To celebrate World Interfaith Harmony Week, local Muslim women at the Center for Hagar and Sarah in Furedis will welcome 30 Druze, Christian, and Jewish women from neighboring towns with food and celebration. Teachings about strong women from each religion who demonstrated interfaith harmony and are examples for us today. Joint art project will be combined with the report about the teachings from these women of different faiths that can be used in schools and discussions to feature women as leaders of interfaith harmony. Closing with singing and dancing in Hebrew and Arabic demonstrating our own interfaith harmony.
Palestinians and Israelis will leaving from Jerusalem and the Qalandia checkpoint to journey to the Negev and Gaza border region for an encounter with Muslim and Jewish communities: meet the Imam and visit the Bedouin town of Hura, have lunch at the Tomb of the Moroccan Jewish saint ‘the Baba Sali’ in Netivot, Pray for peace at the Gaza-Israel border wall at Nativ Haasara, ending with an interfaith TuBishvat (New Year the Trees) ceremony and Prayer for Peace , including video call with people from Gaza, at the unique permaculture orchard called “Ora’s Garden” at Kfar Maimon on the Gaza-Israel border. Joining will be Palestinians from East Jerusalem, Nablus, Jericho and Bethlehem, Israelis from Jerusalem and the Negev region. Joining will be Rabbis and Imams, Jews, Christians and Muslims. The journey will unite for one day representatives from the Abraham’s Family, across all the borders in the Holy Land.
Local Muslim women in Furedis will welcome 40 Druze, Christian, and Jewish women from neighboring towns with food and celebration. We will learn about strong women from each religion who demonstrated interfaith harmony and are examples for us today. We will co-create a joint art project that will be combined with the report about the teachings from these women of different faiths that can be used in schools and discussions to feature women as leaders of interfaith harmony. We will closing with singing and dancing in Hebrew and Arabic demonstrating our own interfaith harmony.
The Ethiopian Archbishop of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre hosts the Jerusalem Forum for Understanding and Cooperation among Religions, to mark the UN day of Interfaith. The invitees to the event are religious leaders from the Jewish, Christiane, Druze and Muslim communities. We will be study of about the church of holy Sepulcher , read from the holy scriptures and discuss the role of religious leaders in building paths for peace.
Christian, Druze, Jewish, Muslim Women will travel to Tiberias to visit Nabi Shuaib, shrine of Prophet Jethro, father-in-law of Moses – revered as a prophet in the Druze religion and venerated in Islam. A Druze sheik will explain the significance and tradition of the Holy Site. Blessings and prayers from all the religions will be offered for peace and harmony as we share our food together. Visit to the nearby ancient Therapeutic Hot Springs for intimate women’s bonding and relaxation. All women here are suffering from the current wave of religious violence in our land, this is a way to heal ourselves and strengthen and expand our interfaith sisterhood.
Our next Praying Together event is set for tomorrow, Thursday, January 28th at 17:30/5:30 PM outside of Jaffa Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem. We will be joined by our new co-sponsoring organization, the Interfaith Encounter Association. With the IEA joining us, Praying Together is casting a wider net and will be help bring our message to even more .
Over the course of 2 days, 120 Jewish, Christian, and Muslim youth from Jerusalem will travel to a village called "Oasis of Peace" where, in partnership with Aubern Seminary, they will all learn age-appropriate skills in story-telling, self expression and active listening in order to build relationships with one another by listening to each other's stories and telling their own and making new stories together.