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As we witness the ongoing violence in Israel and Palestine which has resulted in the massive loss of innocent lives, a tremendous weight can be felt across our Hands of Peace community. Many of our alumni and their families have been directly affected. As a result, Hands of Peace has restructured our Alumni Programming, shifting our focus to uninational programs that better suit each delegation’s needs at this time. 

While Hands of Peace is closing, alumni programs will continue until March 31, 2024. Staff are engaged in conversations with other peacebuilding organizations working in Israel, Palestine and the United States to find space in their alumni programs and networks to make sure that our alumni will be able to continue to build on the legacy of the last two decades and bring positive peace to their communities.

Hands of Peace Alumni Sharing Circles

Following Oct. 7th, Hands of Peace launched Sharing Circles– an opportunity for each delegation to meet with their respective Site Director/Regional Manager and a facilitator to have guided conversations. Alumni are given a safe space to find solace, reflect on current events, and support one another.  

Please contact your Site Director or Regional Manager for more information about upcoming events between now and March 31, 2024.

“Write to Change the World” Workshop in partnership with the OpEd Project

How can you share your voice with the world? Op-ed articles appear in most print and online news publications, creating an opportunity for individuals to express their thoughts on a particular topic and to reach a larger audience. Following October 7th and the continuation of violence, many individuals are turning to writing op-ed articles to share their stories.

Hands of Peace is partnering with the OpEd Project to offer a limited number of full scholarships to alumni from all delegations to participate in their “Write to Change The World” 2-day workshops at no cost. (Tuition is usually $400!) Participants will “explore the source of credibility; the patterns and elements of persuasion; the difference between being “right” and being effective; how to preach beyond the choir; and how to think bigger about what you know—to have more impact in the world.” 

You will leave the workshop with a draft of the op-ed you are interested in having published, and also access to the OpEd Project’s national network of journalist mentors. These mentors will help edit your op-ed further and help you pitch your completed op-ed to different news publications. In addition, “Ask a Journalist” Office Hours take place every Thursday and provide the opportunity to draft ideas and ask questions. 


December 13 & 14 – Write To Change The World 2-Day Intensive (2:00 pm – 5:30 pm ET)
January 18 & 19 – Write To Change The World 2-Day Intensive (12:00 pm – 3:30 pm ET)
January 24 & 25 – Write To Change The World 2-Day Intensive (2:00 pm – 5:30 pm ET)
January 30 & 31 – Write To Change The World 2-Day Intensive (3:00 pm – 6:30 pm ET)


We encourage all alumni to join the LinkedIn Hands of Peace Alumni Group**, which will be active after the closing and where you can share job opportunities, networking, internships, scholarships and programs of interest. This is a closed group that is private and unlisted. All alumni must request access via hyperlink and be approved. Membership to the group will not be visible on your personal LinkedIn profile.

**Please email to receive the link to join the group.