Sounds of music ring in new, healing relationships
12 March 2013
"Music will save the world."
~ Pablo Casals
"Music is our gateway into the interspiritual age."
~ Brother Wayne Teasdale
"I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy;
but most importantly music, for
in the patterns of music and all the arts are
the keys of learning."
~ Plato (428-348 BC)
Greek mathematician and philospher
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THE JERUSALEM YOUTH CHORUS
Learning musical and personal harmony
March, 2012 -- a year ago -- Micah Hendler, a Yale University senior in Music and International Relations. . .with a dream.
"I plan, next year, to create an Israeli-Palestinian youth choir in Jerusalem," his e-mail said.
"I plan, next year, to create an Israeli-Palestinian youth choir in Jerusalem.
"The choir will be made up of two to three dozen Palestinian and Israeli high schoolers from East and West Jerusalem who meet for weekly rehearsals and dialogue sessions at the Jerusalem YMCA."
"This interaction will enable them to form friendships with -- and an understanding of -- the singers from the other side of their conflict.
"It will empower them both individually and collectively to become forces for peace within their communities.
"The choir will perform locally and internationally," he dreamed.
After graduation, Micah moved himself to Jerusalem, and he began making his dream a reality -- one relationship at a time.
March, 2013 -- a year later -- Micah's dream has become a hard-won reality.
Micah wrote: "Things are going tremendously well with the choir.
"I have 28 kids, 14 Jewish, 14 Palestinian, and they love the choir, and each other very much.
"We have had three concerts and done a recording session with David Broza.
"And they are engaging in facilitated dialogue; so things are definitely moving."
You can communicate with him at Micah.Hendler@gmail.com
READ and SEE more:
Micah's Jerusalem Youth Chorus Blog
A Pitch for Peace
Yale News -- Monday, January 28, 2013
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AFTER 50 YEARS
MUSLIM-JEWISH BAND REUNITES
For decades, the Muslim and Jewish friends played music together and lived side by side in the hilly neighborhoods of the Casbah, Algiers.
Whether you were Jewish, Christian or Muslim, it didn't matter.
The Chaabi (people's) music was a bit like jazz, influenced by Andalusian, Flamenco, Spanish, African beats, including Oriental tunes and melodies.
In the mid-1950s, the Algerian War of Independence forced the group of Chaabi musicians to disperse.
The Jewish members fled to France, while the others scattered throughout Algeria. The men didnt see each other again for more than 50 years.
Finally in Marseilles, France there was a reunion concert of some of these long-lost musicians.
The youngest was 72, the oldest was 96.
It reminds us that "the souls oldest memory is of union, and the soul's deepest longing is for reunion."
See more VIDEO and STORY:
After 50 Years, Muslim-Jewish Band Reunites
3-min video - Voice of America - November 20, 2012
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JOURNEY was the powerful December, 2012 Arab-Jewish Leadership Workshop for empowering young leaders of today.
Face-to-face for three days in December, 2012, 40 youth (age 15-17) from 10 different towns shared workshops to close distance between them.
They got to know each other by listening and empathizing with one another's diverse life narratives.
Leaders and mentors included eight young adults (age 19-23) and seven adults.
Their shared, unifying experiences concluded with a day in Jerusalem.
The Arab and Jewish youth became better equipped to dignify each other, and consider how to improve relationships for living side-by-side in the complex Holy City.
Get more information from their senior trainer, Elad Vazana, at EladVazana@gmail.com
See PHOTOS and DETAILS of this leading-edge preparation of youth citizen-leaders:
JOURNEY: Arab-Jewish Leadership Workshop:
Empowering young leaders of today
December 2012 -- Wahat al-Salam~Neve Shalom
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IN COFFEE SHOPS
Honing communication skills
Two groups at opposite ends of the spectrum are helping to unify Egypt.
We started this movement in order to accept the other.
"If we can't apply it here then it can't be applied on the streets, says Ahmad Nabil El-Mougy, a Cairo dentist.
It's like a lab or a test.
"If we don't accept each other within this group then we won't accept each other on the streets."
Salafis and secularists breaking stereotypes over coffee
How two groups at opposite ends of the spectrum can help unify a torn country.
Your Middle East -- 02 February 2013
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