Healing the Heart of the Holy Land

The Abrahamic Reunion is launching a crowdfunding campaign for a week of healing, multi-faith peace-building events all across the Holy Land

To launch the next wave of peacebuilding in the Holy Land, help us raise $40,000 

Healing the Heart of the Holy Land is a powerful week of events envisioned by the AR’s peacemakers that reaches out across the Holy Land to bring solidarity, encounter, dialogue, and healing, and founds ongoing peace-building projects around the Holy Land:

  • Multi-faith Healing Peace Journeys in the South, North, and West Bank: the AR’s peace-builders visit different peoples affected on all “sides” across the Holy Land – those affected by religious violence, without water, who’ve lost family members to terror or conflict, were injured, lost land, or many other tragedies that befall the people of the Holy Land, bringing busloads of Muslims, Christians, Jews, and Druze across the Holy Land and to each others’ holy sites, visit other communities, eat, dance, walk in nature, and dialogue together, and pray in solidarity with other affected groups, providing mobility to all involved.
  • Inaugural “Young Peacemakers” day-long training program. Future Peacemakers will also be paired with AR Peacemakers as mentors for the week of events
  • First meeting of the AR’s Families Forum – bringing whole families to cook, eat, play, study, and pray together
  • Regional AR Chapter Events: East Jerusalem, Shefar’am, West Bank Coordinators Chapter, Southern AR Chapter, and Nazareth Chapter, helping the AR decentralize and reach more people, deepening roots of peace throughout the Holy Land
  • AR Women’s Peace Retreat, designed, run, envisioned by the AR’s female Peacemakers
  • Environmental Prayer Event for Clean Water and joint Eco-Stewardship across the Holy Land
  • Signs Of Peace: each place visited by the AR, we’ll leave visible Signs Of Peace, planted like seeds of hope across the land.
  • 2nd Annual Holy Land Peacebuilding Summit, A full-day conference of speakers and massive multi-faith dinner on the last day, bringing people from all the previous events across the Holy Land together under one roof

 

These are the main events part of Healing The Heart of the Holy Land – it’s ambitious, but this can set the tone for the next year, or two years, of the AR’s work in the Holy Land, and empower and launch a new wave of peacebuilding across the Holy Land.

There will be religious, spiritual, and beautiful gifts for all supporting the AR’s crowdfunding, videos from the peacemakers, from David Shahabuddin Less, and from other supporters of the AR. We’re counting on your support to make Healing the Heart of the Holy Land a reality.

Can you help us bring healing to the Holy Land?

Contact Katie Emmons at katie@abrahamicreunion.org if you can:

  1. Pledge to donate – Please donate right when the campaign begins! If you can commit to an amount of donation, it helps us so much to know ahead of time. We may even ask you to donate partway through, if we know you’re pledged.
  2. Help promote the AR’s work via Facebook, email, and other networks: We’ll send you templates, graphics, links, and information.
  3. Help in any other way – You tell us! Artists, designers, others wishing to help the campaign, or if you want to volunteer, let us know.

There will be religious, spiritual, and beautiful gifts for all supporting the AR’s crowdfunding, videos from the peacemakers, from David Shahabuddin Less, and from other supporters of the AR. We’re counting on your support to make Healing the Heart of the Holy Land a reality.

Shalom, Salaam, Peace


Spring Fundraiser: 14th Annual Multi-Faith Ramadan Iftar Dinner in the Holy Land

Donate to support the Abrahamic Reunion’s 14th Annual Multi-faith Ramadan Iftar Dinner in the Holy Land

 

 

The Abrahamic Reunion’s 14th Annual Multi-faith Ramadan Iftar Dinner

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment
before starting to improve the world.”
― Anne Frank, Anne Frank’s Tales from the Secret Annex
Dear Friends of Peace,

As a supporter of the Abrahamic Reunion, you already see how incredibly important it is to uphold the torch of optimism and hope amidst the prevailing darkness that insist peace is possible.

Did you know that for the last 14 years the Abrahamic Reunion has hosted a large Interfaith Ramadan Dinner each year? In this event, Christians, Jews, and Druze help our Muslim brothers and sisters to break their day of fasting with a joyous meal and ceremony.

2013 Iftar Celebration in Nazareth

 

 

 

 

 

(Left: 2007 Iftar in Yafia, Right: 2015 Iftar at Tantur)

Religion as a Force For Building Peace

Modeling the healing that is hoped for in the Holy Land is powerfully important work of the AR Peacemakers. By bringing religious people and leaders together to honor Ramadan and the Muslim faith, religion becomes a force for fellowship, harmony and ultimately, peace in the Holy Land. Our unity serves as an example of hope for the world.

Holding Hope and Unity Amidst Trauma and Separation

Separation and segregation born of decades of trauma keeps Muslim, Jewish, Druze, and Christian Palestinians and Israelis from interacting with each other deeply and safely. This is a cycle that creates further separation, distrust, division, hatred, blame, violence, terrorism, and oppression – the AR peacemakers steps in to bridge the divide between the various peoples of Israel/Palestine – all four major religions, major ethnicities, and citizenries.

“In safe, joyous gatherings, we have witnessed those have been hardened into a separatist view of life in Israel be overwhelmed by the love and beauty exhibited in this evening of coming together.”

 

Building Trust and Peace through Encounter

We who live in our highly-integrated Western culture can’t fully realize how rare and valuable meetings are that foster cultural and religious integration. In safe, joyous gatherings, we have witnessed those have been hardened into a separatist view of life in Israel be overwhelmed by the love and beauty exhibited in this evening of coming together. In response, they have changed long-held policies that have institutionalized separation.

(2014 and 2013 Ramadan Iftar celebrations in Nazareth)

Ramadan Karim!

A traditional greeting during Ramadan in Arabic is “Ramadan Karim!” meaning, “Generous and bountiful Ramadan!There is a long tradition of generosity and support during the time of Ramadan, especially for those in any kind of need, which is why we offer the dinner to all who participate across religions, political parties, and all across Israel and Palestine.

This year it seems so fitting that the dinner will be held just outside Nazareth, where the Prince of Peace grew up, hosted by our next Holy Land Muslim Co-Director Sheikh Khalid Abu Ras and attended by 200 people including cultural, political, and religious luminaries, and national and international media representatives.

The budget for this event including staff and lead-up is $15,000 – and we hope that you are able to contribute generously to further the cause of peace.

Besides providing the food (kosher and halal for all) and the venue, we also provide transportation for our Palestinian guests and for those traveling a great distance – we will rent a bus. We obtain permits for Palestinians to join the program, and the event requires people working for 6 weeks in advance to plan and execute.

A donation of $25 puts food on the table for one person, $75 or 75€ will fully support one of the 200 guests for this dinner and all that the AR puts into holding this event – $750 will support a table 10.

Please donate generously, and all of us in the AR and friends of the AR deeply appreciate your efforts.

It is helpful if you would spread the word to friends and family about our work.

In Peace,

David Less
Board Chairman of The Abrahamic Reunion

How To Donate

  • Online in America: Click Here
  • Germany / EU: Click Here
  • US Checks can be made to “The Abrahamic Reunion” and mailed to 2372 Arden Drive, Sarasota, FL 34232
  • UK / England:  Bank Transfer to Lloyds Bank A/c No: 47911460, Sort Code 30-98-97, Name: Abrahamic Reunion (England). Checks made out to Abrahamic Reunion can be posted to 3 Drummond Drive, Stanmore, Middx., HA7 3PF

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Nurturing Hope For Peace


A Message from David Less for Peace In The Holy Land

Dear Friends of Harmony,

At the height of the recent devastating conflict in the Holy Land, the Abrahamic Reunion brought together a group of 145 Israelis and Palestinians for an interfaith meal in Nazareth. Women and men and children, Christians and Muslims and Jews and Druze, they walked together through the old marketplace. The previous day, there had been a riot in the town. On this day, residents were shocked to see this large diverse group walking arm in arm in peace.

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