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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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June 7, 2015

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,”…
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June 5, 2015

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.…
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June 4, 2015

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…
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June 3, 2015

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…
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May 15, 2015

Day of Nakba: A day to be proactive

by Mohammad Joulany, K4P Jerusalem Co-Director Yesterday marked sixty-seven years of what my people refer to as “Nakba day” which means the day of the catastrophe. On the day of Nakba I remember my grandfather who was forced to move from his spacious apartment in Baka to live in a…
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May 7, 2015

Returning to Ramallah

by Meredith Rothbart, K4P Director of Development “Have you ever been to Ramallah?” This seems like a simple question. If you were to ask me if I’d been to New York, I would say, “Yes, I have been to New York.” If you were to ask me if I have…
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May 4, 2015

US Institute of Peace Awards $77,500 Grant to Kids4Peace

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 4, 2015 Contact: Josh Thomas josh@k4p.org | (202) 796-7047 www.k4p.org Kids4Peace International awarded $77,500 Grant from United States Institute of Peace Funding will equip Israeli and Palestinian youth to lead a social movement for peace in Jerusalem and beyond. – A $77,500 grant from the United States…
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May 3, 2015

Leadership youth face racism together

by Guy, Facilitator for Kids4Peace Jerusalem’s Leadership Group We arrived at Ein Gedi on time where the weather was excellent, and the youth were at their best, cheerful and engaged.  We had one workshop before the Sabbath designing and brainstorming ideas for a billboard that represents our work in Kids4Peace…. (On the last…
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April 22, 2015

Our narratives for the same event cannot be more different

by Udi, Kids4Peace Jerusalem Steering Committee Chair As we are approaching Yom Hazikaron and Yom Haaztmaut Israel’s Memorial Day for the fallen soldiers of the IDF and Day of independence, we are also nearing the Nakba. These events play a major symbolic role in the dispute between the Palestinians and…
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April 20, 2015

Popsicles, games, cheers, and letting kids be kids

by Mike, K4P Jerusalem volunteer There’s nothing so simple and joyful as just watching kids at play. You give them the space to run and jump and laugh and express themselves, and everything else seems to just fall away. But sometimes it’s not as simple as it seems. On Friday,…
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April 16, 2015

Alex | “A rational and compassionate answer”

Alex Milkie has always had connections to the Middle East. His family originally came from the Middle East, modern day Syria and Lebenon. Though he was raised  in the United States by a Catholic mother and an Orthodox Christian father, Alex explained that “no one spoke Arabic but we had…
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March 31, 2015

Roots: Strengthening Group Identity through Social Change

   by Liana, Jewish Advisor,  For the Roots  group, as the year is coming to an end and we are preparing for camp, we decided it was time for a project. For some kind of social/community project that would both bring the youth together to strengthen their group identity, as…
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March 29, 2015

Facing walls, facing barriers: Going beyond “everyday” Jerusalem 

by Dandan, K4P Intern “If you open your google maps, you will see that we are crossing a dotted line. There’s no sign, but we have crossed the green line and are now in the West Bank,” said Yaniv, an Israeli tour guide who led the 9th grade K4P excursion…
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March 22, 2015

An interview with Fr. Josh Thomas

by Michal Ner-David, Jewish Advisor, Jerusalem The past year in Israel, but especially in Jerusalem, has been horrifying. First there was the kidnapping and murder of three Jewish young men on their way home from school, then Operation “Protective Edge”, then the murder of an Arab teenager by a Jewish gang, and…
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November 28, 2014

We stood Together. And that has made all the difference.

We Are Thankful This Year, Kids4Peace faced a world of violence and fear. But we faced it together. Over and over again, Kids4Peace came together when it seemed impossible. At Ramadan iftar during the Gaza fighting. At a demonstration for peace on the streets of Jerusalem. We stood together. You…
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July 15, 2014

Hope Beyond the Walls: Hamze’s speech at the US Capitol

Hamze with K4P Executive Director Fr. Josh Thomas at the Congressional Forum. Trying to bring both sides to understand that both nations want peace and a better future for their children takes hard work.  There are accusations of betrayal  which is common against those who dare to dream and work for…
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July 10, 2014

Interfaith Iftar in Jerusalem: Community, Prayer and Hope during war

Last night, Kids4Peace Jerusalem protested against the violence. We left our families, we left our bomb shelters, our neighborhoods, our villages, to come together as a community. Yes, many of us were terrified. Some community members and even staff sent messages of love and support but were too afraid to…
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July 4, 2014

From the Director: Together In Pain & Hope | Ways to Help

To the Kids4Peace Community, As Shabbat comes to Jerusalem on this first Friday of Ramadan, our prayers are mixed with tears.An escalation of violence in Jerusalem and the surrounding region has brought death and suffering to yet more Palestinian and Israeli families. Calls for retaliation and vengeance threaten further destruction.In…
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July 3, 2014

#ViolenceStopsWithMe

With heavy hearts, Kids4Peace mourns the continued loss of life and suffering throughout Jerusalem and the surrounding region. At a time of great fear, when voices of retaliation and anger grow louder, Kids4Peace is committed to resisting violence in all its forms and working together for lasting change. As a…
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June 18, 2014

Hope for the Future: by Jordan Goldwarg, K4P Northwest Director

Despite the difficult and complicated history, the trip also affirmed my belief that people are capable of working together to solve the conflict and that people want peace in the region. When I see how dedicated our staff are and how hard they work to bring our kids together —…
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