New book: The WISDOM of Women Creating Alliances
+ Earth Day
Wednesday, 21 April 2010
"When understanding the other
becomes more important than controlling the other
we will have peace."
A new April 2010 book welcomes women to "an adventure in making friends."
Thirty women from seven different faith groups -- Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Bahai, Sikh, Buddhist and Hindu -- spent a year writing a book about how they crossed religious, cultural, and racial divides, willing to risk extending a hand in friendship to build meaningful connections.
FRIENDSHIP & FAITH:
The WISDOM of women creating alliances for peace
Published by David Crumm Media, March 2010, 186 pages
Rich in stories of Muslim and Jewish women, the volume is reviewed this month in newspapers of the two communities.
Stories of Friendship & Faith:
The Wisdom of Women Creating Alliances for Peace
The Muslim Observer -- April 8, 2010
New book explores stories of friendship and faith
The Detroit Jewish News -- April 15, 2010
Brenda Naomi Rosenberg ( Pathways2Peace@comcast.net ) was an initiator of the
book, with journalist David Crumm ( ReadTheSpirit@gmail.com ).
Rosenberg's own story includes her powerful experiences championing Jewish-Muslim relationships in Detroit and beyond.
Her sources of inspiration included the 2004 First Midwest Palestinian-Jewish Dialogue Weekend -- http://traubman.igc.org/duluth.htm -- which was enriched by the theatrical performance Brenda authored and sponsored, The Children of Abraham Project.
The book continues to be animated by Brenda and increasing numbers of interfaith sisters in Michigan with their ongoing collaboration.
( Women's Interfaith Solutions for Dialogue and Outreach in MetroDetroit )
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One Holy Land woman who has successfully transformed Palestinian and Jewish teens into creative partners is honored in this week's Jerusalem Post.
A change of heart
The story of Melisse Lewine Boskovich and Peace Child
The Jerusalem Post - 17 April 2010
Holy Land younger women of excellence are fast-becoming the source of
wisdom in Israel and Palestine, too.
WATCH and HEAR their articulate, passionate, insightful vision of their future together.
Creativity for Peace Camp Young Women
"If we have no peace, it is because
we have forgotten we belong to each other."
April 22nd is Earth Day.
Earth's story -- epoch to epoch -- is humankind moving from competition to cooperation, step by step.
April 12th, 1962 -- 48 years ago -- marked history in human space flight, when Soviet Yuri Gagarin became the first person to orbit Earth.
July 20, 1969, American Apollo astronauts landed on the moon.
November 10, 1967 we saw the first photo of our whole Earth from space -- one.
Today in 2010, 13 humans are currently in low-Earth orbit, aboard the International Space Station (ISS).
Russian cosmonauts and American astronauts now share their genius and space aboard the International Space Station (ISS).
The global team includes a fresh April 2nd crew from the Baikonur Cosmodrome brought by a Soyuz TMA-18, later joined by the crew of the Space Shuttle Discovery on the 131st shuttle mission.
Once-intractable "enemies" who threatened humankind with nuclear catastrophe now demonstrate the waste of disengagement and how cooperation creates security.
SEE PHOTOS of their achievements by working together.
Journeys to the International Space Station (38 photos)
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We interdependent humans DO have the genius to solve our problems -- communicate and cooperate very, very well.
In the Holy Land, too, business entrepreneurs remind us that it's always the time for citizen cooperation.
Palestinian Sam Bahour ( SBahour@palnet.com ) and Israeli Bernard Avishai together prescribe creative, cooperative business activity without delay.
"The parties to this conflict must recognise that their futures are inevitably linked. . ."
"They already can establish cooperation as equals under international law, with international partners, without forgoing national sovereignty. "
Support of regional cooperative business is how outside nations can accelerate confidence building.
Independent and interdependent
by Sam Bahour and Bernard Avishai
Common Ground News - 08 April 2010
During the Cold War of the 1980s, Soviet and Western citizens -- without and in spite of governments -- became closer by learning each others languages.
Before e--mail and the Web, worldwide citizen communication was by short wave "ham" radio.
READ and HEAR one citizen initiative to help Westerners bridge to Soviet women, men, and youth amateur radio operators and change the atmosphere within each nation.
Russian Phrases for Amateur Radio
LISTEN TO HOLY LAND YOUTH AND TEACHERS describe why learning one another's language helps close distances and build trust between people.
Arabic Language as a cultural bridge
Yet in Israel few Jews are fluent in Arabic, while all Arabs are fluent in Hebrew.
The two peoples almost never engage in any depth, and most feel quite separate from the "other."
And knowledge of the Arabic language and culture is largely missing in Jewish education and life experience.
LANGUAGE AS A CULTURAL BRIDGE is the response of The Abraham Fund because language both (1) expresses identity, culture and tradition, and (2) is a means of needed communication.
Begun in 2005 in a few schools, it first included about 800 5th and 6th grade students.
In 2010, now 11,000 students in 100 Jewish elementary schools are now involved.
More information is available from Nate Geller ( NGeller@abrahamfund.org ).
Increase of several hundred percent in the
number of Jewish pupils who study Arabic language
31 August 2009
Equality-based Dialogue is now more possible, with increased language skills
and understanding of the others' heritage.
Jewish students increasingly learn about the culture and Arabic language of the Palestinian citizens of Israeli.
Previously-skeptical Jewish families are changing, as students return home with enthusiasm from their YA SALAM school curriculum.
Planners are hoping for 150 new schools in northern Israel to soon become involved, envisioning eventual nationwide implementation.
Understanding and empathy are growing, step by step.
Ya Salam: Arabic Language as a cultural bridge
Ya Salam website for the youth and students
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These and hundreds of other success stories are preserved at http://traubman.igc.org/messages.htm