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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Please Help Judy Make A Difference

A message from my daughter.




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Hi Everyone,

In honor of my 25th birthday on June 21st, I believe that even 
better than presents and Facebook love would be if all my 
friends and family donated to a non-profit organization 
that I believe is doing amazing and necessary work in Israel.

Hand in Hand, the Center for Jewish-Arab Education in 
Israel, "brings together thousands of Jews and Arabs in five 
schools and communities throughout Israel:  In Jerusalem. 
In the Galilee. In Wadi Ara. In Jaffa. In Haifa. [They] are 
proving on a daily basis the viability of inclusion and equality 
for citizens of Israel."

I first learned about Hand in Hand this winter when the CEO 
came to visit Ann Arbor, MI and I was fortunate enough to 
hear him speak. These schools bring together Israeli Jews, 
Arab Muslims, and Arab Christians to learn together from 
kindergarten until 12th grade. I believe that the best way for 
Israel to have peace in the future is through educating the 
youth to love and understand each other. These schools do 
just that and demonstrate that when you grow up and truly 
know someone different than yourself it is harder to see 
them as the enemy. This is not to say that the communities 
do not struggle and disagree on issues, rather, that they 
are willing to have peaceful dialogue and recognize that 
friendship and community can trump the hate and violence.

I encourage everyone to check out more about Hand in Hand 
at their website and with this video. If you have any 
questions, or would like to hear more about this cause, I
would be happy to tell you more about it in my own words.

I personally want to donate $25 for my 25th birthday and 
an additional 25 cents for every individual who donates to 
this cause! Please help me do something meaningful as I 
reach a quarter of a century years old! Thank you for all the 
love and for being a part of my life in the past 25 years.

Lots of Love,

Note: The organization says Project Harmony, which is a 
part of Hand in Hand but crowdrise assured me that Hand 
in Hand would be able to use the money however they 



Binky said...

That sounds like a very good cause. If the governments can't find peace, maybe the people can.

Rhonda Albom said...

Congratulations Joyce for raising such delightful children. What a beautiful sentiment to ask for donations rather than gifts.