We invite you to join us as we each host a conversation with Palestinian civil society leaders over the next few weeks, alongside six fellow Jewish leaders from North America and Israel who will also host conversations in this series.
Each one of us has experienced the importance of courage, and we both believe in the path of courage: of raising awareness, of listening, of meeting, and of lifting our voices despite all uncertainties – as our ancient Jewish obligation to repair our reality and our world. We each hold positions of religious leadership in our communities – in New York City and in Jerusalem – that in the span of Jewish history are still relatively new for women to hold. We know intimately, in different ways, what can be missed when we do not seek to integrate into our narratives the voices of those with whom our fates are inextricably linked.
It is for this reason that we invite you to join us and our fellow Jewish leaders in conversation with nine Palestinian civil society leaders over the next several weeks. We each had the privilege to meet these and other Palestinian stakeholders in the West Bank and East Jerusalem during our travel to the region with the educational organization, Encounter. There we affirmed that for all those who care about Israel and the Jewish people, we must integrate the voices of Palestinians into how we understand the present and envision the future.
Please join us in conversation with some of the people with whom our futures are linked.
In service of our Jewish future, in Israel and in America, we invite you to reimagine who you include in your conversations about the conflict.
Rabbi Tamar Elad-Appelbaum and Rabbi Angela Buchdahl
PS: The Palestinian speakers in this series were recently profiled in Ushpizin: Powered by Courage, an educational resource designed by Encounter to enable us, Jewish leaders, to integrate greater texture and diversity in the voices we hear when thinking about Israel’s future vis-a-vis the Palestinians.