Join Shadi Abu Awwad and Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger as they tell their personal stories and efforts to build a better future for their peoples. They come with no ready peace plans in hand, but only with the conviction that human understanding and trust will be the prerequisites for lasting justice, freedom and peace on that tiny sliver of land that they both call home.

Hanan Schlesinger is an Orthodox rabbi and teacher, and a passionate Zionist who has been profoundly transformed by his friendship and interaction with local Palestinians. His understanding of the reality of the Middle East conflict and of Zionism has been utterly complicated by the parallel universe that they have introduced him to.

Shadi Abu Awwad is the grandson, son and nephew of strong Palestinian leaders who were at the helm of the First Palestinian Intifada. He grew up imbued with a deep hatred for Israelis. When still a child his family underwent a major transformation and were among pioneers in reaching across the divide to their Jewish neighbors to work together in order create a shared vision for the future. As the Palestinian architect and coordinator of the Roots youth movement, Awwad facilitates shared encounters and experiences among Palestinian and Israeli teenagers, building a new generation of leaders who can confront the real problems between their communities while acknowledging each other's shared humanity.

For more info about Roots/Shorashim/Judur, a local Palestinian Israeli initiative for understanding, nonviolence and transformation, visit their website at

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Danny Shapiro
(909) 621-8824
Thursday, October 24, 2019 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Pomona College
  • Smith Campus Center
  • Room: 208
  • 170 E. Sixth Street
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