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UT SAN DIEGO 2012

Torrey Pines High School student Arturo Silberstein (left) visited the Temple Mount and the Muslim Quarter with Jamal Alassd, an Israeli Arab.
Peace comes to the Holy Land – 40 Arabs and Jews at a time. Since 2000, a foundation led by Qualcomm heirs Gary and Jerri-Ann Jacobs has brought together 10 San Diego high schoolers, all Jews; 10 Israeli Jews; and 20 Israeli Arabs for tours of Israel. Together, they visit sacred sites like the Western Wall and the Temple Mount.…

TIMES OF ISRAEL 2012

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What do Jewish American teens from San Diego, Israelis from kibbutzim near Gaza and Bedouins from the Negev have in common? Quite a lot, it turns out. Teenagers have many ways to spend their summer these days. They can go to the mall. Or go bowling. Few choose to delve into the complex and often emotional histories of their national…

WHEN ALA MET SARAH: TEENAGERS TALK PEACE

JITLI participants (Photo: Tamar Dressler)
What do an Israeli kibbutznik, a Jewish-American princess, a boy from an unrecognized Bedouin settlement, and an adolescent from Mexico have in common? Allow us to introduce David from Mexico, Ala Zahalka from the village of Qara, Hadar Bar-El from Kibbutz Regavim, Leila Kab’a from Barta’a and Sarah Jacobs from San Diego – five out of the dozens of participants…

GARY JACOBS: REMAKING THE GRADE

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With Qualcomm millions as his cushion, Gary Jacobs has become the most powerful man in San Diego’s Jewish community. But his most important legacy may be an institution that seeks to change the face of American education. It’s called High Tech High. There’s a point in the unfinished film The Fire Within where Gary Jacobs takes center stage. It comes as a…

BAR GAL-ON TALKS ABOUT JITLI, A WONDERFUL PROJECT IN LEADERSHIP AND CO-EXISTENCE

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On Tuesday, June 10th, 2008, I interviewed Bar Gal-On, a member of Kibbutz Bror Hayil, a student at Sha’ar HaNegev High School and a participant in the unique JITLI programme. Name: Bar Gal-On Age: 18 Address: Kibbutz Bror-Hayil, Negev (kibbutz site in Hebrew  ) Q: (Judih): Hi Bar, I’ve been wanting to ask you about a program you’re involved in…

UCSD STANDOUT STUDENT: A PROFILE OF MARINA TRINER

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Week 3 Name: Marina Triner Year: Sophomore Major: Political Science/Theory Involvement: Organization for Muslim and Jewish Awareness (Founder & President), Alpha Epsilon Phi  (member), Hillel (intern) Originally from Israel and a front-row witness to the Palestine-Israel conflict, Marina Triner has made mutual understanding of the two religions a personal goal. She founded the Organization for Muslim and Jewish Awareness (OMJA)…

ISRAELI, PALESTINIAN YOUTHS PROMOTE COOPERATION

OneVoice representative Shani Gershon addresses a crowd of students April 24 as part of the organization’s tour of Southern California. The group promotes peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. (Will Parson/Guardian)
A group of Israeli and Palestinian youth activists spoke at UCSD last week as part of an effort to spread a message of peace for their embattled home region and advocate a two-state solution to the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict.The OneVoice movement, an international nonpartisan grassroots organization, stopped in San Diego on April 24 for the final leg of its Southern…

PEACEMAKERS RADIO INTERVIEW IN MEXICO

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Listen to this interesting interview to members of Peacemakers by a radio station in Mexico.

PROGRAM LOOKS BACK TO GOLDEN AGE FOR A BRIGHTER ARAB-ISRAELI FUTURE

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While Jerusalem’s Western Wall is on the itinerary of nearly every Israel group tour for teenagers, the Temple Mount above it is defintely not. So it was a bit strange to see about 90 teens wandering through the courtyard of Al-Aqsa Mosque last week, as part of their two-week tour of Israel. The group wandered casually around one of the…

SAN DIEGO COUNTY JEWS, CHRISTIANS

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A slice of the crowd that turned out Sunday, July 23, for a rally for Israel at the Lawrence Family JCC LA JOLLA, Calif.- There were cheers as Israeli and American officials expressed solidarity against terrorism, but there were tears of hope as 40 Arab and Jewish teenagers spoke and sang of their friendship and mutual desire for peace. The…