Sept. 25 - Oct. 15 - Directors Tour to the U.S.
2013-09-25

FoEME's three directors will be visiting three major cities in the United States, Washington, DC, Chicago and New York City, from September 25 through October 15 to promote the concept that sharing water is the best chance for reviving the moribund peace process between Israel and Palestine and that faith-based communities and interfaith groups can play a major role in cross-border environmental peacemaking efforts, especially by helping with the rehabilitation of the Jordan River.

The directors will be participating in public events, media interviews, think-tank programs, and policymaker meetings to convey their message.

Major events in the WASHINGTON DC area:

Sunday, September 29 – Washington, DC
10:30 am St. Albans Parish Episcopal Church Adult Forum, 32001 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC (after the 9:15 am service)

Monday, September 30 – Washington, DC
12:00 - JStreet Conference session: “Friends of the Earth Middle East Presents: Can Water Help Lead the Way to Peace?”.  The session will be moderated by Gidon Bromberg, Israeli Director, EcoPeace / Friends of the Earth Middle East, Tel Aviv with expert panelists Ambassador Oded Eran, Senior Researcher, Institute for National Security Studies, Tel Aviv and Nader Khateeb, Palestinian Director, EcoPeace / Friends of the Earth Middle East, Bethlehem. For details see: http://conference.jstreet.org/schedule

3:00 - 4:00 pm - International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) event, 'Strategic Implications of Shared Water Issues for Israeli-Palestinian Peace Negotiations'. Moderated by Steven Simon, Executive Director, IISS-US and Corresponding Director, IISS-Middle East, and will take place at IISS-US, 2121 K Street NW, Suite 801, Washington, DC 20037. Click here for more details. If you would like to attend please RSVP at this link.

7:30 pm – 9:30 pm – “Environmental Action is Road to Peace” at Unity of Fairfax Church, 2854 Hunter Mill Road, Oakton, VA. Reception to follow presentation. See article publicizing this event.

Tuesday, October 1 – Washington, DC
11:30 am - Presentation to American University Environmental Law Center, co-hosted by School of International Service, Law School Center for Human Rights, Middle East Policy Center & Spiritual Center, in the Founders Room, School of International Service, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, Washington, DC (see map)

2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Saban Center Event - 'Sharing Resources to Share the Future: Water in the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process', FoEME's 3 Directors and H.E. Dr. Shaddad Attili, Minister of Water, Palestinian National Authority and Ambassador Oded Eran, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of National Security Studies, Tel Aviv.  The event will be held at The Brookings Institution, Saul Room, 1775 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20036.  Click here for a full page on the event

7:30 pm – 9:00 pm “Environmentalism as a Pathway to Peace: Israeli, Palestinian, and Jordanian Hydro-politics” hosted by Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville, MD. RSVP at this link

Thursday, October 3 – Washington, DC
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm Presentation at Temple Rodef Shalom, 2100 Westmoreland St‎
Falls Church, VA 22043

Saturday, October 5 – Washington, DC
11:00 am – 2:00 pm Shabbat services and presentation at Beth El Synagogue, 8215 Old Georgetown Rd, Bethesda, MD

Major events in CHICAGO include:

Monday, October 7 – Chicago, IL
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Presentation at Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut Street, Chicago, IL

Tuesday, October 8 – Chicago, IL
7:30 am – 8:45 am Presentation to Chicago Council on Global Affairs, 332 S. Michigan Avenue, Suite 1100, Chicago, IL

4:00 pm– 6:00 pm “ Reviving the Jordan River: Islam, Judaism, Ecology, and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict” at University of Illinois at Chicago, Stevenson Hall at Institute for the Humanities, 701 South Morgan Street, Chicago, sponsored by the UIC Jewish-Muslim Initiative.

Major events in the NEW YORK CITY area include:

Wednesday, October 9 – New York City, NY
8:00 pm – 9:30 pm Interfaith meeting/dialogue at Port Washington, Long Island, with support expressed by Protestant, Catholic, Greek Orthodox, Islamic, & Jewish clergy and congregations

Friday, October 11 – New York City, NY
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Program at American Bible Society 1865 Broadway, New York City, NY
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Presentation at Al Maqdis Mosque, 6224 6th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

FoEME supporters and the public are invited and encouraged to attend any of the programs listed above. Further information on each program is available from Mary Alexander at mary@mkalexander.com.

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