World Interfaith Harmony Week Message from David Less, Board Chairman

World Interfaith Harmony Week Message

from David Less, AR Co-Founder, Board Chairman

Dear friends of harmony,

Today is the beginning of the United Nations week of global interfaith harmony and it is imperative in these times to voice a spiritual and conscious perspective. When we see the news of the world and the happenings in the USA it does not seem we have learned from the past but instead reincarnated thoughts and emotions from our dark past. Instead of harmony we see apparent enmity and divisiveness and a subtle feeling of hopelessness seems to be creeping into the collective global mind. What can be done?

For people of faith, whatever be their religion or belief, the first action in time of crisis is inner. The actions of mindless and faithless governments and of hysterical religious fanatics and terrorists must act as a call to prayer for the faithful throughout the world. Real prayer develops an inner strength, clear vision and a strong will. It removes us from the world of duality and shallow emotions and enables us to marshal the inner forces of our own being in alignment with the strength and will of God.

Is that enough? For some people it is. Maintaining a state of prayer can create a battery of powerful spiritual energy that can be drawn upon by all those working in this world to create harmony and understanding instead of hegemony and fear. For others there is a need to bring actions into this world, to exemplify a spirit of balance and power in the midst of darkness and fear. From prayer comes inspiration and insight. Each of us must find our inner wisdom and guidance and we will know what to do. No one can own our soul and truly no one can inspire us as deeply as our own depth.

What is our work? Whether in the midst of outer demonstrations or discussions, in our writings or actions, in our thoughts and feelings, we must demonstrate peace and harmony, we must show positivity, hope and love. Most importantly, we must spread the atmosphere of love and harmony which, as every scripture says, is the perfume that signifies the presence of God.

I pray we are strong in God, powerful in hope, conscious with harmony, fearless and illuminated and that our faith becomes demonstrably present and alive. The vision of interfaith harmony must leave the world of dreams and we must make it a reality here on our exquisite planet.

With love and blessings,

David Less
For the Abrahamic Reunion

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Come spend an evening with an international peacemaker from Israel. Sheikh Ghassan Manasra is International Executive Director of the Abrahamic Reunion, a multi-faith group of peacemakers committed to using religion as a force for peace. Its members are committed to the principles of nonviolence, tolerance, coexistence, and a religious, human solution to the ongoing struggle in the Holy Land. They are responding to the tense and violent situation in Israel and Palestine by establishing ongoing projects that embody their ideals of “Love, peace, communication, cooperation, and dialogue among the people of Israel and Palestine, including men, women, Muslims, Jews, Christians, and Druze, as well as other spiritual traditions.”

The projects of the Abrahamic Reunion bring hundreds of people of all religions together – both Israelis and Palestinians – in programs across the Holy Land to eat during Ramadan, walk publicly in demonstration of interreligious and Israeli-Palestinian friendship, study each other’s religious texts in each other’s houses of worship, pray for peace at the border of conflict zones, and get to know each other beyond concept and prejudice. When a synagogue is burned, or a Christian monastery is torched, or a mosque firebombed – the Abrahamic Reunion responds in solidarity by bringing fresh scriptures and praying.

The wounds are open and flowing in the Holy Land, where violence has become commonplace. The Abrahamic Reunion keep hope alive, exemplifying peace amidst conflict. These brave men and women often risk their lives, but still they continue in their desire to help others tear down the walls within their hearts and reunite the “Children of Abraham.”


Peacemakers In Germany – Nov 2016 Blog – Dr. Anna Less

The Abrahamic Reunion is holding a 6-city speaking tour, Nov 6th – 19th throughout Germany, hosted by the Global Hope Fund. This blog is written (unless otherwise noted) by Dr. Anna Less, Co-Founder & International Executive Director of the Abrahamic Reunion. Contact or  


Shattering Stereotypes at the Mosque in Mannheim

Our train arrives in Mannheim and Eva and Roland our hosts meet us and take us to our rooms for a short rest. We get settled and soon they pick us up for an early dinner. Our elegant Turkish host Talat Kamram, who has helped arrange our program in Mannheim, greets us when we arrive. He introduces us to the head of Germany’s largest Mosque and also introduces us to the gentleman who will be translating our presentation from English to German.

After a lovely dinner, which our hosts graciously pay for, we go to the Mosque for our event.

We walk past the elaborate Wuzu fountain to the Mosque’s dining hall for our presentation.

We remove the tables and make concentric arcs with the chairs.

The chairs begin to fill, more chairs are brought and those also fill, more chairs are brought and we push our chairs back to make room. The room fills to capacity and then to overflowing.

Mehmet and Ali Ungan the Turkish Musicians arrive and begin their concert. It is a magnificent event.  Eva whispers that she has tried to arrange for the press to come, but they are uninterested. They have another agenda.

Another translator is brought forward. She translates our Arabic and Hebrew speakers directly to German.

At the end our talk the musician’s play traditional Turkish Ilahis for the group. Their music transports us all to another realm.

After our talk the many women in the audience are gathered around Sana and her translator shares that they are so moved by Sana and explains that Sana’s voice is such an important voice to be heard, because Sana shatters the stereotype that Europeans hold about Muslim women. She explains that because of their dress Muslim women in Europe often feel they become a target for prejudice and so many negative attitudes and projections, and they feel that Sana is able to represent them.

After our presentation we go upstairs to the beautiful prayer room of the Mosque. It is glorious.  Congregants come forward and introduce themselves. Each one connects deeply from the heart. As we leave Ghassan stops in the gift shop to buy a Quran but our host refuses to let him pay. We go home to rest. Tomorrow morning we will travel to Ludwigshafen to present in a high school there.

In Peace,
Dr. Anna Less, International Executive Director

False Alarm & Mistaken Identity in Freiburg

Eliyahu McLean (2nd from Left) in Mannheim, an Orthodox Jewish Peacemaker ordained as a Rodef Shalom (Pursuer of Peace) by Rabbi Zalman Schacter, was mistaken on our journey for a terrorist. 

Our day with UWC ends very late and the next morning we get up at 5 AM to pack for our trip to Mannheim.

When Monica arrives to pick up Ghassan and I she hands me a German soccer jersey and a pair of soccer shorts for my 6-year- old grand son. She explains that this soccer uniform was her son’s, which he has out grown now that he is 11. I am so touched. Thank you Moni.

Eliyahu has also gotten up early to visit Freiburg’s Jewish Cemetery and look for the streets where his wife’s relatives used to live.

We are supposed to meet for breakfast at the holiday flat where Eliyahu, Daniel, Khalil and Sana have been staying, and Eliyahu is a running late.

We have heard on the news that the German police have rounded up all of the Salafi Muslims in Germany. It is an ominous feeling, particularly here in Germany.

Just as we begin gathering our things to leave for the train, we hear shouting.

Someone is calling for the police. Eliyahu bursts into the room and cries out, “Siddiq go downstairs and talk to the neighbor. He is calling the police! He thinks I am a Muslim terrorist!

Ironically the neighbor is calling the police on Eliyahu who is an Orthodox Jewish Israeli Peace Activist because the neighbor fears he is a Muslim terrorist.

Siddiq runs down the stairs to calm the neighbor and we grow quiet as we continue to collect the dishes and gather our bags. We have to leave for the train. We don’t know if Siddiq has been able to convince the neighbor that we are not terrorists. We feel nervous as we carry our bags past the neighbor’s door. Will the police arrive and give us a hard time? We load the bags into the car and get in. We wonder has someone written down the license plate number? Will we be followed?

Finally once we are on the train for Manneheim with our things and it pulls away from the station towards Mannheim we exhale and relax a little, but the impression lingers.

Representing Many Religions

The AR’s day at UWC College in Freiburg, Germany Continues

Alex Bird the coordinator of the interfaith day at UWC has asked the Abrahamic Reunion to facilitate the afternoon session for the entire student body and faculty.

We choose scriptures about  “Peace” from the Jewish, Christian, Muslim, and Sufi traditions and project them onto a screen in the auditorium.  (For your interest the scriptures we read are at the end of this article)

After reading all of the scriptures, over 300 students break into circles for discussion groups, then each scripture is projected on the screen for 15 minutes, and the students spend 15 minutes discussing only that scripture.

Then we project the next scripture for 15 minutes and that next scripture is discussed for 15 minutes.

The process continues until each “Peace scripture” from each tradition has been discussed. Then we invite a representative from each circle to stand up and share a summary of their group’s discussion with the entire auditorium full of people.

I have had many opportunities to both participate in, and observe this process, which is known as “Scriptural Reasoning”, but this group is both the largest, most diverse, and youngest group I have had the opportunity to observe.

I find their observations, insights, experiences and comments fascinating and surprising.  They are deep, but also open, and fresh and go places that I haven’t observed in older, smaller, and less diverse groups.  I wonder where will this lead?

Will these young, diverse and global people, with their fresh ideas transform religion in unprecedented ways, or will world conditions and life cause them to collapse back into more traditional interpretations, or possibly even more fundamentalist interpretations, later in their development? I hope for the former possibility and I think about John Lennon’s song “Imagine.”

After our Scriptural Reasoning session the Abrahamic Reunion group is lead to a lounge for a rest while the students participate in more faith based activities.

Topics such as what are the characteristics of a religion, and what are the characteristics of a cult, and what is spirituality are explored. Students have an opportunity to engage in diverse spiritual practices such as chanting, meditation, the Muslim prayers, and Yoga Nidra.  I am so impressed with how UWC handles this day.

At the end of the day the Abrahamic Reunion group rejoins the students and faculty for a water ceremony. We are on a stage before the entire group and as each Abrahamic Reunion member says a prayer (some in the form of a song) in their native language, another Abrahamic Reunion member pours water into a pitcher.  After every Abrahamic Reunion member has prayed, and the pitcher is full, I pour the water into glasses for each A R member and Alex.  We drink the water, which symbolizes the coming together of prayers for peace from all of the faiths.

Mr. Eberhard Stilz, President of the World Ethic Foundation, and a true peacemaker, gave a deep and profound speech, and gave the UWC a World Ethic School award.

At the end of the day we gather in the UWC reception hall to meet foundation heads and German political leaders who fund and promote interfaith work in Germany.

Important connections are made and we discuss possibilities for the future.  When the last dignitaries leave, Laurence Nodder the Director of the UWC takes us out to a Turkish Restaurant to celebrate.  Thank you Alex for coordinating this event and thank you Laurence for hosting us, and also for housing Ghassan and I, and thank you UWC for this wonderful day.  It was truly one of the memorable experiences of my life to participate in this event.

Below are the scriptures the students discussed

From the Jewish Tradition

The only reason that the Holy One, blessed be He, created the world was so that there would be peace among humankind.
 (Bamidbar Rabbah 12A)

G-d announceth to Jerusalem that they [Israel] will be redeemed only through peace. Deuteronomy Rabah 5:15

From the Christian Tradition

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. 

From the Muslim Tradition

O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another. Indeed, the most noble of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous of you. Indeed, Allah has full knowledge and is well acquainted with all things. Surat 49:13 

In Peace,
Dr. Anna Less, International Executive Director


UWC College Interfaith Day in Freiburg, Germany

We wake before daylight to meet Lawrence Nodder the Director of the UWC College in Freiburg.  Lawrence and his wife Debbie live in the downstairs of the building where Ghassan and I have been staying. In years gone by this building was the rectory of the monastery that the UWC College in Freiburg has bought for their campus.

The UWC is an amazing educational movement, which soon will have 17 colleges located around the world. Their mission is to use education as a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future.

The Freiburg campus has 200 students from almost 100 countries. They have been chosen because they have made the most of the resources that were available to them, with almost 90 percent on some type of scholarship.

Today the Abrahamic Reunion will help facilitate the UWC’s annual interfaith event in Freiburg. Local German schools will also participate in the event.

As students pour in and I realize I have never been in such a diverse group of young people.

People recognize who we are and why we are there and come over to introduce them selves.  In just a few moments we meet people from Gaza, Jordon, Iraq, Syria, Thailand, Japan, Norway, Lebanon, Jamaica, Africa and the Philippines it goes on and on. I look into their bright young faces and understand I am looking into the faces of our future world leaders.

I feel so grateful for, and awed by both the UWC and the students who go there.

In Peace,
Dr. Anna Less, International Executive Director

Freiburg – Tibetan Kailash House Presentation

Tonight we had a presentation at Tibet Kailash House in Freiburg. This is a place of great peace and beauty.  I reflect on a book I read many years ago called “The Jew in the Lotus.”  The book describes how the author Rodger Kamenetz, accompanies a group of eight Jewish leaders to Dharamsala, India, to visit the Dalai Lama, who lives there in exile. The text describes the interfaith dialog that took place during that meeting.

The Dalai Lama was particularly interested to learn how the Jews survived for thousands of years as a people in Diaspora. And the Jews want to know what was attracting modern Jews to abandon their Jewish heritage for Buddhism.

I contemplated how the Dalai Lama would behave as a peacemaker if he would be presenting in this setting tonight and I meditate on him before our talk begins.

Over 100 people show up for our presentation. This is our first “full house” in Germany, and our spirits are uplifted. The audience contains a large number of Palestinians and Jews. A woman fluent in Hebrew, Arabic and German comes forward and joins the group to translate.  When she speaks she can’t stop smiling and her love and joy radiates through the crowd.  I study the effect she has on the room and tune my self some more.

I feel like I am taking a crash course in attuning to spiritual presence.

At the end of our presentation Wilfried Pfeffer the Founder and head of the Tibet Kailash House draped white silk scarves over our necks and presented us with a donation.

Thank you Wilfried for your support and for your service to human kind.

In Peace,
Dr. Anna Less, International Executive Director

Stolpersteins: Markers of the Past

Photo Credits: By Hans Weingartz –

I sleep and sleep and when I wake up it is late morning. It is rainy and cold. I seriously consider staying home to rest, but I remember my 6-year old grandson wants a soccer jersey from Germany, and I realize I have been on the road since mid September and this is my first day to shop since I have been gone.  I tell Monika (our hostess and Global Hope Fund coordinator for this speaking tour) that I am on a quest for a soccer jersey and I dream about buying 6 soccer jerseys; one for each of my grandchildren. I wonder how many grand children it takes to make a soccer team and on it goes. Moni tells me her son also wants a soccer jersey and he has been selling his old toys to raise money to buy one. I begin to worry how much German soccer jersey’s cost, but Moni reassures me that she knows a store that sells soccer jerseys cheaper than most places, so we head off to town.

Photo Credits: Christian Michelides, CC BY-SA 4.0,

As we walk though the streets I search for stolpersteins. Stolperstein are small brass bricks embedded in the cobblestone streets. The bricks are memorials planted before the residences from where Jewish people were taken during the Holocaust.  They are inscribed with the names of each person taken from each of those residences. It speaks about when they were born, when they were taken away and where they were taken and when they died.

Photo Credits: By Jwh at Wikipedia Luxembourg lu,

The stolperstein project was initiated by the German artist Gunter Demnig in 1992, and is still ongoing. As of January 2015, over 50,000 stolpersteine have been laid in 18 European countries.

Photo Credits: 
By Axel Mauruszat – Own work, Attribution,

In Freiburg there are many, many stolperstein, particularly in front of the houses in Freiburg’s nicest old neighborhoods. Each time I come across a stolperstein in the streets of Freiburg I study the names on it and consider that if my husband and children and in-laws had been here in this beautiful city at that time their names and probably mine too would have appeared on one of these bricks.

Photo Credits:

As we enter the shopping district the stolperstein stop and I study the prices of the football jerseys and I learn that a German football jersey’s for a 6 year old costs about 95 dollars. My dream of seeing 6 little grandchildren in matching soccer jerseys evaporates.  Ghassan buys a pair of gloves and we go home to rest for the evening presentation.


Dr. Anna Less, International Executive Director


A Deep Mutual Healing between Peacemakers & Germans


A Sufi Story.

One day the tax collector was walking by the river and he slipped and fell. Tumbling into the river he began thrashing about in the water. “Help. Help I am drowning,” he cried. The people nearby rushed to the bank of the river and stretched out their hands to the poor drowning man.  They called out to him “Give me your hand!” “Give me your hand!” “I can’t,” cried the drowning man, as he continued to thrash in the water,  “I am drowning.”  Just then a Sufi happened to be walking by and observing the situation he asked the people what had happened, and they explained that the tax collector had fallen into the river and was drowning. The Sufi stepped up to the edge of the river and stretched out his hand and called to the drowning man, “Take my hand,” And the drowning man reached out his hand and the Sufi pulled him to the shore.


Every day as we continue on this journey this story has played in my head over and over again as I have wondered what is the soul’s vocabulary that will heal the situation we encounter here.

As we travel throughout Germany I have come to recognize that there is a very complex psychological process that takes place when the people in Germany encounter a group of Israeli and Palestinian peacemakers.


Usually when I travel with the peacemakers in countries that are perhaps more prosperous and less conflicted than Israel and Palestine, I experience a type of sympathy for the Israeli and Palestinian people and a certain type of admiration for the peacemakers, but in Germany I experience something far more complex.

In Germany I sense a desire to be loved and healed from their own past and a sense of wondering if the world holds them at least partially responsible for the situation in Israel and Palestine.  For some there is a need to clarify where they stand accompanied with a wonder if they are allowed to have an opinion or to express it. Or if their views will be heard accurately or judged. There seems to be a desire on the part of the German people we meet to be seen by the peacemakers for the good people that they are and we encounter this feeling everywhere we go.  We encounter it in the people on the trains and in the vegetable markets, we encounter it in the bus drivers, and we encounter it in the people who have worked so hard to make this tour all that it is, in our hosts and in the organizers of our programs.  Over and over again on this trip I have looked into the faces of our hosts and I experience them as angels.  It is a rare experience on earth to look into the faces of human beings and to see angels but on this trip it happens every day.


I originally imagined when we came to Germany that we were coming to raise money for the peacemakers and their work, and perhaps that may happen, but I have realized as this trip has unfolded that there is a very deep mutual healing that is taking place between our hosts and us. When they feed us and care for us it tells us that the world hasn’t forgotten us in our struggle for peace in the midst of a seemingly intractable conflict. And our profound gratitude and love for them and all they are doing for us also soothes them in a certain way that that I did not expect.  It lets them know that they are doing their part to heal the collective psychic pain inherited from the past that has continued to affect the whole world.  “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God.”  


A Palestinian Refugee at Münster’s Annual Universal Worship Service
whatsapp-image-2016-11-10-at-2-21-50-pmAfter signing the book of Peace, our Abrahamic Peacemakers were the key participants representing the Abrahamic Faiths in Muster’s annual Universal Worship. Every year in Munster Reverand Cherag Anna Marie Ittermann presides over a Universal Worship, to which she invites clergy of the different world’s religions to light candles on a single alter and pray for peace.

During the service Eliyahu McClain the Abrahamic Reunion’s Israeli Coordinator said a Jewish prayer in Hebrew and Daniel Aqleh, who is an Evangelical minister from Bethlehem and the Abrahamic Reunion’s Palestinian Coordinator, said the Lord’s Prayer in Arabic. Khalil Albaz a Bedouin Imam who is also an Abrahamic Reunion peacemaker traveling with us also said prayers in Arabic from the Muslim faith.

At the end of the service approximately 75 people joined hands and sang for peace.  One woman with tears of joy in her eyes approached me and shared with a heavy German accent,

“I never thought I would see this. My name is Siham and I am a Palestinian.  I came from Gaza. When I was five years old an Israeli bomb fell on our house and I saw five of my brothers and sisters killed. I became a refugee and I have been living in Germany for the past 40 years.”

Her face crumpled and her tears quickly changed to sobs as I reached out my arms to hold her.  Seeing her grief Sana came over to hold her too.

Our Arabic speaking members gathered around her to soothe her in the language of her childhood.

This is our work.




Signing the Book Of Peace in Münster


We have had a very intense time in Munster.

Once we got off the train with our huge suitcases it was obvious to our hosts we would not be bicycling to our respective homes.

Munster is one of Germany’s Green cities. The cobble stone streets of the ancient city center make it impossible to use cars, so every one bicycles.

After taking taxis to the homes of our various hosts on the out skirts of town, we dropped off our things and headed for the Historical City Hall of Münster to meet Munster’s mayor who explained the significance of this famous European landmark to our group.


The Historical City Hall of Münster was used for the Peace negotiations what ended the Thirty Years’ War in Europe and simultaneously ended the Eighty Years’ War between Spain and the Netherlands This was the first time in history that a war was ended through the process of peace negotiations rather than military victory.

The Thirty Years’ War (1618- 1648) was one of the longest and most destructive conflicts in European history and it was Europe’s deadliest religious war, resulting in eight million casualties.

Initially a war between various Protestant and Catholic states in the fragmented Roman Empire, it gradually developed into a conflict involving most of the great powers of Europe.

The peace negotiations to end these wars took five years and the peace delegates from through out Europe travelled with their entourages of up to 250 people to Munster, where the local inhabitants were compelled to house them while they participated in the Peace Process.


As the Mayor of Munster described this ancient European history it was easy to transcribe these events on to the current situation in the Middle East.  By changing the religions and countries involved and our humble role in the peace making process, we were awed by the similarities, and could only pray that the current situation in the Middle East would also end with peace negotiations.

Even most of our German hosts had been unaware of this history. Following our tour the mayor escorted us upstairs to the Peace Room in the City Hall where we signed the City’s Hall’s Book of Peace, an honor reserved for peacemakers.  As news paper reporters recorded the events, we added our signatures, signed in the name of the Abrahamic Reunion and accompanied by the names of our countries to Munster’s Book of Peace, and as the Abrahamic Reunion we felt deeply connected to the stream of peacemakers who through out time and space had also signed this book.




Kristallnacht Commemoration Service in Münster


It is November 9th the morning after the American Elections and the whole world has awakened to learn that Donald Trump is  the new American president, and our German hosts have arranged for us to be the special guests at the commemoration service for Kristallnacht in Munster’s synagogue.

The synagogue we enter is modern and has obviously been newly built. However, it stands on the sight where on November 9th in 1938, Munster’s synagogue was destroyed in an event that lives in infamy as Kristallnacht, the night of broken glass.  That night Jewish homes, hospitals, and schools were ransacked, and the attackers demolished the buildings with sledgehammers.  Over 1,000 synagogues were burned and over 7,000 Jewish businesses destroyed or damaged.

The pretext for the attacks was the assassination of the German diplomat Ernst vom Rath by Herschel Grynszpan, a German-born Jew living in Paris.

When we arrived at the crowded synagogue, I was surprised to realize how many Jews appeared to be living in Munster.  We took our reserved seats near the front of the congregation and a number of very elderly congregants smiled and greeted us. It was obvious that Sana in her Hijab and Bedouin clothing and Ghassan and Khalil in their traditional Muslim hats were unusual participants in the ceremony.

The Rabbi described what happened to the synagogue on Kristallnachcht and other eminent members of the congregation expressed concern about where America appeared to be heading in the wake of Trump’s election.

They implored participants to not forget Kristallnacht and to overcome their prejudices and fears of the other.  They explained that now it was the time to be courageous and to protect the vulnerable, and the refugees of Muslim Extremism.  As the speeches continued our translators grew silent, too emotionally affected to continue translating.

During the service 6 candles were lit, each representing one million Jewish holocaust victims (6 million total). Eliyahu took pictures for his wife whose grandfather’s shop in Berlin was destroyed on Kristallnachcht and whose relatives were subsequently killed in the Holocaust.

Following the service there was a reception upstairs in the synagogue. Many participants in Yarmulkes came to shake our hands, welcome us, and some introduced themselves in Hebrew. It was then that we were shocked to realize that many of the participants were not Jewish. They were German Christian clergy who had studied in Israel, and they were German politicians.  Only some of the participants were actually Jewish, but they were anxious to connect to Eliyahu and the other Abrahamic Reunion members from Israel. One Jewish man who had fought in the six-day war was anxious to seek out Daniel and asked how the war had affected his family. We recalibrated and absorbed the complexity of what was taking place as our German hosts and translators came and thanked us, and explained that because they were with the Abrahamic Reunion it was the first time they had ever been in a synagogue, and for them as Germans the service was very important and healing.

This is our work.


DAY 3 – From Germany to Israel & Back Again

whatsapp-image-2016-11-06-at-2-14-00-amThis afternoon we finally arrived in Hamburg, after a long adventure riding the German Bahn, their train system, which is highly efficient and a fast way to travel throughout the country.

Our hosts Michael Nuessen, his wife Claudia, and Pamela Hall met us at the station, and we learned more about Michael’s storied family history.

During the war Michael’s Jewish grandfather was killed in Auschwitz, while Michael’s father, Hans, was in the Hitler youth movement. In the last days of the war Hans was wounded and sent to a military hospital in Germany, and a Jewish doctor treated him. Hans was so impressed by the Jewish doctor’s compassion that he converted to Judaism and moved to Israel, where he was wounded a second time.

While he was recovering in the Israeli hospital, Hans met a young nurse, Elana, a Holocaust survivor.  They married and moved together to a kibbutz in th South of Israel near where Imam Khalil and Sana Albaz now live. Michael was born in the kibbutz and grew up there as a child until 1957, while Michael was five years old, his parents made the courageous choice to return to Germany so Hans could take a job. It was meant to be a temporary job, but they never returned to live in Israel.whatsapp-image-2016-11-05-at-2-19-51-pm

After dropping off our bags in our respective homes, we gathered to eat a delicious dinner in a Syrian restaurant. When we introduced ourselves at the restaurant, our beautiful young waitress was surprised to realize that Daniel was from her hometown, Bethlehem.

We all spent the rest of the meal joking with Daniel and the waitress about the possibility that they were destined to meet in this way.

DAY 2 – Palestinian Peacemaker Rev. Daniel Aqleh Arrives 

daniel-arrivesI am sending you a picture of our Abrahamic Reunion in Frankfurt, where finally our dear brother Daniel Aqleh has arrived to join Ghassan, Khalil, Sana and I in the home of Andreas and Christine.

His journey to get here says it all. While the rest of the Peacemakers were able to quickly and easily buy airline tickets, hop a taxi from our homes, and fly right from Tel Aviv to Frankfurt, Daniel as Palestinians are forbidden to fly from Tel Aviv. As there is no major airport in Palestine, Daniel, when permitted, flies from Amman, Jordan.

Hesana-prepares-makloubeh began applying for his Germany visa in September, only to be told the earliest appointment he could get was in November the day after everyone else would arrive for our first program in Germany. Although he is completely fluent in Arabic and English, the forms were so complicated he had to ask people from all over the world to help him fill out the paper work as one small mistake could ruin his opportunity to come.

He says without Monika Kornisch’s (Global Hope Fund / Abrahamic Reunion Germany Coordinator) many emails, formal Abrahamic Reunion letters of invitation, and his letters of recommendation detailing his nine years of employment at Bethlehem Bible College, he would not have been able to get his Visa. Thanks to multiple calls and letters from our coordinators in America and Germany he was able to secure an earlier interview in late October.

But the interview was only the next step. After passing the initial interview, Daniel underwent several health checks, purchased mandatory insurance for his trip, and traveled 8hrs through  border checkpoints in Palestine, Israel, and into Jordan, to Amman for his flight, which cost three times more than the flight from Tel Aviv the rest of us were on.

(Daniel’s father tells him how he remembers family outings to Amman for lunch when he was a young man. It was a journey that took less than an hour, compared to the multi-day journey now undergone.)

(Left: Sana prepares to make makloubeh for our group, with Christine, one of our hostesses)

We are grateful that Daniel has arrived safely. Tonight Sana will make makloubeh (a Palestinian specialty) for us all and tomorrow morning we will take a 6 hour train ride to Hamburg for a meeting with Syrian refugees.


Day 1 – Meeting Sheikh Hassan in Frankfurt

meeting-sheikh-hassan-dyckThis is a picture of our meeting with Sheik Hassan Dyck in the restaurant associated with his Tekka (Sufi Center) where we met after Jummah Prayer (Friday prayers) and Zikr (chanting) in their Mosque. Sheikh Hassan gave a great Hutba (sermon) in English that was translated into Arabic for the Arabic speaking participants in the Jummah Prayer. He also led a great Zikr afterward, which Ghassan loved. Sana had a head ache and asked me to sit with her so unfortunately I missed the Zikre, which I would have loved to do as I have seen Sheikh Hassan’s Zikres on You tube so many times.

Sheikh Hassan is sitting next to Ghassan. Sheikh Bukari, one of the Abrahamic Reunion’s founding and foremost members, now passed, and his wife Hala have stayed in their “dargah” many times.  They use the term Dargah differently than it is used in India. They call their center a Dargah, which they explained means a mosque with a living quarters associated with it, in India a Dargah is where a saint is buried.

Because I was sitting at the other end of the table I didn’t get to talk to Sheikh Hassan too much, but he has a wonderful energy and he and Ghassan and Khalil were really able to connect. Our eyes met and in our glance we knew.

sheikhhassan3I had the feeling that somehow we had met before being born, in a special class together to be trained for a certain type of destiny and responsibility in life, and as I sat at the table, it was almost as if I could see and remember every detail of that class, the color, the atmosphere. I felt that each of us had expressed certain details from the memory of that place in the spiritual leadership that we each hold responsibility for in different parts of the world. I felt like I was at my class reunion.

Abdul the lovely man sitting next to Sheikh Hassan in the picture showed us around their center, which has been converted from a bowling alley into something that looks like it came out of Shaherzad, with beautiful calligraphy and Arabesque designs. You can see them in the back ground of the photo.

It all came together to remind me of rich, spiritual, interfaith experiences I have had at The Parliament of the World’s Religions, or The Abode Of The Message in NY, to name a couple. It was an amazing day. Thank you Mumina for connecting us and Monika Kornisch for making the appointment.

Deep Love, Anna Less

Dr Anna Less with German hostess and supporter Christine

Dr Anna Less with German hostess and supporter Christine

2016 Sept Peace Journey Blog by David Less

Blog #9: Continuing to Reach Out With Hope

Tomorrow is the last day here in the Holy Land for Ghassan and me. Anna left yesterday as she had some presentations to make back in The States. We are trying to lay the foundations for the next iteration of the Abrahamic Reunion here in Israel and Palestine and around the world.

Here, the cooperation and communication among all groups of people is incredibly necessary as it is really lacking. Every community, religious and cultural, is separated from the other. Many don’t realize this was not always the case. In the Middle East Christians, Muslims, Jews and Druze used to live in the same villages and cities quite harmoniously. The hospitality that is still so much a part of the Middle Eastern culture had people joyously celebrating the holidays and feasts of the other. So many of the older people that are native here remember a time when this was so.

Was everything idyllic without problems? Of course not but the level of enmity we see today was not present. When the other was your neighbor, your friend, your helper in time of need it was difficult to project on them the negativity so common today. Instead of asking what happened our question must be what can be done going forward?

As always, blame is not the answer. Pointing fingers at the other and proving it is all their fault just creates more excuses for violence and separation. Many groups here used to be “peace” groups but some have given up, some became too bogged down in bureaucracy, and some are just political. By trying to use religion as a way we are making some progress. We are not limited to any one religion or one way of practicing any faith. We are searching for the heart connection, the miracle of collective faith as a means of opening doors and minds.

We in the AR are looking for those people who carry the light of hope rather than blame, who can facilitate real heartfelt encounters and remind people of our commonality rather than our differences. These people do exist and are moved to tears by meeting others who are sharing the same way. Sisters and brothers who, whatever be their outer faith, are willing to not just teach the acceptance of the other but to reach out in hope.

We had a lovely meeting with Abuna (Father) Nael of Nazareth, an ardent believer and supporter of the work we do. He is an Anglican priest who was born here and whose family lives here. He shared his ideas about bringing in the young people before they hear the negativity and pain. He already runs camps and meetings, cultural events and meals, to raise the consciousness of the young and remind the millennials of what is hoped for from their generation. His perfect idiomatic English is representative of his wisdom in the needs of the diverse cultures here. We are lucky he is with us.

And finally we met with Khalil Albaz and Sana Albaz, founding members of the Abrahamic Reunion and he is the Imam for the Bedouin community of Tel Sheva and widely respected in the large Israeli Bedouin community. Sana, with her classic Arab Bedouin profile, is an educator of young children and an ardent believer in religious harmony and peace in Israel that is so necessary. She is a powerful speaker and we all respect and appreciate her clear, critical thinking. There are well over 225,000 Bedouins in the Negev alone and they are well represented by Khalil in both religious and community matters. For me, the passion of these two for the work we are doing is a source of inspiration for us all. They are fierce in their dedication to peace. Khalil and Sana will be with Anna and Ghassan in Germany in November and I hope you get to meet them.

I have been here three weeks and it feels like a much longer stay. I know we must press on as we are beginning to see the fruits of fifteen years of planting seeds. We need help, both financial and volunteer work. We pay our coordinators in Israel and Palestine a ridiculously low salary and all other money goes directly to our work here. We are trying to grow globally and create groups of religious harmony in many countries. For those who have helped, deep gratitude. If you haven’t please give what you can. We are not an esoteric group and just speaking about us to your friends and family is another way to help.

Prayer and profound hope in the face of a very difficult situation are also wonderful ways to help.

Finally a word of thanks to all of our steadfast group of believers here and around the world. Love to our two stalwarts, Eliyahu  McLean and Abed al Salaam Manasra.

Blog #8 from David Less: Beyond Blame & Scorn

Yesterday there was more violence in Israel and Palestine. The story goes on, and the pain and confusion seem to create numbness rather than awareness. A segment of the Palestinian population campaigns against “normalization” of relationships with the government of Israel. It seems from my perspective, that the acceptance of violence and enmity has become the norm. Blame and scorn on all sides have created an artificial reality that is accepted as if that is what life really is. This must be changed. As I am writing this an alarm on someone’s phone is vainly trying to awaken them. The metaphor to life here is too obvious. Religion and religious leaders still have some influence here. The people we are privileged to know and work with here are part of the awakening. In their quiet way they are working with the young future leaders and citizens. Daily I realize that we have been so blessed to know and befriend these local heroes who have grown beyond blame and internal dogma.

Rev. Daniel Aqleh is an evangelical Palestinian minister living in Bethlehem. He is a champion of human rights for all peoples of this area. His passion is infectious and his evangelical coloring is apparent when he speaks of peace for all and an opportunity for connection with God for all. In his master’s thesis he proposed a program of working with young people in small groups populated by other young people of the same faith and culture and after some training sessions in true dialogue bringing the groups together. It seems such an obvious formula but it is not being done as far as we see. We are trying now to get funding for this program and hope to begin starting pilot groups in February and eventually starting groups all over Israel and Palestine. Daniel is the Abrahamic Reunion’s coordinator in Palestine.

We had a lovely lunch and meeting with Father Russ McDougall, the Catholic priest who is the rector of the Tantur Ecumenical center in Jerusalem. This place has hosted the AR for many of our interfaith events and has been a place of healing and comfort for us as we continue with our work here. Fr. Russ’s support, guidance and insight into the ecumenical workings in Jerusalem have been deeply helpful but his light filled heart is the great gift for us all.

Please keep us in your prayers and send good thoughts. The work here can be heavy and we really feel the support of so many people who are not physically with us. We are truly grateful and feel so fortunate to be able to do this work.

Blog #7: A Vision for Peace In The Holy Land

Rabbi Yakov Nagen has a vision for peace in the Holy  Land. He is an orthodox rabbi, a teacher in a yeshiva, a settler, and a man with a true, loving, pure heart. From the outset some of those qualities seem contradictory but that is the nature of life here in Israel and Palestine. Rabbi Nagen is also a dedicated member of the Abrahamic Reunion using his religious foundation to envision peace here. He recognizes the reality of the two cultures but uses the common areas between Arabs and Jews to craft this vision.

Reb Nagen sees a confederation similar to the European Union, where both states would maintain their autonomy, individuality and core identity yet join together when the benefit for both would be helpful. Imagine two circles next to each other with an are of overlap in the center. The overlapping area would be the areas of commonality that would provide both a buffer to each other and an area where relationships could be fostered. What this plan offers is an opportunity to envision something greater than the two states while at the same time offering respect to both cultures. What he is suggesting is really a process not an end. Really a place to begin which seems so lacking in the maelstrom of conflicting ideas, cultures and opinions that makes up the Holy Land. The area that is the natural place to begin is also the place of controversy; religion.

Haddasah Froman, wife of the great prophet of peace Reb Menachem Froman whose presence is so sorely missed, is continuing his great legacy of honoring the great wisdom found in the three religions of Abraham and using that wisdom to promote peace and hope. One of Haddasah’s projects is to teach Israeli soldiers when they begin their military training some truths about Islam and Palestinians. She shares a very human and loving perspective that hopefully penetrates the hearts of these young men and women so their actions in the field will be both compassionate and wise. The list of other projects Hadassah is involved in is extensive and includes teachings for leaders of the government and the military. She also teaches young students in Israel in conjunction with some great Palestinian Muslim leaders to show an example of harmony.

It is psychicly exhausting to be here right now as there is a disconnect between the inner desire of the souls of so many on opposite sides of the issues and the outer expressions and actions. We are trying to simultaneously build bridges and take down walls, a difficult combination.

I see so much material progress in both areas, so much worldly success but inwardly the need to connect with the divine is not being cultivated. The religion of the compassionate heart is longing to be embraced here.

With love and blessings from the Holy Land,

David Less

BLOG #6: “A Global Human Family”

Yesterday we went north from Nazareth and visited a Melkite Christian school in Rame, Israel and its director, Dr. Jiries Mansour, a solid bedrock member of the Abrahamic Reunion. The school, supported by the Israeli government and the Roman Catholic Church, has well over 700 Israeli Arab students: Christian, Muslim and Druze. The school begins with kindergarten and ends with high school. Although quite modern with extensive labs and digital environment it still has the atmosphere of an ancient holy place. The education here is recognized as at the top level, the facility is beautiful and functional, but what I found most heart warming was the theme of compassion that ran as a thread throughout the school.

We sat with Jiries for a few hours discussing the Abrahamic Reunion and deacon-jiries-mansur-150x150what the future role it could play both in the Holy Land and around the world. When asked what he would like to create he responded clearly with an idea that he had obviously envisioning for a while. He wanted to build a school to teach peace with students of all religions of the Holy Land attending and getting to know each other, studying together and learning the truth found in each other’s way of life. He felt so strongly about this idea that for a moment sitting there I saw it in my minds eye as if it had been there for a decade already.

He was excited about the goals of the Abrahamic Reunion and was optimistic about attaining them if we have the support of friends outside of Israel as well as within. The support needed was not just financial but more importantly energetic, creative and visionary.

We left the school just as Jiries was leaving for Romania where he was going to assess a university there as a place for him to receive his second PhD. What moved me so deeply was the realization of what a real family we have become and the thought that one global human family is not a dream but a necessity.

ibtisammahameed_0We left Rame and drove to Faradis, a peaceful Arab town which is the home of Ibtisam Mahameed and her dear husband Subkhi. He was obviously in deep physical pain and it turned out he had a kidney stone and was waiting to see us before going to the hospital. The idea of him staying in his painful condition so that he could visit with us for a while instead of immediately going to the hospital was not something that fits with our western model. Love can be expressed in so many ways. We had a beautiful visit not discussing the AR but instead just enjoying the company and love we share with each other. We will go back another day to discuss the projects and how best to continue working together but we needed the visit to honor the love we share as the foundation for our work. Ibtisam is a great community leader, protector of the rights of women and advocate of religious harmony but as we sat together and shared how our families are and the many small details discussed with friends the true importance of what we had built over the last fifteen years was so heartwarmingly apparent.

We didn’t come here over so many years to teach but instead to learn and we have never been disappointed.

“Inviting Angels”: Peace Journey Day 5 Blog

Blog #5

 Yesterday was a Muslim holiday celebrating the sacrifice of Ishmael by his father, Abraham. In our Judeo-Christian culture we speak about the sacrifice of Isaac, not his brother Ishmael. We then find this fundamental disagreement built in from 1500 years ago. Who is right? Perhaps the stories are prophetic tellings of what was to come. If we see these stories symbolically both Isaac and Ishmael are being sacrificed today. Where is the angel who comes at the last moment to save the victims of God’s testing and teaching.

In the midst of the feast day yesterday the atmosphere suddenly changed and we learned of another shooting, another murder, happening close to where we are staying in the home of our dear friend, Ghassan Manasra and his family. In this digital era events are known almost as they are happening. Ghassan was being visited by some Israeli Jewish philosophers and scholars. They all said guns are readily available here and violence follows the instruments of violence.

The sadness of the shooting left a pale over the rest of the day but somehow Abed Manasra and his wife Issra made some incredibly soulful music and we all cried and gave thanks for each other and the incredible human capacity to transform pain.

The angel who will come from God and transform the sacrifice is waiting for an invitation. Abraham invited the angel to come in his hour of need. Our challenge is to find a way to create a real invitation today. We are trying to create that by sacrificing our concepts of right and wrong and crafting the real invitation for peace from our tears and pain. By sharing and listening to the other our soul, our internal angel, is creating peace, a peace that passes understanding.

BLOG #4 – Sept 11th, 2016

Yesterday during a four-hour meeting with Eliyahu Maclean, a founder of the Abrahamic Reunion, and a director of our Holy Land programs, I was struck so deeply by the dangers presented by a desire to help without understanding complex cultural and religious differences. Perhaps the USA is learning this difficult lesson from Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan and Syria, to name a few. Of course the desire to help can be most helpful and charitable but it must be accompanied by an unfettered ego not bound by self-interest, even noble self-interest, and a strong desire and ability to listen. This is the primary reason why political processes take so long and are often so ineffective.

What can we do in the Abrahamic Reunion is to reduce the chance that our helping doesn’t produce the opposite effect. What is the over-arching ego trap we must not fall into and how can we practice the level of listening needed for compassionate success? I’ve so often learned here that the spaces, the unspoken places in conversation often contain more valuable information than what is communicated overtly. Pir Vilayat Khan often spoke and wrote about that which transpires through that which appears and this is the rare talent that must be applied here. Many can hear the outer and act on the information but the mystic, the lover, the truly compassionate one can hear the inner voice of the other. Again and again we see the misunderstandings created by not being able to communicate or hear the real message behind the words.

Can we learn to listen in this way? It seems to require great discipline and love. Our personal ego structure has often trained us to be protective and armored. But to truly help we need to not weigh the balance of our needs and goals with that of the other but strive to know what will create real balance and harmony. This is not a mental process alone but an intuitive awareness that can only be developed in one’s feeling faculties. Not a blind sentimentality that so often turns the desire to help into a morass of confusion but the clear heart developed by real meditation, prayer, and constantly questioning our own motivations and impulses.

This is the true peace-making and it requires a training not easily available. It can be taught but it simultaneously must be caught. We are beginning to see an additional role for the Abrahamic Reunion beyond the need to overcome separation. Because of our combined role as facilitator of peace through the means of religion we can also create venues where the potential peace bringers of the future can learn to both listen and learn how to help in ways that bring about lasting healing rather than chaos.

This level of peace bringer has existed in human history when the needs of humanity demanded. Certainly today, when we see chaotic responses to our environmental and societal problems, we must begin to teach this kind of helpfulness that is capable of actually bringing peace.

BLOG #3 – Sept 10th, 2016

Yesterday we spent hours with a very wise man, a peacemaker, in a village in northern Israel. We spoke at length about the need in all of humanity for the feeling of peace and security. This conversation helped me to understand the emphasis Jewish Israelis place on security. Imagine a 4000 year quest for this feeling. Imagine how it is passed on in the DNA of many generations. How the need to constantly look over our shoulder becomes so much a part of consciousness that its presence becomes invisible.

The seeking of peace is not a peaceful process. Although living in a house is much more comfortable and secure than living in the open, the building of a house is quite stressful.

In this place where so many civilizations have come and gone, where so many prophets have walked, the building of a house of peace is stressful. There are traditions that are rooted so far in the past no one remembers the origin or the cause and yet these traditions mold the actions and reactions of the present. And in the present, in our desire for peace we forget the peaceful times, the decades and even centuries, when Muslims and Jews lived as a family in peace. Were there problems? Of course, there are always problems. These problems become the obstacles for building the house and the overcoming of these problems ultimately creates a beautiful house of peace.

I asked some of the wise ones here this question: If peace came today in Israel and Palestine would Israeli Arabs move to Palestine? Would Palestinians really come back to Israel? The answer to both questions was no. there would be no vast migrations or shifts, no great outer change at all  I realized if there would be no geographic change why the enmity and fear that is so present today. Almost everyone here is imagining what peace would be like in their mind based on the traumas of the past. The peace people are imagining is a fantasy, a caricature of peace. The real peace that must come will be filled with problems and difficulties but it will ultimately prevail. It must be based on love and the real desire to recognize that we are connected to the other and we can choose to have a peaceful connection with problems or an attempt to maintain a disconnect with much greater and more destructive problems.

The difficulties here are not unique to the Holy Land although everyone wants to believe that. Stripped of cultural conditioning the problems here are universal. That being said, if we can create peace here it will rekindle hope in so many other places.

I really don’t know why humans have a dark side but we are being invited to evolve. After seven decades of self reflection I really don’t know why I have my sometimes long moments of forgetting my source which is love. The act of procreation is even called “making love”. Can humanity make love? I hope so.

With love and blessings from the Holy Land,

David Less

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BLOG #2 – Sept 9th, 2016

Yesterday we spent the whole day in the northern part of Palestine meeting with two of the coordinators of the Abrahamic Reunion. The feeling in Palestine is both very different than Israel but also very similar. As we drove through I was reminded once again of the beauty of both of these powerful lands and the depth of history, ancient and modern to be felt in the Holy Land. My mind says of course there is this history but feeling it in my cells and heart is a very different experience.


I was thinking this Palestine is the land of Goliath and the Palestinians, (the Philistines), have been getting bad press ever since David hit his mark. Over and over, every Palestinian I spoke to urged me quite strongly to tell the world, “we are not terrorists, we are not murderers. Don’t judge six million people based on the actions of a few”. I was surprised at the consistency of one other message from so many.”our land is under occupation and it is amazing there is not more frustration”. From the Israeli point of view any act of violence is not acceptable and certainly I understand and agree with this point of view also. So the separation continues. How can there be peace when the model is separation. Jewish Israelis are not allowed to go into Palestine. Palestinians have great difficulty entering Israel. Its not just the physical wall that separates it’s the psychological one that is even more powerful.


I am living in a house in Israel now with a family that has been stabbed, shot at, their dwelling destroyed and still live in fear that this could be repeated at any moment and the reality is that it could happen. As I write this I can imagine the reader asking who did the violence so we can understand or even subconsciously blame. That thinking creates more confusion and hurt. The whole situation is to blame. There must be a real process begun not a political charade on all sides. With all due respect I’m not sure the politicians want peace. The peacemakers must make peace in themselves and then one person at a time. The peacemaker is confronting deep and confused energy and she or he must learn the art of inner peace as well as the conceptual outer so the process can begin. Finding the chink in the armor of confrontation and separateness. This is our work.


With love and blessings from the Holy Land,

David Less


BLOG #1 – Sept 8th, 2016

Yesterday we had the privilege to visit with the elder statesman of the peace movement in Israel. Elias Jabbour is a seventh generation practitioner of “sulha”,the traditional peacemaking formula of the middle east. He is in his eighties and has been a friend and advisor for the last sixteen years. Elias is a Melkite Christian Arab with a deep love for humanity and a keen insight into the problems of the day in Israel and Palestine. He does not blame or accuse, does not speak negatively or allow any personal suffering to color his views.


As we ate a delicious lunch prepared by his elegant wife Hayam, he began to expound on the need of the day. As I write this it sounds so banal but the experience of hearing his words was both deeply moving and a reminder as to the purpose of our work. He said the obvious in a manner that caused it to go deeper than the mind. What is lacking in Israel and the world is love. Our work is primarily creating arenas where the love inherent in every human being can be rekindled and emerge with its natural power. Love, he said, is more powerful than the atomic bomb. It is the most powerful and valuable of our natural resources.


Then he spoke on the two fundamental principles of a peacemaker. Firstly, a peacemaker must never get angry. Anger clouds the natural wisdom and compassion in a human being. In anger we lose the clear inspiration that is the key to making peace. Secondly, the peacemaker must never give up.  He shared the story of a village feud that took thirty years to be settled and it was settled due to the perseverance of the peacemaker. We must never give up hope.


The lessons seem so simple and yet how many days do we live where nothing angers us? Can we, like Elias, control our thoughts and speech to remove negativity in the midst of a situation that so entices the negative? Can we truly not give up but plod ahead through the mud of doubt, fear, exhaustion and trauma around us and find the primal ground of inner and outer peace and share that with our fellow human family? These are the challenges we must confront and overcome. This is not an easy discipline. Peace is precious and cannot come without the discipline and the desire to make it a reality.


Today the peacemaker must be both an individual and part of a greater whole. We need each other to create the vision and model of a peaceful society. Our work is often lonely when we forget this but so healing when we are part of a team making peace. I am grateful for the support, love and prayers I feel from so many around the world at this time. I’m deeply thankful for this and feel I represent so many in my journey here.


With love and blessings from the Holy Land,


David Less