130+ peacemakers participated in the MEPEACE Iftar and Shabbat Dinner on September 11, 2009.
Thanks to all who came and all who wanted to be there. Special thanks to Anas Neiroukh, Tamar Freed and the others who organized this event.
People came from from Nablus, Jericho, Ramallah, Beit Jalla, Hezma, Hebron, East and West Jerusalem, Haifa, Tel Aviv... With us were peacemakers from the US, Germany, France, Cypus, South Africa and Australia. Thank you all!
Beyond the Middle East, this event received media interest from Italy, Denmark, the US, the UK, Spain and China. We are communicating the message that people of all faiths can come together for peace.
For the event details and description, click: http://www.mepeace.org/events/mepeace-event-september-11
To watch a two minute video of the event click: http://www.mepeace.org/video/mepeace-interfaith-dinner
To see a photo album of the dinner, click: http://www.mepeace.org/photo/albums/mepeace-interfaith-dinner
Our guests arrived early and got to know one another. Dinner began as the Ramadan fast day ended and a wide variety of traditional foods was served. Our peacemakers sat together at one huge interconnected table.
The program began after the meal. After welcoming remarks and thanks to the team, Eyal Raviv presented MEPEACE and what is possible. We shared a moment of silence commemorating the tragedy, honoring the victims of that day and of our conflict, and reflecting on the peace we have and can have.
The education program continued with a discussion of the Iftar and Ramadan, and questions and answers from the crowd. A discussion of Shabbat followed. Information sheets were distributed with the customs and traditions in Arabic, English and Hebrew.
Everyone in the room got to share his/her name name and birth month. More than 130 voices were heard. We concluded by singing Happy Birthday to Lisa, in Arabic, Hebrew and English. The songs we share in common symbolize our shared striving for peace.
I invite your support and feedback at the email below and hope to meet soon with peace.