OTISFIELD, MAINE | On August 5, professional basketball players will join 186 Seeds of Peace campers from the Middle East and South Asia on their journey to overcome legacies of conflict and courageously engage each other as a first step to creating change. During the Play for Peace clinic, these young campers will get a break from their intense daily dialogue encounters and learn teamwork and hoops skills from some of the best basketball players and minds in the game, including … FULL STORY
OTISFIELD, Maine | A Maine camp that brings together teenagers from the Middle East and South Asia is open for its final summer session. More than 180 Afghan, American, Egyptian, Indian, Israeli, Jordanian, Pakistani and Palestinian campers are participating in the Seeds of Peace camp in Otisfield. A flag-raising ceremony was held Thursday. The camp was founded on the idea of bringing together teens from countries that are in conflict with each other in hopes of opening a door to … FULL STORY
NEW YORK | Seeds of Peace has selected its inaugural class of GATHER Fellows: 16 individuals engaged in social change endeavors that have the potential to impact the dynamics of conflict in and between communities. The GATHER Fellowship is part of a larger initiative launched by Seeds of Peace in 2015 that invests in inclusive, practical social change led by alumni of Seeds of Peace and other emerging changemakers. The year-long program is supports innovation and practical action by providing … FULL STORY
JERUSALEM — Avital Maeir-Epstein and Muhammad Murtada Shweiki live about 150 yards apart in Abu Tor, a Jerusalem neighborhood that straddles the pre-1967 armistice line, a mostly invisible but politically charged marker of this city’s Israeli-Palestinian divide. The teenagers live on opposite sides of that divide, but for a few hours each Monday afternoon, they come together. Avital, 16, is a soprano and Muhammad, 15, is a tenor/bass in the Jerusalem Youth Chorus, which brings together young Israelis and Palestinians … FULL STORY
Seeds of Peace Educator Ismail (Palestinian) has been selected as 2015 New Visions for Peace Fellows. The Seeds of Peace fellowship supports educators and artists with exceptional potential to contribute to conflict transformation in their societies. Ismail’s project will focus on creating a community center—a model peaceful learning environment for youth in his refugee camp. The New Visions for Peace Fellowship is made possible by Jim and Nora Orphanides, and The Germanacos Foundation.
Seeds of Peace Educator Haya (Israeli) has been selected as 2015 New Visions for Peace Fellows. The Seeds of Peace fellowship supports educators and artists with exceptional potential to contribute to conflict transformation in their societies. Haya’s fellowship will build on her efforts to grow a strong network of Jewish and Arab educators in Israel devoted to cross-cultural understanding, leadership and civic engagement. The New Visions for Peace Fellowship is made possible by Jim and Nora Orphanides, and The Germanacos … FULL STORY
When Micah Hendler first went to Jerusalem with the idea of starting a choir of Israeli and Palestinian high-schoolers, some thought his notion naive at best. But in the three years since the YMCA Jerusalem Youth Chorus was formed, the group has recorded with Israeli musician-activist David Broza, gone on two international tours and is now on its first U.S. tour, which is bringing Hendler, 25, back to his Bethesda roots. The tour began last week at the Yale International … FULL STORY