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My personal story:
Former local/national leader of student leadership movement and founding pastor of a church in Chicago suburbs. Founded Planet Ventures, a 501c3 not-for-profit, that helped launch the Jerusalem Project . The Jerusalem Project is a collaborative , worldwide student leadership movement using leadership technology to develop transformational leadership qualities, reconciliation practice skills and peace education among youth all over planet earth , but especially among American/Native American and Israeli/Palestinian youth.
Why I want peace:
Pursuing peace does greater good for others rather than pursuing war...and when war is necessary , you can be prepared to win the peace proactively and thus avoid all of the criticism . :)
Interests and activities:
Sports, Making Music, Making Movies and Leadership
Something you didn't know about me:
I have 5 children ages 26 to 16
How I found
Friends of Len and Libby Traubman
What I want to achieve here:
Searching for allies for our worldwide student leadership movement and collaborators in the new Save the Planet Concert that will be like a Live Aid type deal ; on the last weekend of June in Jerusalem , 2009. Celebrity musicians do concert to raise funds for the Jerusalem Project around the common ground of solving a shared problem of global warming.

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At 4:37am on January 13, 2010, Yigal D. Kahana said…
Hi John
Just got back myself. It was awesome.
Would love to tell you about it.
Let me know when you're around?
At 10:36pm on May 28, 2009, Adena said…
Dear John,
During these difficult days of uncertainty, division and violence, the Peace Preschool at the Jerusalem International YMCA continues to bring together 120 children – Christians, Jews and Muslims, religious and secular, in an atmosphere of peaceful coexistence.
Please join our group and invite your friends. Together we can make a difference!
Children are the hope for the future. Let’s hope and pray for Peace, Salam, and Shalom.
Adena Levine,
Peace Preschool Director.
At 5:50am on August 1, 2008, Yahya Merchant said…
Hi neighbor. Used to live in Lafayette In and often visited Chicago. Now live in Southern California.
At 1:03am on July 30, 2008, John Henderson said…
Yigal, Did a quick read about you and wanted you to know that Randy Pfund, the General Manager of the Miami Heat was my college roommate and I just had breakfast with him.
I am trying to find the right mentors of Arab and Israeli background, including Jewish, Christian and Muslim influences, et al... in order to create a beachhead in Miami to bring 50 to 100 kids there for the Jerusalem Project. Send me your email and i will try to get the pattern of development to you to peruse. My cell is 630.816.2868
At 9:25pm on July 29, 2008, Yigal D. Kahana said…
Hi John,
It's great to have met you here.
I love what you're doing, both with the student program
and the music idea.
Is there anything I can do to help?
All the best,
At 4:14pm on May 30, 2008, Rob Schrama said…
The ‘Big Hug’ and the future of Jerusalem

The sting of all problems between Israeli and Palestinians lays in the Old City of Jerusalem. Her status has to be solved in such a way, that all parties fighting for control over her can agree upon.

On June 24, the ‘Big Hug’ will be hold in Jerusalem. Light workers from Israel, Palestine and from all over the world, ‘Lovers of Jerusalem’, will come together to bring warmth and energy to this city, embracing holding hands the Old City. If we bundle all our positive energies and bring these to Jerusalem, we can create peace to this exceptional place.

We are organizing the Big Hug to make the people aware –especially the Israeli and Palestinian inhabitants of Jerusalem- that there is a very shaped perspective for the city of Jerusalem as a city of peace: a new, undivided Jerusalem, as the capital of Palestine, Israel and at large.

Let go of the conflict concerning her command and dedicate the city to the Omnipresent. The Old City as a whole is His Temple. To give the walled Old City free to God, as a "Status Apart”, as an independent city, will be the most feasible way to come out the current impasse.

The Old City of Jerusalem must become an open city; a House of Prayer for all the Peoples. This perspective is written down in the Holy Books, this is the perspective we, as ‘Lovers of Jerusalem’ embrace as well as solution. But how many people does already notice this hopeful point of view?

What I saw in Jerusalem and also everywhere else where I meet Islamic and Jewish people is, that not so many persons really think about a future for Jerusalem. Most of the time, they stick with old ideas that the Old City of Jerusalem will always remain a part of Israel, or in opposite, that it will be absolutely a part of a new Palestinian state, as stolen land that has to be given back. With these visions, a future Jerusalem will be a divided city with an East Palestinian and West Israeli part, with barbed wire and checkpoints in between, like the situation of the city from 1948-1967. Or, coming closer to an agreement, people suggest -like proposed in the “Geneva Accord” in 2003- to make a complicated dividing of the Old City in a Israeli and Palestinian part. That will mean that the small alleys will be split by walls and barriers too. The idea that a future Jerusalem will become a divided city, is something that we have to prevent.

There are living about 250.000 Palestinian and 500.000 Israeli rather close together in one city. Do they want to make a separation of Jerusalem in parts or do they choose, deep in their hearts, for unity? So my best friends, it is our task to inform the whole city that there is an alternative for the Jerusalem of today.

All lovers of a united Jerusalem will come together to encircle and embrace the Old City of Jerusalem with love and devotion. We have to encourage all inhabitants of Jerusalem to join the coming Big Hug, with the idea of a New Jerusalem that might be realized with their support.

Rob Schrama Phone:0031-646608660
At 5:05pm on May 5, 2008, Julie said…
Hi John,

Welcome to mepeace. I'm glad we can be friends and work toward peace together!
At 12:18am on May 3, 2008, Adam Neiman said…
thx John. I'm very grateful for that. I'll be in holy land from 5/15-5/27. Israel on both ends & the West Bank (Bethlehem investors conference) in the middle, if that's any help.
At 12:53pm on April 30, 2008, Mazer said…
welcome to me peace
and for friend
and your smile very nice
At 4:20pm on April 8, 2008, John Henderson said…
OK... project


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