Nearly one hundred people attended the “Friend-Raiser for Project Rozana” at St. John’s Norwood Episcopal Church on Tuesday, May 9. Altogether, twenty-six churches, mosques and synagogues across Greater Washington served as co-sponsors of the event; a powerful statement of interfaith support for Project Rozana and its mission of saving lives and building bridges of trust between Israelis and Palestinians in the Holy Land, sacred to all three Abrahamic faiths.
Unfortunately, due to unexpected and extensive technical glitches, the first section of the program, an overview presentation that Kenneth Bob, Chair of Project Rozana USA, delivered on the varied and extensive joint Israeli-Palestinian healthcare programs under the aegis of Project Rozana, was not viewable live via Zoom or properly recorded for non-attendees to watch. We sincerely apologize for this inconvenience. During that segment we shared a very moving and informative video about our Wheels of Hope patient transportation program that you can watch here. Learn more about all of Project Rozana’s programs here.
The second half of the program video, entitled “The Spiritual Dimension of Project Rozana” was captured on video and may be viewed here. This segment focuses on a conversation between two Bethesda spiritual leaders, Reverend Sari Ateek, Rector of St. John’s Norwood Church and Rabbi Greg Harris of Congregation Beth-El on the moral imperative in Christianity and Judaism—as well as Islam—to reach out to the ‘Other’ and treat him/her with kindness and compassion. The conversation, which was moderated by Rev. Anne Derse, Deacon of St. John’s Norwood, and included the particpation of Kenneth Bob, also focused on how the work of Project Rozana in building human connections between Palestinians and Israelis through health care is a precious example of that very sacred obligation to reach out to the Other at the heart of all three Abrahamic faiths.
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