Interfaith Peace Initiative











CALENDAR OF EVENTS  (Scroll down for more details.)

Voices for Peace Interfaith Prayer
Saturday, January 24
4:00 pm
Gather at Kennedy Plaza for an Interfaith walk to the Rhode Island State House

Sponsored by the RI Council for Muslim Advancement

The Rhode Island Council for Muslim Advancement (RICMA), representing the Muslim people of Rhode Island, will be hosting an Interfaith Peace Prayer this Saturday, January 24 at 4:00 at the State House in recognition of the atrocities that have occurred to the people in Gaza at the hands of the Israeli military.

As there has not been much local media coverage of the events, our intention is to raise awareness and join together with other people of faith who find human suffering unacceptable and wrongful death of civilian populations a crime against humanity. RICMA condemns the Israeli military attacks on the people of Palestine who have been allowed no means to defend themselves. Israel’s declaration of war on Gaza has escalated the suffering of Palestinian civilians who have been isolated, politically, diplomatically and economically, for generations

By rallying our community of Muslims, Christians, and Jews we hope to create a voice that will urge our nation's leaders to speak in favor of peace and justice for all parties in the current humanitarian crisis.

Tuesday, January 13
5:30-6:30 pm
Park Street Station, downtown Boston

There has been a growing cry for a community gathering about the Gaza crisis that calls for an end to the violence while expressing our anguish for both the Israeli and Palestinian peoples.

Boston-area Muslim, Christian, and Jewish leaders have jointly written a statement calling for a ceasefire in Gaza and expressing our desire to demonstrate that during these most difficult of times we are prepared to stretch our hands out to each other.

Join us for a silent INTERFAITH VIGIL to make the declaration public and stand shoulder to shoulder with members of Boston's Muslim, Jewish, and Christian communities. Signs (drawn from the statement) will be provided. No other signs please.

To view the statement with initial signatures or to sign the petition go to:
This effort is being organized by a wide range of activists from each faith group. Boston Workmen's Circle has offered to serve as the contact for logistics. For up to date information go to ; for questions email .


Please join Christians, Muslims and Jews in an hour of prayer for the People of Gaza and Israel, and a lasting, just resolution to the violence between Palestinians and Israelis. This event is taking place on Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 19 at 7 PM at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, CT. It is appropriate for all ages and all faiths. A goodwill collection will be taken up to provide emergency relief for the victims of violence in Gaza. As of January 11th, over 870 Palestinians have been killed, more than three hundred of the dead are children and women. Thousands have been wounded and they are trying to survive without adequate access to food, medicine, doctors and shelter. 10 Israelis have been killed, including 7 soldiers and 1 woman. Over 100 Israeli soldiers and civilians have been injured. What better way to honor the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. than to pray for peace? Please come and invite your family and friends.


Numerous events are planned in the United States and around the world December 28-30 to protest Israel's massive attacks on Palestinians in Gaza. Please see  for a list of demonstrations in your area.


November 1st & 2nd, 2008
at First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, CT
For more information, see


February 12th - 26th, 2009
For more information, see



"Five for Palestine" Presentation

Who: Zachary Wales, Executive Director of the American Association for Palestinian Equal Rights Foundation  (AAPER Foundation), community members and you

What: Presentation on the "Five for Palestine" Campaign

When: Thursday, May 29th, 7:00pm

Where: Parish Room of Beneficent Church, 300 Weybosset Street, Providence RI

Why: AAPER Foundation believes the Five for Palestine Campaign’s educational, technological and organizational resources are highly beneficial assets to advocates of Palestinian rights and a just U.S. policy toward Palestine. We wish to spread the word about the campaign and offer those assets. We would also like to introduce the AAPER Foundation to those who are not familiar with its work.

The Five for Palestine Campaign asks individuals to do five simple things:

1) Take 5 minutes to learn about the Campaign by visiting;

2) Take 5 minutes to sign up for the Campaign by signing up at;

3) Contact your Congressperson or Senators 5 times per year to inform them about the situation in Palestine;

4) Contribute $5 a month to the Campaign so that it can inform more Americans about the situation in Palestine; and

5) Recruit 5 family members, friends or colleagues to join the Campaign and give you 5 for Palestine by doing the exact same things, thereby expanding the number of Americans who support a just U.S. policy toward Palestine.



Israel/Palestine: Roots of Conflict, Paths to Peace

A forum featuring:

Dr. NORMAN G. FINKELSTEIN, internationally acclaimed scholar, author of Beyond Chutzpah: On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History; Image and Reality of the Israel-Palestine Conflict; and The Holocaust Industry: Reflections on the Exploitation of Jewish Suffering

Tuesday, April 15, 7:00 p.m.
List Art Building, room 120
64 College Street, Brown University, Providence

Norman G. Finkelstein is one of the world's foremost authorities on the Israel-Palestine conflict and the politics of anti-Semitism.  His work has been enthusiastically praised by many of the leading scholars in the fields he works in, including Raul Hilberg, Avi Shlaim, Sara Roy, Edward Said and Noam Chomsky.  He was fired from DePaul University after a high-profile dispute about academic freedom with Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz.  His website is

Sponsored by the Arab Club.  For more information, contact JakeRHess(a)


Dotan Greenvald -- Breaking the Silence

Thursday, March 13, 2008 at 7:00 PM
McKinney Conference Room, Watson Institute
for International Studies, Brown University
111 Thayer Street, Providence, RI


Dotan Greenvald, a 25-year-old former Israeli soldier and member of an Israeli veteran’s organization called Breaking the Silence, will show photos and talk about his experience serving in the Occupied Territories, on Thursday, March 13, 2008, at 7:00 pm. The program, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by the Rhode Island Chapter of Brit Tzedek v’Shalom (the Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace), and by the Development Studies Program and Middle East Studies Program at Brown University.

Formed in 2004, Breaking the Silence is an organization of veteran Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers working to shed light on the moral, human and social price paid by both Palestinians and Israelis for the IDF’s actions in the occupied territories.

The full Breaking the Silence Exhibit is on display from March 1-16 at Harvard Hillel, Beren Hall, Second Floor, 52 Mt. Auburn Street, Cambridge, with an Opening Night Reception on Saturday, March 1 at 7 pm. Exhibit hours are: Mon – Thurs: 2 pm – 8 pm; Fri: 10 am – 4 pm; Sat: Closed; Sun: 12 pm – 8 pm. Up-to-date information about the exhibit can be found at:

For more information:


A forum with Mazin Qumsiyeh

Tuesday, February 12

Macmillan 115

For more information, contact:

Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh was born to a Palestinian Christian family in the
Shepherds' Field and splits his time between the USA and Palestine. He
served on the faculty of both Duke and Yale Universities (six and five
years respectively). He served on the Steering/Executive Committees of a
number of groups including Peace Action, the US Camaign to End the
Occupation, the Palestinian American Congress, Association for One
Democratic State in Israel/Palestine,, and His third and latest book is titled "Sharing the
Land of Canaan: human rights and the Israeli/Palestinian Struggle" and is
currently working on a book on history of the Palestinian non-violent
resistance. He also published over 200 letters to the editor and 100
op-ed pieces and interviewed in TV and radio extensively (local, national
and international). Website and blog

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Getting Past Stereotypes of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Traditions A dialogue among religious leaders and audience members at URI

When: Tuesday, February 5 7:30-9:00 p.m.
Where: The Multicultural Center
74 Lower College Road
Hardge Forum Room

Free and open to the public
Sponsored by St. Augustine’s Church & Episcopal Center as part of the Hot Topics-Hot Speakers Series
Co-sponsored by the Multicultural Center and the Chaplain’s Association

Index of Events (click to view information on each event)

Sabeel Boston Conference with Archbishop Desmond Tutu, October 26 - 27

Peace Rally: "Tearing Down Walls, Building Bridges" Boston Common, October 27 Noon
Storyteller Carol Grossman at Temple Emanu-El Monday, October 29  7:30 p.m.
Tree of Life Conference, Old Lyme, Ct, Congregational Church, November 3 - 4
Anna Baltzer Presentations in Providence, Bristol, Newport and Tiverton RI, Nov. 5 - 10
Tree of Life Conference, South Congregational Church, November 10 - 11



Friends of Sabeel-New England presents . . .

“The Apartheid Paradigm in Palestine-Israel:
Issues of Justice and Equality”


October 26 – 27, 2007
Old South Church, 645 Boylston St., Boston

Friday—2:30 PM—10:00 PM
Saturday—8:00 AM—4:30 PM

Keynote Address: Archbishop Desmond Tutu

October 27, 1:30 – 2:30pm



Naim Ateek * Anat Biletzki * Diana Buttu * Noam Chomsky
John Dugard * Farid Esack * Noura Erekat * Jeff Halper
Donald Wagner * David Wildman


Other Participants:

Phyllis Bennis * Joan M. Martin
Nancy Murray * Bishop Thomas Shaw



By phone: 503-653-6625.  Online:


Sabeel is an ecumenical grassroots liberation theology movement among Palestinian Christians.  Inspired by the life and teaching of Jesus Christ, this liberation theology seeks to deepen the faith of Palestinian Christians, to promote unity among them toward social action.  Sabeel strives to develop a spirituality based on love, justice, peace, nonviolence, liberation and reconciliation for the different national and faith communities. 


Also join us for


Tearing Down the Walls-Building Bridges
Peace Rally begins at 12 noon at Boston Common

With speeches, March to Copley Square by 3pm




Storyteller Carol Grosman to speak at Temple Emanu-El
Monday, October 29  7:30 p.m

Since November 2002, Carol Grosman, a writer, storyteller and conflict resolution practitioner, and photographer Lloyd Wolf, have interviewed and photographed a wide range of Jerusalemites focusing on their experiences living in Jerusalem during the recent years of conflict and the connection they feel for this extraordinary city.  This summer, Jerusalem Stories launched performances of these stories in East and West Jeruslaem, in Arabic and Hebrew.  Carol will be at Temple Emanu-El on Monday  night, October 29, to talk about this exciting and transformative project.

Carol Grosman is a writer, storyteller and conflict resolution practitioner. She has written and performed stories for peace initiatives, religious communities, cultural venues and schools in the US and Israel. Her conflict resolution work has focused on the Middle East, the Balkans, US inner cities and Christian Jewish relations. She is an Associate of the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University’s Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution.

An Innovative New Tool for Conflict Transformation In recent years in both the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the broader conflict between parts of the Arab and Western worlds, fear and mistrust have gained more ground than hope and understanding. Aiming to turn this tide, Jerusalem Stories harnesses the power of personal stories and portrait photographs to promote empathy between people, a critical component of sustainable peace. Jerusalem Stories enables people to develop a human perspective on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It does this by presenting the deeply moving experiences of a broad variety of Jerusalem residents whose rich lives have been profoundly affected by years of violent conflict. In these stories and photographs it is possible to see oneself and the “other.”

More information about this project is available at the website:


Third Annual



Saturday and Sunday,

November 3rd and 4th, 2007

Old Lyme, CT

This third interfaith Tree of Life Conference will focus on people who exemplify what it means to be “leaves” on the sacred Tree of Life: Muslims, Jews, and Christians as well as other citizens of the world who have been tireless in their efforts toward a just and peaceful resolution to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. Come hear how they've managed -- some even as victims of violence -- through the courage of their convictions, to project their visions of a more caring universe. Witness the unflagging optimism of people who, in the dark realities of occupation, are working, even dancing and singing, toward the healing of nations. 


Author to speak on



Life in Occupied Palestine



Anna Baltzer, successful author, Fulbright Scholar, and three-time volunteer with the International Women's Peace Service in the West Bank, will speak about “Life in Occupied Palestine” on the following dates:


November 5: 7 pm - Brown University, Saloman 001, Providence


November 6: 7 pm - Amicable Congregational Church, 3736 Main Road, Tiverton


November 7: 7 pm - Newport Public Library, 300 Spring Street, Newport 


November 8: 7 pm - Providence Presbyterian Church, 500 Hope Street, Providence


November 9: 8 pm - St. Michael's Parish Hall, 399 Hope Street, Bristol



Ms. Baltzer, who is also a Columbia University graduate and the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, is on a nation-wide speaking tour to promote the new edition of her book, Witness in Palestine: Journal of a Jewish American Woman in the Occupied Territories.  Copies of the book will be available at each presentation.. 


Through eyewitness stories and photos, Ms. Baltzer will discuss what is happening to Christians, Muslims and Jews in the Holy Land.  She will talk about the active non-violent resistance to occupation which is taking place in the occupied territories, and involves Israelis as well as Palestinians.  She will also examine the relationship between developments on the ground and the prospects for a lasting peace. 


Book signings


and an opportunity to meet Anna Baltzer are also scheduled for:


November 9: 3 - 6 pm, Barnes & Noble Book Store, 1311 W. Main Road, Middletown


November 10: 11 am – 1 pm, A Novel Idea, 450 Hope Street, Bristol


November 10: 2 - 4 pm, Barrington Books, 184 County Road, Barrington  



For further information, contact the Interfaith Peace Initiative at 401-595-9887.



From the Amazon web site:



Book Description

Anna Baltzer, a young Jewish American, went to the West Bank to discover the realities of daily life for Palestinians under the occupation. What she found would change her outlook on the conflict forever. She wrote this book to give voice to the stories of the people who welcomed her with open arms as their lives crumbled around them.

For five months, Baltzer lived and worked with farmers, Palestinian and Israeli activists, and the families of political prisoners, traveling with them across endless checkpoints and roadblocks to reach hospitals, universities, and olive groves. Baltzer witnessed firsthand the environmental devastation brought on by expanding settlements and outposts and the destruction wrought by Israel’s “Security Fence,” which separates many families from each other, their communities, their land, and basic human services. What emerges from Baltzer’s journal is not a sensationalist tale of suicide bombers and conspiracies, but a compelling and inspiring description of the trials of daily life under the occupation.


Tree of Life Conference on Israel and Palestine

Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 10-11, 2007

South Congregational Church