PLEASE FORWARD -- Encouraging, first-of its-kind peace symposium for Arab and Jewish students

WHAT:  Symposium on Peace, Activism, Reconciliation, & Cooperation  (SPARC)
                Two meals  --  Speakers  --  Workshops and Dialogues -- Arab-Jewish Concert
WHERE: Georgetown University -- Washington, DC
WHEN:  Sunday, March 3, 2003
                Symposium -- 10:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
                Jewish-Arab Concert - 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
WHO:  Sponsored by the new Georgetown Students for Middle East Peace
           For Arab and Jewish students, and supportive others
COST:  Only $15 for two meals, symposium, and concert

Space is limited -- Reservation deadline:  Wednesday, Feb. 26

To sign up, contact:  Rebecca Helmer -- --  (202) 728-7908

A flyer, with background and sign-up link is on the Web at


     Students for Middle East Peace
is a new, non-partisan organization that works to bring together people of diverse backgrounds and political opinions to engage them in dialogue and to promote tolerance, education, and understanding. We have a Board of sixteen -- half Arabs, half Jews.
      In order to further our goals, we have decided to host a symposium on March 2, 2003 for students from Georgetown and several other local colleges and universities.
      The symposium will be the first of its kind. Students from different schools in the area will come together and will participate in conflict resolution workshops and dialogues. We will host several speakers to discuss peace projects involving the Middle East. and to initiate dialogue.
      That night, we will have a fundraising concert to benefit the Abraham Fund -- named for the common ancestor of Muslims, Jews, and Christians. It works to create exchange programs between Israelis and Palestinians.
      The concert will be a lot of fun, and tickets will be cheap!
      We plan for it to be multi-cultural; well have dancers, singers and musicians representing different regions of the Middle East, as well as a newly-formed Jewish-Arab band.
      The goal of our symposium is to unite people of diverse backgrounds and to promote education and understanding in a fun and interesting way, and we hope that you will be a part of it.
      This event is going to make a splash! We hope for widespread participation, to begin preventing our campuses from facing the same problems and polarization that other universities have faced. We hope to unite groups that might otherwise rarely interact.
      We want to accomplish what we see as a noble goal in a very original way. Together, we really can make a difference.

To sign up, contact:  Rebecca Helmer -- --  (202) 728-7908