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Help us build trust,
relationships, and partnerships among
neighbors, citizens, and immigrants of different
faiths and cultures


Mid East Dialogues
Mon. August 11, 2014

Wed. August 6, 2014

Wed. August 20, 2014

Call The Dialogue Project at 718-768-2175 for more information.

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The Dialogue Project is a conflict transformation organization. Our mission is to develop mutual trust, relationships and partnerships among ourselves – long time citizens, new immigrants, Palestinians, Israelis and people of diverse faiths and cultures.

We explore differences and common values; the intersection of new immigrant traditions with our western cultures, and move from personal empowerment to community empowerment.

We identify issues & action projects that affect our lives in New York and our families in the Middle East. We cultivate a space where we choose to take a risk with each other, and the opportunity to practice: active and generous listening, reflection, Speaking from the “I” without attack, and acknowledgement. 

We meet regularly and with commitment. We find we have differences and we also learn how to make spaces for each other, as the unique humans we are. Each of us inheriting a world view and narrative so different than the other.

Our ultimate goal is to move from personal empowerment to community empowerment, by enabling people to use dialogue skills to address areas of intergroup conflict.

Coffee & Conversation brings together new immigrants and long time citizens for face to face social meeting time, while practicing English Conversation Skills.  This project grew out of the SPEAKING ACROSS DIFFERENCES dialogue program which brings immigrants and long time Italian, Irish, and Jewish residents together for a series of dialogues on values, ethics and fundamentalism. Visit for more!


Exhibition Dialogue at Progressive Temple Ahovoth Sholom, Borough Park, Brooklyn. Haifa Bint Kadi, Palestinian American Muslim Artist,(far left) and Marcia Kannry, (2nd from left), Jewish American, Founder of The Dialogue Project and Yizhak Awami Levi, a Yemenite Jewish dialoguer.

Who We Are
The Dialogue Project has been creating personal and community connections through dialogue since 2001. Participants are regular folks from every walk of life, a restaurant owner, student, social worker, clerk, teacher, and grandfather. Our board and program planning committees are comprised of a variety of local organizations and individual dialoguers representing a range of communities that are new to the dialogue process
What We Do 

What we do is simple and creates a space for non-violent alternatives to conflict. We establish guidelines for hearing and conversation. Through tools including “mirroring” exercises, speaking from the “I”, role play, and Playback Theatre (a vehicle used worldwide in areas of conflict), we learn the art of reflective listening—a way to exchange ideas and experiences while suspending prejudices and judgment.

Though dialoguers have varied experiences and world views, we are developing trust and deep affection for each other every day, as we learn to humanize the “other”. We  challenge deeply held assumptions (our own and others), and develop skills that allow us to be agents for positive social change on our block, at the workplace and in our communities.

We do not debate or negotiate settlements, though we do examine our different ideas about how to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Program Areas

Our three main program areas include:

  1. Mid East Dialogues
  2. Public Educational Forums and Interfaith Teach Ins.

Since March of 2001, The Dialogue Project has been actively engaged in creating authentic social transformation through sustainable monthly Dialogue Circles. The population served through programs is approximately 40% Arab and non-Arab Muslims (immigrants and citizens), 20% people of color and other immigrant communities, and 40% long-term residents and citizens, both white and of color.

The Dialogue Project originated as a response to the noticeable estrangement that had manifested between neighbors and co-workers in Brooklyn after the violence of the Second Intifada erupted in the Middle East amongst Palestinians and Israelis. A downtown Brooklyn teaching hospital with many Muslim, Jewish and Arab students and staff reported outbursts aimed at “damned Arabs.” A teacher in a Cobble Hill school reported that the Israeli flag had been torn off an exhibit he had prepared for International Day. Everywhere people were speaking with suspicion about “them” and the “other.”

In answer, Ms Kannry, collaborating with other community and faith leaders, convened a first public Dialogue in March 2001, drawing over 150 Muslim and Christian Arabs, American Jews, Non-Arab Muslims, Palestinians, Israelis and others. “Dialogue” filled a need in the community to understand personal reactions to world events, and offered a way to address deepening tensions and fears that were being felt close to home.

We are now eight years old and you can learn about our ongoing activities and the hundreds of people who are engaged in active listening and dialogue throughout this website.