Jerusalem is a holy city to Jews, Christians, and Muslims, and its very name means, “The City of Peace.” But the deep history and religious passions that make the city and the land sacred to so many have also contributed to strife. Although the modern Israeli-Palestinian conflict can seem intractable, I continue to find hope and inspiration in the many individuals and organizations working tirelessly for peace. While governments can make treaties, individuals are the ones to make relationships.

The Interfaith Encounter Association, one of my favorite groups, brings together grassroot circles of Jews, Muslims, Christians, and others for deep dialogue and relationship building. To me, they are holy people. Watch the video for an overview of their work, and visit their website to learn more and to contribute.


Featured Image: View towards the Old City of Jerusalem from the Haas Promenade, by Julie Danan

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