Montclair synagogue hosts Israeli-Palestinian duo of bereaved parents

MONTCLAIR, NJ — Parents Circle Families Forum bereaved members Robi Damelin, of Tel Aviv in Israel, and Layla Alsheikh, of Bethlehem in the West Bank, will Zoom in live to Bnai Keshet in Montclair on Saturday, Feb. 27, at 11 a.m. to share their stories of loss and reconciliation. Participate in a discussion of the human side of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and why relationship building, mutual understanding of the “other side” and a reconciliation framework is necessary for any sustainable peace agreement.

Bnai Keshet members visited the two women in Beit Jala during a trip to Israel in 2019, and learned they are used to sharing their stories with hundreds, if not thousands, of people around the world. BK member Lisa Hoffman arranged for them to share their message with the greater Jewish and interfaith community in Essex County.

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