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 has grown in size and strength, even through the most challenging days.
Rebecca and Mohammad have announced that they will conclude their work as Co-Directors at the end of February. We will miss them deeply and will make time to honor and celebrate their work in the coming months.
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Together, Mohammad and Rebecca opened Kids4Peace Jerusalem’s first permanent office, launched new local summer and year-round programs, and forged relationships with diplomats and government partners. They have built a powerful team of Palestinian & Israeli staff and advisors, and they helped keep hope alive during times of violence and fear.
Mohammad and Rebecca have been role models, mentors and guides for more than a thousand Kids4Peace youth, family and staff on their journey as peacemakers. They have left a lasting impact on Kids4Peace, and we will carry their legacy forward. Please join me in expressing thanks to Rebecca and Mohammad for their five outstanding years of service – and for building a dedicated, highly-skilled staff team who will carry this work forward.
Here’s what will happen next:
- Meredith Rothbart, our Director of Development and long-time Kids4Peace staff member, will take on the position of Acting Director.
She will be responsible for staff leadership and organizational management, including our relationship with USAID. Alongside Meredith, Reeham Subhi will serve as Senior Palestinian Advisor. Reeham is our most experienced Muslim educator and has worked most recently with the youth leadership program. Together, Meredith and Reeham will ensure that Israeli and Palestinian voices are equally involved in all decision-making. They are an amazing team, and I know they will continue to move our community forward.
- This spring, we will begin a process to select our next long-term leaders for Kids4Peace Jerusalem. This is an exciting time of organizational development and growth. Through our partnership with USAID, Kids4Peace is adding hundreds of new families to our community and equipping our youth to be leaders of change. Together, we are building a large and powerful pro-peace community. And that means implementing the management systems and structure we need to support this growth. In the next few months, we will seek input from youth, families and staff as we develop a job description and begin a search for candidates.
For now, Kids4Peace Jerusalem is in great hands. Our community is strong and our mission is more important than ever. In the face of fear and despair, Kids4Peace is a sign of hope. Together we are lighting the way to a better future.
Fr. Josh Thomas
It has been a honor and pleasure co-directing Kids4Peace Jerusalem for the past five years. K4P was not only my job but my community and family.