COMMUNITY CIRCLE EVENTS

 

2022 ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN JOINT MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY

Tuesday, May 3, 2022  12:30 pm CT, 10:30 am PT

Join the largest Israeli-Palestinian peace event in history. The Joint Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day Ceremony brings together Israelis and Palestinians to speak and share together in the pain of the “other” transforming despair into self-reflection, personal responsibility, and hope. Sign up to join the Memorial Day Ceremony then register to join Hands of Peace for “A Brave Place,” a post-ceremony discussion immediately following.

 

INTERESTING EVENTS IN THE COMMUNITY

For our Hands of Peace community members — “Interesting Events in the Community” is designed to provide diverse stories, opinions and perspectives for you to explore and learn more about.

Oneness Celebration

Oneness Celebration
May 14, 2022
5:30 – 8:30 pm
Encinitas Community and Senior Center, 1140 Oak Crest Park Drive, Encinitas, CA

Share your message of unity, inclusivity, love, and tolerance with the public through art. Local artist Soori Mceachern, aS ufi-Muslim and community organizer, is on a mission to collect 1100 messages from the public to cover the entire surface of a sculpture of the word “Oneness.” Her sculpture will be unveiled and exhibited at the May 14 oneness event, as well as further public exhibitions to come.

 

MULTI-CULTURAL AND INTERFAITH PEACE VIGIL

There were some Hands of Peace purple shirts at Sunday’s Multi-Cultural and Interfaith Peace Vigil (Sunday, March 20, 2022) in Encinitas. About 50 gathered at Cottonwood Creek Park including Gretchen and Brian Grad and Dennis and Kathy Reese.  The vigil was sponsored by our friends at the San Dieguito Interfaith Ministerial Association.

 

 

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STANDING TOGETHER

Monday, April 4, 2022,  6 pm – 7pm CT
Deerfield Public Library (Meeting Room A/B)
920 Waukegan Rd., Deerfield, IL 60015

Please sign up below to attend an in-person Hands of Peace Community Circle on Monday, April 4, 2022. Standing Together is the largest Jewish-Arab grassroots movement mobilizing people from all over Israel in pursuit of peace, equality, social and climate justice.

Guest speakers include Sally Abed, an elected national leader at Standing Together. In recent years, she has become a prominent progressive Palestinian voice in Israel.  Alon-Lee, the National Director and a founder of Standing Together, will also be joining us. Alon-Lee emerged as a prominent leader of Israel’s social protest movement in the summer of 2011and served as a political adviser in the Knesset, Israel’s parliament. Both will discuss the current state of cross-cultural movements in Israel-Palestine following the events in May as well as the ways in which the international community can contribute to peacebuilding.

The Deerfield Public Library provides meeting space as a community service. Neither the Library nor the Board sponsors or endorses these events or the presenting individuals or organizations.

 

MARYAM: A WOMAN OF BETHLEHEM

Live Stream: Friday, March 25, 2022 at 9:30 pm CT/ 7:30 pm PT

Who is Mary/Maryam in 21st century Bethlehem, Palestine? What role does she play in this occupied, politicized land? Mary is the Christian mother of Jesus and Maryam, the Islamic mother of Isa. Two Palestinian actresses play 22 characters, both Christians and Muslims. Through their stories, the everyday lives of Palestinian men and women, particularly women, are revealed. Watch a live stream of the play and then a live Q & A with these guests:

– Dalia Shakhtour and Rufaida Farraj, Palestinian actresses of “Maryam”
– Dr. Mahjabeen Dhala, Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies Director of Madrasa-Midrasha Program at the  Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley
– V. Rev. Fr. Samer Youssef, Doctor of Ministry, M.Div., Antiochian Orthodox Church of the Redeemer, Los Altos
– Dr. Arthur Zarate, Assistant Professor of Global Humanities at SJSU
– Dr. Victoria Rue, M.Div., director of “Maryam,” Emerita Lecturer in Comparative Religious Studies

Sign up now and you will receive the link to the live stream just before the event.

DIALOGUE LAB: AMERICA

America is in conflict. Ideological, political, cultural, and spiritual divides seem clearer and stronger than ever. Is it possible to cross those barriers and find common ground? Let’s talk about it. Thank you for joining us for Dialogue Lab: America on Wednesday, February 23, 2022 after watching the film. If you attended please fill out the event survey below.

“I was particularly impressed with the power of honestly trying to own and tell the story of the other.”  – Peter

“What a vision…people seated together discussing important issues with respect and civility.” – Betsy

 

 

BREAKING BREAD

Thank you for joining us for Breaking Bread with Hands of Peace Regional Managers Rana Haddad (Palestinian Citizens of Israel delegation), and Ayala Shalev (Jewish-Israeli delegation) and Emily Kenward, Chicago Site Director, and Melanie Stanek, San Diego Site Director on January 16.

 
To watch this virtual conversation, moderated by Rana, a 2003 Hand and long-time Regional Manager, click the link below.

 

CONCERT FOR PEACE: PEACE LIKE A RIVER

If you didn’t make the concert, watch it here on Youtube or Facebook. 

The Simple Gifts Concert Series of the Glenview Community Church hosted a concert exploring the theme of peace on Sunday, November 14 at 3:00 pm.

Violinist Katherine Hughes, saxophonist Kevin Kizer, organist Gary Wendt, vocalist Tricia Melzer Swaydrak, the Artistrings String Quartet, jazz vocalist Jade Maze, and the rhythm section of Kent Wehman, Ken Haebich, and Neal Wehman, and singer/songwriter/multimedia artist Linda Marie Smith performed songs about peace in a variety of styles, from traditional to contemporary, including original compositions.

Collaborating with these musicians were representatives of different faith communities including Dr. Koray Aydin, Dr. Ali Yilmaz and Hakan Barberson of Group Yakamoz, the Joyful Ringers Bell Choir and Elliot Dvorin and Doreen Kane of the Key Tov Orchestra.

The concert was organized by Katherine Hughes. Ms. Hughes is a professional violinist, performing in and around the area for over 45 years. She and her husband, Kevin Kizer, are long time Glenview residents. Katherine is a member of the Glenview Community Church and for the last 9 years has organized the Concert for Peace, which benefits Hands of Peace.

For more information:
Sheryl Long: (847) 562-0519 or (847) 612-6239
Glenview Community Church:  (847) 724-2210

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