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November, 2017

Executive Director Update
A moment of "thanks" 

As the calendar races toward the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday, I want to thank you for the positive impact you are having on young people, on your communities, and on the possibilities for peace. Everyday our wonderful volunteer communities in San Diego, Chicago -- alumni, host families, event committee members, Leadership Councils and Board members -- are working together to provide young leaders with the opportunity to better understand themselves, their peers and the narratives that bind them.
We recognize that expanded programs in the Middle East are absolutely necessary to help "Hands" hold onto what they learned about themselves and others in the Summer Program. Our alumni are taking the lead by digging deeper into dialogue and broadening out into community action (see report below on the October Middle East Seminar that you made possible). 

 Hands of Peace News and Updates
Double the Good on #Giving Tuesday
This time of year, as we become inundated with ads about shopping on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday (Nov. 28) lets you give back to your community and causes. Through social media, Hands of Peace will make it easy for you to encourage your friends to make a gift that can qualify us for matching funds from the Gates Foundation! Keep an eye out for a separate email that will explain how you can double the good on #GivingTuesday.
#GivingTuesday will kick off our year-end campaign, which will arrive in your mailbox soon. Your generous gift will bring together Palestinian, Israeli and American teens during summer dialogue programs in Chicago and San Diego, and build on this transformative experience with alumni seminars and leadership development in the Middle East and in the U.S. Thank you for walking with over 500 alumni along the path to peace!

Recruitment for 2017 Summer Program
Do you know a teen between the ages of 15-17 ready to learn about themselves and  the world through interfaith dialogue? Or a family that would be willing to join our community of host families and host a Jewish Israeli or Palestinian for 19 days? Applications for participants and host families for our 2018 summer program are now available on our website. Click here to view our Participant applicationsClick here to view our Host Family applications.

We are currently scheduling host family and participant recruitment outreach at all sites. If you'd like someone to speak to your class or group, please contact Jewish Israeli Regional Manager  Amit Caraco, Palestinian Regional Manager  Hoda Barakat, Palestinian Citizen of Israel Regional Manager  Rana Haddad, San Diego Site Director  Sarah Heirendtor  Chicago Site Director   Rhonda McCarty.

Middle East Updates
Another seminar record!  In October more than 70 alumni descended on a small village in northern Israel for our Fall Seminar.  For "Hands" from the Chicago and San Diego summer programs in July 2017, it was their first chance to reconnect with their dialogue partners from the summer and was their introduction to the broader Hands of Peace community in Israel/Palestine.  More than 80% of our alumni from 2017 and 2016 attended, a remarkable turnout given their busy extracurricular and exam schedules.
During the seminar, younger alumni participated in a multi-narrative tour of the Mediterranean city of Akko, learning about the city's complex past from historic sites.  These alumni from 2015/16/17 also heard a lecture from a Tel Aviv University professor on the First Intifada from a Jewish Israeli perspective, and watched an Al Jazeera film on the First Intifada with a Palestinian perspective.  The alumni had three dialogue sessions where they had opportunities to reconnect and explore different topics related to the programming, and their own stories and narratives. 

Meanwhile, the older alumni up to 2014 had a smaller, more personalized tour of the predominantly Druze village of Pki'in by a guide affiliated with EcoPeace, an NGO focused on water diplomacy between Israelis, Palestinians and Jordanians.  The guide showed the group the water resource issues in the village, and then led a mini-negotiation exercise to challenge the alumni to work creatively toward a solution in a water-related case study.  The first day concluded with a formal presentation from EcoPeace followed by dialogue. 
The next day, alumni talked with staff about their visions for older alumni involvement in the future (see Executive Director column), and concluded with a commitment to continue to work together in the months ahead to see their vision become reality.
Nearly 100 people, Including alumni, staff, facilitators, and chaperones, contributed their heart, minds and honest dialogue to the seminar, demonstrating the increasing reach of Hands of Peace. Thanks to all who attended and to the Peacemakers Fund at The San Diego Foundation for their support of essential followup programs in Israel/Palestine. 

Chicago Updates and 
Upcoming Events
HOPEducation Movie Night
"My Land"
Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 6:30-9:00pm
Glenview Community Church, Mayflower Room
Filmmaker Nabil Ayouch is Moroccan, Arab and Jewish. In 2011, he collected stories from Palestinian refugees living in Lebanon and Israelis living near the northern border. These fascinating videos explore the deeply felt connections to the land and how each of the people interviewed makes sense of their stories and histories.

Free and open to the public. Gathering at 6:30. Film will begin promptly at 6:45. Group discussion will follow.  For more information, contact Rhonda McCarty.

San Diego Updates and 
Upcoming Events
HOPEducation: By-Stander Intervention: 
Rapid Response Training 
Thursday, November 30, 2017 6:00-8:00pm
Peace Resource Center - 3850 Westgate Place
Join Hands of Peace in partnership with the Peace Resource Center of San Diego for this rapid response training session. 

What is Rapid Response? 
It is a dedicated belief in the rights and liberties of all peoples here and now.  It is democracy in action.  It is people who refuse to back down in the face of aggression, and who act to support those under attack. It is coming out into our streets, our schools, our neighborhoods in immediate response to hate. This workshop will help bystanders become "upstanders" who help de-escalate conflict, tension and hate in our neighborhoods.  Participants receive intensive Know Your Rights instruction and role-play different approaches that can de-escalate hate.  Learn how to document and provide witness to attacks, Cop Watch and provide support to survivors and their families after the attack. PRC workshops are based on the War Resisters International Handbook for Nonviolent Campaigns. No cost for participation. Space is limited to 30 registrants.  RSVP to  Sarah Heinredt.

HOPEducation: Upcoming Book Club
Tuesday, December 5, 2017 5:30-8:30pm
Home of Jenny Parker
Join us for our next book club, where we will be reading Getting to Peace (or the Third Side)  by William Ury.  In  Getting to Peace , Ury challenges the fatalism that is so fashionable. Using new archeological and anthropological evidence, he overturns old myths about human nature and offers a new and hopeful story about human conflict. He suggests a powerful new approach for turning conflict into cooperation which he calls the "Third Side." For in every dispute, there are not just two sides, but a silent third side that can help bring about agreement. By discovering the ten roles of the third side, each of us can act as teachers, healers, and mediators to achieve fair and non-violent conflict resolution. Our happiness at home, our productivity at work, and our very lives depend on  Getting to Peace. RSVP to Sarah Heirendt for more information.

HOPEducation Movie Night
"Seeing Through the Wall: Meeting Ourselves in Palestine and Israel"
Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 6:00-8:00pm
Cardiff Branch Library, 2018 Newcastle Avenue
M any walls separate Palestinians and Isra elis - walls of concrete, of mistrust, of ignorance, of fear. This film follows a group of Americans, led by Rabbi Dov Taylor and Hands of Peace Director of Facilitation and Mejdi Guide Husam Jubran, on a 2016 trip to explore what life is like in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Many of those on the trip describe their own reflection and transformation as a result of these intense encounters. SEEING THROUGH THE WALL invites and challenges viewers to question their own preconceptions as well. Please arrive by 6:00 for refreshments and mingling. Screening will begin promptly at 6:15. Please RSVP to  Sarah Heinredt .

Executive Director Update (continued)
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Shalom, Salaam, Peace,

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