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relationships, and partnerships among neighbors, citizens, and immigrants of different
faiths and cultures
Mid East Dialogues
Mon. Dec 9, 2012
Sun. Jan. 13, 2013
Wed. Dec 12, 2012
Wed. Jan. 23, 2013
Thurs. Dec. 20, 2012
Thurs. Jan. 24, 2013
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What We Do
The Dialogue Project is a non-profit educational organization that has been gathering people for intimate, face-to-face encounters since March 2001. We establish guidelines for conversation and create a safe environment where people learn to move beyond stereotypes and myths about the “other.” Throughout New York people meet monthly to learn about each other’s traditions and cultures. New immigrants and long time residents delve into the intersection of our civil, secular society and our religious and cultural traditions. Throughout the five boroughs of New York and the greater Metropolitan region people explore the Palestinian-Israeli conflict from each other's perspective. We examine the “elephants in the room” around interfaith and cross cultural practices, women, safety, identity, nationhood and security. Participants share readings, personal experiences of life and break down the walls of silence that have grown around neighbors and co-workers throughout New York. Emerging from these dialogues dialougers create broader interfaith and inter-ethnic educational programs and local community action projects.
The Dialogue Project - Highlights 2010 – 2009
- Conducted Dialogue Workshops at:
The Association of Conflict Resolution of Greater New York’s Annual conference, New York, NY and at the Annual Brooklyn Peace Fair at Brooklyn College with Eman Rashid, Palestinian American and Nirit Gordon, Israeli American
- Sustained 35 monthly Israeli-Palestinian and new immigrant- long time resident dialogue circles, creating an environment where personal feelings, experiences and knowledge of each other’s cultures and histories are exchanged.
- Convened the 9th City Wide Interfaith Teach In. Theme: Compassion, Action and Healing with keynote speaker, Palestinian American, Immigrant Affairs Commissioner, Fatima Shama. Teachers included Ibrahim Abdul Matin- on Islam and the Environment; Rabbi Simkha Weintraub, Director of the National Jewish Healing Center on Healing and bereavement rituals within Judaism; , Robina Niaz- Director of Turning Point - An agency for Muslim Women on Domestic Violence within the Muslim community; Rabbi Diana Gerson of the New York Board of Rabbis on Domestic Violence and how it is addressed within the Jewish Community; Rabbi Lawrence Troster of the Interfaith Environmental Coalition,
- Coffee and Conversation Program Phase II – April/May/June 2010 - 15 new immigrants participants enrolled in ESL classes paired up with long time residents for English conversation practice. The program helps citizens learn about the lives of immigrants and helps immigrants break through isolation they may experience as newcomers in New York neighborhoods.
- York College (Queens) and Fordham University (Westchester Campus) hosted dialogue on campus.
- Grass Roots dialogue programs took place throughout the New York City Metropolitan Region in mosques, synagogues and churches including the Queens Community for Cultural Judaism; Progressive Temple Ahovoth Shalom, Brooklyn; Dawoud Mosque, Brooklyn, NY., Al Andalusia Center, Yonkers, NY.
- Workshop for Mediators at the Association of Conflict Resolution Annual Conference (NY Chapter)
- Chappaqua, NY Interfaith Council Day of Learning on Israel and Palestine
- New York Society for Ethical Culture – Special Presentation (Lori Jarhoud and Marcia Kannry)
- York College Day of Dialogue Seminar (Fall and Spring)
- National Council of Jewish Women (Brooklyn Chapter)
- Bait-uz Zafar Mosque Conference on Peace (Queens, NY.)
- SPEAKING ACROSS DIFFERENCES, a local neighborhood dialogue program funded by The New York Community Trust and Plymouth Church explored many themes. At the conclusion of the February 2009 dialogue, people suggested we do special series that followed up on the success of our 9th Annual City Wide Teach In at Plymouth CHurcho n Isalmophobia, Racism and Anti-Semitism. Most important, is that dialoguers decided to address concrete ways they could move forward as they discovered the differences and similarities within each tradition. Teachers: Rabbi Matt Carl – Congregation Mt. Sinai; Rev. Steven Paulikas – Grace Church; Sister Sarah Sayeed – The Interfaith Center of New York (see flyer attached). Dialoguers studied a page of Talmud together and wrestled with the idea that decisions made in one era my change by scholars in another. Dialoguers explored the gospel of Paul and issues of communion and exclusion and inclusion. With a Muslim woman,dialoguers addressed issues of the dhimmi in Islamic societies and women as an integral part of Islamic life.
- Coffee and Conversation Program Phase I – Oct./Nov/Dec 2009 - 15 new immigrants participants enrolled in ESL classes paired up with long time residents for English conversation practice. The program helps citizens learn about the lives of immigrants and helps immigrants break through isolation they may experience as newcomers in New York neighborhoods.
- United Nations Week of Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns (Rami Efal and Eman Rashid)
- Workshop for Dialogue Practitioners at the Network for Dialogue Through Peace Conference, Marymount College, Manhattan.
- An Evening with Rabbis for Human Rights in Israel – Manhattan
- Sustained 46 monthly dialogue circles with Israelis, Palestinians, new immigrants and long time residents, creating an environment where personal feelings, experiences and knowledge of each other’s cultures and histories are exchanged.
View highlights from 2008