2015 Conference


Ninth Annual

Tree of Life
Conference Series

How Can WE Be Agents of Change to Secure Human Rights for Palestinians and Israelis?

Thursday, October. 1 – 6:00 pm
Alice Rothchild will report on her March/April 2015 trip to Gaza. We regret that Nidal al-Azraq, originally scheduled for this program, will not be available to speak due to a family emergency. Our thoughts and prayers are with Nidal and his family at this difficult time. The film Where Should the Birds Fly by Fida Qishta, filmmaker from Gaza, will be presented followed by Alice Rothchild and her presentation on Gaza, “Eyewitness in Gaza From Trauma to Resilience.”
Cape Cod Community College, Science Building – Lecture Hall A, West Barnstable, MA
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Saturday, October. 24 – 6:00 pm
Middle Eastern Supper
with concert by two members of the Four Corners Quartet, a contemporary string quartet originating from the UK, Palestine, Jordan, and the USA, all recent graduates of the Berklee College of Music and Aleen .
Barnstable Senior Center, Hyannis, MA
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Sunday, October 25 – 2:00 pm
Gideon Levy is a journalist and Haaretz columnist; Suhail Khalilieh is head of the Settlements Monitoring Dept. of Applied Research Institute-Jerusalem.
They will speak as eyes on the ground in Israel and Palestine.
Cape Cod Community College, Science Building – Lecture Hall A, West Barnstable, MA
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All events are open to the public

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Presented by the Tree of Life Educational Fund in partnership with Jewish Voice for Peace Boston, Friends of Sabeel–North America and Kairos USA

Give me a lever...

In this conference, we will hear from Israeli, Palestinian and American voices of conscience who will help us understand that in the long struggle toward justice and peace in the Holy Land, the fulcrum of change must involve the international community. This requires that we all operate as agents of change to secure universal human rights for Palestinians and Israelis.

With the growing Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement already underway on many college campuses and within numerous religious denom­inations, trade unions and secular organizations, we must ask ourselves how BDS can be an even more effective instrument of change. We must prepare to compete with the rhetoric of the upcoming presidential campaign to raise awareness of the real “facts on the ground.” We must explore ways in which we can move beyond “analysis paralysis” and become – to quote Mahatma Gandhi – “the change you wish to see for the world.”

Our conference speakers will remind us there is hope that, in working together, we can reach that critical “tipping point,” the moment at which the tide turns, and positive change gets underway. As Archimedes said, “Give me a lever and I can move the world!”

If you can’t attend but would like to contribute to TOLEF to help cover program expenses, click here to make an online donation or mail a check payable to TOLEF to “Tree of Life – Cape Cod, P.O. Box 357, West Hyannisport, MA 02672″. Tree of Life Educational Fund is a 501 c(3) and donations are tax-deductible.