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Organization Hands of Peace
History Founded in 2002 by three Chicago-area women (one Christian, one Jewish and one Muslim) as an interfaith organization dedicated to nurturing peace, person by person.
City Glenview, Illinois
Values Peace
Vision Nurturing peace person by person.
Mission To develop peace-building and leadership skills in Israeli, Palestinian and American teens through the power of dialogue and personal relationships.
Goals To foster long-term peaceful coexistence among Jewish-Israelis, Arab Citizens of Israel, and Palestinians by bringing together teenagers from the Middle East with American teenagers in an interfaith setting.
Approach Creating opportunities for participants, host families and community members to gain the mutual understanding that comes through personal encounters. To train future leaders in the Middle East and in the United States in peace-building skills, as well as to educate American families and communities about the Middle East.
Structure achieved 501(c)3 status in 2006, and has added a full volunteer Board and some part-time staff.
Scale Moderate
Scope Global
Activity Two annual 18-day Summer Programs— one in Chicago and one in San Diego— as well as a dynamic, year-round Alumni Club Program in the US and the Middle East.
Religion Judaism, Islam
Words peace, culture, dialogue
Acronym HOP
Contact 1000 Elm Street, Glenview, Illinois 60025, USA. Tel: +1 224-406-5045