This past weekend, I had the privilege of joining an amazing group of teens from the Holy Land (the preferred term used by the participants of Peace Camp). These remarkable campers work on building bridges toward peace, and at the core of their work together is a mutual recognition and respect that the Land of Israel is holy to Jews, Christians and Muslims alike.
During my brief time at this camp, which is run by Jerusalem Peacebuilders, I was inspired, encouraged and humbled as these brave souls commit themselves to learning from each other and refuse to allow hatred and violence squelch their hopes for peace. The image above of the three faiths working together was a collective project created by these gifted teens. This image speaks to the work that they do and the hopes that they share in their hearts.
These campers will be joining us this Friday night for Shabbat Services. They will share their experiences and maybe even sing a song for us. Bring friends to services to spread a message of hope and learn about this groundbreaking camp and how it strives to build bridges of peace by planting seeds of trust and understanding in the next generation of leadership.