"Powered by Courage" Series, with Encounter

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Powered by Courage is an Encounter series featuring Palestinian civil society leaders that program participants have met while traveling with Encounter in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, in conversation with fellow Jewish leaders. Kavana is proud to co-sponsor this series!

In invitation, Kavana partner Julie Kohl writes:"A few years ago, I had the remarkable opportunity to travel to Israel with Encounter, which brings Jews to visit East Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Ramallah, to have intimate, face-to-conversations with Palestinians. (Rabbi Rachel Nussbaum and Noam Pianko are two others from Kavana who have participated in Encounter trips in recent years.) It was a difficult, disturbing, complicated and important experience. Issues that appeared black and white from a distance became much grayer up close. Although I had visited Israel many times before, this was the first time I met and heard the life experience of the people with whom we are destined to share the land. I saw graffiti on a wall that read: ”one wall, two jails.” I ate ice cream in Ramallah. I spent the night in the home of Palestinian Christians in Bethlehem. And, as one of the participants on my trip said, I learned that there is a place called Palestine. Because of the pandemic, Encounter has now shifted to a virtual format, allowing all of us to meet these Palestinian civil leaders, to hear them in conversation with former Encounter participants. I urge you to listen to these conversations -- many are speakers I had the chance to meet in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. You will not agree with everything you hear, but I'm certain you will benefit from hearing it and gain critical insight into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict."

Here is a list of the eight sessions, with a separate registration link for each. In addition, if there's interest, Kavana will organize an internal group that meets a couple times to process and discuss the content of these sessions - please email Rabbi Rachel Nussbaum if you'd be interested in taking part in that.

  • Nourishing Palestinian Cultural Identity:Mahmoud Muna, the "Bookseller of Jerusalem," in conversation with Rabbi Angela Warnick Buchdahl, Senior Rabbi, Central Synagogue. Tues., Nov. 10, 8am PST. Click here to register.
  • Drawing on Religious Wisdom for Leadership in Conflict: Sami Awad, Founder & Program Director, Holy Land Trust, in conversation with Rabba Tamar Elad-Appelbaum, Founding Rabbi of Zion Community in Jerusalem and Co-Founder of the Israeli Rabbis Beit Midrash & Network. Mon., Nov. 16, 10:30am PST. Click here to register.
  • Being Proximate: From a Palestinian Village in the Heart of Gush Etzion: Abu Ibrahim, Head of Village Council and Mukhtar, Bayt Zakarya, in conversation with Evan Traylor, Rabbinical Student, HUC-JIR. Sun., Nov. 22, 9am PST. Click here to register.
  • Being the Light Amidst the Darkness: Women's Leadership as a Way Forward: Fadia & Fatima Al Wahsh, Directors, Jubbet al Dhib Women's Committee, in conversation with: Danielle Shani, Co-Founder & CEO, BeDo - Generating Change, Differently. Wed., Dec. 2, 11am PST. Click here to register.
  • Teaching Amidst Enduring Conflict: Literature & Poetry as Gateways: Lama Abuarqoub, English Teacher, Dar Essalaam Girls High School, in conversation with Tikvah Weiner, Head of School, The Idea School & Institute. Wed., Dec 9, 10am PST. Click here to register.
  • Adaptive Leadership: A View from Ramallah: Sam Bahour, Palestinian-American Businessman, in conversation with Marty Linsky, longtime Harvard Kennedy School Faculty Member. Thurs., Dec. 17, 10am PST. Click here to register.
  • Fighting for Peace: Nonviolent Leadership as a Way of Life: Sulaiman Khatib, Co-Founder and Co-Director, Combatants for Peace, in conversation with: Rabbi Sharon Brous, Senior Rabbi, IKAR. Tues., Dec 22, 10am PST. Click here to register.
  • Living Nonviolence: Becoming a Combatant for Peace: Osama Elewat, Board Member, Combatants for Peace, in conversation with Michael Soberman, Senior Educational Consultant, The iCenter for Israel Education. Tues., Jan 5, 9am PST. Click here to register.


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