Father Fred K. Bailey from Santa Clara de Asis Catholic Church in California, has graciously invited Aya and Ahmad, two Israeli Arab and Jewish youth, to be the keynote speakers for their annual Good Friday Prayer Breakfast on April 3rd.
The prayer breakfast is a celebration of people, like Aya and Ahmad, who
choose not to hate and instead focus on dialogue, reconciliation and collaboration.
Aya and Ahmad were participants in last year's Through Others' Eyes group, a program that engages twenty Israeli Arab and Jewish youth between the ages of 16 to 18, at least once a week over a year-long period. During the sessions, the youth get to truly know and relate to one another through engagement in photography projects under the guidance of an Arab and a Jewish facilitator, who are also professional photographers. The art and dialogue components are organized around themes relevant to the lives of the youth, such as family, culture, religious celebrations, and self and group identity. In the program, youth from different backgrounds share personal and cultural histories and narratives to build a common group experience.