Jonah Geffen
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My personal story:
Going to give the short version for the time being... I am 31 years old. Getting married in June (so excited!). In June, 2007 I received my Masters in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University and in September 2007 I began Rabbinical school at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York.
Why I want peace:
I believe we are required to seek peace and pursue it. That it is not enough to pray for peace (though that too, is vital), but that peacemaking is in our hands. I believe that a movement for peace can be infinitely more powerful than a movement of violence.
Interests and activities:
American Football, College Basketball, Talmud Study
Something you didn't know about me:
I played center on my high school football team
How I found
Article in Haaretz
What I want to achieve here:
I have noticed that many peacemakers around the world feel isolated, as if they work alone in a vacuum. Ideas such as this one are the wonderful beginning of the creation of the community of peacemakers that is so necessary for the growth and stability of a global movement for peace.

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At 4:37pm 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 11:16am on April 5, 2008, Saeed Az. said…
Shalom Jonah,

How are you? What's doing?

There is a kind of people use extremism as a way to emerge and try to have a paltform to spread their ideas and serve their agneda.
Peacemakers are usually kind people who want to save lives and ensure a peaceful future for theirselves and their sons. You are true when you said that many peacemakers around the world feel isilated. In order not to be an isolated peacemakers, I think that we need to work hard among people and educate for peace , it means silent peaceful revolution.

Best Wishes,

At 12:43am on March 13, 2008, Eyal Raviv said…
I just realized you invited more people than I thought. Thank you.
At 11:00pm on March 12, 2008, Eyal Raviv said…
Super pic and thanks for inviting Zia. Keep up the good work. We're overcoming isolationism.
At 9:24pm on March 12, 2008, Andrew Kessinger said…
hi -- Vanessa Brown told me about you! I'm working with her at Search for Common Ground here in Rabat, and was helping with some AMI related functions too. Hope to meet you one day!
At 5:21am on March 12, 2008, Marc Gopin said…
hello habibi. we meet in the most interesting places. long time since the galilee. i just joined today too.
At 1:45am on March 12, 2008, Eyal Raviv said…
Hi Jonah, add your photo so we will see you. Seek peace and pursue it - is us!
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