Day Ten, Part I – Breaking the Silence

[NOTE:  There will be two posts today, given the distinctly different focus of the events our group experienced.  This first will deal with a presentation from an individual  that was critical of the Israel army’s involvement in policing the Occupied territory – albeit from an individual generally supportive of Israel (and former IDF member).  The second will […]

Day Nine – A Refugee Camp

There were no tents, no mess hall, no flag pole – there was nothing “campy” about the Dheisheh refuge camp just south of Bethlehem.  I don’t know if i was expecting any of these typical camp amenities, but I wasn’t prepared for what i did find.  This camp did not have any tents – having moved […]

Day Seven – Interfaith Encounter

Today we met with Dr. Yehuda Stolov, who is the Executive Director of the  Interfaith Encounter Association (IEA) and has been active in the interfaith field for over 16 years.  He brings a deep dedication to the fulfillment of the vision established over forty years ago. Here’s his TED talk on the topic. We met with Dr. Stolov in […]

Day Five – A Reason for Being

Today, we visited a Jewish museum and had a session with a Palestinian philosopher – two seemingly different kinds of events with one similar theme:  both provided an insight into reasons why Jewish and Palestinian peoples are committed to their national identities and expression of those identities in their culture and state.  These experiences continue to help […]

Day Four – A Rabbi and a Rebel

Today, we heard two stories, one, a significant individual from Israel’s past, the other a prominent Orthodox Rabbi very much involved in the current spiritual life in Israel. Rabbi Ian Pear Our morning began with a conversation with Rabbi Ian Pear. From his recent book, Accidental Rabbi, Pear is described as a: Rabbi, lawyer, and social activist […]