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My Neighborhood: A visit from Palestinian peace activist Manar Vosgueritchian

September 13th @ 7:00 pm

Join the Shir Tikvah community for a screening of the award winning “My Neighborhood” documentary and a talk by Manar Wahhab Vosgueritchian, co-founder of House of Hope, an elementary school and trauma support center in the West Bank village of Bethany. Ms. Wahhab Vosgueritchian will discuss and demonstrate the art and music therapy she provides to young Palestinian House of Hope students, many of whom struggle with trauma from the surrounding conflict.
 
About My Neighborhood (25 min.)
Mohammed El Kurd is a Palestinian boy growing up in the neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah in the heart of East Jerusalem. When Mohammed turns 11, his family is forced to give up part of their home to Israeli settlers, who are leading a campaign of court-sanctioned evictions to guarantee Jewish control of the area. My Neighbourhood follows Mohammed as he comes of age and chronicles the resolve of a neighborhood and the support it receives from the most unexpected of places.
 
My Neighborhood was the winner of the 2012 Peabody Award, 2012 Warsaw Jewish Film Festival Award, 2012 Al Jazeera Doc Festival Award, and was an Official Selection of the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival.
 
About House of Hope
House of Hope (locally referred to as VACA) provides low- income Muslim and Christian Palestinian ages 3 – 10 with Waldorf-inspired elementary education and trauma counseling. House of Hope students, who are growing up amidst a violent political conflict, learn healthy coping skills, like Nonviolent Communication (NVC), an internationally acclaimed method for transforming habitual or emerging responses to trauma and injustice.

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