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Reconciliation in a Time of Teshuva (Online)

  • Sunday, September 12
  • 1:00 PM to 2:15 PM
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  • Program Leader: Rami Elhanan and Laila Alsheikh

A Conversation with The Parents Circle

As we look inward during the High Holy Days for spiritual return and renewal as individuals and communities, it is a perfect time to connect with the Parents Circle. This organization is made up of Israelis and Palestinians who have lost family members to terror and war. They meet to hear and acknowledge their respective stories and use those stories/memories to move toward reconciliation and trust. Come hear from two speakers, one Israeli and one Palestinian, who will share their stories and their journeys of renewal and hope as an outgrowth of their shared grief.

Rami Elhanan is a 7th generation Jerusalemite. He identifies himself as a Jew, an Israeli, and before everything else a human being. On the first day of the school year in 1997, Rami’s daughter, Smadar, was killed by two Palestinian suicide bombers who murdered 5 people that day. Soon after, Rami joined the Parents Circle, and speaks before Israeli, Palestinian and International audiences. Rami is the former Israeli Co-director of the Parents Circle – Families Forum.

Laila Alsheikh: Laila lives in Bethlehem in the West Bank. In 2002, her 6 months old son, Qussay, became ill and Israeli soldiers prevented Layla from taking him to the hospital for more than five hours. Qussay soon died from the lack of timely treatment. Layla joined the Parents Circle in 2016. Following her son’s death, she never thought of revenge, but rather has devoted her time and energy to ensuring a better, more peaceful future for her children.

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