Chicago and San Diego Benefits 2022
With purpose and hope, the Hands of Peace community gathered in San Diego and Chicago to celebrate “20 Years Planting Peace.” Through the Mother’s Day Walk for Peace and two Benefits, sponsors, Board members and more than 300 intrepid guests funded 48 partial sponsorships for American, Israeli and Palestinian teens attending the 2022 Summer Program.
Alumni Speak to Impact
The Summer Program will transform attitudes and beliefs in new Hands this July, just as it impacted alumni Stav Arnon and Elias Hawila in 2004. Stav, a Jewish-Israeli alumna, and Elias, a Palestinian-Citizen-of-Israel alumnus, were guest speakers at both Benefits. Over a dozen other alumni also spoke in the programs.”I was blown away,” said Stav, speaking about her experience in the 2004 Summer Program. “For the first time in my life, I heard from Palestinians my age who were living behind a fence, being forced to spend hours in checkpoints, and banned from meeting family members in other parts of the country.”