This past Saturday, I had the privilege of joining an amazing group of Jewish, Christian and Muslim teens from Israel at an international peace camp called “Kids-4-Peace”. My role was to run a program designed to engage these youth in Jewish aspects of interfaith work. Needless to say, it was I who was inspired. These courageous souls have committed themselves to learning from each other despite the ongoing context of hatred and violence that has become so central to their daily lives.
The purpose of this camp, which takes place outside of Houston, is to promote transformational encounters through a residential camp for Israeli, Palestinian and American teenagers. Dialog is facilitated by United States diplomats, former Israeli and Palestinian combatants, artists, and religious leaders from each faith.
One of the many ways these teens engaged with each other was through music. Working with Billy Jonas, a nationally acclaimed star in the world of children’s music, these teens have composed a number of extremely inspirational musical pieces, and Friday evening at Shabbat services they will be at HCRJ to inspire us with their music and their stories.
Please join us Friday night at 7:15pm.