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Join a Local Effort to Build Peace in the Middle East!

A local organization gives participants, volunteers, and host families the opportunity to help build bridges amidst the ongoing tragedy of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Hands of Peace is an interfaith coexistence program promoting leadership and conflict resolution skills among Israeli, Palestinian, and American teenagers. We are currently recruiting participants, host families, and volunteers for our 2013 Summer Program, which will run from July 5 to July 22. Please help spread the word! And, if you’re interested in getting involved yourself, please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions at abates@handsofpeace.org.

For ten years, Hands of Peace has held a 17-day Summer Program in Glenview, Illinois and a year-round Alumni Club Program in the Middle East and the United States. All of our participants (ages 15-17) come on full or partial scholarship, most have never met a civilian from the "other" side, and many have personally experienced violence and loss as a result of the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Our American participants gain a global education experience and a deeply personal connection to a conflict that may seem far away and difficult to comprehend. Israeli and Palestinian participants and staff stay with American host families—further broadening opportunities for cross-cultural dialogue.

For a taste of what we’re all about, please watch the informational video above, visit the video and audio sections of our website, and/or come to our Gala Dinner on April 13, 2013. Thanks in advance for your interest!

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