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October 30, 2018

Creating Peace in the Face of Hate

Creating Peace in the Face of Hate This has been a painful week for those of us who seek peace. Across the USA, Kids4Peace has joined rallies and vigils to stand up against hate and recommit to creating a world of understanding and justice. We mourn the eleven people killed…
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September 11, 2018

Peace Action Conference

Kids4Peace Vermont and New Hampshire’s Summer Peace Action Conference took place on the beautiful Dartmouth College campus in Hanover, NH this year. Youth arrived to the grand community room of the Dartmouth United Church of Christ, where we were welcomed by the associate pastor Rob Grabil. This unique conference gathered…
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JerusalemSummer 2018
August 17, 2018

Pathways Camp Ketura Day 5

The youth started off the day with games that challenged them to see one another in a new light, as they grouped themselves in accordance to their likes and dislikes. They then played an epic battle of rock, paper, scissors. The talent show brought to light some of our campers’…
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JerusalemSummer 2018
August 16, 2018

Pathways Camp Ketura 2018 Day 4

Today’s activities were soothing for both the soul and the environment. The seventh graders started off the day with a relaxing bike ride through Kibbutz Ketura and the nearby date fields. After pool time, the kids geared up for a field trip to Lotan, a nearby eco-kibbutz. Their tour guide,…
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JerusalemSummer 2018
August 15, 2018

Pathways Camp Ketura 2018 Day 3

As you entered the dining hall for breakfast, you could feel the excitement radiating from the kids about today’s destination – Eilat!  We could all feel that today was going to be an incredible adventure. The bus ride there consisted of singing and laughter. The day was filled with fun…
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August 14, 2018

Pathways Camp Ketura 2018: Day 2

The sixth graders rose with the sun this morning for an early morning bike ride through Ketura’s date plantation and the desert’s soft sand dunes. Each kid and staff member on the ride had a chance to jump down the dune, if they dared! Back at Ketura, the rest of…
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Summer 2018
August 12, 2018

International Camp: Day 9

After a week of dialogue and relationship building, our International Camp participants were placed in charge of running religious services for everyone to observe. On day nine, our Muslim and Jewish participants came together and organized Jummah services, as well as Kabbalat Shabbat. Each service was designed to put students…
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August 12, 2018

Pathways Camp Ketura 2018: Day 1

And we are off!! What a day it has been! Despite the the drastic change in climate and environment the campers are adjusting well and excited to be learning and playing together. To ensure they stay hydrated in the heat, we play fun drinking games (with water!).   The kids…
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Summer 2018
August 11, 2018

International Camp: Day 7 & 8

Stories are passed down for for several reasons – to share histories, to inspire dreams, to memorialize moments…at Kids4Peace, story telling is an important tool that allows each of us to recognize how our experiences influence our role in advocating for justice. Day seven began as with a storytelling workshop…
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Summer 2018
August 9, 2018

International Camp: Day 6

When we consider the number of conflicts that have resolved over time throughout history, community is has its focus. When communities come together, they form inexplicable bonds that allow issues to reach incredible resolutions. That’s exactly what we were exploring on day six of International Camp. As we reached our…
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Summer 2018
August 7, 2018

International Camp: Day 5

We continued our journey at International Camp on day five by taking some time to think about what space do we take up in this world. Our day was split into two parts: traveling down two paths at Hooker Falls in DuPont State Forest and sharing stories and experiences at…
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Summer 2018
August 6, 2018

International Camp: Day 4

“There is a conflict happening everywhere. This is about how you can make a difference in your own community” – Stephanny (K4P counselor), Bogota Conflict comes in many different shapes, sizes, and colors. It takes up different spaces in different rooms. Especially in a room of middle schoolers who experience…
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Summer 2018
August 5, 2018

International Camp: Day 2

Once International Camp participants had a day to get acclimated to the new camp, we started off the second day by framing conversations and action in faith. Our 72 youth are coming from a range of backgrounds from Israel, Palestine and America, and with them they are bringing different practices,…
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Summer 2018
August 3, 2018

International Camp: Day 1

Global Institute may have just ended, but our work doesn’t end there. As our 50 Global Institute alums returned home to put their learned skills and experiences to the test, Kids4Peace was busy getting ready for our batch of 72 Israeli, Palestinian, and American youth for our first ever International…
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July 26, 2018

Global Institute Wrap-Up

“I’ve realized that we can do so much more than we thought we could do, before we got here” – David P., Jewish, Jerusalem 10 days of intense dialogue, workshops, skill building, and new interactions helped form a new wave of young leaders. Our 2018 Global Institute graduates are ready…
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July 18, 2018

Global Institute – Day 10: Service and Graduation

‘With great power comes great responsibility.’ This recognized saying has been at the forefront of conversation throughout the week, as our youth discussed what it means to be a leader and the responsibility and obligation that come with leadership. As the participants accepted their Certificate of Achievement in recognition of…
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July 18, 2018

Global Institute – Day 8: Legislative Prep

The excitement level today was sky high, as the kids prepared for a highlight of the Global Institute; tomorrow’s Advocacy day. All the leadership and advocacy training that they have gained over the course of the past week will come into play when they take the lead and advocate on…
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July 16, 2018

K4P on Capitol Hill Today – Advocacy for Peace

Today on Capitol Hill, 50 young Israeli, Palestinian and American youth from Kids4Peace are meeting with 40 Republican and Democratic offices in the House and Senate to request US investment in grassroots peacebuilding efforts. As beneficiaries of a FY2015 USAID Conflict Management and Mitigation grant, Jerusalem youth will share the…
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July 15, 2018

Global Institute – Day 6: Our Muslim Family

This morning we were joined by Islamic Society of North America to hear about the Muslim-American community and the work that they do to create change in the US. An issue that ISNA is very passionate about and involved in is climate change. Colin, the representative from ISNA, explained that…
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July 13, 2018

Global Institute – Day 4: Baltimore

Today, we traveled down to Baltimore, where we were joined by youth from Communities United to interact and engage with them. Together, we participate in multiple sessions and tours around Baltimore. Interacting with other youth, who are working towards creating change regarding equality and race in Baltimore, the kids saw…
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July 13, 2018

Global Institute – Day 3: United States Institute of Peace

If one event could fully capture and brilliantly tie together all that our youth have been working on and learning throughout the Global Institute and with Kids4Peace so far, our event today with the US Institute of Peace did just that. The event was comprised of three aspects; a panel,…
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July 11, 2018

Global Institute – Day 2: Public Narrative

Mawish Raza, our very own Communications Manager, started off the morning by leading a workshop on public narrative and the importance of sharing your story. She introduced the workshop by sharing her own story, providing the youth with an example of how one story can inspire others. Mawish emphasized the…
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July 10, 2018

Global Institute – Day 1: Social Entrepreneurship

We kicked of the global institute today and so far it’s been a major success. The morning was spent familiarizing ourselves with one another and discussing guidelines that formed our community agreement; an agreement that will allow our time together to be productive and respectful on all accounts. We took…
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July 3, 2018

Thank you Sarah Stone!

Good luck to our beloved Sarah, the outgoing Kids4Peace Jerusalem Youth Director.  Sarah Stone was in charge of the educational programming and curriculum development for all youth programs in Kids4Peace Jerusalem. Sarah is dedicated to informal education in divided societies, and in bringing youth together to learn, grow, and create…
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Seattle
June 14, 2018

I Can Make Change Happen

Speech given by Alex, a 9th grade participant in Kids4Peace Seattle, at Inspiring Hope, The Kids4Peace Seattle Annual Benefit. My name is Alex. I am a 9th grade Christian, and am in my 4th year at Kids4Peace. Alex and Monica during our Fall Retreat. I joined Kids4Peace because I was going to a…
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June 7, 2018

Sparking Change In My Community

Speech given by Lia, a 10th grade participant in Kids4Peace Seattle, at Inspiring Hope, The Kids4Peace Seattle Annual Benefit. Hi my name is Lia, I’m Jewish and in 10th grade. I’ve only been a part of K4P for one year, but it has already become such an important part of my life.…
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May 31, 2018

Time Differences and Supportive Communities

Speech given by Frieda, a 10th grade participant in Kids4Peace Seattle, at Inspiring Hope, The Kids4Peace Seattle Annual Benefit. Hello my name is Frieda, I am in 10th grade and have been a part of Kids4Peace for 5 years. Kids4Peace is a huge part of my life. It has given me a…
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May 29, 2018

Kids4Peace Vermont and New Hampshire Round-up

This past month, Kids4Peace youth from Vermont and New Hampshire came together in Burlington, VT to attend the Voices for Change Youth Conference and the Vermont Peace Conference. At Voices for Change, our youth were inspired by renowned Muslim slam poet Amir Sulaiman. They also networked with other youth from the area…
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May 24, 2018

Family, Activism, and Stroopwafels

Speech given by Evan, a 9th grade participant in Kids4Peace Seattle, at Inspiring Hope, The Kids4Peace Seattle Annual Benefit. My name is Evan, and I’m a 9th grader in the Kids4Peace program. I’ve been in Kids4Peace for 4 years now, and I’ve been exposed to many things I never would have experienced…
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May 17, 2018

Welcoming, Connection, and Kindness

Speech given by Jacob, a 10th grade participant in Kids4Peace Seattle, at Inspiring Hope, The Kids4Peace Seattle Annual Benefit. CLICK HERE to read the first part of this story, as told by Jacob’s friend Risa (another Kids4Peace Seattle youth participant). Hello, my name is Jacob, and this will be my third summer with…
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May 10, 2018

Small Actions, Huge Impacts, and Life-Long Relationships

Speech given by Risa Wagner, a 9th grade participant in Kids4Peace Seattle, at Inspiring Hope, The Kids4Peace Seattle Annual Benefit. Kids4Peace is a youth group where we have the opportunity to learn about other perspectives and participate in interfaith programs. One of my favorite parts of Kids4Peace is how we are able to…
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May 3, 2018

History Has Its Eyes On Us

By: Jordan Goldwarg, Kids4Peace Seattle Chapter Director Remarks from Inspiring Hope, Our Kids4Peace Seattle Annual Benefit Last month, I had the opportunity to visit our Kids4Peace chapter in Lyon, France, and while I was there, someone asked me what it is like to be living in the United States right now,…
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May 1, 2018

Kids4Peace is growing!

Left: Renee Atkinson, Operations Manager; Right: Mawish Raza, Communications Manager As Kids4Peace is evolving and strategizing new ways to empower our youth to lead the way towards action, its family is also growing! We recently welcomed two new people to Kids4Peace International’s office in Washington D.C. and wanted to give…
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April 5, 2018

The Future Is Bright for Kids4Peace France

by Jordan Goldwarg, Kids4Peace Seattle Chapter Director Many people know that Kids4Peace operates in North America and Jerusalem, but did you know that we also have a chapter in France? Since 2014, a team of dedicated volunteers has been building a presence in Lyon, and on March 16-18, I had…
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Seattle
February 8, 2018

Eating Together, and Being Heard: A Kids4Peace Dialogue Dinner

by Sara McArdle, Kids4Peace Seattle Chapter Board Chair On Friday, January 26, I had the pleasure of hosting my second-ever “Dialogue Dinner” in support of Kids4Peace Seattle. As a board member, one of the things that we’re invited to do (and I happily oblige!) is host an intimate fund- and/or…
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January 24, 2018

Seattle Speaks Up on MLK Jr Day

On January 14th, 80 youth from the greater Seattle area gathered for a workshop called “Make Your Voice Heard”.  It was the day before Martin Luther King Jr. Day, drawing inspiration from King to empower youth to speak up about issues they care about. The first part of the event was…
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December 6, 2017

Our Statement on Jerusalem

Kids4Peace continues grassroots work for change December 6, 2017 While today's announcement from President Trump brings joy to some and anger to others, the reality of Jerusalem remains the same: a deeply divided city, holy to Muslims, Christians and Jews, where Israelis and Palestinians both seek to realize their national…
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Seattle
November 2, 2017

Introducing Team Oppily, a Kids4Peace Giving Circle

by Jordan Goldwarg, Kids4Peace Director of Chapter Development On Saturday, October 28, a group of friends gathered in a home in Seattle for dinner. They came together for a facilitated discussion about this question: What is one thing that is frustrating you right now about our city/country/world? What in your…
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October 2, 2017

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…
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August 1, 2017

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…
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July 31, 2017

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,…
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July 27, 2017

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.…
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July 24, 2017

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…
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July 18, 2017

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,…
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June 6, 2017

Kids4Peace proves to us that peace is possible – Lord Mayor & Archbishop of Dublin Meet K4P

Last week, eight members of the Kids4Peace staff and youth had the unique opportunity to meet influential leaders at St. George’s Cathedral in Jerusalem.The youth in attendance were three ninth grade Leadership youth: Omar, Jessica, and Mira. We met and spoke with the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Brendan Carr, The Most Reverend…
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February 1, 2017

K4P Jerusalem Leadership Transition

To the Kids4Peace Community – Rebecca Sullum and Mohammad Joulany, opening our new Kids4Peace Jerusalem office in 2012. 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…
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February 1, 2017

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…
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November 21, 2016

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…
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October 13, 2016

USAID awards $800,000 Grant to Kids4Peace

Funding will empower youth leadership and expand the pro-peace community by 288 new families in the Jerusalem area.
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September 21, 2016

Global Institute 2016

For eight days in July, a delegation of 28 Palestinian, Israeli and American youth met in Washington, DC, for an intensive program in advocacy and social action.  Check out this day-by-day report!   Day #1 The first full day at the Global Institute was an exciting and busy one. Starting…
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September 21, 2016

Jerusalem LEAP Summer Camp 2016

Day #1 Today is the first day at the local summer camp of leap in Nes-Ammim! We all gathered in Jerusalem to head out to the North filled with excitement. On the bus we listened to both Arabic and Hebrew music, which helped us learn about each other’s culture. Especially when one…
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September 21, 2016

National Camp 2016

Kids4Peace National Camp Burlington, Vermont Day 1 and 2 There’s a certain kind of time warp that happens at camp. We’ve only been together for a day-and-a-half?? It feels like we’re family already! As staff members, we come to camp thinking we have oh-so-much wisdom to impart upon young, inquiring minds.…
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September 21, 2016

Cincinnati Day Camp 2016

Kids4Peace is so excited that our newest chapter has launched its very first youth program.  Rising 6th and 7th graders, Muslim, Jewish, and Christian, came together today for an interfaith day camp.  The whole K4P family sends lots of love to this newest chapter, and we can’t wait to see…
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September 21, 2016

Jerusalem Roots Camp 2016

Day 1 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…
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September 19, 2016

Meet Sergio, K4P’s new D.C. intern

My name is Sergio and I’m the new intern at Kids4Peace. I’m originally from a small ‘rock’ in the southern-most tip of Spain called Gibraltar. Gibraltar is a British territory abroad, where unlike in Britain, the weather is usually very pleasant and mediterranean. For the past 6 years of my…
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September 19, 2016

Kids4Peace #ForwardTogether Walk and Youth Panel

Invitation to:  Kids4Peace #ForwardTogether Walk and Youth Panel This Thursday, youth of Jerusalem are making change. Over the past summer Jewish, Christian and Muslim youth, participants of Kids4Peace Jerusalem, traveled to Washington D.C. to meet with 14 Congressional offices to show their support for HR 1489, a bill that would…
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September 14, 2016

Welcome Hinda Miller to the Advisory Board

Hinda Miller has enjoyed a long career as entrepreneur, elected state official, corporate executive, board member, certified coach, educator and business consultant specializing in entrepreneurship /advancement of women.  40 years of yoga /dance practice informs her personal and professional life. She lives with husband, Dr. Joel Miller with whom she has raised 2…
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August 17, 2016

Learning To Connect

When I first applied for an internship at Kids4Peace, I anticipated a unique experience that would allow me to try new things while practicing writing and photography, two hobbies of mine. In school I have taken photography classes for two years, and writing has always been something I enjoy. Coming…
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July 21, 2016

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…
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July 17, 2016

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…
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July 10, 2016

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…
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July 6, 2016

My Personal Alyiah

by Rebecca Sullum, Co-director Kids4Peace Jerusalem “Two dates should be written on your tombstone, the years you lived and the date you made aliyah like Ben Gurion.” I grew up believing that aliyah to Israel was a transcendental experience, a rebirth, similar to Muslims that make Hajj or others making…
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June 26, 2016

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…
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May 29, 2016

Walking Together in Jerusalem: Toward a Shared Practice of Holiness

This article originally appeared in the Times of Israel Blog In the shadow of the ancient walls of the Old City of Jerusalem, on a sunny day in April, I am leading a small group of prophets down a pathway into the Kidron Valley, and then up the slopes of…
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May 25, 2016

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
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May 24, 2016

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…
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May 19, 2016

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…
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May 12, 2016

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…
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May 11, 2016

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…
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April 29, 2016

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…
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April 19, 2016

Exploring Emotions: Vermont/New Hampshire Spring Retreat

by Nancy Stone Our Spring over-night retreat took place April 16-17 at sisters Lola and Zelda’s spacious home in New Hampshire with 15 alumni and adults attending.  Our first activity was lessons in Arabic. Then, divided into two groups, we were told to create skits using only Arabic, adding new…
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April 14, 2016

May Marathons4Peace

    Peacebuilding is a marathon. Our brave young peacebuilders in Jerusalem and the United States spend six years in Kids4Peace, building the skills and community they need to help heal our divided societies. This May, two Kids4Peace staff members will be running literal marathons to raise money for this…
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March 15, 2016

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…
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March 1, 2016

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…
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February 18, 2016

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…
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February 16, 2016

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…
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February 16, 2016

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…
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February 16, 2016

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…
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February 10, 2016

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…
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January 26, 2016

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…
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January 19, 2016

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…
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January 17, 2016

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…
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January 17, 2016

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,…
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January 13, 2016

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:…
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December 13, 2015

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…
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November 30, 2015

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…
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November 30, 2015

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.…
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November 26, 2015

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…
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November 18, 2015

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…
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October 29, 2015

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…
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October 27, 2015

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…
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October 25, 2015

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…
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October 21, 2015

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…
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October 20, 2015

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,…
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October 16, 2015

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;…
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October 15, 2015

On the Radio: A Place where Peace is Possible

Last week, Jerusalem staff members Reeham and Meredith spoke via radio to tens of thousands of Israelis. Listen in Hebrew to the show on on Reshet Bet – starting at minute 12. Now the time to raise our voices.Filed under: Blog
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October 14, 2015

Raising our Voices – A Message from Kids4Peace

In painful times, it can be hard to find words. We weep.  We pray.  We don’t know what to say or do.  The violence spreading across Jerusalem has filled the streets with suffering and fear.  It can leave us paralyzed and speechless. As a community of Palestinians and Israelis, together…
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October 14, 2015

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…
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October 11, 2015

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…
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