Focus on Israel: Building Relationships Across Divides

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Date(s) - Sunday, May 21, 2017
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Ohev Sholom - The National Synagogue


Focus on Israel
Building Relationships Across Divides
Sunday, May 21st, 5-6:30p
As the Israeli-Palestinian conflict persists, a growing movement of grassroots activists continues its work to build relationships across communal divides. Join us for an evening of candid and inspiring conversation with Israelis and Palestinians who will speak to the successes and challenges they face in their work building bridges between divided communities. Children 2nd-5th grade are invited to attend a special workshop on building relationships during the panel. The panel will be followed by a BBQ dinner. Register at
5pm – Panel discussion & youth workshop
6pm – BBQ

Carmiel Frutkoff
Kids4Peace Educator, Jerusalem
Carmiel is a Jewish educator with the Kids4Peace Jerusalem Pathways to Peace program and is founder and CEO of Pluralusalem, a social business that aims to build social capital among Jerusalem’s communities, residents and visitors by curating thought provoking tours and workshops for businesses, organizations and individuals.

Michal Ner-David
Kids4Peace Alum & Educator, Jerusalem
Michael Ner David grew up in a Modern Orthodox home in Jerusalem and joined Kids4Peace in 2004 as a participant. She then served as a Kids4Peace counselor through High School and continued as a Jewish faith advisor. In 2016 Michal joined the staff as the USAID Grants coordinator.

Fr. Josh Thomas
Kids4Peace Executive Director, Washington, DC
Fr. Josh Thomas is the International Executive Director of Kids4Peace and a member of the Alliance for Middle East Peace Board of Directors. Thomas is an ordained Episcopal priest and a graduate of Dartmouth College and Union Theological Seminary.

Yousef Bashir
Kids4Peace Advisory Council, Gaza & Washington, DC
Yousef Bashir grew up in Gaza in a family that taught the importance of nonviolence and living in peace with their neighbor, even during the worst days of the conflict. His life-changing story of being shot by an Israeli soldier at age 15 and then cared for in an Israeli hospital has been told in the Washington Post, Roll Call, and on NPR. Yousef advises Kids4Peace on strategic planning and speaks to audiences around the country on behalf of peace and dignity for all Israelis and Palestinians. He currently lives in Washington, D.C.

Montaser Amro
Kids4Peace Educator, Jerusalem
Montaser Amro is a Muslim Palestinian entrepreneur and activist from Hebron. Trained as an engineer, Montaser now builds bridges between people as a Kids4Peace educator. He was recently selected as a fellow for the Our Generation Speaks startup incubator for Israeli & Palestinian leaders at Brandeis University.