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A consortium of Valley synagogues is working together to host an evening with members of an extraordinary organization, Combatants for Peace.
In 2006, Israeli and Palestinian former combatants, people who had taken an active role in the conflict, laid down their weapons and established Combatants for Peace. The egalitarian, bi-national, grassroots movement was founded on the belief that the cycle of violence can only be broken when Israelis and Palestinians join forces. Combatants for Peace is the only organization, worldwide, in which former fighters on both sides of an active conflict have laid down their weapons, choosing to work together for peace and justice. They were nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, 2017.
The Combatants are coming to speak, to tell their personal stories of transformation from violence to nonviolence and to share the work they are doing on the ground to end the Occupation and bring peace to both peoples. We will have two speakers: one Israeli and one Palestinian, and also be screening a short clip of their recent, award winning, documentary: Disturbing the Peace.
Our speakers will be: Rami Ben Ari, Israeli & Osama Elewat, Palestinian
Temple Israel, Greenfield will host the event at 27 Pierce Street in Greenfield
Saturday evening, April 21, 2018
Doors open at 8. Program begins at 8:30
Co-Sponsored by Congregation B'nai Israel, Northampton, Brattleboro Area Jewish Community, Jewish Community of Amherst, Beit Ahavah Reform Synagogue of Greater Northampton, Florence and Temple Israel, Greenfield