By Shiri Ourian, Executive Director, American Friends of the Parents Circle Last week, while Camp Solomon Schechter, a Jewish summer camp outside of Seattle, hosted Palestinian and Israeli youth from Kids4Peace to engage in dialogue and shared learning, another summer camp took place in Israel with bereaved and non-bereaved Israeli and Palestinian youth who also engaged … Continue reading A Palestinian Flag at Jewish Camps: No Need for Apologies
By Robi Damelin, bereaved mother and International Relations Spokesperson of The Parents Circle- Families Forum Translated from op-ed piece in Ha’aretz Here we go again; how many people have to die before the cycle of violence finally turns for the last time? Revenge being the main tool, we kill, they kill, more force, more troops, and … Continue reading This Road Will Only Lead To More Graves
There is still availability for speaking engagements in the New York City area from September 20-30, 2017. E-mail us today to bring two speakers to your community to share their narratives and messages of reconciliation.
Despite the growing tensions and violence in Jerusalem and the region these past two weeks, our Youth Summer Program has started this week. Our Indiegogo campaign to support the program has reached its goal. Thanks to many of you, 40 Israeli and Palestinian youth are spending the week learning about each other’s narratives, about empathy and reconciliation, … Continue reading Amidst Tensions, Our Work Carries On
We made our goal! The Israeli and Palestinian Youth Summer Program is now 127% funded. Thanks to everyone who contributed to the campaign and who helped spread the word, we are now able to send 34 participants to the joint Israeli and Palestinian Youth Summer Program. Our work doesn’t end here. We can still bring more Israeli and Palestinian … Continue reading We made our goal!
“They’re people, not just a ‘side.’ I met new people, so I learned new things.” –2016 Summer Program Participant Our Israeli and Palestinian Youth Summer Program starts in 13 days! We still need to raise $12,000 to provide support for 8 more Israeli and Palestinian youth to attend. Donate now! Our program provides a rare and vital opportunity for young … Continue reading Only 13 days left to support our Youth Summer Program!
“In the dialogue meetings there are moments that it feels like everyone is together: there is no Israeli or Palestinian side. Everyone is listening together to the same pain and to both sides.” -Inbal Harel, 14 year old Israeli participant, 2016 PCFF Youth Summer Program The Parents Circle is gearing up for its 2017 Youth Summer … Continue reading Israeli and Palestinian Youth Gearing Up For Summer Program
“You have to love this land and love people in order to see that between the sea and the Jordan there is space for two nations. The space is in the heart.” On April 30th, Combatants for Peace– in partnership with the Parents Circle– held the 12th Annual Memorial Day Ceremony. This incredible and unique … Continue reading The 12th Annual Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day Ceremony
Dear Friends, As you know, tonight is the Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day Ceremony, during which Israelis and Palestinians stand together to remember the lost loved ones and speak in one voice to prevent further bereavement. What you may not know is that the nearly 300 Palestinians who wished to participate in the Tel Aviv event have been … Continue reading We quickly mobilize to stand together on Memorial Day
Since January, the Parents Circle-Families Forum has held nearly 15 “Women to Women” Dialogue Meetings. These important meetings are led by bereaved Israeli and Palestinian women who share their stories of loss and offer their extraordinary choice of reconciliation as a message of inspiration and hope. In a safe space, women, perhaps for the first … Continue reading This is how we build peace in Israel and Palestine