At Hands of Peace, we create impactful and lasting change by developing future leaders who are committed to a positive and just peace.
The Hands of Peace Summer Program brings Jewish Israeli, Palestinian Citizens of Israel, and Palestinian teenagers to Chicago and San Diego for a 19-day, dialogue-based experience. They are joined by American teens from Jewish, Christian, Muslim and other faith backgrounds.
After their first summer, alumni are encouraged to apply for a second year, for an enhanced leadership role, as part of our XL program.
Host Families are a vital part of the Hands of Peace summer program experience. Whether hosting an Israeli, Palestinian, or American participant, hosting allows families to be immersed in the Hands of Peace experiences, as they take part in a community dedicated to making peace possible.
Following the Summer Program, Alumni Circles connect alumni in a variety of ways. In the Middle East, alumni gather for cross border alumni seminars and uni-national meetings by delegation, among other activities. American alumni have an opportunity to take a trip to the region and participate in community service and workshops like Raising Youth Voices. Later this year they will be able to attend a virtual U.S. Alumni Seminar, a first for Hands of Peace. All alumni have the opportunity to serve as ambassadors for Hands of Peace through public speaking and recruitment.
Hands of Peace also offers other programming and educational events for alumni and the community through Community Circles. These events have been particularly important as Hands of Peace continues to connect virtually during COVID restrictions. They also provide leadership development for alumni. Learn more about Virtual Book Circles and Learning Conversations and other ways to connect online here.
During the Summer Program, I was able to see the other not as Palestinians, Americans, or Israelis – but as humans. I learned to listen. Not to hear but to really listen. To stop thinking how I would respond but instead, stop and embrace people’s feelings.
– Eden, Jewish Israeli participant