San Diego Events Calendar

Please contact San Diego Site Director Sarah Heirendt at  with questions about our upcoming events. HOP takes no political position on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict beyond affirming the human rights of all involved. Please reference Our Values here. Our events are designed to inspire dialogue amongst supporters and alumni and expose supporters to diverse perspectives. We hope you will join us!

Courageous Conversations with Hands of Peace Israeli and Palestinian Regional Managers
Sunday, November 3, 2019
10:15 - 11:15 a.m
Christ Presbyterian Church
7807 Centella, Carlsbad

We invite you to join Amit Caraco, our Jewish Israeli Regional Manager, Rana Haddad, our Palestinian Citizen of Israel Regional Manager and Hoda Barakat, our Palestinian Regional Manager as they describe the opportunities and challenges of bringing together Israeli and Palestinian teens together through dialogue. This program will be followed by a Q&A and an opportunity to meet the staff.

The Hands of Peace journey begins with a 19-day Summer Program. Following the program, our Middle East alumni are supported year round through bi-national seminars, continued dialogues, tours and community service, as well as leadership development programs and opportunities.

We hope to see you there and encourage you to bring a friend!

Hands of Peace, humankindsandiego and Shakti Rising invite you to: Transforming our Lives and our World through Peace and Gratitude
Sunday, November 10, 2019
2:00-4:00 p.m.
Leichtag Foundation
441 Saxony Road, Encinitas
Join us for a powerful afternoon of connecting, introspection and conversation. Hands of Peace alumni, paired with an adult at each table, will help facilitate a discussion that encourages personal reflection. We will explore gratitude and peace as transformative forces in our lives. We will discover together, “What could occur if we practiced gratitude and peace everywhere?” “How might we use these practices to heal ourselves, our communities, our nation and our globe?”
This event is free and open to the public. For questions please contact Sarah Heirendt. To find out more about the work of the various organizations you can visit: humankindsandiego, Shakti Rising or the Hands of Peace website. If you are interested in supporting this event, we invite you to make a contribution below, please include a note - November gratitude event.
Hands of Peace and Two Neighbors: Shop for a Cause & Palestinian Dress Display!
Sunday, December 1, 2019, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Two Neighbors: 7863 Girard Ave Suite 106, La Jolla
Two Neighbors is a joint initiative retail boutique with handcrafted fashion items from Israeli and Palestinian women who wish to set conflicts aside and work together, both for their own benefit and to further the cause of peace. We invite you to join us to celebrate this venture, do some holiday shopping and save 20% when you come to the Hands of Peace event! Stop by between 2-4pm and enjoy a display of vintage Palestinian dresses that embody art, tradition and culture. Enjoy refreshments, beautiful garments, music and a community in support of peace!
Hands of Peace Book Club Presents:
Strangers, Neighbors, Friends: Muslim-Christian-Jewish Reflections on Compassion & Peace
Sunday, December 8, 2019
5:00-7:00 p.m.
Residence of Jenny Parker
According to authors Kelly James Clark, Aziz Abu Sarah and Nancy Fuchs Kreimer, fear of the religious stranger is palpable. Conservative talk show hosts and liberal public intellectuals are united in blaming religion, usually Islam, for the world’s instability. If religion is part of the problem, it can and should be part of the solution. Strangers, Neighbors, Friends—co-authored by a Muslim, a Christian, and a Jew—aims to inform and inspire us to extend our love beyond family and fellow believer to the stranger. Please bring a small dish to share. RSVP to Sarah Heirendt.