Families Forum in Herzeliya

Jewish, Muslim, Christian, and Druze Families gathered yesterday at Sidna Ali Mosque in Herzeliya just north of Tel Aviv for the AR Families Forum – 53 participants including football-playing children, families bringing different things to share including coffee, guacamole, hummous, baklava, fuul, rice, pita, quinoa tabouleh, and much more.

Participants came from the Galilee, from Tel Aviv, and from around the area – Facilitators Sheikh Ghassan Manasra and Annette introduced the event and each shared readings and poetry about children and families, and everyone enjoyed a delicious meal in the courtyard of Sidna Ali next to the beach on a beautiful afternoon.

Imam Bilal of Sidna Ali Mosque came and spoke to the group about the value of what the AR is doing, and Abed Manasra shared that when the minaret of Sidna Ali fell in a storm, there was only one remaining photograph of the minaret – a photo with his Grandfather Abedelsalam Manasra and his father Sheikh Ghassan and others – and that photograph was used to construct the minaret from the exact same stones that had fallen.

Flags of Healing the Heart of the Holy Land (HHHL) danced on the olive trees in the wind, and were gifted to the Mosque and the Imam, who said he will leave them there in the courtyard and hopes the AR will come for Iftar or other events at Sidna Ali.


We were joined by AR Amutah Board member Siham Halaby, by Khalid Abu Ras, Abwouna Khatoum, and many other friends.

The HHHL international peace journey group was also present with David Less, Anna Less, Chris Miller, Jessica Bromby, Zeze Manasra, Dvorah Kost, Kathleen Lyons, Blayne Hougen, Katie Emmons, Kismet Weeber, Annie Borifsky, Kelly MacPherson, Jeff Sprowls, and our videographers Haider Hussain and Max.

A beautiful atmosphere of friendship and connection was present with children playing, adults discussing the texts and getting to know each other, and food and baklava being shared by all.

Special thanks to all the supporters of Healing the heart of the holy land on our Indiegogo campaign for supporting this and the other upcoming events!!


1st HHHL Live Broadcast from the Holy Land

Dear Friends,

We’re inviting you to join us on this journey of Healing the Heart of the Holy Land by offering live broadcasts throughout our journeys, from some of our events, and sharing impressions, news, and stories from our peacebuilding work.

Our first live broadcast vlog is 6:30pm Jerusalem / 11:30am EST / 8:30am PST on Saturday, April 14th. You can watch via Facebook live or after the fact, and we hope to add the videos to our website on this page as well.  Photos, blogs, and updates will be shared throughout the journeys as well.

Come with us! Join in prayer – send prayers from afar – if you have prayers, you can write them to katie@abrahamicreunion.org and we’ll print and leave the prayers in holy places to be amplified. Send us your thoughts, questions, and feedback, and most importantly, be part of Healing the Heart of the Holy Land.

Peace ~ Salaam ~ Shalom

 


Healing the Heart of the Holy Land Updates

Healing the Heart of the Holy Land Begins Soon!

April 13th – 25th: HHHL Peace Journey
April 16th – 23rd: HHHL Events Across the Holy Land
April 26th: A very special HHHL Praying Together in Jerusalem

Dear Supporters of Peace Around the World,

Healing the Heart of the Holy Land (HHHL) is almost here! Right now, as you read this, Executive Director Dr. Anna Less and International Director and Representative Sheikh Ghassan Manasra are in the Holy Land, meeting with peacemakers, peacebuilders, and allies to organize the events of HHHL: the single largest undertaking the AR has ever attempted. Stay tuned for event announcements, reports, photos, live blogs, updates via Facebook, and more!

 

Tune in for Video Updates on Facebook Live

We’re excited to let you know we’ll be offering regular live broadcasts, interviews, and video sessions with the AR’s dedicated core of peacemakers! We’ll bring you right into the action, so you can share in prayer and spread the word about the positive things that are not only possible, but already happening on the ground in the middle of this extremely tense time in the Holy Land. You can find these updates on our Facebook page, here.

AR Documentaries

Thank you again to all those who supported HHHL, both monetarily and in prayer. We have contracted a fabulous duo from a Dutch videography company who will be producing two mini-documentaries about HHHL and the frontline peacebuilding of the Abrahamic Reunion. More soon.

Crowdfunding Campaign Update


Dear supporters of HHHL, your perks are in the works! Here’s a preview of the sticker and window-cling design. If you didn’t get one of these hot items and want to, you can still show your support on our crowdfunding website today by clicking here. It’s not to late to support the Abrahamic Reunion in bringing healing to the Holy Land!

 

 

 

An Eye to the Future

We have spent a considerable amount of time, energy, and resources preparing for the events of HHHL which look to launch the AR into a new chapter of peacebuilding in the Holy Land. Upcoming, we will have the annual Multifaith Holy Land Iftar Peace Dinner for 200+ participants this May 31st, and follow-up programs through the summer to continue the momentum built in HHHL.

This good energy is needed more than ever right now, when the tensions are rising.

We need your help to keep the ship afloat and moving ever forward once HHHL is over (a theme we’ll be coming back to!) so please make a donation today to support the work of the AR.

Please keep us in your prayers.
Peace, Salaam, Shalom,
The Abrahamic Reunion Peacemakers