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.


July 23 Farewell Banquet Tickets


Our July 23 Farewell Banquet will include moving reflections from participants, the debut of unique two-minute films directed by our teens, a silent auction, a delicious buffet of Middle Eastern food, and much more! The Chicago Farewell Banquet will take place from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation (303 Dodge Ave. in Evanston, IL). The San Diego Farewell Banquet will take place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Temple Solel (3575 Manchester Ave. in Cardiff, CA). Tickets are $25 and must be purchased in advance. 

Alumni and Volunteers in Action!

As we gear up for the Summer Programs in Chicago and San Diego, we are continually awed and inspired by the work of our alumni and volunteers. Special thanks to the hundreds of supporters who attended our Spring Gala, which included a "Name That Tune" competition, moving reflections from HOP alumni, and the presentation of our Olive Branch Volunteer Award to Barbara and Michael Lauesen, Frank and Sandy Gelber, and Ismail Hummos. This high-spirited event was meticulously organized by our Gala Co-Chairs Tina Plunkett and Tania McCarthy.

HOP is also thrilled to showcase a beautiful new nine-minute film about our Summer Program (special thanks to videographer James Brown for donating his services!), a "peace newsletter" created by our U.S. alumni, and a stunning “Alumni Magazine” edited and produced by one of our own—2011 HOP participant Casey Chiapetta! The Alumni Magazine (pictured above) features stories from two alumni from each of the past 10 Summer Programs and shows how HOP has impacted their lives.

For more news from HOP—including highlights from our U.S. and Middle East Alumni Clubs—please check out our Spring Newsletter. Thank you, as always, for your support of our young peace-builders!

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