Thank you to all who joined us Sunday, July 26, for our first ever (and hopefully the last) Virtual Family Reunion!

A special thank you to our Hands of Peace Dove Sponsors: Eileen and  Bill Ackerman, Karen and Tom Aldrich, Wayne Andersen, Michele and Tom Arnison, Barb and Denny Kessler, Barbara and Michael Lauesen, Board Chair Peg Lee, Bonnie Lucas and Stuart Sondheimer, Heidi and Rich Katz, Carla and Ross Peterson, and Lynn and Lee Sterling.

I could not attend and would like to make a donation. (First $10,000 in donations will be matched by generous donors)

2020 Award and Scholarship Recipients

Celebrating the Purple Shirts

This summer there are no purple shirts are getting off the bus.

In summers past, 90 young Palestinians, Israelis, and Americans would have already arrived in Chicago and San Diego to start their Hands of Peace journey. They would hear each other’s stories, embrace their differences, and learn how to raise their voices to change the world.

Yes, we are absolutely heartbroken not to meet again this year. But we smile as we celebrate the purple shirts that spark so much joy, pride and inspiration. We smile because the purple shirts give us hope. We smile because the purple shirts represent our future.

Watch the videos from volunteers and alumni below, and smile.

Tina Plunkett – volunteer, host and alumna mom

Founder Gretchen Grad and her husband, Brian

Nour – Alumna 2019

Eliza – Alumna 2018, 2019

Tomer – Alumna 2017, 2019

Rich Katz – Interim Executive Director

Kathy Reese – Host Mom, Leadership Council

Hands of Peace Song from Uri Shani – Alumnus 2018-2019

Maeve – Alumna 2015, 2017, Staff

Family Reunion: Purple Shirts

Culture Night Recipes

Every Summer, each delegation cooks three courses from their culture (appetizer, main course, and dessert) and then all host families, staff, and board are invited to attend – and eat. To get a taste of what’s on the Summer Program menu, download the recipes here: