Category: Past Events Published Date
Speakers: Susan Denton-Brown and Benita Hide
Date: 27 Apr 2012
Time: 18:45 - 20:30
Venue: Abrar House, 45 Crawford Place, W1H 4LP
In the midst of the ongoing Israel-Palestine conflict, Neve Shalom-Wahat Salam stands as a wonderful exception and a beacon of hope. It was set up in the 1970s by a priest who brought together twenty Jewish and Arab families, all Israeli citizens who represent all the three faiths. For the past 40 years they have lived together in equality and harmony, proving that peace is a possibility. Today there are over fifty families (with over 300 on the waiting list) who live as equals and educate their children together in a bilingual and bicultural primary school and kindergarten. As well as this school, there are the School for Peace and Pluralistic Spiritual Centre that reach out to the wider community and offer projects in peace education and mediation.
In this talk, the speakers will share the inspiring story of Neve Shalom-Wahat Salam, covering how it came to be, how its citizens overcome their differences, the context they are in to create a harmonious community and the Village’s continuous work in training peace seekers from all over the world.
Susan Denton-Brown is the Chair of Oasis of Peace UK (British Friends of Neve Shalom / Wahat al-Salam). Her professional life was in education through which, fourteen years ago, she became associated with Oasis of Peace UK. She is currently Chairwoman and continues to promote peace education projects based on the ethos of Neve Shalom / Wahat al-Salam and the methodology of its School for Peace.
Benita Hide is the Executive Director of Oasis of Peace UK (British Friends of Neve Shalom / Wahat al-Salam) . With a background in Modern Languages and International Relations, she worked in the field of international human rights NGOs for over fifteen years. She joined British Friends of Neve Shalom / Wahat al-Salam in September 1999. She was attracted to Neve Shalom / Wahat al-Salam as a living example of equality, respect and understanding, and dedication to peace education.
Free entrance. All welcome. No reservation needed. Prayer space available. Street parking free from 18:30.