SIPP’s Hosting End of the Year Celebration with Israeli Archeologist David Ilan

Sustainable Israeli-Palestinian Projects (SIPP) is hosting a party for our supporters on Sunday December 8th from 4:00 – 6:00 pm at a lovely Chautauqua home.  SIPP is celebrating a banner year for old and new projects and partnership with delicious hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and a signature cocktail.

Dr. David Ilan

Our special guest will be David Ilan, Director of the Nelson Glueck Institute and School of Biblical Archeology in Israel. In 2006-2012, over three excavation seasons at Tel Dan in northern Israel, Palestinian and Jewish high school students from the Galilee spent a week digging together with David Ilan and his team. Dr. Ilan will briefly describe how the project began, progressed, and ended, and discuss the lessons learned.

SIPP President Peter Ornstein and other Board members will provide updates on SIPP projects and Partnerships, including our ongoing work with the Green Land Society for Health Development (GLSHD). During his visit to Boulder last spring, the founder of the GLSHD) came away with new ideas and approaches for programming at the GLSHD’s Environmental Education Center in the West Bank, which is supported by SIPP.

Kidron Bird

During that visit, SIPP also formed a partnership with the Boulder and Jerusalem Rotary Clubs to purchase a wire stripper for GLSHD to implement its project to attack the problem of e-waste burning that threatens the health and environment of communities in both the West Bank and Israel. This burning releases numerous toxic chemicals, and while those doing the burning may earn a few shekels from sale of copper to feed their families, it comes at a perilous cost to human health, the soil and waters in the region, and to the air quality that freely crosses the walls and borders that divide Israelis and Palestinians.

Our long term partnerships with GLSHD and the Israeli NGO AJEEC-NISPED, have culminated in a U.S. Embassy grant to promote Israeli-Palestinian Cooperation through environmental tourism and education – the “Green Ambassadors” program. Come hear about our plans for implementing this cross-border collaboration in this January.

For more information, and to register to join us on December 8, please visit our website:

Event address will be supplied.

About Sid Fox

Sid Fox renewed his interest and study from his Hebrew School days (where he was inspired by Deborah Pessin's insightful series 'The Story of the Jewish People') when he read James Michener's "The Source". Sid eventually taught a two semester Sunday class for adults at their home when their children were at Sunday School. It was based on 15 years study of the Bible, the three hundred years of modern research and Biblical Archaeology areas he continued to pursue as he branched out to Shakespeare, the Classics and other interests.

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