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Community Lunch with Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger and Shadi Abu Awwad from Roots

Saturday, November 17, 2018 9 Kislev 5779

12:45 PM - 2:15 PMOhav Shalom Congregation - 270 West 84th Street - 2nd Floor

We are privileged and honored to host Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger and Shadi Abu Awwad, as our Scholars-in-Residence on Shabbat, November 16 - 17, 2018.  
We will have a Community Lunch on Saturday November 17th. Registration is available on our website:

Hanan Schlesinger is an Orthodox rabbi and teacher, and a passionate Zionist settler who has been profoundly transformed by his friendship and interaction with local Palestinians.  His understanding of the reality of the Middle East conflict and of Zionism has been utterly complicated by the parallel universe that they have introduced him to.  

Shadi Abu Awwad is the grandson, son and nephew of strong proud Palestinian leaders who were at the helm of the First Palestinian Intifada (Uprising).  He grew up imbued with a deep hatred for Israelis. When still a child, his family underwent a major transformation and were among the pioneers in reaching across the divide to their Jewish neighbors to work together in order to create a shared vision for the future. As the Palestinian architect and coordinator of the Roots youth movement, Shadi facilitates shared encounters and experiences among Palestinian and Israeli teenagers, building a new generation of leaders who can confront the real problems between their communities while acknowledging each other's shared humanity.

Join Shadi and Hanan as they tell their personal stories and of their efforts to build a better future for their peoples. They come with no ready peace plans in hand, but only with the conviction that human understanding and trust will be the prerequisites for lasting justice, freedom and peace on that tiny sliver of land that they both call home.

We look forward to a warm and spiritual Shabbat together!

To join our community lunch, sign up on our website:

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