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Salaam, Shalom: Speaking of Peace ::Agents of Change: Dialoguing Across Differences

Wed, March 6, 2013 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Three free programs designed to increase dialogue and understanding between local faith communities, supported by multiple religious organizations across Marin • FREE • Selected dates @ 7pm-9pm

 

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Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish

Click here to hear what drives Dr. Abuelaish and his hope for a peaceful future

 

Salaam, Shalom series generously supported by Tricia and Richard Gibbs, and co-sponsored by:



 

 

 

 

Salaam, Shalom: Speaking of Peace

To increase dialogue and understanding among and between local faith communities, we are proud to present these three programs— supported by multiple religious organizations across the North Bay. Each program tells the story of people who have worked to overcome barriers created by religious and other differences to forge an alliance of good will, peace and prosperity. These inspiring stories illuminate how the path to peace is often paved by those who had the courage to reach across the aisle to someone they once considered a stranger or enemy—to listen and attempt to understand the world from another point of view.

Each attendee will receive a Toolkit with resources and information for further exploration of interfaith programs that promote peace.

FREE - Attend one or all three events!

Agents of Change: Dialoguing Across Differences

With Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish 

Wed, Mar 6, 2013: 7pm

Despite the loss of his three daughters due to Israeli rocket fire in 2009, Dr. Abuelaish’s doctrine is that hate is not a response to war. Rather, open communication, understanding, hope and compassion are the tools to bridge the divide between Israeli and Palestinian interests. Dr. Abuelaish will discuss the power of understanding and action to inspire hope to end conflict around the world. Born and raised in the Jabalia refugee camp in the Gaza Strip, this Palestinian peace advocate has dedicated his life to using health as a vehicle for peace in the conflict, and has succeeded despite all odds through a great determination of spirit, a strong faith, and a stalwart belief in hope and family. Dr. Abuelaish has become one of the most prominent and beloved researchers, educators and public speakers on peace and development in the Middle East. Author of I Shall Not Hate, he now lives with his family in Toronto, where he is an associate professor at the University of Toronto.

ABOUT DR. ABUELAISH

Izzeldin Abuelaish, is a Palestinian doctor and infertility expert who was born and raised in the Jabalia refugee camp in the Gaza Strip. He is also a passionate and eloquent proponent of peace between Palestinians and Israelis. He has dedicated his life to using health as a vehicle for peace in the conflict, and has succeeded despite all odds through a great determination of spirit, a strong faith, and a stalwart belief in hope and family.

He received his elementary, preparatory and secondary education in the refugee camp schools, followed by a scholarship to study medicine in Cairo, Egypt and a diploma in Obstetrics and Gynecology from the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of London, UK. From 1997-2002, Dr. Abuelaish completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Soroka University hospital in Beer Sheva, Israel followed by a subspecialty in Fetal medicine in Italy and Belgium, and a Master in Public Health (Health Policy and Management) from Harvard University.

Dr. Abuelaish has overcome many personal hardships, including poverty and violence, to become one of the most prominent and beloved researchers, educators and public speakers on peace and development in the Middle East. Despite the loss of his three daughters in 2009, his doctrine is that hate is not a response to war. Rather, open communication, understanding, hope and compassion are the tools to bridge the divide between Israeli and Palestinian interests. He has directed his energy toward spreading the doctrine that from tragedy can come good; from conflict and hardship can come peace and well-being. He now lives with his family in Toronto, where he is an associate professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. He is the author of I Shall Not Hate.

Upcoming event in this series:

My So Called Enemy

With Director Lisa Gossels

Wed, Apr 10, 2013: 7pm

In July 2002, a group of Palestinian and Israeli teenage girls came to the US to participate in a women’s leadership program called Building Bridges for Peace. While some had lost friends and family, all bore the psychological and emotional scars of living in a war zone. Part expose on the humanity and complexities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, part coming of age story, "My So-Called Enemy" follows the life of six of the girls and how their transformative experience in the program, of knowing their "enemies" as human beings, meets with the realities of their lives at home in the Middle East over the next seven years. View this timely and timeless film about the power of individual narratives to open hearts and minds, build multi-faith and multi-cultural understanding, challenge long-held pre-conceptions, and create the space for dialogue, with the goal of creating more just societies here and abroad. After the film, join us for a discussion with director Lisa Gossels. more...