Leaders from the Roots Initiative to give presentation Feb. 24

The Church of the Covenant invites you to a presentation by leaders of the Roots Initiative, a local Palestinian-Israeli initiative for understanding, non-violence, and transformation, Saturday, Feb. 24, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Church of the Covenant.

Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger and Noor A’wad will share their personal and interconnected stories
of cognitive dissonance and transformation upon meeting ’the other side’ and will talk about the groundbreaking bridge-building work of Roots.

Roots is a unique network of local Palestinians and Israelis who have come to see each other
as the partners we both need to make changes to end our conflict. Based on a mutual recognition of each People’s connection to the Land, Root’s is developing understanding and solidarity, despite our ideological differences.

Their work is aimed at challenging the assumptions their communities hold about each other, building trust and creating a new discourse around the conflict in their respective societies. This is a grassroots and local model for making change — from the bottom up.