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Buffet Dinner to Benefit Mosaic Communities, Israel
Monday, June 7th 2004 6:30 PM
Oak ParK, Illinois


Support mutual understanding, reconciliation, and equal civil rights between Israelis and Palestinians (and share a delicious meal, too).

Please join us for a buffet dinner to benefit Mosaic Communities, Israel. Special guests Fred Schlomka (Executive Director) and Yasser Akawi (Board Member) will present a multi-media program about the work of Mosaic in Ramle, Israel. RSVP by June 4 -- 312/427-2533 x18
Your donation supports Mosaic Communities' important, pioneering work in Israel.


About Mosaic Communities: Mosaic Communities (www.mosaic-coop.org) is a cooperative organization in Israel dedicated to building open communities for Arabs and Jews in Israel. Today in Israel almost all communities and schools are segregated, keeping Arab and Jewish citizens and residents from developing a common civil society. This segregation breeds discrimination, fear, and suspicion of "the other." The process of developing these communities will enable Mosaic to challenge the housing status quo in Israel, which legally discriminates against Arabs and other minorities.


Ramle Youth Program: Mosaic Communties is now running a series of workshops which bring together 15- and 16-year-old youth in Ramle, Israel. Using drama, art, photography during a two-day retreat, these hands-on workshops help the young participants think through Arab/Jewish issues in a creative environment. The resulting artwork will be showcased to the general public at the Mosaic Annual Conference in July.
Mosaica-Ramle: A Residential Cooperative and Community Outreach Center: Mosaica-Ramle will consist of a communal housing facility whose residents work in mixed Arab/Jewish activities in Ramle. Mosaica-Ramle will, over time, provide services to the general public of Ramle. The residents, volunteers and staff, and all activities at Mosaica-Ramle will be integrated for Arabs and Jews. The establishment of a model community for Arabs and Jews who are also providing free or low-cost community services will facilitate the improvement of relations between the residents, and develop a foundation for additional communities.


Why Ramle? Mosaic Communities' current projects are sited in Ramle, one of the most impoverished locales in Israel with the majority of the residents living at or below the poverty line. It also has one of the poorest records of Arab/Jewish relations in the country. The city has a tragic history in which 80% of the Palestinian Arab residents (over 18,000) were expelled in 1948 and are now refugees. Today the city reflects the demographics of Israel (20% Arab, 80% Jewish), but the vast majority of activities for young people are segregated.


The future is in our hands. The future begins now.

Organized by the Committee for a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine



Location: 
First United Church of Oak Park 848 Lake Street Oak ParK Illinois  

Contact:
Committee for a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine
JustPeace1@aol.com
312/427-2533 x18

Sponsored By:
Committee for a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine http://www.geocities.com/cjpipwebsite/0406_mosaic.html


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