Many of you saw the film Globalized Soul at the Connect, which featured the late co-founder of Jerusalem Peacemakers, Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bukhari.
Bettina received an email from the current director of the Jerusalem Peacemakers, Eliyahu McLea. He is coming to the US with a Sufi Muslim partner from Israel, to give presentations about their work in the Holy Land, and offer seminars in training people for interfaith work. He asked help to see if there is interest among members of NAIN to host an event for them while they are here?
Potential Presentation Titles, offered as a 2 hour public event, accompanied with pictures and video, with Eliyahu McLean and Ghassan Manasra, leading Jewish and Muslim peacemakers from the Holy Land:
- ‘Sparks of Peace: Interfaith cooperation for healing the Children of Abraham in the Holy Land”
- “Healing Abraham’s Family: Perspectives of a Muslim and Jewish peacebuilder for bridging the Israeli-Palestinian divide”
- “Stories of Hope from the Holy Land: grassroots Arab-Jewish peace efforts that do not make the news”
- “After the ‘Arab Spring’ and protests in Israel, toward a new reality in the Middle East”
Workshops or Seminars, that can be offered, one or more of these topics, 2 hrs, half day or full day:
- Tools for peace in Islam and Judaism: training in how to be an inter-religious peacebuilder, with text study from Biblical and Islamic traditions, training in practical tools to organize interfaith events
- Tools for dealing with the Israel-Palestine issue in a healing, uniting way
- Kabbalah and Sufism, history of the encounter between the mystics over the ages
- From Spain to Baghdad and beyond: History of cooperation between the three monotheistic religions, a model for today
- Prayers and Chants in Hebrew and Arabic: Sufi ‘zikr’, chants and ‘niggunim’- melodies from the Jewish tradition
- Sufi philosophy, offered by Sheikh Ghassan Manasra, an in depth study of classic Sufi texts such as Rumi, Ibn Arabi, Rabia Al-Adawiya
- An experience of Shabbat and Jewish prayer, in the spirit of Shlomo Carlebach, offered by Eliyahu
- A screening of the one hour documentary film, ‘Globalized Soul’, about the worldwide phenomenon of inter-religious dialogue. This film features an interview with the late co-founder of Jerusalem Peacemakers, Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bukhari, and scenes from the 2010 Interfaith Ramadan meal in Nazareth co-organized by Ghassan and Eliyahu. It was recently featured at the World Peace Festival in Berlin
More about ‘Globalized Soul’:
This link has a short video summary of the film:
This link speaks speaks about Jerusalem Peacemakers, as featured in the film:
Bios for Eliyahu McLean, and Sheikh Ghassan Manasra
Eliyahu McLean is the director of the Jerusalem Peacemakers, a network of religious leaders and grassroots peacebuilders in Jerusalem and the Holy Land. Jerusalem Peacemakers host events such as:
- the Abrahamic Reunion, a group of Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Druze religious leaders working together to re-claim religion as a voice for peace
- the annual ‘Jerusalem Hug’ event that brings together hundreds of Israelis, Palestinians and internationals to pray for peace around the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem
- monthly cross-border events bringing Palestinians from Hebron, Bethlehem and Ramallah together with Israelis at events in Israel and the West Bank
Eliyahu was initiated as a ‘Rodef Shalom’, ‘Peace Pursuer’ by Reb Zalman Schachter Shalomi.
Eliyahu’s work with Palestinian Sufis is written about in the book “At the Entrance to the Garden of Eden: A Jew’s Search for God with the Christians and Muslims in the Holy Land” by Yossi Klein Halevi
Sheikh Ghassan Manasra is the director of the Islamic Cultural Center in Nazareth, a center promoting tolerance and interfaith dialogue. Ghassan is an ordained sheikh and he is the son of Sheikh Abdel Salaam Manasra, the head of the Qadiri Sufi order in the Holy Land.
Projects that Ghassan has initiated include:
- Training Jewish, Christian and Muslim high school teachers and principals with tools for teaching tolerance.
- Publishing a newspaper in Arabic to spread the message of a moderate, tolerant Islam amongst Muslims in the Holy Land.
- Involvement of Muslim and Jewish religious leaders in the Middle-East peace process
Ghassan lives in Nazareth with his wife and four children and has an MA in Arabic literature from the Hebrew University. Ghassan is a Fulbright scholar who taught about Islam at the Catholic University in Washington, DC in the fall of 2008.
Nov 1-10 Boston, NYC, upstate NY, Philadelphia, NJ, DC
Nov 10-17 SF Bay Area
Nov 18-25 Pacific Northwest- Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, Eugene, Ashland
Nov 25-Dec 3 SF Bay Area
Dec 4- Dec 13 Southern California: LA, Orange County, San Diego
Dec 15-30 Arizona, possible also Texas, Minneapolis, Boulder, CO
– were hoping to receive for:
2 hour public presentation, at least $500-600, and donations
1/2 to one day seminar: $40-60 registration fee, or $800-1200
We are both very experienced at offering training of tools in how to do interfaith work, so we hope to offer seminars in addition to two hour public presentations. In all venues we can share prayer circles for peace, in Hebrew and Arabic.