I am blessed to be the rabbi of a wonderful progressive, activist-oriented synagogue in Vancouver. To learn more, see www.ahavat-olam.ca.
I've lived in Israel for four different years of my life scattered from 1971 through 2001, three years in Jerusalem - Al Kuds and one year in Tiberias. Every time, war, conflict, violence, suffering have shaped my experience there. It is a beautiful place with so many wonderful people -- but a tragic blindness among so many of the people. I have been active in Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts in one way or another before and since then.
I am on this site to connect with dedicated, courageous people around these issues and so that anyone interested in contacting me specifically -- as a rabbi, as a Canadian Jew, whatever -- can find me.
More on me: I was born in Baltimore, Maryland, in the USA. Both my parents were born there too.
My mother's father came to the USA from Kosmin in Russia about 1904. As a Jew, his life was very hard. The Czarist army captured Jewish boys and forced them into life-long military service. He escaped at a very young age and fled to the USA.
My mother's mother was born in New Jersey in a small Jewish immigrant colony. All the people were Jews from Russia. They were terribly poor. They tried to raise chickens to make a living. When she was a young child, her parents abandoned her and her sister and two brothers. My grandmother and her sister were raised by their aunt in that same Jewish immigrant colony. Her two brothers lived in an orphanage and never married all their lives and never left that very small, isolated town in southern New Jersey. It was a hard life for immigrants.
My father's parents were born in Baltimore. His father was a proud American Jew. Even my grandfather's grandfather was born in America -- very unusual. I know the house of my great-grandparents in the city where I was born and grew up -- also very unusual for Jews in America.
My grandmother's parents were immigrants from Drohovitz near Lvov in southeast Poland. They escaped poverty and anti-Jewish violence and made a new life in America. My grandmother's first language was Yiddish, but she went to school, learned English and forgot it. She also was a very proud American Jew.
I will write more later, إن شاء الله
Why I want peace:
Everyone should live in peace. We hurt each other and hurt ourselves terribly and completely unnecessarily.
Every one of us is a creature of God.
Interests and activities:
I am really into religion, politics, "seeking peace and pursuing it" as well as my family, the beautiful earth and water, hiking, biking, walking, canoeing, food, music . . . life . . .
Something you didn't know about me:
I lived in Nagoya, Japan, for two years and speak Japanese. גרתי ביפן משך יותר משנתיים ואני מדבר יפנית (וגם עברית ומעט מעט ערבית.
How I found mepeace.org:
What I want to achieve here:
Finding and connecting with people whose hearts, minds and souls move their bodies to truly seek peace and pursue it -- בקש שלום ורדפהו -- as the Psalms say.
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shalooom Mr David
We as Palestinians, Muslims do not deny Jews their right to live in peace and security, we also want to live in dignity and peace and security ...
Why not live in one country governed by the law of one and one Government composed of all Palestinian and Israeli parties Muslims and Christians and Jews include everyone to live in peace and security and dignity
A True Story By Faisal Al-kateep
I am a Palestinian Arab from Hizmeh, a village between Jerusalem and Ramallah. When I was 15 years old I fought against the Israeli Occupation in search of freedom. At that time I thought every Jewish person, whether soldier or citizen, man or woman, young or old, should be killed. I rejected the right for any Jew to live and every Jew was a target. I was just a kid, believe me, and I didn’t understand anything about politics or the Arab-Israeli conflict. I was arrested and sat in jail for 12 years. This was during the first intifada from 1987. At that time nobody talked about peace but only of violence. I matured during my time in jail. I started studying and reading books on politics, literature, poetry, and about the Madrid Conference.
It gave me hope to live in peace and dignity. I learned that violence only breeds violence and that peace is the only solution for the two nations, the only way for both to have a respectful and beautiful future. We live on the same land. We are neighbors. We drink the same water and both pray to a monotheistic God. We must live in peace on the basis of religion for God and land for everyone.
Hi Rabbi David, so sorry for being late in my reply. I thank you for greeting me to mepeace. Read your profile, watched the photos and was very impressed and touched by your acts and statements. Hope to meet you and collaborate with you. I'm involved in peace activities more in the last year and a half, since I met Fred Johnson (www.frejon.org) and asked him to come to Israel to sing and help in connecting hearts of Arabs and Jews, and bring more love to the area with his voice: through voh'armic healing workshops and performences. We are connected with Rabbis and Sheikhs,
mostly Suffis, but not only. Fred works also for "Intersections International" in NY - a collegiate church that is involved with Interfaith work throughout the world. I think I would be happy to learn more from you and connect our efforts.
Myself - I'm a psychodramatist, group analyst - a psychotherapist and created 2 programs of training for group leadership with the arts. I realize I should invest some time in creating my profile in mepeace.
Thanks for being what you are and doing what you do, good luck - personally and globally, Ariella
I'm Jaber from Gaza , I hope to be friends , it's nice to find alot of people like you who think and try to achive something for peace.
I like your profile because all words is very tolerant . and it's nice to write انشاء الله (God willing) I like this .
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