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December 15, 2005

 PRESS RELEASE 

 

“…so, Chorus, like the Greek are we, when truth and truth collide,

to guarantee that you will see what’s on the other side…”

 

One month from today, eighteen Arab and Jewish teens from Tel Aviv and Jaffa participating in the Peace Child Israel program  (www.mideastweb.org/peacechild) will land in the United States for a 10-day performance tour and cultural exchange with American teenagers.

 

The visiting delegation will be participating in cultural identity workshops and performances of their original play, “The Other Side,” for school and public audiences in Philadelphia, South Jersey, North Jersey, and Washington, D.C.

 

Peace Child Israel is an NGO in Israel, now in its 18th year of bringing together Arab-Israeli and Jewish-Israeli teens for dialogue and practicing tolerance and co-existence, through the medium of theatre arts. The mission of the tour is to bring together Israeli and American youth and their respective communities in a powerful message of global tolerance and partnership for peace, as they learn about the important work of Peace Child Israel to develop co-citizenship and attitudes of tolerance.  Co-Founder of Changing Our World, Ms. Deb Chamberlin, singer and songwriter, was the inspiration of the delegation and coordinated the efforts that began in October 2004.

 

Grande Finale at national Constitution Center

January 21, 2006  at  20:00

 

From the Mayor of Philadelphia’s Citation:

 

“…On January 21, 2006 at the National Constitution Center, the American teenagers who meet and host the Peace Child Israel delegation will convene to raise their voices in song. Joined by some of Philadelphia's finest musicians including Intercultural Journeys over 100 teenagers will perform the debut of a new anthem for peace "The Time has come", written and produced especially for this outstanding occasion.  A short documentary about Peace Child Israel will be screened to precede a performance by the teens of Peace Child's anthem "We Have Brought Peace Upon Us" (Click to see and hear the anthem). five years ago based on texts from the "Class of the Millennium", the anthem will be performed in three languages, proclaiming:

 

“…And still in our lifetime, and still in our day, we WILL raise our voices in song, singing 'we brought peace upon us”

 

"The time has most definitely come"

 

Event Sponsored by

THE ABRAHAM FUND INITIATIVES

(Schedule of Special Events, Performances and Workshops below)

 

Beginning and End

Arrival Ceremony

 

10:00 Sunday, January 15th at B’nai Tikvah, 341 Fish Pond Road, Washington Township, NJ

Brunch & Social events

Youth Group of B’nai Tikvah and members of COW Project welcome Arab & Jewish teens

 

 

Farewell to Philly – January 21, 2006

 

1:30-15:30 at he National Liberty Museum, 321 Chestnut St., Philadelphia (http://www.libertymuseum.org )

 

The National Liberty Museum will host the PCI Delegation and all of their American Teen Hosts (about 100 teens total) for a tour of the Museum, followed by a closing workshop where all the teens will  share their insights, experiences and lessons from the week of   exchanges and declare a vision for the future that they create together.

 

Closing Ceremony at National Constitution Center

 

PEACE CHILD ISRAEL AND INTERCULTURAL JOURNEYS PRESENT:

"WE BROUGHT PEACE UPON US"

A MEMORABLE EVENING OF ARAB, JEWISH AND AMERICAN HARMONY

 

FEATURING:

 

*ARAB, JEWISH AND AMERICAN TEENAGERS IN PERFORMANCE

*INTERCULTURAL JOURNEYS ENSEMBLE (www.interculturaljourneys.com )

*PEACE CHILD ISRAEL VISUAL JOURNEY

 

 *PREMIERE OF A NEW ANTHEM FOR PEACE

www.thetimehascomeforpeace.com

A new peace anthem “The Time Has Come” has been written and produced, by Deb Chamberlin (American Coordinator for PCI Tour) and Robert Wynn, featuring many of the Philadelphia area’s favorite recording artists and members of the COW PROJECT. The anthem will be available on CD and on a pay-to-download website, with proceeds going to raise awareness and funding for the ongoing work of Peace Child Israel

 

 

All of the American hosting teens and the PCI teens will stand and sing

2 anthems of peace, in a powerful call for global tolerance and peace

 

Mayor Street’s Citation

Representative from the mayor’s office will read Mayor Street’s Citation to the 650 in attendance

 

20:00    – Doors open to public

20:00-22:00 Grand Finale Event for PCI Delegation;

 

(16:30pm-20:00 All of the American & Israeli teens will convene at the National Constitution Center, Philadelphia  for dinner and rehearsal for finale event)


 

Performances

 

19:30 Tuesday, January 17th at Jewish Community Center, 1301 Springdale Road, Cherry Hill, NJ

JCC Teen Opportunities Fair and performance of “The Other Side”

 

This event draws all the area Jewish supplemental and day school students in grades  8-12.  Q & A to follow the performance.  (Families and other members of the Cherry Hill JCC will host the delegation for 4 nights of their stay in the Delaware Valley)

 

19:30 Wednesday January 18th at the Church of the Advocate, 18th & Diamond St., Philadelphia

(http://www.churchoftheadvocate.org)

Double Bill performance of The Art Sanctuary’s North Stars’ “Ceremony” & Peace Child’s

“The Other Side” 

 

13:00-16:30 Thursday, January 19th at Commerce Bank Arts Center/Wash. Twp. High School

School Assembly performance of “The Other Side  followed by “Meet & Greet” with Cow Project

(www.thecowproject.com)

 

School Assembly for over 1,500 students  (http://www.wtps.org/wths)

After the show teens of the Cow Project teens will host Peace Child Israel teens for a “meet-and-greet” in the High School Cafeteria for over 300 guests and members of  the Media

         

 

10:30 Friday, January 20th at Christopher Dock Mennonite High School, Lansdale, PA

Performance of “The Other Side” and Classroom Discussions

 

Performance will be followed by lunch & Classroom Discussion Group at   Christopher Dock Mennonite High School (http://www.christopherdock.org) The school is using the theme of the Middle East for their Annual Arts Day event. The visit by Peace Child Israel will greatly enhance the opportunities to learn about some of the current  dynamics in Middle East.   This dialogue, increased inter-cultural understanding, and conflict resolution skills are a few of the goals of this visit.  Contact: Bronwyn L. Histand, Director of Curriculum: bhistand@christopherdock.org

 20:00- January 20th at Congregation Mishkan Shalom, 4101 Freeland Avenue,  Philadelphia, PA

Kaballat Shabbat Meal (17:00) and performance of “The Other Side” (20:00)

 

Families of Mishkan Shalom will host the teens for their last three nights in the Philadelphia area, and join them for a tour to Washington D.C. on January 22nd.

 

19:00 Monday January 23rd at Bnai Or Temple, Morristown, NJ

 “Breaking of the bread” meal will be followed by the final performance of “The Other Side” for students of Bnai Or Education Program. 

 Workshops

 

January 16th  12:00-15:00 at Church of the Advocate,18th and Diamond St., Philadelphia

 

Workshop with members of the Art Sanctuary North Stars 

 

Art Sanctuary, located in North Philadelphia, uses the power of black art to transform individuals, unite groups of people, and enrich and draw inspiration from the inner city… inviting established and aspiring artists to help create excellent lectures, performances and educational programs.  The North Stars are the resident teen group.  Coordinator – Dr. Billy Yalowitz, Temple University, Tyler School of Art

 

Wednesday, January 18th   09:00-12:30 at Washington Township High School, Sewell, NJ.

Cultural Identity workshop with The COW Project

 

The COW PROJECT (Changing Our World)  is a 2+ year old project for high school students at Washington Township High School that uses the creative arts (music, theatre, writing, dance, poetry, etc) to address issues of concern, and make a positive impact in their school, families,  communities and in their world.  (lunch with COW members in school cafeteria after workshop)

 

Special Event

 Day in D.C. – January 22, 2006

 Delegation sight sees in our Nation’s Capital

 

17:30-19:00  at Jewish Community Center of North Virginia, 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax, Virginia

 
Dinner and Dialogue

Members of the JCCNV WEST and the All Dulles Area Muslim Society http://www.adamscenter.org/  will host the Delegation for a dinner/meet-and-greet.

 

During their visit to D.C., the Delegation will be filmed for Bridges TV, a new cable channel intended to encourage programming about interfaith dialogue with American Muslims (hosted by Sarah Hasan, the State Department correspondent for Bridges http://www.bridgestv.com/home.asp)

 

Documentation

Many of these events will be filmed by Philadelphia’s Rob Stoller and Art In Motion Media

(http://www.aimvideo.com/). 

 

The live performance debut of this album will be at the Finale Event on January 21st at the National Constitution Center.  Stay tuned for airplay on WXPN 88.5-FM, Philadelphia (www.xpn.org) , and WGLS 89.7-FM, Glassboro, NJ (http://wgls.rowan.edu ) and for web address for anthem)

 

 

New Israel Fund USA Web Site  New Israel Fund - Israel Web Site

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P.O. Box 57431 Tel Aviv, 61573

Tel:  (972-3) 730-0481  Fax:  (972-3) 730-0695

Email:  pci@netvision.net.il


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