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Oct 9, 2009

Magazine: Seeds of Peace among deserving recepients of Obama's Nobel Prize money | FAST COMPANY

WASHINGTON, D.C. | An article in Fast Company Magazine suggests giving a portion of President Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize Award to Seeds of Peace, saying this “small not-for-profit,” and four others, would make a “massive impact:” “Here’s another idea: Give away the $1.4 million in prize money to a do-gooder organization. Not a massive charity, but a small not-for-profit. Something related to creating peace and understanding in the Middle East and Asia, the work that earned him the Nobel.” Five Ways Obama Could Best … FULL STORY

Oct 7, 2009

Leslie named Director, Seeds meet Abbas

President Mahmoud Abbas meets with Seeds in New York On September 24, 2009, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met with Seeds of Peace to reaffirm his commitment to our conflict resolution and leadership programs for young people from throughout the Middle East. Read more » Field seminar unites nearly 100 Israeli and Palestinian Seeds To conclude summer programming in the Middle East, nearly 100 Palestinian and Israeli Seeds who graduated from the Seeds of Peace International Camp in 2007 and 2008 … FULL STORY

Oct 1, 2009

100 Israeli and Palestinian Seeds meet for Field Seminar in Jordan Valley

JERUSALEM | To conclude summer programming in the Middle East, nearly 100 Palestinian and Israeli Seeds who graduated from the Seeds of Peace International Camp in 2007 and 2008 participated in a Field Seminar from August 14-17. The Field Seminar derived its name from the Rumi poem that has become a part of the Seeds of Peace philosophy: “Outside ideas of right doing and wrong doing, there is a field; I will meet you there.” This seminar succeeded in creating … FULL STORY

Sep 30, 2009

London teen summits Mt. Kilimanjaro
to support Seeds of Peace programs

LONDON | Jon Preddy, a remarkable young teenager from London, decided to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro—the highest mountain in Africa—as a way to raise awareness and funds for Seeds of Peace. “When I told my peers that I was thinking about hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro for Seeds of Peace, they were very excited and amazed,” Jon said. ”I just thought it would be good if I could help support one kid from a conflict area to go to Camp. My goal was to raise … FULL STORY

Leslie Adelson Lewin appointed next Executive Director of Seeds of Peace

NEW YORK | It is my pleasure to share with you some exciting news. On behalf of the Board of Directors it is my privilege to announce that Leslie Adelson Lewin has been named Executive Director of Seeds of Peace. Over the past 18 months, we performed an exhaustive search that included candidates from all over the world. Leslie was the only person who possessed the unique combination a deep understanding of the mission, strong managerial skills, and an unwavering … FULL STORY

Sep 24, 2009

Empowering Women Profiles
| Rasha Jawabri, Palestine (CEDPA)

About one thousand Palestinians live in and around the ancient village of At-Tuwani, which sits in the South Hebron Hills of the West Bank. For years, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has made life a daily struggle, with attacks on people and their livestock commonplace in this agricultural area. Another consequence of the lack of safety and limitations to movement is that residents have few economic opportunities. For Rasha Jawabri, a CEDPA [Centre for Development and Population Activities] alumna, accepting the status … FULL STORY

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas meets with Seeds of Peace in New York

NEW YORK | Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met with Seeds of Peace today to reaffirm his commitment to the organization’s conflict resolution and leadership programs for young people from throughout the Middle East. President Abbas was in New York City along with Chief Palestinian Negotiator Dr. Sa’eb Erekat for a series of events and meetings at the United Nations. “Seeds of Peace is committed to productive and positive working relationships with governments from all the regions where we operate,” said … FULL STORY

Sep 21, 2009

Seeds lead community service projects throughout Muslim, Jewish holidays

JERUSALEM | Seeds of all ages led service projects in their home communities throughout the month of September. To recognize the holidays of Ramadan, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, young Egyptian, Israeli, Jordanian and Palestinian Seeds seized upon the theme of service to others as a way to build compassion and mutual understanding. Seeds volunteered with programs and schools that work primarily with disadvantaged youth. Their efforts resulted in meaningful experiences for both the young people being served as well … FULL STORY

Sep 18, 2009

Dorm Room Diplomacy group pairs
Penn, Middle East college students
| THE DAILY PENNSYLVANIAN

BY OLIVIA JUNG | PHILADELPHIA Two Penn students are trying to bridge the gap between the West and the Middle East—from their dorm rooms. A group founded by College and Wharton sophomores Corey Metzman and Jacob Blumenfeld-Gantz, Dorm Room Diplomacy aims to cultivate mutual understanding between the two cultures. The group plans to attain this goal in part by coupling Penn students with college students in the Middle East for discussion. For this, partnerships with the University of Jordan, among other … FULL STORY

Sep 7, 2009

Heroes Among Us | PEOPLE MAGAZINE

A Jewish student helps put Arab friend through school LOS ANGELES | Growing up in Ramallah, Palestine, Omar Dreidi always dreamed of going to college in America. So in 2006, when he got accepted into Earlham College in Richmond, Ind., Omar was elated. There was just one problem: Even with a partial scholarship and a work-study job, he couldn’t afford the $42,000 for tuition and expenses. One night Omar called his best friend, Joseph Katona. They had met two years … FULL STORY


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