Ahmad, a Muslim scholar, interfaith leader, and chaplain at Northwestern University was on her way to DC, when she experienced an act of discrimination on her flight, compounded by hateful words from a passenger. She was coming to speak […]

What Kids4Peace can Teach Us About Peace (Tikkun)

“I have joined the Kids4Peace movement because I feel that their mission is a crucial one,” Eve insisted. “I would like to be a part of it. But I can’t do it on my own.  Kids4Peace Board Member Sue Bloch writes about Eve from Kids4Peace Seattle at Tikkun Daily:  “The Puget Sound is really a […]

We are #UnitedForTahera

by Yakir Englander, Kids4Peace International Vice-President I was working with Tahera Ahmad during the years 2012 – 2014 when I taught at Northwestern University. Tahera represents for me and for many students the possibility to be a believer, a scholar, a feminist, and a person who doesn’t stop working towards social justice and healthy relationships […]

K4P Seattle: Please, Keep Talking Behind My Back!

by Pam Orbach, Kids4Peace Seattle Dialogue Facilitator It’s been a wonderful first year of Kids4Peace in Seattle. The gift I have experienced as dialogue facilitator has been to watch our 13-year-old future peace leaders grow together. They have learned the art of acceptance and belonging; they have forged bonds and increased their commitment — to each […]