Saturday, June 10, 6:30–9:00 pm (dinner included), 60 Highland Street
with Rabbi Donna Kirshbaum of Women Wage Peace
At this Shabbat afternoon/evening program, marking the 50th anniversary of the end of the Six-Day War, we will enjoy Middle Eastern food and learn about the work of one of the most exciting developments in the movement to find a just and peaceful solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Rabbi Donna Kirshbaum will share with us the growth and impact of Women Wage Peace, and we will present her with the quilt squares that our members have been making this year for WWP’s “Piece by Peace” project.
Women Wage Peace (WWP) is a unique grassroots movement founded in Israel just after the 2014 Gaza War/Operation Protective Edge. Its one goal is to bring about the resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in a manner that is non-violent, respectable, and agreeable to both Israelis and Palestinians, within four years. WWP has grown in the past 28 months from a handful of women who came together agreeing that enough is enough to over 13,000 registered members in Israel, hundreds of activists who work on a volunteer basis day and night, and more than 36,000 followers and supporters worldwide. WWP reaches out to women across Israeli society, from all parts of the political spectrum—Arab and Jewish, religious and secular—and from a range of socioeconomic backgrounds. The movement’s demand for a change in national priorities has begun to resonate deeply with tens of thousands of women who refuse to accept that future generations in this region must live indefinitely by the sword.
Rabbi Donna Kirshbaum is a 2008 graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College who made aliyah in 2013; in addition to helping to build up the new Israeli movement “Women Wage Peace,” she continues as project manager and co-editor for Jewish Women International’s Holiday Guides and as an active member of its Clergy Task Force on Intimate Partner Violence.