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Abir

“I am a Palestinian American born in Brooklyn. I am also a counselor for young adults of
diverse traditions at a local college. The dialogues give me an opportunity to explore Israel
and Palestine with people whom I would normally never speak to about these topics. We
share our family experiences and explore our relationships to Judaism, Islam and
Christianity. I am very troubled by what is happening to my family in Palestine. My codialoguers
are like family. We may not agree on every political point, yet we truly
understand and validate each other’s humanity.” – Abir

Matthew

“I am a very proud Jewish American with roots in Israel and former President of a Conservative
Synagogue here in Westchester. Before dialogue when I heard a critique of Israel I would tune
out! Now I lean in. I have real empathy when I hear people whose experiences are so different
than my own. It is a journey as I develop deep listening skills and work on being generous and
curious with people from within and without my community.” – Matthew

Susan

“I am a child of a holocaust survivor. Interrupting the cycle of aggression and
violence is core value of mine. During the dialogue process I draw from the
experiences of my ancestors, to develop a deeper understanding of the Palestinian
and Israeli struggle. The personal narratives we share give me a voice to turn my
despair into a commitment for social transformation.” – Susan

Ali

“I am a Jordanian. I really value my time to sit with Palestinians, Israelis and
Americans and explore our personal stories, political views and visions for the
future. We struggle together to listen with generosity. I have grown through
this process and am now an advocate for co-existence and justice for all of us,
Israelis, Palestinians, Jordanians, everyone in the region.” -Ali

The Dialogue Project is invited to communities around the country to help develop Speaking and Connecting Across Differences programs. This model dialogue gathers adults and youth who find that their neighborhood dynamics change as immigrant populations grow. We bring people into each other’s sacred and meeting places, breaking through the isolation each community experiences. People from the stoops, prayer rugs, and pews learn how to surface our disagreements and find common universal values that they share.