BE A HOST FAMILY

HOST A YOUNG PEACEMAKER
Chicago and San Diego, July 12-31, 2023 

Each summer, Hands of Peace brings American, Israeli, and Palestinian youth together in Chicago and San Diego for a three-week dialogue-based experience. In dialogue sessions led by professional Israeli and Palestinian facilitators, Hands learn about “the other,” they share complicated and sometimes painful stories about the conflict, and explore peaceful solutions to foster equality, freedom and justice. The flagship Summer Program is a powerful, unifying experience that starts our Hands on their journey to becoming agents of change.

Host families in Chicago and San Diego create a safe “home away from home” for Summer Program participants or staff from Israel, Palestine, and the United States. Hosting a Summer Program participant (or two!) means you gain a window into their world and develop meaningful relationships that can last a lifetime. Experience firsthand how Hands of Peace empowers youth to become agents of change by becoming a host family next summer! 

HOST FAMILY APPLICATION (click here)
HOST FAMILY FAQs (click here)


For more information about hosting in Chicago/Glenview, contact Emily Kenward, Chicago Site Director at
 ekenward@handsofpeace.org.
For more information about hosting in San Diego, contact Melanie Stanek, San Diego Site Director at mstanek@handsofpeace.org.

THANK YOU TO CHICAGO HOST FAMILIES
FOR 2022 SUMMER PROGRAM: 

Amy & Rich Amend
Tara & Mike Call
Harriet & Hank Conroe
Susan & Jeffrey Draluck
Lisa & Brian Fabes
Debby Fosdick
Marya & Peter Frankel
Andrew & Katherine Geddert
Cynthia & Stephen Jackson
Anisa & Tariq Laliwala
Lisa Leger & Jim Chiapetta
Bonnie Lucas & Stuart Sondheimer
Lumi & Jason Stutz
Naznin & Asif Mirza
Linda Muskin & John Cody
Carla & Ross Peterson
Tina & Michael Plunkett
Leanne Drennan & John Roth
Sandy Sloane & Paulette Herbstman
Pamela & Jarrod Spadino
Kim Sterling & Larry Friedman
Faizah Syed & Mohain Ansari
Gail & Jim Tatsuda
PJ & Christopher Weiland

THANK YOU TO SAN DIEGO HOST FAMILIES
FOR 2022 SUMMER PROGRAM: 

Joan & Kevin Bockman
Kori & Steve Clark
Teri & Jay Delcamp
Tomer Eilam
Vanessa & Dave Forsythe
Mindi & Doug Frankel
Norma Hill & Rob Gelb
Jade Gordon
Kim Lande & Scott Henry
Shana & Chris Hoolihan
Sherrie Hunninghake
Tamara & Bob Keefe
Jennifer & Alan Lonbom
Carol Mciver
Lori & Steve Poceta
Ellie Werner & Marc Poland
Tamara & Bob Keefe
Jennifer & Alan Lonbom
Carol Mciver
Lori & Steve Poceta
Ellie Werner & Marc Poland
Judy Berlfein & Dadla Ponizil
Belinda & Eliot Rachman
Kathy & Dennis Reese
Lynn & Gary Rhodes
Trisha & Mark Rothschild
Dawn Saik
Ileese & Gary Schneir
Karin & Scott Silk
Sharon Sternfeld & Devin Mathios
Raz Toland
Julie Mennen & Clyde Wickham
Toby & Chuck Wright
Melinda & Allen Wynar
Victoria Wood & Timothy Edgington