Abraham’s Land – A song sampling and discussion

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Taproot Theatre
Please join our brothers and sisters for a song performance of a musical theater work in progress that explores the human cost of the Israeli occupation of Palestine.
Date: Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Time: 7:30 – 9:00 pm
Location: Taproot Theatre – Isaac Studio, 212 N. 85th St., Seattle, 98103.
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Tickets: Free – donations accepted
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Abraham’s Land is a full‑length musical drama set against the backdrop of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. Israeli Sergeant Yitzhak prides himself on righteous conduct and admonishes the soldiers in his unit when they do not abide by the highest moral standards. But when a Palestinian street demonstration in East Jerusalem appears menacing, Yitzhak fatally shoots the provocateur, Ismail, only to realize too late, that his victim was unarmed. Yitzhak is haunted by the ghost of Ismail, and resolves to make amends by personally returning Ismail’s identity card to his family in Gaza to ask for forgiveness.

Originally created in the 1992 by the Jewish-Arab artistic team of Lauren Goldman Marshall, Hanna Eady & David Nafissian, and further developed in 1999 with Israeli and Palestinian teens at Seeds of Peace International Camp, this new incarnation features a substantially revised script and a dynamic new score by Pulitzer-nominated composer Roger Ames, who will be in residence for this workshop. Earlier versions of the work have been workshopped at Village Theatre in Issaquah, 1994 & 1995, and Nautilus Musical Theatre, in Minneapolis-Saint Paul, 1996 & 2017.

Book and lyrics by Lauren Goldman Marshall
Music and orchestrations by Roger Ames
With additional book material by Hanna Eady
And additional music by David Nafissian and Joan Szymko

Adapted from an earlier version by Lauren Goldman Marshall, Hanna Eady and David Nafissian

Music Direction by Chris DiStefano

Featuring: Mark Abel, Andi Alhadeff, Jeremy Berdin, Nick Bernard, Slade Burgess, Christin Byrdsong, Sammie Gorhman, Karen Hartman, Terrence Kelly, D’vorah Kost, Julie Olsen, Meg Savlov, Fune Tautula & Rocky Vega, with Ruby Harmon, Maggie McGough, and Tatum Poirrier as children.

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Book Reading: Reclaiming Judaism from Zionism: Stories of Personal Transformation

Please join Seattle writer and activist Alice Rothchild, along with Portland activist Ned Rosch who will read from their contributions to a new anthology edited by Carolyn L. Karcher, Reclaiming Judaism from Zionism: Stories of Personal Transformation.
Date: Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Location: Elliot Bay Book Company, 1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 
Information: Elliot Bay Book Company
Tickets: Free
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Seattle writer and activist Alice Rothchild, along with Portland activist Ned Rosch read from their contributions to a new anthology edited by Carolyn L. Karcher, Reclaiming Judaism from Zionism: Stories of Personal Transformation (Interlink), along with helping discuss the premise of the book itself.

“These powerful stories send a message about the resilience and passion of a courageous group of Jews who have come to the realization that the state of Israel’s treatment of Palestinians does not live up to the ethical standards Jewish tradition demands. Taken together, their words challenge the idea that Judaism and Zionism are inseparable. Their commitment to live a Jewish life without Zionism bodes well for the future of Judaism.” — Rebecca T. Alpert.

Alice Rothchild is the author of the books, Broken Promises, Broken Dreams, On the Brink, and Condition Critical. Ned Rosch is co-founder of Jewish Voices for Peace in Portland.

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Film Screening: Make Hummus not Walls

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Please join our brothers and sisters from Blessed are the Peacemakers for a film screening:

Date: Saturday, July 6, 2019
Time: 7:30 – 9:30 pm
Location: The Summit
420 E Pike St, Seattle, WA
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Tickets: Free, RSVP recommended
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An emotional, but factually driven documentary of personal stories amid conflict, in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Witness rubber bullets, passion, angry protesters, but mostly courageous people longing for peace. Hear three women–a Jew, a Christian, and a Muslim, speak of meeting their “other” in the craziest of times and finding their humanity in loving each other. This story will spark hope in the possibility of peace based on genuine friendships across normal barriers when we need it most.

Special guests for this Screening:
Two special guests, a Palestinian, and Israeli will share their reactions to this movie and perspectives about the current conflict, in conversation with one of the women featured in the movie. One is Moroccan-born, former tank commander, the other Arab-Palestinian. Both are experienced mediators and educators working to bring Muslims, Jews, and Christians together to build trust and full equality between Israelis & Palestinians.

Save the Date: Seattle Arab Festival

Please join our brothers and sisters for the largest gathering of Arabs in the Pacific Northwest.
Date: August 10-11, 2019
Time: TBD
Location: Seattle Center Fisher Pavilion
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Tickets: Free
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The Seattle Arab Festival offers Arab music, art, poetry, storytelling, theater, singing and foods for all attendees set in a big tent “souk”.  Also featured are exhibits from many Arab countries, and booths by individuals and various groups.  Enjoy the many activities created for the children such as henna fingers and painted faces.  Join hands at the Hafleh and dance the night away.

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Event: Un-Apologetically US: Building Muslim power for 2020 & beyond

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Please join our brothers and sisters from Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) – WA for a Ramadan fundraiser and evening of conversation, inspiration and strategizing with Rep. Ilhan Omar (MN), Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell (PA) and local leaders Dr. Anisa Ibrahim and Ed Masih Fouladi.
Date: Saturday, May 25, 2019
Time: 6:00 – 10:00 pm
Location: Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue WA
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Tickets: $30.00
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The coming year will be pivotal for our community and for the nation as a whole. There are many challenges from violent Islamophobia to xenophobic policies, but there’s also hope. American Muslims have seen political representation like never before, including the election of Ilhan Omar, the first Somali-American and one of two American Muslim women elected to Congress. Born in Somalia, Ilhan and her family fled the country’s civil war for the United States when she was 8 years old. Ilhan’s interest in politics began at the age of 14 when she was as an interpreter for her grandfather at local DFL caucuses. Through her advocacy work, she’s advanced important issues, including support for working families, access to education, environmental protection, and racial equity.

Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell is the first Muslim woman in the Pennsylvania State Legislature. An activist whose life has been impacted by gun violence, Johnson-Harrell became the first Muslim woman to be elected to the Pennsylvania state legislature earlier this year.

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End the Nakba: 71 years of Palestinian dispossession 1948-2019

Please join our brothers and sisters from Voices for Palestine and Palestine Solidarity Committee to remember the Nakba (Arabic for “catastrophe”) of 1948, when Zionists forces destroyed over 400 villages and drove over 700,000 Palestinians out of historic Palestine to create what is now called Israel.
Date: Friday, May 10, 2019
Time: 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Location: Westlake Park
4th & Pine Street
Seattle
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Tickets: Free
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The ongoing Nakba of ethnic cleansing and apartheid still continues as Palestinians are attacked, besieged, and driven out of their homes by the Israeli military, and as the Great March of Return continues and Israel shoots down unarmed Palestinian protestors.

This year’s Nakba remembrance will include the call to Boycott of Israel on the arches at Westlake Park, and we will reach out to commuters during Friday rush hour. We will also evoke the ongoing Palestine refugee experience with PALESTINE: STOLEN HOMELAND, a display of more than 100 white tents inscribed with the names of over 400 of the destroyed villages from 1948 Palestine.

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Event: Save Uyghur Muslims (Tomorrow)

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Please join our brothers and sisters at American Muslim Empowerment Network (AMEN) for this compelling with their special guest, international activist Aydin Anwar.
Date: Friday, Apr 19, 2019
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Location: Muslim Association of Puget Sound
17550 NE 67th Ct
Redmond, WA 98052
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Tickets: Free, but registration encouraged
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Do you know what is happening to our Muslim sisters and brothers in occupied East Turkestan? Join us to learn about the gross human rights violations by Chinese officials against the country’s Uyghur (Turkic Muslim) population, including the mass internment of over one million persons. You will also learn ways you can help.

We are honored to host Special Guest Aydin Anwar, a Uyghur-American activist and leading international voice on this issue, along with other impacted Uyghur community members. Continue reading “Event: Save Uyghur Muslims (Tomorrow)”

Event: Save Uyghur Muslims (Friday)

Uigar Muslims

Please join our brothers and sisters at American Muslim Empowerment Network (AMEN) for this compelling event with their special guest, international activist Aydin Anwar.
Date: Friday, Apr 19, 2019
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Location: Muslim Association of Puget Sound
17550 NE 67th Ct
Redmond, WA 98052
Information: Event information here →
Tickets: Free, but registration encouraged
Event Details

Do you know what is happening to our Muslim sisters and brothers in occupied East Turkestan? Join us to learn about the gross human rights violations by Chinese officials against the country’s Uyghur (Turkic Muslim) population, including the mass internment of over one million persons. You will also learn ways you can help.

We are honored to host Special Guest Aydin Anwar, a Uyghur-American activist and leading international voice on this issue, along with other impacted Uyghur community members. Continue reading “Event: Save Uyghur Muslims (Friday)”

Part 2 of Documentary: How are the children?

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Please join our brothers and sisters at University Presbyterian Church Holy Land Task Force and University Congregational United Church of Christ for Part 2 of the documentary on Palestinian children in Israeli military detention.
Date: Tues, Apr 9, 2019
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Location: Univ Congregational Church,
4515 16th Ave NE

Seattle WA 98105
In Turner Lounge,
Free parking on 16th across from church
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Tickets: Free
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In 2017, the UCC General Synod passed a Resolution of Witness calling for an end to the ill-treatment of Palestinian children incarcerated in Israeli military prisons. Discover why the UCC and other faith communities are calling urgently for an end to this systematic abuse of children. Features UCC national executive leaders John Dorhauer, Traci Blackmon and James Moos.

People of all faiths are welcome!

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Good Friday Art Prayer, Art & Reflection

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Rev. Loren McGrail
Please join our brothers and sisters of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ to a Good Friday time of reflection.
Date: Fri, Apr 19, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 3:00 pm
Location: St Paul’s United Church of Christ,
6512 12th Ave NW,
Seattle WA  98117
Information: Good Friday Flyer
Tickets: Free
Event Details

This event is an open event including art exhibit and showing of UCC video: “How are the Children?” about Palestinian children in Israeli military detention which will be shown in two segments.

Art Exhibit

Rev. Loren McGrail is a minister, theologian, and poet/artist who served the YWCA of Palestine as one of the United Church of Christ Global Ministries mission co-workers in Israel/Palestine. Her work with the YWCA focused on advocacy and she was the coordinator of the Fabric of Our Lives Project which calls attention to Palestinian refugees. She served in this capacity for five years and is the creator of this art exhibit. Her art — Assemblage, and writings reflect her witness in the land all call holy. She uses found and broken objects to make art in response to the events that affect her and the communities she has served.

UCC video – “How Are the Children?”

In 2017 delegates to the UCC General Synod overwhelmingly passed a Resolution of Witness calling for an end to the ill-treatment of Palestinian children incarcerated in Israeli military prisons. This is a two part video with Part I offered at 1:00 pm and Part II at 2:00 pm.  Additional details, including childcare can be found in the additional information.

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