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Sunday, November 10 Friendship Circle and ZABS Place be hosting their 3rd annual Pajama Walk at Freedom Park to make dreams come true for individuals with special needs and talents.


Here are four amazing highlights:

  1. Ability Fair is Back

Before and after the actual Pajama Walk during the Dreamland Carnival, you’ll be able to check out the unique creations of local crafters and artists with some seriously Special Talents. These unique items make great gifts and support inclusion and ability awareness (and of course the artist).

  1. Pajama Catwalk

Yes, you heard that right. You’ll have an opportunity to finally show off those supercool pajamas you’ve been hiding away.

  1. Special Talent Drum Circle and Boomwhackers

Led by the Uber Talented David Drum, our Friendship Circle Friends and our ZABS Talent will lead an interactive Drum Circle and Dream Boomwhackers to kick off the Pajama Walk.

  1. Dreamland

Think of Candyland in… Continue reading

Join us on Thursday morning, November 7, to learn about three important Federation initiatives that are helping reinvigorate local Jewish philanthropy. The three initiatives – the Shalom Park Freedom School, the Jewish Community Refugee Initiative, and Shalom Green – are helping bring a renewed focus on the areas of education, refugees, and the environment and thereby reflect the Jewish values of tikkun olam, repairing the world. Each of the initiatives are recipients of the JFGC Impact and Innovation Fund and have brought new ideas to bear on these important social justice issues. The half-day program, which runs from 9:15 AM-1 PM in Shalom Park’s Gorelick Hall, will detail the positive impact of these initiatives on the community and participants will do three hands on volunteer projects to benefit each of these initiatives. A small panel of local Jewish women involved in social action and social justice will speak during lunch (which is included in the ticket price of… Continue reading

Transforming Enemies into Partners: How Dialogue Is Creating Peace Between Israelis and Palestinians in the West Bank

7 PM, Sam Learner Center for the Cultural Arts

Palestinians and Israelis in the West Bank/Palestinian Territories/Judea and Samaria often live in geographical proximity but have no real human contact and view each other with suspicion and fear. However, in 2014, a group of Orthodox Jewish Israelis from the Gush Etzion settlements met with a Palestinian refugee family in a nearby village. Over the course of several conversations, both peoples shared their fears, anxieties, pain, and desire for a better future. In time, they began to see other as partners in peace by mutually recognizing each other’s connection to the Land, and found a path towards solidarity despite ideological differences.

These same Palestinians and Jewish settlers founded Roots, “a grassroots movement of understanding, nonviolence and transformation among Israelis and Palestinians.” Since its creation,… Continue reading