The Madison-Rafah Sister City Project

Update October 23, 2016
Israeli and Palestinian Parents Grieve, Work Together for Justice

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A Parents Circle Family Forum Presentation
Sunday, October 23

Two families – one Jewish Israeli, one Palestinian Christian – have lost a close family member as a result of the prolonged conflict between their two nations. As part of this organization of over 600 families, George and Najwa Saadeh and Rami Elhanan, are committed to reconciliation and working together for peace.

George and Najwa Saadeh and Rami Elhanan will share their stories and their hopes for the future at two events in Madison. One presentation will be geared for the general public and one for University students.

  • At 2:00 pm they will be speaking at First Unitarian Society Landmark Auditorium, 900 University Bay Drive [Map]. All are welcome!
  • At 5:00 pm they will speak with students at an ecumenical worship service sponsored by The Crossing Campus Ministry, 1127 University Avenue [Map]. Visitors are always welcome to worship with the students. Following worship, students are invited to a light dinner along with a presentation and conversation about the work of The Parents Circle Family Forum from 7:00 – 8:00.

Free and open to the public. Donations accepted for Parents Circle.

This event is sponsored by Bright Stars of Bethlehem Madison Chapter, United Church of Christ Southwest Association and Memorial UCC Church, Midvale Lutheran Church, Christ Presbyterian Church, Shaarei Shamayim congregation, First Unitarian Society, Madison-Rafah Sister City Project, Jewish Voice for Peace Madison chapter, Pilgrims of Ibillin, and J Street, with space donated by First Unitarian Society and The Crossing Campus Ministry.

For more information contact Bonnie Van Overbeke (bonnievano at or 608-770-5714).