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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 26, 2016

Solidarity in Seattle

by Jordan Goldwarg, Northwest Regional Director In my life, I don’t think I have ever had the experience of an unknown grown man hugging me while breaking down in tears. Today, it happened twice. These have been an intense, emotional few weeks in the United States. To add to the…
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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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November 8, 2016

Voting and Democracy

by Rebecca Sullum, Jerusalem Co-Director “You know, I actually voted in these elections. I am registered in a swing state, so I felt that I had to vote,” I yelled on top of the noise at the US Embassy Election Celebration in Tel Aviv. I was speaking to Mohammad, my…
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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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October 8, 2016

Rosetta stones, ocarinas, and a whole lot of Kids4Peace Magic!

“It’s like these charts are Rosetta Stones for our identities.” So said one of the participants at the Kids4Peace Seattle fall retreat. We had just completed an activity in which every participant created an Identity Chart. These charts contain words, phrases, and images that convey the way we see our…
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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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August 11, 2016

GLOBAL INSTITUTE TEENS IN VERMONT | Imagine the Unimaginable

Imagine the Unimaginable By Diane Davis “Unimaginable” was my foremost thought as I listened to the young Jewish, Christian, and Muslim teenagers from Kids4Peace (www.k4p.org) during the Williston Federated Church August 7 worship service.  They were alumni of previous K4P camps in Jerusalem and Vermont chapters and had just returned…
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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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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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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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October 10, 2015

The Quest for Peace in Israel and Palestine — Reclaiming the Role of Religion

Source: The Quest for Peace in Israel and Palestine — Reclaiming the Role of Religion | Yakir Englander | The Blogs | The Times of Israel Yakir EnglanderYakir is living in Jerusalem. He works as a project director in Kids4Peace International and as a Shalom Hartman Scholar This article is…
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October 1, 2015

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…
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September 23, 2015

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…
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September 16, 2015

A fly on the wall in the Kids4Peace office: Reflections from a K4P Intern

by Ellen, Kids4Peace Evaluation Intern for the USIP Evaluation Grant I had the chance to be a fly on the wall at K4P for the past few weeks. With the help of my oldest and closest friend and K4P staff member, Meredith, I completed a practicum as part of attaining…
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September 11, 2015

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…
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September 1, 2015

We can do it better, we can live together…Kids 4 Peace!

We were so fortunate to have campers from all three levels of K4P VT/NH: Will was from this summer, Shoshana and Aaron were from the continuation 2nd year camp and Lana was from Leadership camp.  The campers read teachings from their faiths while Nancy and Areej led other parts of…
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August 20, 2015

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,…
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August 19, 2015

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…
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August 18, 2015

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…
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August 18, 2015

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…
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August 17, 2015

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…
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August 16, 2015

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…
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August 14, 2015

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…
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August 13, 2015

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…
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August 13, 2015

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…
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August 13, 2015

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…
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August 12, 2015

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…
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August 11, 2015

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…
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August 11, 2015

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…
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August 10, 2015

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…
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August 10, 2015

“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…
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August 9, 2015

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…
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August 9, 2015

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…
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August 9, 2015

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…
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August 9, 2015

Peace can be a heavy weight, but if we all carry it together it can be a wonderful gift.

by Bar, Jewish Faith Advisor, Houston Camp Today is a beautiful, cool morning with the birds singing, the sun coming out of the trees and the lake begins to shine bright. We have some nice ladies in the kitchen, who welcome us each day with their smiles. Some of the campers dressed…
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August 8, 2015

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…
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August 7, 2015

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…
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August 6, 2015

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…
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August 6, 2015

Bringing a Message of Peace to Washington, DC

by DanDan, Kids4Peace Intern Last weekend, a group of yellow backpacks broke through the gray monotony of the stately buildings and rising monuments of Washington DC. Carrying the message “Together, Peace is Possible” through the wide tree-lined streets, they were enough to cause a few passerby to stop and ask…
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August 5, 2015

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…
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August 5, 2015

#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…
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August 3, 2015

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…
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August 3, 2015

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…
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August 2, 2015

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…
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August 2, 2015

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…
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August 1, 2015

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…
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July 31, 2015

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…
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