6:45 -- Dialogue Group arrives prepare the rooms, displays, food, and nametags
7:30 -- Guests arrive (conversation, nametags, coffee, tea, fruit, cookies)
7:45 -- Host Said Nuseibeh welcomes everyone to the Arab Cultural Center and reviews the agenda already written on a large pad.
7:45 -- Dialogue Group participants introduce themselves simply by name, and as Jewish, Palestinian, or "other." Guests then introduce themselves similarly.
8:00 -- Dialogue participants Melek, Jacob, Gladys, Elias -- 2 Palestinians, 2 Jews -- introduce themselves more in depth. In 3-5 minutes each, they say more about their "story" and thoughts, and why they participate in dialogue.
8:15 -- We divide into three smaller groups ten, which convene with 5 suggested topics for dialogue. (People usually want to tell short forms of their personal life stories and thoughts, with regard to the Middle East.) Each group is facilitated by a Palestinian and Jew -- Melek and Dudy, Muhammad and Jacob, Said and Gladys.
8:50 -- Reconvene in a large group. Hear from each group about the nature of their conversations and any insights. Clarify what dialogue is. Explore possible next steps requested by the guests, including the possibility of forming a new San Francisco dialogue group. Have people write their contact information of 3x5 cards, with their wishes for future participation.
9:15 -- Informal mixing and talking until people begin to leave the meeting.
9:30 -- Clean up!