Our Mission

Hands of Peace is an interfaith organization developing peacebuilding and leadership skills in Israeli, Palestinian and American teens through the power of dialogue and personal relationships.


"Under One Sky" Benefit Evening

HOP's sell-out "Under One Sky" Benefit Evening at Chicago's Adler Planetarium was a spectacular success! Click HERE to visit our Facebook page and view photos from this unforgettable evening of education and inspiration. 

Program highlights included:
  • HOP alumni Ruby Macsai-Goren and Basel Arafat were our charming and witty hosts for the evening.
  • WBEZ host Jerome McDonnell facilitated a fascinating and inspiring conversation with special guests Aziz Abu Sarah and Elik Elhanan. Both lost siblings to the conflict and have devoted their lives to promoting dialogue and reconciliation. 
  • Kevin Schrimmer and Aziz Abu Sarah received our Olive Branch Award for their outreach and advocacy on behalf of HOP.
  • Guests visited the Adler Planetarium's "Shoot for the Moon" exhibit and enjoyed a delicious gourmet dinner.
  • Four deeply moving film shorts showcased the spirit of HOP from the perspective of our participants and chronicled HOP's ongoing follow-up work in Israel and Palestine.

Thank you for your support! 

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