There is something irreplaceable
about summer camp -- the outdoor group living experience near nature --
that allows us to slow down and discover ourselves, each other, and what is
We remember who we are.
We discover new creativity, so what was impossible is suddenly possible.
Here are descriptions of:
1. SIX 2003 YOUTH SUMMER CAMPS FOR PALESTINIANS AND JEWS
2. THE FIRST OSEH SHALOM~SANEA AL-SALAM JEWISH-PALESTINIAN FAMILY PEACEMAKERS CAMP
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SIX 2003 YOUTH SUMMER CAMPS FOR PALESTINIANS AND JEWS
(please excuse us for not reporting more of the camps that happened)
Building Bridges for Peace
On the Web at http://buildingpeace.com/ , this successful Denver-based work annually brings together Israeli and Palestinian teen girls, and others, and helps them sustain their relationships during the year.
Creativity for Peace Camp
Teen girls, ages 14-17, from Israel/Palestine met July 7-21, 2003 in New Mexico, and will sustain their relationships "back home" during the year. A co-founder was Debra Sugerman ( firstname.lastname@example.org ). The story is on the Web at:
Face to Face/Faith to Faith
Offered by the Auburn Seminary in cooperation with Building Bridges for Peace
The Middle East Peace Camp for Children in Seattle, Washington completed its week for the second year. It was sponsored by the Arab Center of Washington, Kadima Jewish Community, and Beyond Borders. Read their story and what the KOMO-TV streaming video coverage at:
The Camp has a Web site at http://www.middleeastpeacecamp.org/
Open House Summer Peace Camp in Israel again brought together over 120 Jewish and Arab young people of various ages from the Ramle-Lod area this summer. See the photo album from this summer, on their Web site at:
Seeds of Peace continue "empowering children of war to break the cycle of violence." For 11 years their annual summer camp experiences in Maine have touched thousands, and they now have an office in Jerusalem. Their homepage is at:
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THE FIRST OSEH SHALOM~SANEA AL-SALAM JEWISH-PALESTINIAN FAMILY PEACEMAKERS CAMP
Our first Oseh Shalom~Sanea al-Salam Jewish-Palestinian Family Peacemakers Camp here in California is history.
It was extraordinary and helped us discover and appreciate so much more than was possible only in our 2-1/2 hour living room settings.
Forty-five adults, twenty-four youth, 50 staff -- families, singles, ages one to sixty-five -- deep Dialogue into the night, hikes together, boating and ropes courses, evening campfires with heart-rending music and talent show, shared art and Middle Eastern meals, and a closing handwashing ceremony and personal statements of connection and change under the trees on the banks of the pristine Middle Fork of the Tuolumne River.
Palestinians and Jews, three days and two nights close to Creation and one another at Camp Tawonga in the northern California mountains near Yosemite National Park.
Away from -- but very much connected to -- the "reality" of Israel and Palestine, we continue to help each other discover and enact another "reality."
This life together can be a decision away for other Jews and Palestinians with the imagination, energy and will to grow together -- and stay together.
Hoping you can imagine the experience for yourself, those in your circle, those who could be in your circle and you in theirs, we offer you about 100 photos, at: