Jewish and Palestinian women and
men -- equally -- gathered In
The city's largest newspaper published back-to-back articles about the weekend:
Regional conference will bring together Jews, Palestinians
Interfaith service will kick off event
Palestinian-Jewish Dialogue Weekend
Interfaith prayers for peace open conference
It was the Second Midwest
Palestinian-Jewish Dialogue Weekend, described at http://traubman.igc.org/louisville.htm
And its coming somehow inspired The Temple to plan a stunning Shabbat "Service for Peace" with standing-room-only attendance by Muslims, Christians and Jews whose youth and adults spoke from the pulpit in Arabic, English and Hebrew prayers and blessings for one another.
They now hope to make the Sabbath "Service for Peace" an annual tradition each Friday before the High Holidays.
This Dialogue has made its way to the heartland of
A good part of the reason for these
successes is a handful of Arabs and Jews there who call themselves
Togetherfor2states -- http://www.togetherfor2states.org/ .
Two who shepherd the group are Bashar Masri ( BBMasri@aol.com ) and wife, Debbie, and Mark Isaacs ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) and spouse, Sally.
In 2004, they brought across the ocean 23 Palestinian and Israeli youth musicians.
They performed 11 concerts -- Making Harmony -- for 5,000 people, opening a lot of minds and hearts and setting a high standard of for all of us.
People still remember the parting words of Amir, the young Palestinian drummer from
You can see photos
of the 2005 Dialogue Weekend activities at:
Here are how some responses of participants who came from
"I learned a lot about myself and the process and met a lot of great people. I hope to grow to be a better listener."
"I was deeply moved by what we
"I treasure the openness and trust that allowed us to really hear each other's stories as our own!"
"My horoscope for yesterday: 'You act as a buffer between warring parties. It's an unusual position for you to be in, as your usual modus operandi is to take a side." How about that! Next step will be to find folks who are interested in a dialogue group. . ."drop drop drop drop Ocean."
The story of this fine weekend
is at http://traubman.igc.org/louisville.htm
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