Come together right now

The interfaith educational organization Kids4Peace opened a local branch in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem last week, with Jewish, Christian and Muslim students hanging religious objects on the office walls and offering blessings. "It was really important for us to try to create a neutral environment that accepts all the religions and brings everyone into the room," said Kids4Peace co-director Rebecca Sullum, who immigrated to Israel from Allentown, Pennsylvania. Founded in 2001, Kids4Peace was part of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem and the Middle East until last year and is currently applying for nonprofit status. Over 300 Israeli and Palestinian students from around Jerusalem have participated in its programs, which include leadership training for 10th graders and an American summer camp experience for sixth graders. Several Anglo volunteers serve on staff, including Naomi Rouach, who facilitates the leadership program, and Steve Israel, who helps develop curriculum. For more information about Kids4Peace, visit www.k4p.org or e-mail rebecca@k4p.org. (Andrew Esensten )

 

Poets Present

The Voices Israel Group of Poets in English will unveil three new publications at two reading events in Jerusalem and Haifa. The group's "2012 Anthology," "Second Decade of Voices Selections" and "Culled From My Roses: Letters, Poems and Essays of Voices Founder Reuben Rose" will be presented in Jerusalem on Thursday, November 15, at 6 P.M. at David Yellin College. The group's second event will be held in Haifa on Monday, November 19, at 6:00P.M. at Beth Hecht, Mercaz Hacarmel, and will pay tribute to the late Susie Rose, a longtime Voices member and supporter, and the widow of Reuben. Mrs. Rose died last July at the age of 87. Poets planning to attend and read their poems may contact Helen Bar-Lev at hbarlev@netvision.net.il or Wendy Blumfield at Wendyb@netvision.net.il. (Mordechai I. Twersky )

A diplomatic discussion

Tel Aviv University launched the first installment of its Ambassador's Forum series last night, with the participation Matthew Gould, British ambassador to Israel. Gould discussed "Iran: Personal Reflections, From My Time at the British Embassy in Tehran." The evening was sponsored by the S. Daniel Abraham Center for International and Regional Studies and the English Speaking Friends of TAU. "The program is designed to bring together diplomats stationed in Israel together with students, faculty members and the general public, in order to discuss contemporary events in the international scene, as well as bilateral relations with Israel," said Prof. Raanan Rein, university vice president. Ambassador Gould was deputy head of mission in Tehran, and charge d'affaires for six months of this time, from 2003 to 2005, according to an embassy spokesman. (Mordechai I. Twersky )

 

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