Neve Shalom Programs — Children of Abraham

The Children of Abraham are dedicated to peace making between Palestinians and Jews, by listening without prejudice, by leading with respect, by opening ourselves to the possibilities of peace-making, possibilities already imagined and those not yet imagined.

We believe that peace will rise from knowing each other. Peace will come from the kitchen, from sharing each others’ table. This is the true peace, an integrative peace. We began by coming to know each other.

Let us make peace out of the pieces, let us share with each other our most compassionate teachings, inspiration, influences, all that makes us holy ourselves and to each other.

We regret the recent escalation of activities in Gaza, Lebanon, and Israel and want to express our pain over the news of human suffering that we follow daily. Most of all, we want to express our experience of peace-making.

We, mostly Palestinians and American Jews, have come to know each other and we have found an oasis of peace in the gathering conflicts. We, the children of Abraham, are finding our way to each other’s tent in peace. If we can visit here, we can live here. We are praying for the peace of our brothers, sisters, cousins, here and everywhere.

Rabbi James Stone Goodman
for Children of Abraham

Jeremiah’s Plan for Peace

Behold, the days come says God
– Jeremiah 31:30 ff.

A new agreement
a starting over always
My teachings shall I place
in your deepest –
in your hearts.

I will be God
you will be human beings
we will each live
up to our dream
of one another,

Certain knowledge
no one will blame
accuse or intimidate –
everyone will know Me
from the littlest to the
starting now.

The past –
entirely forgiven.
I have forgotten it
we will cease calling it
it is now
– the future.

Who lights the fires of the future?
Who writes the stories?
The sun by day
the passing of the moon
the lights by night
who stirs up the Sea?

If you can measure heaven above
search out the earth below
– just as likely
I will abandon you.


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