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Israel360: Roots | Shorashim | Judur: Painful Hope
November 23, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Please join Israel360 for an evening with Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger and Shadi Abu Awwad of Shorashim/ Judur/ Roots, A Local Palestinian Israeli Initiative for Understanding, Nonviolence, and Transformation.
Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger is an Orthodox rabbi and teacher, and a passionate Zionist settler who has been profoundly transformed by his friendship with Ali Abu Awwad, a leading Palestinian nonviolence activist. The two of them were part of the core group that founded Roots in the beginning of 2014.
Shadi Abu Awwad created the Roots youth program and was its first director. Local Palestinian and Israeli teenagers, who would otherwise never met each other, learn to acknowledge each other’s humanity and become a new type of leader who can work together with the other side – and not against it – to create a better future for their peoples.
Please visit www.friendsofroots.net for more information on the inspiring grassroots projects being done by these Israelis and Palestinians who share the conviction that human understanding and trust are the prerequisites for lasting justice, freedom and peace on that tiny sliver of land that they both call home.
This program is sponsored by: Congregation Neveh Shalom in partnership with: Congregation Beth Israel, Congregation Havurah Shalom, Congregation P’nai Or, Congregation Shaarie Torah, Congregation Shir Tikvah, Flamm Family Foundation of OJCF, George Fox University, Greater Portland Hillel, Hand-in-Hand American Friends, Institute for Judaic Studies, J Street Portland, Jewish Federation of Greater Portland, Mittleman Jewish Community Center, Moishe House, Nathan Cogan Family Fund of OJCF; Oregon Hillel, Conflict Resolution Program and the Middle East Studies Center, Portland State University, and more.